Any video game fan has ever missed another ninja and samurai games. That’s a topic that’s been discussed on many resources, and that idea was bound to be implemented in the games. We went back in time to update the list of best samurai and ninja games.
In this article, we’ll talk about many games and hope our readers won’t be too angry if we miss another masterpiece. If you have noticed such a mistake, please leave a comment.
Samurai and ninja are warriors from a similar league, so we decided to unite them. We’re randomly adding games to the list, so let’s get on with it.
Those who played the game will say it was a masterpiece and will be right. Samurai Shodown came into the days of Street Fighter II and gave the games a new samurai shade. It wasn’t a revolutionary project, but players who had a real passion for samurai couldn’t pass up this game. Complex combos, epic battles, and an atmosphere of confrontation.
Total War: Shogun 2
Yes, we know that this is an incredible series of games in the strategy genre. But not all samurai games have to be action games. We are sure that there will be fans of the strategy genre in our audience, so we include Shogun 2 in this list. In terms of quality, it is one of the best Samurai games on this list. If you have played at least one part, you are sure that the next part of Total War will not disappoint you, especially if you want to experience the mass and bloody battles.
The gameplay of this project allowed us to use shurikens, hand-to-hand fighting, and magical attacks by ninjas. The game was in the arcade genre when it was released, but later it was transferred to Sega’s Master System and became truly unique and memorable.
Samurai Warriors was released as an add-on to Dynasty Warriors and technically was created by this project. However, players think it’s even better than the game on which it was created. This project included a lot of different interesting things and added samurai RPG elements. The game was very cool, but it had its minuses.
Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
The game deserves to be on this list for its convenient management, complex and interesting bosses, and fascinating battles. You can’t say that it doesn’t have its negative sides. Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is very short and has an annoying camera, where the corners are cut. However, its strengths will bring the player positive emotions and a great time.
Way of the Samurai
The most striking part of the game was how the player could make choices that influenced the game’s history. That made the game a samurai hit, even though it hadn’t been appreciated for a while. Battles with the samurai swords and their improvement in each of them gave players a more detailed and deep game process. True, the game did have difficult camera control, but that didn’t leave it without proper attention.
A wonderful samurai fighting game, which had its unique mechanics. Players did not have to compete in the number of health points. Completing the battle with a fatal blow to the head or body was one of the main advantages of the game. Hitting the extremities weakened enemies and it created a truly knee-jerk atmosphere. Battles lasted indefinitely, allowing players to retreat and wait for the best moment for the final blow. A bold and unique project.
The main difference from all the other games on this list is that it only allows you to take the role of a samurai, but not explore the entire universe of the samurai world. For Honor allows you to play for any of the three factions, but they will not surpass the combination of killer class and samurai warrior.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Another wonderful action from Platinum Games, in which the abilities of ninja cyborg were realized. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance created a unique character and incorporated it into a stylish and spectacular struggle. The player will get a lot of emotions and aesthetic pleasure together with the main character Ryden.
Capcom released the game with incredible gameplay and made a revolution in terms of visual effects, quality, and style. Onimusha took its place in the list of the best samurai games and was able to compete with such powerful projects as Devil May Cry. Don’t forget about the unique and fascinating gameplay that the Japanese studio presented for us.
Mark of the Ninja
Despite the criticism in the net, this is the perfect stealth game with stunning mechanics and the best visual palette we have ever seen. Many people will say that it is of poor quality and poorly developed, but it is not. This is one of the best games about ninja.
Ninja Gaiden (2004)
One of the best games of his generation. You will ask why so bravely? The game is the foundation, despite its quality problems. The main product is the 2004 reissue for Xbox. Beautiful design, incredible flowers, easy fight the best sides of Ninja Gaiden.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
One of the first games in the stealth genre and good visuals. Those were the main factors that put Tenchu: Stealth Association in the hearts of many players.
This franchise should be returned to these days. It was too well done to convey the feeling of the famous warrior. Attacks from the shadows, merging with the environment and the pursuit of sacrifice.
Another achievement of the Japanese company Capcom. Strider was a fantastic classic arcade game, but it was released in two versions. The other version was focused on stealth. To date, players have responded very warmly to Strider, saying that it was one of the most enjoyable games ever made.
This game wins in the category “The most expected game”. The development of the project takes a long time, but it is worth it. Incredible mechanics of battles, complex bosses combining with Japanese folklore and atmosphere where the hero is waiting for danger at every step. Nioh was able to compete with many projects in 2017, which was filled with hits.
Ghost of Tsushima – Bonus
According to the Bushido Code, a samurai cannot use “dirty” techniques such as stealth strikes or poison darts against his enemies. He must meet his purpose face-to-face without fear of defeat or humiliating himself with dirty acts. Suppress fear and be prepared to die if necessary. However, the protagonist of Ghost of Tsushima, Jin Sakai, is so eager to protect his people and the island, whose name is included in the title of the game.
The Ghost of Katana
Sucker Punch team is just lucky to have such a postulate in the samurai’s code because they can create a game about feudal Japan, in which the protagonist is good in open combat, can hide in high grass, and wait for victims. And all this is happily linked to the story of the samurai who chose a different path. In the story, Tsushima Island is captured by Mongols, who killed almost all Japanese soldiers, and the main character’s uncle (also ruler Tsushima) is captured by a mighty khan.
Jin quickly realizes that traditional samurai techniques are not suitable against the whole army of invaders, and becomes a Phantom. He learns to discreetly eliminate enemies and use non-standard methods such as poisoning water in barrels and incite bears on the soldiers, which they locked in sticky cells. “Only cowards strike from the shadows,” says Uncle to his nephew in memory, but Jin has no other options.
The chosen venue and era bring back classic Akira Kurosawa films, and sometimes the game even quotes them. One of the famous director’s favorite techniques is to create dynamics with the help of natural phenomena, not the movements of actors. That’s why leaves constantly fall from all the trees, and hydrangeas and chrysanthemums sway in the wind in Ghost of Tsushima.
Thanks to these effects, it is difficult to take your eyes away from the local species. The graphic component can be problematic. The protagonist, for example, is not reflected in puddles, and the textures in some places have low resolution. But this is all the little things compared to what luxurious views open up in the course of the passage. Rosses of colorful leaves scatter from steps, the sun beautifully pierces through the crowns of maples and oaks, and the path to the chosen target on the map indicates not a marker, and with a breeze of wind. Well, the soundtrack perfectly emphasizing the mood of each scene.