GDC: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 goes on show News

Tecmo handed out copies of Official PlayStation Magazine US at the event, which has a big article about the game.

The mag has a quote from Hayachi saying, "Violence is not going to be one of the key selling points of this title... It's not all about how bloody it is." Instead they're going for "a much cooler, cleaner, sleeker look". So you won't see great big spurts of blood, but clouds of purple essence when enemies get dismembered.

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tocrazed4you3471d ago

Change from itgaki's style I hope it pays off.

- Ghost of Sparta -3471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

Aw. The least they could have done was change the blood color to green or like, make it optional. They didn't have to replace it with "purple essence". Not that I'm bothered by this at all but still.

IdleLeeSiuLung3471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

Hmmm... so co-op isn't in story mode and most likely mission mode style. The blood and severed limbs were most satisfying in NG2 for the 360. I loved how the blood was spattered on the walls and the enemies still laying dead scattered around. Too bad they won't leave that intact.

sonarus3471d ago

Purple essense for the loss

UnSelf3471d ago

it doesnt have to be the KEY selling point but why are we strayin away from gore? Hes a ninja wit a sword.....someones gonna lose sumthing, so lets send these fiends back to the Vigoor Empire wit missing limbs to make sure they dont come back

Ichiryoka3471d ago

That the know dismembering part is in, just the sprays of blood is out. less blood more purple mist, all dismemberment. k edgey...that voice is haunting me...

Doppy3471d ago

I think it's weird to go from blood in Sigma 1, to purple energy, but I guess it's fine with me. Blood and guts is OK with me, but so is not having it. Just make the game play as good as Sigma 1 did.

ZuperAmazingCooKie3471d ago

Now we'll never know if that was what made the 360 version take a performance hit or if the 360 is simply inferior, as far as running the Ninja Gaiden engine goes.

lolol1233471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

freakin gay. just because violence isnt a key selling point doesnt mean they have to remove it. just keep it realistic for pete's sake

sonarus3471d ago

They are probably pushing for a teen rating. Purple essence is BS. This is fvkin trash. They just intentionally made the game lame

Doppy3471d ago

Maybe they want a Teen rating this time?

SaiyanFury3471d ago

Haha actually I was kind of fond of the violence in NG2. Just because it was so over the top it was hard not to laugh as guys got cleaved into 3-4 parts. I'm not complaining, just showing the different styles between the 2 games.

Yi-Long3471d ago

This. News. Sucks.

What the hell, no gore and violence!? It's all toned down/censored!? WHY!?!? It's one of the most awesome parts of the game. It's a NINJA-game where you go around hacking people up with your sword or whatever other weapon you want to use. It gets it's inspiration from samurai/ninja movies which have those great bursts of gore and blood.

I feel this is a big mistake, and absolutely unnecessary and unwanted. I think this is just absolutely ridiculous, cause the blood and severed limbs and the gore etc etc ADDS to the experience you get when playing the game. It's COOL to see your ninja lob off someone's head, and seeing a gorgeous red fountain of blood spray down while you're already slashing through some other villains. It's how it should be.

If Hayachi has a problem with violence in videogames, he shouldn't have accepted to do this game. Now he treads on someone else's work and nutures it...

The trailer looks absolutely GREAT, and I love Ninja Gaiden gameplay, but this decision is just BS. Sadly. I was very excited about this game and 1 day later they've managed to diminish that excited and replace it with disappointment and anger. Such a shame.

lordgodalming3471d ago

Totally agree. The ridiculous gore from NGII was one of the (few) turnoffs for me about that game. I had hoped that the PS3 version would have an option to turn it off, so this is good news for me.

For all others wishing they'd added MORE blood or whatever, there are plenty of games that cater to your bloodlust, right? Not every game has to be torture-porn.

ShiftyLookingCow3471d ago

this is lame, even anime like Bleach has a ton of blood in it.

lordgodalming3471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

"Now we'll never know if that was what made the 360 version take a performance hit or if the 360 is simply inferior, as far as running the Ninja Gaiden engine goes."

Really? That's the first thing you thought of when you heard the Sigma 2 announcement? Are you looking forward to actually playing the game, or just strapping on your microscope and watching the inevitable comparison vids? Sheesh.

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ultimolu3471d ago

We wants bluuuuud! >_<

But then again that's interesting.

UnSelf3471d ago

yes we do, and now we cant have any :(

oh well still first day buy for me

besides im sure GOW3 will have plenty for us to quench on

II Necroplasm II3471d ago

GOW3 will have more than enough gore.

Dark General3471d ago

Yes we do want blood. It was looked awesome on the 360 version. I hope they'll patch it in or have a gore filter option or something. Because i'm a big boy i can handle some blood spurting everywhere.

Kamikaze1353471d ago

This actually makes more sense. I actually hated the blood...because it wasn't liquid when it hit the wall or floor...I would see it coming off a wall and floating in thin air >_>

frayer3471d ago

I wonder why they went in this direction? Japanese gamers?

ShinFuYux3471d ago

I think it's like one of their rules to not show that type of gore in their games. So, I guess we're pretty much getting the Japanese Edited version...which is more anime-ish type.

ShiftyLookingCow3471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

I thought some of the anime were pretty bloody but I guess I am wrong

Ichiryoka3471d ago (Edited 3471d ago )

I see what they are saying. There is blood, but instead of blood spraying out when dismembered there will be this...fog, or purple mist that flows out somewhat like a smokey mist...hmm hard to explain but...imagine how fluid it would look...oh man...sorry about these broken sentences but I can see what they are aiming at in my head. They are pulling off this sleek stylish look, that includes blood but the mist is like this added effect that makes the battle look even more how can I explain this better..??? I dont know but I hope you got an idea of what I was trying to explain.

Edit: check thenew screenshots you can see the mist and some blood insome of the shots.

ultimolu3471d ago

I get what you're saying and I see the direction they want to take. Instead of the whole dismemberment/gore thing, they're using both the effects of essense and blood combined when you kill enemies.

That reminds me of a movie I've seen before where that same effect was used, except there was no blood.

That's definitely more stylish.

LeonSKennedy4Life3471d ago

Don't worry.

I completely understand.

Sarcasm3471d ago

Similar to Tekken, how those weird orbs or sparkles and stuff come out of nowhere when you hit each other? Obviously for style and not really substance.

I personally didn't mind the gore in NG2.

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