Ninja: Shadow Of Darkness
Uising the always fun beat-em-up brawler elements from Fighting Force, Eidos has created the next breed in tumultuous combat. If you're into simple, straightforward fighting, then Ninja will definitely win over your fists of fury and fulfill your bloodthirsty needs.
In the role of a young ninja named Kurosawa, you must fight the onslaught of evil that has taken over Japan. To help you in your struggle, an unlimited amount of throwing-knives are at your disposal, adding an extra element of strategy to the game. Plus, throughout your journey, you'll accumulate money to buy special power-ups, weapons, and even extra lives.
From start to finish, Ninja shows off immaculate graphics and sparkling sound effects. Unfortunately, the awkard controls are a nuisance. Not even compatible with the Analog controller, Ninja is limited to only standard four-directional movement, which makes attacking difficult. However, much like Fighting Force's controller figuration, Ninja requires only two buttons for punching and kicking.
Despite its troubling controls, Ninja still flares with action, giving even the amateur Ninjitsu an honorable discourse in fighting fun.
- Enemies can't go beyond certain points, but your weapons can. Take advantage of this if you're low on energy.
- Throw your knives at tombstones, walls, and torches to reveal hidden treasures.
- To make sure you don't fall off ledges, walk, don't run, in the water.
Superb water effects, a plethora of colorful enemies, and a variety of well-drawn levels make the graphics a commanding force in the game.
Ninja's incompatibility with the Analog controller is a real letdown. With limited directional movement, attacking and running through levels become arduous jobs--especially when you're surrounded by a host of enemies.
The Japanese-style music definitely reinforces the game's environment, while cool sound effects, such as shrieks from angry dragons and last gasps from dying enemies, create a solid overall audio production.
Don't let the controls bog you down. Ninja is a great game for simple hack-n-slash fun. Unfortunately, it's only for one player so you're going to have to take turns spilling enemy blood.