posted by imawseome (BASKING RIDGE, NJ) Nov 13, 2006
Member since May 2006
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
when i first bought this game i was really exited but later realized it isn't worth buying. the graphics are for the simple minded meaning they are absolutley terrible. when i first inserted it into my DS I had no idea how pathetic the sword strikes are. you can only attack one way and the enemy automatically dies! this disgusted me. But, i've gotta say that the weapons you can have were exellent.i would rate this a 6 out of 10.
If you're a fan of the Tenchu games from PS1/PS2, stay faaaaar away from this game. The thrill of being a ninja and sneaking up on an enemy for a kill is COMPLETELY watered down on the DS to simply walking right up behind someone and just slashing your sword once, which results in a canned animation indicating a "stealth" kill. While storylines have never been Tenchu's strong point, at least the action was pretty good. Here, you don't even get good action. There's no "stalking your foe" like in the console games, which is what makes Tenchu so darn fun. This seems like a game that was rushed into production just to capitalize on the whole "whoa, the DS is a hot item now so let's try to make some money off of it." If you're looking for a ninja fix, you're not going to find it here.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I was really excited for the DS version of a Tenchu game. I mean, who doesn't want to assassinate samurai and traverse mythological Japan at any moment by just whipping out their DS? But this Tenchu, with it's top-down perspective and uh, one attack move really detatches you from the experience.
The utter lack of the series' signature, the wicked stealth kills, is a grotesque mis-step for the game. There is no thrill in just running up behind someone, attacking them, and having them die while you look at a poorly drawn still on the other screen. Getting a kill in the Tenchu games has always felt visceral, but its entirely gone here.
The mission based pacing of the game feels mechanical and boring. The graphics are barely PS1 quality, not good enough when so many games on the system have managed better 3D already.
I thought the idea of laying traps was an interesting notion, but it never really goes anywhere, and its too easy to just kill every enemy this way. Lost potential, in my opinion.
The music is good though.
Better luck next time, Lord Gohda. Your ninja's didn't save this game...