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: 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
Summary: Despite being on its fourth release, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus still feels like a brand new game, one that is both fun to play and difficult to master. The Hero Mode may alarm purists, but there's no denying that it creates a wider audience.
Pros: After eight years, the high-flying ninja action still entertains, Hero Mode opens the game up for a wider audience, Ninja Trials keeps it real for purists on the go with its challenging bite-sized missions
Cons: Touch controls aren't implemented very well, This is still a remake of a last-gen game no matter how you slice it