Mark of the Ninja Review: Silent But Awesome

There’s a number of gameplay mechanics that I don’t typically get excited about, such as escort missions and underwater segments. The one that’s always straddled the line of my disdain is the use of stealth. When my sneaking plan accidentally goes to hell and the enemy has me surrounded, my frustration reaches new heights. However, there’s nothing… Continue reading

Ninja Wrap – The Cursed Checkpoint #125

Defining ninjas is apparently a touchy subject as there are varying expectations of these secretive warriors. Justin grills Ethan about all types of video game ninjas from the loose cannon ninjas to supernatural ninjas and ninjas in bat costumes. The Cursed Checkpoint is a topical video game podcast focused on discussions and interviews about a… Continue reading

Mark of the Ninja Video Reflex Review: Stealth is Cool Again

The duders at Klei Entertainment are trying their hands at the 2D stealth platforming genre (what?!) with Mark of the Ninja for XBLA. Mark of the Ninja is to Shank as Pizza Rolls are to Pizza. It’s got all the flavor of the original recipe, but product as a whole is superior in every way…. Continue reading

Ninja Gaiden 3 Review: Wax On, Wax Off

Ninjas are one of those warriors that seem destined for blood baths and almost-certain victory. They’ve been pit against pirates, mutants, and even each other for decades and have yet to go the way of the dinosaur (which I assume were made extinct because of ninjas). The Ninja Gaiden series is what I imagine an… Continue reading

I Learned Something Today: Ninja Gaiden II (2008)

Being a social worker, I’m beginning to get a bit nervous about the proposed cuts being lobbied for in the budget reform bill. While helping those less fortunate is an occupation respected by most, that admiration goes out the window once it comes down to cost. The fact of the matter is, I may need… Continue reading

E3 11: Ninja Gaiden 3 says “Hey, Don’t Forget about Ninjas”

Ninjas used to be all over the place, but it would seem that zombies have overwhelmed them with numbers in the eyes of pop society. Ninja Gaiden 3 is coming, however to stifle the undead surge and bring balance back to the forces of good (all speculation at this point, I’m not really positive whether… Continue reading

I Learned Something Today: Shadow Dancer

When I first considered the ramifications of a huge, shadowy evil organization going on a rampage, taking over airports, city streets and bridges and then taking civilians hostage and strapping them with explosives just to add insult to injury, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team was number one on my speed dial.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t taken into account… Continue reading