Mark of the Ninja Review
Klei Entertainment’s latest game gives the stealth genre a much-needed wake-up call.
Mark of the Ninja is the latest Xbox Live Arcade game from Klei Entertainment, best known for their Shank series, but also responsible for hits like N+ and eets. Like many of their games, Mark is a side-scrolling title with a cartoonish animation style. But the differences end there. This game belongs to the pure stealth genre, so there's no way to fight your way out of any given situation. At best, you can systematically distract, confuse, and execute your targets from the shadows, leaving the survivors wondering what happened. Or, you can sneak past your enemies entirely, assassinate your primary target, and slip back out with his guards none the wiser.
If you were frustrated by the forced action sequences of Metal Gear Solid 4, or confused by Ryu's decidedly non-ninja-like behavior in Ninja Gaiden, here's the game you've been waiting for.
This review is based on approximately 10 hours of gameplay, including a complete campaign playthrough.
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