From the PlanetXbox360.com feature XBLA review:
"Ninja games -- they usually go one-way or the other. And by that, I mean either you're a complete bad-ass capable of taking on all comers with abilities and ninpo magic, or you're going for the more stealth-like approach, striking enemies without their noticing and leaving the intent that you were never even there, even with the trail of bodies you leave behind. So, yeah, either you're a Ninja Gaiden sort of gamer, or you prefer the style of the classic Tenchu series. Well, Mark of the Ninja is a game that kind of appeals to both sides."