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.
Excerpt: has been synonymous with quality in the past few generations. But after you make the same game four times, even the lightning-speed action that remains amazingly fast and fluid starts to feel a little…old.
Summary: 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
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