Swift, silent, deadly - those are the qualities of any true ninja, and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 lets you indulge them to the fullest. Ryu is a diverse and powerful character, capable of a number of slick moves and techniques. Running up and across walls is no problem, neither is sprinting on water, performing flips and pirouettes or bouncing off enemies' heads with superhuman speed. And when called into battle, the ninja can slice and dice with a myriad of weapons, including his legendary Dragon Sword katana, the Lunar Staff, and shuriken throwing stars.
Each of Ryu's main weapons has a large number of moves and the ability to upgrade, giving you a vast array of ways to dispatch your foes. There's also powerful magic to use in the shape of Ninpo, which can engulf your targets in flames and slice nearby foes with wind blades, among other spectacular effects.
When all of these things are combined with Ryu's breathtaking agility, you really do feel like a skilled ninja, resulting in a deadly range of attacks, which can lead to the decapitation of your supernatural enemies. It pays to be cautious, however - as you get further into the game, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 rewards careful, considered play and punishes button bashing, so blocking and combination work are essential to succeed, especially when tackling some of the bosses which can span the entire screen with their intimidating size.