Summary: " Mark of the Ninja " is a big step up from Klei, and at moments, is one of the best stealth games ever made. You feel so powerful and yet so fragile at the same time- a giddy high that 3D stealth games have so often failed to replicate at all. Yet the B-movie ninja vs. corporation plot and overly-long levels do bring the game down a little bit, which could have also benefitted from a little more visual variety.
Conclusion: Not since the Thief series has a stealth game been so immediately and consistently gratifying. For some reason, the rest of this genre seems to be stuck in a rut of overcomplexity. To illustrate, let’s consider a similar scenario—say, taking out a guard—in both Metal Gear Solid and Mark of the Ninja . In any MGS game, downing a guard begins by deciding how to do it. Will you choke him out from behind? Maybe you’ll shoot him in the neck with a tranquilizer.
Conclusion: Obviously if you dislike what you see in the trial or hate stealth games passionately this one might not be for you, but every one else should gives the awesome little game of ninja-y death a chance. price This review has been made at the 1200MSP price point. If you read this review at a point in time when the game is cheaper take that into consideration.
Graphic side-scrolling action game with assassination kills.
Common Sense Media
12 October 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Mark of the Ninja is a side-scrolling action game intended for a more mature audience than its initial appearance might suggest. Though it features simple, single-plane movement and has a cartoon aesthetic, action is often intensely violent. Players control a ninja, and assassinate their enemies by cutting throats and stabbing chests. Plus, dialogue contains infrequent but very strong language, including the "f--k.
Conclusion: Mark of the Ninja is a small, downloadable victory for Klei Entertainment. Stealth games have struggled to keep up with the industry’s intense emphasis on action, and thankfully Klei averted their gaze from the choice of pandering to an alternative audience. Instead, Mark of the Ninja causes the player to feel resourceful, intelligent, and capable of making independent decisions.
Conclusion: Few complaints can be made when it comes to Mark of the Ninja . Sure, the story might not be as compelling as others, but in the end it doesn’t really matter much in light of the satisfaction you get from the gameplay experience. This being said, Mark of the Ninja is a truly fantastic game. Presented as a 2-D platforming side-scroller, it utilizes classic stealth gameplay mechanics, creating a pure stealth experience that sets the bar high for future stealth games.