Mark of the Ninja: Remastered is the revamped version of Klei Entertainment’s take on the 2D stealth-platformer genre that was originally released back in 2012. Klei Entertainment are known for their unique art style and wildly popular titles, such as Shank 1 and 2, Oxygen Not Included, and Don’t Starve. The remastered version of the game is set for release on the 9th October 2018 on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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Mark of the Ninja: Remastered Review
Mark of the Ninja has you take on the role of an unnamed ninja who’s recently been awakened from receiving an extensive tattoo on his body, a tattoo of great power that he’ll come to realize. Shortly before being awoken, his clan is attacked and does what he can to stop the decimation of his clan as best as possible. Succeeding for the most part, his sensei reveals to him the great power that comes from his tattoo but reveals it will eventually drive him mad. Before that happens, the ninja must go out and hunt down the people who attacked his clan before the madness begins to settle fully into him.
With the game being a stealth-based title, everything you do in the game should be to avoid enemy combatants from seeing you. Playing in a 2D plane, the game has you play around with a lot of different elements to prevent the enemy from seeing you.
For instance, light, noise, and hiding spots are all a major part of the game. Anything that produces a significant of light will make you visible to the enemy and considering that they almost all have guns, once they’ve seen you, if you fail to hide fast enough, they’re going to shoot you dead without much difficulty. Just like with the light, noise plays a big part in the gameplay, as failing to keep quiet when you’re moving around near enemies will peak their interest and then they’ll have a general idea on where you are and will use that against you.
Just because you’re playing a ninja and are expected to keep out of the sight of everyone you come across, you’re not exactly defenseless. When you’re close enough to an enemy that has yet to see you, you can one-hit kill them and then they’ll be out of your way permanently. If another enemy does find the body, though, an alarm will be alerted, and everyone will be on high alert to try and find you. With the completion of every mission, you’re taken to an upgrade screen where you can purchase some upgrades that will make your overall job of being a ninja a whole lot easier.
Easily the biggest comparison for Mark of the Ninja is Klei’s previous games, Shank 1 and 2, as they all play very similarly, with a very similar art style for the both of them. The only major difference is that Shank focused on action and Mark of the Ninja makes sure to focus on the stealth aspect of this 2D title instead.
For anyone that never got the chance to play Mark of the Ninja or simply just really enjoy stealth games or platformers, Mark of the Ninja: Remastered is a great game. Not only does it improve on every aspect of the original, it still keeps all of the little nuances that made it so satisfying and enjoyable in the first place.