Conclusion: Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus was the reason I swayed into getting the Vita at launch. It is such a quality game combining hack n’ slash combo fighting, huge hard bosses with slower paced puzzles and exploration. With three levels of difficulty, and lots of stuff to find and upgrade the game can easily be played for 50+ hours. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus gets my complete, and total recommendation.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the third edition of Ninja Gaiden and since it has most of the additional content of Black, along with some refinements and new additions all of its own, Sigma is easily the definitive version of the classic Ninja adventure, and before you ask, no there’s no decapitations in this European version.
Conclusion: Another nice upgrade is the Twin Katanas, a new Ryu weapon that is every bit as deep and fun as Ryu’s classic blade or the Lunar staff from Ninja Gaiden Black (which is also in this one). Using the Twin Katanas forces you to revise your old combos and boss tactics, making old foes feel fresh again. (And they’re extremely powerful, since they can be upgraded sooner than any other weapon.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, most of the enemies that you will encounter have been recycled, right up to the bosses and Elika's father who plays a major role in Epilogue . The only 'new' enemy that you will encounter, is a shapeshifter. But even this enemy is not new. The shapeshifter has two forms: Warrior and Hunter. By the time that you will be playing Epilogue , you will have fought both of these numerous times.
Summary: Overall, the game has a lot of positives and newer additions to make this, dare I say it, Ninja worthy. The moment your hands grasp the controller, you only strive to live by the Ninja’s life code of honour, valour, and faith.
Pros: Extremely sharp and beautiful visuals., Brilliant theater-like sound effects and immersive soundtrack., Mission Mode for added replayability.
Cons: Gameplay direction can be toilsome., No real added value in storyline., Problematic camera.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a bloody combat game. Ryu kills bad people, moves on, kills more bad people, moves on, solves a puzzle, and then kills more bad people. The game features a lot of bloodletting, wicked and violent combat moves, loads of deathtraps, and use of edged weaponry. There are also demons, monsters, black magic, and sexualized characters.
Excerpt: Tecmo's latest release, a remake of a remake, is Ninja Gaiden Sigma. It was only 2004 when the original game came out, astounding players with visuals that are still among the best seen on any of the last generation of consoles, and action that was intense, violent, and incredibly challenging.