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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 – “Team Missions” Co-op (with video!) and More

Yosuke Hayashi's Avatar + Posted by Yosuke Hayashi on Jul 24, 2009 // Team Ninja Producer

Hi readers, this is Hayashi from Team NINJA checking in again. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is coming along very well and I hope our Challenge in our previous post kept you busy while you wait for additional information on the game. Just in case you weren’t able to spot the differences, they are:

Ayane

    1. The dagger with the iris is stuck on the bridge
    2. Team NINJA logo on the side of the flying vehicle (the left one)
    3. One less bump on the Buddha’s head

Rachel

    1. A scar on the Buddha’s cheek (hammer attack by Rachel)
    2. Bullet cases on the bridge (instead of flower petals)
    3. Bullet holes on the handrail of the bridge

Momiji

    1. A good luck charm on the handrail of the bridge
    2. Maple leaves (instead of flower petals)
    3. Ryu’s image (looks like a billboard advertisement) on the lower level of the red tower

In the previous post (and ever since we announced Sigma 2 back in March), there were many comments about the violence/gore level in this game compared to NGII, which we released over a year ago on the 360. As in our response, our goal is to create one of most challenging action games and we believe that can be achieved without all of attention going to the amount of blood that is used throughout the game. (Not to mention the fact that ESRB advertising guidelines do NOT allow decapitation in trailers even if the game is rated “M” for Mature, so we haven’t been able to include any footage of that in our trailers…dismemberment is allowed, but no decapitation.)

Going back to the playable characters in Sigma 2, we’re going to give them some flavor by throwing in some costumes! Ryu and Rachel will each have four unlockable costumes, while Ayane and Momiji will have two.

A sample of the costumes are:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Ryu costume Falcon

Ryu: “Falcon” (from Ninja Gaiden II), clear the “Path of the Ninja” or “Path of the Warrior” once

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Ayane costume

Ayane: “Ninja Gaiden Sigma” (from Ninja Gaiden Sigma), clear the “Path of the Ninja” or “Path of the Warrior” once

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Momiji costume

Momiji: “Training” (from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword), clear the “Path of the Ninja” or “Path of the Warrior” once

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Rachel costume

Rachel: “Long Flowing” (from Ninja Gaiden Sigma), clear the “Path of the Ninja” or “Path of the Warrior” once

Speaking of unlockables, there will be over 50 trophies to earn in Sigma 2: 38 bronze, 10 silver, 2 gold and 1 platinum. And for those who played NGII, yes, there are new trophies in Sigma 2 which involve the new playable characters as well as the co-op mode.

Now, onto the all-new “Team Missions” co-op mode. We introduced “Mission Mode” in the original Sigma where the goal was to simply destroy all enemies in sight…but that was you playing alone. In TEAM Missions (no “I” in TEAM!), it’s all about teamwork (2 players; Online 1P+1P or Offline 1P+CPU) and how well you perform with another partner. There are more than 30 missions, categorized by difficulty level. Once you select your mission, you then select your character’s weapon, ninpo and costume. In Team Missions, you are prohibited from using items and may not change weapons. You will encounter situations that do not occur in Story Mode, such as facing multiple bosses at once!

The rule is simple: if one of the two players dies, it’s game over. Team up with your partner to execute an Ultimate Ninpo attack, where players, if timed right, can combine their Ninpo attacks for superior destructible power against the enemies. A warning will go off when your partner is low on health, so get closer and rescue them using the Critical Save command.

If you decide not to team up with another fellow Sigma 2 player, you can play alone, using an AI-controlled character. Partner up with a friend or other super ninjas around the world and take on the toughest challenges. Here’s a look at Team Missions in action:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Co-op screenshot Mission Select

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Co-op screenshot 1

In Team Missions, you and your partner can select the same character, so it will be possible to play missions with two Ryus, two Ayanes and so on. Since there are different difficulty levels, I encourage everybody to beat them all for ultimate ninja bragging rights! To prove those bragging rights, you can view your playthrough in Ninja Cinema (available for Team Missions) and share it online. To view, you will be prompted to save the record at the end of each mission. Your Karma points and rankings will also be available to view online.

So, when will all of this be available, you ask? September 29. Not only that, but we also have a GameStop-exclusive pre-order costume that will be available to download via PSN at the time of launch, as well as a special Collector’s Edition package! The Collector’s Edition package will include an 80-page book featuring a “Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Prologue” comic, a mini-strategy guide and an art gallery. The comic, written and designed by Team NINJA’s artist, is actually a printed form of the digital comic that has been integrated into the game. Here’s a peek:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Prologue Comic tease

We’ll be sharing details on a few more new features next time, so stay tuned!

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+ Blackxino on July 31st, 2009 at 3:56 am said:

“Yes, the extra playable characters will be integrated into the main storyline with their own chapters meaning that the storyline is followed mainly through Ryu.”

What does that mean? means that we can’t select the girls chapters but have to play through them in Ryu’s campaign.

But don’t worry people, once you play through all, you can use the Chapter Select.


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+ Primeval_Demon on July 31st, 2009 at 11:13 am said:

Ahhh I get it. Misunderstanding. I thought because after I looked up local it said multiple controllers hooked to the same machine so I thought I could play it with my bro :(

Can we see some of the bosses and what is chapter challenge? My guess is a chapter select. That would be so much better than the manual save garbage that NG2 has.


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+ SKREAM_ on August 2nd, 2009 at 2:25 am said:

This is so awesome! I just wanted to extend my sincerest thanks to the development team for putting all this together. I can’t wait to play it! Thank you so much!


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+ Jayson619 on August 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

Blood or reduced blood pls Mr Hayashi-sama, after we clear the game; pls let us keep and bring over all our obtained items and weapons to the next difficulty and replay game! The last Sigma to be honest was somewhat unenjoyable when we have to start over empty-handed and the game is rendered uncompletable to most players! Xbox has it why can’t PS3 then?


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+ Graywolffe on August 4th, 2009 at 4:51 am said:

Preordered – This blog release sealed the deal.


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+ Reborn_Alchemist on August 5th, 2009 at 6:37 am said:

I saw in one of the pictures, Ryu has his old Ashtar costume back. Is there any chance Plasma Saber is coming back? Plasma Saber + Archfiend = beast lol. This will be my first time playing 2 since I don’t own a 360.


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+ Blackxino on August 9th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Big man Biglaski, of course the leaderboard will be fixed man:) Sigma 1′s leaderboard is perfect but Itagaki’s game had the flawed leaderboard.

Please fix the damn control for this game, I’m playing Sigma 1 now. My god! The controls are really stressing me out a part from the camera. And my batteries are in full health, sometimes the control just lags.


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+ ShuhanX on August 9th, 2009 at 11:51 am said:

I am very excited for this game. However, there is one thing that I wish to know. How many costumes will be available to each character? I see on this blog post, there is certainly a new costume that can be unlocked for every character after beating Warrior.

However, does this also go for the other difficulties such as Mentor and Master Ninja? Will we acquire new costumes for completing each difficulty? And also, will these costumes merely be palette color changes of standard costumes, or will they be completely different and new designs?


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+ InstantClassic40 on August 10th, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

Will there be a non co-op mission mode as well?


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