Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Game review by
Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
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Ninja Gaiden returns -- better-looking, but gory.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Revenge, honor and murder are the character's motivations, but so is saving the world.

Violence

Lots of blood stains, combat is visceral. Can use a variety of weapons to kill including arrows, ninja stars, swords, spears, and more.

Sex

Playable character Rachel is very buxom.

Language

No cursing or bad words, but revenge, murder, and hate are recurring themes.

Consumerism

This is a remake of an earlier game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pipe smoking, some references to alcoholic beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a bloody combat game. Ryu kills bad people, moves on, kills more bad people, moves on, solves a puzzle, and then kills more bad people. The game features a lot of bloodletting, wicked and violent combat moves, loads of deathtraps, and use of edged weaponry. There are also demons, monsters, black magic, and sexualized characters.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byGearsOfWar April 9, 2008

i enjoyed the game

the game was a great addtion to my ps3 line-up
Adult Written bybouaraba April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byRyu_Hayabusa March 22, 2017

Awesome

Really guys? while this is one of the rated m games thats violence cant be ¨turned off¨" its not too bad. for me its fine while it is a little bit on the v... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviegeek222 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

NINJA GAIDEN: SIGMA for the PlayStation 3 is an enhanced remake of the awesome Ninja Gaiden: Black for the Xbox, which was an enhanced remake of the classic Ninja Gaiden, also for the Xbox. Master ninja Ryu Hayabusha has a problem. The bad guys destroyed his village and stole an important family artifact; it's up to players to master his moves and defeat the bad guys. Ninja Gaiden: Sigma takes the plot, features, and gameplay from the original, the bonus content from Black and brings them to Sony's next-generation machine with significant graphics enhancements and a handful of new missions featuring buxom beauty Rachel.

Is it any good?

It's worth the upgrade, even if you played the originals to death, because this is one well-crafted action game for players over 17. Ninja Gaiden: Sigma is basically a well-made fighting game that emphasizes combat, with a sprawling adventure attached. While at first, players will button-mash their way to victory -- and frequent death (the game requires skill) -- learning the controls makes the combat elegant and stylistic.

The game is bloody but never feels exploitative, even though this is one of the more violent video games available. The PlayStation 3 visual upgrade makes the game feel like acrobatic lethal ballet. Fans making the upgrade will be disappointed (maybe) that new content is locked, and they'll have to invest 20 or so hours to unlock the new missions. But any adult new to the series will find a lot of stylistic and skill-based ninja violence to sink their teeth into. It's a classic remade in an elegant manner.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Japanese history, culture, and combat. With some Internet research regarding samurai and ninjas, this fanciful game plot could spark an interest into real Japanese history. How does revenge, honor, and combat come into play in the game? Would you want to solve problems in real life the way you do in a game? Why or why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Eidos Interactive
  • Release date: July 3, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco and Alcohol

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