Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 revealed

If you include Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword for the DS, the newly-announced PS3-exclusive Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will be the sixth release for the franchise since Tecmo relaunched it on the Xbox in 2004. That's a lot of games in only five years' time, but during their announcement of Sigma 2 at GDC, Tecmo got to explain how this latest slash-em-up will live up to their concept of the "ultimate Ninja Gaiden game."

The development team’s old leader Tomonubu Itagaki may be gone, but Team Ninja is still around, and they want Sigma 2 to be the Ninja Gaiden game no one ever forgets. To accomplish this, they'll be mixing in elements from all the previous titles in the series. In addition to containing the complete single-player campaign from Ninja Gaiden 2 on the Xbox 360, this upgrade will include bosses and characters from previous Ninja Gaiden games. Momiji from Dragon Sword will make the jump to home consoles, and Ayane from Dead or Alive will also join Ryu, bringing the total playable character count up to three. Strangely, Rachel, who was playable in Ninja Gaiden Sigma, is absent in Sigma 2, although Tecmo hinted that she will likely be involved in future games.

While Momiji and Ayane will be locked from the start, requiring a play-through with Ryu if you want to experience their single-player campaigns, they will be immediately playable in one of Sigma 2's other big new features: online co-op. With two friends taking the roles of Ryu and one of his beautiful female companions, you'll be able to connect on PlayStation Network and run through co-op missions for the first time in the series' history. This is pure co-op – fighting your buddies is not allowed – but if decimating demons is as fun with a pal as it is solo, this game mode should provide another satisfying way to rack up combos.

While we're yet to actually touch the game ourselves, Tecmo made it very clear that Sigma 2 is more than just a port. Along with the game-changing additions mentioned above, they're also promising new weapons for Ryu, tweaks to the camera and difficulty issues that plagues the 360 version, and more. Ninja Gaiden 2 had a ton of promise but ended up falling short. If Sigma 2 can genuinely deliver on both fixing those problems and adding a mess of new content, Ryu Hayabusa could be a contender once more. We'll find out for sure when Sigma 2 arrives for the PlayStation 3 this fall.

Mar 25, 2009


  • Ludragon - April 14, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    Finally another sigms for ps3. i just hope this is better then the first one. The thing i hate about the pass N.G. Games is ur life didnt regain itself like the NG2.. Sure it chagelling an all but with the double an triple team u die easily...Cant wait until it relese..
  • Corsair89 - March 26, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Ninja Gaiden 2 easliy had one of the worst stroies I've ever seen in a game. Also, NG2 seems to think that New York City is a ghost town. Seriously, the entire city was completely deserted except for fiends. I might look into this, but then again, I probably won't. reCaptcha: envelope, per- (I got the CIA to decipher it and the original message reads, "Terrorist only luncheon on Friday at Osama bin Laden's Super Secret Hideout and Fun House! All attendents will receive either a free envelope full of anthrax or a 'Death to America' tee-shirt! 1 per terrorist! So, before you suicide bomb yourself, enjoy one last meal at Osama bin Laden's Super Secret Hideout and Fun House!!" The fiends...)
  • John-117 - March 26, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    Dang, I was just about to start playing Sigma 1, I better get on it before this hits. I'm, atleast interested since they are apparantly fixing the major issues the 360 version had and adding ma megaton of content.
  • deathrebellion - March 26, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    well the coop feature is gonna either make wonder or crash cuz the solo butt kickin is the harder and if u add a player then the difficulty decreases but team ninja racks up the difficulty and adds tons of enemies then this will be Awesome in coop
  • CH3BURASHKA - March 26, 2009 1:55 a.m.

    Why don't they just do porn? reCaptcha: Brickett 6.47 (I swear to God, I'm probably helping the CIA decipher some terrorist e-mails with the reCaptcha)
  • Jaces - March 25, 2009 11:25 p.m.

    Very nice, can't wait for this. By the way, AWESOMENESS on the co-op!
  • GoldenMe - March 25, 2009 11 p.m.

  • RebornKusabi - April 7, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    This game was ****ing horrible, news flash to budding game developers- making your game brutally hard does not win you any cool points or make you hardcore, it makes your piece of shit game suck. Seriously, only Otaku and masochists like this stupid ass series! This is coming from someone who loves the 8-Bit Megaman series and has beaten Megaman 9 on the hardest difficulty...
  • Xenath - March 28, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    Seriously? I'm kind of pissed. Why not release this on the 360 as well? I would gladly pay for it again with all the new features. Or have something like a $20 DLC pack? This is slightly depressing being a huge fan of the series and not owning a PS3.
  • thochaos - March 26, 2009 7:23 a.m.

    wow the recaptcha is more interesting than this game: $450-a-year Mable

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