Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Hands-On: Momiji Campaign

We got an updated look at Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and played through part of Momiji's blood-splattering campaign.

Ryu Hayabusa might be a household name among evil ninja clans, but he's going to have to make way for two more heroes in his latest outing. Alongside Ryu, Sigma 2 features two new playable characters in the way of Dead or Alive's Ayane and Momiji from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword. At a Koei Tecmo event in central London today, we spent some hands-on time with Momiji's campaign, but if that's not enough, you can also watch (Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2--Ayane Gameplay Movie) Ayane and Ryu's (Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2--Ryu Gameplay Movie) campaigns in action in our previous coverage.

Momiji was introduced to audiences in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on the DS, and she's back for more hacking and slashing in Sigma 2. Donning some red leather pants and a white blouse, Momiji certainly looks the part in a Tecmo game, and with that sort of getup, she's certain to send pulses racing for both fans and foes. While her diminutive stature can be deceiving, she is certainly not helpless and sports a sizable sword, called the Heavenly Dragon Naginata, to let ninja dogs know who is boss. Despite her appearance, and from what we saw, Momiji plays similarly to Ryu and is just as fast and formidable with a blade. She's able to leap through the air, dash, slice, dice, and more, with similar physics to Ryu, at least in the level we played. If you've experienced Ninja Gaiden before, you'll be familiar with the control scheme. Momiji can perform light and heavy attacks, use such projectiles as her Heavensong bow and arrow, and use magic scrolls. While the developers are focusing on a brand new camera to replace the aggravating one last seen in Ninja Gaiden II, we experienced some frustration as it had the uncanny knack of hiding behind pillars in the height of combat. Thankfully, you can adjust it with the right analog stick; however, we hope that the final build will include a much more sensible camera.

Momiji will have her work cut out for her in Sigma 2, and we encountered a range of agile and dangerous foes. At first, there are relatively easy ninjas equipped with swords; however, it won't be long before you run into bigger ones. We saw several that levitate off the ground and have the ability to teleport, as well as boasting a powerful attack that causes a volcanic explosion to appear beneath you. Fighting several of these at a time, alongside regular foes, can be difficult, and you'll want to thin their ranks as soon as possible. At the end of our stage, we encountered a formidable boss in the form of a blue-skinned winged demon. Dressed in a gi and sporting a giant mace, he's certainly there to take care of Momiji and can quickly reduce your health unless you plan your attack carefully.

Even at an early stage, Sigma 2 is looking like a visual treat, which is of course what we've come to expect from Team Ninja's titles. We're pleased to report that both Momiji and her assailants are highly detailed and their animations flow incredibly smoothly. Likewise, the environment is also a feast for the eyes, and both the buildings, in the way of traditional Japanese huts and a bustling skyline behind it, and the almost iridescent cherry blossoms we spotted look fantastic. We look forward to seeing what else Team Ninja has in store for us in later levels.

Momiji returns from Dragon Sword, and she's brought a big sword with her.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is due to slice and dice its way onto the PlayStation 3 this autumn in both North America and Europe. Stay tuned as we sneak out more information on Sigma 2 during the coming months.

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130 comments
wonzan
wonzan

I played NGS twice over but it kept punishing me for using a variety of techniques. I saw youtube videos of the game being played by "Pros" and noticed they would use the same handful of moves OVER and OVER. I really hope this one isn't like that. (if someone has played NG2 and can answer my question just message me please). Oh, and I like that fact that the female is dressed more conservatively. I got embarrassed playing NGS with people over. I would get weird looks from friends and I would have to say "WHAT!? It's not my fault the guy who made this is a perv! I bought it because of the ninja on the front cover!!"

Ultiwarlord
Ultiwarlord

I like the series its great but I WILL BE MORE HAPPY IF ITS LIKE XBOX 360 VERSION MORE VIOLENT AND BLOOD

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

ive already got it on 360 but im sellin my 360 soon : ). im gonna gt loads games on ps3 wid tht money!!

light62
light62

oooh, finally a decent game is making it's way to ps3, and a good hard one! i really like NGS and have finished it in master ninja difficulty setting, i'm looking forward to doing the same with this one as well.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

"We got an updated look at Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and played through part of Momiji's blood-splattering campaign." There is no more blood-splattering they should say myst-splattering. But this game looks awesome! I want it, so much good games coming am im broke T-T

philosophy666
philosophy666

I'd like to see those hentai protagonists doing something else rather than fighting lol

HB_Dad
HB_Dad

I am interested in this game because it actually seems like a very hard challenge to beat a level much more like old-school arcade games so long as the challenge comes from gameplay and not screwed up camera or controls implementation or what-not. I like the rewarding feeling of accomplishment when I beat the odds and progress in a really hard game. I wish more games were made this way but instead appealing to today's pussed-out gamer that cries when a game gets hard!

NuKkU
NuKkU

i probably wont get this game because i cant stand its HARD difficulty i mean i get the challenge and all but still it makes me wanna break my PS3 lol

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

This is ridiculous! NG2 was supposed to be exclusive to XBox360 is now on the PS3?! And a revamp?! I've had it with the game's CHEAP levels that I can't even beat it on easy plus the horrible camera. And now they are having it out for PS3. That's a right kick in the teeth for people like me who scrimp and save on Xbox360 for games like that. It's just like that time when Tri re-released Eternal Sonata with extras on PS3!!!

ultralesus
ultralesus

Love Ninja Gaiden on the original XBox, but for some reason I never picked up II for my 360. I think I'll remedy that with Sigma 2.

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

@thundercracks: I can't help but agree with you. It really explains why Xbox 360 fans are raving how how their version of NG2 is superior just because it has 5 times as much blood splattering everywhere. @bad_fur_day: Think so? Seems to me Itagaki had quite a big part in DOA: Volleyball! :-O Remember that game? DOA Girls with R-Cup breasts bouncing everywhere in bikinis? Yeah I'm sure that was someone else's idea, huh? And why are you comparing Metal Gear Solid to Ninja Gaiden? Ninja Gaiden, unlike MGS, IS NOT SET IN A REALISTIC SETTING.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

jmgoh220, you're welcome. I just hope it'll come out on time. The gore doesn't concern me. But with the gore being reduced to purple slime, is anyone else reminded of the MK controversy? Although I don't see any spines flying around here. ~_^ If the gore is too reduced, I may decide to get the 360 version... but how bad was the camera problem? I've heard it was pretty terrible.

Thundercracks
Thundercracks

The PS3 audience are a little more sophiscated than the 360 fans, this time around it wont be easily amused kids playing through it but adults who appriciate good gameplay over gore

ChinoStylz
ChinoStylz

Lil peeved that they got rid of the gore from the 360 version. I like my blood...

sakaiXxX
sakaiXxX

lol ps3 and xbox owner are different. Ps3 owner are mainly in asia and they prefer rpg or non violence game. much different than 360 which mainly in america. we all know many of the american like blood and shooter game. but own I both console but I prefer Ps3 version.....

dark_aprentice
dark_aprentice

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dragonfly110
dragonfly110

graphics seem better, may just be me but it seems a lot less gorey and violent then the other Ninja Gaidens Ive played.

backatcha
backatcha

The graphics seem to look alot better compared to Ninja Gaiden Sigma. I can't wait for this one.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Are you guys shills for tecmo or something... I really don't think Tomonobu Itagaki would be happy with the "just add hot chicks" to his Ninja Gaiden. And a "T" rating... Also what do you think would happen if they changed Metal Gear Solid to have enimies with green blood because it was to graphic... are you kidding??? It wouldn't have got a 10 and sold 3 million copies thats for sure...

kroch_crotch
kroch_crotch

i am completely captivated and infatuated by her beauty :O anyone know if she was modelled after a real life model and, if so, who?

nowaf
nowaf

Can't wait for it ,,, Momoji is just an exquisite fighter...the way she moves,,slashes and leaps in the battle are awsome and full of grace..Her fighting Style are one of a kind...she uses more like a Monk fighting style along with scrolls and spells...

10679
10679

hhahahaha shame . this game violence will be censored XD

jmgoh220
jmgoh220

thank you, regix416 basic

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

It looks like mid September, Jmgoh220. Oh, excuse me the 29th of September which means unless it gets delayed, they should've said October... I say that because stores never get new releases on time.

Halloll
Halloll

meh, just more boobs

ico92
ico92

is the gore won't be missed

duwin2008
duwin2008

omg!!! this gonna be a great game gonna buy it dont rlly care bout how much blood & gore in sigma 2. PS3 owner not a brutal ppl. this is ninja gaiden SIGMA 2 NOT ninja gaiden 2 different name different things dont compare it with older version cause its totally different

quietcool72
quietcool72

Wow...I love it when total Sony fanboys excuse the chumpification that is this game's sudden lack of blood and gore by comparison to the 360 version. I own both a 360 and a PS3, and I can say without bias that the "replacement for blood" stuff going on in this game is completely weak sauce.

SPECETRE
SPECETRE

So is this the PS3 port of Ninja Gaiden II?

raza3
raza3

well if we played with ryu all stages are same as ninja gaiden 2 but there is some extras on this game

jmgoh220
jmgoh220

it's look cool.i dun care about gore,i juz care about the gameplay though a female ninja,i juz dun lik plying female ninja...

ab5mch
ab5mch

Looks awesome...now I just gotta use my ninja skills to steal my bro's PS3... Also why do you call her weapon a sword? It's not a sword it's more like a bladed staff! The way she fights and moves reminds me a lot of Seong Mi-na from Soul Calibur.

Visa004
Visa004

looks pretty boring...

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

OOC, what IS the age difference now between Momiji and Ryu? Last time I checked in Dragon Sword, she was only about 15 or so... does this mean that between Dragon Sword and Sigma 2, a couple of years went by?

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

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regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Just out of curiosity, does her relationship with Ryu have anything to do with their relationship in DOA 3 and 4 at all or is that completely separate?

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

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regix416_basic
regix416_basic

My details on 1 are sketchy because I haven't played 1 in a long time.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

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shroom76
shroom76

i dont think i like the purple stuff instead of blood...it takes something away from the game

d3f1anc3
d3f1anc3

... the lack of extreme gore is really stupid.