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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 Quick strikes equals success
Shinobi PlayStation 2 From wilderness, to futuristic Tokyo
Shinobi PlayStation 2 Using ninja magic to wipe out any enemy unfortunate enough to be near me

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GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 2 May 15, 2003 86 out of 100 86 PlayStation 2 Mar 11, 2005 7.7 out of 10 77 PlayStation 2 May 20, 2003 76 out of 100 76
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2002 74 out of 100 74 PlayStation 2 May 09, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation 2 May, 2003 6 out of 10 60 PlayStation 2 Jun 06, 2003 59 out of 100 59
Diehard GameFan PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2002 5 out of 10 50 (UK) PlayStation 2 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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