Team Ninja unveils Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

When Tomonobu Itagaki got frakked out of Tecmo, the fate of his then-leaderless development group, Team Ninja, was supposedly in question. Well, ask no more- the well-known devs behind the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series are hard at work making more games even without the rockstar wannabee arse that was their swelled head.

The big title so far in the horizon isn’t a DOA game, unfortunately, though it stars a couple of characters from Tecmo’s fighter. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is an exclusive title for the PS3, and will supposedly be the ultimate version of the bloody action series.
Once again, players take the role of ninja master Ryu Hayabusa as he battles fiendish opponents and encounters busty babes.

Ayane. Deadlier and even more inappropriately-dressed as ever.

Taking a cue from the recently-released Resident Evil 5 though, NGS2 will feature a second character joining the battle with Ryu. In fact, not one but TWO new ninja are taking up the blade in Sigma 2. Ayane, the fickle purple-haired kunoichi FINALLY gets off her butt in the sidelines and has her own Story Mode to pursue along with Ryu. Her blinding speed and spinning attacks seem to be culled directly from her DOA moveset.

Momiji makes the jump from the DS to the PS3.

The other new playable is Momiji, a ponytailed beauty who first appeared in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword for the DS. Armed with a long lance, Momiji seems to take over the ranged attack style reminiscent of Rachel from past NG games. And what of Rachel, you may ask? Well, the blonde bimbo, er bombshell, will appear in the game in some capacity… no details yet.

Trailers and screens have shown Ryu and Ayane fighting side by side, showing off NGS2’s co-op player action, also recently revealed at the current Game Developer’s Conference. Apparently Ryu and Ayane (and we assume Momiji as well) can team up for some Dual Ninpo for double the damage.

As a tweaked and greatly expanded version of the previous games, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 should address a lot of complaints with the past titles, including the sloppily-made Ninja Gaiden 2. The camera will be improved as well as more difficulty levels to insure that while challenging, the game won’t require you to actually have ninja reflexes and patience to finish. Plus, PS3 gamers can expect DLC to keep the game fresh afterwards. Man, this all sounds great. Itagaki should have been sacked years ago. WAHAHA!

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is set for release in Fall 2009.


3 Responses to “Team Ninja unveils Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2”

  1. Sigma 2 sounds nice and all but I heard that they aren’t focusing on the blood and gore anymore. Judging from the recent trailer, it seems like they did remove the blood in exchange for purple puffs of smoke T_T.

    Gore is what NG2 was known for. IMO, Hayashi should rethink their decision. Hopefully, things will change since its still too early to conclude stuff.

    Also, they better fix the slow motion framerate the occurs once in a while in the original. Not that it was bad or anything (at least it wasn’t frame-skipping), but it’ll be nice to have a smooth 60fps all the time with no slowdown. Also, bump the res to native 720p. Guys at digitalfoundry found the trailer to be running at the same sub-HD resolution as NG2.

  2. I was just thinking the same thing! I mean come on man, NG without blood can hardly be called a Ninja game at all these days.

  3. @ Cat – The gore wouldn’t have been removed if itagaki was there!

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