As the PS Vita release date drives nearer and nearer, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, has been confirmed to enter the list of launch titles for the handheld. This offering is actually the updated version of an early PS3 title, which was originally an enhanced edition of an Xbox game that was released way back in 2004.
Being a PS Vita title, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus will be seen taking advantage of the device’s hardware for various gameplay scenarios. While its Sixaxis controls will be utilized during arrow shooting, touchscreen prompts would be required in order to enhance Ninpo magic attacks. According to a post on the official PlayStation blog, classic elements in NGS+ are said to bring back memories of the earlier games. Owing to the tough nature of the title, a new Hero Mode has also been introduced to help out players during difficult situations.
Jeff Rubenstein, Sr. Social Media Manager, Sony, stated on the blog, “Playing through the first few levels of the NGS+, memories from nearly a decade ago came flooding back to me: the placement of treasures, decapitating enemies with a single charged slash (hold down the triangle button to, um, execute), and the difficulty. The Ninja Gaiden series resides firmly in the ‘tough, but fair’ challenge department. When you die – and you will – it’s usually not due to AI cheapness, but rather a mistimed block or a delayed dodge. That doesn’t mean the game can’t get frustrating, but when you prevail, the frustration melts into delicious satisfaction. For those having trouble, NGS+ adds Hero Mode, which helps automates some blocking and dodging to help you along. There’s no shame in it.”
A new Ninja Challenge mode will also be seen making its way into the game, providing its players with an additional set of 76 missions. These objectives involve simple goals like clearing a certain amount of enemies, taking on a boss character or engaging in weapon-specific missions. Moreover, PSN Trophies will form part of this Vita offering too.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus will be launched for the PS Vita on February 22, 2012, along with the handheld. It can currently be pre-ordered at a price of 39.99 USD (approx. Rs. 1,960).