Game: "Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2"
System: PlayStation 3
Genre: Action
Published by: Other

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 1/11/2010

Review: I am absolutely loving this game. Yes, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is an upgraded version of the Xbox "Ninja Gaiden 2," and many people have problems with what was done to it, but I'm simply not one of them. I just think the game is a perfect example of what the Playstation 3 can really do when put to good use, and the art direction is nothing short of stunning.

If you're a fan of the Ninja Gaiden series, I'm sure you've heard about how the insane amounts of blood were removed for the PS3 version. While I admit, I wouldn't mind seeing the crazy blood splatters as well, it doesn't make the game any less visually impressive. With the resolution receiving such a huge increase, the game looks better than ever.

And while the extreme gore may be gone in place of flashy light displays, the bosses themselves have received a big upgrade as well... quite literally. There are some gargantuan new bosses in this game who take up the entire screen that are both a spectacle and a blast to fight.

You also have your choice of four different playable characters. First off, there's Ryu Hayabusa, the classic ninja who will forever be my character of choice. Aside from him, there are three ninja ladies you can control: Rachel, Ayane and Momiji. Naturally, this being both a video game and a product of Japan, the women have ridiculous outfits (that is, if you can even call only a few threads an "outfit") made to show off their even more ridiculous curves. There was even a sixaxis controller 'boob jiggling' promo spot created a while ago to build up hype for the game. Yyyyep... that's Japan for ya.

The game itself is just as difficult as you would expect from anything in the Ninja Gaiden series, and there are several additional modes to unlock after you beat it. I can't even imagine playing through the game in "Path of the Mentor" mode and beyond. Then again, when you consider that too many games these days are easy as hell to beat, it's always refreshing to have a real challenge. If I'm paying 40-50 bux for a title, I like to know that I'm going to get more than just a few hours of enjoyment out of it.

There's also a nice variety of skill and weapons upgrades in the game for you to play with. Personally, I look forward to getting my hands on the Howling Cannon. Why? Because, who wouldn't want to see a ninja firing cannonballs at his enemies? That's a selling point right there, folks.

I should mention that there is a new online "Team Play" mode with arena battles for you and a pal to play in. I haven't tried that part out yet, but it's supposedly a lot o' fun and you can show off your unlocked costumes in there as well.

All in all, the game is absolutely fantastic and would've received five pickles had they not toned down the blood so dramatically. I'll gladly trade in the lame boob jiggling joke for more gore (perhaps Tecmo will wise up and release a patch so people can enable the gore). Still, with such beautifully enhanced gameplay visuals and no slowdown issues that the other version suffered from, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is an extremely well-crafted and addictive game. On top of all that, you'll have a chance to fight the Statue of Liberty! Yep, you read that right... Miss Liberty versus Ryu Hayabusa. A ninja duking it out with the Statue of friggin' Liberty! Honestly, what more could a fan ask for?

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Strange blob from beyond
Jan 11th, 2010, 01:39 PM
My main problem with this game is that I already own Ninja Gaiden 2 on the 360 and I can't justify to myself spending 40 on this for my PS3 when Mass Effect 2, Darkriders and Bayonetta all are out before my next pay packet!
Jan 11th, 2010, 02:00 PM
I know what you mean about the challenging aspect. Most games are too easy nowadays and forgettable.
Cranberry Everything
Jan 11th, 2010, 02:20 PM
Nice review. I was trying to decide between this and Assassins Creed II. I think I'll hold off on that and get this instead.
Jan 11th, 2010, 09:07 PM
Still can't believe they got ride of the gore.
taco loving zombie
Jan 11th, 2010, 10:42 PM
i wanted blood but boob jiggle is... no its not enough
Jan 13th, 2010, 09:18 AM
I was going to get this for christmas, but since i spent so much time on the first Ninja Gaiden sigma, beating it on all the difficulties, i wanted some variety and opted for Devil may cry 4. I am definitely still getting it though.
I downloaded the demo from japans psn store many months ago and i loved it.

I hope it isnt true that they made it easier than the last one.
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 15th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Just finished the game finally and I absolutely loved it. They really went all out with keeping you on your toes and mixing up the level designs so you never get bored. I simply couldn't stop playing it because the game was honestly that much fun. The weapons and combos you can do get pretty insane as well. Had a 80+ hit combo with the fully-upgraded staff.

In summation: GET THIS GAME.
Forum Virgin
Jan 27th, 2010, 10:49 PM
I'm not a big fan of the originals, but I'll try this one out sometime.