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Tenchu Return From Darkness

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) 70 / 100

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  • Collect weapons, from traditional ninja swords to ranged weapons -- use them wisely to accomplish your goals, in multiple deadly missions
  • Immersive stealth-based action as you try to approach your enemies as silently as possible, moving in for the kill, and escaping without being seen
  • Earn new abilities and fighting combos as you advance through levels filled with espionage, theft, and assassination
  • New spells like the blinding magic and the viper potion enhance your ability to attack & disappear
  • Battle it out in beautifully rendered levels, including a two exclusive to Xbox - a samurai mansion and a deserted pagoda

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  • ASIN: B00009KO3J
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,711 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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An army of ninjas and lords of darkness arise to threaten 16th century Japan. You, a stealthy ninja assassin, are the only hope to protect freedom and honor. Take full advantage of your speed, stealth and ninja powers to make every swing of your sword count. Features insane stealth kills and intense co-op and muliplayer action via Xbox Live (sold separately). Rise to the battle—the fate of Japan depends on you!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game but not a great port March 16, 2004
Tenchu is a great series, but they like to be confusing. Tenchu Return From Darkness on the XBox is really just a port of Tenchu 3 Wrath of Heaven on the PS2.
The game is very much like the PS2 Version - Wrath of Heaven with the addition of 2 new levels. You can play a male or female ninja. You go sneaking around levels doing your utmost to not be seen. If you are spotted, you have to kill your opponent quickly with one of your ninja weapons so they can't raise the alarm.
The graphics are reasonably nice, although not up to other XBox standards. The moths flickering around a torch, the falling petals from the well detailed trees, and the body movements are quite well done. But there are various clipping issues, causing bodies to merge with walls and ceilings. And again, as in the PS2 version, the water and floor/wall textures are pretty low quality.
Note for those who don't like blood - the game involves a guy with a ninja sword slashing at enemies. Blood does flow, and heads do go flying. Be warned.
I really would have expected something better from an XBox version. If they went through the trouble of giving it a new name and making it a new release, it should be a fresher game. But beyond those 2 new levels, it really shows its age now.
The background sound is inoffensive and Japanese-ey but the actual in-game sounds are again not up to Xbox standards. The bad guys all yell "NINJA!" and grunt occasionally. Other sounds are not very realistic.
If you've already got Tenchu 3, I wouldn't get this one unless you are a true Tenchu fan who absolutely must have each version of the series. If you haven't played Tenchu 3 yet, this is worth getting in the sense that Tenchu 3 was fun ninja swordplay.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but should have been much better. March 19, 2004
Tenchu on the PS1 is one of my all-time favorite games and influenced the mighty Splinter Cell in many ways. When I heard of an xbox version, I was positively thrilled by the possibilities. All they had to do was fix up the bad aspects of the first (I never played the second as I have no PS2): the useless aiming system, bad camera angles, clumsy swordplay, stupid enemies that relax their guard again and start yawning 10 seconds after getting hit in the face with a shuriken, you know what I'm talking about if you've ever played the series before. Unfortunately, none of these problems were addressed. That's not to say that you won't have fun; this is as good as authentic ninja-action gets. Too bad they just ported over the old PS2 version, problems intact, and just added a few more levels, this could have been much better than Splinter Cell. I love the stealth aspect and the items and weapons. Too bad about half of them are useless (colored rice to mark your path; what is this Hansel and Gretel? You have a map, bonehead!). The bows and spears taken from guards are an awesome idea, but are both so unwieldy that you're more likely to die trying to utilize them then if you just passed them by. I also wish for more main weapons then just what's given to you. Imagine choosing between a whole armamnet of ninja weapons like tonfa, chain weapons, spears, sai, sickles, etc. each with their own killing moves instead of just the same old swords every level. Speaking of killing moves, they are awesome, easily the high point of the game; the first time I executed a mid-air fatality with Ayame by landing with the guard's head between her knees and snapping his neck I actually shouted "YES!". Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Having played it... March 14, 2004
For those familiar with Tenchu 3 for PS2:
The game comes with 2 extra missions. The 2 extra missions are pretty good (ie still gets your adrenaline pumping) but very short compared to the regular missions. AI seem to be better in the extra missions and about the same in the regular missions. I think the better AI in the extra missions is more due to the fact that they have a higher concentration of patroling NPCs than the fact that they are "smarter."
The cutscene in the beginning that tries to explain the story better is only going to make sense to diehard TEnchu fans who remember what happened at the end of Tenchu 1.
Graphics are better but not up to the quality that the Xbox is capable and not significantly better than PS2 where you would say: "Wow! now that's an Xbox game!"
I have not tried xbox live, nor multiplayer so I can't comment on that.
If you are a devoted fan and want to support the franchise, then buy it (I own every version of Tenchu). If you've never played Tenchu before, buy the PS2 version (it's half the price now). The PS2 version gives you most of the same good Ninja action. If you end up liking this game, go buy yourself a copy of Tenchu 1. It is well worth it.
If I were to rate this game on its own I'd give it a 5/5. By itself it is still an excellent game.
If I were to rate this game as an update of the PS2 version I'd give it a 4/5. The extras are not groundbreakingly better than the PS2. If the developers had ported the Tenchu 1 missions into this game, fans will worship them forever :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tenchu Return From Darkness
The story also gets lost between the action somewhere, and doesn't keep you on your toes as much as it could. Read more
Published 5 months ago by IBRAHIM ALBADI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published on January 27, 2013 by E. Chkhikhvadze
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great game that i got for a really low price!!!!
Bought this game for six bucks and i can honestly say its one of the best investments i ever made and I usually don't enjoy stealth games.
Published on June 9, 2012 by Jamarius Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchu Rules!
First off, I'm addicted to playing TENCHU since the first one came out on Playstation one! This one, Return from Darkness is the exact game as the one titled WRATH OF HEAVEN... Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by G. Vazquez
1.0 out of 5 stars So here's the thing.
I love the Tenchu games. I'll say now, I am biased in favor of these games, like, a lot. This one is my absolute favorite, for the PS2, and that's the thing; On the PS2, you can... Read more
Published on July 6, 2008 by Vincent Bondy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ten-chew on this. Hey, I made a funny!
Ninja Gaiden changes things. Before I played it, Tenchu: Return from Darkness probably would've gotten four stars. Read more
Published on December 21, 2004 by Colin "The Ninja Guy"
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good game
First off,If you already have tenchu wrath of heaven your not going to get that much here(DieHard fans wont care but i like the game either way). Read more
Published on August 20, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classic Designed Only For Devoted Gamers
I am an old school gamer that uses the word "paddle" instead of "controller". So after reading reviews that lead only to console bashes between the Xbox and... Read more
Published on July 1, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME
Tenchu: Return From Darkness is a great game. I love to play it with my friends online and at home. I especially like all of the sneaking around. Read more
Published on May 7, 2004 by "metalninja"
2.0 out of 5 stars Completely out-classed by Ninja Gaiden
Average port of a PS2 game, this one was dead before it hit the shelf. Just like True Crime: Streets of LA came out at the same time as the vastly superior Grand Theft Auto made... Read more
Published on April 23, 2004 by Robert Jordan
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