• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2005
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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21

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  1. May 25, 2013
    10
    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
    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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58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Few games can capture the sense of being in the hunt so well, and by degrees few games can disappoint so much when this sense is lost to wrangling with the camera or gawkish, unpredictable controls shackling your weightlessness. [Oct 2004, p.108]
  2. 9 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 31 silver [Vol 815; 30 July 2004]
  3. One thing that fans of the Tenchu series will enjoy is the enemies have increased AI. You can't just hide in a bunch of bushes and be "invisible" to enemies anymore. [JPN Import]