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i gave up and just played on "easy&qu
posted by bortbort (FRAMINGHAM, MA) Jan 3, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game does a lot of things right with the 3D - some levels are crazy fun (riding on a horse through dense woods) but for the most part it's a side scroller that feels like maybe the camera is too far away.
Overall this makes for a good weekend of 3DS fun, and if you're up for a typical challenging ninja game, this has plenty of those elements. But I'd personally rather be challenged on a bigger screen. For "pick up and play" this is not your game.
posted by Ichiban (SAN JOSE, CA) Nov 22, 2011
Member since Apr 2006
2 out of 9 gamers (22%) found this review helpful
hard as a steel sword
posted by rezard (STROUDSBURG, PA) Sep 3, 2013
Member since Jul 2013
Good and Bad Qualities
posted by HippyVock (SEATTLE, WA) Dec 16, 2012
Member since May 2006
Don't be fooled, those who complain about the challenge have a point, but there is a beginner mode that allows you endless deaths and continues. This lets you learn the levels old school style (trial and error) as you navigate many types of enemies with ranged and melee attacks, platforming trials and trap navigation. It's a game that requires practice, memorization, and some decent skill at timing deflects or dodging enemy attacks all together. Boss fights are difficult, but have manageable patterns and since magic use is actually penalized at the end of missions against your score, there is always a way to win with the standard move set (although the action button is difficult to time considering its extremely brief window of opportunity). Normal begins to put restrictions on lives and continues, with steeper difficulties imposing greater restrictions but better rewards through unlocks of cheats, concept art and skins.
This game has a very old school feel to it reminding me of an earlier Shinobi I played and the early Ninja Gaiden games on the NES, but with an updated look and better movement/combat range. I really enjoy the newer 3D action sequences, but I feel the heart of the game could use more 3D crammed into the lengthy 2D side scrolling combat sections.
The story is restrained and requires interpretation and the animation, while good, should have been in 3D. Overall a flashy looking sidescroller with some decent 3D moments.
posted by eboy2o2 (MEMPHIS, TN) Jul 26, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
posted by SilentHillDA (HIALEAH, FL) Jul 9, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
Thankfully son is NOT like father
posted by Seisen (Mesa, AZ) May 20, 2012
Member since Nov 2010
As for game play, the game is just hard. You can only throw a limited number of shuriken at a time and they 'recharge' over time, leaving you vulnerable to the multitude of enemies who apparently have sniper scopes on their throwing weapons as well as homing stars. You have the pretense of blocking, but it doesn't give you much time you're actually defending, so when you hit that button you better be SURE you're timing it right, as it takes a second to 'recover' between blocks. This is very frustrating as it takes a time to learn the timing, plus if you have multiple inbound weapons/attacks you might be simply unable to block them all due to game mechanics. The Ninja Magic can leave you near death when you use it, without any shuriken to throw until they recover, and usually results in your death. This game is not for the average gamer, and is a lesson in frustration and aggravation. If you love the series, then you MIGHT want to rent it, but definitely rent it before you buy it or you may very well regret it.
Unfortunatly...not this time..
posted by JorgieX (EAST TAUNTON, MA) Jan 23, 2012
Member since Oct 2008
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