Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ninja Blade Demo Impressions

This thing is probably the biggest demo release on Live and PSN right now, but I can't say I'm particularly impressed. The visuals are solid, and the controls are tight, but it's a blatant copy of Ninja Gaiden. That isn't bad in and of itself, but it feels like it copied its fighting system and visual presentation, but then didn't really know what to do with it. Enemy encounters have a sort of dull, endless feel to them -- probably because they have way too much health, and the gameplay relies way too much on QTE events, which outside of God of War, really just feel like a bad holdover from the FMV gaming era.

I'd skip it unless you're really hurting for a new Japanese-style action-game.

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