G4TV: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Review

G4TV Writes:

The slice & dice action game Ninja Gaiden 2 is finally coming to the PlayStation 3 in the form of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. But while this new version doesn't change the game itself (well, not much, anyway), it does add some interesting new ways to play it.

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shocky163218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Won't be picking this up however as I suck so bad at these kind of games.

Seems they were quite harsh in the closing comments:

"If you already played the 360 version, you don’t need this one as well unless you really, really love Firefight, Horde, and/or Nazi Zombies but wish there was more melee. Or you really, really love Rachel, Momiji, or Ayane. But if you’re expecting this new version to be radically different, or easier, or to have a better camera, you’re out of luck."

Lord_Ranos3218d ago

The ps3 version has extra content. But the gameplay is the same.

GiantEnemyCrab3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Great score. But after playing the demo it felt just like the 360 version so yeah I kinda agree with them and won't be buying it. But any NG fan who hasn't played the 360 version should be in for a treat.

It will be interesting to see the next NG without Itagaki there to lay the foundation out. It seems like they just build on what he has already created for these Sigma games.

morganfell3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Thankfully I don't suck at these games. There is a lot of additional material here and the team went through every level fixing the game.

With the co-op, extra playables, and great levels not on the 360 - Lady Liberty challenge for one - definitely not the same game no matter what 360 fans try to tell us. Well, actually they are trying to convince themselves.

And I agree with others. A ton of challenge levels, extra playables, fixed camera, better looking...same score? Really? Think that is an accident? Hardly.

Immortal Kaim3218d ago

It would have to be substantially improved (which by the sounds of it, it isn't), for me to consider buying it on the PS3. I hired it on 360, but it wasn't my cup of tea, especially because of the horrendous camera controls.

I guess If you're keen for some mindless action, give it a go, just don't expect anything else from the game in terms of story elements.

Bnet3433218d ago

After playing the demo, I wasn't too impressed. It felt the same as playing the 360 version. The graphics weren't as huge leap like Sigma 1. The extra content doesn't warrant $60 when I already have the 360 version. Not only that but I'm too used to the 360 controller. It just felt odd playing it on the PS3. Good score though. I wonder how Ninja Gaiden 3 will be.

BRG90003218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

EDIT: Actually G4 has 2 pages for the game, one of which DOES have a score of 4/5. Fail on my part.

The same-score thing seems reasonable to me though. The game has just enough additions and improvements to justify it being a 2009 game of the same quality for its time that the Xbox version had in mid-2008.

Megaton3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I love the hack 'n slash genre, but I'm not a fan of Ninja Gaiden, so I'll be passing regardless of how it scores. Judging by the PS3 demo, it's still plagued with Itagaki's patented "worst camera angles in modern gaming".

Still, I gotta say it's funny that G4 scored it the same as the original with all the extra stuff and enhanced visuals.

For people incapable of navigating for the NG2 review:

Mozilla893218d ago

How can they say the game is too hard and put it as a negative? Isn't that one of the trademarks of the series? Thats like docking points from Gran Turismo cause its too realistic.

ReviewsArePolitics3218d ago

At least harder than God of War and Devil May Cry. I used to think I was great at those games until I played Ninja Gaiden. I'm still playing it, it's awesome.

Jamegohanssj53218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

GOTY confirmed.

Wait is that a freaking gun in Ryu's hand?


heroicjanitor3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Definitely renting this game :)

@below Realised that for them 5/5 just means very good, not like ign's 10 = perfect.

BRG90003218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

You realize 5/5 on G4's scale doesn't mean perfect, right? It just means the game is highly recommended.


EDIT: Good edit. I like the new comment better.

Poopface the 2nd3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Ive owned every NG game that has ever been made. Except BLACK as I had the original Xbox version and downloaded the master ninja tournament for free.

I love NG and will probably buy this one someday too.

Above-- I also dont like them taking points for it being hard. I remamber one review of NG 2 where the guy said it "[email protected] down his neck" and that he never finished it. Still he gave it a bad review. I like the game to be challenging as just about every game is too easy nowadays. to get any kind of challenge in most game you need to crank up the difficulty and then they are usually still easy.

Also I have no problem with the camera as Ive become very good at controlling it since Ive played alot of NG.

StanLee3218d ago

I have to get this game. I own Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox original), Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Ninja Gaiden 2. I love the series.

Serjikal_Strike3218d ago

And I'm down for some co-op team missions play...
loved the demo...and ayane kicks some serious a$$ too..

MNicholas3218d ago

Details here:

Lighting, effects, textures, and massive resolution boost as well. Quite impressive upgrade for a game that was originally made on the 360.

Ravage273218d ago

New characters, online co-op, improved graphics and camera....sounds like a 5/5 to me since odst was a 5/5 in their books :/

IzKyD13313218d ago


That wasn't harsh at all

MNicholas3218d ago

complaining that it's the same game is utterly stupid since it's running on a different platform.

Stupid review. Score, 4/5 is a good score. I think they gave the Xbox360 version the same score. Scores aside, although they complained that it's basically the same game, the flip side of that screw-up is that they failed to mention how much the game has been improved.

Silly gameAr3218d ago

I got the demo from the japanese store last week and I've played the demo several times. I like how when you beat the demo with Ryu, you can play as Ayane. You beat her mission, you get to play the team mode.

I have Ninja Gaiden 2 for the 360, but it felt more natural for me with the dualshock 3. That boss battle with the giant statue at the end of Ryu's mission was cool as hell to.

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FiftyFourPointTwo3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

PS3. Home of definitive versions. :)
"The Cons - Still dang hard"
Wtf? So just because a game is hard even on the easiest difficulty they're going to consider it as a con?!
"Not worth the double dip"
-Totally disagree. The reviewer is an idiot. There are so many added content in Sigma 2.

N4PS3G3218d ago

It's so definitive that it scored the same as the beta version ;)

Gabe EatsWell3218d ago


That goes to show how stupid g4tv is.

Pizzagaki3218d ago

Its more then a year old and got no gore, what do you expect.

FiftyFourPointTwo3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

"No gore"
The only excuse the bots like Botzzagaki can make for this game.

No gore. But it has boobs. :)

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N4PS3G3218d ago

so how is it that the definitive version scores the same as the original?

C'mon i won't buy this game..but if it's the same game with better graphics and some new can they rate it the same? That's dumb

Ldubbz3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

They actually were nice in giving it the same score. Its basically the same game, over a year later, for $60. Not to hard to comprehend that one...


Well, if what below says is true, thats funny. You know what even funnier? Raztard and Morganfail trying to actually convince people this is a different game! Wake up! This is the same game many of the SDF were trashing when it came out on 360, over a year ago. But now, since they slapped 'Sigma' on the title, its a whole new game? Baloney.

I remember hearing the same crap when Sigma 1 came out. ITS NG BLACK! AN XBOX GAME!! LMAOROFLBBQBYOBB!

sunnygrg3218d ago

Funny, you mention it N4PS3G because I just happened to be searching for G4TV's Ninja Gaiden 2's review for the 360, and they never reviewed the game.

So unless proven otherwise, your comment doesnt make sense.

L Ronald Hubbard3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

How is this the same as NGII?

Get back to me when:

NGII gets Momiji Gameplay
NGII gets Ayane Gameplay
NGII gets Rachel Gameplay
NGII gets Co-Op

All these extra features blows ODST's features out of the water.

EDIT: Keep disagreeing, it won't prove me wrong.

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raztad3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I dont understand why people keep saying game is not worth a second dip and then using it as negative point in their reviews. As far as I know NGS2 is not a xbox game, so in first place xbox owners are not the target market (game is PS3 exclusive not even multi) and second ps3 only owners havent played the xbox version.

EDIT: Wow, I got two disagrees pretty fast. OK. I feel my point is pretty fair but honoring the dis-agreers I'm going deeper in what I think, I dont mind to be called fanboy.

Lets look at ODST. It got a PERFECT score from G4TV. Considering that the multiplayer is the bread and butter of Halo, ODST is just Halo3 + Firefight+ 3 maps. On top of that the market is the same: xbox owners and Halo fans that most probably have a Halo 3. As I see it ODST and NGS2 are providing equivalent additions to previuos fans, but NGS2 main target are ps3-only gamers.

Bnet3433218d ago

NGS2 is NG2 on 360 with a few extras. Adding a word to the name doesn't radically make it different. It's essentially the same game.

WMW3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

"Adding a word to the name doesn't radically make it different" yeah we know that the offine and online co-op, improved graphics, extra bosses, new missions and more playable characters are what make it a "radically different game"

agentfoxe-n4g3218d ago

The game is for PS3.. so it should be treated as such.

The "double-dip" is clearly a red-herring; PS3 owners (like myself) won't have to double-dip.. so why it is mentioned?

Sure, I'm still not buying the game (too hard) nor do I think the score should be higher (4/5 is fair) but to review the game as if it's targetted towards multi-console owners or xbox-only owners is amateur.

jetlian3217d ago

all games are compared regardless of what platform a game is on. The differance may not justify the added price. you could get it on xbox for under $30.

Just becuz your a ps3 only gamer doesn't mean you haven't/couldn't have played it already.

Me personally i will get it. l got ng,ngb,ngs,and ng2 already. this is one series i'll buy updates for.

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Ldubbz3218d ago

Wasnt expecting this review just yet. I honestly thought they would say its this new and improved version of NG2. Sounds like the same thing to me.

"So what’s different about Sigma 2? Honestly, not much. The Story mode looks, sounds, and plays just like the original. Which, yes, means it still has the same camera issues that sometimes made it hard to see who you should be hacking and slashing. Though it is less bloody: cutting off limbs in the 360 version was like turning on a faucet, but that’s has been excised in this version. Though all it does is make this game less Jackson Pollack-y."

Camera issues (I think its part of the challenge sometimes), still there. Looks about the same. No blood. Meh.

Obviously if you have both, the 360 version is better since you can get it for $10-20. I wouldnt pay $40-50 for the extras here. If you have only a PS3, I would wait unless youre a hardcore NG fan....and if so you should have a 360 anyway.

Bottom line, its basically the same game. Thats over a year old. Been there, done that. Next....

L Ronald Hubbard3218d ago

"Bottom line, its basically the same game. Thats over a year old. Been there, done that. Next...."

Like Halo ODST right? Bought a rehashed game for $60?

Ldubbz3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Is that you? You do seem to speak nonsense...

Potshot at ODST? Nice try. New campaign versus a re-heashed 360 game thats over a year old? Hmmmm....

You crazies can pretend like this a new game all you like, but the review couldnt be clearer. I truly hope people see the comments on here as proof as to how illogical and pathetic the SDF really is. It just boggles the mind.

Here's a fun they still give Itagaki credit for the game? I bet they do. Funny, he cant make new games for Tecmo when he doesnt work there any more! Unless...its actually still the same game?

Elvfam5113218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

are stupid i can say the same thing for Halo 3 ODST

Halo 3 ODST has the same MP as Halo 3 and Halo 3 was release in 2007 please just a 5 hr campaign and 3 new maps is worth $60 bucks

L Ronald Hubbard3218d ago

"Potshot at ODST? Nice try. New campaign versus a re-heashed 360 game thats over a year old? Hmmmm...."

A campaign that is doable in under four hours and with the same multi-player? Oh I see, Halo ODST is so good you're trolling the article! You're so butt-hurt you can't even type straight.

"You crazies can pretend like this a new game all you like, but the review couldnt be clearer. I truly hope people see the comments on here as proof as to how illogical and pathetic the SDF really is. It just boggles the mind."

Yeah, and you can keep treating a DLC/Expansion as if it was a whole game. I do hope people read our comments.

Less than 20 mins left. Have fun editting!

ultimolu3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Sure it is. Only a 360 faithful can ignore the improvements the game has to offer.

Whatever dude.

Keep disagreeing with people with those accounts. It shows the type of person *you* are.

On topic: My copy should be coming this week! :D

onanie3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

The trouble is, dubbies, that NGS2 is new for PS3-only gamers, while ODST will feel oddly familiar (for four hours) to the kind of person who will buy it.

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