Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 cuts back on gore

The difficulty has also been tweaked and all the levels have been reworked from the ground up, so there shouldn't be any more of that ridiculous save point placement that made some sections impossible in the original game.

PS3 owners also get an online co-op mode. According to Hayashi, this will not follow the main story scene for scene, so we expect it to be more arena-based. You will still be able to make use of the magic attacks while fighting alongside your mate, so that should be pretty spectacular to watch from afar.

Above: Magic plays a key role in the hardest fights

While all of the new additions are welcome, we've got the same doubts about the game we had in the previous version. Ninja Gaiden is well known for its hardcore gameplay and steep difficulty curve, we did feel at times that we were watching the action play out instead of being directly in control of every sword swipe.

There's also the fact that the Xbox 360 version is still the better-looking, with far fewer jagged edges and higher quality special effects and textures. Check out these comparison screens:

And in an in-game cutscene:

If the ultimate version would be an amalgamation of the two, sadly we'll never see it. Hayashi made it clear that the new content won't be coming to Xbox 360 via DLC, and PS3's Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will not feature a gore slider bar to boost the level of blood. So basically it comes down to what you want from the game.

Would Kill Bill Vol. 1 have had so much impact without the 450 gallons of fake blood? We think not, still, this is definitely worth a look whether you're new to the series or not. After all, ninjas are way cool – especially when they're female and called Ayane.

Above: Ayane > Ryu. In so many ways

30 Jun, 2009


  • Japanjack - July 3, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    Now I'm no fanboy, but when I get the sequel to one of my favorite games for $60, put in quite a few hours, get the downloadable content, and beat the crap out of that it is disappointing to see that I was playing the less amazing version. Now I understand over time things change and a lot of this wasn't thought of at the time, or whatever reason they had... But I would like some downloadable content for all the new modes and characters, I mean this is ridiculous! I'll be buying I PS3 soon, I just don't really want to have to buy the game and beat it all over for the new things; that is ludicrous. Also, epic recaptcha: Recommended Barbecue!!!!!!!
  • RebornKusabi - July 1, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    I really couldn't ****ing stand Ninja Gaiden 2 because of the difficulty level. Glad to hear they toned that shit down. Also, I dig the inclusion of Momiji as I was a huge fan of the Ninja Gaiden DS game. Ayane is alright... I don't know- I loved the hell out of the first Ninja Gaiden (I own the original, Black and Sigma) so the sequel really dissapointed me in many ways and I'm glad Itagaki is gone because I hated his elitist bullshit that he put on Team Ninja. I greatly look forward to a Dead or Alive game without a cheating bitch of a computer!
  • lewis42025 - June 30, 2009 7:25 p.m.

    very interesting article. i don't know how i feel about there not being any gore, cuz i honestly found that to be one of ninja gaiden 2's most endearing qualities. least it was fun to look at lol. quick question, what does amalgamation mean???
  • crumbdunky - July 6, 2009 8:17 p.m.

    And GR-very other site feels that the resolution and detail is now better on the PS3 game so why fly in the face of that with old pictures? The OBLY advantage the 360 version has graphically is now the AA lacking on PS3 version(which does happen sometimes I agree)but, that apart, there's no doubt that Sigma is already the better looking game. Unless you're a blood fetishist. Also, I read somewhere else that losing the gore was "dumbing down the game"-is bloodlust now a sign of the intellectual? Still a disgrace that the camera wasn't fixed for 360 though-properly poor show from Tecmo-they'll lose fans doing that stuff.
  • SwampRock - July 3, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Sony wants to even the playing field after being denied so much DLC from Microsoft eh? Guess Bill Gates isn't a fanatic for delicious ninja females
  • SG1979 - July 3, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    Fairly poor comparison shots since both are taken off compressed vids. And even then, the 2nd PS3 shot shows bloom lighting absent on the 360. I've spoken to one developer who was at E3 and played the demo, who noted better lighting, specular maps, self shadowing etc. on the new version. Then one of the guys at the Digital Foundry analyzed the screens concluding that the new version runs at full 1280x720. The 360 original ran at a sub HD res of 1120x585. So aside from the censored violence, there is no way that the 360 original is in fact the better looking one. What's interesting to note that the texture resolution is the same in both versions.
  • Doomwaffle - July 1, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    Sometimes I think you mean Ryu < Ayane for two reasons. Amirite guys?
  • crumbdunky - July 1, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    I'm a big series fan and last time out bought the original 360 game and Sigma on PS3. Also, I remember the PS3 version being just as good, if not better, looking than it's 360 counterpart back then despite looking more "jaggy"(which is a usual problem for games going from AA heavy 360 to PS3 which deals with things differently)during development-many PS3 games really get brushed up on in the last month or two of development too so I wouldn't worry unduly over that score. This time, playing through NG2 was, apart from obviously being hard,really made a chore for me byu that camera so the biggest thing is them fixing that-though for 360 only gamers it's really poor that they haven't allowed a patch to fix the original too, imo. Allied to that the new content will put more people in the same, buying both, boat as myself(I wold imagine anyway)and the variety is very welcome-the co-op being a big bonus IF it's good. As for the gore? Well, I'm glad it's been scaled back as NG2 got a bit silly with it for my taste(I felt Itigaki went too far) and it dominated the screen at times, and with that camera, ruined some of the action. That said there doesn't look to be much more than footprints this time which just seems far too little so a middle way would be best for me. Whatever, it's great that PS3 gamers get the chance to play the game at last and though I can't agree completely with the design choices the big plus is the camera fix which should have come waaay back. And again, as the game supposedly will finally run at the same fps and a higher res than last time I wouldn't concern myself with how the two games look at this stage. Sorry, went on a bit eh? Well, I do love me some ninja action-and even better with back breaking breasts, no?
  • norid - July 1, 2009 5:46 a.m.

    @AnoymouZ just one of the many mysteries of life.
  • SwampRock - July 1, 2009 2:53 a.m.

    I have to comment now because of my recaptcha just for ayane. rosebush that XDDD
  • AnonymouZ - July 1, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    @norid how do ninjas keep attacking the same guy, in waves, after waves, after waves, after waves, after waves and he never dies/they never fail to show up? Why is there magic in the game, when i can't really perform a kamehameha? oh wait... i got it...
  • DasavageJ - June 30, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Ironically i just got my copy of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 today and I just wanted to point out the whole R1 Recenter ability is remnisent of that game. Also I was wonderin if their might be same screen co-op?
  • norid - June 30, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    how does Ayane move with that load on her chest with out back problems?
  • Cyberninja - June 30, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    interesting Recaptcha:lizzie his
  • skyline19 - June 30, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    Can't wait!
  • garnsr - June 30, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    Nice butterfly.

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