Further Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus details announced
With less than a month until release, Tecmo have today announced some more details of their forthcoming carve-em-up sequel, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus for the PS Vita.
Coming from the Street Fighter school of naming – that is, add suffixes for every version until the game can no longer be named in one breath – Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is an updated port of 2009′s PS3 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, itself a port of 2008′s 360 title Ninja Gaiden 2. Titles aside, Sigma 2 and Sigma 2 Plus have both used the time to build on the preceding version, adding new characters and game modes.
Promising to be “[f]aster, bloodier, and more beautiful than ever” – itself an interesting claim, as the original 360 game went notably OTT with the blood and gore which was then cut for the PS3 release, leaving question of whether “bloodier” relates to either or both of the predecessors – Sigma 2 Plus follows ninja warrior Ryu Hayabusa as he fights his way around the world trying to retrieve a Demon Statue.
Additional content from Sigma 2 remains, including unlockable characters Ayane from the Dead or Alive series, Momiji from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword and Rachel from 2004′s Ninja Gaiden; the PS3 alternative costume appearances also all return, along with some new ones – whether any prove more practical being another matter, with Rachel especially looking more ready for an S&M party than fighting demons.
New content includes extra game modes, with “tag missions” allowing players to choose two characters to swap between; “ninja race” being much as the name suggests – travelling a route as fast as possible, but allowing bonuses to be earned from attacking others; and “hero mode” returning from the original Sigma Plus where Hayabusa gains special abilities when low on health to allow for come-backs.
Both the original 360 and PS3 releases were well received, as was the PS Vita launch title of the original Sigma Plus, so hopes are high for this sequel. However, only time will prove if it lives up to them.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is released for the PS Vita on February 26th in North America, and March 1st in Europe.