You have to hand it to Joe Musashi. While most men get slower as they near their golden years, Joe only seems to be getting faster. In the 1987 original he was slow and methodical, creeping along and never rushing into risky situations. The same goes for Revenge of Shinobi and Sega's two Game Gear chapters. And yet here he is taking a page out of Sonic the Hedgehog's playbook. He speeds across the screen at alarming rate, killing a half dozen bad guys in a blink of an eye. There's no doubt about it, Joe is definitely on something.
Regardless of whether he's illegally juicing or simply getting better with age, Shinobi III is one of Sega's strongest arguments for their 16-bit Genesis. While the speedy gameplay may seem out of ste …
…p for this long-running franchise, there are enough throwbacks to the classics to make it feel like a true Shinobi sequel. This is a spectacular return for one of Sega's best characters, and a fitting end for Joe Musashi.