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GF Rating
7.1

1778 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Mini Ninjas, Mega Fun.

posted by Monster0 (LISBON, NH) Dec 29, 2010

Member since Sep 2010

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect from this game when I put it in my GameQ. In fact, the only thing that made me put it there in the first place was the fact that my brother got the platinum trophy a while back and I've been intrigued ever since.

Graphically, this game is nothing special. It has a great color palette and the art style is pretty cool as well, but technologically there's nothing special here.

The sound is good for what I need it to be. Not too subtle but nothing repetitive or overbearing.

The story is fun, quite obviously aimed at children. You really can't take it too seriously when the story revolves around ninjas fighting samurai who are really forest animals turned into samurai by an ancient evil dude.

The gameplay is where this game stands out, in my opinion. There's a pretty simple set of ninjas, moves, and abilities to play around with, but you can mix and match these attack abilities and powers as you see fit to make the bad guys tumble and the story advance. There are side quests and there is crafting, but neither of these things are deep enough to detract from moving the story along.

The game is not difficult at all, I've been playing on hard and I've still got a backpack full of health potions and food to keep me combat effective. I have died a few times but every time I died I knew I had jumped into combat too deep and too quick. It's just not possible to jump into a crowd of 20 samurai with no forethought given to distraction or stunning beforehand.

The fun factor is very high in this game. While a lot of games aimed at kids tend to be a bit of a grind, this one delights with a quirky story, likable (if a bit quiet) characters, fun gameplay, and a visually pleasing environment in which to play. I recommend this for anyone looking for a fun few hours to throw away on a few weeknights or over the weekend.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Beautiful Atmosphere

posted by lolperson (REDLANDS, CA) Nov 1, 2010

Member since Nov 2010

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I loved this game because the landscape and feeling created through atmosphere and sound is so consistently beautiful and peaceful.

There was a part where I crossed a stream and turned around to look back the way I'd come; the mountains and trees rose above me with the path I'd come down on, the stream swept calmly passed and turning to my right, a bridge and hills in the distance faded in the sunset. The 'lens' feature here used is better than that in the original Ratchet & Clank's: it shows distant things larger, as though through a modest zoom, and this gives a significant sense of scale, and I found to be more immersive.

I like that you can take your time exploring. The animation and lighting is wonderful and the particle effects in the cemetery are gorgeous. The light reflects off the characters realistically. Sunset, an orange-toned landscape is not the boring or gaudy orange of typical "lava levels"; it is warm and subdued, and feels like a beautiful sunset. Too, the midnight level shows high dynamic range and the feel of nighttime is achieved much better than those games that turn everything to a pastel grey/blue for night scenes.

Each character moves uniquely and realistically, and has their own audio. I loved the tone of the archer, who whispers nervously; it is perhaps in keeping with the distance nature of his chosen weapon that he is the most careful of them, appearing humorously almost paranoid. The girl has a laugh which doesn't work and I couldn't play long as the big guy because his labored breathing made me feel anxious.

One thing lacking is a more specific narrative; cut-scenes like those of the Ratchet & Clank brand would have been welcome.

Nonetheless, the feeling of story is conveyed more almost by the landscape itself; it's very large, and for once in a game, I was not bored exploring this gorgeous and massive castle.

Highly rated for atmosphere and mood, art, ambience, tone, sound, technical production.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Very enjoyable for a kids game.

posted by VandalHart (BRONX, NY) Nov 2, 2009

Member since Oct 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I'm into the hardcore type of games like God of War, Assassin's Creed and so forth, but I'd have to admit, I had an awesome time playing this game. You don't use all the spells, but that doesn't stop how well this game was put together. Catching a fish and pulling it out of water turns it to instant sushi. I die laughing everytime I see that. My favorite fight was when you fight a boss that breaks wind and uses the wind from a fan to maneuver it to you. That was one of the most funniest things I've seen in a game. The controls respond well, plus there's a lot of action to go around. This is a game I might consider buying when the price drops. In the meantime, it's an awesome rent. I'll play it again.

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