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Ninja Blade: It’s Like "Ninja Of War"

By Spencer . March 6, 2009 . 12:39pm

Tokyo is under siege… by worms. Seriously, worms and gargantuan bugs. Alpha-worms are parasites that burrow into people’s heads and turn them into zombie-like carriers. Ken, an invincible ninja from America, is somehow immune to the worms and he’s sent in as a one man army to save Tokyo before the worm infected denizens rule […]

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Ninja Blade Slices And Dices In Ten Languages

By Spencer . February 28, 2009 . 7:30am

Microsoft announced Ninja Blade will come out in North America on April 7. Wish I knew about a solid release date before I imported Ninja Blade. Just kidding!   One item that immediately impressed me about the Asian version was Microsoft put ten language options on the disc. It’s not like Ninja Blade is fully […]

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Ninja Blade Ready In English, Just Not Here

By Spencer . February 12, 2009 . 2:50pm

Microsoft just published Ninja Blade all throughout Asia and it’s fully localized in a multitude of languages one of them, perhaps the most important one here, being English. The Asian release is region free too so there’s nothing to stop you from getting Ninja Blade if you can’t wait to slice and dice giant pillbugs. […]

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New Ninja Blade Footage Has Far Fewer QTEs

By Spencer . January 20, 2009 . 1:06pm

In From Software’s eyes quick time events can be used for anything in Ninja Blade. Combos, throwing wires, and even making Ken land gracefully are all done with a little help from QTEs. Outside of those there is an actual game to play. Here’s a look at Ninja Blade’s frantic giant beetle fights and blue […]

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Ninja Blade’s QTEs Are Awfully Forgiving

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

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 […]

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Ninja Blade Due For An International Release This February

By Spencer . December 30, 2008 . 9:17am

From Software is planning to publish Ninja Blade in Japan on January 29 while Microsoft is publishing the game everywhere else. When are they planning on doing it? February. Asia’s Xbox division revealed an English version of Ninja Blade will be ready then. If an English version is ready Microsoft shouldn’t have much problem bringing […]

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Ninja Blade Trailer Shows Gameplay Outside Of Quick Time Events

By Spencer . December 15, 2008 . 3:33pm

On one hand Quick time events (QTEs) make action packed moments which would otherwise be cutscenes playable. On the other I don’t want Ninja Blade to be Ninja Dragon’s Lair, a ninja game that’s entirely made of QTEs. From Software’s presentation movie attempts to demonstrate other elements of Ninja Blade like using ninjutsu to shock […]

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Microsoft Kicking 2009 Off With Ninja Blade?

By Spencer . December 11, 2008 . 11:45am

Gears of War 2, Lips, and Banjo-Kazooie are out the door and Halo Wars won’t be coming until March. So, what will Microsoft bring to Xbox 360 owners between now and Halo Wars?   Maybe Ninja Blade.   From Software will have their “dramatic action game” ready for Japan on January 29. Microsoft will be […]

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Ninja Blade Cuts Into January’s Xbox 360 Lineup

By Spencer . November 28, 2008 . 7:05am

From Software teased their cinematic action game, Ninja Blade, was coming in “early 2009″. They meant really early 2009 since Ninja Blade is scheduled to come out in Japan on January 29. Don’t go into Ninja Blade expecting Otogi 3: Demons in the City, From Software’s Xbox 360 game is totally different. There is a […]

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Ninja Avatar Parts Bundled With Ninja Blade NXE Theme

By Spencer . November 20, 2008 . 8:56am

By now you should have downloaded the Next Xbox Experience and probably created a bland looking avatar. Just for fun I tried making Link and Cloud as avatars, but both of them look like hipsters instead of heroes. The avatar system is flexible, but is intentionally gimped. Why? Microsoft already has plans to release avatar […]

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EXTRA 2008: Jeff Curry on The Outer Rim

By Jerisaka . October 19, 2008 . 4:39pm

In May of this year, the Tokyo-based band The Outer Rim published their self-titled debut album. Composed primarily by bassist Jeff Curry, the musician imagined the spoken drama that bookends the music tracks, which are performed by professional videogame voice actors, as a dark and brooding outer space tale reminiscent of James Cameron’s Aliens. Over […]

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Hands-On Ninja Blade: Mutated Spiders And QTEs

By Spencer . October 14, 2008 . 11:09am

Ninja Blade’s Tokyo Game Show 2008 demo starts off with Ken freefalling, but you’re not going to fly around like in Otogi. Instead this scene is chock full of quick time events (QTE) prompting players with buttons to press to kill dragons and shoot wires to make Ken jump into a building. Ninja Blade had […]

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Otogi devs move onto Ninja Blade

By Spencer . September 2, 2008 . 12:34am

Microsoft didn’t have Final Fantasy XIII to show at their fall media event in Japan. Ninja Blade, developed by Otogi creators From Software, was the new highlight. A modern day ninja leaps into the skies in this teaser clip of a self-described “cinematic action” game.   [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf3MtT1p1r4[/youtube]   From Software will publish Ninja Blade in […]