Strong, silent Ryu Hayabusa sharpens his sword for another acrobatic adventure through deadly environments in this exclusive sequel on PlayStation 3, an enhanced version of the Xbox 360's Ninja Gaiden II. The action once again takes place from a third-person perspective set behind the nimble ninja, with highly cinematic showdowns taking place amidst exotic locales. Acclaimed designer Tomonobu Itagaki has altered the previous title's fast-paced combat system to incorporate new weapons and attacks.

In an attempt to appease those who thought the original game was too challenging, the developers have included an automatic health regeneration system and a choice of four difficulty levels, ranging from "acolyte" to "master ninja." The story mode follows Ryu in his trek from Tokyo to New York to a demon-populated netherworld. While the story mode is strictly for solo players, PlayStation Network subscribers will be able to record, modify, and post film clips of their most manic maneuvers for the online world to enjoy.

Other notable additions to distinguish this version from the Xbox 360 game include three new playable characters, two-player cooperative support (both online and offline) in special challenge stages, and bonus modes. Completing the campaign will unlock all of the stages so you can revisit each one to set a high score, with the results appearing on a global leaderboard. "Ninja Records" is a new stat-tracking feature that will note your fastest completion time, largest combo, top score, and more.

The "Collector's Edition" is bundled with an official soundtrack featuring more than 30 songs, and an 80-page book that includes an art gallery, a mini strategy guide, and a 30-page comic from developer Team Ninja. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide