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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] Expand
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. MatthewS
    Dec 3, 2009
    Gameplay is still the classic Ninja Gaiden that we all come to know and love. Graphics aren't improved much as far as environments go but the characters do show more detail than the 360 counterpart. There are a couple things that I don't like about this version. One is the removal of the blood and gore. In the 360 version it really adds to the gameplay and atmosphere. When you are cutting off limbs, you see red blood not purple mist. That is completely dumbing down the game and gives it a less brutal feel. Also enemy count was decreased but the AI is more intelligent so it makes up for that shortcoming. The game however is much easier due to the fact that projectile spamming has been significantly reduced. All these shortcomings make it feel less brutal compared to the 360 counterpart. I've beaten the 360 version twice so it will be easier for me. One thing I do like is the new and improved bow and arrow. It's much easier to shoot enemies with it and there are unlimited arrows much like your shurikens. The new boss battles are entertaining and challenging so that is a welcomed improvement. The online mode is fun and I haven't experienced many lag issues. Overall the action is great and the game is alot of fun. If you haven't played the 360 version then get this game. It's not as good as the first game but it's still a solid installment to the series. In the next NG hopefully they combine the brutality that the 360 version offers with the updated visuals and management of accessories like the bow and arrow as well as management of your essence and weapon upgrading. Plus the game should have been longer and get rid of the female characters in the single player campaign. They completely ruin the pace of the game. That would bring NG back to the top among action games. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    La verdad es que esta muy bien al principio, pero se vuelve repetitivo y algo tosco contra los enemigos, ni que decir tiene la dificultad...porque te cuesta el corazón poder vencer a los jefes finales, si eres fan de la saga, compratelo, pero no esperes mucho de el...a mi no me gusto mucho, lo devolví al otro día después de darme cuenta que no me enganchaba lo suficiente y que a los pocos días de pasarlo seria un juego que se quedaría en la estantería... Expand
  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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