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Tenchu: Return from Darkness

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Tenchu: Return from Darkness – Review

GameCritics.com
8 December 2004
  • Excerpt: Once a staple of the 8- and 16-bit eras of gaming, the ninja fell out of favor during the reign of Sony's PlayStation. Why remains a mystery, but it seemed like the ninja game had gone the way of the ninja film (a subgenre that was quite popular with B-movie fans in the mid-1980s). Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the ninja game popped back to life in the current generation.
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Overall 8
8.2

Tenchu: Return From Darkness

Into Liquid Sky
19 November 2004
  • Excerpt: There are games where you play as a ninja and then there are games where you play at being a ninja. While the recently release of Ninja Gaiden may allow players to kill a lot of people as the ninja Ryu, Tenchu: Return From Darkness is all about being a ninja. For those not familiar, Return From Darkness is an enhanced port of the original PS2 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven .
  • Pros: Great ninja-oriented stealth, Lots of missions and multiple guard layouts, Online and multiplayer modes are a nice extra, Excellent music
  • Cons: Enemy AI is dated, Camera is still fidgety, Graphics are showing their age
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

GamesAreFun
6 September 2004
  • Excerpt: So, what do Xbox owners get for their patience? First and foremost is Xbox Live support. While the PS2 version featured a two-player split-screen mode with deathmatch and co-op options, the Xbox versions takes multiplayer online with Xbox Live support. The co-op mode is excellent but only supports two players and, after awhile, the smallish levels can feel a bit constrained.
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Overall 6
6.0
Gameplay 6
6.0
Graphics 5
5.0
Sound 6
6.0
Storyline 6
6.0
Replay value 7
7.0

Expert Review

Video Game talk
1 September 2004
  • Excerpt: Ninjas. You know you love 'em, so don't even try to deny it. Whether they're getting beat down in droves in recent video games like
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Overall 7
7.0
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 7
7.0
Storyline 5
5.0

Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Review

Game Info Wire
15 June 2004
  • Excerpt: If there are two things you love, stealth and ninjas, this is the game for you.
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Tenchu: Return from Darkness

The Armchair Empire
30 May 2004
  • Conclusion: Activision and K2 had got it right this time. The answer is “yes” and “no”. Though Tenchu: Return From Darkness (T:RFD) at moments reminded me just why I loved the original so much, mostly it felt like a further re-hashing of game play elements that have since grown tiresome. Worse, T:RFD features the worst camera in the series, which makes playing the game really frustrating at times.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tenchu: Return From Darkness

Xbox-Hq.Com
26 April 2004
  • Excerpt: This game has several strikes against it. It's behind the technology curve, it's not original, although the PS2 version does have some added levels. It's camera is obnoxious, with no radar to make up for the lack of peripheral vision, it's level design is convoluted, not too mention the A.I. tells the bad guys it's fine to step off a ledge that's higher then they are tall.
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Overall 8
8.3
Features 8
8.0
Gameplay 10
9.5
Graphics 8
7.5
Sound 8
8.0
Lifespan 8
8.0

Tenchu: Return from Darkness

Gaming Target
21 April 2004
Overall 7
7.2
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 6
6.0
Sound 9
9.0

Tenchu: Return from Darkness

The Next Level
13 April 2004
  • Excerpt: Like its PS2 brethren, Tenchu: Return from Darkness offers the player the option to hide in the shadows as either the more-powerful male, Rikamaru, or the quicker female, Ayame. Both hail from the Azuma clan. Once the player chooses a character, RfD offers a lengthy single-player campaign, including a handful of levels not seen in its PS2 predecessor. Unfortunately, not all of the translation went that well.
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Overall 8
7.5

Tenchu: Return from Darkness

Game Over Online
5 April 2004
  • Excerpt: In 1998, Activision released Tenchu: Stealth Assassins, a title which helped usher in the current covert action gaming craze and revolutionized the video game ninja in a number of ways. It introduced two heroes, the reserved Rikimaru and the effusive Ayame. Members of the honorable Azuma ninja clan, the shadowy duo performed a number of tasks, including assassinations on evil or corrupt men across the countryside.
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