In this video we take a look at 10 of the most awesome ninja or samurai inspired video games of all time. Keep in mind, we only pick one game per franchise or mention an entire franchise as a whole. — Order Ni-oh https://goo.gl/IxtiUT
Mark of the Ninja
Do not get fooled by these 2D graphics. Mark of the Ninja is really about being silent and agile while you kill your enemies. You can be an invisible ghost or a silent assassin, upgrade your powers to get better skills and so on. Mark of the Ninja is really about stealth.
Bushido Blade series
With Bushido Blade we might venture away from the concept of silent assassins, but we step into the world of wielding Japanese weapons. This one on one fighting game has you wielding all kinds of swords. Think of the Japanese Odachi and Katana. The interesting thing about this game, is that one strike can kill you.
One of the biggest game franchises about Japanese combat, must be the Tenchu series. It’s been a bit quiet lately but it still holds a place in our hearts. Rikimaru and Ayame are two ninjas serving Lord Gohda. This game is really all about doing your missions as silent as possible.
Way of the Samurai series
Where ninjas are all about those silent kills, samurai follow a much more honorable path. In the Way of the Samurai series you are placed in the midst of a struggle between families. You need to fight for your lord and defend his honor. The fourth installment even introduced the British as a major part of the story.
The Genji series consists of two games. Dawn of the Samurai was released on the Playstation 2 and Days of the Blade on the Playstation 3. This third person action series is known for its historic accuracy. Or at least that’s what Sony wants us to believe. Genji is best known for the Giant Enemy Crab joke. It’s loosely based on the late twelfth-century wars between two clans.
Samurai Shodown series
SNK is mostly known for its King of Fighters series, but do not underestimate Samurai Shodown. This very Japanese oriented fighting game series often takes place somewhere in Japan during the 18th century, The story of the series goes all over the place and also incorporates mythology, but the combat is where it stands out.
With Shinobi we are going back into the history of video games. The series was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Modern releases are limited to downloadable remasters and a Nintendo 3DS game. Games in the series have incorporated different fighting techniques but the use of ninja stars has always been a key aspect.
Samurai / Dynasty Warriors series
Both Dynasty Warriors and its spin-off Samurai Warriors deserve a spot in this list. Not because the combat in these games is so accurate, but because these games are loosely based on Japanese history. Historic characters fight against and alongside fictional characters and armor and weapons are all based on the real deal.
Ninja Gaiden series
The Ninja Gaiden series has fallen off lately but it used to be so awesome. The first few games on the NES provided great and very difficult ninja action. When the series made the jump to 3D it really delivered in the form of Ninja Gaiden, Black, Sigma and Ninja Gaiden 2.
And we end this list with the game that inspired us to make this video in the first place. After a decade of development Ni-Oh is finally available on the Playstation 4. The game combines historical elements with stories about demons and mythical creatures. Its gameplay is a combination of Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls.
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