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  • Summary: WTB has many distinguishing and unique features with its simplistic presentation offering detailed pixel art animations, ninjas galore fighting to their death, crafting of weapons and a whole lot more to present an ongoing challenge that will please and entice even the best of players.WTB has many distinguishing and unique features with its simplistic presentation offering detailed pixel art animations, ninjas galore fighting to their death, crafting of weapons and a whole lot more to present an ongoing challenge that will please and entice even the best of players. Importantly elements such as random level generation, crafting, skill trees are all part of a great mixture of ideas and interesting implementation. A Japanese Daime named Mamoru Imai summons demons to join his army, but darkness takes over his body and demons wreak havoc in the country. The player starts in the village “Black Lotus” and sensei sends him on the next mission. After each mission, the player returns to the village (Hub location) and here the player can take a break, craft, trade, inventory management, Sensei can learn new skills and get a new task. Expand
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  1. Jul 15, 2021
    78
    Within the Blade will definitely make you feel like a ninja and by that, I mean you'll have to tirelessly train in order to become a master of your craft. Once you do, the reward of stealthily slaying hordes of guards is a nice payoff but it's a steep climb to get there.
  2. Jul 20, 2021
    70
    Very neat, it is based on classic foundations, but is full of interesting ideas.
  3. Jul 23, 2021
    70
    Within the Blade on the PS5 takes a classic arcade sidescroller and morphs in into something slightly modern from RPG to crafting (over 200 items) and old school combat mechanics, including a plethora of different weapons plus clever stealth mechanics. Like the games of yesteryear, you’ll be overjoyed at times and totally annoyed when you continue dying so expect some controller rage … especially if you play it in permadeath mode. All in all, Within the Blade is a fun yet repetitive distraction on the PS5.
  4. 70
    Within the Blade is a great indie ninja game with a few rough edges. Just a few minor tweaks could elevate it, as it is in its current state it's a scrappy but likeable game.
  5. Jul 16, 2021
    50
    A 2D slash-em-up that’s as instantly forgettable as a ninja flashing past in the night, Within the Blade succeeds at fast-paced kills and decent bosses, but fails to design for stealth or differentiate itself in a genre full of superior experiences.
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  1. Oct 1, 2021
    9
    WITHIN THE BLADE REVIEW
    Reviewed on Playstation 5
    Honestly, I think journalists just do not like Shinobi/Ninja games. These journos do not
    WITHIN THE BLADE REVIEW
    Reviewed on Playstation 5

    Honestly, I think journalists just do not like Shinobi/Ninja games. These journos do not seem to fully appreciate the whole “become am agent of shadow” fantasy. I fail to understand why journalists do not like games of this sort… Some reviews call within the blade (previously known as “pixel shinobi”) a classic 2D adventure but nice features but forgettable.
    I have seen AAA games out there who are boring and repetitive. Within the blade stands on its own and as it is made by a small indie company, their efforts to put this into motion are amazing. I bought the game first on steam and thought that it was amazing, now people on consoles will get to enjoy one of the best 2D Shinobi/Ninja experiences

    SETTING
    Feudal Japan. Wamoru Imai is calling the forces of darkness to rule Japan. You, a Ninja from the Black Lotus Village need to stop him.
    There is really nothing more to it, and you know what? I do not care. The simple story pays up for what you will experience. You are a Shinobi with a mission to stop a madman from ruling Feudal Japan.

    MECHANICS
    • Stealth:
    Stealth is an option, and for it, you need to crawl all the time, hide within grass, or be out of the enemy’s line of sight. The enemies you may think are stupid, but no, they actually move pretty fast. You need to sneak upon them by crawling and then press the block button for a satisfying finishing move in which either heads will roll, guts will be spilled, and lots of blood will be shed. The animations for a 2D game are quite cool. I like the stealth portion of this game, and it is how I first approach enemies. By the way, in order to use stealth, you need to first unblock the skill

    • Combat:
    Hack and slash? No no, in here you need to attack quickly and nimble as if an enemy spot you, they will either run towards you and ceaselessly attack you, or they will run away and shoot from a distance. Karate guys are a pain, Ronin will parry most of your attacks so you need to find a window of opportunity, Samurai will not be damaged unless you unlock a skill which allows you to penetrate armor, archers will shoot in any given direction, etc. Plan your approach, but seriously, use combat as a last resort!
    Battling bosses is fun, they are super-fast and hard, so you need to plan your tactics before engaging them

    • Tasks and crafting
    At the beginning of each mission you need to complete tasks which will reward you with goal at the end of each stage (ie: killing certain enemies, not been seen, etc) and as stages are pretty straight forward you might be inclined to move fast, but plan your approach.
    You can find items in the world and buy them also from merchants, and you can craft a lot of assorted ninjutsu items: shuriken, kunai, bombs, poisons, paralyzing bombs, etc. You name it, this game will make you feel like a true Shinobi in terms of tools

    VISUALS
    It is an old school game but to me the animations are great. Enemies are kind of weird with those BIG eyes, but I guess they are being brained controlled by Wamoru, so no issues there. The game is bloody and gory, yes, a 2D super gory game. Animations are insane especially when you die or you dispose of enemies. Backgrounds are great and everything is hand made. It is a unique art style that many may not like, but I do not need to have 3D super rendered models to feel at home.
    Bosses are amazing, some terrifying Oni and Yokai!

    SOUND
    Music is great too, relying in the use of Japanese instruments mixed with a bit of heavy rock to make it more satisfying. Some missions have a more calmed music, kind of telling you to slow down and go undercover, plan your entrance, and deliver your blows silently.
    Overall sounds are great to me.

    FINAL VERDICT:
    9.0 for one of the best Shinobi/Ninja games out there which actually has a setting of Feudal Japan and including Oni and Yokai to my pleasure. This is a must have game for any Shinobi/Ninja aficionado, you will not be disappointed. We need to keep supporting indie developments as some of them are creating games with core value, regardless of the current video game trend.
    This is a great adventure, do not miss it. Play as Bruce Lee… I mean, as the Shinobi… haha, play the game to see why!
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