Mar 17, 2013Ultimately, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a case study that just because a game can be ported to a handheld doesn’t mean it necessarily should, especially if it suffers from downgraded visuals, spotty framerate and imprecise controls. Newbie players who never played the console versions may end up less frustrated out of ignorance, but a game that originally relied on tight controls and smooth gameplay should not have to endure such drawbacks just for the sake of going portable. It may earn points as a novelty to have the game on the go, but the cost of portability is too much of a disservice for a great action game optimized for consoles.
Mar 20, 2013The camera does not work well enough to capture everyone on screen at any one time. Much of the game was spent battling with the camera, in open spaces, spinning it around to find where the other unseen opponents were. It gets worse within enclosed spaces, when there’s little room to maneuver.
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings
Mar 23, 2013Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus was awesome on the vita. Despite the clunky controls (featured also in the Playstation 3 Version), this port was asNinja Gaiden Sigma Plus was awesome on the vita. Despite the clunky controls (featured also in the Playstation 3 Version), this port was as excellent as the PS3 Version. It was a great Handheld experience, showing what the Vita is capable of.
Now we got Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus. A game featured in the current Generation. And to describe it in a few words, this port goes from decent to horrible. It feels more like playing a beta. When it comes to performance, this port sucks. The original game plays smooth with 60 Frames. This port features only 30 Frames. That's not a big issue, judging by it's predecessor also running only at 30 Frames. But the game lacks in overall performance. Gameplay feels slow. Sometimes, when it get's messy, the game is below this 30 Frames. In a few Levels, it's almost not playable. And the worst is, The Anti Aliasing says goodbye when you came back from the menues or when to many enemies inhabits the screen. So in this short moments, the game is full of Jaggies. It looks like a PSP Game.
Cutscenes are pre rendered compared to the original Sigma 2. The ingame graphics are still nice. It shows what is possible on the vita. But the nice graphics paid a high price. It's a shame, Tecmo. But even with these nice graphics, the game may play smoother if the developers put more effort into this port.
But still, Ninja Gaiden 2 is one hell of an Action Game. It's still so much fun. A little bonus, Tecmo included the gore and the uncensored Cutscenes from the Xbox 360 version. The amount of blood is still the same as in the Playstation 3 version (this choice was probably made because of the overall bad performance).
For a Ninja Gaiden fan, this port is still Ok. But you may grab this for a few bucks. Maybe Tecmo will release a patch. But this may never happen. 5/10 for the bad performance. The Game is still worth a 9/10.… Full Review »
Mar 2, 2013Yeah, I know, there is no co-op and Japanese Voices. But it's still Ninja Gaiden 2, you can't change this. It's fast, it's godamn hard and theYeah, I know, there is no co-op and Japanese Voices. But it's still Ninja Gaiden 2, you can't change this. It's fast, it's godamn hard and the story is cool. They even added gore that wasn't around in PS3 version. One of the best action games ever made that you can now take anywhere you want. If you haven't played it before it's a great opportunity. Enjoy… Full Review »
Feb 28, 2013solid port of an already excellent game, very good graphics and framerate, a few slight graphical hiccups along the way but nothing that takessolid port of an already excellent game, very good graphics and framerate, a few slight graphical hiccups along the way but nothing that takes you out of the overall experience. tight and responsive controls keep up with the action on screen, the only negative is the horrible camera, but thats nothing new to the series. well worth the money.… Full Review »