Prowl and strike with lethal precision as ninja assassins Rikimaru or Ayame in the shadowy world of feudal Japan. Armed with mystical weapons and sheer cunning, you must shed blood with discretion and move without detection. For only the unseen survive. Master dozens of motion-captured ninja moves as you disembowel fearsome samurai, wild beasts, and evil demons. Wield 20 stunning death-dealing devices, including throwing stars, grappling hooks, caltrops and more. Stalk the towns, temples,Amazon.com Cast as either the male Rikimaru or the female Ayame, you are a ninja assassin hired to right the wrongs of the land. To aid you in your missions, you have access to a whole arsenal of ninja tools, including a sword, flash grenades, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, poison pills, and throwing stars. Be assured you will need every resource to fight your way through the maze of houses, gardens, forests, and castles in ancient Japan. Your target must be eliminated at all costs, but the code of your honorable clan instructs you to harm no innocents. The wise ninja chooses his or her battles; stealth, deception, avoidance, and distraction are the tools of your trade. But sometimes combat with guards is unavoidable, and Tenchu offers the best of both third-person action games and two-person fighting games with an interface that allows for multiple forms of attack and defense. Be warned: the animation in this game is not for the faint of heart. Blood flows freely and realistic sound effects and movie cut scenes make no attempt to hide the brutality of the assassination business. Overall a great game for fans of Japanese animation or martial arts. --Allen StewartPros:Exciting martial arts movesNonlinear levels--choose your own path to the targetDifferent moves for Rikimaru and AyameUse of many ninja weapons and toolsCons:Very gruesome violenceOccasionally awkward camera anglesPoor character voice-overs in cut scenes Product description Prowl and strike with lethal precision as ninja assassins Rikimaru or Ayame in the shadowy world of feudal Japan. Armed with mystical weapons and sheer cunning, you must shed blood with discretion and move without detection. For only the unseen survive. Master dozens of motion-captured ninja moves as you disembowel fearsome samurai, wild beasts, and evil demons. Wield 20 stunning death-dealing devices, including throwing stars, grappling hooks, caltrops and more. Stalk the towns, temples, forests, caves and dungeons of 16th century Japan in 10 deadly missions. Review Acquire's Tenchu can easily be seen as a confluence of Eidos' Tomb Raider and Square's Bushido Blade. There is, thankfully, more originality at work here than just a direct meld of the two titles, and it delivers a better attempt at an action-packed 3D adventure than we've seen to date. The name of the game is assassination. You play as one of two ninja: the scar-faced, gray clad Rikimaru or the thin La Femme Nikita type, Ayame. As in Kalisto Entertainment's fairly similar title, Nightmare Creatures, each character has his or her own unique plusses and minuses. Ayame is lightning fast and carries two short blades, while Rikimaru isn't as quick, but is very strong and wields a katana. The goal in Tenchu is easy to comprehend, but difficult to attain. You must sneak through the various environments without being seen, assassinating your targets as they appear. The plot surrounding all of this (you're an honorable ninja, entrusted with the objectives of protecting your master, wiping out his evil enemies, and attempting to rescue his kidnapped daughter from a demon lord and his followers) keeps the game from being completely merciless, but there is, admittedly, a whole lot of killing involved. Invariably, some guard going about his rounds is going to find himself in your way, and you'll have to try to sneak up behind him and execute him. If done correctly, one of several short death animations will play, showing your character reaching around and cutting your enemy's throat, breaking his back, and so on. Without trying to come off too sadistic, this never, ever gets old. It's the stealth of Tenchu that makes it so original and appealing. Using the R1 button, the player can hide or flatten out against every wall he or she encounters. Approaching a corner in the latter fashion will cause the game camera to swing around to see if anyone's waiting for you there, preferably with his or her back to you. But that's not
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