Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins PlayStation

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Daily Radar
    100
    There are a few weaknesses with the collision detection, but on the whole "Tenchu 2" is gripping, sleek and cool.
  2. 100
    A solid stealth ninja game that is a pleasure to play.
  3. If you get into this one, it give you that same feeling you had from watching the cheesy 80's Ninja movies all over again, except for the embarrassing dubbing.
  4. 91
    Even with noticeable problems, "Tenchu II" is a rich ninja experience worth its weight in gold.
  5. It's still well worth your time (and it will cost you plenty of it), but expect it to provide you with no small degree of frustration along with its thrills.
  6. 80
    It's a great game that makes you think before you act, a welcome change from all the fast action games of today.
  7. Game Fan
    72
    "Tenchu 2" remains something of a letdown, since it's missing too many of the elements that made the original so great, and doesn't fix any of the problems that plagued its predecessor.
  8. Excellent presentation and a well-implemented concept make the frequent frustration bearable, but a healthy dose of persistence is required to get the most out of this unique title.
  9. If the Statue of Liberty could be driven like a car, it would be much easier to handle and control than the characters in "Tenchu 2."
  10. A few of the niggling control and camera problems from the original game are still present, but if you were able to overlook them before, then you will absolutely love this sequel.
  11. Spank!
    65
    A great disappointment for PlayStation fans everywhere.
  12. "Tenchu 2" is, when you get right down to it, a great game trying to escape from a mediocre shell.
  13. Warning: Tenchu 2 requires a lot of patience and exploration, so if you’re looking for a mindless contest, maybe you should turn on a Presidential debate instead.
  14. CNET Gamecenter
    50
    While its predecessor broke new ground in the stealth-action arena, "Tenchu 2" hasn't improved much over the original, and has even taken a step back in some areas.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
#24 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 23, 2015
    10
    The best one in series. It has great story and characters. Many new stealth kills were added and now we have one story for all threeThe best one in series. It has great story and characters. Many new stealth kills were added and now we have one story for all three characters, they have different missions and meet each other, so only by finishing all 3 campaigns we will know the story in 100%. Controls were improved, the same with AI which is not that bad this time. Also mission editor is back and it's even better than in first Tenchu. Flat shading is gone, now game has smooth shading so it looks much better, but it doesn't look that good in day missions. Overall great game with huge replay value. Full Review »
  2. Jun 16, 2013
    6
    Aside from the exceptional Metal Gear Solid Tenchu 2 was probably the best stealth based game available on the PSone. At times it could beAside from the exceptional Metal Gear Solid Tenchu 2 was probably the best stealth based game available on the PSone. At times it could be frustrating, particularly when fiddly controls or camera problems resulted in failure, but when it all came together it was extremely satisfying. Playing in 2013 the these problems are harder to overlook of course so you’d likely be better finding a more modern title, such as Mark of the Ninja, if you’re looking for something in this style. Full Review »
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    8
    Tenchu 2 is a fun stealth game with a cheesy but at least enterntaining story and good stealth gameplay. However graphics are poor. But stillTenchu 2 is a fun stealth game with a cheesy but at least enterntaining story and good stealth gameplay. However graphics are poor. But still its worth a reccomendation. Full Review »