A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is not a child's game. While it has an over-the-top, comic book feel with villains and heroes wielding supernatural powers, the game emphasizes destruction and violence by showing dismemberment and blood. Also, several female character are dressed in revealing, provocative costumes displaying deep cleavage and jiggling breasts. Players can wiggle the controller to make these characters' breast move. In a brief scene, a women is shown naked, dripping in blood, before she transforms into a demon. The game can be played online with open chat so the potential to hear unsavory language is there.
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What's it about?
NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2's story involves a superpowered ninja's mission to hunt down a giant, demonic statue. The plot, revealed in cutscenes, is inconsequential to the gameplay (and incomprehensible to all but hardcore fans of the series), concerns longstanding acrimony between clans of ninjas and demons. In most levels, players control the male ninja, Ryu, but three female characters are each playable in single, side missions as well.The core of the experience is shown from 3rd person view and shows the battling of four characters (three female, one male) against hordes of assorted demons and ninjas. All aspects - movement, speed, weapons, attacks - are over-the-top in the extreme; characters perform gravity defying leaps, bosses are enormous, spells radiate waves of destruction, etc. Online play, in which players can play as any of the game's four characters and team up, provides a variety of settings and players earn a place in rankings.
Is it any good?
A wide array of bosses and enemies, diverse gameplay modes, and incredible graphics make this an excellent action offering for mature players. The additional, playable characters, each with unique weapons and skills, plus the online cooperative play, add plenty of additional fun for PS3 owners. Occasional online lag, screen glitches, and awkward camera movements flaw the otherwise superlative experience.
Online interaction: Players can join others online and play game stages cooperatively. Voice chat is available online, so players are subject to a partner's potentially cursing and other, unsavory language.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the game makers included a feature that let you jiggle a characters breasts. Do you feel the effort put into this feature should have been applied to some other area of game? Does such a feature make you feel pandered to? Amused? Insulted? Is it obscene? Sexist?
Both Japanese and Classical mythology are referenced in the game. Families can talk about how the cultural influences and how/where they are used.
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