Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Updated Hands-On

We check out the full cast of playable characters and the co-op mode in Tecmo's upcoming ninja showcase for the PlayStation 3.

Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is the upcoming enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden 2 for the PlayStation 3. Although the game is based on the Xbox 360-exclusive sequel to Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo's Team Ninja has put in a good amount of time adding content and polishing up the game. We just got our hands on a work-in-progress version of the game, which is due to hit this September, to spend some time with Ryu, Momiji, and Ayane, as well as try out the new co-op mode.

Hands-on with the three ninjas didn't differ too much from what we were expecting after E3 and our recent stint with the game. The gang handles like the super ninjas they are: Ryu is a good balance of speed and strength; Ayane is fast and deadly but lacks Ryu's power; and Momiji is powerful but a bit on the slow side--she reminds us of Rachel from the first Sigma, but she's not quite as fast. Ryu's playable section let us go through most of the his first chapter; Ayane's was a shorter run through the Venice level at night; and Momiji's section was longer and included a mid-boss fight.

Besides the single-player Story modes for each of the characters, our version of the game let us try out some levels in the cooperative mission mode. We were able to try out three different challenges: two in acolyte difficulty and one in warrior. The mode lets you play online with a friend or offline with an AI partner. If you play online, you'll be able to set the match conditions for whom you'll play with--anyone or friends. Before hopping into a match, you'll be able to customize your character, weapon, ninpo, and costume. The acolyte missions tasked us with clearing spider ninjas from a Japanese garden area or fiends from a castle area. The addition of a friend is helpful, but the game is still tough as nails so don't expect things to get incredibly easy.

The best part of having a friend along is having someone who can revive you when you go down if he or she can reach you in time. Much like the system in Gears of War, you'll have a set amount of time to get over to your fallen buddy and mash the circle button to bring him or her back to the land of the living. The other buddy perk we noticed was joint, smart-bomb style, ninpo attacks that wipe out pretty much anything around you. The downside is you'll only have two to use initially, although you can replenish your ki during battle. The third co-op mission pitted us against two large fiends in a new organic-looking area, which was big on pools of blood. The enemies were relentless--before the big fiends even showed themselves--and required quick prioritizing.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is looking good, albeit less bloody than Ninja Gaiden 2. We like the improvements that have been made to the camera system, although it can still spiral out to some crazy angles in the heat of battle. The game's visuals are easily on par with what we saw in Ninja Gaiden 2 on the Xbox 360. Richer colors also appear in spots, which speaks to the game's high level of visual fidelity. The new characters and content fit in comfortably with all the familiar locations. The new story cutscenes for Ayane and Momiji all fit in with the look and feel of the familiar content that features Ryu. The only other blemish that caught our eye--besides the camera--was some irregular frame rate issues during some of the levels. But we reckon that's one of the many little things the team is working on as development on the game wraps.

The visuals are right on par with Ninja Gaiden 2.

Based on what we played, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is shaping up to be just the sort of ninja action that fans of the series want. The core mechanics and content are a great foundation to build upon and the additions are looking good. We're not too disappointed about the loss of blood, which does appear to be pretty noticeable if you've played Ninja Gaiden 2. Overall, the additional content and level of polish give the game a lot of appeal. Hopefully, Team Ninja can buff the game to a nice sheen and continue in the direction it is headed in with our incomplete version. There's plenty to like here once it gets tightened up so look for more on Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 in the coming weeks. The game is set to ship this September.

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ubergusterfan
ubergusterfan

How much loss of blood is what I want to know. Will it make the game T or will it still be M?

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

the visuals aren't right on par with ninja gaiden 2 , they received an upgrade

MJ4040
MJ4040

@LiinkziSag, just get a PS3, nobody wants to hear your xbot bias.

LiinkzISaG
LiinkzISaG

love some of the comments....."Makes me want to get a PS3?!?....Why did i buy a xbox?....u do realize that they took a 360 exculsive and added 2 more character right and a co-op mode ? come people been there done that got the achivements! lol this game will give PS3 owners a lil taste of what 360 owners have been getting for years now GOOD QUALITY GAMING...enjoy guys

killakomando
killakomando

Pvp could work in this game, remember fighting the fiend ryu in Sigma 1? I had a sense of someone else COULD be controlling him. it was pretty fluid and fair imo.

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

In NG1 on Xbox you could unlock the Nes Ninja Gaiden full game. Ha to collect 50 Golden Scrabs or shoot an arrow at the clock tower. Would be good if they did something similar on NG2 for PS3 owners

Samus_Aran18
Samus_Aran18

I have played every ninja gaiden game from NES on and I love them all. I had an exbox 360 a couple years ag and was on totaly complettion of Ninja Gaiden II getting all achievements. I was highly impressed with the game and I can't wait for the opportunity to play NGS2 and enjoy the game once again.

akmex
akmex

i still play the nes ninja gaiden!

mimicus
mimicus

Every time I play Ninja Gaiden Sigma, I'm wholly satisfied with the experience. It's good to own a PS3. The only thing I hope they improve upon with chapter II is the puzzles. Aside from the amazing absolute brutality, the mind-teasers and puzzles could be a little more difficult. We shall see next month. It looks pretty damn good.

Kuraime
Kuraime

When Ninja Gaiden 2 appeared on the 360, I really hoped that it would be published on the PS3 as well, since I loved Ninja Gaiden Sigma and to this day consider it one the best games in the PS3. Until now I had totally abandoned hope that it would ever be released outside Microsoft's jurisdiction, so this news totally blew my mind. Upon reading a little more of the details, I noticed Ayane finally being playable caused my hype meter skyrocket to the roof. I hated Rachel parts in the first Sigma due to her "wacky" animation and the fact that playing with her brought the gameplay to a halt. I always thought that why not replace the bigboobs, with Ayane. She was in the game and playing as her would have been a lot more amusing. Looking at her visual in the above picture however makes me hope that you can dress her in the suit she had on the first game. That was way cooler and ayane doesn't strike me as a person to prefer glamour over functionality. Still there is one thing that I would like more. Do not force these side-character levels to the main game. Make them unlockable characters or give them their own sub-game. That way they wont interrupt the gameplay and playing them would be much more fun. Still, if NGS 2 will be anything like the first one, I will love it. Even if it has these flaws.

GiRiSh1982
GiRiSh1982

I am really looking forward to this game. Loved the 1st one, this one's gonna be great as well...

100starz
100starz

Anyone notice how a 14 year old character has oversized breasts? Sometimes it's not the pedophile's fault.

Darkages04
Darkages04

I think its been polished up a little too much, first it was purple goo, looks like they were killing something from ghostbusters....and now its co op mode. That sort of takes away the difficulty of the game having to sit back and watch someon else beat the enemies for u. Dont get me worng, its a great game and i know youre gonna buy this game regardless of the new changes. I love the ninja gaiden series since it came out for the xbox so enjoy the game..

astro_viper
astro_viper

Until recently, I hadn't played any ninja gaiden games since the NES. Played through the DS version, loved it, so now I think I will pick up both the Sigma's...maybe dig up an old xbox copy for collection as well... Still not sure about the resurrection of an old NES game on current consoles, but they appear to have done the series justice in this case. Just wish people would stop complaining and bashing other consoles, they all have there merits. Enjoy what's out there, regardless of platform. Save your pennies and play them all one day. If you don't have a PS3 now, pick one up in a few years...that's how my collection got going. TOO many stellar classics that I still haven't played...this series is now on the list...

santinegrete
santinegrete

This tuned up re-release makes me wonder why I didn't wait to save enough for a PS3 instead of an Xbox360. Just like with Bioshock, Tales of Vesperia and Eternal Sonata.

Neoman141
Neoman141

Makes me want a PS3......................but I got no money :(

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

It seems like they've decreased the purple crap flying off everything you do, I might consider getting this game. I don't mind taking out the blood, it's just that it's purple. How can anyone take a ninja game seriously with purple blood, it's laughable.

Falru
Falru

lol PvP would be awful for this. Whoever gets 1 hit first wins! (Izuna drop)

kingsi7e
kingsi7e

@worldjdogg it is a good thing. ng2 for 360 looked hot. honestly i do not see exactly how they can upgrade the graphics. looking forward, sigma rocked big time.

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

pvp wouldnt work in this kind of game.

Falru
Falru

@lexluis Not as crazy as two falcon punches colliding.

lexluis
lexluis

2 Rys at the same time?!?, CRAZY!

ico92
ico92

woah alot of 360 fanboys reading this preview thanks for being the beta testers for ninja gaiden sigma 2,and Tales of Vesperia

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Well, I can't wait to play this game so it can kick my ass again. :P Despite the difficulty, I still enjoyed playing Sigma and the original in the Xbox. Looking forward to it.

3m3ndo
3m3ndo

i been waiting long time 4 this game.

Chaos_Bladez
Chaos_Bladez

Why do these always resort to system wars?!? Let's talk NGS alright? It looks great. :D

silverthornne
silverthornne

I love the original on 360, and if they would release this as an add-on for the 360 or maybe a Platinum Hits version with the added content I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I don't own a PS3, so I guess I'm gonna miss out on the extra content. Come on Tecom, release it on DLC please!

DredWulf
DredWulf

me being an avid NG fan I can't wait to see this game fully mature into an epic title..I however lament I own this on 360 and would only hope for other owners who do have both systems such as myself that they would release the Coop mode as DLC but I doubt that'll happen as far as the fanboy comments go as into who is better...why do you continue to argue about machinery as if it ran your lives paid your bills brought you women etc. It's just a piece of entertainment and opinions there are hardly any concrete evidence on to which system is vastly superior to the other even tech specs are comparable. You fanboys make it sound like Sony and MS are the gods of your life...grow up and realize that games are what make systems great. The real console wars died out in the early 90's when people actually got into fist fights over what system was better. Welcome to 2009.

AcronymnsFTW
AcronymnsFTW

Look at all these girls making fanboy comments. The announcement here is NG Sigma 2. Not system wars nerds go loco volume IV Embarass yourselves elsewhere.

worldjdogg
worldjdogg

I dont understand the preview person when he says it looks on par with xbox 360, like thats a good thing. Doesnt par mean equal to. Correct me if I am wrong please. If its equal thats not very good bc it should be much better.

worldjdogg
worldjdogg

Screw the xbox 360 fan boys I got both and I will say theat PS# rocks xboxes balls off. Every time I play me 360 I m worried it is going to blow up. Plus if you have LCD Ps3 is better bc of blueray. This might sound cliche but sereously Its hard to watch regular dvd's. Ill admit xbox is cool for some games plus they come out sooner than PS3 games but PS3 performs better and plays games smoother

LtReviews
LtReviews

meh, no thanks- it doesn't matter how much blood they put it it- I just can't take a pink ninja seriously.... but I can't wait till Ninja Gaiden: Xtreme Beach Volleyball !!!

tremor33
tremor33

shweet. can't wait for this. gonna sit back and smoke a fattie and hope time passes quicker

sithmaster80
sithmaster80

sorry 10679, i do have ps3 n xbox360 version of of dead space n gta4..to tell u the truth, ps3 versions look more detailed n less jaggy compared to 360. for other games, i donno..i love playing Gears 2 on the xbox360. so for u, pls do some research 1st k? :P LMAO!!!

DamacosG
DamacosG

fak 360 it suks gorrila balzs!!!!! PS3 dominates all

CaveMan066
CaveMan066

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s0l1dsnake
s0l1dsnake

@ nemesis4x Because that's what the people at Team Ninja want to do, its not like MS forbade them from doing it. They already came out with Ninja Gaiden Sigma for PS3 so its only natural they are going to do 2 as well. Only thing that bothers me is the lack of blood I don't mean to sound sadistic but it was nice I mean why dont they just add an option of the amount of blood you want -_-.

slyguy65
slyguy65

Well xbox people do get alot of PS3's stuff so like...maybe you just havent noticed it. I wanna say this makes up for the very late DLC for fallout on the PS3.

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

What i dont get is why an xbox 360 exclusive is going to the ps3 with more additional content and a coop mode

10679
10679

@ koominseo "ch as Street Fighter IV in ps3 has better graphic than Xbox360 with richer and more debth in colors." Actually you are wrong about that . In fact both version are identical in their visual performance. If you don't believe me check this link out. http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/streetfighteriv/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary%3Bread-review&page=2 The only difference is that the loading time is slower than the 360 without installing into the hard drive. please do some research before you post false information. secondly i can give so many multiplatform games that looked better on the 360 and the 360 doesn't even have a cell processor. Games like fallout 3, dead space, GTA iv, lost planet and many others are all look better on 360. So much for the ps3 being more powerful because so it has failed to prove that and recently it has failed to do well in sales LMAO

specta1989
specta1989

It's harsh to say but weren't the xbox360 owners practically paying to beta test the game for ps3.

rangegear
rangegear

Man. Ninja gaiden games are some of the hardest games out there!

Halloll
Halloll

I don't like ninja gaiden. I don't like DMC and god of war either. being able to float in the air and slice with your sword/chain just makes me laugh and whatever your slicing just won't die.