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From Software Polishing Up Ninja Blade

From's upcoming ninja game for the Xbox 360 is playable at TGS 2008.

Dude's a ninja. With a blade.
From Software's new ninja-based action game, Ninja Blade, is being shown in playable form out here at Tokyo Game Show 2008. The game is on display as a fairly short demo that offers a bit of variety, but also doesn't exactly make the game feel like it will be terribly deep, either.

The game puts you in the role of a ninja in a sort-of-futuristic setting that combines attack helicopters with giant demon spiders. That doesn't sound entirely unlike the Ninja Gaiden games, but the similarities probably stop right about there. The combat, which had me slicing up crazy demon-men with three different types of swords, feels fairly simple. The game also has a ranged attack in the form of a disc that you can toss at enemies. The game also has "ninja vision," which lets you slow down time for a bit.

That bullet time bit was handy for fighting the boss at the end of the demo, which was a giant spider creature. In order to attack, first you have to get close. But the spider keeps slamming the ground with two of its legs, sending shock waves in your direction. Dodging the shock waves gets a bit tricky in spots, so slowing down time makes that much easier to manage. When I got up close, I needed to switch to the ninja's heavier sword in order to break off the shell surrounding both of its front legs, then switch back to the katana for some high-speed slicing. You can also swap over to a pair of swords with wires in the middle, which don't appear to play a huge role in combat, but one of the quicktime events has you using the wires to swing around and dodge attacks.

The demo for Ninja Blade here at TGS is packed-full of quicktime events. You're given a bit of warning when one is coming, as the game quickly focuses in on your character's eye to let you know that some interactive cutscene management is required. These moves look extremely stylish, but the lack of interactivity was a little disappointing.

Graphically, the game had the technical chops to make everything look interesting, but a lot of the surfaces looked a little plasticy, too. It'll be interesting to see how much of the game is interactive cutscene and how much is actual ninja business when Ninja Blade releases next year. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
Dude's a ninja. With a blade.
From Software's new ninja-based action game, Ninja Blade, is being shown in playable form out here at Tokyo Game Show 2008. The game is on display as a fairly short demo that offers a bit of variety, but also doesn't exactly make the game feel like it will be terribly deep, either.

The game puts you in the role of a ninja in a sort-of-futuristic setting that combines attack helicopters with giant demon spiders. That doesn't sound entirely unlike the Ninja Gaiden games, but the similarities probably stop right about there. The combat, which had me slicing up crazy demon-men with three different types of swords, feels fairly simple. The game also has a ranged attack in the form of a disc that you can toss at enemies. The game also has "ninja vision," which lets you slow down time for a bit.

That bullet time bit was handy for fighting the boss at the end of the demo, which was a giant spider creature. In order to attack, first you have to get close. But the spider keeps slamming the ground with two of its legs, sending shock waves in your direction. Dodging the shock waves gets a bit tricky in spots, so slowing down time makes that much easier to manage. When I got up close, I needed to switch to the ninja's heavier sword in order to break off the shell surrounding both of its front legs, then switch back to the katana for some high-speed slicing. You can also swap over to a pair of swords with wires in the middle, which don't appear to play a huge role in combat, but one of the quicktime events has you using the wires to swing around and dodge attacks.

The demo for Ninja Blade here at TGS is packed-full of quicktime events. You're given a bit of warning when one is coming, as the game quickly focuses in on your character's eye to let you know that some interactive cutscene management is required. These moves look extremely stylish, but the lack of interactivity was a little disappointing.

Graphically, the game had the technical chops to make everything look interesting, but a lot of the surfaces looked a little plasticy, too. It'll be interesting to see how much of the game is interactive cutscene and how much is actual ninja business when Ninja Blade releases next year.
Posted by LordAndrew

Ninja time is the most important aspect of being a ninja.

Posted by Gokuvegita

Well microsoft needs games for the Japanese market. So, hear you go.

Posted by Harts

First news from the Tokyo show? Keep them coming:)

Posted by albedos_shadow

Ninja vision? Real original guys.

Posted by Vaxadrin

Well Otogi was also very shallow but very fun at the same time, so I could see them pulling it off again.

Posted by Milkman

You can't really aspect a game called "Ninja Blade" to be all that groundbreaking.

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Posted by AttackedCamo

You have grabbed my attention Ninja Blade...

Posted by Media_Master

ok

Posted by SkipT

As a fan of from software's work with Otogi, I'm interested. I don't need them to reinvent the wheel, just put together a solid action game.

Posted by ocdog45

ninja games are off the chain. too bad i don't care for a 360.

Posted by kitsune_conundrum

what ever happened to stealthy ninjas. nowadays its all glitz glam and jutsus. boobs too.

Posted by Evilross

From Software needs to stop what they are doing and make a new King's Field game for the PS3 right now....

Get to it.... now.

Posted by FordFairlane

The trailer I watched reminded me of the anime 'Karas'.  Wouldn't mind seeing  a game from that...

Posted by eXists

Boring, where's Ryu?!