Sunday, January 18, 2009

Games Played 01/15/2009


Shin Shinobi Den (1995)
Developer: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 12/20/1995

Sho is no Joe Musashi but he gets the trickier platforming stages to maneuver through.

Shin Shinobi Den is the last true 2D Shinobi games from Sega. Just like the first three Mortal Kombat games, digitized graphics of real actors and objects are mainly used to create the game world. It contains the most refined platfoming action compared to the previous Shinobi games but the boss fight here are underwhelming - you don't get the usual sci-fi tinged monstrosities found before. There are cut scenes in between the stages but they are short and never interrupt the flow of gameplay. They are unfortunately, really cheesy and have a bad production value. The game is more fun the two 3D Shinobi games released on the PlayStation 2 combined but Sega got blindsided by the realistic feel of the characters that the game becomes overshadowed by the highly imaginative Shinobi III.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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