Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    85
    A great game which we have seen several times before, but is still a great action game, as fun as the first game. If you already had the game in another platform you won't find anything really new or different here, but if not this is a very recommended acquisition.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    84
    A superb game no matter how you -- or Ryu Hayabusa -- slices it.
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    82
    There is some exclusive content and the PS Vita is certainly capable of bringing console-quality gameplay and presentation to the palm of your hands and the touch controls are interesting additions. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a day-one purchase for newcomers to the series who enjoy insane ninja combat, but everyone else can probably wait for a price drop or just hang tight for a proper sequel.
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    81
    Ryu's return is hampered by techy quibbles but it's the same keen-edged affair. [May 2012, p.100]
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    80
    Despite it's outdated look and the fact that its purely a PlayStation 3 port Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a challenging, exciting game.
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    The PS Vita controls, while feeling shoehorned in the proceedings, are not deal-breakers overall. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is still a fantastic game, and whether you're a newcomer or a long-time fan of the series, this is an essential purchase for PS Vita owners.
  7. Truly great games, it seems, never grow old. [Apr 2012, p.58]
  8. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    The upgrade to HD in Sigma on PS3 was a visual tour de force and it's even more so on Vita's beautiful OLED screen.
  9. Mar 2, 2012
    80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is the portable version of the HD remake of the upgraded port of an old 2004 game. It sounds crazy, isn't it? After so many years Ninja Gaiden is still great, anyway. If you've never played the previous versions, you should buy this one with no regrets.
  10. 80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus cannot get rid of some problems that plagued the game throughout its various versions but is still a blast in portable form.
  11. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    The novelty of this title is that we can finally tear through Hayabusa's adventure in all of its glory on the go. That, alone, is impressive and should be a factor in your purchase decision. Ask yourself, "Is this worth it to me for the same game, simply in portable form?" If so, I cannot recommend Plus enough.
  12. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    At its core, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is an excellent action game for the new Vita. The main game is still fun, and the combat, while difficult to master, is very satisfying once you've tamed it.
  13. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    A great game, despite the camera doing its best to spoil the party. However, this version is hard to recommend to those who have already ploughed through Sigma; there's nowhere near enough new content to warrant that.
  14. Feb 25, 2012
    80
    It'd be easy to dismiss Sigma Plus as another attempt to cash-in on an aging game, but those who've never experienced it--or even seasoned fiend-slayers looking for a portable fight--should definitely consider picking up the sword.
  15. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus stumbles with its incorporation of the Vita's features, but harnessing the skills of Ryu Hayabusa is as electrifying as ever.
  16. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Yes, it´s the fourth iteration already of Ninja Gaiden and yes, it´s still a near perfect game that look and controls great in this Vita version. The novelties like the Hero mode add nothing to the winning formula, but it´s still a fantastic Beat'em up.
  17. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    It's an action packed sword slashing romp that runs almost flawlessly on Sony's machine. You could even make a case for it being one of Vita's top three launch games.
  18. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Despite being on its fourth release, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus still feels like a brand new game, one that is both fun to play and difficult to master. The Hero Mode may alarm purists, but there's no denying that it creates a wider audience.
  19. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    If you weren't crazy about Ninja Gaiden the last three times, this is the same game, so keep walking. Likewise if you already played either Black or Sigma, you're probably ok to hold off, too. But for those of you that only played the 2004 original, or missed the game entirely, you've now got a beefed up, extra content edition that you can play anywhere. That's worth flipping out and killing dudes over.
  20. Feb 24, 2012
    79
    The art design is timeless, the conventional controls are spot on and the action is as challenging as ever. But the implementation of vita-exclusive control features rather stalls the fight dynamics.
  21. Mar 20, 2012
    78
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is undoubtedly a great action game but those who played other iterations of the series will find nothing new here.
  22. 75
    A competent and clean port, and it's definitely something that long-time veterans would want to have on their PS Vitas.
  23. Feb 29, 2012
    75
    There are no compromises with Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, if you own a Playstation Vita and you have never had the chance to play the original game, then the purchase is a must, otherwise you can easily avoid it.
  24. Feb 20, 2012
    75
    Say what you will about the camera or the silly story, but the combat in Sigma Plus is unmatched. There's a fantastic action game under all of the name changes and feature additions that have been tacked on over the years. Aside from the non-optional rear-tap Ninpo addition, the new Vita features aren't even worth messing with.
  25. After Ninja Gaiden came Black, which had better camera controls. After Black came Sigma, in which you had the blonde queen Rachel as company. And now there is Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, with just as much blood and giant breasts as its PS3 counterpart, but with touch controls. [April 2012, p.92]
  26. Feb 29, 2012
    73
    Ninja Gaiden's charm is undeniable, so this latest port of the game for PlayStation Vita can easily win your hardcore heart. The problem is the developers did nothing at all to solve the frustrating camera issues. Well, they also cut the original frame rate in half.
  27. Feb 21, 2012
    73
    A competent and in many ways, impressive, action extravaganza. The gameplay and combat hold up well over time, but the technical aspects don't, and those same problems still exist, which is disappointing.
  28. Apr 17, 2012
    72
    Fun and a solid challenge, but lacking in some respects, showing its age, sometimes unfair and with pointless Vita-specific controls. [Issue#217, p.81]
  29. For the skim readers out there; there are two ninja launch titles for Vita. This one cuts the other one a new butt crack. [April 2012, p80]
  30. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    A perfect PS3 port that could have been better if only it had been a little less perfect. Strange but true. [May 2012, p.113]
  31. 20 new trials - feats of skill that perfectly complement the flawlessly translated controlset. [Apr 2012, p.113]
  32. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    When you get down to it, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is the same game that was released a few years back, and if you need that on the go, this is the best way to fill the need. Or, if you need something pretty that can beat you up (like a hot MMA fighter), this will do the trick.
  33. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    One of the most compelling purchases on the fledgling system - IF you haven't had to contend with the wandering hands of Spectral Doku before. But even if you have gone the full distance with Ryu Hayabusa, this is one shinobi saga that's worth reliving.
  34. Feb 20, 2012
    70
    One of the oldest games to be revamped for the PS Vita's launch, but still an impressive, if frustratingly difficult, third person actioner.
  35. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    Other than a couple Vita-specific features, an easier difficulty level, and a collection of trial missions, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus doesn't offer anything new. If you loved the original game enough to play through its numerous updates, then you may enjoy taking this new version on the go. However, action fans accustomed to the polished games of this generation may become frustrated with the eight year-old mechanics.
  36. Mar 8, 2012
    67
    It's a really solid port, but lacks any bells and whistles to attract folks who might not be die-hard fans of the series. It's definitely worth checking out, but keep in mind that you're getting the same content here that was contained in Sigma on PS3 nearly five years ago.
  37. Mar 5, 2012
    65
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a good port of a once great game. Returning fans will doubtlessly fall back in love with the combat, but will be dismayed with how poorly the rest of the package has aged.
  38. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    Compromised on a technical level, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is not as polished of a port as it deserved to be (and probably could have been if the publisher was not so adamant about shipping the game in time for the Vita's launch). Some solace is taken in the fact that, at the very least, we finally have a workable version of a 3D Ninja Gaiden game running in the palm of our hands, but it still leaves you feeling let down by the whole sloppy affair.
  39. Mar 30, 2012
    60
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is what happens when a classic is ported too often.
  40. Mar 20, 2012
    60
    This game is a remake from a remake and therefore too expensive. The previous game on the PS3 is cheaper and has the same content. But if you don't have a PS3 then you can always look into this version.
  41. 60
    Ninja Gainden, one of the best games of the last generation, has aged. The save spots don't fit a portable game, the touch screen add ons just detract from the combat, the camera isn't satisfying and the level design doesn't feel up to date anymore. But the combat is just as good as ever and every now and then it feels just like the good old golden ninja heydays of the last generation. To bad it's just to far between those moments.
  42. Mar 2, 2012
    60
    This is simply a republished version of the Ninja Gaiden Sigma released on the PS3, only dampened in terms of gore, slightly easier, and not really perfect frame-rate or visuals-wise.
  43. Feb 16, 2012
    60
    Feels like a game from a different era, and despite half-steps to make it more approachable, is painfully frustrating in ways that probably can't be changed without altering the core of the game. If you can get past that, NGSP is a deep, lengthy adventure, with combat that's still one of the best in 3D action gaming history.
  44. Mar 5, 2012
    55
    There are so many aspects of this game to which I can say "if only"… if only the camera worked right, if only the controls were tighter, if only there were more to do than find keys and kill the same dudes over and over again. But the game is what it is, and the bad seems to outweigh the good at every turn.
  45. Mar 12, 2012
    50
    Graphically there's nothing to complain about and in the end this is still good old bloody Ninja Gaiden Sigma. It's just that the touch controls aren't that impressive and the camera tries desperately to become your mortal enemy. Thus the low score.
  46. 45
    Unfortunately, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is far too much Ninja Gaiden Sigma and not enough Plus, and it just doesn't fly all these years later. Only purists will truly appreciate what's in-store.
  47. Feb 23, 2012
    44
    You've probably played this game before. If you haven't, you probably don't want to, and this isn't the best version to start on. It doesn't add enough for old fans or do enough to reel in new players.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 2, 2012
    10
    It's very challenging, but very fun. It'll keep gamers occupied for a long time. The graphics are great, the mechanics are great, and Ryu is very responsive. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    a highly underrated game, suitable for hardcore action gamers.

    How ps vita many games have this degree of responsiveness, and AI. The
    learning curve is gradual then steep then the mastery becomes enjoyable. Graphics are smooth and fast and the sword slashing becomes a course of mini beatemups. levels are well designed and the userr can explore and interact well.

    For me it beats all the swathe of repetitive and commercial childish cartoon like games for handhelds. This game is one of the few games that can appeal to adults.

    If you have played this on the xbox, i can understand how this vita game adds little. But if you haven't played a ninja gaiden title, you will find this hard to put down.
    Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2013
    8
    Ninja Gaiden was my favorite game for the old Xbox, so when it was released for PS Vita as Ninja Gaiden Sigma plus i had to have it. And i must say, that even though not much except besides the graphics (Wich has gotten quite an remarkable uplift) has changed. The game design and gameplay still holds up till this days standard. Have you played Ninja Gaiden before there isn´t much new here, but if you haven´t played it, you will definitely get some bang for your bucks. Full Review »