Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Review

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Team Ninja wants you to know Ryu Hayabusa exists and is putting him on as many platforms as possible. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus for the PlayStation Vita is an expanded port of Ninja Gaiden 2, with add-ons and removed items that were not found in the original Xbox 360 version.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Tecmo Koei Games
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
MSRP: $39.99 also available digitally via the PS Store

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a pretty basic hack-and-slash game. Just like all the other next-gen Ninja Gaiden games, they play the exactly same, except only the weapons and enemies change. This is the third time I am playing Ninja Gaiden 2. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy slicing and dicing enemies.

The story begins as a young busty beauty is looking for Ryu. She is kidnapped as Ryu is attacked by rogue ninja. As Ryu rescues her, she informs him that someone is trying to awaken the greater fiend and his village is going to be attacked. Ryu then must go on a mission to stop the greater fiend from awakening while defeating those who dare to awaken it.

The game has you running around stages where in the end, you’ll usually encounter a boss. Using ninja skills like running on walls, jumping around and using the ninja six sense will help you get by. His one weakness is the camera, which has always been clunky. It’s your worst enemy, and it will cause you to miss locations, items and other things. It’s something that’s been common in the series and is easy to forgive with all the action going on.

The game did however suffer from constant frame-rate problems causing horrible slowdowns. It seemed to happen when too many enemies are on the screen. It’s kind of sad, seeing as this port does feature much less enemies than the original title. Changing the  default camera speed to high helps it slightly, but it’s still a nuisance.

Changes made from the PlayStation 3 Version

There were a few unwanted changes made to the PlayStation 3 port back in 2009 from the original Ninja Gaiden 2. Ryu can no longer slice off opponents limbs and heads, the sub weapons and ammo becoming unlimited are removed, the color of enemies blood has been changed to purple, and the removal of more enemies on screen, making the game way easier. The Vita rectifies some of these problems by restoring the gore from the original game. The other stuff, on the other hand, remains unchanged.

Another change made was in the Tag Missions. Before you could connect online and team up with another player to take on missions, but that’s been taken out. Regardless now your partner will be the CPU, who on more that one occasions went off to fight opponents and would always get his/her butt kicked while I myself have to focus on a boss or enemies attacking me, which made this a lot harder and annoying than the original PS3 version.

The single chapters that allow you to play as Rachel, Ayane and Momoji can be both fun and disappointing, since aside from Ayane, they have no real contribution to the story. It was just a way to make the game a bit longer, but it makes up for it in the challenge modes where you can play as the different females. They have their own unique arsenal of weapons and moves, which I find refreshing after using Ryu for so long. Too bad that the tag team mode lacks a local or online play.

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A New Ninja Race mode will give players to slice and dice for the time allotted.

Overall

Honestly this game both pleases and disappoints at the same time. I am glad Team Ninja added the blood and slicing off enemy limbs back, but the game doesn’t feel as challenging. It’s a fun hack and slash game where you can use many different combos, but learning the Izuna drop can easily take out enemies with little trouble.

The game is just as fun to watch as it is to play, but it still suffers from slowdowns with the camera speed. It becomes a really big issue for me in the heat of battle and caused a couple of deaths in one specific boss fight as his minions swarmed around me. It’s really difficult to ignore since it happens quite often, which is sad since the first Sigma plus didn’t suffer from any of these problems and was an great port. Sigma 2 Plus’ problems, however, do take away quite a bit from the game and would rather leave me playing the PS3 version of the game.

Grade: C

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.