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Back in the day ninja games were about skill, talent, and perseverance. Today the current crop of ninja games want to be realistic. So the enemies spray buckets of blood wen attacked. Yeah like that is realistic. The hack and slash levels are broken up by horseback riding hack and slash levels.

Make no dog biscuits about it Shinobi is one ultra violent game. This reviewer is shocked that the ESRB gave it a ‘T’ for Teen rating. This game is definitely a ‘M’ for Mature. Gamers should be at least seventeen years old before playing Shinobi on the Nintendo 3DS.

The level of blood and violence in Shinobi is shameful. Boredom insues in the first few minutes of Shinobi. Enemies like to cheaply hit us from off screen. So the best way to avoid being hit is to move a bit and throw a couple of shurikens. This gets boring fast. The alternative is to rush in and get hit a time or two before you can counter attack. Do not expect to see any turning of the other cheek in Shinobi. A few female characters were slightly exposed in Shinobi too. How did the ESRB miss that?

This reviewer has seen two reactions to the music in Shinobi. It is a love or hate kind of thing. What about me? I hate it. The Eastern mysticism may add a depth and layer to Shinobi, but it set my teeth grinding. Hearing the violent sounds repeatedly is at brain washing levels.

So we kill this one ninja, and then we face three more that look exactly the same. Then we face three more that look the same. And then we fight some big nasty guy. Now we are back to facing the same ninjas over again. Oh look two of the same and one different ninja. What am I talking about? These are my raw notes from when I was playing Shinobi. Continuously killing the same looking guys started to drive me insane.

Players can pick different difficulty settings, and different magical spells to assist them. Why are ninjas using magic? If you really need a ninja game try and find a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. There are enough of them on the market. Shinobi is one sick puppy. Obviously was not provided the dog biscuits.

Shinobi is a draining game spiritually. This Nintendo 3DS game teaches lessons that are in direct opposition of the Bible. The blood and gore could have been left out of Shinobi. This game could have been made safer for families. A niche audience will enjoy Shinobi. The rest of us will pass. - Working Man Gamer


Graphics: 40%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 57%
Family Friendly Factor: 30%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Sega

Rating: ‘T’ for Teen
{Blood, Violence}

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