• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. With the dreadful lack of effort in the PS1-like visuals, and ghastly AI, even those with especially designed tattoos should consider their old friend exactly that: old.
  2. 40
    Constantly fighting the camera to get the view you’re looking for, sword duels with all the grace of a rusty robot, and unpolished graphics and presentation make Fatal Shadows feel like a much older title that hasn’t aged well.
  3. Suffers from one of the most useless cameras since the advent of 3D gaming. [March 2005, p.101]
  4. Fans will enjoy creeping around and using the wonderful grappling hook, but in a post Splinter Cell-era it is disappointing that light and darkness still have little bearing on the ninja's visibility to foes.
  5. This series has not evolved a bit. Other stealth titles are more tense; this does nothing to get the adrenaline pumping. Fifty bucks is way too much for this halfhearted effort.
  6. Continues on the path of cool ninja stealth action, but is thwarted by a plethora of traps like poor control and retarded AI.
  7. Fatal Shadows took a big step backwards by not making any improvements over "Wrath of Heaven." Stay away. You’ve been warned.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 25, 2013
    Definitely worth it! Don't listen to everyone saying this one is bad, or worse that Wrath of Heaven. In fact, this one is definitely better than Wrath of Heaven! If you haven't played Tenchu before, it might will be difficult, but just play it for a bit and you'll get the hang of it.

    This Tenchu (Tenchu Fatal Shadows or [kurenai] in japan) is very similar to Tenchu Wrath of Heaven because the same developer (K2 LLC), however, this one is a bit different with how you will obtain new techniques. In Tenchu WoH you will easily obtain all the techniques as long as you kill a number of enemies in a map. However in the Tenchu FS it's different, you will get scroll books every time you stealth-kill enemies, from one to five, that changes depending on the difficulty when killing, if it's a fatal kill or not, or when the enemy is strong or not. After you have finished the level the scroll books will be counted and it's just like a milestone (or whatever it's called), e.g Tech 1 with 10 scroll books, Tech 2 with 20 Scroll books, etc. It made us have to repeat more quest to obtain the techniques, hence increasing play time. Even with that, this game is so fun! Because there are many, many improvement over WoH that's made the game better.

    Some of the improvement: improved enemies A.I, better graphics (FYI Ayame's totally hotter than in WoH), the enemy could stealth-kill-counter (rare) when you are hiding too close if you're gonna kill the enemy, interesting new char (Rin), the level is more challenging, and the rest just check 'em yourself!

    This one is far the best Tenchu game I've ever played. So I gave it a 10 (bravo!) because it's just soooo fun and cool.
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