Reviews and Problems with Tenchu: Shadow Assassins
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Graphic ninja action delivers -- but only for adult gamers.
Common Sense Media
25 August 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this "Mature"-rated title lets gamers play as a deadly ninja, with access to nearly 20 weapons and hand-to-hand moves, too (including the ability to snap a bad guy's neck). Plus these killing moves are made with the Wii, so you feel like you are actually doing the motions. It is not for minors, nor should children watch this game. We've seen much worse in video games but the close-combat kills are quite graphic and seem realistic.
Conclusion: The quality stealth-based gameplay in the main story spans more than 10 missions and is enhanced by dozens of side-quests to explore, hidden items to locate, and other features to dig into. In its early stages, Shadow Assassins has the potential to become frustrating as players become acclimated to the clunky controls and pacing, but the gameplay improves once you overcome these hurdles.
Excerpt: In a perfect world, all video games would be reviewed on a level and unbiased playing field – but unfortunately, this isn't the case. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is a game featuring lots and lots of ninjas, and as a result there's an unwritten law that dictates that it must be absolutely brilliant.
Summary: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins will use the Wii Remote to fight, dash, jump and kill like a true ninja. Players will continue the saga of Rikimaru and Ayame, elite ninjas who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan.
Excerpt: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is a competent stealth-action game that suffers from some awkward design and control choices. The storyline is intelligent, with some interesting characters that display varying levels of depth, but some of the voice acting is truly awful, almost ruining the authenticity. Technically the game is well made, but the controls can sometimes be very frustrating and almost counter-intuitive.
Excerpt: There hasn't been a bigger surprise this generation than the success of Nintendo's Wii, but while the Wii continues to sell in extraordinary quantities, it has been lacking in some genres. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is looking to cover one of those gaps in the Wii's library with its unique approach to the stealth genre.
Excerpt: In all likelihood, the Tenchu series will mean very little to most of you. Although, it's been sneaking around and stealthily picking off gamers since way back in 1998 when it first appeared on the PlayStation, the ninja franchise has only made one other appearance on a Nintendo console, with the diabolically bad and quickly forgotten DS offering, Tenchu: Dark Secret.