Ninja Gaiden Σ

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Ninja Gaiden Σ
Ninja Gaiden Σ cover
Developers
Team Ninja
Koei Tecmo
Publishers
Koei Tecmo
Release dates
Windows June 10, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 72
OpenCritic 72
IGDB 77
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Hack and slash, Action, Adventure
Art styles Realistic
Themes Japan, Supernatural
Series Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection
Ninja Gaiden Σ on HowLongToBeat
Ninja Gaiden Σ on IGDB
Ninja Gaiden Σ guide on StrategyWiki
Ninja Gaiden Σ on Wikipedia
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection
Subseries of Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Σ 2021
Ninja Gaiden Σ2 2021
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge 2021

Ninja Gaiden Σ, or Ninja Gaiden Sigma, is a singleplayer hack and slash action-adventure game in the Ninja Gaiden series developed by Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo and published by Koei Tecmo. It is a re-release of the 2007 PlayStation 3 game of the same name, which was itself a remake of the 2004 Xbox game Ninja Gaiden with additional content.

Ninja Gaiden Σ was released on Steam on June 10, 2021 in the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, which also includes Ninja Gaiden Σ2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. Although the collection was praised for its gameplay, upgrade to 4K, and performance at that resolution, its launch was marred by critics' and players' perception that the PC port was "bare-bones".[1][2][3][4][5] Commonly criticized were the lack of graphics options, the absence of keyboard and mouse support, and the inability to change the game resolution without using command line arguments.[4][6][7][8][9] On July 12, 2021, the collection was updated with basic graphics options including in-game resolution selection.[10]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Gamesplanet
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Bundled in the Master Collection.
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Bundled in the Master Collection.
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Bundled in the Master Collection.
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Deluxe Edition of the collection includes a digital art book and the soundtrack.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename movie files[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\databin\movie\.
  2. Delete or rename ninja_vi.wmv.
  3. To skip the introductory narrative video, delete or rename ninja_gaiden.wmv as well.
The Koei Tecmo logo will still be displayed.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\KoeiTecmo\NINJAGAIDENSIGMA\<user-id>\SYSTEM\*_SAVE.DAT
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\KoeiTecmo\NINJAGAIDENSIGMA\<user-id>\USER_SETTING\WINSTATE.DAT
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1580780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\KoeiTecmo\NINJAGAIDENSIGMA\<user-id>\SAVEPOINT\*_SAVEDATA.DAT
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1580780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Screen settings
Screen settings
Video adjustment settings
Video adjustment settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9 only. 1280x720, 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 are the only supported resolutions. FMV cutscenes are cropped to 16:9 from their original 4:3 aspect ratio.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
[5]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off toggle.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped to 60 FPS.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing

Input[edit]

Controller settings
Controller settings
Button settings
Button settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
No support for keyboard and mouse input.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Movement and camera controls cannot be remapped.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
These settings can be adjusted separately:
  • First-person camera: The X-axis and/or Y-axis can be inverted.
  • Third-person camera: The X-axis and/or Y-axis can be inverted.
  • Controls while in water: Only the Y-axis can be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes USB
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
No support for keyboard and mouse input.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Voice
Surround sound
Stereo.[12]
Subtitles
The subtitle language can be set independently of the spoken language.
For example, it is possible to play with Japanese speech and English subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Game settings
Game settings
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Game not rendering at selected resolution[edit]

The game may render at 720p even if 1080p or 2160p are enabled in the Steam launch options and the game window title displays a resolution like [4k].
Change high DPI compatibility settings
  1. Right-click the game executable or desktop shortcut.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Click "Change high DPI settings".
  5. Check the box for "Override high DPI scaling behavior".
  6. Make sure "Application" is selected in the drop-down menu.
  7. Press OK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

Ayane's Kunai - Voices Restored (English and Japanese)[edit]

Restores Ayane's voice for all the kunai scrolls that was cut from the Master Collection version of the game.
Use Ayane's Kunai mod[13]
  1. Download the mod.
  2. Unpack and copy the bgm folder to <path-to-game>\databin\ and overwrite when prompted.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB[14]
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R7 370
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
16-bit stereo 48 kHz WAVE file compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1580780/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1580780) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (for PC) Review | PCMag - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "...remarkable action games featuring rich, thrilling combat mechanics."
    The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection PC port looks rough as a dog | PC Gamer - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection collects two of the finest hack-and-slash games ever made, plus Ninja Gaiden 3, and releases tomorrow on Steam."
  2. Ninja Gaiden Master Collection review -- Sometimes you gotta settle - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "All three perform flawlessly at 4K, even with a weaker GPU. I didn’t notice any screen tearing or slowdown, nor did I have any crashes."
  3. Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (for PC) Review | PCMag - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is about as bare-bones as a port can get."
    Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is out now | Rock Paper Shotgun - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "...many players are reporting the PC port is hellla [sic] barebones."
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection PC port isn't going down well • Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "The PC version of this action game collection is bare bones, with severely limited customisation and graphics options."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Ninja Gaiden collection is a barebones PC port, locked to 60 fps | PC Gamer - last accessed on 2021-06-11
  6. Ninja Gaiden's New PC Port Is One Of The Worst I Have Ever Seen - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "...“screen settings” are gamma correction. That’s it."
  7. Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (for PC) Review | PCMag - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "It lacks keyboard support, controller customization (aside from predetermined control schemes), and graphical options to adjust."
  8. Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is out now | Rock Paper Shotgun - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "And while I wouldn't ever want to play a game like this with keyboard and mouse, I know some weirdos do, and that's not an option here."
    Ninja Gaiden's New PC Port Is One Of The Worst I Have Ever Seen - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "Throw in the fact that a warning on the store page says it, “Requires a controller in order to play. Playing with a keyboard and mouse isn’t supported,” (you can’t even navigate the main menu with your keyboard) and you’re looking at one of the most useless PC ports of all time, maybe ever from a major publisher."
    The Ninja Gaiden collection is a barebones PC port, locked to 60 fps | PC Gamer - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "There's another small disappointment for PC gamers: Yasuda said that the Steam port only works with a controller, and does not have keyboard/mouse support. I think the vast majority of Ninja Gaiden players would prefer to play on a controller, anyway, but it is odd to see a PC port in 2021 without at least cursory keyboard/mouse mapping."
    The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection PC port isn't going down well • Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "It does not support mouse and keyboard, forcing PC users to play with a controller. A controller is perhaps preferable for Ninja Gaiden, but to not provide the option of mouse and keyboard is shocking."
  9. The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection PC port isn't going down well • Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this PC port is how you change the resolution. When the game starts, it determines the resolution that's most appropriate for your setup: either 1920x1080 (1080p) or 3840x2160 (4k). 1440p resolution is not supported, and the game appears to be locked at 60 frames per second. In most games, you're able to change the resolution via in-game settings. Not so in The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection. To set a specific resolution, you have to open the game's properties from your Steam library, and manually enter the resolution you want ("720p", "1080p" or "4k") in the text field of Launch Options."
    Ninja Gaiden's New PC Port Is One Of The Worst I Have Ever Seen - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "It doesn’t have resolution options in the game’s menu. Nor does it have a pre-game launcher. If you’d like to change the resolution—and only three are available: 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 and 3840 x 2160—then you need to get into the game’s properties then launch options in Steam and...pick it from a drop-down menu there?"
    Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is out now | Rock Paper Shotgun - last accessed on 2021-06-11
    "It's a double shame that the PC release sounds a bit pants. If runs windowed by default, without an option to change that - you have to click the maximise button on the window. And if you want to change the screen resolution, you have to... go into the game's Properties menu in your Steam Library, and select screen options from there? (Genuinely, this solution is listed on the Steam page.) What is this."
  10. Steam :: [NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection] NINJA GAIDEN Σ :: Version 1.0.0.2 was released today. The changes are as below. - last accessed on 2021-07-12
  11. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2021-06-10
  12. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2021-06-09
    Tested with Special K.
  13. Ayane's Kunai - Voices Restored to 100% (English and Japanese) - Steam Guide
  14. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-06-10
    The games have separate Steam library entries and can be installed separately. Actual install size is 3.53 GB.