Review: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus for the PS Vita

 

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The Ninja Gaiden series has been one of Tecmo Koei’s most popular series.  Dating back to an 80’s arcade game and series on the NES, Ninja Gaiden modern incarnation started in 2004, returning main ninja Ryu to a starting role, after being revived in the Dead or Alive series.  The first modern Ninja Gaiden game was remade three times, first as Ninja Gaiden Black, then Ninja Gaiden Sigma and then, as last year’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus for the Vita.  Now the sequel has also been remade a third time with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus.

NGS2+ feautres all the bloody combat as the hone console release
NGS2+ feautres all the bloody combat as the home console release

Like the first one on the Vita, Sigma 2 Plus is a port of the PS3 version of  NGS2.  The game follows the continuing adventure of ninja Ryu Hayabusa as he teams with a CIA agent Sonia to stop the Black Spider Ninja clan from using a demon statue to resurrect an ancient Archfiend to take over the world.  You guide Ryu through various levels, but occasionally play as three female characters from the DOA/Ninja Gaiden universe:  Rachel, the busty blonde demon hunter from Ninja Gaiden 1;  Momji, the shrine maiden that first appeared in the Nintendo DS game, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword; and Ayane, the purple haired kunochi (female ninja) that first appeared in the Dead or Alive games.

Sonia is a CIA agent working with Ryu.  I guess leather fetish wear is proper agent attire in the DOA/NG universe
Sonia is a CIA agent working with Ryu. I guess leather fetish wear is proper agent attire in the DOA/NG universe

The game plays much like the PS3 version.  with the touch screen being used to fire the projectile weapon in first person, much like in Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus.  The back touchpad is not used to charge up you ninpo like Sigma 1, but you can jiggle the female character’s breasts by tapping it, much like with the SIXAXIS in the PS3 version.  This isn’t an advertised feature, but I figured in the touchpad was replicating the SIXAXIS job in NGS1, it would be the same for 2.  Honestly, it was for research.

Watch them jiggle...
Watch them jiggle…

Game modes are the same as in the PS3 version, with the main story, chapter challenge for those levels you have completed, ninja race and the tag missions in which you can use either Ryu or one of the three female characters.  Unlike the PS3 version, Tag missions is a purely offline game that allows you to switch between the characters.  There is no data sharing or cross-save modes between the PS3 and Vita versions.

Ayane and Rachael unleash a joint Ninpo attack
Ayane and Rachel unleash a joint Ninpo attack

A problem that I have with this game is that there is some occasion slowdown when there is a lot of detail on screen.  It is more apparent in later levels and can take you out of the game.  Some of the text is really small and the graphics are not optimized for the Vita’s screen.

Unlockable costurme include this power suit for Rachel...
Unlockable costurme include this power suit for Rachel…
...or this barely there fiend armour
…or this barely there fiend armour

All and all, it is a decent port of what is my favourite Ninja Gaiden game.  It won’t win points for originality, but it is is still a decent title for the PS Vita

A pre-order bonus was costumes for the three girls, like this purple outfil for Momiji
A pre-order bonus was costumes for the three girls, like this purple outfil for Momiji

3.5 out of 5

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Review: Dead or Alive 5 Plus for PS VITA

Dead or Alive 5 Plus
Dead or Alive 5 Plus
The PS Vita has gotten a lot of ports of fighting games.  Games like Ultimate Marvel Vs Capom 3, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter X Tekken have all made an appearance on the Vita, with tweeks to utilize the Vita’s features.  Tecmo Koei, which has supported the PS Vita since launch, has released a verison of its fighting game known for it’s juggling combos and jiggling breasts:  Dead or Alive 5 Plus.
All characters start unlocked in this version,  Kasumi's and Ayane's special VR costumes shown
All characters start unlocked in this version,
Kasumi’s and Ayane’s special VR costumes shown
The game is a great port of the PS3 verison of DOA 5.  The storymode is the same as found in the regular version, following each cast member and their part in the overall story line.  The action is fast and fluid, sporting amazing, if slightly less detailed graphics.  Like DOA 5, there are other fight modes like versus, for one-off battles, arcade, in with you take your character through several battles, a time attack mode and survival.  The Vita version does not have tag battles, though they are in the story.
New comer Mila is one of two new characters to join the DOA franchise
New comer Mila is one of two new characters to join the DOA franchise
To make up for that loss, DOA 5+ has the Training Plus mode, which adds a free training practice mode, command training to learn your character’s moves, a tutorial, to help newbies to DOA learn the controls and Combo training, which you complete certain combo challenges.  The PS Vita also has a Touch Battle Mode, in which you tap and pinch the screen to fight in a first person battle.  Yes, you get to poke Kasumi all you want, if she doesn’t kick your ass first.
pany shot!
The Touch Battle mode gives you a first person view of the action
Another added bonus for those who have the PS3 version is the cross save mode.  You can upload your save online to unlock any costumes you already have earned in the PS Vita version and vice versa.  Outfits unocked this way will show a controller by the picture.  The game also give owners of both versions extra costumes for the ninja characters (Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu and Hayate), a high tech body suit and a VR helmet (or something.)
The costume in question for Kasumi
The costume in question for Kasumi

Like Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken, all DLC costumes bought from the PS3 version entitles you to the PS Vita version.  Just download it on for Vita to unlock the costumes in the game (ensure you download the individual sets, not the larger collection as they will  cost money.)  You can also take picture of you characters during replays and save them to your PS Vita’s memory.

DLC outfits like the Sexy Santas are available for DOA5+
DLC outfits like the Sexy Santas are available for DOA5+
Take photos in replay mode to capture the beautiful action
Take photos in replay mode to capture the beautiful action
The PS Vita version includes separate trophies for the game, online play and cross play, in which you can challenge those playing on the PS3.  If you are looking for a portable fighter full of beautiful characters, this is the game to get.
Mil tussles with Srah Bryant, one of three characters visiting from Virtual FIghter 5.
Mila tussles with Sarah Bryant, one of three characters visiting from Virtual Fighter 5.
The camera moves in close for Hitomi's Critical Blow
The camera moves in close for Hitomi’s Critical Blow
Kasumi cheerleader
This costume for Kasumi is one of the special pre-order DLC that was availiable.
4.5 out of 5