gamers (70%) found this review helpful
DON'T PLAY THIS GAME IF:
-You aren't a hardcore third person action gamer -You generally only play shooters (i.e. Halo, Call of Duty, etc...) -You have poor dexterity -You thought God of War (1,2, or 3) was hard on the harder difficulties -You thought Heavenly Sword was difficult. -You like Ben Affleck
Play this game if:
-You enjoy ninjas -You enjoy being able to decapitate things -You are a hardcore third person action gamer -You generally believe you react quickly on the fly -You enjoy ninjas -You thought God of War and other games that copied it were easy -You thought the first NG was a push over, even on Hardcore. -You dislike Ben Affleck
General Pros and Cons
Pros -Great HD graphics -Runs at a fairly consistent 60fps -Controls are very responsive still -It is all about ninja lore -Multiple characters to play as this time around -Ryu Hayabusa is one of the most memorable gaming characters of our time
Cons -Camera does like to point and laugh at you sometimes while it gives you the finger... just... sometimes. -The team missions are not co-op on a single console, you must play it through xbox live only -Skimpy female character outfits are getting lame. Seriously game developers need to let it go. Find you a girlfriend and get married, seriously.
posted by Podosniper (RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA) Oct 11, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
This game was quite a bit of fun to play, but it isn't without its drawbacks. The combat feels good and, at times, rewarding. However it is really nothing special for a hack-n-slash game. The game is pretty easy to beat by mostly button mashing, though I'm sure if you took the time to learn the many combos it would be easier.
I like the variety of weapons in the game. You get quite a few of them and they all feel different. Unfortunately I found myself only really using a couple of them as they don't seem to be well balanced. What is nice, though, is that switching weapons for different groups of enemies really does make a difference. One of the bosses I was really struggling against and a simple change of weapons turned it from an impossible fight to an easy one.
I also like the fact that there are many boss fights. It helps keep things fresh and gives a change of pace. You can usually figure for 2 bosses a chapter, but there is some deviation from that. Towards the end, the last 2-3 chapters, there are a ton of recycled boss fights. I don't know if it is the recycling or the overwhelming number of them, but it got very annoying.
There are 4 chapters where you play as a large breasted chick instead of the main character Ryu. They provide a nice change of pace as well, though they don't get all the weapon and ninpo options like Ryu does.
The difficulty curve is all out of whack. Bosses would vary between extremely difficult to extremely easy, with no relation to the game progress. The final boss has 2 forms, the first is a very annoying but not to hard form the second is a extremely easy form. Easiest boss I fought I think. I may have only been hit once or twice and it lasted maybe a minute.
The graphics are pretty good, though not really outstanding. Theres a lot of reused models for enemies wearing slightly different clothing or colors. The art style is good, and really suits my tastes, especially towards the end. It has a nice surreal but hellish style to it
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a significant step up from it's 360 counterpart. Holding upgraded graphics and textures and some new boss battles as well as 3 New characters, one of which was seen in its predecessor Ninja Gaiden Sigma, are also playable in this version of the game. Increasing its length slightly from the 360 game. A few new weapons are also added to Ryu's arsenal.
The game has been streamlined to a point where parts of the game that felt out of place in the original NG2 have been taken out. The streamlining has also lead to the game being slightly easier than the original, and in terms of Team Ninja games, "easier" isn't saying much. Also some points in the game where enemies spawn repeatedly have been reduced. Not to a point where they don't respawn at all, but to a point where they don't respawn as much. The game is still palm sweating-ly intense but a little less than the 360 version. This can be a good thing depending on how you look at it. Throw in Online Co-op and you have quite a package.
The Violence factor has been toned down as you may notice, as opposed to the original. There is blood but not overwhelming amounts as the 360 version. Instead limbs that are removed explode into blue or green mists. Also, the game does not include a loading game clear function as the original. Instead you will have to play chapter challenge which has everything upgraded to their maximum levels for you. For me this was a bit disappointing as I wanted to playthrough it again being able to progress my character further. Character progression has also been changed slightly. You can now only upgrade weapons at Muramasa shops that have a blue lantern shining on it. Only one weapon upgrade per shop.
Excellent Game no matter which version you buy. A Must Buy for PS3 owners. And a "Rent First" for 360 veterans that are die-hard fans of the series and own a PS3 such as myself.