So I completed Ninja Blade over the weekend, which was released on 12 Feb.
Overall, the story is too short and it could do a little more of story development and character history. When it ends, some things were left unexplained (I won’t spoil them for you). Sure, it starts off in the first mission with an interesting twist and that was sort of cleared towards the end, but it still feels shallow. On another, it is easy to breeze through this game (by comparison, I didn’t manage to finish Ninja Gaiden, which seems a little tougher) and I was able to score 500 Achievement Points for this game.
You play as Ken Ogawa, who travels through various segments of modern Tokyo of a distant future, exterminating various kinds of boss creatures. Quick time events are fun to press and follow, and the immediate retry function gets you back into the action if you miss it, but at some point, it feels overused. When it gets repetitive or tedious, it makes you too focused on pressing the right button instead of being able to enjoy the cinematics.
If you have not played the game or reach the ending, here’s a protip: Try not to skip the credits before there’s a 60 sec cutscene that suggests that there could be a sequel in the works. Somehow, running through the credits segment from the main menu did not trigger the cutscene again, so unless you’re playing through the last mission again, you may not see it.
And here’s something else I picked up from the credits – It seems that Kelly Hu (who starred in Scorpion King and Xmen2, whose birthday incidentally falls today on 16 February) was playing voice-over for Ryoko Kurokawa, the ONLY female villian you fought in the game. I don’t think her character was modelled after her and it’s kinda a shame that all we get to enjoy from the actress is her voice.
The other unique bit about this game is the fact you can don your character silly in the game. The unlocked costume are not very fierce-looking and are of the same make. The only difference is in their texture and colours. You can even set your own colour or choose from a list of presets. There are also emblems for your headgear but I still think the best is the shuriken design. At the time of writing this blog entry, I have yet to find all the available costumes.