The AI of the enemy is impressive and it’ll take every opportunity to cut you down. Swipe an enemy upwards, perform a quick mid-air combo and then finish by plunging your sword into their bellies as they fall to the ground. Using the environment also helps you too. Ryu can run along walls giving him extra momentum to strike much harder. He can even hop off walls and perform an almighty downward slice that’ll become your second-best friend.
Remember these basic rules of combat and you’ll go far. Well, a lot further than those crybaby Xbox monkeys. But if you suck at games, Sigma will ask if you want to abandon the way of the ninja after you’ve died in the same place more than a few times. Hit yes and the difficulty steps down a notch, but only after a quick cutscene that takes the piss out of you.
Your cash comes from collecting the yellow, blue and red orbs dead bodies release. As you upgrade your weapon, more combos and techniques are unlocked for you to master. This goes for all the game’s many different weapons, which include everything from nunchucks to spears to warhammers and throwing stars. There’s plenty to choose from. Gameplay is fairly linear throughout the course of the entire game - which is absolutely massive. For the most part, it’s action all the way, with you having to collect the odd key, place a special item in a special place, as well as defeat a boss to progress to new areas.
Several new sections have been built into the PS3 version of Sigma. Unfortunately you can spot them a mile off because they look so much better than the rest of the game. The burning village at the end of the second level is the first example. It’s small, but full of incredible heat-haze, smoke plumes and PS3-specific lighting effects. Some of the levels do look a bit clean and empty, especially Tairon City, which would get awards for being the cleanest city on the world.
A tip of the hat has to go some of the boss characters you fight. As you get closer to the end, the bosses become more ludicrous in size and design. Giant worms, flying fiend-women, re-animated dinosaur skeletons, octopus-tentacle beasts and Hell’s hardest dragons all await you. Stick with it long enough and you’ll be presented with one of the biggest challenges in your gaming career. Before hopping over to another dimension, you have to prove yourself by beating a handful of massive bosses one after the other.