Ninja Blade

The action, the weapons, the boss battles -- Ninja Blade's got it all!

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Pros

  • Great action, stylish cinematics, exquisite sound effects, Todome powers

Cons

  • Parasitic infestation storyline obviously "inspired" by Resident Evil

Bottom Line

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. It does a great job of making you feel like the star of a blockbuster action flick. It's easily one of the best action games I've ever played on the Xbox 360. Now, go play it or I'll hunt you down and Todome your ass back to fifth grade.

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Ninja Blade: This Ain't A Scene

And then there are the Todome powers, which are basically outrageous, over-the-top finishing moves. These moves are triggered when you beat an enemy down to a certain point; a prompt will appear over their head and if you activate the Todome correctly, you'll be treated to a mini-finishing move that is as satisfying as it is over the top. Best of all, every swords has their own Todome moves and it's a lot of fun to try them all out.

Todome events also occur during the interactive cut-scenes; here, you'll have to complete a series of timed button presses in order to initiate the move. My favourite involved flying through the sky in a motorcycle - conveniently vomited out by a boss creature - and navigating it through a maze of airborne cars and debris.

No two Todome events are the same and they're ridiculously satisfying; it's obvious that the developers really put a lot of thought and imagination into them.

Ninja Blade: A Package Deal

But as great as the action is, it's the subtle touches that push the game over the top. The exquisite sound effects are satisfying and really bring depth to the action.

You'll definitely want to up the volume so you can hear things like glass shattering under your feet or your sword ringing off stone walls. The way enemies burst into sparks upon death never loses its lustre either. Even the ability to deflect enemy shots right back in their ugly faces looks and feels amazing.

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