Video killed the Dino Fiend: Record your kills in Ninja Gaiden 2

If Halo 3 received heavy praise for but one addition, it was Forge. If it received praise for two additions, it was Forge and the ability to record and save videos of your multiplayer matches. Among those impressed with the latter feature was Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki, who is going to include a similar idea in the upcoming Ninja Gaiden 2.

The game, set for release in June, is dubbing the feature “Ninja Cinema” and will use it in a similar manner to Halo 3‘s theater. Players will be able to record their battles and share them with friends via Xbox Live.

As console games become more and more acclimated to the Internet age, this kind of feature is sure to appear with increasing regularity. In games such as this, where stylish hardcore combat is the norm and opportunities for gamers to show off their skills abound, the ability to record and spread evidence of your greatest deeds is not only welcome, it’s damn near required. 

Hopefully this is a trend that really takes off. It does nothing to affect the gaming experience, but is a great addition to those who want to use it. Something both gimmicky AND unobtrusive? Count me as a fan.

Jim Sterling