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Shinobi (PlayStation 2)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shinobi PlayStation 2 Using ninja magic to wipe out any enemy unfortunate enough to be near me
Shinobi PlayStation 2 Note the change in the emblem on the bottom left.  As you progress, you sword needs to be fed from the negative energy from dead enemies.  Don't feed it enough, and it will feed off of you!
Shinobi PlayStation 2 Trying to get some breathing room
Shinobi PlayStation 2 From wilderness, to futuristic Tokyo

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Nov 11, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
Retrogaming History Oct 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Nov 07, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamesmania May 20, 2003 76 out of 100 76
GameSpy Nov 08, 2002 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com May 09, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Games TM Jan, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Super Play May, 2003 6 out of 10 60
4Players.de Jun 06, 2003 59 out of 100 59
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 13, 2003 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

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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