Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 due Sept. 29

Tecmo locks down North American launch for its expanded, less violent PlayStation 3 outing of Ryu Hayabusa; European and Japanese releases to follow.

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As the all-important fourth quarter approaches, more and more games are either staking their claim to a firm release date--or retreating into next year. On Monday, two Ubisoft titles, Splinter Cell and Red Steel 2, slid into early 2010 launch windows, while Forza Motorsport 3 locked down October 27. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 has now also joined the latter camp, with Tecmo announcing it will ship in North America on September 29. That’s the same day as Dead Space: Extraction and the same week as Gran Turismo for PSP's October 1 launch.

Tecmo is hoping to find an opening in the jam-packed fourth quarter.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is developed by Team Ninja, which lost its lead designer Tomonobu Itagaki last year before owner Tecmo merged with Koei. Like 2007's critical hit Ninja Gaiden Sigma, the game will be an expanded and visually upgraded version of a Ninja Gaiden title--Ninja Gaiden II, in this case--previously released on an Xbox platform. However, unlike its predecessor, the game will slightly tone down the over-the-top violence of its original incarnation.

"When we developed Ninja Gaiden 2, we very much placed the emphasis on the violence," Sigma 2 producer Yosuke Hayashi told reporters at a London event in June. "Since last year, the number of games featuring high levels of violence increased. So rather than do something the same as everyone else is doing, we decided to make it different." The game will, however, still feature blood, dismemberment, and decapitations.

Besides the regular $60 edition of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, GameStop is exclusively offering a $70 Collector's Edition. According to the retailer's product page, the special version will include an 80-page book with three parts: a strategy guide, a section with "vibrant Ninja Gaiden art," and a comic book that corresponds to in-game cutscenes. All editions of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 feature a new online co-op mode with more than 30 challenge stages.

For more details on Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, read GameSpot's brand-new hands-on preview or watch the just-released footage below.

Discussion

67 comments
ZX_ad
ZX_ad

can't wait to buy this game..

Darkages04
Darkages04

I have it for x360, great game. I notice some changes fore the PS3 version and saw some peoples comment thats its toned down, or graphics are more vibrant.....well honestly when youre playing such a hard game like this, and getting beaten right up, the last thing you'll be doing is looking at the lovely scenery.

simon_levane
simon_levane

I have it on XBOX and love it, but I'll still pick it up since GOW III and Dante's Inferno are months away.

Otoribashi
Otoribashi

Am I the only one that noticed that there are 2 ryus in the video ? This is awkward... But on the other hand, people will not fight over ryu in co-op at least...

sithmaster4563
sithmaster4563

The toning down of blood doesn't break the deal with me . I mean it's kinda silly when you cut someones arm off you expect to see blood gushing out. The main thing with me is it challenging and how ferocious are the bosses.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Tokyo Wasabi Roll 2 (the sequel in a few years time, what fun)

cherrybomb257
cherrybomb257

Less violent? Itagaki must be rolling over in his grave... Oh wait..

DragonRift
DragonRift

Of course fanboys like scarface are gonna piss and moan. Yeah, gamers won't be buying it, huh? Just like NO one bought the first Ninja Gaiden Sigma, right? It was such a phenomenal failure, right? Go crawl back in your little one-console world and throw your fit there. I cannot stand people who own only one system, and clearly bash the other simply because they're too poor or too cheap to embrace multiple platforms.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Thats too bad there releasing all this new content for a different platform were the gamers will not even buy it.....errr smart move tecmo

skullboy950
skullboy950

Less violent..... WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING TO NINJA GAIDEN!!!?

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

the co-op is a nice touch to the game

Guzthon
Guzthon

With more weapons, co-op mode (online and offline), more characters (Ayane, Momiji and Rachel. Except Sonia), better graphics, and big bosses, NG Sigma 2 will be the best ninja action game for the PS3. "I wish that Tecmo-Koei would add the blood animation instead of the purple aura and more decapitation".

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

I'm thinking they toned down the gore to appeal more to the Japanese market.

lamprey263
lamprey263

but the violence added a lot of spice to the game

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

@george999819, umm what? Im talkin about all the good exclusives we have, compared to the ones you have. This game is a PS3 Exclusive, just like the first one, Killzone 2 is great, Uncharted is great, LBP is fun, Motorstorm PR is great, Ratchet and Clank is great. So what the hell are you talking about, unless your a 360 nuthugger like some of the fools in here.

sonicmask
sonicmask

Just another reason not to own an xbox! its down top only gears 1 not even 2! and splinter cell!

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

Reckon they'll still make you pay to download the feind Hayabusa outfit as dlc or will they actually be decent and include it in the game?

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Intelligent player: The game have more gameplay, new weapons, new characters, online co-op and dam better graphs... they just toned down the gore, but nothing too critical, and isn't cause the ps3 can't handle it, cause this version looks better than xbox version... looks like a good deal to me. Dumb player: ha ha ha ah yeah yeah, who cares about new weapons and missions, online co-op, new characters and better graphs, the game is kinda sissy if they low the gore mark. Bahhhhh the game is crap... a highly improved crap!!!! To me: This looks like a good deal.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Toned down? I'm out. When you release a new version of a game, you're supposed to IMPROVE it, not censor it! :roll: Look at MK vs DC. It was a good game, but it did awful cause it was heavily "toned down"

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

agree with ryan. mortal kombat vs. dc...end of discussion.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is going to be awesome! Gran Tourismo for PSP wil be cool 2!

ryan69969
ryan69969

Simple 1:1 ratio at work here: Toned-down violence in the game = toned-down enthusiasm for the game. Team Ninja is flirting with failure on this--especially given the current economy and the volume of promising games coming this fall/winter.

--odai--
--odai--

alot of good things happen at my bithday : )

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

I might pick the 360 version of this than :P

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Not a day one purchase, but I'll definitely pick up a used copy eventually.

Antagonist8503
Antagonist8503

The PS3 version has more blood and decapitation than any of the previous Ninja Gaiden games in the series like black and Sigma 1 and those were awesome games. Still don't understand some of the arguments. They toned down the amount of blood and replaced it with purple-bluish stuff as if everything was a spectre of some sort. Granted, it may not look as cool, but all the add-ons make this game outweigh that and make this a worthy purchase. Let's say they took out co-op and the extras and put the blood back in? Who would be pissed then?

GenkaiSIX
GenkaiSIX

I still have a feeling that the reduced gore is going to be trivial in the end. The game just looks too fun with all the additional elements, co-op, and characters. GOOO TEAM NINJA!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

If you're keeping the blood and the decapitations, what violence is being removed? I'm not buying the "doing something different" line. There is a compromise being made here, and I'm more than a little curious to know what it is and why it's taking place.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Dang, still rated M. Oh well, I'll just wait for Uncharted 2.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

this is ultimate fail, you never tone down violence, you are not porting this to the wii, the ps3 is a big boy system.

synthetiksin
synthetiksin

ooooOOo I like... The biggest pro would have to be the improved camera. Co-op is pretty cool too.

kobebryantyanic
kobebryantyanic

New weapons and characters, coop mode, updated graphic, improved camera, improved framerate = BUY. People are acting like they completely removed blood from the game, the blood level is the same as the first ninja gaiden so what's the problem? They just replaced the extra blood that was in NG2 with purple smoke. Besides all the extra blood didn't save NG2 from being the worst in the series. Anyways, i'm sure most of the people complaining are the ones without a ps3.

burns112233
burns112233

Awesome, I can't wait to try some co-op with a friend.

Kratos_OMEGA
Kratos_OMEGA

"once again the PS3 gets the better game, " And once again after a year and half once people have stopped caring about the game.

george999819
george999819

@D3A7HJ0K3R The only time the PS3 gets the better game is when the PS3 version comes out a year after the 360 version. LOL.

Mawfawka
Mawfawka

eh, i already got all the achievements on NG2 and that took no small amount of time. I may get this later after the price drops, i should be ready to play it by then.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

once again the PS3 gets the better game,

corkyhookahking
corkyhookahking

this will be awesome i thought the first game was amazing so who cares of there is less blood it will still play just like a ninja gaiden

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

also, i hope there's not too many trophies involoving co-op. it's not a co-op game and i don't think i need to be forced to play co-op for trophies.

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

I'll pick this one up when it's reasonably priced. Enjoyed the first one.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

i like to marvel at blood spewing out of someone's severed artery, i find it very tasteful. it a game about cutting up people with swords...c'mon now

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

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Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

Interesting, the Co Op makes it worth taking a look at but the toned down violence is a serious shot in the foot. The thing that made the games frustratingly hard gameplay feel so rewarding was after some punk would hit you through every dodge and block you put up when you finally did get him you got a nice messy splash.

Zen_420
Zen_420

I don't understand why people keep saying "less violence"...the game is still going to be as violent as it ever was, just with less blood. It's not like you won't be able to dismember or decapitate someone, you just wont see as much blood. Personally I could careless if there was less blood, I dont buy games to marvel at how much blood spews out of a person, I buy a games that have compelling game-play mechanics and an engaging story.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

why are they toning down the viloence? that's f***ing stupid. ugh. i dunno. i might buy this game again, seeing how i already bought it a year ago, or maybe i'll wait another year until they release an even better version. cool and lame at the same time is what this is.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i´ll wait a little, if this does not get to the 360 i´ll get this for sure... too bad they toned down the violence..

NuKkU
NuKkU

awesome man thought this was going to get delayed :D