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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus on PS Vita Today, Team Ninja Talks

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus on PS Vita

 

The Ninja Gaiden series, renowned for its surgically precise yet frenetic gameplay, has had a bit of a rebirth on PS Vita. With Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus helping to launch the system, and with the impending release of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, Ryu Hayabusa has never been more mobile.

 

With Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus launching today on game card and on PSN bundled with an exclusive costume pack and DLC, we asked Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi to shed light on the perks of the PS Vita version. Read on to learn more about the new Ninja Race and Tag Mission modes, PS Vita development details and more.

 

PlayStation.Blog: Ninja Gaiden is known for its unforgiving difficulty and hyper-precise controls. How does that necessity translate to the smaller form factor and mobile focus of PS Vita?

 

Yosuke Hayashi, Head of Team Ninja: We wanted to make sure to keep the feel of the controls identical between the different platforms, thus the inputs and control adjustments have been worked on in detail. Also, the color pallet has been adjusted accordingly to make the visibilities better suited for the compact screens.

 

PSB: Technically, how difficult was it to recreate this visually demanding PS3 game on PS Vita?

 

YH: One of the challenges was adjusting the graphics to the hardware’s capabilities, which involved adjusting the character models, sceneries, animations, and numerous effects, to name some. Sceneries in the PS3 version were detailed in all areas, thus allocating the polygon resources to the essential and visible parts that were required without diminishing the overall graphic feel for all the maps. Also, our designers and programmers went over more than 100 of the in-game effects to make it more suitable for the hardware performance without jeopardizing any of the intended look and feel compared to the PS3 installment.

 

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PSB: In our previous Q&A, you mentioned new “hardcore elements” being added to Sigma 2+ for PS Vita. Can you elaborate on what those might be?
 

YH: First will be “Ninja Race.” The objective is to complete a map before the clock runs out which will require the players to pick up “Essence” to gain extra time by killing the enemies on the way. The key here is to quickly eliminate the enemies so different tactics are essential compared to the other modes. Also, the “Tag Mission” requires tactical switching of characters during the numerous challenging missions, which will become unforgiving as you enter the second half of the mode.

 

PSB: Are there any other noteworthy new features that PS Vita owners should keep an eye out for?

 

YH: Additional costumes have been prepared especially for our character loving fans in mind. Also, the “Hero Mode” is in place similar to Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, which assists players who had difficulties completing the PS3 version. The latest “Hero Mode” will not simply auto guard for you, but will increase the chances of body deception whilst attacking, making it easier to eliminate enemies.

 

Also, from the action parts, improvements have been made where possible, such as the target switching of your enemies when being surrounded, which allows for intuitive straightforward gameplay at all times.

 

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PSB: The original version of the game on PS3 seemed to take a step back from the series’ extreme violence a bit: enemies bled purple smoke and severed limbs disappeared quickly. Will the PS Vita version retain the gore from prior entries in the series?
 
YH: “More speed, more beauty, more blood” is the concept for the game, and with the PS Vita version having a more compact screen, we enhanced the violence level making it closer to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge’s impressions to make sure the attacking effects and feel can be seen and understood properly by players.

 

PSB: What kind of ninja gear is floating around your office? Has anyone looked the wrong way and stepped on a shuriken?

 

YH: We do have ninja swords lying around in the office, but I think all our staff members carry their individual ninja weapons for self-defense. Obviously, I don’t get to see such weapons since they are hidden on a normal day at the office.

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Feb 26, 2013

Finally a game

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^ What?

 

Anyway this looks savage, can't wait to get my hands on it. I need to pick this up after I finish the first sigma. Sadly my PS+ ended today so I am going to renew it today as well, but if I wasn't that would've gone towards this.. such bad timing it ends today of all days. -_-..

 

Either way I will get this for sure eventually, wish I was living off my parents still (not really) so I could support the Vita more Smiley Sad I am just so broke on my own.. Gotta prioritize and with Soul Sacrifice and DOA 5+ coming out soon, I gotta hold out for those.

 

Going to be an expensive year..

 


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Feb 26, 2013

Does this game support online multiplayer?

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Already played on ps3, not as fun as the first.

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I'll be passing for now as I have it on PS3. Maybe later though. Momiji is hawt.

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Feb 27, 2013

Have barely played NGSP that we got on PS+, so not quite ready for the sequel! If the SEN/PSN Store actually had a wishlist though, I'd certainly add this.

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Feb 27, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen I would greatly appreciate it if someone would be willing to enlighten me as to whether or not this game supports online multiplayer. Smiley Wink

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PhoenixDowny wrote:

Ladies and Gentlemen I would greatly appreciate it if someone would be willing to enlighten me as to whether or not this game supports online multiplayer. Smiley Wink


No the game does not offer any online multiplayer unfortunetly.

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