Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. The additional characters are fun to play with, and revamped difficulty means that more players should be able to get some enjoyment out of the game, without feeling needlessly frustrated with a few annoying aspects.
  2. 91
    The level changes remove the garbage found in Gaiden 2, while creating an almost new experience, and the Team Mission mode introduces thoughtful, meaningful ways to test your skills. Any doubts about whether Team Ninja could succeed without their former boss now sit on shaky ground -- the developer seems to be thriving.
  3. Playing Ninja Gaiden 2 is a very different experience to playing the majority of games. Whether it's for simply beating a wave of blood-thirsty bats or for finally slaying a boss you've been tearing your hair out over for more than an hour, the sense of reward and gratification is practically unrivaled.
  4. Spectacularly violent stuff. [Nov 2009, p.122]
  5. This is a thoroughly entertaining game that is a delightful bit of eye candy rolled into an adrenaline-charged action-adventure game.
  6. If you're a PS3 owner who's been chomping at the bit for this one, or even a 360 owner craving more demon-carving action, your day has come—savor it like a fresh kill.
  7. A long year has passed since Ninja Gaiden 2 launched, and although we hoped for more improvements in the Sigma’s formula, the game is incredible.
  8. The basics are the same from Ninja Gaiden II, and that's the best of Sigma 2. New features do not work so well: online coop is not that great, new missions are just OK, and new bosses are boring. But overall, it's still a great game, with new and improved visuals that make it even better than before.
  9. Despite the newer casual direction of Ninja Gaiden, a series that was made popular with sadistic gameplay, hardcore gamers will still have a ton of fun with Sigma 2.
  10. Arguably the purest, most hardcore hack-and-slash fighting game on PS3. [Nov 2009, p.68]
  11. 90
    As a ninja connoisseur I can easily say this game is one of the top ninja based titles on the market with the exception of the grand daddy of all ninja games: Ninja Blade.
  12. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 has enough extra content and polish to make it the hands down, definitive version of the game.
  13. A great title for PS3 owners offering a real challenge but not really worth a second purchase if you own the Xbox 360 version already.
  14. A rewarding slasher, which puts action ahead of plot and atmosphere. [Oct 2009, p.56]
  15. If you didn't play the original Ninja Gaiden II, the changes baked into Sigma 2 can be difficult to spot. But trust us, it's undergone a huge overhaul. Everything from enemy placement, frequency, and AI to the effectiveness of each weapon has been massaged to a point where the average player will be able to complete it without losing their mind.
  16. Improvements in the difficulty, a smart retooling of the games stages and a whole lot of extra modes and add-ons make this game the definitive version of Ninja Gaiden out on consoles, as well as one of the deepest and most satisfying action adventure games available.
  17. 86
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is easily the best version of the game, but it still lags behind the sheer polish and quality of the original. That said this is still one of the best action games of this generation, and PS3 owners should definitely not hesitate to lay down the sixty bucks for this amazing package.
  18. A superb slice of first class hack and slashery that action fans would be crazy to miss. [Nov 2009, p.80]
  19. Although it doesn't have many changes in comparison with the Xbox 360 original, and the game has aged during a year, it still one of the best action games out there.
  20. This enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden II is bigger, better, and more exhilarating.
  21. Sigma 2 is a longer, more action-packed edition of Ninja Gaiden II, and if you’ve never played the original you won’t notice the missing gore.
  22. Polished, tweaked and streamlined, this is Ninja Gaiden 2 done a half-step better.
  23. 85
    There aren't a ton of sweeping differences between the PS3 and 360 versions of Ninja Gaiden 2 that were released a year apart from each other.
  24. Evaluation of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is divided neatly into two. Taken as a title in itself is surely a good action, perhaps not particularly intriguing for its narrative, but solid in all other aspects, starting with a good playability and longevity well above the standards of the genre. Looked at as a conversion of a title released over a year ago, we cannot recommend the purchase to those who have already played and finished the X360 version. Ultimately, if you love the genre and you missed the latest edition of this important saga, do not hesitate, you will be more than satisfied, otherwise carefully consider the purchase.
  25. 85
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a great new part in the franchise. It comes a little bit late, but the PlayStation 3 version got a lot of extras like a kind of multiplayer. The action is great and graphics are stunning. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a very good game for the PlayStation 3.
  26. 84
    Beating the game will take a few days, but mastering the escalating difficulty levels could take weeks, or in my case, many months of enjoyable practice.
  27. Visually, Sigma 2 is extremely smooth looking.
  28. Absolutely furiating. It’s not unfair nor unbalanced. It’s a perfect example of a game, which demands practice, practice and practice. Sigma 2 is a dinosaur, a relic from ancient times. It doesn’t hold your hand when the bad guys kick the crap out of you. It spits on your face, kicks you in the stomach and makes you cry or try again. [Dec 2009]
  29. Though it's the remake of a game released over a year ago, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 confirms to be an excellent exponent of the action genre. If you already played the game on its Xbox 360 version, however, there's no reason to buy it once again.
  30. 82
    It's so utterly satisfying, you simply won't care that you're hammering two button for 12 hours. [Issue#184, p.70]
  31. Less splatter than before, and yet much more enjoyable, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 manages to save the NG series from oblivion. Good settings, good graphics, good animations, good control system, good AI, good gameplay. No need to add more.
  32. As games steadily become more ingratiating, Team Ninja offers you an increasingly rare prospect: the chance to truly master something brutal.
  33. While bloodless and far from a definitive version, it’s a still a fun and challenging game that any action fan worth their salt should play.
  34. Non-stop duels, weapon upgrades and battle combos are fundamental elements of the new Ninja Gaiden game. Linear but quite entertaining hack’n’slash will catch and hold you until the final battle. [Nov 2009]
  35. Even though the lashings of blood have been removed, it’s still a sexy and rock-hard title. [Dec 2009, p.79]
  36. Some may see it as dumbing down but for most this will be the most accessible and fun Ninja Gaiden yet.
  37. Even with some minor flaws Sigma 2 manages to become the best hack 'n slash game available for PlayStation 3.
  38. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is overall a better game than Ninja Gaiden II. It may be less gory, but it has a better pace, is less frustrating and overall more fun than the original.
  39. 80
    There's certainly enough material in here to keep you occupied for hours on end and the wealth of freshly added ninja-gubbins demonstrates Team Ninja's commitment to providing real value for money. Having said that, the sheer unflinching brutality of Ninja Gaiden 2 on Xbox 360, for us, makes it the definitive version of the game.
  40. 80
    For all the improvements that come into Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, somewhere along the way, the game's vision became blurred.
  41. Co-op is a bit of a cop out all told, and the other additions made to the game are largely superfluous. For those exclusively playing Ninja Gaiden II on the PS3 however, Sigma 2 is a genuine treat and nigh-on essential.
  42. If you have already played this on the Xbox 360, there’s little different here to warrant a second play though, however, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is worthy of a purchase for those yet to experience its delights.
  43. The Ninja Gaiden games aren’t for everyone. People will hate it; some will love it to death. The adventure may be linear and the hack n’ slash ridiculously repetitive but it’s so much fun. Despite the fact that this revamped version of last year’s Ninja Gaiden 2 game does things differently, it manages to keep the essence of the game intact. Taking into account that you might have never played a Ninja Gaiden game, there’s no reason why you should pass on this one.
  44. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a good action game, a great one even. There are just some minor things that stop a whole hearted recommendation.
  45. Ninja Gaiden presents a decent package that will entertain you for brief periods of time if hack and slash button mashers are your type of game.
  46. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is worth checking out for PS3 owners who like hardcore action games and have never played the Xbox 360 version. The new additions, however, simply aren't worth replaying the game for if you have the original version, and the removal of the blood has done the game a significant disservice.
  47. When you're playing a Ninja Gaiden game and not dying until the eighth chapter, it doesn't bode well for the future of the series as we know it. Oh, and the camera's still rubbish. [Nov 2009, p.100]
  48. Ninja Gaiden Sigma was a significant step up from Itagaki's original; this second Sigma edition is sadly more port than remake.
  49. Boobs and violence - a true Tecmo game. But don't be fooled, this game is pretty difficult.
  50. If the last Ninja Gaiden you played came out before 2008, Sigma 2 is an acceptable way of checking back in with the series, but devotees will want much more, and not just a mode where you can play as a pair of boobs with a sword.
  51. Patient newcomers will likely have a good time, warts and all, but if you already have the Xbox 360 version Sigma 2 doesn’t really add enough to the experience to warrant a second purchase.
  52. Not only is the gameplay starting to feel dated—especially in the wake of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s brilliant combo system—but the few small additions simply aren’t enough to offset the handful of surprising oversights and omissions.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. ThomasM
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    While this game doesn't have alot blood and gore, this game is till one of the best action titles out there. The sleek style of Sigma 2 really gives it a unique feel to it compared to it's 360 counter part. There is some camera issues but I feel it adds to the game difficulty as it's a difficult game in itself. I actually think it's a little easier to do combos than sigma 1. All in all, this game isn't for everyone and some may dislike the change of direction for this title, but it really is a terrific game worth a rent and hey, with trophy hunters out there who wouldn't want a few more in their collection. Full Review »
  2. MattJ
    Oct 5, 2009
    9
    Great Game Good fighting and i like all the weapons you get but there one thing wrong its to easy if you ever played the other ones they were hard but you can beat this game kinda easy the bosses were not hard and you can beat up all the bad guys without getting hit much but if you never played ninja gaiden before you should play it but if you are a die hard fan like me you might not like it as much cause how easy it is but there alot of team missions in it and that real fun. Full Review »
  3. RockmanX
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    To begin this review, I did not play Ninja Gaiden II for the 360. So I am starting fresh in playing this. I did play all the other Ninja Gaidens starting from the original on NES, SNES, Ninja Gaiden and Black for Xbox. This version is definitely the best one I have played. For one the graphics are superior to Sigma, the sound is 5.1 DTS which is great for Surround Sounds, and this game play I like better than Batman Arkham Asylum. The collisions and combo system is great on there, but Ninja Gaiden requires a higher level of skill to achieve, and overall is better to me. AA is unique so that is why it's getting more attention right now. The difficulty so far on Warrior isn't hard at all if you played the other Ninja Gaidens. I mastered almost all the combos on the other games, been through some extremely tough missions on Black, and so a lot of those combos are in this game. It's a matter of using your invincible frame rates to get past the aggressive enemies. Now Master Ninja mode is another story, one direct hit and you are dead which adds realism to the battles. I look forward to Uncharted 2 this month, but in my personal opinion, this is my Game of the Year because of the intense action but Uncharted 2 can change me. Full Review »