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  • Summary: The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow, the sole survivor of his clan, on one last mission to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin.

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Cyber Shadow PAX East 2019 Gameplay: Unleashing Dark Robot Ninjutsu
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 28, 2021
    100
    If you’re in the mood for some retro-infused 2D ninja action, Cyber Shadow is highly recommended. It’s a really enjoyable experience, with an absolutely fantastic soundtrack, and certainly worth checking out on any available platform.
  2. Jan 25, 2021
    95
    With perfect controls, epic boss fights and a banging soundtrack, Cyber Shadow is a superb action platformer that you don't want to miss.
  3. Feb 23, 2021
    90
    An 8-bit unforgettable experience that empowers the player more than several modern games, with a replayability value that is more emotional than mechanical.
  4. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    Cyber Shadow's excellent gameplay, level design, variety, and music make it a great modernization of the classic Ninja Gaiden formula.
  5. Jan 29, 2021
    80
    Cyber Shadow probably won’t shine as much as Shovel Knight, lacking as it is of a little bit of genius and suffering from some control shortfalls, but it’s still an excellent retro platerformer that’ll teach you the pleasure of pain.
  6. Jan 26, 2021
    75
    Cyber Shadow keeps its promise without question. This tribute to Ninja Gaiden draws on period games to give us a fun and exhilarating platform / action game. Bosses all over the place, an agile hero and a pretty tough challenge, that's exactly what we hoped for. While it will surprise players less than a Shovel Knight or The Messenger, who went further in their ambitions, it remains a good experience for fans of the genre.
  7. Feb 2, 2021
    70
    Should you be in the market for a retro-styled ninja game, Cyber Shadow on Xbox is quite possibly the game for you. It plays well, it sounds good, and aside from an odd use of powers and damage from knockbacks, there’s not an awful lot missing - just be aware that your controller may come out the other side with more teeth marks in it than when you began.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 4, 2021
    10
    Pros:
    + amazing controls and power-ups
    + amazing pixel art and soundtrack + great pace and learning curve + memorable boss fights +
    Pros:
    + amazing controls and power-ups
    + amazing pixel art and soundtrack
    + great pace and learning curve
    + memorable boss fights
    + multiple ways to approach challenges
    + CRT filter
    + not a rogue-like
    + light metroidvania elements

    Cons:
    - CRT filter bug
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  2. Oct 18, 2021
    10
    Masterpiece.

    This game doesn't hold your hand and is very faithful to the original, often times brutal, difficulty of 2d sidescrolling
    Masterpiece.

    This game doesn't hold your hand and is very faithful to the original, often times brutal, difficulty of 2d sidescrolling platformers from the 8-bit era. Incredible visuals, amazing chiptune soundtrack, and precise controls (using the D-pad).
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  3. Feb 6, 2022
    10
    Challenge parfait pour un hardcore gamer sans jamais être injuste. Ma madeleine de Proust qui me remémore les meilleurs moment 8 et 16 bits.
  4. Jan 28, 2021
    9
    me parece un exelente juego y sin duda es recomendable, la jugabilidad y la musica son de lo mejor.
  5. Feb 1, 2021
    8
    Just finished my first playthrough. Took my time, got 100% of upgrades and secrets (also hundreds of deaths).

    Lets be honest, what do you
    Just finished my first playthrough. Took my time, got 100% of upgrades and secrets (also hundreds of deaths).

    Lets be honest, what do you really expect from a game baring such a resemblance to games like ninja gaiden? A stern challenge is a given. The real question is it worth the time to learn and i really think it is.

    While I did sigh a few times in frustration I mostly loved it; the great visuals, tight controls and exceptional music kept me wanting to boot up the game time and again.

    However, I do think the game becomes FAR more enjoyable when the player finally gets their full ensemble of abilities.
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  6. Jan 31, 2021
    8
    Cyber Shadow is exclusively for old-school veterans and other fans of brutally difficult NES-style platforming games, particularly NinjaCyber Shadow is exclusively for old-school veterans and other fans of brutally difficult NES-style platforming games, particularly Ninja Gaiden. I am not one of these people, but thanks to the game's cool sci-fi theme, incredible soundtrack and tight controls I feel it helps me perservere through muscle memory and simple trial and error. Along with the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon series, this is another must-have for retro gamers. It's somewhat an addicting challenge, although I do wish it had the same amount of accessability options that Bloodstained offers for newer (and younger) players. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2021
    7
    Cyber shadow has an excellent art style. The cutscenes in particular look phenomenal. The bosses and character models are great too althoughCyber shadow has an excellent art style. The cutscenes in particular look phenomenal. The bosses and character models are great too although the stages feel a bit generic at times.

    The combat is enjoyable, the boss fights in particular but mobility feels limited. As you progress you unlock new abilities which make traversal easier but i feel like platforming in particular is a bit of a nightmare at times.

    The main issue this game has is its trial and error nature. There's roughly 4 hours of content here but due to the high difficulty and the spacing between checkpoints most people will put double into it. It can be fun replaying sequences again and again to master them. Katana zero did this very well. Personally I found tricky enemy placement and weak platforming made the experience very frustrating at times.

    I'm currently about 70% of the way through and the overall experience is good but there are moments when I feel like I hate this game. It never feels like a fast pace ninja adventure. I end up moving incredibly carefully because it seems like the only way to make it to the next checkpoint. If I rush I might trip a security laser and get swarmed by enemies for example.

    Even some of the fun sections like the motorbike part felt trial and error. I had very high hopes for this being one of the standout indie titles of 2021 but it doesn't seem overly memorable. It's a real shame since the story and world are quite cool.
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