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  • Summary: The most intense, challenging, action-packed ninja adventure is back, exclusively on the PS3. From Tokyo to New York, follow super ninja Ryu as he encounters vicious enemies and acquires an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry along the way. New Playable Characters: Ninja Gaiden's Rachel, Ayane from the Dead or Alive series and Momiji from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword appear as sexy new playable characters. Online Co-op: Two people can engage in online co-op play, with voice chat, in 10 different stages (in 4 difficulty settings) to complete special missions. Rankings from each mission are recorded and posted online, where gamers can choose their opponents based on players' mission stats. Visual Diversity: Over 30 unique characters, 17 stages with a variety of environments, and a storyline which unfolds in 70 impressive cut-scenes. New Enemies: A variety of new enemies and bosses have been incorporated into the stunning enhanced environments. Variable AI: Contributing to the increased difficulty level, the gameplay differs each time you appear in a level as enemies engage in a variety of different actions as they assess the current situation. Gameplay Innovation: A finishing blow system can be used in battle to quickly defeat an enemy in one dynamic action. Weapon Rewards: The weapons you acquire can be leveled up to strengthen their power and gain new battle techniques. Enhanced Graphics and Sound: Full HD 1080p output and 5.1ch surround sound allows players to experience the game in total high definition. [Tecmo] Collapse
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Visually, Sigma 2 is extremely smooth looking.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    LOL @ xbox 360 fanboys rating this amazing game 0, this game one of the best games in the seris... Its so **** underrated, the story is wonderful and the gameplay is very good, i dont know why xbox fanboys hate it, its a really good game Expand
  2. 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 Expand
  3. ThomasM
    Oct 1, 2009
    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. Expand
  4. JoeDoe
    Oct 7, 2009
    The game looks great and has a decent, fluid combat system. Having said that though, the story is...umm...never mind, I don't remember anything about it. And the game is HARD. Now I understand this isn't Devil May Cry or Heavenly Sword, and I understand the game is about blocking and countering at the right time. But even on the easiest difficulty, I don't expect to die 20 times in a row on the second level boss! You literally only have about a half-second window to attack in. Get it wrong and you loose half your life. Miss the opportunity and spend another 20 seconds trying to block and evade the many unblockable moves.... miss a few blocks and loose half your life or more. Ok, so the game is supposed to be hard and frustrating and there's no way around that (actually, you can try to stockpile healing items which will get your through the boss fights). But this leads me to the other complaint: for a tough grinding game, there's not enough character development. You get a few extra weapons and special attacks, and each weapon can be upgraded around 3 times (although the rate of upgrade is controlled by the game, you have no influence over it). But the weapon upgrades just unlock a few more combos and it's pretty hard to see the difference really. So the actual gameplay is very simple. Just hack & slash your way through every level, period. The incentive for said slashing is only your own personal satisfaction. The story is never a driver, nor is there any real reward system, which are major let downs. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    Single Player/Multi Player (2/2)

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    the multiplayer is better than the multiplayer, review this section as if it had no single player)

    Gameplay (2/2)

    Visuals/Story (1/2)

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    Accessibility/Longevity (1/2)

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    Pricing (1/2)

    Wildcard (0)

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  6. Jul 25, 2011
    After a magnificent first i was expecting for NGS2 to be even better. I was wrong because the game is all but destroyed in spirit and essence despite it being a competent game in its own right. Some things should never have changed. What has changed? Well the first thing that makes or breaks this kind of games is of course the combat which is now horribly broken. Gone are the days of the first NGS where you needed to learn, to observe and react according to the situation at hand. In short skill is thrown out of the window. Instead we get a mindless button masherthat is barely above God of War levels which is a real shame. Level design is also not nearly as effective as the first NGS and the camera seems even more wonky and ineffective than it was in the first and with enemies that CHEAT their way through this time things are not nearly as interesting. You are going to die in this game...many times and not because its your fault like the first NGS where your own death was mostly your own doing. Bosses are just overpowered in every possible way imaginable and its mostly luck based whether you defeat them or not since they leave you no space for improovemetn. Stick with the first NGS and you are good to go. Play the second only to see how far ahead the first one is. Expand
  7. MackH
    Oct 2, 2009
    This game is dumbed down to the ground for the immature children, even though it got a mature rating. I feel insulted by the obvious censorship. The game is boring with nothing but run to point A, button mash, run to point B, button mash. What happen when you cut a guys head off? Does purple dust come out in real life? No!!! Uncharted 2 and God of War 3 will be much more worthy in a mature gamer's collection. This is filled with emo purple haired kids with silly looking fake boobs slapped on to their chests. The coop mode is lag central and the graphics are weak. Pass on this. Expand

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