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Scheduled release date:

September 29th, 2009

Publisher:

Tecmo

Developer:

Team Ninja

Number Of Players:

1 (2 Online)

Genre:

Action

So here I am listening to Journey and "Faithfully" has just come on as I open my notepad to write this. It got me thinking that faithfulness in the gaming industry has really disappeared. I mean, we've all known this, but I'm just reflecting on it. In the song "Faithfully" Steve Perry proclaims to be "forever yours...faithfully". This was once the state of the industry, and arguably a much more interesting one, despite maybe not being the best financially. Exclusivity was something to look forward to, but today it has practically evaporated, with the exception of the obvious first-party titles. Grand Theft Auto, Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Lost Planet, Dead Rising, Final Fantasy, Tekken, among others, have jumped ship. And oddly enough, Journey's "Open Arms" has begun playing with Steve Perry belting out "and now I come to you with open arms."

How apt, wouldn't you say? With open arms is exactly how Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo welcomed franchises that were once previously exclusive to other platforms. So there you go, Journey told the tale of the videogaming industry over 25 years ago. Okay, maybe not. Perry is clearly singing about a woman...or maybe drugs. One or the other. But the point still stands, there is no such thing as exclusive anymore, and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is more proof of this.

After the release of the first Sigma game for the PS3, Tecmo revealed the sequel for the Xbox 360 and touted its exclusivity. Well, now, as is the norm these days, there's a PlayStation 3 version on its way, and it features a ton of extra content, such as new characters, new bosses, new enemies, online co-op, and yes, trophies. This has seemingly become the standard of porting exclusive games to other platforms, pack them with a bunch of extra content as incentive to buy.

Anyways, I'm rambling way too much. I've got an early build of Sigma 2 here and after spending some time with it, here's what I have to say. For starters, it plays very much like the first game. You'll really need to get used to the idea of blocking a lot, because the A.I. is still painfully difficult at times, especially when you're being ambushed. Unlike games like Devil May Cry where you can rush through a horde of enemies, Sigma 2 forces you to take caution.

But the new aspect of combat includes cutting body parts off of your enemies. Now, normally, when you do this in others games, you've killed the enemy. But in Sigma 2, if you've cut off someone's arm, they're still going to attack you until you've properly finished them off. Likewise, if you've cut off their leg, they'll try their best to jump at you using just the one they have left. It really makes for an interesting, and somewhat creepy mechanic, I must admit. But of course, if the head gets severed, that's an instant kill.

Another new combat trait is third-person shooting, where holding down the L2 button puts you into an over-the-shoulder perspective and R2 fires the weapon you have drawn. For example, Ryu and Momiji both have a bow and arrow, while Ayane uses her knives which explode following contact. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anyone to play online co-op Team Missions with. Now, there is one gripe I have with the Team Missions, and that is when offline, the A.I. controls the co-operative fighter, with no option for a player to jump in. Online is a different story, obviously, but still, it'd have been nice to see offline multiplayer.

Visually, Sigma 2 is extremely smooth looking. The texture details on the characters, while not extremely detailed, are still very nice looking. Certainly what's most impressive about the visuals is the art design and the animation. Now, I did notice that screen-tearing, which should be resolved before the game ships in September. Otherwise, the framerate was tight and the game renders at 1080p - what more do you want?

Chances are, if you're a fan of the series, you're really going to want to purchase this. And even if you beat NGII for the Xbox 360, there's way too much extra content in the PlayStation 3 version (four playable characters, team missions, new bosses, etc.) that's actually worth buying the game for.

September 29th is the day for this one.

7/27/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (17 posts)

smileys_007
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 4:46:14 PM
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Nah, I'll pass on this game. I have a lot of ps3 games to buy on October and November.

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Highlander
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 5:06:07 PM
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Yes, but is it any good? ;)

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 5:12:12 PM

It's good, no question. But at the same time, despite the enhancements, it feels like more of the same.

Frustrating more of the same, if you get what I mean.

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chucknasty
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 5:08:49 PM
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perhaps...this is a low priority for the end of year cluster. I am looking at Uncharted 2, Ratchet and Clank and Assassin's Creed 2 for sure with some quite probable titles, this one is pretty low on my radar unless I hear great reviews.
Not to sound negative, I am open to this title.

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Nynja
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 5:35:06 PM
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I'll probably buy it just to own it (and play it of course). This is one series that I have never been able to complete. Just too damn hard, but too damn entertaining (even if for only a couple weeks) to not experience.

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The X Factor 9
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 6:03:30 PM
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I'll happily wait for the bargain bin. I'm sure there will be enough hardcore players that will continue to play through co-op moden when I decide to jump on board the bus.

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Dustinwp
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 8:21:00 PM
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NGSII is a day one buy for me! I loved NGS and I'm looking forward to this.

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Reccaman18
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 8:52:38 PM
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That's a really good song. I'd have to say my favorite song by Journey is between Lights and Wheel in the sky. I like lights, cause its about San Fransisco, which is where my favorite football team is located!

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Mr Bitey
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 9:11:34 PM
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I actually had to borrow a friends Xbox to play Ninja Gaiden when it first came out. I then bought Sigma and enjoyed playing through it again. I love the tough, brutal, frantic combat. Sigma 2 is a day one for me.

The only down side is that the three games I want (NG:S2, Uncharted 2, and Demon's Souls) are all being released right next to each other.

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 9:26:32 PM
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i am still debating, dont want to get the game at full price, cuz its just a port, but then there is a limited edition with lots of goodies that get me a bit tempted. will see

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Highlander
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 10:36:01 PM

If Ninja Gaiden Sigma II is 'just a port', hen it's the first ported AAA title to run at 1080p on the system it's ported to. Considering the fate of other ports, that's truly unique, wouldn't you say?

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 1:20:44 AM

that, i agree, just that I think the original Ninja Gaiden and Sigma is a classic, which I owned a PS3 copy in red box with a price of 29.99 :D

the second episode, i am not sure whether it can surpass the first one or not, that is my real reason of being hesitant

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migabyte
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 10:10:01 PM
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Pass.....NG is way overrated.....I'll wait for 2010, the year of beat em ups. Going to be something better for sure.

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Naga
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 9:03:39 PM

What beat'em ups?! Sega will never do a next gen streets of Rage LOL

2009 is the year of Fighting games or Raging Blast more like

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SerichA
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 11:27:30 PM
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I've been playing NGS recently, it's a total blast.

The main problem with NG2 was that no matter how good you were, you always take damage without fail. That's all I really hope they change. Aside from that, looking forward to it.

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TheUglyBassist
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 11:52:08 PM
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Is there anything Journey can't do?

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Kai200X
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 @ 2:35:46 AM
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is looking very good. I wonder if I should get the first one if I want to play the sequal?

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