Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    If nothing else, Wrath of Heaven succeeds where it absolutely must - executing stealth-kills as a ninja is simply exhilarating, and the animations rock. [Apr 2003, p.118]
  2. 70
    The control is satisfyingly tight and responsive, and the stealth kills (spookily augmented by the controller's vibration function) are right on that clinical line between gratifying and, well, a bit disturbing.
  3. The graphics aren't particularly innovative and the sound effects are merely a step up from mediocre. However, Wrath of Heaven succeeds where it counts - in providing an enjoyable experience with plenty of replayability.
  4. 70
    You'll play through the same environments in each campaign, and despite multiple enemy layouts, that lack of level variety lessens the replay value.
  5. PSM Magazine
    70
    An uninspired co-operative mode, frustrating camera, and incompetent AI prevent it from achieving videogame Zen. [Apr 2003, p.26]
  6. Tenchu's disjointed mission structure, temperamental camera and disappointing enemy AI will leave new gamers looking for something a bit more polished and sophisticated.
  7. GameNow
    67
    Ultimately entertaining but also jarringly frustrating. [Apr 2003, p.49]
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    Rather than fixing what was broken, they just offer tips, which themselves are faulty... Wrath has "rush job" written all over it. [Apr 2003, p.92]
  9. The needy camera and the almost forced replaying of the levels frustrated me. I also wish the manual (no item descriptions) and the tutorial (all text) weren't so atrocious.

Awards & Rankings

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#65 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
36
#36 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. DavidN.
    Oct 30, 2003
    10
    This game iz DA BOMB the steath kills the graphics n EVERYTHING!!!!!!any ways i never played the first one but the first time i played thisThis game iz DA BOMB the steath kills the graphics n EVERYTHING!!!!!!any ways i never played the first one but the first time i played this game i loved it!!!!!!!!!then i played the second one and it didnt make any sense cause rikimaru had his full eye so i guess they screwed up on that one.the only game series as good as this is the MGS series n the dynasty warriors series thos ones r tight. so in the end this game iz tight so im totaly buyin the fourth one!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2017
    10
    I spent countless hours into this game. It entertained me like no other stealth game did. I wish they have a good sequel for this on Steam. SoI spent countless hours into this game. It entertained me like no other stealth game did. I wish they have a good sequel for this on Steam. So many memories... Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2017
    10
    I love this game. my favorite game for ps2. It's unfair that the creators abandoned the saga.

    El mejor juego de ps2 para mi. el modo sigilo
    I love this game. my favorite game for ps2. It's unfair that the creators abandoned the saga.

    El mejor juego de ps2 para mi. el modo sigilo es una auténtica maravilla. precioso.
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