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Gamers waited many years for another installment of the Shinobi series. Now they finally get what they have wanted.

Shinobi takes place in Tokyo, where a mysterious evil force has taken over, and it is up to you to stop it. You play Hotsuma, who is the leader of a clan called the Obura Clan. Hotsuma is the only survivor of his clan, though, and all of his dead clansmen are now fighting against him.

The game has eight levels, each of them broken into two sections, and with bosses along the way. The control scheme allows you to dash, attack, jump and throw shurikons. A lock-on feature is also provided.

The main objectives of the levels is to kill. No item fetching or switch pushing is required. Shinobi also contains combo features, where lots of enemies can be killed in one encounter.


Shinobi PlayStation 2 Title Screen
Shinobi PlayStation 2 Cutscene of the first boss: a combat helicopter
Shinobi PlayStation 2 Using ninja magic to wipe out any enemy unfortunate enough to be near me
Shinobi PlayStation 2 From wilderness, to futuristic Tokyo

Promo Images

Shinobi Screenshot
Shinobi Concept Art
Shinobi Screenshot
Shinobi Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "시노비" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Nov 11, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90 May 15, 2003 86 out of 100 86
IGN Nov 12, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78 May 20, 2003 76 out of 100 76
GameSpy Nov 08, 2002 74 out of 100 74
Netjak Dec 01, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Game Revolution Nov, 2002 B- 67
Super Play (Sweden) May, 2003 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Jan 07, 2003 C- 42 (UK) May 13, 2003 3 out of 10 30


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1001 Video Games

The PS2 version of Shinobi appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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