Ninja Blade unsheathed for PCs

From Software's over-the-top Xbox 360 action game arrives for computers in October, courtesy of ND Games.

Ninja Gaiden II isn't the only Xbox 360-exclusive ninja game finding its way to a new system. While Tecmo's action game arrives on the PlayStation 3 next week as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, ND Games and From Software today announced that a PC version of the latter's Ninja Blade will launch next month.

Yes, that's a ninja blowing up a mutant helicopter over Tokyo. No, that's not normal, even for Tokyo.

Ninja Blade follows hero Ken Ogawa and a shinobi support team as they try to save humanity from an epidemic. Rather than spend their time in lab coats looking for vaccines, Ken and company use their talents to clean up the streets of Tokyo, which are choked with victims of the disease who have been turned into monsters.

Released in April, Ninja Blade represented a departure for From Software. While the developer has created a number of installments in the Tenchu series of ninja games, that franchise's stealth focus is a far cry from Ninja Blade's absurdly over-the-top, quick-time event-driven action sequences (see video below).

For more on Ninja Blade, check out GameSpot's review of the original Xbox 360 version of the game.

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46 comments
seinfeld95
seinfeld95

omfg, i really really love those games in which there are those little cutscenes in which you have to press the right button, kind of Resident Evil 4 and 5 or Bee Movie. Way too cool! I'm so getting this game!

dimsir
dimsir

nice movement!!!!

kamizuka
kamizuka

Intrakitt no it is because of the blue-ray, and sony is not planning to put those games on Pc

Terdog
Terdog

For those who though Gears of War 2 is coming to PC. Epic games said a long time ago that GoW 2 will never be coming to PC, as for Halo 3. Please..... there are better FPS's out there. Like Half Life 2, Ep 3

InZane4all
InZane4all

I bought this game on launch for the 360. The scenes and battles are cool at first, but then are just plain repetitive. I guess after playing Ninja Gaiden, I expect new Ninja games to follow a similar style.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

kamikuza: Why can't the PS3 exclusives go on the computer? Are you trying to say they are "too advanced"? Don't even get me started... Fed_X: That's not necessarily true. I bet Raiden will still be a stealth game. Metal Gear Solid 2 is still considered to be just that and the main character in that was Raiden also, correct?

kamizuka
kamizuka

ninja blade is a cool game it is like GoW for the 360 and pankaj360. the ps3 exclusive cant go for the pc

Alex_09
Alex_09

This game is terrible guys. The controls weren't the problem at all either, so don't expect a better game on PC with this one.

pankaj360
pankaj360

should we die hard pc lover enjoy or feel let down because its not halo 3 or gears of wars 2 for pc ..... damn u microsoft for making me wait .. grrrrrrrrrrr but better than sony i guess at least we can play 360 's titles on pc even though they arrive little nah rather late but still ..ps waiting for those hot 360 games

Fed__X
Fed__X

Actually @ Vasot. Technically Raiden Rising is a spin off and most likely a action game not stealth. Metal Gear Solid Died with snake. Peacewalker is a sequel in the Metal Gear Solid story and still exclusive to sony. GG

JoshZA
JoshZA

Don't get this game, it sucks on 360 and will be just as bad on pc. Its crazy over the top and fun to watch but way to much quick time events and frustrating gameplay. :D

NoAssKicker47
NoAssKicker47

This game seems really silly and funny, but I'd rather have gears 2 on PC

Vasot
Vasot

@ropumar did you know that Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy are not Ps3 exclusives anymore. I think PS3 is losing more exclusives from the X360...

warrner11
warrner11

this mofo think he clould or somethin.....still very nice tho

Warguard
Warguard

Lovely....just lovely....another conversion for my PC gaming goodness....why not put all 360 games into PC transition especially Halo 3, Ninja Gaiden 2 & Gears Of War 2....

Cyclonus86
Cyclonus86

PC is king, but this game? why not Bayonetta that would be cool.

itameq
itameq

Yay, now more people can enjoy the over the top action of ninja blade. if you finished the first level, you know what im talking about.(that spider got owned) im not a huge fan of quick time events, but i forgive this game because well.... that was the only way to present the ridiculousness of it and still feel like you are apart of the game. l

Morcelago
Morcelago

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ropumar
ropumar

Another lost exclusive for 360? Figures, all "exclusives" will go this way eventually.

DDay808
DDay808

The game is not bad but i would like more if they put Ninja Gaiden or God of War on pc.

10679
10679

@Kougeru You must one of those people sho think pc and consoles are the same thing. Hate to break it to ya that you are completely wrong about that. Pc is in its own league hence why we have pc gaming market which is seperate from console markets. If you can understand that then you will know that there is 2markets hence when the game on 360 gets released on pc , it still retains its exclusivity because pc and consolesa re different. If you don't believe me ask any hardcore pc gamer. If they read what you wrote they will be rolling on the floor laughing. No offense dude, just think before you say.

Llainethequiet
Llainethequiet

@Kougeru What is your point? Is your definition of "worth" of a game purely exclusivity?

Kougeru
Kougeru

"Just a little curious here, I've never looked for any statistics, but how many games from the X360 didn't made it to the PC?" Like two, Gears of War 2 and halo 3. no doubt they will some day. The rest that arnt on PC are most likely on ps3, or will be on ps3.. 360 has no real exclusives...no games worth the systems hidden costs (wi-fi adapter, live, ect)

mismajor99
mismajor99

this game is one big Quicktime event, just couldn't get into it

rkelly1
rkelly1

well i will just use my 360 controller for this game on pc.

Sam_2006
Sam_2006

I was hoping for a Ninja Gaiden instead, but I'll still check this out.

hinkwokching
hinkwokching

@WTFitsPauL Lol, Same reason why dragons fly in the virtual skies, we made it to be that way, that's fantasy. Just a little curious here, I've never looked for any statistics, but how many games from the X360 didn't made it to the PC?

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I also like Ninja Blade alot but I can never see myself ever playing this on the pc especially all those quick time events.

ClaTheNinja
ClaTheNinja

How did this game sell well enough for them to have the money to bring it to another platform, much less sold well-enough for someone to green light such a project?

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Should have ported something else 360 to PC.

shkar
shkar

Actually I liked NINJA BLADE when I finished it on my 360....... It was a decent game.....

lamprey263
lamprey263

This game didn't even look good months before it was released and reviewed on the X360, and given the reviews so far this game doesn't sound too promising on the PC.

lamprey263
lamprey263

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iceeman
iceeman

well said mr cobretti1818

thesilentkiller
thesilentkiller

based on that clip, the game appears to be non-free roaming. the pop-up text tells you what to click on and where to land. it doesn't look like this would be a good game for the pc. My first impression say "skip this game". that's my opinon, take it or leave it.

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

Hope you PC gamers won't make the mistake of buying this game. Yes, it looks good and has some pretty cool action scenes, but it gets old and repetitve very quickly. Not only that it is a short game as well. It was a lot more fun watching someone else playing this game than actually playing it myself.

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

LOL, all this talk of "80% of PC people pirate their games" and "this game seems like a waste on PC" -maybe you know nothing about the industry after all, and the developers/publishers know a little more than you think, and see a reason/demand for PC games.

rashmaster
rashmaster

The article coincides with my rental of the game on X360. The action is consistently intense. The soundtrack is surprisingly welcoming too. I'd say the experience has been enjoyable thus far and perhaps PC gamers might enjoy its pace apart from the norm.

robfield
robfield

The game seems like an okay game, but was there demand for a PC version? Seems wasteful

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Why even a ninja exist in a modern world?

kmatras69
kmatras69

Too bad this game isn't crap. If you love balls to the wall non-stop action this is a must have game! Sure there are lots of QTE's but they are only used at appropriate points during the gameplay as it is in the God of War series. It's not as hardcore as Ninja Gaiden but it is a very fun and addictive game.

Sp1tfire88
Sp1tfire88

Whats the point of buying a crap game?

god_of_shawn
god_of_shawn

Crap game....what's the point of selling it on the PC where 80% of PC owners pirate games than buying it >_>