Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. With a focus on trap deployment and confusing free-for-all multiplayer, this doesn't feel much like a Tenchu game at all.
  2. It’s easy to play and it’s challenging but with bland visuals, unimaginative design and a truly flawed multiplayer mode, the cons outweigh the pros.
  3. Trouble is, it all controls a little too crisply for our liking. [Issue#37, p.117]
  4. It grows repetitive far too fast, and a few uninspired multiplayer modes do little to extend the fun. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
  5. 50
    Overall Shadow Assault: Tenchu feels as though the developers just wanted to put out an Xbox Live Arcade title for a quick buck, so they threw something together and slapped the Tenchu license on it.
  6. 50
    Those coming in clean to the series will wonder what the fuss is about, though -- and should probably wait for the next installment in the series instead.
  7. 47
    Tenchu: Shadow Assault feels disjointed and lacks focus. Neither dissimilar half works well alone and together they appear confused.
  8. An idea too small to sustain an entire game. [Jan 2009, p.104]

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