Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Demo Impressions

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I thought I was going to be writing up some Brutal Legend demo impressions today, but it turns out the demo is only for those who’ve pre-ordered the game. Bored and disappointed by the North American offerings, I switched over to Japan’s store which held one juicy demo for Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. Thankfully, it was in English and since I’m not a bloody thirsty sadist who needs to see oodles of blood, I was willing to give the Japanese demo a try.

On a technical level, Ninja Gaiden 2 was rough around the edges. And after trying the demo, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is still rough around the edges. To Team Ninja’s credit, the PlayStation 3 release did bump up the resolution to 720p with 2x MSAA, touched up numerous assets and improved the lighting model. The only thing they didn’t iron out is the screen tearing and the frame rate drops. I’m hoping it’s simply the fact that this is an early demo. If these technical issues are still present in the final build, it’ll be tough to warrant a purchase in the near future — even with all the added content.

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FYI: Ninja Gaiden 2 PS3, Mass Effect 2, Wolfenstein MP


Mass Effect 2 Coming to Xbox 360 & PC Early 2010


The Dark Second Chapter to the Epic Science-Fiction Trilogy – Coming Early 2010 for Windows PC and Xbox 360

Guildford, UK – March 17, 2009 – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today officially announced the development of Mass Effect™ 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the multi award-winning 2007 hit, Mass Effect. The Mass Effect trilogy is a masterful science-fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril…

“We’re going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager and CEO, BioWare and General Manager and Vice President, EA. “Mass Effect 2 is shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG-shooter experience, taking players on a non-stop roller-coaster ride filled with stunning plot twists and no-holds-barred action.”

Mass Effect 2 is coming to PC and the Xbox 360 video game system in Early 2010. To see the exclusive new Mass Effect 2 teaser trailer check out the website here:

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Ninja Gaiden 2 Review

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Sequels. We look forward to them in hopes that they’ll bring us more of what we love and then some. We all have expectations for sequels. Some have astronomical ones which will never be met, but we can all agree that at the very least, the fundamentals which made the original so great remain intact. Team Ninja’s, sequel to the original, Ninja Gaiden 2 excels in some areas, but takes a couple of steps back in others. What are those areas and why are they so important? Allow me to elaborate.

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