Release Date:NA: 26th February 2013, JP: 28th February 2013, NA: 1st March 2013
Ninja Gaiden 2 is a 2008 video game for Xbox 360 released by Tecmo Koei. It was then released for the PS3 under the name Sigma, and the Vita version is known as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus.
It’s the sequel to Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus which was a launch title for the Playstation Vita.
The game features Ryu Hayabusa, a veteran ninja, who chops up enemies to take revenge on people who have wronged him and his clan.
Tomonobu Itagaki left Team Ninja after developing Ninja Gaiden 2, and Yosuke Hayashi, director of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, produced and directed NGS2. The Vita version of the game features some new content and functionalities but it’s not a drastic difference compared to the PS3 version.
Gore and Dismemberment are the same as the PS3 version. Ninja Gaiden 2 Xbox 360 version featured the most gory visuals.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus was released in North America on February 26th 2013. It was released in Japan on February 28th while Europe got the game on March 1st.
The PS Vita port features a lot of new additions, Team Ninja has revealed. They said during reveal that it will feature some hardcore elements.
Game director Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja has called the Vita a powerful, competent device that has the ability to deliver console quality graphics in a short time.
They’ve already released the first Ninja Gaiden game on the Vita and while it was a good port, it was lacking in many aspects which they avoid with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus.
“With the sequel we’re looking to add in some really good additional hardcore elements – things that people who really know the game and loved Sigma 2 will get into and enjoy,” he said. [reference]
They have cut down on the gore and dismemberment and it’s the same as the PS3 version, and will feature purple mist in place of blood. The reason for this is probably due to a deficiency in hardware memory, unlike the Xbox 360, which has more memory available. There’s no other explanation stated for reducing gore in the Vita version as well.
Graphically the PS Vita version doesn’t look that bad and is a perfect fit for a portable device. The controls like the first game are expected to be really smooth.
There are additional functions in the game and it uses the Vita’s functions like the touch screen. The game overall is not a completely changed and optimized port but it’s one of the best ones on the Vita.
Ninja Gaiden series is known for its lightening fast action gameplay and that’s what is present in the Vita version as well. The game holds the framerate comfortably and offers a good gameplay experience. It is primarily a hack and slash game with a variety of enemies and robots created just to stop you.
There are other ninjas as well that you will get to face as Ryu Hayabusa along with plenty of modes that will let you select any character and use their abilities and weapons.
You can pick up weapons that are dropped from enemies or use your own standard default ones and you get to use more of them as you defeat bosses or find them. The gameplay is quite similar to the PS3 version but you can use the touch controls in certain situations.
There are four difficulty modes available to you, namely: Path Of The Acolyte, Path Of The Warrior, Path Of The Mentor, and Path Of The Master Ninja.
The combat revolves over decapacitations and fast ninja combat that lets Ryu do a lot of damaging moves, and it also has a magic system called Ninpo, that you can acquire as you keep playing. To recharge your ninpo, you can absorb the essence dropped by enemies you defeat.
The story doesn’t have a lot of additions in the Vita version and stays true to the console versions. You play as Ryu Hayabusa, a master ninja, who is out seeking revenge on people who have wronged him and his clan.
Here’s the official story: One year after Ninja Gaiden, master blacksmith Muramasa is setting up shop in Tokyo. A CIA agent named Sonia enters the place and asks for Ryu Hayabusa’s whereabouts, until members of the Black Spider Ninja Clan attack the shop and kidnap her.
Enter the Dragon Ninja Ryu, who fails to stop Sonia’s kidnapping and makes haste around the Tokyo skyscrapers and rescues the agent, who informs him of an attack on the Hayabusa Village by the Black Spider Ninjas, who wish to steal the Demon Statue they possess and protect.
Ryu Hayabusa: Ryu Hayabusa in the main protagonist of the game. Ryu has also appeared in various other games in cameo roles and has allegedly been the model upon which the Halo Hayabusa armour was designed.
Joe Hayabusa: The father of Ryu Hayabusa, Joe has returned from training in the sacred wilderness and resumed his duties as the leader of the Hayabusa Village.
Genshin: Overlord of the Black Spider Ninja Clan, Genshin’s lust for power is matched only by his hatred of the Dragon lineage. Hoping to gain an upper hand in the struggle for ninja superiority, Genshin enters into an uneasy allegiance with the Fiends. He will stop at nothing to destroy Ryu and put an end to their clans’ centuries-old feud once and for all.
Sonia: A CIA agent, Sonia is searching for Ryu to help her stop the Black Spider Ninja Clan from obtaining the Demon Statue, in possession of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan, to resurrect the Archfiend.Muramasa: A legendary blacksmith, Muramasa returns from Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword to aid Ryu by providing weapons, items and upgrades in person or via statues of himself.
Ninja Race mode: In the all new “Ninja Race” mode, a slow ninja is a dead ninja as players race through dynamic courses to beat the clock. After choosing a character, level, and costume, players can strategically choose to dash through the course or viciously kill as many enemies as possible to earn boosts and points.
The mode’s Combo Kill counter increases as foes are dispatched in sequence – the higher the counter, the more damage is dealt as long as the gauge stays filled. Three special essences, exclusive to the Ninja Race mode, boost the player’s chance of a successful mission: Green Essence adds time to the clock, White Essence boosts the Combo Kill counter for added damage, and Purple Essence grants Ninja Speed.
Tag Missions: Tag Missions provides an exciting new way to combine the complementary strengths of any two characters. Players can switch between team members in real time as they try to complete challenges, with the other team member under AI control.
With each fighter having different strengths and weaknesses, players can strategically tag back and forth when facing different opponents and situations by pressing down on the directional pad.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus contains a lot of weapons, and most of them are something that a ninja uses, and are designed really well too. You have to use the weapons in an intelligent way to dispatch groups of foes and sometimes some weapons don’t work on certain enemies.
There are many weapons ranging from claws to swords.
Blade of the Archfiend.
There are also many projectiles available at your disposal.
The game also gives you a lot of magic for you to use: Art of the Inferno, Art of the Wind Blades, Art of the Flame Phoenix, and Art of the Piercing Void.