There was something oddly endearing about the utter gratuity of Ninja Gaiden 2. And while some might have found it shallow and repetitive, I found myself just falling about in hysterics as I led Ryu Hayabusa slicing his way through multitudes of arbitrary bad guys, and sent limbs, internal organs and blood flying all over the place as mutilated bodies writhed in piles of guts and pulp. I mean, what better way to unwind after a stressful day?
However, for some unknown reason, the developers behind Ninja Gaiden Sigma II decided to tone things down a bit. There is far less blood – they even took away the blood from the ‘Game Over’ screen – and rather than spurting from severed limbs like a broken water hydrant, blood is now limited to a few daubs on the floor.
Obviously the developers wanted to make things a little more tasteful (hence the reason they introduced two top-heavy female characters who can be gyrated with the SixAxis controller). However, whatever the reasons behind these changes, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is still an impressive action title which can now be picked up for £14.99 from Play.com. This is good deal cheaper than the next best price which comes in at £17.73 from The Hut.
Although a fair few refinements, two new characters, new levels and several of the game modes have been added or tweaked, Sigma 2 still retains the basic gameplay of its predecessor. The developers have decreased the number of bad guys whom you encounter however, and raised enemy health to compensate for this. They have also introduced a multiplayer feature to spice things up a bit, but there are several problems. Firstly, the fact that Ninja Gaiden 2 is quite an old game means that some elements of the upgrade look dated. Multiplayer also suffers from the fact the game hasn’t been properly adapted to cope with multiple playable characters.
The game is still immensely satisfying and highly challenging however, and success depends on more than just frantic button bashing. The game-play can take some time to master, but having to continually restart is actually enjoyable and not as frustrating as you might think. The only really bizarre thing with Sigma 2 is the fact that the developers decided to remove much of the gore which, as fans of Ninja Gaiden will know, was the series’ defining characteristic. And as you steam your way through the levels, you can’t help but miss the hilariously over the top brutality.
Thanks to AndyBrit from Hotukdeals.