Tenchu: Return From Darkness Xbox

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 55
  2. Negative: 3 out of 55
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  1. This game, featuring tons of really cool moves, items to use while sneaking about, enemies with their own unique AI and beautiful eye candy, will be a must have for those wanting to be stealth assassins. The game also has some addictive gameplay with a story to entrap the players.
  2. This latest Tenchu is worth the money, but probably won’t hang around long in your collection after you beat it. The graphics and sound are slick and the fluid gameplay and intense kill scenes are very rewarding – just don’t expect a lot from multiplayer features.
  3. A nice blend of "Ninja Gaiden" and "Splinter Cell," and offers a lot of bang for your buck.
  4. "Manhunt" certainly offers a better stealth-kill gameplay model and "Ninja Gaiden" delivers more ninja action than most gamers can handle, but you’re still going to have fun exploring the wonderful levels and stylishly killing countless enemies.
  5. One of my biggest complaints about not only this game but the Tenchu series is that the in-game camera STILL is pretty iffy and proves to make the game more challenging that it already can be.
  6. When useful new features are added to an already excellent title, surely this just makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Go on, swallow your pride and play a damn fine PS2 game on your Xbox. [XBM]
  7. The game is smooth, somewhat linear, but does have challenge with multiple enemies, a good AI and interesting ways to kill your foes.
  8. Offers gamers a great look into the secret and mysterious world of the silent ninja, and players who enjoy the more subtle approach to gameplay will find their patience and use of strategy rather than the sword may pay off nicely.
  9. Activision still has some issues to iron out with this series, but die-hard stealth fans will get a solid challenge and several hours of fun game play.
  10. It's got a good story that changes depending on how you play it, and decent although not perfect control. And it's got online gameplay, which right there is a big reason to play it. But it's got it's weak points. The fact that it's almost a total port of Tenchu 3, from the levels to the graphics, is kind of dissapointing in a way.
  11. 80
    The Xbox enhancements aren't all they could have been. The great majority of Tenchu is still the same as before -- the camera's still tough to wrangle sometimes, guards still forget about your presence six seconds after spotting you, and aiming thrown weapons like shuriken is still a crapshoot.
  12. 80
    Depending on how much time you spend searching each of the 11 single-player maps for hidden items, it should take you a couple of days.
  13. 80
    If you have the patience to work through the same level a few dozen times, you’ll love it.
  14. 78
    Indeed, Return From Darkness is what Wrath of Heaven should have been when it was first released.
  15. A good game with addictive gameplay and brilliant stealth action.
  16. It is obvious that K2 took special care with the story for both characters and creating some nice levels, but they forgot the whole gameplay, camera and dumb AI issues.
  17. Merely a basic port of a PS2 game without any significant tweaks or fixes to its problems, which is uncalled for given the Xbox’s improved capabilities.
  18. 75
    Multiplayer mode is a good addition, but doesn't make up for the fact that the single-player mode has been made worse. This isn't Tenchu's shining moment, which is what it should be. Instead, it's a quirky step into multiplayer.
  19. While not a horrible game; due to camera issues, a problematic story and dated graphics, Tenchu strikes in at average.
  20. The new additions probably aren't enough for owners of the PS2 version to shell out the full asking price again for the Xbox version but for those new to the franchise it offers a decent experience which should keep fans of ninja games happy for a while, despite its flaws.
  21. Though Tenchu does have its fair share of throat slitting and swords-through-the-head, the basic gameplay is more reminiscent of "Metal Gear Solid" than Gaiden's slice and dice routine. Despite the flaws, Tenchu is still a rewarding experience.
  22. Play Magazine
    75
    The level design and enemy placement at work here are simply brilliant, and if the devil is in the details, Return From Darkness is evil to the core. [May 2004, p.54]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Aug 23, 2015
    3
    It's just improved version of Wrath of Heaven. You can drag bodies and there are new missions. Also they at last made cutscenes where in WoHIt's just improved version of Wrath of Heaven. You can drag bodies and there are new missions. Also they at last made cutscenes where in WoH you just saw a picture with description "what happened now" like in a book for kids. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2015
    9
    Outstanding game for armchair ninjas that have the patience to enjoy stealth. Many missions and replay value. Hyperactive kids with shortOutstanding game for armchair ninjas that have the patience to enjoy stealth. Many missions and replay value. Hyperactive kids with short attention spans abstain from playing this.

    Graphics: 8
    Sound: 8
    Gameplay: 7
    Value: 9
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  3. CarloL.
    May 4, 2004
    0
    This game sucks so much, i hate how you can't play any of the other missions in the mutlitplayer mode before you finish the missions inThis game sucks so much, i hate how you can't play any of the other missions in the mutlitplayer mode before you finish the missions in story mode. and it seems that even on normal level that the enemies are virtually impossible to beat. i thought i was gonna be renting a bad ass game but was completely disappointed. Full Review »