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Microsoft's Secret Cutting

This is what happens when you use Mad Libs to name your video games.

As expected.
Microsoft Japan held its Fall Media Briefing today-ish (I am endlessly confused by the time difference), during which it finally officially announced Ninja Blade, a title that we first heard about during that crazy Intellisponse leak. You can catch a brief prerendered trailer for the game at the official Ninja Blade website, though thus far it seems easily summed up as "Ninja Gaiden, But Not." There's even something about the weird metal forehead crest thing that is very Ryu Hayabusa-y. Hopefully Microsoft and developer From Software have some plans to differentiate Ninja Blade, because right now the whole motif of physics-defying ninjas fighting demons against a glass-and-steel backdrop feels way too familiar.
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Posted by Ryan
As expected.
Microsoft Japan held its Fall Media Briefing today-ish (I am endlessly confused by the time difference), during which it finally officially announced Ninja Blade, a title that we first heard about during that crazy Intellisponse leak. You can catch a brief prerendered trailer for the game at the official Ninja Blade website, though thus far it seems easily summed up as "Ninja Gaiden, But Not." There's even something about the weird metal forehead crest thing that is very Ryu Hayabusa-y. Hopefully Microsoft and developer From Software have some plans to differentiate Ninja Blade, because right now the whole motif of physics-defying ninjas fighting demons against a glass-and-steel backdrop feels way too familiar.
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Posted by zig

Maybe they'll differentiate themselves from Gaiden by making a fun game.  (oh snap)

Posted by Weltal

Hmm,looks like Ninja Gaiden.

Posted by ddensel
FromSoftware a developer eh? Well if Ninja Blade is as good as the Otogi games, I'm definitely interested.
Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Ninja games are cool with me.

Posted by TimeWaffle

that game definitely has a ninja in it

Posted by BurningChimaera

Oh well, the name isn't really indicative of the gameplay style.

It just remains to be seen what they do with this one. I'm hoping for a Ninja Gaiden meets The Force Unleashed. To be more specific, something that doesn't require hours of practice to feel like a badass.
Posted by GalvanizedNails

name sounds dumb, I need to hear more though before I make a descision

Posted by ThomasP

Ninja Gaiden 3 already! ;)

Posted by Zergvasion

O god.
Looks like Itagaki is going to go on another rant.
DUCK & COVER!

Pirate Blade: Confirmed

Posted by FengShuiGod

What an original name.

Posted by yates

If it's like Ninja Gaiden then great, I'll play it. If its a bit different but plays ok and you still get to cut dudes then, I'll play it. So to sum up, there is a high chance I'm going to play this game.... unless it sucks.

Posted by LordAndrew

I hope the gameplay is a lot better than the name.

Posted by MOLE

MS is really trying to attract the Japanese gaming market

Posted by Milkman

Looking waaaaayyyy too much like Ninja Gaiden.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Ninja? - check
Blade? - Check

Now - what shall we call this mofo??............

Posted by Replica23

Hopefully Ninja Blade actually lets you play as a Ninja instead of a balls out slasher...

Posted by HTTenrai
Zig, you can't "oh snap" yourself! It's bad form.
Posted by GunstarRed

tenchu- z developer huh... this game is obviously going to be of the highest quality *cough*

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Posted by Gamer_152

Everybody is saying this looks exactly like Ninja Gaiden, but I disagree. The protagonist's arms in this game look marginally shorter than Ryu's.

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Posted by Arrers

This looks like it's ripping off Ninja Gaiden, but let's be thankful this ninja doesn't copy Ryu's horrificly tight outfit. 

Posted by Geno

The enemies will all be pirate-themed?

Posted by NamelessTed

@zig, I officially "oh snap" your comment since HTTenrai is denying you.

Posted by Crono

That ninja is rockin the jock strap on his head.

He looks like a dork who takes himself too seriously.  He looks like a codpiece and Solid Snake got in a fight.  The codpiece won.

Posted by Lies

Man, I was all over that page last night.

Posted by Trilogy

Well. Racing games look like other racing games and ninja games are probably gonna look like other ninja games.


As long as it's good, I'll be happy to give it a play.

Posted by stunik

Why don't they just go the whole hog and call it ..." GRRRRR Ninja blade !!! "

Posted by TheWesman

My main complaint with all games in general is their lack of ninjas.  So seeing another game based around Ninjas is ok with me!

Posted by Paul

Somewhere, deep in Microsoft: 

"Ok Jim. We have Ninjas, and we have swords. Hell, we have FUCKING swords. But I want to make this unique, ok? I want to put in... Boobs."

It's a whole new world. 
Posted by laozen

It may be a good game, but it's weird that the main character's name is Ken (confirmed on IGN)

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

lol @ Zergvasion 'pirate blade' should be made into a game!

Posted by Sharpshooter

I guess mircosoft is going with the motto "If it ain't broke......rip it off and see how much money we can get out of it"

Posted by grasslunatic

I think the only difference between this and ninja gaiden is that this will be easier.

Posted by Scooper

Ninja Blade.

I am here, right now, typing the word 'Ninja Blade'.

I feel some-what dirty.

Posted by Ontheocho

Kirkland Brand Ninja Gaiden

Posted by CleverLoginName

Ninjas and blades, this game delivers.

Posted by asian_pride

Ninja Blade? Sounds like a ripoff from Gaiden that's for sure.

Posted by EhKayFortyS3v3N

dont have the console but i hope this turns out well whenever. i want it to have a ninjag gaiden feel but with a good story and legit hack and slash feel.

Posted by jonano

this look like  ninja gaiden but how can you make a ninja game that doesn't look simular eg. ps2 shinobi its l
alway a hack and slash game with a guy  doing cool moves in a elaborate costume well maybe its a accessable ninja gaiden type game thats not frustratingly hard

Posted by ParisRobot

this is from the same creators of otogi 1 and 2, two of the best and most slept on games for the original xbox. there may be hope for this game yet.

Posted by Theory

Looks like hi-tech ninja to me...

which may or maynot be inspired by Strider.

Posted by galerian

It looks like another Shinobi (or Ninja Gaiden, whichever you preferred).

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Itagaki is now working for From Software, you heard it here first.

Posted by Shasam

Maybe they will have lots of different types of "Blade" games. Y'know, like...Jedi Blade, or....Pirate Blade, or....Kitchen Blade! (There cooking Mama rip off).

I hope the generic gets washed off this game fast.

Posted by Aaox

So let me get this straight...Ninjas have defeated their long time enemy, Pirates, only to start fighting with Demons?

Posted by screwed

Splinter Cell Ninja :o

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

The world could always use more ninjas.

Posted by killdave

Arrrh, Ryan boy! Thar be tons of cheap ripoffs up thar in Redmond, all a man can carry, ripe for the takin’. All we need do is hoist anchor for more Ninjas! Those scurvy dogs will taste the point of our grandma’s walker!

Posted by AgileNate

Im hoping for this to be a lot like Ninja Gaiden Black. Ninja Gaiden 2 was not that great.

Posted by papercut

the only way this name could be any more generic is if they had addded a "X" to the end of it.

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