If there's one thing Mark of the Ninja executes so well right off the bat, it's showing you the ropes. You are shown how to do everything from running and jumping to throwing bamboo darts to knock out lights. There's also a handy grappling hook (right bumper) that allows you to move around quickly and with ease. All of these techniques are taught by a mysterious female ninja who accompanies you throughout the game. She won't fight by your side, however, this is explained pretty cleverly by the time you reach the end.