Stealth Action Rules In New Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Trailer, Screenshots

January 15, 2012Written by Nick Michetti

Namco Bandai has released new screenshots and a new trailer explaining the gameplay features of PlayStation Vita stealth action title, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.

The trailer shows that three factions — Ichijo, Kazama, and Amurita Sect — are fighting for control of the game’s world, Utakata. The player will take missions from the faction leaders — whatever missions they want — and control Zen in stealth action gameplay. Zen can sneak up on enemies and kill them in a single move or freeze time for a one hit kill. He can fly across areas in the game world with his flying ninja suit or explore with his grapple hook and wall jumping abilities. He also has tools at his disposal to help him, some of which appear to be spikes, shurikens, and an item that can be used to distract enemies so that they can be taken out. To make new tools, players must combine items via alchemy.

The game also has an engine that constantly adapts to the changing situation between the three factions and says that players will feel the consequences of their actions. Depending on which missions players take, the might of the factions will be affected in different ways.  Players can take whatever missions they want to, which will be one of following mission types: Obliteration (obliterate the enemy), Assassination, Robbery (stealing goods), Transport, or Rescue (the trailer shows someone being saved from a type of cell and carried out).

The game also makes use of the Vita’s touch screens and rear touch panel. Touching the caution icon on the front screen will have Zen discover nearby targets, the rear touch pad enters first person mode for better aiming, and the area map (on the front screen) or tool management screen can be brought up with a single touch. As for Near functionality, if players put an item in their Network Jar and communicate with other players, they’ll receive duplicates of the same item.

Finally, the trailer for the game also says that the war is being affected by Shuu The Cypress, who’s pulling strings with the factions, and collecting eight mysterious items — for which he’ll pay any price.

To see the game’s new trailer, click on the video below:

To see screenshots of the game, click on the Media Gallery below:

Also, PSLS has an import review of the game, written by our own Senior Editor, Heath Hindman.

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen will be released for PlayStation Vita on February 22nd.