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Fun Stealth Action
on February 25, 2012
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is the latest title in the Shinobido franchise, the first of which only released on the Playstation 2 in Japan and Europe. However, this time it's coming stateside for the first time, and this time it's coming exclusively for the PSVita. Shinobido was created for one purpose and one purpose only, which was to create a game similar to Tenchu. The reasoning? Acquire broke ties with From Software, who owns the Tenchu IP, so they wanted to continue making games similar to Tenchu but couldn't use the Tenchu IP for legal reasons. So a new stealth franchise was born. Even though later they'd come back to work on the Tenchu franchise with Tenchu: Shadow Assassins.
Firstly, those who are familiar with Tenchu will feel right at home with Shinobido. While there are some added gameplay elements in Shinobido, the core mechanics and feel of the game are very similar to Tenchu. The game plays very well, but you also run into some of the same issues that Tenchu has. Much like Tenchu games, this game doesn't push the hardware that it's on, nor does it offer the most seamless or accessible controls that some may expect from a more current generation game. Now, that is not to say that they're bad, as that is not the case at all, but they can certainly feel dated when compared to other more modern games. However, if you're a fan of Tenchu or Way of the Samurai, Acquire's other titles, you'll feel right at home with Shinobido. All of the added Vita controls, like some touch controls, work well.
Secondly, Shinobido has some decent graphics, but they're not high end Vita graphics. I'd say they're somewhere between PSP and Vita graphics. They offer the crispness of Vita graphics, but the actual character models aren't as detailed as they could be. However, like other Acquire games, I doubt many of us expect cutting edge graphics from them. This is an Acquire game for Acquire fans.
Lastly, this is a very good, or even great, stealth game. I made sure to make my review for people looking for a new Vita game, not just fans of this style of game. If you're an Acquire fan, don't hesitate, go buy this game. However, if you're not familiar with their games or not a fan of their games, take my review into consideration and figure out if its faults are an achilles heel for you.