Tenchu Z Xbox 360

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  • Summary: True ninjas conceal their identity. In Tenchu Z, you can customize your ninja's appearance by choosing to change facial features, hairstyle, tattoos, head accessories, tunics, pants, arm accesories, footwear, weapon sheathes and more. As you complete more missions, more articles of clothingTrue ninjas conceal their identity. In Tenchu Z, you can customize your ninja's appearance by choosing to change facial features, hairstyle, tattoos, head accessories, tunics, pants, arm accesories, footwear, weapon sheathes and more. As you complete more missions, more articles of clothing may become available for purchase. Oh boy! The key element of disguise, however, is a special ninja power-up called "Impersonation," which allows you to steal the identity of your victim temporarily in order to better evade detection and blend into the environment. Are you the master of disguise? [Microsoft] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 51
  2. Negative: 11 out of 51
  1. Tenchu fans will definitely not be disappointed. Tenchu Senran is easily the best Tenchu game to date. [JPN Import]
  2. Surprisingly, Tenchu Z comes off “chunky” in general; the antithesis of what a ninja game should feel like- sleek and efficient.
  3. Too expensive, but find a cheap copy and it has a bit of fun to offer stealth fans.
  4. Tenchu Z is a pretty lousy entry to the series, and is one Xbox 360 title that doesn’t flex any next-gen muscle.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    50
    Unless you're plagued with a kimono fetish, you're just better off creeping around elsewhere. [Aug 2007, p.82]
  6. Tenchu Z just feels dated. The original Tenchu came out almost 10 years ago, and although there are some minor changes here and there, the core gameplay is exactly the same.
  7. The pithy cut-scenes are about as easy to follow as a quantum physics lecture and are as elaborately detailed as a newspaper comic strip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    this game is obviously all about ninjas but who cares? its still really fun and has 50 missions to complete? Who can complain to 50this game is obviously all about ninjas but who cares? its still really fun and has 50 missions to complete? Who can complain to 50 mission!!!!! you can customise your ninja in loads of different ways and choose between stealthy or just plain runnign in and swipe left and right with a katana. Really fun game overall and I would recommend to anyone. Expand
  2. May 4, 2011
    10
    As a huge fan of medieval Japan, I just love this game!! Its not your typical flashy, over the top game, and its just perfect like that! itsAs a huge fan of medieval Japan, I just love this game!! Its not your typical flashy, over the top game, and its just perfect like that! its simplicity is very attractive. The setting is great, the missions are very down to earth and realistic - just what I like. The story is very simple, but it works for me. The controls are great and the stealth action is awesome, intelligent and challenging! I just love it. Expand
  3. YourMommaMomma
    Aug 9, 2009
    9
    Best Tenchu Game to date. Don't hate on me too much. I've played them all, and none of them are as fast as Z, nor do any of them Best Tenchu Game to date. Don't hate on me too much. I've played them all, and none of them are as fast as Z, nor do any of them require as much skill. Skill not required to beat it, but to beat it and make it look easy as well as stylish. The fact is, there is problems with it. AI is crap, graphics are poor even for being an xbox 1 port, and the customization, while interesting, doesn't add anything to the game. I suggest a better co-op, able to have two players on one system, more extensive ninja techniques, a little revamp on the graphics, and physics engine (But keep the fast pace!) and an AI overhaul should make a winner out of the next Tenchu game. Just keep it away from the Wii, please, stay with 360 or PS3. Expand
  4. FPSMaster
    Jun 14, 2007
    8
    This is still Tenchu, and even though it hasn't really changed since the old PS1 days, it still feels good to stealth kill enemies in This is still Tenchu, and even though it hasn't really changed since the old PS1 days, it still feels good to stealth kill enemies in the Tenchu environments with the Tenchu musical scores playing in the background. It's not nearly as bad as the lower reviews up there, at least for long time Tenchu fans or those with an open mind, but more along the lines of the middle to higher reviews. Sure, the graphics are not spectaculer but Tenchu has never been considered anywhere close to other titles graphically no matter what platorm it was on. There is shiny bump mapping on everything and the entire game sports a clean, sharp look overall. They do look better than the last gen ones, mainly because of HD, but they still carry the standard Tenchu look of a lot of the same buildings, character models, stiff animations and shrubery. The blood looks weird as it shoots out in a straight line and I have yet to see heads and arms pop off like they did in the old ones after a stealth kill. There are also some collison problems with the character model still, but the worst thing about the graphics is your shadow sometimes goes through things and moves along the ground but the enemies can't see it..it's just another collision issue. The character customizing seems to be more of a bonus than a selling point, as there are many options but they are still mostly presets so you can't change every single thing. Adding new moves and abilities is nice though. The A.I. is a mixed bag. Sometimes, they can't see you for anything and other times they know you're there when completely concealed. My gametime has proved that the A.I. is much better and smarter than the reviews have said, as I have constantly been overrun with enemies when sneaking in the utmost manner. They're definitely smarter than they have gotten credit for, although there is the occasional screw up. Sound is good, and the new sound meter changes things mainly for when you draw your sword now. The enemies can hear you do that this time so keeping it sheethed and sneaking up on someone and putting them in a chokehold THEN killing them is the norm. The music sounds like Tenchu has always sounded, although not as memorable as the first Tenchu's lovely melodies. A lot of sounds rehashed from the first Tenchu are here as well, such as yawning sounds, the blood squirting effects and "'nice night' being said a lot. They could have tried harder there, as rehashing 9 year old sound effects brings back good memories, but also feels lazy. The controls work fairly well and are what you would expect so no issues there. They are right about all the missions being pretty much the same, but they have always been like that. Instead of a bunch of different things to do in Tenchu, your job has always been about finding your target in the level, which takes a while with only a bare map, then killing the target. I didn't try online, as I'm a Tenchu veteran that likes to work alone. I think 4 people running around can not be sneaky or stealthy any way you look at it, but the option is still there for those that want it. Overall, long time Tenchu fans will know what to expect and love it like they loved all the other Tenchus, since it's the same thing. Newcomers will either love it for the pure sneaking or hate it because it seems so bare bones. They could have changed the series more than this, but change isn't always the best option. Look at Splinter Cell Conviction for proof of how too much change can destroy a gaming franchise, icon and legacy. I'm personally glad Tenchu is still Tenchu for that reason alone. I'd rather it be the same old same old than changed and made into a joke like Sam Fishers next game, which it seems the reviewers that scored this game low wanted. I'm glad they didn't get what they wanted, or it would't be worth calling it Tenchu anyway. Expand
  5. Dec 4, 2015
    8
    Great game if you enjoy the pre Tenchu 4 style of Tenchu. It's wacky and since i'm a die hard fan of the series i'm going to be bias and sayGreat game if you enjoy the pre Tenchu 4 style of Tenchu. It's wacky and since i'm a die hard fan of the series i'm going to be bias and say that it's the greatest steath game on the 360 and the last great Tenchu to appear on consoles on a whole. It's not a perfect game by far because of horrible online lag, lackluster story and repetitive levels. Overall the game is a solid 6 but i'll be dammed if this game is getting below a 8. So i'll give the 2 points for the pure awesome this game has in it. Expand
  6. AbelDrew
    May 22, 2008
    8
    I've given this game an eight though I would have said more like 7.5.

    the main reason this game is getting mediocre reviews is the
    I've given this game an eight though I would have said more like 7.5.

    the main reason this game is getting mediocre reviews is the lack of a story.
    This is unfair, some of the greatest games in history had no real story. Space invaders, Pong, Mario (yes mario... princess kidnapped, you save princess... most of game has nothing to do with princess) you see?

    this game is about mastery of a admitedly repetitive concept but there's often a lot of fun to be found in that. Very few of my xbox games get beaten to the point of gaining all 1000 gamerscore points but this one did. (btw after 1000 stealth kill feet and lurk abilities are awesome)
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  7. Eli
    Jun 18, 2007
    5
    It's rather easy to decipher why reviewers haven't been to fond of Tenchu Z. First of all the game plays exactly like all the other It's rather easy to decipher why reviewers haven't been to fond of Tenchu Z. First of all the game plays exactly like all the other Tenchu and needless to say that isn't a good thing at this point. Tenchu is a series that could have evolved to something really good but the developers are too lazy to try and be different. Let me just say this before I start ripping Tenchu Z a new one. I had fun with this game it's my biggest guilty pleasure game in quite some time. Despite it's numerous failures as a game I still found playing through it to be a good time but there is no doubt in my mind that it is still a bad game no matter how you spin it. The graphics aren't flat out awful but there is no doubt that they fall into the category of mediocore and at times plain ugly. There is little variety in the levels and you'll soon be repeating the same level over and over again. You'll get that feeling of deja vu as you realize you are doing the same exact missions in the same exact levels over and over again. The gameplay is the standard Tenchu affair. The X button is your only ally and stealth kills are really cool. The combat still sucks ass. There really isn't much to it. The game itself isn't much of a struggle and is without a doubt the easiest game I've played all year. Most of the missions you do involving killing some person. You can easily beat any level in under minute by simply rushing to the target and killing him. The enemy a.i. is without a doubt the worst I've ever encountered in a videogame. FPS Master the a.i. in this game is in no way a mixed bag. It is just hilariously awful. Enemies that see you will give up persuit the second you turn a corner. Enemies can smell you if you fell in a cesspool but they can't see you killing the guard that is standing about ten feet in front of them. They can't hear their friends screams as they are gutted directly behind them. I mean there are just so many things wrong with the a.i. I couldn't even begin to describe them. The reviewers are completely justified in ripping on the a.i. as it is close to broken. Tenchu Z is a mockery to the stealth genre but it's something that still can be a bit of fun to play but there is no doubt that it is a crap game. Expand

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