TGS 06: Ninja Gaiden Sigma First Impression

One of the Xbox's best games is coming to the PlayStation 3 with some exciting, new features and possibly even more-intense gameplay. We see it for the first time at TGS.

TOKYO--Despite a practically punishing level of difficulty, Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox was about as close to perfection as action games get. Tecmo and developer Team Ninja later followed suit with Ninja Gaiden Black, which addressed some of the previous game's minor issues and added even more challenge and variety to the mix. While fans are naturally hoping for a full-on sequel, they now have Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the PlayStation 3 to look forward to. While this next version of the game is clearly similar to Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Black, judging by the gameplay trailer shown for the first time at this year's Tokyo Game Show, Sigma is going to offer some really exciting new gameplay on top of an already fantastic game.

The trailer for Ninja Gaiden Sigma implies that this game will include remixed versions of some of the sequences from the previous titles. The trailer opens with a battle between Ninja Gaiden protagonist Ryu Hayabusa and some enemy samurai amid a raging inferno--the building they're fighting in looks about to collapse from all the heat and fire. The effect is really impressive, and it takes a moment to realize that it's gameplay, not just a CG cutscene. This sequence looks reminiscent of the early part in Ninja Gaiden, when Ryu discovers that his village has been set ablaze by enemies searching for the Dark Dragon Blade.

Next, the trailer shows Ryu fighting in the ninja fortress, the first level of Ninja Gaiden, but there's nothing terribly new here. But the next sequence looks very different. Ryu is fighting next to a lake or river as those annoying helicopter drones harass him. He's running on the surface of the water (a little-used move from Ninja Gaiden) while dodging huge piranha in addition to those bots. Some sort of weird fish man has the misfortune of getting in his way, so Ryu busts out with his Izuna Drop spinning pile driver and crashes down under the surface of the water with the deadly attack. This is a never-before-seen enemy and environment for the game.

Next Ryu appears to be fighting from the airship seen in the third level of Ninja Gaiden. The enemy commandos he's fighting will look familiar to fans, but they'll instantly note that Ryu is fighting with two swords here. This is another new addition to the series, as Ryu has previously used only a single sword in combat (among his variety of weapons). The two-weapon fighting looks as fast and fantastic as Ryu's other fighting styles.

The trailer then cuts to a young priestess, presumably the woman killed in the attack on Hayabusa Village. She's just standing around, looking pretty.

There's more action as Ryu takes on motorcycle thugs in front of Han's Bar in the Vigoor Empire's capital city. The setting is familiar, but the motorcycles are definitely new, and it looks great as Ryu knocks the riders off their mounts.

Next, Ryu comes up against some of the most notorious foes from Ninja Gaiden, the lava worms. These huge things look different now and are coming at him from even more directions than before. It's one of the game's imposing boss fights, and we're getting worried just thinking about it.

A bigger surprise ensues, as Ryu can be seen fighting Gamov, the conniving investigator seen only in cutscenes during previous Ninja Gaiden games. Here Gamov is fighting with twin pistols and seems capable of some fancy moves, though Ryu overpowers him with his twin swords, knocking Gamov's hat from his head. This appears to be a new boss fight, and it should be fun for Gaiden fans to give Gamov the what for.

It should also be fun for Gaiden fans to play as Rachel, the curvaceous demon hunter, who's now going to be fully playable. The next part of the trailer shows Rachel taking on a couple of gigantic red fiends using her trusty warhammer. In a nice touch, a fiend grazes her head and cuts the ties of her pony tail, causing the fight to continue with Rachel sporting a brand-new hairdo. She's clearly capable of some evasive maneuvers and other techniques that Ryu can't use.

Back to Ryu, who's fighting a bloated gunner similar to the one at the end of the airship level from Gaiden...except this looks even tougher since a helicopter is raining bombs on him. Fun...

Then there's a shot of Ryu fighting the bone dragon from Ninja Gaiden, which looks a little different than before. After that, he's fighting a demoness with a tentacle for an arm. This character was introduced in the second Hurricane Pack for Ninja Gaiden, but will be new to most fans.

Finally, we see Ryu confronting Doku, the greater fiend, in the middle of Ryu's burning village. This encounter ends poorly for Ryu in Ninja Gaiden, but perhaps we'll be able to turn the tables in Sigma. Brief shots are then shown of Rachel, Gamov, and Ayane from the Dead or Alive series, who helps Ryu during the Ninja Gaiden Storyline. The trailer displays the fast action and exceptional animation quality the Gaiden games are known for, and while the graphics are based on the Xbox versions of the game, they're clearly improved.

This trailer should give Ninja Gaiden fans a lot to get excited about, though they might need to remind themselves a few times that this game is slated for release only on the PlayStation 3, at least for now. The new features implied by the trailer seem like they could add meaningful new material and lots of tough, exhilarating new battles to Ninja Gaiden. We'll bring you more coverage in the weeks to come.

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232 comments
RED__OBLIVION
RED__OBLIVION

Well Actually Cool-Guy IDont Think Its Gunna Suck Too Bad For 360 People Mainly Cuz I Think They Get Ninja Gaiden 2 Which Will Prob Be Better Than Sigma. But I Dont Care, Cuz i Have Both Consoles So Whateveer

coolguy681
coolguy681

Cant wait for this game. Too bad for ppl who have xbox 360 lol.

DeathmageMokey
DeathmageMokey

THey are getting an updated version of our greatest game. We, however, will be getting a full sequel.

lockefab
lockefab

aint this gonna come out on 360

hurleyreyes
hurleyreyes

Both Ninja Gaiden & God of War are near perfect. But I think Kratos is a better character, at least has more porsonality than Ryu. Anyway, all Nintendo fanboys must be drooling watching both games.

Gamer_dude_666
Gamer_dude_666

dude i have evrey freaking ninja gaiden game and I AM NOT GANNA MISS THIS ONE

pacman6152005
pacman6152005

the game does look awesome....the pricing for everything that is gonna be in the PS3 is a great deal ...dont care what anyone else thinks....go look and try to buy just a blu ray dvd player...around 800-1000$ ..just for the dvd player rw.....what a rip for that ....now a console that supports blu ray ....and gonna bring a new era of games to the plate...600$ isnt bad at all...suck it up and get one...everyone said the xbox 360 was too expensive...but now look at it..everyone getting one after they said they wasnt....look at the price of computers for people who play WOW...they spend anywhere from 1500$ - 5k $ for that....600$ is not much for a ps3...

kanashimaru
kanashimaru

the game looks pretty freaking sweet the new playstation gfx looks like an SLI nvidia 7950's absolutely amazing too bad the pricing is scaring me away from buying the ps3... maybe when it drops in price... already spent enough for a 360..gonna get the wii soon... why wont any more awesome games come out for the 360?!

pacman6152005
pacman6152005

oh comeon maddog..i bet you snuck into your lil bro's room to play it on his xbox...even if ya killed bill gates..ya still wouldnt inherit his money ....a great game is a GREAT GAME...no matter what console is on....you people act like the xbox vs ps2 is a gang war with blood n crips....and the content of the game is gonna have a new story ...cant you guys tell from the video ..whoever has played the xbox version..yeah some of the monsters look the same...but its got a new twist..how many times have you people ran out and bought the same game like fable ..just bc of some new upgrades in the game ?????

maddog123
maddog123

I have wanted to play this game ever since i first heard about it on the x-box, but since i hate MS and have the near uncontrollable urge to kill Bill Gates and any x-box I see, I have been unable to play it.... but, ITS COMING TO PS3!!!!! I shall quest for and aquire the game 'Ninja Gaiden Sigma' !!!!!

Ronald2588
Ronald2588

Ninja Gaiden really caught my eye on the Xbox and now I'll finally be able to play it. =)

bobbfwed
bobbfwed

Looks like a pretty sweet game. Loved it all on xbox!

Evo700
Evo700

No signs of a new story? We've already had a overhaul of the original. Oh, I hope there's a new story or alot fans will be pissed.

golden_saiyajin
golden_saiyajin

I loved the Ninja Gaiden series on Xbox, and although I personally think that a completely overhauled version for the PS3 is a great idea, it may be wise to hold off on ANY opinions until we all have a copy in our collective gaming hands.

leon_trunks
leon_trunks

this game is going to be really awesome. and between kratos vs ryu vs dante, ryu is the winner, i mean the guy can run on water, dodge bullets and move at half the speed of sound. he gonna whip their a$$e$

i_luv_rom_basic
i_luv_rom_basic

Devil May Cry what na??????? Ninja Gaiden is wayyy bettter than dante and that loser kratos. So the PS3 need a xbox game to clean up the PS trash hmm makes sense

Coolgamer
Coolgamer

Ok, now fans with out an Xbox will get their chance to play the Great Ninja Gaiden in Hi res. Let the games start.

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

hi, roast beef liker-person. *waving*

_Sam_
_Sam_

I hope it's good

amd_fan
amd_fan

Looks like it's going to be very playable as well as visually pleasing.

kinglink2
kinglink2

Sounds like a generation too late. Great sony got ninja gaiden, but Xbox users had it for years. This sounds like a little more than black, but not an entirely new game.

darknight570
darknight570

I'm all up for sharing the game cross platform, but what I really want is true sequel. I won't go out and get a ps3 just for this game. I mean I expect that the 360 will have this game also. If not there is always black. Like said in the article it is mearly the same game with add on's.

zman1
zman1

i wasnt really plannin on getting a ps3 until i saw this game. i loved the two games on xbox. hopefully it will come out on the 360 and i wont fell like a total ass for buyin one.

audioust
audioust

this game is going to be great. but nothing can ever achive the greatness that is Minesweeper.

virgil_must_die
virgil_must_die

if it comes out on the 360 i'll be well chuffed but if not i'll get a ps3, and sure it is just a remake but its a remake of THE BEST XBOX GAME...EVER. just think of resident evil 1 on the gamecube. Oh and after spending 20minutes kicking the crap out of kratos,dante and hayabusa would fight and after a crazy fight dante might win as he can get cut up and just shrug it off, though i wouldn't count hayabusa out.

Andron666
Andron666

The only xbox game I ever really wanted to play comes to PS3. Smart move, it makes sense. Why limit yourself only to the xbox. Happy days.

bladedx
bladedx

I am going io get this when it comes out for the xbox360. if anybody has any imfomation about this game send a message on this or on gamespot or onmy yahoo. thebladedx@yahoo.com

PatternJuggler
PatternJuggler

Just make a new f****ing game you lazy bastards! This is the second remake in two years!

caveturd
caveturd

Is Ninja G Sigma just a remake of the one on xbox? It looked like it was from the trailer... I mean, theres a lot of places from the xbox one and the same enemies, etc

rtransfi
rtransfi

Ryu Hayabusa vs. Kratos vs. Dante...who would win?

DirtyJ
DirtyJ

So if Sony is getting Ninja G. Is XBox getting Devil May Cry?

mskittykat
mskittykat

Excellent. I can't wait for this part of the series to come out...I'm wondering why they've decided to go with PS3 vs. XBox it's original console...not that there's anything wrong with that. I see they don't want to mess with perfection....simply improving on the original title, adding more to the story. Sa-Weet!

shiro183
shiro183

"dv8withn8 This looks no different than Ninja Gaiden on Xbox 1. Lame. " dual swords and the ability to play as rachel were in the original game?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Hey I want Ninja Gaiden 2 as much as anyone, but I dont see any info. on it yet. I get the impression its a LONG way off. =(

smoov22
smoov22

This is what's going to happen. Take note it will get confusing. Tecmo is going to release Ninja Gaiden Sigma to give "Sony" gamers an opportunity to learn the storyline and attract a new customer base. While Sony gamers are catching up to XBOX gamers, Tecmo will release Ninja Gaiden 2 for the XBOX 360. While we are getting our fix, Tecmo will re-release Ninja Gaiden 2 for the PS3 as well. At this moment, Tecmo will then release Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the XBOX 360. Finally when Ninja Gaiden 3 comes out, it will launch on both systems simultaneously similar to the Grand Theft Auto series. One has to think that Ninja Gaiden will soon come to the Wii considering that Nintendo was one of the first platforms to have Ninja Gaiden. Whew!!! I told you it was confusing : )

rice_boi913
rice_boi913

i bet its just a PS3 version of the one on xbox with everything with it...but at least its cool

rice_boi913
rice_boi913

awesome!..finally Ninja Gaiden comes to the playstation!...it better be worth it...

swe_hotshot
swe_hotshot

Not so interested in a three year old game.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

Oh, and please Tecmo don't make this game easier than the others. I want to master Ryu moves and Rachel moves.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

wow, now give me panzer dragon orta (or a new panzer dragon so beatiful like orta) and I will never think again in getting a xbox. this game looks so beautiful now that is my fifth most wanted game in ps3. number one:metalgear4, number two:final fantasy XIII, number three:white knight story, number four:heavenly sword.

dv8withn8
dv8withn8

This looks no different than Ninja Gaiden on Xbox 1. Lame.

mythrol
mythrol

Let playstation get their port. We've already had the original game AND a remake for a long time now. As long as NG2 hits the 360, all is good in NInja land.

SPANNER-MAN
SPANNER-MAN

Well from my point of view i think this is the way Tecmo wanted ninja gaiden to be in the first place. Its just that they had to cut stuff out to make to the release date. If they had waited and put everything into the game as they wanted to in the first place, this is outcome of that game. And its not a bad idea to put it on ps3, but dam i won't be getting that system for a while, oh well, i'll have to be patient for quite some time then.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

Is it me, or does this look just like the original XBOX game? It would appears as if Sony has FINALLY caught up with Microsoft... kinda late though, don't you think?

SplinterCell37
SplinterCell37

Is it just me or are the visuals, if not exactly the same, worse? I can't say I'm really any more impressed than I am with the old 'Gaiden. Perhaps it's just me, but it just looks like a cheap port for more money. However. I must admit that this is a good thing for people who want the experience but not the console. I'm a pacifist when it comes to console wars :P, and if the adamant PS owners want to play a good game then let them. Heck, I'd love to play Killzone, but I've only got an Xbox. I say good for them.