PlayStation Vita’s Stealth Ninja Game Isn’t Tenchu, It’s Shinobido 2: Tales Of The Ninja

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In Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja you play as an assassin who slips through shadows and kills targets from the shadows. You can sneak through grass and around corners by holding the R button. When you get close to an enemy pressing triangle executes them.


I managed to stealth kill a couple of enemies, but was spotted in the bushes during one encounter. I had two choices: run like a coward and try again or fight. I picked the latter option and tried using the square button to swing my katana. While uncouth, a few strikes finished the enemy off. Players also get a few ninja tools like smoke bombs and throwing stars to use.


Acquire, developer of the Tenchu titles, utilized the touch screen on PlayStation Vita. Tap the map in the upper left to blow it up. Press the touch panel on the back and you switch into first person mode. That’s helpful for aiming the grappling hook, a roof scaling tool you can access by pressing down on the d-pad.


Speaking of "first", what happened to the first game? Shinobido 1 exists, but the title was only released in Japan and Europe. Just a few months ago, Acquire’s president asked fans on Twitter if they want a new Shinibido title. Surprise here it is, well at least for Japan. Despite a localized version shown at E3, Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja is not confirmed for North America, but publisher Spike hopes they can release the title overseas.


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