Katana-Ra: Shinobi Rising Preview (Steam)

For this Katana-Ra: Shinobi Rising Review, we take on  Shinobi Rising, where players take on the role of a young Shinobi who must solve a murder mystery and discover the culprit behind the death of an innocent child heiress. This thrilling adventure takes place in the Japanese-inspired cyberpunk universe of Katana-Ra and features stealth combat, puzzles, and clues to uncover. With stunning graphics and an engaging storyline, you are on a timed effort to uncover the truth behind this dastardly deed!

Katana-Ra: Shinobi Rising Preview Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics settings – graphics quality preset.
  • One Shinobi challenge.
  • Three difficulties – Novice, Assassin, and Master Shinobi.
  • Tutorial pop-up on/off option.
  • A full 3D game world with 360-degree camera control.
  • Stealth gameplay.
  • Movement is done by clicking the left mouse button.
  • Shinobi knowledge is where you can scan an area and it will reveal enemies or items.
  • The game relies on stealth killing enemies and avoiding combat.
  • Ego is earned when killing enemies and once you fill the bar you get taken over by an Ancestor.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Hide in bushes.

Katana-Ra: Shinobi Rising Preview Cons:

  • The game shows five Shinobi challenges but only one is available and the rest say either coming soon or coming later.
  • No graphics settings. (it has one but it is so minimal it’s almost nonexistent).
  • No Steam Achievements.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • The fonts and colors used make seeing the game on a big screen really hard to read.
  • The mouse cursor stays on the screen even when using the controller.
  • Small text.
  • Cannot skip cutscenes.
  • The voice volume is so low it’s hard to hear.
  • At times the controller will stop working in terms of movement, everything else works.
  • The menus are clunky.
  • The camera is very floaty and not tight on the character making movement a chore.
  • Unskippable cutscenes and interactions.
  • Hit detection is atrocious and you stealth a guy but then have to walk around smashing the attack button until it works.
  • Tutorials are very basic.
  • you never really know when you are in combat or when an enemy is attacking you.
  • Stealth is a big part and it is not well implemented mostly by the camera.

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Katana-Ra: Shinobi Rising:

Official website.

Developer: W.R.K.S Games

Publisher: W.R.K.S Games

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Jim Smale

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