Rise of the Ronin review: Finally, an accessible Team Ninja game!

Rise of the Ronin review: Finally, an accessible Team Ninja game!

If you’re a fan of fast-paced motion video games, likelihood is you get pleasure from video games like Satan Might Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Nioh, Sekiro and extra! Two of the aforementioned franchises are made by Staff Ninja – Ninja Gaiden and Nioh. As a lot as I get pleasure from a troublesome problem in video games, I accepted defeat earlier than the credit rolled on Staff Ninja’s video games. For this reason I’m joyful to share that Rise of the Ronin provides completely different difficulties to select from. Whereas the ‘Straightforward’ problem can get fairly simple even for my ageing reflexes, it nonetheless makes the sport accessible to a bigger viewers which is an efficient factor as Rise of the Ronin is a enjoyable recreation, even when it has its shortcomings.


Rise of the Ronin takes place within the mid-1800s in the course of the Bakumatsu period when Western influences began spreading in Japan. You’re a Ronin who’s out to get revenge and the plot has its share of twists and turns all through. You begin with a companion character who’s your blade twin and the lore of the sport says {that a} Ronin is a formidable warrior however with a “Blade Twin” he/she is unstoppable! And that’s one of many distinctive facets of the sport. Whereas the story has its aha moments, it doesn’t have the identical depth now we have seen in different Ps first-party video games and that’s okay as what’s on supply is a enjoyable trip.


Rise of the Ronin is a Staff Ninja recreation at its coronary heart with parts of Sekiro thrown into the combination together with among the normal tropes of Soulsborne video games – the motion is quick, enemies are brutal and loss of life leads you to the closest bonfire known as “Veiled Edge Banners”.

At its core, the sport is a hack-and-slash and you’ve got many weapons at your disposal. This features a katana, twin katans, western swords, spears, lengthy swords and plenty of extra. Every weapon comes with a number of stances and you may change them on the fly primarily based on which technique works finest towards the enemies you’re dealing with. It isn’t so simple as altering stances in Ghost of Tsushima as this requires a bit of extra fast pondering in your toes and quicker judgement on the right stance + weapon that may deal the precise blow.

The cherry on the cake is that you’ve your Blade Twin with you for a number of missions and with out spoiling an excessive amount of I can let you know that you’ll have completely different companions on completely different missions and might change to them to use their strengths in fight. Should you play on-line, you may workforce up with as much as 2 mates for these missions, however the recreation isn’t a full co-op recreation as there are a whole lot of missions you’ll do alone. So the net co-op with as much as 2 extra mates is extra like a drop-in – drop-out. For my playthrough, I principally caught to enjoying the sport alone.

You even have entry to secondary weapons from Shuriken to a rifle and even a bow and arrow which might be fairly useful if you wish to take the stealth route for so long as doable or dispatch foes earlier than they get too shut. You even have a grappling rope that can swing you nearer to enemies or assist in traversal and is lots just like the rope in Sekro and a bit of like Batman’s grappling gun within the Arkham Sequence.

The depth of gameplay is nearly as good as Ninja Gaiden and Nioh video games with among the modifications for the higher. You may parry your enemy’s assaults to get a gap to do a whole lot of harm. You could deplete your enemy’s stamina earlier than you will get a killing blow whereas keeping track of your stamina, and so forth.

Travelling the world is enjoyable as you’ve got a horse at your disposal and in addition get entry to a glider comparatively early that allows you to swoop throughout the map like Ezio in Assassins Creed 2. Some enjoyable minigames involving the glider additionally work as a pleasant distraction.

The one draw back to the world is that it sticks to the tried and examined tropes plaguing open-world video games. Don’t get me improper, I really like a map populated with factors of curiosity and an enormous variety of issues to do. However Rise of the Ronin feels extra like Far Cry and Assassins Creen somewhat than Ghost of Tsushima or God of Conflict Ragnarok with regards to the open world.

Graphics and Sound

There’s a efficiency mode, a graphics mode and a Ray-tracing mode and whereas I performed the sport on the efficiency mode, there was sufficient body charge stuttering for me to note. Whereas we’ll watch for the superior workforce at Digital Foundry to present their efficiency verdict, I can let you know that the sport is enjoyable, and fast-paced with some stutters thrown into the combination. A big a part of the open world and character design seems to be prefer it’s from the PS4 period and the identical might be stated in regards to the pop-in and small graphical glitches right here and there. Having stated that, the fight animations look elegant with respectable particle results when fireplace and environmental hazards are thrown into the combination.

The swish and thuds of your swords clashing has a pleasant ring to it and the firearms have a pleasant bang. If you give the enemy a closing blow it has a defining swish to it. The background rating is sweet as effectively lending tunes which might be apt for the period.

The voice performing within the recreation isn’t the most effective. I performed it in English voice over and only for comparability, Ghost of Tsushima had significantly better voice performing. It’s nonetheless satisfactory within the grand scheme of issues.


General Rise of the Ronin is a enjoyable journey, particularly for people who need to dip their toes in a Soulsborne recreation and are too afraid of the issue. The simple mode within the recreation makes it accessible. The multiplayer part shall be a hit and miss for you primarily based in your choice. For me, I loved the sport higher alone. Whereas among the open-world actions and visuals are from the PS4 period, the fast-paced fight and various weapons stored me hooked to see the principle quest by way of.

Editor’s Rating: 7.5/10


Accessible Soulsborne recreation
Quick-paced fight
Co-op for as much as 3 gamers
Some traversal parts are enjoyable


Some visible parts seem like the PS4 period
Common voice performing

Extra Data:

Developer: Staff Ninja
Writer: Sony Interactive Leisure
Platforms: PS5
Reviewed on: PS5

We performed a evaluate copy of Rise of the Ronin supplied by Sony

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