Completed Games – Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)
Developer – Team Ninja
Publisher – Tecmo
This is a game I should have gotten around to playing much earlier as it is 100% what I enjoy about action games. It is challenging requiring quick thinking and fighting game level button combinations and timing. There are definitely some unnecessarily tough enemies but most of them are fair and it is up to you to adapt and learn how to approach enemies differently. I actually didn’t finish the game, I got to the last battle but can’t beat the final boss (unless you’re an expert you need to stock up on healing items which I failed to do).
From the start I can see how this game has built up a reputation of being extremely challenging. There is no combat handholding and you are instantly thrown into a fight which you could easily die from. It took me some time to get a handle of combat system as it requires precise timing, patience and combo learning but it was very satisfying once I got it. The enemies can be unpredictable at first but you learn how to best defeat them after dying multiple time and playing sections over and over again. The bosses are crazy and I got through them by relying on items to heal.
There are some antiquated game aspects that make it identifiable as an Xbox game published in 2004 which make it more frustrating than it should be. You can’t really press start quit to the menu and load a save point, you have work around this by purposefully dying. You also can’t change the difficulty and I got myself locked into a lower difficulty (ninja dog) around 3/4 of the way through the game.
I was surprised about how open some sections of the game is, allowing you to move around finding hidden items or weapons. I was also surprised with the platforming sections which mostly utilising your wall running ability which was a nice change of pace. It is also a pretty long game irregardless of having to play sections over again. If you like challenging action games this is a must play.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the PS3 version of Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox 360) which itself was a re-release of Ninja Gaiden on the original Xbox. This version adds higher res graphics along with a new playable character (Rachel) and levels.