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  • Summary: Prowl and strike with lethal precision as ninja assassins Rikimaru or Ayame in the shadowy world of feudal Japan. Armed with mystical weapons and sheer cunning, you must shed blood with discretion and move without detection. For only the unseen survive. Master dozens of motion-captured ninjaProwl and strike with lethal precision as ninja assassins Rikimaru or Ayame in the shadowy world of feudal Japan. Armed with mystical weapons and sheer cunning, you must shed blood with discretion and move without detection. For only the unseen survive. Master dozens of motion-captured ninja moves as you disembowel fearsome samurai, wild beasts, and evil demons. Wield 20 stunning death-dealing devices, including throwing stars, grappling hooks, caltrops and more. Stalk the towns, temples, forests, caves and dungeons of 16th century Japan in 10 deadly missions. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Just plain fantastic... One the best Japanese ports ever.
  2. A hard, gritty adventure that should be enough to hold off the "MGS" cravings until the domestic release.
  3. The simplicity of the controller functions, along with a decent soundtrack, combine to make a great game for a low price.
  4. A brilliant and unique game that features lots of cool ninja weapons, such as throwing stars and the grappling hook, realistic Japanese scenery, stealth and patience tactics, etc. Players who like their games to be linear and planned out beforehand won't like this game; neither will the players with no patience.
  5. When games such as this are developed with such style and elegance as Tenchu, this relatively new style of gameplay can be incredibly effective and enjoyable.
  6. It’s a generation above "Nightmare Creatures" and a half generation below "MGS".
  7. A few more months spent tweaking the camera, improving the AI, and correcting the inventory scheme would have resulted in a much more enjoyable experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. AnthonyS.
    Aug 7, 2003
    10
    Absolutely fantastic game, even five years later, it still stands up well against its contenders. The 'instant kill' sequences are Absolutely fantastic game, even five years later, it still stands up well against its contenders. The 'instant kill' sequences are thge best part. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2015
    10
    I remember this as a groundbreaking title back in it's day - one of the first to really push the stealth angle (you could generally only 100%I remember this as a groundbreaking title back in it's day - one of the first to really push the stealth angle (you could generally only 100% a level by not being detected at all). The graphics were solid at best, but the gameplay and soundtrack more than made up for the visuals. I shudder to think the number of times that I must've played the level with the traitorous clan leader, just so that I could listen to the music again. And the fact that the ending was different if you played through as the male/female was just brilliant. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2011
    10
    A true classic of the PS1, diverse selection of levels, ground breaking soundtrack great art style. Well worth dusting off and jamming in theA true classic of the PS1, diverse selection of levels, ground breaking soundtrack great art style. Well worth dusting off and jamming in the disc tray Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2013
    10
    Nothing short of classic, Tenchu set the tone for stealth action games with rich atmosphere, insanely awesome ninja techniques, and simple,Nothing short of classic, Tenchu set the tone for stealth action games with rich atmosphere, insanely awesome ninja techniques, and simple, yet intricate gameplay that still holds up to this day. The music is also a staple in the game, much the same way Nobuo Uematsu's music is used in Final Fantasy. If you haven't played it, you're missin out. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2011
    10
    Ground breaking game in its day, great control, wonderful soundtrack and voice acting , Great level design and story just the simple conceptGround breaking game in its day, great control, wonderful soundtrack and voice acting , Great level design and story just the simple concept of enemies that didn't re spawn out of no where and stayed dead added realism that games today seem to miss.Classic Expand
  6. EverinN.
    Nov 17, 2007
    9
    Even though the controls, gameplay and sound, other than ambience, were good, more levels and enemies could have been added. The game Even though the controls, gameplay and sound, other than ambience, were good, more levels and enemies could have been added. The game could've featured different uniforms,and "build up" stats to diversify the player's persona. Overall, I loved double jumping acroos the screen w/o touching the ground. Yes, it's possible. Expand