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  • Summary: (Also known as "Tenchu Kurenai" or "Tenchu Crimson") Set in historical Japan, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows features two playable ninja warriors - returning heroine Ayame and newcomer Rin. This installment of the fan-favorite franchise offers a tight balance of melee combat and shadow stalking, and(Also known as "Tenchu Kurenai" or "Tenchu Crimson") Set in historical Japan, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows features two playable ninja warriors - returning heroine Ayame and newcomer Rin. This installment of the fan-favorite franchise offers a tight balance of melee combat and shadow stalking, and its levels are structured to avoid the frustrating trial-and-error patterns that are all too familiar in the stealth genre. The title is fast paced, tense, and balanced for both stealth veterans and novices, offering multiple difficulty modes. Significant visual upgrades have been made from prior installments, and a slew of new move sets are on hand to deliver more realistic ninja experience, including the ability to hide bodies and breathe underwater while sneaking. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. If you’ve never played a Tenchu game before, this is definitely not the one to start with.
  2. 9 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 31 silver [Vol 815; 30 July 2004]
  3. But this latest version of the game suffers from the same problems pretty much since the beginning. What was once tolerable due to technology constraints simply doesn't cut it in the era of "Snake Eater" and "Chaos Theory."
  4. Until K2 pull their finger out and bring the game engine into the 21st Century, Tenchu will be remembered as a Playstation classic with a load of all too similar sequels.
  5. There's nothing about Tenchu: Fatal Shadows that hasn't been explored in previous versions.
  6. 50
    Fatal Shadows isn’t awful, but it’s simply too primitive for anyone else but Tenchu fans to bother with in this era.
  7. Fatal Shadows took a big step backwards by not making any improvements over "Wrath of Heaven." Stay away. You’ve been warned.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Patrick
    Aug 1, 2005
    10
    This game rocks!!!! Best Tenchu yet!!!!
  2. lisap
    Aug 26, 2008
    10
    i don't know why so many people don't like this game. sure it has it's flaws, but so do all games. personally i think it'si don't know why so many people don't like this game. sure it has it's flaws, but so do all games. personally i think it's the best ninja stealth game i've ever played. maybe not the best in the stealth genre, but the best ninja one. this was the first tenchu game i ever played and since then i've become a huge fan of the others as well. i guess it's all a matter of preference with the variety of ratings for this..but i loved it. Expand
  3. Nick
    Mar 15, 2005
    10
    F... people who say the camera is sh...y. Its fine for me! Oh, and the dude who says there's not enough checkpoints.waah wahh...does the F... people who say the camera is sh...y. Its fine for me! Oh, and the dude who says there's not enough checkpoints.waah wahh...does the BABY need a checkpoint because he keeps dying? Hey remember mario brothers? you get 3 lives to beat the game...thats it. No checkpoint, no f...ing save points. Idiot. Don't listen to anyone who says this game sucks, cause it totally does NOT! One thing that everyone is saying that is kinda true though is that its just like wrath of heaven. But who the f..k cares?! NOT ME! Tenchu rocks, and more levels equals more boners from ME! Expand
  4. Legion
    May 26, 2005
    9
    Why bother putting zero as a rating? clearly this isnt Elyse S's genre of game, in which case the opinion is hugely biased and should be Why bother putting zero as a rating? clearly this isnt Elyse S's genre of game, in which case the opinion is hugely biased and should be discounted. The only balanced opinion i can see is that of RegnR8 E - bang on the money - it doesnt improve the genre, but then it wasnt really trying to, it feels and plays more like a refinement of wrath of heaven than anything else,if you look at fatal shadows as an expansion to wrath of heaven then suddenly it all makes sense and you realise that in this context, the game is successful. As for the game being to easy...for me, the difficulty has never been the point of playing ANY of the tenchu games - it has been the lurking, putting you in the shadows, waiting with baited breath as a patrolling guard begins to inch towards your hiding place, and trying to organise a method of attack to proceed as quickly and quietly as possible through the areas. (personally, i do find it hugely entertaining to kill every last opponent regardless of wether i need to or not) The only thing missing from this series now, is the ability to stealth-kill an opponent as they come around a corner without having to perform some cunning control pad acrobatics to postion yourself - a simple stab-blade into the throat/heart as they come alongside would be sufficient..never even know what hit 'em - EXACTLY as it should be. Legion out. Expand
  5. RegnR8E
    Mar 13, 2005
    8
    Having played every Tenchu game to date, I can say without a doubt, this is the best one so far. All previous Tenchu games have had camera Having played every Tenchu game to date, I can say without a doubt, this is the best one so far. All previous Tenchu games have had camera problems, along with nearly every other 3rd person game to date, so one learns to compensate. The AI is still stupid at times, but they are far more difficult to get rid of and will chase you forever and not give up unless you are hidden really well. This game is far more difficult than previus Tenchu games and I think it desreves a better overall rating than most people have given it. You really must be extra quiet and stealthy througt the entire game. Sure, it doesn't advance the stealth genere any but, Tenchu stays true to it's roots while offering up better level design, improved AI, more difficult boss battles and, praise the designers, terrific maps for once! Expand
  6. MaycoS.
    Jan 20, 2008
    8
    A great game that is to the same level of his precesors...Im a big fan of Tenchu Games and this give me lots of fun.
  7. ElyseS.
    Mar 10, 2005
    0
    I really, really, really, exceedingly, hated this stupid game!!! I don't want to play this game because its so simple unlike any other I really, really, really, exceedingly, hated this stupid game!!! I don't want to play this game because its so simple unlike any other games, the graphics are great but it sucks!! I was jwasting my money for buying this game!!!!! Expand

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