Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. A hugely compelling adaptation. [May 2013, p.109]
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    The difficulty is unrelenting. [May 2013, p.76]
  3. It may not be more than the sum of its parts, but it’s still a fun action adventure and definitely a worthy sequel to Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Just don’t expect to be blown away by the sometimes convoluted story.
  4. Mar 10, 2013
    80
    This is a solid effort at porting Ninja Gaiden 2 – one of the best hack and slash titles of this generation – to a handheld. Unfortunately, it still has the poor camera and occasionally sloppy level design of the original, problems that are further compounded by the Vita’s small screen.
  5. Mar 2, 2013
    80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2+ is an excellent game that makes the transition to the Vita quite well.
  6. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    Performance aside, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a razor-sharp sequel that delivers over-the-top cut scenes, special moves and pulverizing attacks. Final verdict: A quality on-the-go beat-em-up that should find its way into your Vita library.
  7. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Recommended if you don't have any other platform to enjoy the game on. It's a great action title, but the additions won't justify a second or third purchase if you already have this title.
  8. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a great port that Mixes depth original combat system from Ninja Gaiden 2 and variety of content from Sigma 2. Good and challenging new modes, but with some engine issues for another version of one of the best hack and slash in this last decade.
  9. Mar 11, 2013
    79
    About as good as Ninja Gaiden Sigma is going to get.
  10. Mar 7, 2013
    79
    Ryu Hayabusa is back in PlayStation Vita, wielding his legendary Dragon sword to unleash a ninja-action storm on our 5" screens. This game is a good option for those who like action games, although some technical shortcomings can hinder the experience, and the difference between this and the PS3 version is very narrow.
  11. Mar 7, 2013
    76
    For a good hack-and-slash experience on the Vita, and for fans of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, Sigma 2 Plus is an enjoyable game. If you can ignore problems like the camera, and invisible walls, you will have fun mowing down ninjas, monsters, and freaky giant bosses.
  12. Mar 8, 2013
    75
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is not the game for whom has already played the counterpart on PS3 or XboX 360. With that said, the last portable instalment of the series is a good action game for everyone.
  13. 75
    Despite the occasional slowdown and sometimes unpolished presentation, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a fine, fast, and furious choice on the road. Just be on the lookout for other ninjas. They be everywhere.
  14. Mar 18, 2013
    70
    If you can’t get past the flaws Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is rife with, you may find your ninja combat needs satisfied by another title with similar gameplay and a more polished and thought out presentation. That title is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Yes, that title, at times, is more Ninja Gaiden than this one or even the putrid offering that was Ninja Gaiden 3.
  15. 70
    Sure it has its flaws, and yes, it’s a port of a port, but it was still an enjoyable experience. It made me feel badass, even on the easiest difficulty.
  16. 70
    Despite its flaws, Ninja Gaiden Sigma II Plus is a solid hack-'n-slash title and worth a place in anyone's PS Vita collection.
  17. Mar 11, 2013
    70
    Frame-rate aside, Sigma 2 Plus is still one of the PlayStation Vita’s more recommendable titles. The story is nonsensical and there are a couple of minor issues orbiting the game’s presentation but it still plays well, and features a fair amount of content both in and out of the single player campaign. With that said, fans of the series should approach Plus with caution, unless they are desperate for their Ninja Gaiden fix whilst on the go.
  18. Mar 7, 2013
    70
    Even with the Vita’s meager library, you could do far better, and in a sea of choices, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus drowns itself with above-average gameplay, unnecessary additions, and technical issues. It’s not a bad game – just superfluous.
  19. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    It's hard not to be pissed off when a game this good gets a porting this bad. Buy it only if you don't have any other platform to play it on.
  20. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    Compared to the PS3 version of the video game, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus falls short with the graphical and framerate downgrades and a dearth of online features. It's also difficult to give credit to a game that's been revised over and over again for the last five years. Then again, it's still one of the best action titles for the handheld and it broadens the range of software available on a platform that sorely needs it. Besides, having more ninjas on your side is never a bad idea.
  21. Mar 1, 2013
    70
    The new re-release for Ninja Gaiden’s second entry in the modern-era series brings a few new modes/levels, gameplay adjustments and some fancy new costumes for the game’s female characters. Smells and tastes good... but not enough for the seasoned fans.
  22. Feb 28, 2013
    69
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a disappointing port of a great game, since it suffers from frequent frame rate issues and a lowered difficulty level that vilifies the whole experience.
  23. Apr 13, 2013
    67
    Hayabusa needs some time to sharpen his blade before he returns. [May 2013, p.84]
  24. Mar 12, 2013
    65
    At its core, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus isn't a bad action game. The action is still very combo-heavy and less tolerant of simple button-mashing tactics. The story is decent enough for those who can tolerate the typical plots of action-heavy anime, and there is a decent amount of gameplay to be had.
  25. Apr 23, 2013
    60
    A good game, but poorly converted. [Issue#230, p.74]
  26. Apr 17, 2013
    60
    If you’re looking for Vita Ninja Gaiden then pick up the first Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus. It’s a much more solid purchase.
  27. Mar 19, 2013
    60
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is precisely what we can call an opportunist adaptation. The game carries technical deficiencies that can quickly spoil your gaming experience, above all for such a great license. Bringing Ninja Gaiden with you anywhere is quite classy but that doesn't really make it worth your money, especially if you played the console version.
  28. Mar 5, 2013
    60
    At moments it can be wildly entertaining, but those moments come bundled with a terrible camera, uneven level design, and combat that tends to cheat you as often as it challenges you.
  29. 56
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a sub-par port of a game that was impressive when it launched, but has since been overshadowed.
  30. Mar 1, 2013
    55
    On top of the technical issues, there's barely anything new that's been added here to justify another purchase. It's a shame, because I really enjoyed the original Ninja Gaiden 2 and Sigma 2.
  31. Apr 9, 2013
    50
    A weak port of a reasonable port of a good game. Compared to the original, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is just too flawed to recommend.
  32. Sigma 2 Plus might still satisfy die-hard fans, but its best moments come at a price. The game’s uneven combat, frustrating camera and shoddy performance make it a task of perseverance over entertainment. [May 2013, p75]
  33. Mar 22, 2013
    50
    After the departure of Tomonobu Itagaki, Team Ninja seems to be victim of a curse: like a reverse Mida's touch, everything that Yosuke Hayashi comes in contact with suddenly turns to mediocre. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus unfortunately follows the same trend: instead of a portable rendition of an astonishing action game, here you'll find a questionable porting that, despite the interesting extras, is definitely not comparable to the original.
  34. Mar 10, 2013
    50
    An extremely poor port of what had been the highlight of the franchise up till now, with nothing added but plenty taken away.
  35. Mar 6, 2013
    50
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus does not warrant the ‘Plus’ moniker. The game adds nothing to incentivize a second or third purchase. If you have never played it, and your only experience with the franchise is on the Vita, I can see taking the plunge.
  36. Mar 4, 2013
    50
    I'd say that if you really love the game, and aren't too particular about the framerate, then this is worth picking up. And for those of you new to the game, or series even, looking for something new to play on the Vita, you could definitely do worse.
  37. Mar 17, 2013
    40
    Ultimately, 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.
  38. Mar 20, 2013
    30
    The 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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Mar 23, 2013
    5
    Ninja 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 »
  2. Mar 2, 2013
    10
    Yeah, 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 »
  3. Feb 28, 2013
    8
    solid 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 »