Not convinced? Then I've got another choice quote:
"It's an unashamedly simple game and it doesn't care. What's seemingly more important in Shinobi are two things - making you learn your character's skills inside-out and making you feel thoroughly awesome in the process.
While the combat is fantastic, it still doesn't make up for a potential issue - the sheer difficulty. Shinobi is very much old-school, shamelessly challenging to the extent that even the first level on Normal difficulty will have you dying plenty of times. Levels are also very long, multi-stage affairs that can last upwards of 20 minutes and losing all your lives will take you back to the start of the level, which can be immensely frustrating.
But that's the sort of game Shinobi is. It doesn't want you to zoom through it with no hassle, it wants you to die over and over again as you learn which enemy spawns where, figure out the best tactic to defeat each one and in time become an untouchable ninja warrior.
As someone who's unable of feeling awesome outside of video games, let me tell you, I am PSYCHED.
Yeah, they should have released it long ago when it was ready. When there was no competition to really speak of. Waiting was a dumb move.
Still, I've got my eye on this game, and I'll likely pick it up sometime - just not right away. Maybe I'll ask for it as a Christmas gift. The game has always intrigued me, and the idea of an "old-school hard" difficulty does admittedly make me smile.
I'll rent it next week. Looking forward to it quite a bit, actually. I discovered Shinobi III on the VC a couple years ago and love it. Not so hot on the other Genesis Shinobi games, though. Same for the PS2 game.
I think the graphics look sweet. The style they chose for this is striking - I really dig it. The game really "pops" when in motion though, that's true. I really like the explosion animations. Just.... so cool looking!
But seriously! The DSiWare version has some cool exclusive stuff, and it's $2 cheaper! And you can play it anywhere - no need to be tethered to your TV! That's awesome, no?
Back on topic, I'm thinking of getting Shinobi as a Christmas gift. I'm pretty well-stocked full of games atm, so I have the luxury of waiting. Plus ya never know - maybe I'll find it for cheap later on...?