History VideoGame / MarkOfTheNinja

20th Jan '16 8:33:12 PM nombretomado
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''Mark of the Ninja'' is a [[StealthBasedGame Stealth Based]] PlatformGame developed by Creator/KleiEntertainment (the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'') and released on XboxLiveArcade, and later on {{Steam}}. The player takes on the role of a {{Ninja}} of the Hisomu Clan who must track and slay the man responsible for the decimation of his clan through modern cityscapes, employing all his stealth abilities and quasi-magical feats granted to him by a [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoo]].
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''Mark of the Ninja'' is a [[StealthBasedGame Stealth Based]] PlatformGame developed by Creator/KleiEntertainment (the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'') and released on XboxLiveArcade, and later on {{Steam}}.UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. The player takes on the role of a {{Ninja}} of the Hisomu Clan who must track and slay the man responsible for the decimation of his clan through modern cityscapes, employing all his stealth abilities and quasi-magical feats granted to him by a [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoo]].
27th Nov '15 9:12:23 PM Meenoru
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** Dogs. They can smell and identify you even in darkness and hiding if they get close enough. Knocking them out is possible, but if the player takes too long the dog will alert the other guards.
20th Nov '15 11:33:36 AM Meenoru
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The No Enemies Killed bonus. While it is impressive to finish a level without ever killing an enemy, the effort is generally not worth the reward if you're going for a high score, as extensive killing is actually worth way more points.
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The titular ink itself. You become a human with super reflexes capable of doing time-stopping stunts. The downside? ''You go insane.'' ** The No Enemies Killed bonus. While it is impressive to finish a level without ever killing an enemy, the effort is generally not worth the reward if you're going for a high score, as extensive killing is actually worth way more points.
15th Nov '15 4:07:12 PM Cantido
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* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: In the end, [[spoiler: the poisonous ink takes hold over the Marked Ninja, Ora, now known to be imaginary, eggs him on to murder his master and his entire clan, and the entire environment is hallucinated into traditional art.]]
14th Nov '15 7:21:39 AM Hanz
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* ADayInTheLimelight: The Special Edition DLC level stars [[spoiler:Dosan, the main hero's mentor]] who oversees the use of the ink. In this level, the bandits guarding the ink find out what it does and try to steal it, so Azai sends in Dosan to give them a little "reminder" of who's really in control.
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* ADayInTheLimelight: The Special Edition DLC level stars [[spoiler:Dosan, Dosan, the main hero's mentor]] mentor who oversees the use of the ink. In this level, the bandits guarding the ink find out what it does and try to steal it, so Azai sends in Dosan to give them a little "reminder" of who's really in control.control. * ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dosan in his youth did not use a sword out of pride of his skills at hand-to-hand combat.

** [[spoiler:Dosan]] didn't even use a sword when he was young. He didn't need one. Bonus points as [[BadassNormal he never received the mark]], but still was able to put a small army of bandits armed to the teeth on the line, after they threatened to turn on the Hisomu clan, ''on his own''.
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** [[spoiler:Dosan]] Dosan didn't even use a sword when he was young. He didn't need one. Bonus points as [[BadassNormal he never received the mark]], but still was able to put a small army of bandits armed to the teeth on the line, after they threatened to turn on the Hisomu clan, ''on his own''.

** [[spoiler:Dosan]] didn't even use * ImaginaryFriend: [[spoiler:The ending reveals that Ora is a sword when he was young. He didn't need one. Bonus points as [[BadassNormal he never received figment of the mark]], but still was able to put a small army protagonist's imagination as part of bandits armed to the teeth on the line, after they threatened to turn on the Hisomu clan, ''on his own''.ink's influence.]]

* MartialPacifist / TechnicalPacifist: Path of Silence enforces this tactic by removing all of the lethal equipment of the Marked Ninja. "Indirect Kills" via the environment or luring enemies into deadly traps does not count towards the Marked Ninja's kill count. ** [[spoiler:Dosan,]] the protagonist of the ''Special Edition'' DLC, is definitely one. He uses his bare hands in order to perform non-lethal takedowns, and the last part of his chapter greatly encourages you to solve the situation by [[TerrorHero scaring the enemies]] rather than killing them all.
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* MartialPacifist / TechnicalPacifist: MartialPacifist[=/=]TechnicalPacifist: Path of Silence enforces this tactic by removing all of the lethal equipment of the Marked Ninja. "Indirect Kills" via the environment or luring enemies into deadly traps does not count towards the Marked Ninja's kill count. ** [[spoiler:Dosan,]] Dosan, the protagonist of the ''Special Edition'' DLC, is definitely one. He uses his bare hands in order to perform non-lethal takedowns, and the last part of his chapter greatly encourages you to solve the situation by [[TerrorHero scaring the enemies]] rather than killing them all.

* [[MrExposition Mrs. Exposition]]: Ora. She normally comes by, says something relevant, and goes away until you reach a certain point of the stage.
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* [[MrExposition Mrs.Ms. Exposition]]: Ora. She normally comes by, says something relevant, and goes away until you reach a certain point of the stage.
6th Nov '15 7:06:10 PM Vios
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''Mark of the Ninja'' is a [[StealthBasedGame Stealth Based]] PlatformGame developed by Klei Entertainment (the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'') and released on XboxLiveArcade, and later on {{Steam}}. The player takes on the role of a {{Ninja}} of the Hisomu Clan who must track and slay the man responsible for the decimation of his clan through modern cityscapes, employing all his stealth abilities and quasi-magical feats granted to him by a [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoo]].
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''Mark of the Ninja'' is a [[StealthBasedGame Stealth Based]] PlatformGame developed by Klei Entertainment Creator/KleiEntertainment (the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'') and released on XboxLiveArcade, and later on {{Steam}}. The player takes on the role of a {{Ninja}} of the Hisomu Clan who must track and slay the man responsible for the decimation of his clan through modern cityscapes, employing all his stealth abilities and quasi-magical feats granted to him by a [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoo]].
6th Nov '15 7:04:08 PM Vios
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6th Nov '15 5:27:26 PM Luigifan
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* BackStab: Stealth Kills, which the player can execute to an unaware enemy.
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* BackStab: Stealth Kills, with which the player can execute to an unaware enemy.

* BadBoss: Karajan. During a cutscene with his guard captain, it's revealed that he traded a shipment of advanced body armor--armor that had been meant for his field troops--for a bottle of expensive wine that once belonged to OttoVonBismarck, just to see what it tasted like. When Corporal Kelly implies that his men got killed because they didn't have the body armor, Karajan's sole remark is: "Then this was more expensive than I thought."
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* BadBoss: Karajan. During a cutscene with his guard captain, it's revealed that he traded a shipment of advanced body armor--armor armor -- armor that had been meant for his field troops--for troops -- for a bottle of expensive wine that once belonged to OttoVonBismarck, just to see what it tasted like. When Corporal Kelly implies that his men got killed because they didn't have the body armor, Karajan's sole remark is: "Then this was more expensive than I thought."

* BeatingADeadPlayer If a player is killed by gunfire, enemies will continue firing at him as if he was still alive.
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* BeatingADeadPlayer BeatingADeadPlayer: If a player is killed by gunfire, enemies will continue firing at him as if he was still alive.

* BlackAndGrayMorality: The morality of this game can get really murky. [[spoiler:Hessian has all the markings of being a corrupt MegaCorp, but their attacks on the Hisomu are pretty understandable once it's found out the clan attacked and robbed from them first. Things get even more confusing when the Marked Ninja comes into play, who may have an UnwittingPawn or a willing accomplice in the whole affair before his sanity began to dwindle. In the end, it's all but impossible to tell if there ever really was a "good" side in this conflict.]]
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The morality of this game can get really murky. [[spoiler:Hessian has all the markings of being a corrupt MegaCorp, but their attacks on the Hisomu are pretty understandable once it's found out the clan attacked and robbed from them first. Things get even more confusing when the Marked Ninja comes into play, who may have been an UnwittingPawn or a willing accomplice in the whole affair before his sanity began to dwindle. In the end, it's all but impossible to tell if there ever really was a "good" side in this conflict.]]

* CeilingCorpse: You can do this hang guards from grappling hook points with the chain of your hook, either after you've killed them or, if you've taken the Hangman's Hymn perk, in the process of doing so. Any guards who spot the corpse will be immediately [[OhCrap terrified]].
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* CeilingCorpse: You can do this hang guards from grappling hook points with the chain of your hook, either after you've killed them or, if you've taken the Hangman's Hymn perk, in the process of doing so. Any guards who spot the corpse will be immediately [[OhCrap terrified]].

* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Hessian Castle, Count Karajan's stronghold.]] After that, [[spoiler: it turns out [[EvilMentor Azai]] has his own plans...]]
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* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Hessian Castle, Count Karajan's stronghold.]] After that, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns out [[EvilMentor Azai]] has his own plans...]]

** [[spoiler:The "Seppuku" ending has you kill Ora, your DeadpanSnarker MissionControl who had never been anything but loyal to you, despite not being real, and you do this by stabbing through yourself, committing suicide. While this adheres to the laws of the Hisomu--and may be necessary, since it's implied that the Marked Ninja is losing his grip on reality thanks to the DeadlyUpgrade of his tattoos--the clan will also degrade as Azai remains in charge, and will phase out the old ways for advanced technology and weaponry.]]
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** [[spoiler:The "Seppuku" ending has you kill Ora, your DeadpanSnarker MissionControl who had never been anything but loyal to you, despite not being real, and you do this by stabbing through yourself, committing suicide. While this adheres to the laws of the Hisomu--and Hisomu -- and may be necessary, since it's implied that the Marked Ninja is losing his grip on reality thanks to the DeadlyUpgrade of his tattoos--the tattoos -- the clan will also degrade as Azai remains in charge, and will phase out the old ways for advanced technology and weaponry.]]

* DrivenToSuicide: The upgraded Hisomu Poison Dart will make enemies blow their brains out, out of sheer terror after a set period of time (or in case of dogs, just makes them drop dead).
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* DrivenToSuicide: The upgraded Hisomu Poison Dart will make enemies blow their brains out, out of sheer terror after a set period of time (or in the case of dogs, just makes them drop dead).

** Later, [[spoiler:Stalkers, Hisomu ninja women equipped with Karajan's high-tech that see in the dark, leap around and use grapple points like the Marked Ninja, and instantly detect you from within your normal stealth kill range and can't be stealth killed unless stunned even from behind obstacles]].
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** Later, [[spoiler:Stalkers, Hisomu ninja women equipped with Karajan's high-tech that see in the dark, leap around around, and use grapple points like the Marked Ninja, and instantly detect you from within your normal stealth kill range and can't be stealth killed unless stunned stunned, even from behind obstacles]].

* EvilMentor: [[spoiler:Azai has some shades of this. As revealed in the story and the scrolls you collect, he purposefully attacked the Hessian group first and got himself captured by them after he found out what kind of technology they possess. On the other hand, he was forced to do this since the plant from which the special ink used in the Marks was made from had died out and the last of it was used to give the main character his Mark, and without it or the technology the clan wouldn't be able to survive in the modern world. The main character is angered about having to go on a suicide mission just to capture enemy technology when he thought his mission was about justified revenge for Karajan's seemingly unprovoked assault on the clan in an attempt to wipe them out.]] * ExpositoryGameplayLimitation: In certain story sequences the player character can do little but walk left or right.
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* EvilMentor: [[spoiler:Azai has some shades of this. As revealed in the story and the scrolls you collect, he purposefully attacked the Hessian group first and got himself captured by them after he found out what kind of technology they possess. On the other hand, he was forced to do this since the plant from which the special ink used in the Marks was made from had died out and the last of it was used to give the main character his Mark, and without it or the technology technology, the clan wouldn't be able to survive in the modern world. The main character is angered about having to go on a suicide mission just to capture enemy technology when he thought his mission was about justified revenge for Karajan's seemingly unprovoked assault on the clan in an attempt to wipe them out.]] * ExpositoryGameplayLimitation: In certain story sequences sequences, the player character can do little but walk left or right.

** Another example is when your mentor, Dosan, mentions in the beginning that he's running out of ink to produce the mystic tattoos of the Hisomu clan. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the flowers whose toxins make up the prime ingredient of the ink died out years ago, and Azai apparently covered that up.]]
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** Another example is when your mentor, Dosan, mentions in the beginning that he's running out of ink to produce the mystic tattoos of the Hisomu clan. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's revealed that the flowers whose toxins make up the prime ingredient of the ink died out years ago, and Azai apparently covered that up.]]

* HeroicMime: The protagonist never speaks once. [[spoiler:Aside from a grunt of pain should he commit seppuku at the end.]] And depending on your definitions [[spoiler: Ora being a hallucination is voicing your thoughts]]. * HonorBeforeReason: Potentially mixed with WrongGenreSavvy. According to Ora, Corporal Kelly counts on the protagonist invoking this trope. Whether or not the Marked Ninja does so, is up to the player. [[spoiler:Of course, this doesn't prevent him from trying to fight the Marked Ninja with ''two'' snipers in the same room...]]
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* HeroicMime: The protagonist never speaks once. [[spoiler:Aside from a grunt of pain should he commit seppuku at the end.]] And depending on your definitions [[spoiler: Ora [[spoiler:(Ora, being a hallucination hallucination, is voicing your thoughts]]. thoughts)]]. * HonorBeforeReason: Potentially mixed with WrongGenreSavvy. According to Ora, Corporal Kelly counts on the protagonist invoking this trope. Whether or not the Marked Ninja does so, so is up to the player. [[spoiler:Of course, this doesn't prevent him from trying to fight the Marked Ninja with ''two'' snipers in the same room...]]

* HeroicSacrifice: People from the Hisomu clan willingly accepts their marks while fully aware of their eventual effects, just so they can perform a daunting task in order to greatly benefit the clan.
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* HeroicSacrifice: People from the Hisomu clan willingly accepts accept their marks while fully aware of their eventual effects, just so they can perform a daunting task in order to greatly benefit the clan.

* InSeriesNickname: The Marked Ninja is referred to as "The Champion" by Azai. [[spoiler:But in truth they are known as "The Severed" by everyone else]].
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* InSeriesNickname: The Marked Ninja is referred to as "The Champion" by Azai. [[spoiler:But in truth truth, they are known as "The Severed" by everyone else]].

* PaletteSwap: [[spoiler:Corporal Kelly]] who is merely an unique elite.
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* PaletteSwap: [[spoiler:Corporal Kelly]] Kelly]], who is merely an unique elite.

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Azai. After the player goes rogue during the second part of the game upon learning that [[spoiler: Azai lied about his motives for having the Marked Ninja attack Karajan, and that he plans to phase out the old ways in favor of advanced technology,]] he nontheless engages his wayward student in polite conversation, and allows said student to decide whether to kill himself or not. Bear in mind, [[spoiler: he knows full well that the Marked Ninja is suffering from the madness brought on by the toxin of his tattoos, and may well decide to murder him and the rest of the clan,]] yet he doesn't even put up a fight. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: AvertedTrope - the Marked Ninja is red and black in the dark (with white serving as the colour of lines), but is the protagonist.
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Azai. After the player goes rogue during the second part of the game upon learning that [[spoiler: Azai [[spoiler:Azai lied about his motives for having the Marked Ninja attack Karajan, and that he plans to phase out the old ways in favor of advanced technology,]] he nontheless engages his wayward student in polite conversation, and allows said student to decide whether to kill himself or not. Bear in mind, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he knows full well that the Marked Ninja is suffering from the madness brought on by the toxin of his tattoos, and may well decide to murder him and the rest of the clan,]] yet he doesn't even put up a fight. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: AvertedTrope - -- the Marked Ninja is red and black in the dark (with white serving as the colour of lines), but is the protagonist.
20th Sep '15 12:26:54 PM Megarop
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* BeatingADeadPlayer If a player is killed by gunfire, enemies will continue firing at him as if he was still alive.
12th Sep '15 6:18:48 PM nombretomado
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* RealityEnsues: Go ahead and try to run into fights like [[NinjaGaiden other kinds]] [[{{Shinobi}} of ninja game]]. Heavily armed mooks with assault rifles, sniper rifles, and shotguns and [[spoiler:later with laser beams]] will make ''real'' short work of you.
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* RealityEnsues: Go ahead and try to run into fights like [[NinjaGaiden [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden other kinds]] [[{{Shinobi}} of ninja game]]. Heavily armed mooks with assault rifles, sniper rifles, and shotguns and [[spoiler:later with laser beams]] will make ''real'' short work of you.
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