Ninjas and video games have been married for a long time. Every console generation sees the release of innumerable variations or non-variations on this established genre. From Shinobi to Ninja Gaiden, from Tenchu to now Ninja Blade – a ninja game every year is now more certain than taxes. The latest entry on the scene is a little number developed by From Software, that studio of Armored Core fame, and is published exclusively by Microsoft for the Xbox 360. Ninja Blade is a game that at least knows what it wants to be, and that is a kind of greatest hits collection of seemingly every action game gimmick that ever was.