Reviews and Problems with Tenchu: Return from Darkness
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Tenchu: Return from Darkness
Game Over Online
28 February 2005
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Summary: I wanted to be a Ninja when I grew up. Ever since I read Frank Miller’s Daredevil I’ve been in awe of these silent, powerful examples of humanity at its finest. Their presence meant the end of idle chatter, failed diplomacy, stagnant negotiations. If the night killed, its blade was Ninja!
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.