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.
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.
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
Conclusion: Concept: Re-release 2004’s Ninja Gaiden. Again.
Graphics: Sigma’s HD visuals are better than the Xbox original but not as impressive as other Vita launch offerings
Sound: Wailing guitars and clashing of swords…basically exactly what you’d expect
Playability: Combat is still rewarding and deep, but the camera and platforming can be problematic
Entertainment: Ninja Gaiden is still a solid game, but its age is showing
Excerpt: If there is one game series that is synonymous with a challenge, it is the Ninja Gaiden series developed by Team Ninja. Ninja Gaiden started during the days of 8-bit gaming, but since then it has developed into a fast paced, visually pleasing game that puts any gamer’s skills to the test. Sony’s newest handheld is lucky enough to get a Ninja Gaiden title during launch.