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  • Summary: Before the events of Tenchu, the House of Gohda is rocked by betrayal. As shadow warriors Rikimaru, Ayame and Tatsumaru, you are called on to restore pride to the name of your master. For you have been born to a life of honor... a life of stealth. Discover even more ways to slay your foesBefore the events of Tenchu, the House of Gohda is rocked by betrayal. As shadow warriors Rikimaru, Ayame and Tatsumaru, you are called on to restore pride to the name of your master. For you have been born to a life of honor... a life of stealth. Discover even more ways to slay your foes with 21 new stealth kill techniques. Take on the role of three ninja assassins, each with their own story and fighting techniques. Strike from the shadows in 29 new day and night stealth missions. Utilize a variety of new ninja weapons and items, like flaming arrows and invisibility. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Daily Radar
    100
    There are a few weaknesses with the collision detection, but on the whole "Tenchu 2" is gripping, sleek and cool.
  2. 100
    A solid stealth ninja game that is a pleasure to play.
  3. If you get into this one, it give you that same feeling you had from watching the cheesy 80's Ninja movies all over again, except for the embarrassing dubbing.
  4. A few of the niggling control and camera problems from the original game are still present, but if you were able to overlook them before, then you will absolutely love this sequel.
  5. Excellent presentation and a well-implemented concept make the frequent frustration bearable, but a healthy dose of persistence is required to get the most out of this unique title.
  6. If the Statue of Liberty could be driven like a car, it would be much easier to handle and control than the characters in "Tenchu 2."
  7. CNET Gamecenter
    50
    While its predecessor broke new ground in the stealth-action arena, "Tenchu 2" hasn't improved much over the original, and has even taken a step back in some areas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. KarlD.
    Jan 4, 2002
    10
    I didn't play Tenchu 1 but this sequel is really great. Stealth killing and high ninja action is simply fantastic and highly enjoyable. I didn't play Tenchu 1 but this sequel is really great. Stealth killing and high ninja action is simply fantastic and highly enjoyable. Although some enemies seem dumb, it turns to be quite difficult at times. Many missions with lots of evil ninjas to kill! Great! Live by Honor, Kill by Stealth people!! I have to leave to buy Tenchu 1 to see how the story goes on...quick!! Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2015
    10
    The best one in series. It has great story and characters. Many new stealth kills were added and now we have one story for all threeThe best one in series. It has great story and characters. Many new stealth kills were added and now we have one story for all three characters, they have different missions and meet each other, so only by finishing all 3 campaigns we will know the story in 100%. Controls were improved, the same with AI which is not that bad this time. Also mission editor is back and it's even better than in first Tenchu. Flat shading is gone, now game has smooth shading so it looks much better, but it doesn't look that good in day missions. Overall great game with huge replay value. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Feb 29, 2004
    10
    I think the game is cool. However i got a defective case. mine says it is 1 or 2 players and i belived it. so i am kinda pissed but it is I think the game is cool. However i got a defective case. mine says it is 1 or 2 players and i belived it. so i am kinda pissed but it is still a cool game. oh yeah i beat the first 1 and that 1 has alot of blood shed. they can fill a pool with all the blood that comes out. well i gotta go now. good game. ps i got mine 4 $16.11 so that was pretty cool....... Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2020
    10
    The best ninja/samurai game series ever. I love the combat systems, the characters were phenomenal, the story was extraordinary. I hope it'llThe best ninja/samurai game series ever. I love the combat systems, the characters were phenomenal, the story was extraordinary. I hope it'll be back in 1 day. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2022
    10
    Bloody gutwrenching violence filled with over the top gameplay yes that's right
  6. RobynC.
    Apr 18, 2003
    9
    I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!! Its a cool ninja fest with rikimaru. how comes this thingy will only let me give it a 9 anyway i think it is an 11+ but I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!! Its a cool ninja fest with rikimaru. how comes this thingy will only let me give it a 9 anyway i think it is an 11+ but oh well stupid computer!!!!!!! play it ok!!!! Bye ^-^ Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2013
    6
    Aside from the exceptional Metal Gear Solid Tenchu 2 was probably the best stealth based game available on the PSone. At times it could beAside from the exceptional Metal Gear Solid Tenchu 2 was probably the best stealth based game available on the PSone. At times it could be frustrating, particularly when fiddly controls or camera problems resulted in failure, but when it all came together it was extremely satisfying. Playing in 2013 the these problems are harder to overlook of course so you’d likely be better finding a more modern title, such as Mark of the Ninja, if you’re looking for something in this style. Expand

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