8-Bit Will Never Die. Cue The Synths!
Small disclaimer, I did not finish the game, my skill level at these are embarrassingly low, so I watched more skilled players than me finish it. This, however, did not take away from the enormous fun I had, there are only so many buckets of sweat I can fill... Moving on!
Mechanical Head Games / Yacht Club Games / Release: January 26 / Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS5, XB1, SWITCH
At first glance you may make comparisons to Ninja Gaiden, it is one made by many, but that is only the tip of the katana.
The one-man developer has cited Shadow of the Ninja as a source of inspiration, also Ninja Gaiden.
Cyber-Shadow is a very fast-paced game, one that will get speedrunners salivating. This is also where it is more like Shadow of the Ninja than it is Ninja Gaiden. Tense, action-packed bursts, are broken up by moments where precision platforming and speed are needed.
Combat begins simple, with only one attack button until you come across some upgrades. A sigh of relief, as now you can dominate. However, these only stay with you until you are hit three times. It is a punishing game to play indeed, but one that encourages you to read the enemy’s actions and become a better-skilled player.
In true ninja style, you will need to be on your toes. Reaction and timing will be the difference between life and death.
In true NES fashion, there are some mechanics both loved and hated, purposefully kept in. A notorious one is a knockback effect from getting hit, the source of many childhood nightmares. It is one of those well known love-hate relationships that I am happy they have added in.
The game is progressed through a series of well-designed stages. Here is the first use of a modern mechanic, the addition of checkpoints, giving the player unlimited lives.
And need I say more about the gorgeous art and music? You can see for yourself, it is not only faithful but also makes efficient use of the limited colour palette and chiptunes that will stand the test of time. Seriously, do you have this in vinyl?