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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    One of the best games this gen... Truly underrated, the story is amazing and the gameplay is top notch, i dont get why som people hate it, its just an amazing game Full Review »
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    Better than xbox 360 version, and its one of the best games this gen... Its sooooooo underrated, the story is good and the gameplay is smooth, i dont know why some people hate it, its a really good game Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2014
    The game is really amazing. The better game that i played in PS3. Sometimes i must accept some features of games because the games aren't perfect. LOL