Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
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  1. 100
    A strong case can be made for Ninja Gaiden being the greatest action game ever made. This is easily one of the best games to play on your PlayStation 3.
  2. AceGamez
    There is so much to discover, so much to see, so many enemies of all shapes and sizes to vanquish with dozens of stunning moves using an array of lethal hand-to-hand weapons, and it's all just so wonderfully satisfying and addictive.
  3. 95
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the best version released so far and that's saying a lot considering how awesome the other versions were.
  4. A brilliant retooled classic.
  5. 93
    If you've never played Ninja Gaiden before, you should stand in line for this one.
  6. I think this is pretty much a no-brainer if you own a PS3. If you haven't played the game yet, then all the better. This is the best version by a landslide.
  7. It's got satisfying gameplay, wonderful music, and some uber-amazing visuals. And you'll have lots of fun. I can almost guarantee it.
  8. For those of you who haven’t experienced this title in any of its iterations: now is as good a time as any to get with the program and play the game. You won’t regret it.
  9. It has nearly everything you could want from an action game: highly accurate controls, a plethora of well-designed enemies, smart AI, sharp visuals, a wide assortment of useful and unique weapons, brutally visceral combat, and, of course, ninjas.
  10. Pelit (Finland)
    An excellent action-adventure. The fighting system is very good, and brainless button smashers die quickly. However, how about a completely new adventure next time around? [Aug 2007]
  11. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is by far the definitive version of the franchise, making Sony's PlayStation 3 the lucky beneficiary of this gorgeous, fast-paced -- and still difficult -- game.
  12. Proof that truly excellent games are timeless. The bump in visuals is nice, and the added content makes it worth playing even for those who have already achieved Ryu’s vengeance on the Xbox.
  13. Hardcore Gamer
    It's a great game and worth a try if you're brave and/or a masochist. [July 2007, p.64]
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    This is punishingly, mercilessly, remorselessly ferocious. You will never, ever finish it. Until you learn to block. [July 2007, p.98]
  15. Even three years after its initial release, Ninja Gaiden still has the moves that inspire awe. [July 2007, p.97]
  16. Getting your head around the combat is key to having a good time. Once mastered, you'll find an immersive action romp full of original challenges, incredible environments and interesting characters. This game might have been around for years, but the intensity of the gameplay has yet to be bettered.
  17. If you're a Ninja Gaiden enthusiast, you'll want to see the new chapters, reworked levels, and slicker graphics. And if for some reason you missed it before, this is a must-play game. The action is intense, focused, and certainly not for the faint of heart. It's also among the most satisfying in all of gaming and remains as awe-inspiring as ever, three years after its original release.
  18. 90
    Even though genuinely new content doesn't exactly abound, Sigma remains such a solid, expansive, challenging, and well-paced thrill ride that you truly won't care.
  19. An action game like no other. There are similarities with the awesome "God of War II," but if you consider that epic as an arcade experience, then Sigma falls somewhere in-between arcade and sim.
  20. 90
    Sigma is a must own for PS3 owners and anyone who likes to have a good bout of action.
  21. PSM Magazine
    A very frustrating experience, it's also a very rewarding one. [Aug 2007, p.80]
  22. It might no longer be the best in its field, but it’s still ready and waiting in the shadows, looking for the perfect opportunity to fly in, behead you and take your life orbs while you’re not looking.
  23. The crazy amount of depth afforded by Ryu's basic movesets, the stuff he gets from weapons and the things that are unlocked make the game so damned enjoyable that even when you're chucking the controller through a wall, you're itching to do it all again.
  24. It's a visually stunning game running at a superb framerate, with super tight action. While the camera can be a nuisance sometimes and the English voice acting isn't fantastic, the sum of Sigma's parts add up to an experience that no action gamer should be without.
  25. Prepare for your senses to be overloaded in this ninjutsu epic.
  26. If you’ve never played Ninja Gaiden before, you definitely need to give this game a chance. If you’ve played through the original and are looking for a reminder of why this game is great, it’s definitely worth picking up.
  27. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the motherload of Ninja Gaiden content for the PS3.
  28. Play UK
    The action in Sigma is the heart and soul of the experience, and it's still strong three years after its original release. [Issue#154, p.70]
  29. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Genuinely new content doesn't abound, but Sigma remains such an expansive, challenging, and well-paced thrill ride that you won't care. [July 2007, p.84]
  30. Play Magazine
    Team Ninja oversold the sizzle, but this is still one hell of a steak. [July 2007, p.59]
  31. It's a rock-solid action game that looks spectacular, but if ports like this are really the best the PS3 is offering I'm a little concerned about the system's future.
  32. 85
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the definitive modern Ninja Gaiden version and one of the top action games currently available.
  33. Games Master UK
    You may have seen it before. But never has it looked so good and contained so much. [Aug 2007, p.72]
  34. Ninja Gaiden once again makes an amazing showing on another system, too bad the game was cursed with a full retail priced release.
  35. Although I personally wished for the game to have more cut-scenes between the missions, more show-downs with other ninjas and samurais and not with fairytale creatures, I can definitely recommend Ninja Gaiden Sigma to all those who want to experience intense action, with very few interruptions.
  36. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Rewarding, tight, polished, challenging, brutal and goreous. Excellent stuff. [Aug 2007, p.66]
  37. It is without question one of the most intense experiences on a console. However, its faults (poor design choices, really) keep it from being triple A.
  38. 80
    At the end of the day, though, it's the same meal you've eaten before -- albeit with lots of garnish, a prettier server, and some extra helpings of dessert. Those are all great things if you're hungry, but don't do a whole lot of good if you're already feeling a bit full from Ninja Gaiden's cooking.
  39. There is no doubt that Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a fine example of the action game, but most who will want what is on offer here will have already been tempted by previous editions.
  40. Edge Magazine
    Ninja Gaiden is as good as it ever was, and the visual improvements can’t be faulted. The minor redesign of some of the levels is generally irrelevant next to the meat of the game, however, and not worth the update in itself. [Aug 2007, p.90]
  41. games(TM)
    While Ninja Gaiden Sigma’s combat feels as fresh and vital as it did in 2004, its level design is starting to show its age. Certainly, trudging through the meandering streets of Tairon City is a considerable grind, leaving you begging for the next pack of ninjas to somersault into view. [Aug 2007, p.116]
  42. 80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma's creator Tomonobu Itagaki has stated publicly that he wanted his game to be difficult. That's fine, but there's a difference between challenge and cheapness. Frequently Ninja Gaiden Sigma feels like it's giving you a wedgie for no other reason but to hear you scream.
  43. 80
    The camera issues can hurt, but not enough to ruin the entire experience. It would be cool if normal difficulty felt more like a true mid-range challenge, but easy difficulty is still hard enough that you feel like you accomplished something by the end of the playthrough.
  44. 80
    Regardless of the fact that it’s basically a third version of the same title, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a well put together game with an interesting storyline and some inspired settings.
  45. 76
    This is a good game, unquestionably, but I want more and have come to expect more, it is as simple as that.
  46. By no means the best the genre has to offer any more.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 172
  1. Jul 1, 2015
    One of the first true PS3 games, with great graphics for the time, flawless framerate and no bug, the gameplay itself is pretty hardcore andOne of the first true PS3 games, with great graphics for the time, flawless framerate and no bug, the gameplay itself is pretty hardcore and you aren't allowed to be hit many times before dying, making this game not recommended for players that never played a beat'em all before.
    The story is not too bad for the genre, it has its cliches but also some surprises and a purpose to keep you in the game for the approximately 12 hours needed to finish it. There is quite a lot of weapon but most are expendables and I would have preferred more ninpos over weapons. An other good point for the game is its bosses, there is a lot and most of them offer nice fights, but most of all what I liked about the game is that Ryu truly fights like a ninja, his movements are smooth, class and lethal, it only lacks some infiltration.

    On the bad side the camera isn't perfect and the platform phases are horribles (I think I died more times because of them than fights). Add to a difficulty that can prove to be too challenging even for the best players Ninja Gaiden Sigma is not a game for everybody, but it sure is a good one, with qualities that some players will be craving for.
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  2. Apr 8, 2014
    Sigma is one of those games that you get the sense it was something special when it came out, but re-releasing it years later after the genreSigma is one of those games that you get the sense it was something special when it came out, but re-releasing it years later after the genre has taken so mean leaps forward is just poor taste.

    In its graphics Sigma looks like exactly what it is, polished up decade old polygons that don't even try to test the PS3's potential, not even for 2007. Some games can hide it, but sigma fails.

    Sigma is lacking certain gameplay mechanics that are the standard for modern games of its genre. From the combat, to the camera, to map menu, to the check point system, it is ancient.

    Compare this to the awesome Gaiden 2 or the average Gaiden 3 and your looking at a game that should of been left in the past.
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  3. Aug 16, 2017
    Incredibly addictive, as well as difficult. Ninja Gaiden Sigma has one of the best combat systems I have ever tried in a video game. TheIncredibly addictive, as well as difficult. Ninja Gaiden Sigma has one of the best combat systems I have ever tried in a video game. The movements of Ryu Hayabusa are really fluent, resembling those of a real ninja.

    This first Ninja Gaiden game was already a great game. Arguably, it may lack some extra game modes or online options, but I frankly do not mind that too much.
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