Reviews and Problems with Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
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Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
2 September 2013
Summary: Upon completion, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen throws up an interesting question -- does the fun one has with a game justify the fact that it's a glorified port masquerading as a sequel? What if the original game is seven years old? While it features a fresh story with a new protagonist, there is so much in Shinobido 2 that has been recycled from Way of the Ninja that it struggles to feel like a true follow-up.
Excerpt: The PlayStation Vita may have the most ninja-centric launch of all time. Where other new systems are content to offer one or even zero ninja-themed games out the gate, the Vita has two. Of those two, this is the one that most people have probably never heard of before. Where Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus offers a tough-as-nails action experience, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen presents a more “realistic” take on ninjutsu.
Pros: Stealth kills are satisfying, Diverse tools help keep things interesting, Semi-open story offers some replayability
Cons: Unpolished, dated look and feel, Missions can get pretty repetitive, Extremely slow level-up system means lots of grinding
Excerpt: Acquire is certainly no stranger to stealth action, having developed the seminal Tenchu series. Now, they're back to ply their shadowy trade on the PlayStation Vita with Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.
Pros: + Some neat ideas present here, + Stealth kills are OK, + Lots of mission types
Cons: Camera and Controls are clunky, Repetitive gameplay, Subpar Graphics, Paperthin story
Conclusion: 'Nacho Libre' really didn't do it for me. The subject matter and milieu are certainly unique, and I bet a more humane, genuinely affecting Jack Black comedy could have been made out of this material, if only director Jared Hess hadn't aimed to be so low-brow. On Blu-ray, 'Nacho Libre' looks and sounds just OK, though the supplements are probably more extensive than the film really needs.
Summary: Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen — малобюджетный и откровенно халтурный «привет» из 2005 года, когда вышла первая часть Shinobido для PlayStation 2 — практически такого же уровня качества. Несмотря на временный дефицит достойных внимания игр для PS Vita, разработчикам вряд ли стоит рассчитывать на хорошую прибыль от продаж Shinobido 2.
Conclusion: Shinobido 2 è un titolo che, a dirla tutta, non sappiamo benissimo a chi consigliare. Ai fan dello stealth? Poco probabile, visto che quell'aspetto ha più falle del dovuto. Ai fan dei bei giochi? Neanche. Del resto, si basa completamente su un sistema a missioni che già dopo pochi minuti non riesce più a rinnovarsi. Ai fan dei ninja, probabilmente.