Ninjas, net pros invade PSN

Free samples of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Virtua Tennis 3 coming today for download for PS3; Stranglehold, Wheelman trailers also due.

Though off to a slow start, Sony's PlayStation Network online store continues to get traction as downloadable games, demos, and trailers have been populating its virtual shelves. The store is getting another delivery of items today, as Sony is adding a pair of demos and four trailers to its stock.

"Can't... breathe..."

Due out later today is a demo of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Tecmo's slicing-and-dicing adventure featuring master ninja Ryu Hayabusa. Sigma is the third iteration of the Ninja Gaiden game, following the original Xbox installment and its redux Ninja Gaiden Black. The sample will support 1080p and feature new weapons and combos not featured in previous Ninja Gaiden games, according to Tecmo. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is due out this June.

Those who prefer their slicing accompanied by topspin rather than the blood of fallen enemies can take the court with a demo of Sega's Virtua Tennis 3. Details on the demo's contents weren't tossed out, but the retail version features singles and doubles action starring real-world tennis pros, as well as an assortment of new minigames. Virtua Tennis 3 was released on March 20. For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

A quartet of game trailers are also scheduled to be uploaded to PSN today. PS3 owners can now get a look at the arcade remake Gauntlet II, the Vin Diesel-powered The Wheelman, John Woo's action-packed Stranglehold, and EA's The Godfather.

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darendt69
darendt69

azlan2k7 -- Not even close to the Xbox version. This "re-make" is far better visually and playability wise. The xbox version had ok graphics for the xbox, but not even close to what this game looks like.

zeke2040
zeke2040

well from what i see on the pic's... it look like the old xbox version of it... i just hope they add a couple of different thing , like good camrea angle , cause on the xbox it drove me crazy... i just hope its the same as xbox, just a bit better and with the crazy camrea angles... i guess you all get the point

theKSMM
theKSMM

This demo looks really nice, but I seem to remember the XBOX versions of Ninja Gaiden looking great too if not quite as sharp. So is this a new game or an update / remake of the Ninja Gaiden games from the XBOX? PS -- I agree that I wish the PS Store had more content, but I'm optimistic that it's coming. Of course, when it does come, they'll need to redesign the store. Navigating more than a few screens using the current setup can be painful.

naraku2099
naraku2099

To Ryu16: You wanna know why NGS is on PS3 and not Xbox360? Xbox360 discs aren't big enough for NGS. That's why. And let's be honest, microsoft made the Xbox360 elite to compete with the Playstation 3, and yet they're putting on their smiles and acting like PS3 isn't a threat. Eventually microsoft's gonna have to admit it was dumb to keep the last-gen disc for their games. They already lost Ninja Gaiden Sigma to PS3, and I'm betting more to come when developers take advantage of PS3's disc size.

bihboy69
bihboy69

Got both demos and they are awesome!

deathshift41
deathshift41

well if you want info on ninja gaiden 2 look on ign.com they have some info on it. Its says that after they fully develop Dead Or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball the are going to start on Ninja Gaiden 2 for the 360

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Sigma isn't made by Itagaki. Itagaki is "faithful" to the 360. Itagaki rules, even though he's a perv :P

StOcKoHeArTs
StOcKoHeArTs

got demo WHAT A GAME!!! PS3 EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!

amourkiss
amourkiss

got them both (NGS, VT3 demos) : ) great games

Ryu16
Ryu16

This is BS. I know that Ninja Gaiden come out on the xbox, but Tecmo this basically a back stab to make Ninja Gaiden Sigma an PS3 exclusive. Hell, why not put it on the 360 ?

Shishio817
Shishio817

I really, REALLY want Ninja Gaiden Sigma to come out for the 360 as well as the PS3. Ryu Hayabusa kicks ass!

azlan2k7
azlan2k7

It doesn't look much better than the original Xbox version, aside from a few lighting changes and better textures. 1080p support is not going to make the game play any different. So not worth the money unless you have never played through it. Its one of the best games ever made in my opinion, very challenging and fun.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

nenoneno, "the graphics are good, really high res 1080p make sense but its nothing mind blowing, just last get with high res! the game play is definitely last gen though" Did you really play it? I didn't even play on a high def TV and thought the graphics were great, I thought the gameplay was excellent too... I play these kind of games mostly so maybe I'm just used to it but I thought it was great. Virtua Tennis is good too but the demo is way too easy I'm used to playing it with the difficulty maxed on my PSP (and it's still kind of easy) I only wish they would have let me be Roddick or Blake in the demo... the US got shafted! I downloaded NGS like 4 hours before it came out on the US store on the japanese store (it's the exact same game too...). If you can't download something on your own store make a new USER and sign up for the PS store again it's easy... so don't complain... Not sure how anyone can still think the PSN is not going good, I mean pretty much everything there (minus the PS1 games) is original content, I mean the VC isn't really that amazing cause they are all old games, and XBLM has been out for awhile.

Brooksiestoke
Brooksiestoke

Still no NGS demo, only a VT3 demo and no new vids. Is anything coming out in the UK or are we being downgraded as usuall?

DanC1989
DanC1989

I quite like NGS, but I don't think it's going to be really worth the £40...but then again...it is good.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

The wheelman, stranglehold and NGS are all great titles that will show of my 360 and ps3's power

nenoneno
nenoneno

the graphics are good, really high res 1080p make sense but its nothing mind blowing, just last get with high res! the game play is definitely last gen though :(

Incubus420
Incubus420

Did anyone else get invited to the Home beta tests? PSN is slow and they are working on makeing it better over time it will be sick...Just give it time, once sony starts makeing money off of prjects like folding at home they should have some added expendatures that should allow them to upgrade the online software and ad more servers creating a better online shopping and gameing network=. "Welcome to Home"

komradandre
komradandre

bravo. awesome demo. i wish we had more demos....

liltone926
liltone926

@ kamicolo its def behind xbox in that category...but then again remember that u have to pay for xbox live.. but w/ home coming soon the online experience should get a big overall upgrade for ps3...i dont think itwill be as good as live though, because its free

kamicolo
kamicolo

PS3 seems to be behind when it comes to next Gen software and services, what's going on :question:

liltone926
liltone926

I think it is being released for the 360 and the ps3...i wanna get it for the ps3 though because of the graphics..(i have 360 and the wii too )...i liked it for xbox and - prettier graphics..new weapons whats not to like?

yunasbane
yunasbane

It is in game Doolum so yes I'm just as impressed as you.

Doolum
Doolum

is the pic in game or pre rendered

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

Ninja Gaiden 2??? This game has not been confirmed for release on the 360 or any other system. But I'm willing to bet it will go multiplatform (360/PS3) when it is.

AceCometh
AceCometh

The fact that Sigma's not being released on the Xbox 360 is a shame! I want my 360 ninja fix!

zsc4
zsc4

This is a nice addition, but I just want NG2 :P

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

forget this! Give me Ninja Gaiden 2 for 360 Tecmo! Hurry! DOA5 would be nice too just get me something Team Ninja thats new!

0201693
0201693

yaay, just managed to get a US account registered on uk ps3, and downloaded it from US PS Store, take that Sony :P btw demo was awsome

rcorelli01eb
rcorelli01eb

Ninja Gaiden and NG Black never sold more than 1.2 million copies. Hardly anyone's played this marvel of an action game, so I don't know where people are getting the idea that NG was a smash hit on the Xbox. It got great reviews, but was far from a commercial success. I guess it needed guns or a first person view to be a successful xbox game. I love the new combos and animations. I love how fast it is now too, way faster than Black. Also great how blocking can be integrated into combos allowing a quick block to build a stronger chain of moves. LOVE IT!

Javi_air
Javi_air

its pinky , its pinky, its pinky and the brain brain brain brain brain!!!!!!!

kappareign
kappareign

saw brad play the demo of sigma on the spot live... looked really awesome

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This PSStore is so underused. I was looking forward to it being the PS equivalent of the Virtual Console.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Ive been waiting for this for a long time. Next week LAIR!!!!!! Then...ill alread have seen Spider Man 3!!!!! and own the game!!!!!!! then i conquer the world. Pinky and the brain...Pinky and the brain...sing it with me

cameron06
cameron06

had to make an US account damn hard and im also stuck at the demo where that door is and its looked ouch dunno what to do

azizrulez
azizrulez

this means that the game wont be delayed after all and might actually make it out in june. awesomeness

phaqutomb
phaqutomb

this demo is good , graphics are great.i bougth Virtua tennis and got rid of it. It's fun for the first 45 minutes then gets boring. why not make an US account if you over in the UK.

DominicanAG
DominicanAG

Awesome game can't wait for the full version!!!

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

Neolucifer999: True. 26 mil may have played this game last gen, but 164 mil may not have.:)

Neolucifer999
Neolucifer999

"Sure it looks better, but... meh. I mean who hasn't played this by now?" Well duh basically everyone without a Xbox , meaning until the 360 basically most people .

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

The last posted video is very beauty, i like this game, but i'm not can buy in july cuz i need a ps3 first... Sony, give to me a present .

civicdx434
civicdx434

NGS demo...nice! Demo before the game hits the shelves...even nicer!! Can't wait to check this out.

istayonfireboy
istayonfireboy

i been playing sigma for the last hour and i tell u that game is the super good i mean that game is mad crazy now i know what people were talking about when it was on xbox this game is going to be awesome.

0201693
0201693

I'm in the UK and it has not shown on Playstation Store yet, really hope time difference between US & UK is the only thing holding it back.... :(

NikBZero
NikBZero

Is this on the UK PSN to?