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  • Summary: Ninja Blade is an action adventure game set within modern day Tokyo. Parasites known as alpha-worms have mysteriously appeared, unleashing a wave of human destruction as they rapidly spread east, reaching the shores of Tokyo. With the future of humankind hanging in the balance, an exclusiveNinja Blade is an action adventure game set within modern day Tokyo. Parasites known as alpha-worms have mysteriously appeared, unleashing a wave of human destruction as they rapidly spread east, reaching the shores of Tokyo. With the future of humankind hanging in the balance, an exclusive and elite team possessing highly specialized skills is formed to eliminate the enemy onslaught, and ultimately save mankind from complete obliteration. Unique ninja abilities: Use your Ninja Vision to detect and analyze potential enemy weak points, secret paths, and hidden information within the environment, but be careful, as you are susceptible to extra damage while using your vision. And perform the todomé attack to destroy an enemy's core (heart), by dealing a fatal wound. Balanced and calculated use of both these abilities will be critical to progressing through the game. Variety of weapons, tools, and Ninjutsu: Specialized ninja powers offer an enticing array of options. Varied environments force players to think strategically about which set of weapons and tools will be most effective at conquering the different levels. From dual wielding swords to grapple wire hooks to grenades, every item has distinctive features and characteristics, so choose wisely! Ninjutsu is a special power that results in an explosive electrical force to either stun enemies or protect oneself from attack. Only true Ninja Masters can achieve this technique. Interactive quick-time events: Scattered throughout integral parts of the storyline, characters come across various quick-time events providing the opportunity to directly interact with in-game cut scenes. Quick reflexes are rewarded during the intense battles. Modern realism: Ninja Blade offers a fresh twist to the classic ninja saga by basing all 3-D gaming maps directly from the actual skyscrapers and building tops in modern day Tokyo. [Microsoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 65
  2. Negative: 6 out of 65
  1. 100
    Ninja Blade is a game full of awesome moments. It's not incredibly deep and it won't redefine the genre but it's a kick-ass title that will please action junkies looking for an adrenaline kick.
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    Ninja Blade attacks with gigantic monster bosses, monumental battle sequences and non-stop adrenaline action. Bet you won't forget this ride for a long time. [Apr 2009]
  3. If you have never played a game like Devil May Cry, God of War or Ninja Gaiden before than you'll definitely enjoy Ninja Blade, however for veteran gamers, they may find it a little stale and repetitive.
  4. Ninja Blade is like an old school b movie with a total lack of taste and gory fighting to boot. Even though the actual fighting is done well here the tasteless and somewhat schizophrenic design leaves much to be desired. If you're in the market for some ninja action this is a fun brawler, but a lesser game than the recent entries in the Ninja Gaiden series.
  5. For someone who has nothing planned for a weekend, this is a fun thrill-ride with cinematic action that delivers on many levels.
  6. Ninja Blade is fun, but it’s fun that wears thin very quickly and when it’s gone you’re left with a game that’s shallow, repetitive, and can quickly become annoying and frustrating.
  7. If Ninja Blade succeeds on any level, it’s only in creating a greater appreciation for the superb Ninja Gaiden series. Play them instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jan 1, 2021
    10
    Masterpiece! It cured my cat’s cancer and my dogs blood clot. Must play for anyone with good taste in video games.
  2. D.B.H
    May 25, 2009
    9
    From Software brings us another awesome ninja game. Like a futuristic version of Tenchu, the controls are smooth and the cinematics From Software brings us another awesome ninja game. Like a futuristic version of Tenchu, the controls are smooth and the cinematics breathtaking. Not a homerun on originality, but definitely worth a playthrough. Expand
  3. ColbyA.
    Dec 25, 2009
    8
    Having played and completed, in their entirety, the first two missions of the game, played with the different features (such as character Having played and completed, in their entirety, the first two missions of the game, played with the different features (such as character customization and the weapon upgrade system), I have to say this is a solid game. The people who are giving 4's and 3's to this game are Ninja Gaiden fanboys, apparently - a game I've never played. The graphics are very good (or at least "industry standard" at this point in time), the QTE's are nice and keep the gameplay varied (I'd argue that anyone who complains about them just have reeeeally bad reflexes - and this is coming from a gamer who plays almost strictly tactical RPGs), and the weapon upgrade system, combo system, and finishers are all really fun to watch. My two biggest complains: Crappy job of porting to PC (all the QTE warnings had Xbox buttons with words like "Spacebar" above them - really distracting) and that you don't understand the storyline (regardless of how weak it is or isn't) until you've completed the first mission and watched a couple of cutscenes. Still, deserves WAY better than a 68. Expand
  4. May 30, 2013
    6
    This game lacks originality as it is clear that it's heavily "inspired" by Ninja Gaiden, but I can't say this is a bad game. It's a very goodThis game lacks originality as it is clear that it's heavily "inspired" by Ninja Gaiden, but I can't say this is a bad game. It's a very good game, but the main character was clearly a bit of a rip off from Ryu Hayabusa, but the story was it's own thing. Not bad, but could've been better. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2016
    6
    My review for this game is almost identical to my review for Bourne Conspiracy. Being 2016 is this game still a play? My verdict is no. IMy review for this game is almost identical to my review for Bourne Conspiracy. Being 2016 is this game still a play? My verdict is no. I played for only one hour and came across a lot of things I liked but decided the gameplay was too shallow and not for me. I enjoyed the visuals I thought they looked sweet but what stopped my from continuing my game was two things. First of all the camera decided to do its own thing at times in wide open boss battles I had a difficult time wasting time in the most important part of the game. The other areas of the game were trivial. The two features added together easily suggested to me to not go further into the game. I do not feel the game was broken but considering how many games are on the market this one lost my interest pretty fast. It did seem there was a lot of fun features in this game. I would neither recommend it or say its bad. Just with so many games on the market and so little time to play current generation games this one was a skip. I would fully agree with the reviewer who stated this game is style over substance. Expand
  6. SuleimanM.
    May 14, 2009
    4
    From Software has managed not only to embarrass themselves with this pitiful attempt at an action title, however they have also succeeded in From Software has managed not only to embarrass themselves with this pitiful attempt at an action title, however they have also succeeded in creating a game that manages to stray away from an enjoyable experience all together. Ninja Blade is a mediocre title at best, and has very few elements that warrant a visit. The only thing that I can list as a positive aspect to such a title is the finishers once you have defeated a boss, other than that, Ninja Blade falls flat. Too many quick timed events often lead to frustration and repetition. If I wanted to play a rhythm game, there's a specific genre for that. The graphics in the game are decent, but nothing to brag about, menus and gameplay are sluggish, and offer intense amounts of frustration, and this is coming from a guy who has beat Ninja Gaiden. Speaking of Gaiden, you're better off playing that, it Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2019
    0
    El Juego perfecto si quieres divertirte. Las armas son geiales y los movimientos muy creativos. Los bosses finales su diseño es genial

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