Ninja Blade’s QTEs Are Awfully Forgiving

By Spencer . January 6, 2009 . 3:01pm

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Back at Tokyo Game Show I played Ninja Blade. Now you can too with the help of a Japanese Xbox Live account. The demo previously only for Xbox Live Gold Members in Japan is available to Silver account holders now. Don’t worry about a language barrier, the demo is completely in English. It even sports an ESRB rating when it loads up.

 

While the demo is the mostly what was shown at Tokyo Game Show it is more polished. One notable change is if you miss a quick time event Ninja Blade just doesn’t pop up with a black screen that says miss. Now the game fades to gray then says miss and time automatically rewinds before the quick time event happens. Little changes like this make Ninja Blade gel better, but it doesn’t seem like you’re penalized at for missing most of the QTEs. Since this is a demo this could be just a demo thing or it could be a final game thing. Not sure, but Ninja Blade would have been a better experience if From Software had alternate fates for Ken if you missed a QTE similar to Dragon’s Lair.

 

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  • Aoshi00

    Finally, going to d/l it now :) Sometimes it’s good if the QTEs are a little frustrating though, going to try it tonight.

  • daizyujin

    I thought the game just relied on QTEs far too much. Spread out they are ok but some points really has me worried if they are going to be used as much in the final game. It isn’t a bad game, but a far cry from Otogi.

  • Aoshi00

    I just tried the demo, it’s pretty fun, but the regular battles seem a little loose. You do get penalized from messing up the QTEs in the boss fight though, it pushes you back w/ a shockwave and you need to approach it by dodging its projectiles again.

    Problem w/ doing QTE w/ a 360 controller is I never got used to its button lettering, unlike Dual Shock’s square, x, circle, triangle which I remember by instinct. Sometimes I have to actually look at the btns when playing Sonic Unleashed not to mess up, or I try to consciously repeat the layout, XABY counter clock-wise, like the Chrono Trigger crane password :)

    I find it strangle for them to use Eng. as the main audio track though, I know it’s for appealing to the international audience, but they could dub it in Jpn too like Ninja Gaiden. And when they do occasionally speak Japanese, it’s voiced by different people, so they have two sets of voices..

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