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Ninja Gaiden Sigma Member Review for the PS3

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12/09/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
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GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Tecmo 
DEVELOPER Team Ninja 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes

What do these ratings mean?

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, another soldier added to the army of Playstation 3 games, is yet another remake of the original released for the Xbox console. This time around, it has a new playable character, Rachel, sharper 60 fps graphics, three extra chapters, new weapons, and more missions. It's everything the previous games had, and more. Plus, it's a PS3 exclusive! So if you haven't played a Ninja Gaiden game yet, there's never been a better time.

In Sigma, you are a young ninja named Ryu Hayabusa from the Hayabusa ninja clan. Ryu holds a weapon, called the Dragon Sword, given to him by his father, while his clan protects another, more evil sword, called the Dark Dragon Blade. Ryu's village is attacked by a Greater Fiend named Doku(Fiends are the "monster-like" enemies in the game that were once human, and a greater Fiend is one of a higher rank that still has its soul.), and the Dark Dragon Blade is stolen. Now, Ryu seeks to find the Dark Dragon, and kill Doku for destroying his village and slaying his clan members.

If you're rich(or lucky) enough to have a 1080p HDTV along with an HDMI cable, you'll undoubtedly be playing Sigma in full HD. The graphics are absolutely stunning. It's amazing at how much time artists put into remodeling everything when this could have just been a quick port. Ryu and all the other characters really look better than ever, now, and the environments are beautiful as well. Every square inch of the land in this game is just pleasing to look at. The developers knew that they could pull this off, and they did it extremely well.

Sigma has a few cons. As bad as I make these seem, they are pretty minor and don't drastically affect gameplay. The controls pretty much match the Xbox, which is great for those NG veterans, but there was a new feature that utilized the SIXAXIS's motion sensing capabilities. When you cast Ninpo(magic), you shake the controller to power it up. This is a pretty unnecessary add-on, and it does sometimes get annoying. Another downside is the camera. It gets in the way a lot and is hard to control. Other than that, the gameplay has never been better. With the addition of the twin katanas, the Dragon's Claw and Tiger's Fang, ripping apart enemies just gave me a new feeling of satisfaction.

This game contains amazing music and sounds that will leave you begging for more. But some of the voice acting is a bit cheesy. 'Nuff said.

Pros
+Action Packed
+Lots of Blood and Gore
+Tough Enemies
+Amazing AI
+Brilliant Gameplay
+Stunning Graphics
+Great Musical Score
+Nice Story

Cons
-Motion sensing for Ninpo is an unnecessary add-on
-Annoying Camera
-Some Cheesy Voice Acting

Overall Score
A


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