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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Tecmo
Developed By: Team Ninja
Genre: Third-Person Action
Rated: M (Mature)
Release Date: July 3, 2007
Screenshots: Link!
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Written By: Matthew Prunty







Since the start of the next generation race back in 2005, one series has been taken gamers by storm; that series is Ninja Gaiden. With the release of Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Black, Xbox 360 owners were treated to an intense, non-stop, action-packed adventure that saw the classic series taken to new heights. With Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Team Ninja looks to take the series to the newly released Playstation 3 console and a new class of gamers.

As we speak, thousands of PS3 owners are spending hours brushing up on their skills for what looks to be the beginning of a series of AAA titles for the console. Though Ninja Gaiden creator has already stated that this title is only for Playstation 3 owners, you canít help but be excited for the upcoming Ninja Gaiden 2 title, which should release late 2007/early 2008 for the Xbox 360 console.



For those who have played the first two titles on the Xbox 360, you already know what you are getting yourself into. For those newcomers, Sigma is comprised of Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden Black, and all the missions release via download on Xbox Live. But this is more that just a simple port. Playstation 3 owners will also be able to utilize a new character by the name of Rachael. She's a voluptuous beauty that wields a massive warhammer weapon to vanquish evil. She will make her stunning appearance within 3 of the 19 total levels, so we all know she will show her worth to the world within the time allotted.

Judging from the demo released via PSN (Playstation Network), Rachael fights with a different type of flare and fighting style than her protagonist counterpart, Ryu Hayabusa. Hayabusa is quick and agile, while Rachael is slow and packs a mighty wallop. Game director, Yosuke Hayashi, in traditional fashion doesn't want to reveal the many surprises packed within the title, but from playing the demo, each fighter packs a few exclusive weapons. Hayabusa can yield dual katanas, while Rachael can utilize a grappling hook type weapon to swing from objects or bring them to her for total destruction.

After reading recent comments from developers complaining about how developing for the PS3 is difficult, it seams that Team Ninja isn't having any problems at all. The current demo is running at a solid 60 frames-per-second at 720p resolutions. Not stopping, full self-shadowing is being used and Team Ninja has promised that the game will stay at the 60fps without any difficulty at all. One thing is clear from playing the demo, PS3 owners will have a field day with this game, and those who don't own HD televisions, should run out and buy one A.S.A.P.

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