Ninja Gaiden: Sigma 2 is the Playstation 3's revamped version of Ninja Gaiden II and a great use of £18.
Hot on the heels of the great deal for the normal edition of the game that Marius posted yesterday, HMV have taken more than half off the price of their exclusive limited edition, meaning that you can get this special version for just three pounds more than the cheapest available bog-standard edition.
This exclusive version actually contains some half decent extras (as opposed to the usual tat that we are all accustomed to) and I reckon the following make it well worth splashing out the extra three quid: the full original soundtrack on CD; an exclusive costume, downloadable through PSN and a limited edition, 80 page "Ninja Gaiden Treasury" book which contains character and concept art, a prologue comic, a mini strategy guide and a commentary from some of the majoy players in the game's production.
The Ninja Gaiden games are known for their satisfying action and ramped up difficulty level and Sigma II is no exception. Ninja Gaiden II was a great game and this new version is, in many ways, even better. It introduces three new playable female leads (complete with six-axis jiggle-able breasts— oh how I wish I was joking...) and, even better, the opportunity to play online in a number of co-op arenas. While this multiplayer arena is not the best out there, it's still a nice addition to the game.
The storyline is ridiculous nonsense but fun to see through nonetheless and frankly it's really just a vehicle for the action which is incredibly slick, responsive and addictive. Despite all the tweaks, refinements and add-ons, at its core this is essentially the same game as the original Ninja Gaiden II. It's a shame, though, that the slightly confusing decision to cut down on the gore factor (which only added to the game's OTT charm) was taken but the, now slightly stronger, enemies are still almost as fun to lay the chop-down on. There are new large scale bosses to contend with, most of which are great though some can feel a bit repetitive.
The graphics are, by and large, excellent but unfortunately the overall impression is massively let down by the considerable screen tearing that plagues the title and the dodgy camera ensures that you will probably spend more time battling with your view and huffing in frustration, than you will have free to ogle your surroundings.
The new characters are great fun to play and, along with the brilliant new team mission mode, really add to the value of the game, even if other additions are less successful, or even pointless. Personally I much preferred the increased violence and gore of the original game to the dubious improvements to the female characters mammary malleability. However, there is enough here to make Ninja Gaiden: Sigma 2 a wild ride well worth saddling up for, especially at this great price.
Thanks to r3tract at Hotukdeals!