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Scheduled release date:

Q4 2009

Publisher:

Tecmo

Developer:

Team Ninja

Number Of Players:

1 (2 Online)

Genre:

Action

Although Tecmo still refuses to initially bring new Ninja Gaiden installments to the PlayStation 3, it seems that fans of Sony’s machine only have to wait a bit longer to receive an updated and overall superior version. It happened with Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and after Ninja Gaiden II launched on the Xbox 360 last year, Tecmo is doing it again with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, set for release on the PS3 later this year. If you’re not familiar, this is actually a prequel to the early NG titles on the NES, and you will once again step into the fleet and competent shoes of Ryu Hayabusa, who seeks to restore order to a world infested with bad guys and demons. Sigma 2 will further boast plenty of additions and enhancements based in part on fan feedback taken from the 360 version, and this includes new playable characters and what Tecmo is calling “30% more content” for the single-player campaign alone. We’re specifying because another new option will be the online co-op mode, which is destined to appeal to many hardcore action aficionados out there.

GDC 09 is here and snippets of the game and gameplay, in the form of both screenshots and videos, have begun to sprout up all over the Internet. GameSpot got a peek at the game, and several other sources can’t wait to relay the fresh information…and we’re one of those sources. When the game was first announced a few days ago, we immediately latched onto the most appealing factor in our eyes: those new playable characters. As much as we love Ryu, a new character completely changes the game dynamic, as players have access to an entirely new move set, and usually, an entirely new weapon set. Both new playable characters are female – perhaps as a nod to all you teenagers with raging hormones out there – and the first is the sexy, purple-haired Ayane, the ninja from the popular Dead or Alive franchise. And yes, she will have her own skills, weapons, and magical attacks, which we can’t wait to try. Then there’s Momiji, who has only been seen in the Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword iteration on the Nintendo DS. Obviously, it’s going to be a whole lot different to see her in brilliant 1080p high-definition on the PS3.

Perhaps best of all, both characters will actually serve a purpose; they’re not merely tossed arbitrarily into the storyline, so you’ll be able to see how the back-stories and plots surrounding each character connect. Also, you won’t want to ignore Ryu entirely, as he will come fully equipped with new weapons of his own, which he’ll need to face off against a fresh assortment of enemies and bosses. But Tecmo isn’t stopping there. They’re going to toss in Trophy support, and you’re going to need a serious amount of time and talent to nab them all; you can be sure that many Trophies will be extraordinarily difficult to get. Furthermore, some of the Trophies will only be available if you’re playing that new online co-op mode, so make sure you give that a try. Sigma 2 will also support rumble in the Dual Shock 3 controller, and all in all, you’re looking at a completely overhauled Ninja Gaiden II experience, which ranges from nearly every aspect of the gameplay to rumored new locales and environments to explore. The latter hasn’t been confirmed, but there are quite a few unconfirmed extra content rumors floating around concerning Sigma 2.

As for that online co-op mode we’ve mentioned a few times, don’t consider it a rushed, tacked-on, incomplete feature. No, you and a buddy can slash your way through no less than 30 challenge stages, each of which can be attempted on four different difficulty settings. How you perform will be registered on the leaderboards, and we’ll also receive the benefit of full stat-tracking; i.e., preferred weapons and time records. The designers will even toss in a few extra tweaks that should make the entire experience smoother: for instance, if you’re lost and aren’t sure where to go, simply watch your character’s head. He or she will look in the correct direction. There’s also some talk about Tecmo altering the camera angle in Sigma 2 based on NGII player feedback, although we’re not entirely sure how they’ve adjusted the view. In the original NG, many of even the most ardent fans complained that the camera would often sit too low behind Ryu. Perhaps we’ll find a camera that sits higher and a little further away in Sigma 2, although we can’t confirm that until we see some more gameplay.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is exactly what the PS3 fans deserve. It’s unfortunate that they have to wait a year to play the excellent sequel to one of last generation’s best titles, but the sheer amount of extras and enhancements make it an extremely attractive package. The online co-op mode alone should lure plenty of gamers, and with “30% more content” in the regular single-player adventure, two new fully developed characters, new weapons and enemies, new story additions, and absolutely gorgeous HD visuals, Sigma 2 is going to be a definite consideration for your holiday list. Hopefully, we’ll have a solidified release date for you soon.

3/24/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

FeyeR
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 9:56:21 PM
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I found number 1 awsome... I cant wait for this one! Co-op sounds sick, 2009 is sure looking to be another good year for the ps3 :)

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:30:08 PM
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The co-op is pushed me over, this is how you treat customers who have to wait a year for a game. Hayashi has definitely passed Itagaki, hopefully it have a good price

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Riku994
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:31:17 PM
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I like this. TAKE THAT 360 FANBOYS XD. Lol...

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fatelementality
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:31:56 PM
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Yeah, I played the living devil may cry outta the 1st one :) I made almost a whole summer out of it. I even beat in on very hard. I seem to be good at fast paced action games than anything else. I could beat GoW 1&2 on hard if it weren't for babysitting Kratos' wife and that *&(% prophet!! I can also (for some odd reason) do alot better on fighting games at harder difficulty levels than on easy. SoulCalibur and Street Fighter come to mind. Maybe it has to do something with the timing. Anyone else experience this?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 11:06:09 PM

I think you might be in the minority my friend, I find the harder the level, the more the AI just pulls cheap tricks. But maybe that's why your good, if you learn their tricks it's possible to combat them properly and put the kabash on the enemy.

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fatelementality
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 11:39:16 PM

Well at least you and Ben talk to me. It really does happen to me though. I can't play SF4 worth a crap on very easy (no joke), but I can just barely pull off a victory on very hard. Ben, any thoughts on this?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 12:22:04 AM

Games like NG have always given me trouble. I'm proud to say I beat both NG and DMC on the original normal difficulties, but it was a definite chore.

And I SUCK at fighting games. The only one I was ever even remotely good at was Dead or Alive 2, and I think the hardcore fans all agree it wasn't exactly a deep fighting experience. LOL

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:35:45 PM
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Didn't this game have the "only on xbox" label on it ?

Last edited by Sir Shak on 3/24/2009 10:36:12 PM

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Blood_Haze
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 11:29:15 PM

yes but remember how the NG games for the original xbox had the same label.

but i guess there was a loophole that Tecmo pointed out. Which is why the ps3 versions of Ninja Gaiden say "Ninja Gaiden Sigma"

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:45:01 PM
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This game was one of the reasons i bought a 360 awhile ago, oh the irony...

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fatelementality
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 10:53:31 PM
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Wait.....was the the original a prequel? I did not know that. The stories from the NES versions were actually pretty good. The main villain from 2 (Ashtar) was a BAMF. They even ran a very well drawn comic of it in Nintendo Power if I can remember correctly. They need to remake the classics and bring them into this generation. They also need to remake the original Metal Gear games. Seeing a very young Snake going toe to toe with a middle aged Big Boss almost makes me want to cry.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 11:07:35 PM
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Anyone remember the sheer drama of the old Gaiden II I think it was on NES, where we'd watch them leap up into the air, take a swipe, and only one ninja landed alive?

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fatelementality
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 11:40:50 PM

I almost want to say that it was the first NG. They were both good games though. I managed to beat the first one once and the second one three times. God, games were F'in tough back then.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 12:13:35 AM

Those old ones made me so mad, its funny how now I look back on that anger with fondness :)

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 12:23:20 AM
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Does NG going to PS3 has something to do with the resignation of Itagaki?

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Orvisman
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 9:10:56 AM

No. The first one was also brought to the PS3 while Itagaki was still the head of Team Ninja, but he didn't have anything to do with the port.

He has also had some not-so-nice things to say about the first (not next gen enough) and second Sigma PS3 games.

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dveisalive
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 2:14:32 AM
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Shoot the original Nija Gaiden gives me problems to this day !

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Random_Steve
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 3:17:48 AM
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meh, i got bored on the first one, but coop sounds cool

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Bitemark
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 5:56:08 AM
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Co-op is going to be awesome!
But could anybody tell me if it is story co-op or just challenges in Co-op...

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InfiniteRetro
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 7:10:04 AM
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cant wait. its good to see the ps3 get the extras:)

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jigokunohoono
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 7:31:13 AM
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im so glad they are making this it was good on the 360 but with all that extra stuff i might actually but this (i only rented the 360 one)but i hope they put more characters in for the co-op even if there not playable in the story

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 9:27:13 AM
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Hmm, one less reason for the 360 fanboys to brag about their game library.
Online co-op?
Ah man......that blows......, this game can't go split-screen co-op is it?

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 10:12:45 PM

Not unless they make massive improvements to the camera.

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kris22
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 3:00:09 PM
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Ninja Gaiden sigma II is censored. Confirmed by Eurogamer. I am not buying it and neither should anyone else. Dismemberment is still in but not thee accompanying blood. Is replaced with "mist" and "smoke"

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 3:31:13 PM

Makes no sense since GoW 3 is gonna be one of the most bloodiest experiences yet. Must be a Tecmo thing...

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kris22
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 3:11:36 PM
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Oops... sorry. "clouds of purple essence". weak... and just sad...

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 6:24:31 PM
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Thats what they did with C&C they saved the best for last, with the ultimate edition. It's the same case here, more content, better graphics better game play. It's better to take your time and make a quality game.

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opsdaddy
Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 11:29:20 AM
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@ WorldEndsWithMe: I too am nostalgic about the difficulty of old-school games. But, if I were to travel back in time and see myself playing the old classics, I KNOW I'd see one pissed-off young man. I used to drive myself crazy trying to survive Megaman, and the rest. I think the ONLY thing that motivated my juvenile ass back then was bragging rights with fellow gamers at school.

In those days, if someone said they beat a level or a game that the rest of us couldn't, we'd all follow him home and make him VERIFY that he'd beaten it. Nothing was taken at face value then. Everything had to be proven. God, we were in so deep then, but it's funny to reminisce about now!

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