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Nightshade (PlayStation 2)

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.7


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82
Worth Playing
If you’re more casual, regarding video games as a fun hobby but not necessarily a lifestyle, then Nightshade should entertain you for a while. It’s got flashy combat, an undeniably well-designed lead character, and a lot of ninja action. It’s just that the further you go, the less fun the game becomes, so you’d do better to rent this one.
79
GameSpot
The game's difficulty is clearly a design choice and not a fault, though the gameplay itself does have a few quirks. For instance, Hibana will sometimes target an undesirable foe (though usually she'll naturally lock onto the next foe you'd want to attack from your position), and at times, the tate sequences will occur as you're hovering above a bottomless pit, which can throw off your timing and get you killed. These are relatively trivial concerns, though, and getting around them is just part of the challenge. In the end, Nightshade is a better game than its predecessor, and it's a uniquely difficult and potentially very rewarding action game in its own right.
78
Gamezone (Germany)
Nightshade ist ein Spiel für wahre Perfektionisten und echte Joypadakrobaten. Wer sich mit dem beinharten Schwierigkeitsgrad aber erst mal angefreundet hat, wird mit einem fesselnden Gameplay belohnt, welches zwar nicht viel Spieltiefe bietet, dafür aber mit einem der besten Kampfsysteme seit langem aufwarten kann. Da man beim Spielen schnell merkt, dass jede noch so schwere Gegnerwelle und jeder noch so bittere Endgegner mit einer Idealstrategie zu schaffen ist, bleibt man unweigerlich am Ball und versucht es auch gerne beim 20sten Anlauf ein weiteres Mal. Aber genau deshalb sollten Einsteiger und schnell frustrierte Naturen die Finger davon lassen, denn für die ist dieser Brocken vielleicht wirklich eine Nummer zu groß. Technisch gibt sich Nightshade ziemlich durchwachsen, auf übel aussehende Grafikpatzer und japanischen Ohrenterror folgt auch meist wieder ein optisches oder akustisches Sahnestückchen.
75
Looki
Die Steuerung geht sehr gut von der Hand und auch wenn der Titel durch seine vielen Abgründe, welche zum sofortigen Game Over führen, sowie den teils mörderisch-schweren Endboss-Kämpfen alles andere als einfach ist, bleibt das Spielgeschehen doch stets fair. Zudem weiß der Umfang zu gefallen. Werden euch die zwölf Missionen der Kampagne schon einige Zeit auf Trab halten, so bietet das Spiel genug freispielbare Extras, um auch nach Wochen noch zu motivieren. Action-Fans, die mehr Wert auf Spielinhalt wie auf Grafik legen und in fordernden Spielabschnitten einen Motivationsgrund finden, können zugreifen. Der Rest wartet auf das gemächlichere, jedoch massenmarktkompatiblere Onimusha 3.
75
Game Revolution
In terms of raw action and cathartic gratification, Nightshade is a great experience, even as it fails in several other important areas. If you have wimpy thumbs and are averse to difficulty, you probably ought to let this ninja go. But if you consider yourself the hardest of the hardcore, I recommend letting Nightshade kick your ass a little. Or a lot.
75
GameZone
Nightshade might not offer the freshest experience, but there are few repetitious games on the market that I'd rather spend my time with. It's the kind of game that I'd play a few times a week, finish it, forget about it, and go back to it in a year. Most repetitive games are forgotten the day they go back to Blockbuster. You might not want Nightshade to go back to Blockbuster though. I wish it were a value-priced game – then I could recommend it to everyone. At this time though I suggest that you proceed with caution. It's worth checking out, but only the most obsessed Shinobi fans will consider it a must-buy.
73
Gameswelt
Wer auf kurzweilige und rasant inszenierte Ninja-Action steht, wird bei 'Nightshade' bestens bedient. Andere Actionfans werden sich jedoch mit Recht an der mangelnden Abwechslung und den anderen (spielerischen) Macken des Games stören. Einen etwas genaueren Blick ist das Spiel aber wert.
73
Netjak
For those kids who have far more time on their hands than I and enjoy this type of instant death insanity, I say go for it. Me, I'll stick to games that are intelligently designed, as opposed to being stylish and stupid. Like I said in my Shinobi review, I don't mind a game being tough...so long as it isn't the design fighting against me in addition to the enemies. R-Type Final, Einhander...those games are excellent and hard as hell. Shinobi, Nightshade...these games are hard as hell and mediocre. At least Nightshade is better than its predecessor. Sometimes, it takes a woman's touch.
72
Daily Game
While there's not a whole lot to Nightshade besides fighting, spell casting and platforming, it's still a stylish little title that should keep the Ninja fans out there busy for more than a few days. For the truly hardcore, well, they can always crank up the difficulty and try to earn every Tate and find every coin, which should keep them busy for at least a week or two. In the end, Nightshade will make a fine rental for anyone, though probably not the best purchase.
71
Game Captain
Schnelle Kämpfe, eine attraktive Heldin und der streckenweise ziemlich harte Schwierigkeitsgrad machen Nightshade zu einer empfehlenswerten Investition für eingefleischte Fans des ersten PS2-Shinobis. Auf Mängel wie den mit der Zeit übermäßig eintönigen Ablauf und die durchaus verbesserungswürdige Präsentation hätten gerade weniger begeisterter Anhänger dieses Spielprinzips aber sicherlich getrost verzichten können.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Il m'a semblé bon d'attribuer à Nightshade la même note que Shinobi, car même si les environnements, le personnage principal et l'ambiance du jeu n'égalent pas ceux de Shinobi, le gameplay y gagne en possibilités. Nightshade n'est certainement pas un titre indispensable et il décevra peut-être les inconditionnels de la série, mais il n'en demeure pas moins un jeu d'action prenant et dynamique qui procure de très bonnes sensations.
70
IGN
In the end, aside from having a fetish for hot looking female polygonal characters, there is absolutely nothing that Nightshade offers players that Shinobi didn't. I guess that's a big "aside" for some of you, but come on. The unique jump-jump-dash combat mechanic is still pretty innovative and interesting on many levels, but it's implemented in many ways that are equally frustrating and hate-making.
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Fragland.net
If you look at both games individually, you have to admit Nightshade is better than Shinobi. Nightshade offers you some improvements but the game still has to deal with the same problems as Shinobi did. The save points make the game a lot more accessible, yet nothing nobody changed the returning boringness. The graphics are just a mess, but this approves the fast gameplay. You won’t find signs of slowdown and the action is always accurate. Nightshade is a game for people who believe in hard level bosses, harsh action and more of these elements from the time you had to play games without savegames. Younger and inexperienced gamers will only run away screaming and crying.
65
Gamers.at
Nightshade ist eigentlich ein typisches Spiel für zwischendurch. Konnte der Vorgänger einem noch den Spielspaß durch seinen hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad schnell vermiesen, so ist Nightshade das richtige Spiel für eine kleine Portion Action in der Welt der Samurai-Krieger. Mehr aber auch nicht, denn für einen sättigenden Eintopf reicht das seichte Herumgehüpfe der agilen Ninja-Lady aber bei weitem nicht aus. Schon ab dem zweiten Level sehnt sich der verwöhnte Action-Gourmet nach etwas mehr Abwechslung. Zumal die Grafik höchstens auf dem Stand des Jahres 2002 ist. Etwas mehr Feinschliff und eine bessere Grafik hätten dem Spiel sicher eine höhere Wertung eingebracht. Zumal wahre Meister der asiatischen Kampfkunst sowieso den Titel Ninja Gaiden in der Konkurrenzkonsole Xbox liegen haben. Auch wenn der Titel vielen Spielern noch heute wegen dem sehr hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad schwer im Magen liegt ;-)
65
Game Informer Magazine
The release of Shinobi in 2002 disappointed a lot of people by taking a revered series and turning it into an unfortunately average game. It's follow up, Nightshade, is also depressingly lackluster, though it does manage to fail in different ways than it's predecessors.
60
Factornews
Ce n'est rien de dire que je n'ai pas accroché à ce Nightshade. La réalisation, le gameplay, tout semble fait pour rebuter le joueur. Et pourtant, l'amateur de challenge relevé trouvera ici à qui parler, pour peu qu'il arrive à dompter la bête. Les vraies brutes du paddle prendront un plaisir certain à enchaîner les vagues d'adversaires sans jamais s'arrêter afin de voir leur nom s'afficher en haut du tableau de high-score. Les moins doués (comme moi) ne verront qu'un jeu terne, au gameplay rébarbatif. Ils remettront donc le CD dans sa boîte, et s'en retourneront sur Devil May Cry.
60
Game Informer Magazine
Hack. Slash. Yawn. Repeat. If there is one word to sum up Nightshade, it's "uninspired." Take away the flashy gimmicks like tates, and there's nothing here that you haven't seen in dozens of other games. It's not a bad game, just one that doesn't do anything to move past stale genre conventions. You see something; you kill it. That is all.
60
PSX Extreme
Deep down, Nightshade isn't a bad game, but it's got so many problems that it's impossible to really enjoy. The camera is atrocious, the graphics are bland, and the voice acting is lousy. The concept is cool, but after two mediocre games, it looks like it's time for Sega to put down the Shinobi series once and for all.
60
GameSpy
Nightshade does a good job of fixing up some of the more annoying bits of its forebear and making a game that is a bit more enjoyable for casual play. That's not to say it's not hardcore -- this is probably one of the worst games you could possibly buy for your reflex-impaired father. It does, however, decrease the barrier of entry enough that the average gamer has a better shot at enjoying it. Combine that with superior level design and attractive graphics and my preference for it over Shinobi is obvious. It's still chock full of frustration and teeth-gnashing, but for all its minuses, Nightshade delivers more of the same fairly well.
60
Games Radar
The best word to describe Nightshade is 'traditional', with 12 levels containing monsters to kill and scaffolding to negotiate, each culminating in a boss denouement. While 'traditional' need not be a dirty word, it's a shame that Sega also dredged up some design features that were perhaps best left in the Mega Drive era. It's not the boss battles - some of which can take upwards of 15 attempts to complete - that particularly infuriate, it's the instant deaths from falling that make Nightshade so uncompromising.
51
4Players.de
Okay, ich hab mich schon vor knapp einem Jahr von Shinobi veralbert gefühlt, jetzt setzt Nightshade locker einen drauf: Das Spiel ist im Grunde nichts weiter als ein Add-On mit weiblichem Protagonisten, und bietet genau null eigenständige Ideen. Alle Ärgernisse des Vorgängers sind auch hier enthalten: böse Grafik, langweilige Gegner, Kameraprobleme, einschläferndes Leveldesign. Spart euch das Geld, wenn ihr nicht gerade beinharte Shinobi-Fans seid. Ein Spruch Hibanas passt hier nämlich aufs Spiel wie der Katana in den Bauch: »A waste of time«.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Certainly, the game improves on Shinobi in a couple of key respects, mostly notably in terms of the variety of combat options open to you and the variety of locations in the game, but it's a minor improvement only - and frankly, Nightshade needed to do a lot better, arriving as it does only a short while before Tecmo's magnificent Ninja Gaiden backflips its way across the pond to land silently as a cat on an Xbox near you. In the face of such opposition, Nightshade, a pretty damn poor game when stacked against PS2 contemporaries like Devil May Cry or Castlevania, simply doesn't have a candle to hold.