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Red Ninja: End Of Honor
Vivendi Universal
1x DVD
Import / Domestic
? (Japan)
Mar. 30, 2005 (USA)
3rd Person
Action / Adventure
     > Let's face it, other than Ninja Gaiden, the Xbox is lacking in the Shinobi Ninja action department.  Now, I don't really expect Red Ninja: End Of Honor to superceed Ninja Gaiden in any way, or to be a Shinobi clone.  However, it could be for the Xbox what Kunoichi is for the PSX2  -- a good Ninja game with a hot babe to control.  Let's hope newly formed Tranji, a spin-off from Opus and New Corporation, has a few tricks up their sleeve, especially for the Xbox version of this game.  Anyway, here's the scoop so far, which pretty much straight forward...

     > Japan in the 1500's -- it is a chaotic time.  The power and influence of the Samurai class is fading and the use of the Ninja has become necessary to hold any political power.  You play as Kurenai, a "Kunoichi", which is the Japanese term for female Ninja.  Kurenai is a young girl who’s world is destroyed when she and her father are attacked by the deadly Black Lizard Clan.  They've captured her and brutally left her to die while being hung by a wire.  After surviving this torture, she's rescued and adopted into a clan of Ninja, where she obtains complete mastery of her unique wire weapon, the Tetsugen.  Having pledged her undying loyalty to her new family, Kurenai now lives to avenge her father’s death and will use any means necessary to destroy the Black Lizard Clan.

     > From what I've seen in screenshots, I'm not entirely sure that Tranji has the power of Xbox under control.  Maybe this will be a mere PSX2 port?  The character models look almost like N64 graphics (to me).  We'll just have to wait and see.  At any rate, here's some of the main features to be experienced in Red Ninja.  Wield the revolutionary wire weapon, the Tetsugen, where the functionality of the wire is determined by the end attachments, length and strength of wire.  This creates dynamic gameplay that combines action, adventure and stealth.  Shinsuke Sato (The Princess Blade), a feature film writer/director from Japan, provides a muriad of beautiful, large environments and event driven storyline/cutscenes.  The unique gameplay Red Ninja includes the ability to "Seduce" guards, run along walls, air walk, walk on water and use invisibility to distract your assailants.  I'm interested to see how this seduction gameplay works.  Finally, choose how you will eliminate your enemy by using various additional weapons like blowguns, smoke bombs and rocket explosives.  Since Sega isn't doing the Xbox justice (at least in this genre), I certainly hope Tranji will make a worthy addition to your library.

First Impression
     > ShinobiNinja GaidenKunoichi.  Can one ever get enough Ninja action, especially when it features a red-hot-ninja?  Well, if you own an Xbox or PSX2 and like this genre, then prepare to be seduced by the Red Ninja.  The ingredients are present. The question is, can Tranji deliver the final product?
Overall: 8+
~ Shinobi ~
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