The Ninja Gaiden Series has been running for a very, VERY long time. Since 1988, the series has been on arcade machines, Nintendo's NES, S-NES, and the more current portable DS, Sega's Master System and Game Gear, as well as XBOX, PS2 and PS3, and PC's. There had even been an Anime OVA (Original Video Animation) released in Japan in 1991. Originally known as Ninja Ryukenden in Japan, Ninja Gaiden can be placed alongside Mario and Sonic as a game that has stood the test of time.
Originally created by the game company, Tecmo, Ninja Gaiden is a video game the follows the story of Ryu Hayabusa, a cutthroat stealth assassin. What was once a side-scrolling beat-em-up adventure, the series has taken a turn to the three dimensional world of today's action adventure genre of video games. Fast forward to today, the series is now also developed by Team Ninja, under Tecmo, which has created Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, one of the latest installments of this video game franchise for the PS Vita. This video game follows the story of the Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden, which is the precedent to all the 3D versions of the game that we see in store shelves today.
The version now still sets the main Player's character as Ryu, however, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus has a segment where players play as a demon hunter named Rachel. The premise is simple, follow the story line, beat up all the bad guys, get as many points as possible, and exact revenge for the characters being played.
The game mechanics are a lot more fluid than the Side-scrolling counterparts of yesteryear. The ninjas are able to scale walls, find power ups to upgrade abilities, and have many different weapons from which to choose from and unlock. The controls are fluid and very responsive. Which is great because enemies will stop at nothing to defeat the player, regardless of the difficulty level chosen. And in order to counter the onslaught of enemies (on average, the battles, except for boss fights, are always multiple versus one), it would sometimes be necessary to use Ninpo techniques. These are special techniques that make use of the Vitas touch screen, located in the back of the portable console. Some Ninpo techniques utilize the elements such as water or fire. This gives it a very unique taste, allowing gamers to feel the true strength of a ninja during gameplay.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is a beautifully made game for the PS Vita, and makes great use of the console's graphics card and system. Although the environment may be considered slightly bland by some of today's standards, the character design and integration within the environment is fairly superb.
While there is quite the learning curve for some people, once mastered, the game will be able to take up hours of a gamer's time, because of the extensive plot and sequence of events. Anyone who picks up the game is sure to experience greatness.