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  • Summary: Master the art of death on the PSP playing as Rikimaru and Ayame, elite ninjas who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan. The accuracy of the PSP system's control buttons lets players battle enemies quickly and attack them with katanas, throwing stars, smoke bombs and more. Expect to find the original Tenchu villain Onikage wreak havoc through dangerous territories. Additional PSP game features include: Use 17 historically accurate ninja weapons and tools. Manipulate your environment to hide and to sneak in behind your targets. Unlock special artifacts including Rikamaru's original costume. Experience the epic adventures of Rikimaru and Ayame and put your true ninja skills to the test in a world of fierce combat and authentic tradition. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. The new Tenchu installment will surprise positively series followers, apart from genre fans. It is a slow game in which we'll have to think twice each of our steps in order to survive. It has great hours of action and fun, and also offers a story worth being followed up to the end.
  2. Shadow Assassin's flaws are easily forgiven though because the end package is just too great to hold a grudge.
  3. Shadow Assassins for the PSP is not only a good entry in the Tenchu series but it also does stealthy ninja action well enough on Sony’s handheld. While the hardware limitations make for some slightly awkward gameplay issues, it doesn’t take away from an overall fulfilling experience.
  4. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is back on the verge with an adaptation that has nothing to envy its his eldest brother. It's very much the same game that we saw with the Wii version, with a funny story mode and a fair gameplay system that offers lots of stealth and a little bit of action. If you liked the original one, take your chances, but bear in mind that there isn't anything new to be considered if you owned the Wii edition.
  5. It's painstaking but satisfying. [June 2009, p.103]
  6. The inflexible camera and the annoying trial&error gameplay will freak you out after a while.
  7. 40
    Shadow Assassins could've been a great game had some things been changed or revamped. Instead, only the truly dedicated will see it through to the end, and even they may opt for the original PSOne game instead.

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