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Game Chronicles (Feb 25, 2012)
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.
GameSpot (Feb 21, 2012)
Sigma Plus looks gorgeous on the Vita. Silky-smooth animations make the brutal combat captivating, and though the environments look a bit sterile by current standards, solid art design gives the varied regions you explore an exotic sense of history. More importantly, the fast, intense, challenging combat is as exciting as ever. With its lengthy, consistently thrilling campaign and a slew of ninja trials that really put your skills to the test, Sigma Plus certainly gives you your money's worth. Some of the Vita's features are crammed in here in inelegant ways that don't benefit the overall experience, but this is still a fine version of a stellar action game. If you somehow still haven't experienced the excitement of Ninja Gaiden, you should play Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus.
Meristation (Feb 20, 2012)
A la hora de realizar conversiones siempre queda la duda de si hay que valorar el juego en sí ignorando que ya tiene sus años, o si bien hay que tener eso en cuenta y asegurarse de que esa nueva conversión tenga suficientes novedades como para mantener fresca la experiencia. La lógica es que hay dos tipos de jugadores, los que nunca han jugado al título, y que por tanto llegan frescos a la experiencia, o aquellos que ya están resabiados y se conocen el juego al dedillo. Lo ideal es una conversión que por un lado conserve los valores del original y que por otro lado ofrezca las suficientes novedades como para hacerlo interesante a los que ya hayan jugado anteriormente, esas son las conversiones mejor valoradas.
Modojo (Feb 20, 2012)
That said, Ninja Gaiden retails for $39.99, and your decision to buy it should heavily depend on whether you've played it before. If you somehow missed the game, 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. With praise like that, you owe it to yourself to experience this highly regarded title.
IGN (Feb 16, 2012)
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.
80 (Feb 16, 2012)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus est un portage aussi solide sur le plan technique que paresseux sur le plan créatif. Il ne faut pas y chercher la moindre nouveauté, si ce n'est l'intégration peu probante des fonctionnalités tactiles et gyroscopiques de la console. Mais forte d'une réalisation convaincante et d'un gameplay qui n'a rien perdu de sa technicité et de son efficacité, cette version Vita devrait permettre à tous ceux qui étaient passés à côté, de profiter d'un formidable jeu d'action nerveux et exigeant (voire parfois éprouvant), qui n'a décidément pas pris une ride.
80 (2012)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus demeure un très bon jeu d'action sur PlayStation Vita. Peut être un peu trop difficile par moment, cette édition se montre très exhaustive et affiche une réalisation comme on en voit encore rarement sur consoles portables.
79 (Feb 24, 2012)
Mir ist unverständlich, wieso Tecmo einen eigentlich acht oder zumindest fünf Jahre alten Titel (wenn man sich auf die PS3-Version bezieht) herausbringt - zumal der nächste Teil der Hayabusa-Saga bereits in den Startlöchern steht und sich für eine Umsetzung anböte. Doch davon abgesehen hat der Zahn der Zeit erstaunlich wenig am Konzept genagt. Die Kämpfe sind spannend und vor allem fordernd wie eh und je - wer Angst hatte, dass Tecmo am Schwierigkeitsgrad feilt, der die beständige Gratwanderung an der Grenze zur Frustration bravourös meistert, kann aufatmen. Und alle anderen freuen sich über den neuen Helden-Modus, der einige Abwehraktionen automatisiert und der auch in Ninja Gaiden 3 zu finden sein wird. Visuell dank des zeitlos guten Artdesign sowie der rundum gelungener Animationen immer wieder ein Vergnügen, stören nur die Kameraprobleme in engen Räumen.
78 (Mar 02, 2012)
L’ennesima riedizione di Ninja Gaiden convince, ma fino a un certo punto. I neofiti in cerca di un titolo d’azione senza compromessi trarranno immense gioie a vestire i panni di Ryu, mentre chi ha già avuto il piacere in altre occasioni non avrà nessun motivo per acquistare anche quest’edizione per PS Vita. L’esperienza, inoltre, è sporcata da un frame-rate non proprio esaltante e dal peso degli anni che, volenti o nolenti, comincia a farsi vedere nel motore grafico e nel gameplay. Nonostante le perplessità, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus resta comunque un ottimo titolo action capace di fare la gioia di molteplici giocatori. Certo è che con il quasi contemporaneo arrivo di Ninja Gaiden 3 non pochi opteranno per il nuovo episodio.
At the end of the day Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a fairly good game, plain and simple. There is a lot to test one’s skill, and the game plays pretty darn well on the PS Vita. With solid graphics, good sound, and some very intense and addictive gameplay, the only area that this game suffers is that the camera can be a ‘pain in the ass’ causing you to lose focus, and the touch screen feature should have an off option and as an accidental touch can end up in disaster. Regardless, new fans will find a lot fun here, while returning fans may just enjoy a walk down memory lane with a portable version of a title they played over four years ago on a home console. At the end of the day I don’t have any issue recommending this game as a possible purchase with your PS Vita, especially if you are looking for some fast paced arcade action to test your gaming might.
PlayStation Universe (Mar 21, 2012)
On the other hand, Sigma Plus gives newcomers full access to all of the content that veterans have had with the original game, and also offers increased replay value through the Ninja Missions. Nonetheless, not a lot has changed, and some functions prove to be very irritating. Team Ninja classed this game up a little bit, but it didn't fix many of the previous problems that the other port did have, and it added a few more adapting functions to the PS Vita hardware. Regardless, it’s still a competent and clean port, and it's definitely something that long-time veterans would want to have on their PS Vitas.
Spazio Games (Feb 29, 2012)
Non ci sono compromessi per Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, se possedete una PSVita e non avete mai avuto la fortuna di giocare al titolo nato dalla mente di Itagaki allora l’acquisto risulterà obbligatorio, per godere di uno dei migliori action apparsi nell’ultimo decennio, altrimenti evitate tranquillamente di spendere i vostri soldi. Le novità introdotte per l'ultima nata di casa Sony risultano troppo superficiali per dare un’esperienza nuova o anche solo arricchirla leggermente, senza contare la modalità Eroe che sconsigliamo caldamente a tutti, anche ai neofiti. Ninja Gaiden è un titolo hardcore e va goduto per quello che è. In questa nuova versione potrebbe attirare l'attenzione solo di coloro che lo hanno perso su Xbox prima e Playstation 3 dopo.
Destructoid (Feb 20, 2012)
If you've never played Ninja Gaiden before and want a great game for your Vita at launch, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus would be a solid choice. Just take my advice and skip Hero mode. If you've already played Sigma or Black, you're not missing much with this latest re-release outside of the new Trials mode.
73 (Feb 29, 2012)
Il fascino di Ninja Gaiden è innegabile e dunque questa ennesima versione per PlayStation Vita non potrà che conquistare la vostra anima hardcore, specie se la serie vi ha sempre incuriosito ma, per un motivo o per l'altro, non avete mai avuto modo di provarne un episodio. I combattimenti fra Ryu Hayabusa e i suoi molteplici avversari, da quelli più scarsi ai temibili boss, risplendono sul fantastico schermo della console portatile Sony, ma basta andare oltre un'occhiata superficiale per rendersi conto del fatto che non solo la grafica sente il peso degli anni, ma che gli sviluppatori hanno inspiegabilmente dimezzato il frame rate originale senza far nulla, peraltro, per risolvere gli incredibili problemi che affliggono la gestione della visuale. Comprate Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus se siete pronti a raccogliere la sua sfida, ma consapevoli dei limiti di una conversione che poteva essere fatta meglio.
PSX Extreme (Feb 21, 2012)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is still 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. If you’ve played Sigma or Sigma 2, I’m not sure there’s any reason to pick this one up. If not, however, and you’re looking for a super fast and extremely challenging hack ‘n slash title for your new Vita, you probably can’t go wrong with Sigma Plus. You just have to allow for an older production that has a few lingering issues.
GamesCollection (May 31, 2012)
Un remake di un remake... di un remake; in casi come questo, le perplessità sono sempre d'obbligo. Per chi si avvicina per la prima volta a questa saga e ama gli hack n' slash, l'acquisto si può consigliare senza problemi (in tal caso, aumentate pure il voto di un punto); per gli altri, di novità rispetto alle prime incarnazioni ce ne sono, soprattutto legate all'uso del touch screen posteriore per scagliare gli incantesimi e alle prove ninja, ma niente che possa veramente legittimarne l'acquisto, a meno che non si sia fanatici della serie. La realizzazione tecnica mostra le grandi potenzialità del portatile Sony, resta però il fatto che, forse, in termini di idee e di coraggio, si poteva osare di più.
Game Revolution (Mar 05, 2012)
There are plenty of weapons, skills, and armor to find throughout the world, perfect to power up your personal Ryu and search for the sword his clan was charged with protecting. 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.
70 (UK) (Feb 23, 2012)
And while we're curious as to why Team Ninja chose to port Sigma rather than the more recent Sigma 2, after taking another look at the Vita's impressive launch line-up, it's easy to shortlist Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus as 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.
70 (Feb 20, 2012)
One of the oldest games to be revamped for the PS Vita’s launch, but still an impressive, if frustratingly difficult, third person actioner.
Game Informer Magazine (Feb 16, 2012)
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.
Gaming Age (Mar 08, 2012)
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.
TotalPlayStation (Mar 05, 2012)
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.
Darkstation (Apr 26, 2012)
It’s difficult to say exactly who should buy this game. Many of the flaws of Sigma Plus would go unnoticed by a first-time player and they would end up playing a stellar game. But to recommend this particular version over the full Sigma experience on PS3 in 60fps and HD, or even the purist option of Ninja Gaiden Black on Xbox Originals, would be a disservice to the series. Fans will enjoy Sigma Plus even less than a first timer will, but with some adjustment could eventually appreciate its portability. Either way, nobody should be paying full price for Sigma Plus, so the bottom line is wait for a price cut or rent it. After this lacklustre release and the very poorly received third game, the fall from grace for the series is saddening.
XGN (Mar 19, 2012)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus laat gemengde gevoelens achter. Omdat het een remake is, heeft het spel duidelijk te maken met problemen die in 2012 niet meer geaccepteerd worden. Het opslagsysteem is slecht, het camerastandpunt is niet goed en de gebruikmaking van het touchscheen is al helemaal om te huilen. Toch staat de game grafisch wel z’n mannetje en voegt het iets nieuws toe, de Ninja Trials. En de game zelf, niet onbelangrijk, is leuk om te spelen, omdat het uitdagend is en genoeg afwisseling biedt. Eigenlijk een game die iedereen weleens gespeeld moet hebben. Al is de prijs van 50 euro voor een remake van een remake absoluut onacceptabel. Een magere voldoende, wetende dat het origineel net zo leuk was en waarschijnlijk vele malen goedkoper is.
Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 30, 2012)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is what happens when a classic is ported too often.
60 (Mar 02, 2012)
On sait tous que la Vita peut faire mieux et que ce portage a été fait à toute berzingue pour coller à l'agenda de sorties de la console de Sony. On pourrait ainsi continuer à distribuer les bons et les mauvais points de cette version au risque de nous détourner de la question essentielle que pose cette réédition... quel est le public visé par ce shuriken qui reste un classique de la décennie précédente ? Aujourd'hui, Ninja Gaiden version Sigma Plus se joue un peu comme Megaman 9, un îlot "old school" où seuls les naufragés les plus courageux oseront se frotter à la nature hostile. Dans la douleur qu'infligeront à la longue les petits sticks de la Vita, à force de se faire découper comme dans un Chanbara qui ferait passer Shinobi pour une balade au parc. Mais pourquoi s'y replonger sur Vita alors que la version PS3 doit se trouver dans les bacs d'occasion pour une poignée d'euros ? Quelle que soit la version, il est peu probable qu'Itagaki touche la moindre royaltie dessus.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 07, 2012)
Jag är medveten om att jag varit ganska kritisk i recensionen, men så snackar vi också om ett spel som är en av mina absoluta favoriter och tillika rankas som ett av världens genom tiderna bästa på Metacritic. När man tar en sådan klassiker och lägger till moment som förstör, gör spelkontrollen sämre och halverar bilduppdateringen så blir man lite besviken. Men när det kommer till striderna har tiden som sagt stått stilla.
Inside Gaming (Mar 05, 2012)
I’m willing to believe that, at one point, Ninja Gaiden was an amazing feat of video game design. But considering all of the action-adventure games that have come and gone in the years since this game made its first appearance, I find it hard to believe that other first-time ninjas will have a good time with this game. 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. Simply put, it doesn’t seem like you can teach an old ninja new tricks.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Feb 19, 2012)
The actual meat and potatoes of the game also feels dated, but much less so than the save system or horrid camera. There are still hours of great gaming to be had with Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus. And the combat still reigns supreme as some of the best, if not the best, in the action genre. A skillful mix of guarding, dashing, jumps and well-timed attacks are necessary for success. But 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. Simply put, there are better games to spend your money on at the Vita’s launch, to the point where I don’t at all feel comfortable recommending this game. If anything, you’d be better suited to buy the 2007 PS3 release, which is probably under $20 in the bargain bin.
Cheat Code Central (Feb 23, 2012)
Maybe someday down the road there will be a patch that fixes every complaint I have with this game (or at least most of them—now that they're in there, I doubt the Rachel missions are ever going away), but that's a slim hope at best. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a game that tries to reel in nostalgic fans while accommodating new players, succeeding at neither.