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  • Summary: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins uses the Wii Remote to fight, dash, jump and kill like a true ninja. Players continue the saga of Rikimaru and Ayame, elite ninjas who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan. Playing as both stealthy Rikimaru and aggressive and acrobatic Ayame, players fight their way through more than 10 missions and 50 side quests and experience the thrilling adventure of being the ultimate ninja. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Perhaps best of all, though, the developer has managed to create a graphically rich and detailed version of 13th Century Japan that’s positively dripping with atmosphere.
  2. Really get into it and you'll spend weeks finding the perfect 'solutions". For everyone else, this is a rare actioner on Wii, and very competently handheld. [JPN Import; Mar 2009, p.58]
  3. 80
    Despite some issues with regard to character control and the fact that some series staples like lots of rooftop exploration are oddly missing from the Wii sequel, the end product is still fun.
  4. Tenchu is back in a vivid reproduction of the Ninja lifestyle, with dark and light in its path. It's a shame to be forced into awful first person sword fights, because the entire game is full of tension, quality and pathos. A good game for the Wii owners, that's for sure! Welcome back, Acquire!
  5. Shadow Assassins is a solid stealth title that can be both fun and frustrating, a mix of truly impressive features and clumsy missteps. [Feb 2009, p.88]
  6. However, the clunky controls, frustrating camera, and broken combat all spoil the game's flow. [Apr 2009, p.86]
  7. 40
    The series makes a blind leap into a new genre, only to fall flat on his face satisfying neither the fans of puzzle or action games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 22, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wow just wow the best tenchu games of all time is so real everything! like a true ninjas and old Japanese world...
    pros:music,story,gameplay,voice actors,

    Rikimaru was the best and Onikage and the ending was pefect! I don't know if there will be next sequel I want to see ayame die or rikimaru with onikage... that would be a perfect closure of rikimaru tale.Or live both of them I just DONT want to see tenchu game going to dribbler and loveish,Naruto ugly things.
  2. KarenBarber
    Feb 16, 2009
    Aw man! BEST! Wii! Game! EVER! I just completed the second stage, and all I can say is get this game. I assume that only people who haven
  3. BillAvery
    Feb 16, 2009
    Holy moly, guacamole. Ninja action at it
  4. marsvolta
    Feb 18, 2009
    I would be tempted to say that the game gets a bit redundant, in how

    you're just kind of sneaking around and coming up on guys and

    everything. But that's what this game is. It's stealth, it's suspense,

    it's not getting caught and it's beautiful.

    In this game you're a true assassin. You're not sniping political

    figures from roof tops. That's getting old. You're in a time when

    getting these things done required much more human aptitude. It

    definitely helps that you can pretty much turn into smoke and hide

    behind things that wouldn't provide cover, but hey, it's a video game.

    And the effects are waaaay tight.
  5. Curarecyd
    Feb 22, 2009
    Pros: graphics decent for the Wii for once. Stealth kills are fun. Soundtrack and storyline quite good. Ninja items useful, so are camouflage and hiding places...and ability to do kills using cover. Cons: no rooftops! no maps. face to face fighting is horrible. Summary: ubisoft is uber cool. they've done something new for the series with the new console generation. not all of it works but knowing that there's going to be a trilogy it's encouraging that ubisoft is experimenting now for a better gaming experience. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2011
    A solid addition to one of the best series in gaming. My only serious qualm with this game is that certain motions with the Wiimote do not register well (thrusting specifically) during kills. Adjusting the sensitivity up and exaggerating your Wiimote motions helps, but even then a perfect kill gets ruined sometimes. Lesser qualms would be the linear level design, occasionally very long "where are you" breaks, and the bogus though completely avoidable (for the true ninja) combat system. Expand