The PS Vita version of 2007′s PlayStation 3 dice ‘em up Ninja Gaiden Sigma was satisfying evidence of just how comfortable a full, lightning-fast console action game can feel on a handheld. Duly, Team Ninja’s announcement last month that a sequel – Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus – is currently in development came as very welcome news.
PlayStation.Blog sat down for a quick chat with Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi to find out what it has in store with its new Vita game, as well as mysterious new project Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and recent release Dead or Alive 5.
This week’s store update is jam-packed full of new releases, pre-orders and more. The biggest full game releases this week are FIFA Soccer 13, which is available on PS3, PS Vita and PSP, Dead or Alive 5 and the digital version of LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. Starhawk and Mirror’s Edge round out the full game releases this week, and a couple of those classic collection bundles (namely Ratchet and Clank and inFamous) are hitting the store as well.
The PlayStation Store is offering a Day One Digital promotion for some of the hottest upcoming titles. NBA 2K13, Resident Evil 6, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, 007 Legends and DOOM BFG Edition will all be available on the PlayStation Store day and date of their release. Select titles will be discounted for PlayStation Plus members, so be sure to check out all the details.
Earlier this week, Team Ninja set up a temporary dojo in San Francisco to share news and game time with Ninja Gaiden 3 and Dead or Alive 5 on the PlayStation 3. Of particular note was the first hands-on demo of Ninja Gaiden 3’s multiplayer offering in the form of 4v4 Team Deathmatch and Battle Royale modes. It’s a bold move to add a competitive multiplayer mode to a melee-based action game, and I struggled to think of a comparable product out there; it definitely stands on its own in the action genre. My favorite touch: when struck by a deathblow, you can fight off your attacker by mashing the buttons, and then choose to “die with honor” via seppuku.
After a lengthy playtest, we were granted some face-to-face time with the team’s Head Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi. Here we chat PlayStation Move support in NG3, working on the Vita, and how many actual ninja are on Team Ninja: