Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Image
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  • Summary: Players will step into the role of Zen, a master ninja, through a thrilling dynamic storyline of betrayal and intrigue in Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    74
    Shinobido for PS Vita is like a mixture of Hitman and Metal Gear Solid for Asia fans, who really love dialogue, character development and a thin but broad storyline about a war in a foreign country. But they will have to live with some AI bugs, repetetive level layout, poor controls and a lack of use of PS Vita features. Acquire could have done better.
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    If you're the type of gamer who only plays games with gigantic hype and multimillion-dollar budgets, Revenge of Zen might not be your thing, but those who do get into this title are in for a worthwhile experience.
  3. Feb 23, 2012
    65
    Doesn't do much in terms of story, little of what you learn or obtain in terms of skills and tools seems necessary, and the combat is seriously flawed. But beneath that beats the heart of a competent stealth adventure, which is difficult to find these days.
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    58
    Being a ninja will always be cool, but limited gameplay options, terrible AI, a hostile camera and a rather high degree of repetitiveness turns Shinobido 2 into a game that doesn't quite deliver on its promising premise.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    55
    Shinobido 2 starts out as a fun stealth-game but quickly becomes repetitive in both gameplay and environments. It tries to keep us interested by offering many possibilities and a decent atmosphere, but fails to keep the boredom away for to long.
  6. 50
    It seems that this ninja should have stayed in the shadows.
  7. Hyper Magazine
    Apr 12, 2012
    30
    This one's a dud. [May 2012, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 25, 2018
    10
    Anybody who does not like this game has not given it the proper time investment to understand the game at all. It's a Japanese title, so it'sAnybody who does not like this game has not given it the proper time investment to understand the game at all. It's a Japanese title, so it's not going to hold your hand through all the best parts of the game. You have to actually play it to understand it's greatness. I have platinum trophy'd this game and still play it to this day.

    If you ever played any Tenchu games and are a fan of that fantastic series; then this game is something you should purchase right now. It's one of the best Tenchu games I've ever played and it's not even Tenchu.

    This game is one of the best games on the Vita. The voice acting is meant to sound exactly like it does and the whole feel of the game is great as a result. It's supposed to have "cheesy" sounding voice acting, just like all the best Tenchu games. The graphics are decent enough, but it's the actual game play that matters here.

    The game is seriously awesome. Almost a perfect ninja game. Portable too.

    You're essentially getting a portable, RPG style Tenchu game called Shinobido 2. A Tenchu on steroids. Soundtrack is awesome too.

    One more thing - people are always collecting "retro" gaming consoles and spend a lot of money doing so. This game is almost a perfect example of "retro" stealth gaming in a modern package.
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  2. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    Best current game on the vita, ignore the critics. if you like any of the categories, stealth/ninja/swordplay/tactics you will like this game.Best current game on the vita, ignore the critics. if you like any of the categories, stealth/ninja/swordplay/tactics you will like this game. it does what it sets out to do VERY very well. i was dubious at first as nothing seemed right with the game to be honest, which is never a good start however for reasons I can only assume are due to the hidden quality's of game play i kept coming back to it... and continue to do so. if you can get past the dodgy sounds, textures and movement the game has so much more to offer than any other games ive played on the vita. missions are actually pretty diverse unlike unit 13's missions. essentially your doing the same things but what game doesn't do that? missions vary from assassinations, reckon, assault, guard, kidnaps, stealth, burglary plus more and they all play well. the game system of accepting missions, making choices, levelling up your character and alchemy is also very nice. this is one of the few games on the vita thus far i am actually interested in and i bought it on a total whim.... best decision in a long time, if graphics don't mean EVERYTHING to you (not saying that's a bad thing) then check this game out!! (other games i have are uncharted, reality fighters, rayman, unit 13, dynasty wariors wipeout and motorstorm rc.... surprisingly shinobido is my favorite although i can understand why a lot of people don't give it 10 mins) Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    It is sooo obvious which publishers are paying the critics and who aren't. How could anyone score MW3 higher than shinibido 2? This game isIt is sooo obvious which publishers are paying the critics and who aren't. How could anyone score MW3 higher than shinibido 2? This game is deep and highly enjoyable, totally disregard the critics and go with user reviews needless to say. Expand
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    Did you like Tenchu? Do you own a Vita? Buy this game!

    Okay, I had no idea when I purchased this game, but I was pleasantly surprised to
    Did you like Tenchu? Do you own a Vita? Buy this game!

    Okay, I had no idea when I purchased this game, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out this game was developed by Acquire, the original creators of Tenchu. When I began playing the game I thought, "Dang, this is just like Tenchu, copyright infringement much?" It was only after I looked up Acquire that I realized, "Hey! this is Tenchu!" And it is.

    I should try to haiku this bad boy.
    In the darkness near the waterfall
    A guard yawns
    Desiring fainting sushi.

    This game is great. Squatting in the night on some roof, watching the patrol route of a guard, planning your attack so that you are not seen. But if you are, don't worry--just run about thirty feet and squat again.

    Shinobido 2 is not a Ninja simulator; the fundamental mechanics of the game are pruned such that the entire experience, from invasion to escape, is rewarding. It is so satisfying to execute the nearly mystical moves Zen is capable of on an entire entourage of closely grouped guards. Who cares if it isn't even remotely realistic, did you see me just Chimatsuri Sappo like seven dudes in a row?!

    I did have a few camera issues. For example, I would be nudging Zen over to get a better view of a bear, and WHAM, she would see me. To be honest, if I were to fully utilize the controls available to me, I would not run into situations like this, but the camera is a bit wonky. I also experienced a bit of disorientation on occasion, when the camera would automatically center behind me, that led to some comical maneuvering on my part.

    The game play is also well designed for a hand held. You can't really tell how long a mission will take, but they are all easily completed in less than twenty minutes.

    Great game for Tenchu fans, great match for the system.
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  5. Aug 27, 2014
    7
    I think it´s a good game. I like the stealth, the tool creation that could be bigger and the attacks. But i did not liked the rescue andI think it´s a good game. I like the stealth, the tool creation that could be bigger and the attacks. But i did not liked the rescue and trasporting missions, they were boring and stupid. The game could have more maps but i liked it it´s a good stealth game and i recommended. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2012
    7
    The game looks and feels 10 years old. In terms of voiceacting, story, etc. the game doesn't shine. However, I like the menu layouts, musicThe game looks and feels 10 years old. In terms of voiceacting, story, etc. the game doesn't shine. However, I like the menu layouts, music (even though it's somewhat repetitive) and the stealth kills. It's a great stealth action game with lots of decisions and influences you can have, but it's also reptitive and that can turn some people off. Overall it's good but not great. Expand
  7. May 7, 2012
    3
    The controls are the worst I've ever seen. The graphics are okay I guess and the storyline is even more **** Best not spend your hard earnedThe controls are the worst I've ever seen. The graphics are okay I guess and the storyline is even more **** Best not spend your hard earned money on this title ;). Expand

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