Summary: You've probably played this game. Any well-versed gamer should have played Ninja Gaiden in some form at least once before. It was a big deal on the original Xbox as it marked the return of the classic Ninja Gaiden . Later we saw re-releases as Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden Sigma , and this latest version tweaks the formula just a bit more for the PlayStation Vita.
Conclusion: Compromised on a technical level, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is not as polished of a port as it deserved to be (and probably could have been if the publisher was not so adamant about shipping the game in time for the Vita’s launch). Some solace is taken in the fact that, at the very least, we finally have a workable version of a 3D Ninja Gaiden game running in the palm of our hands, but it still leaves you feeling let down by the whole sloppy affair.
Excerpt: The launch of a new game system is an event to be met with great caution. Whether you're buying a console or a handheld, you want that first game to be perfect. It has to show off the system's capabilities, give you a reason to play for extended periods, and reinforce the feeling that you made the right choice in spending that $200 to $400 for hardware. In bygone eras, you could rely on a solid pack-in, but today you're pretty much on your own.
Conclusion: Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a good port of a once great game. Returning fans will doubtlessly fall back in love with the combat, but will be dismayed with how poorly the rest of the package has aged.
Excerpt: Released for the original Xbox back in 2004, Ninja Gaiden's been heralded as one of the best--and most brutally difficult--action games of all time. Now in its fourth iteration, dubbed Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, it brings its satisfying brand of blood-soaked, thumb-blistering combat to the PlayStation Vita.
Excerpt: The path of the ninja is a difficult and deadly one. It's brutal and bloody, and if you have the skills to walk it, it's immensely satisfying. 2007's Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the PlayStation 3 was a great update of one of the greatest action games of all time. Now, it's on the Vita as Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, and although the implementation of Vita features occasionally gets in the way, the years since Sigma's original release have done little to dull its edge.
Pros: Exceptional combat, Superb animation, Lots of great content
Cons: Camera struggles in tight spaces, Problematic integration of touch controls