Tenchu Fatal Shadows PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 6.6
Sound 6.9
Value 6.5
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

6.8


Tenchu: Fatal Shadows

Tenchu: Fatal Shadows follows the same tradition of the previous titles with the game set in ancient feudal Japan that follows the rich history and mythology of this eastern culture. Gamers get to play between two characters, the sexy Ayame (who returns from Tenchu: Wrath of Shadows) and newcomer Rin who are both highly trained in the arts of ninjitsu. As with the previous games in the series, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows is all about stealth and subterfuge. Although the gameplay is similar for both characters, the storylines are slightly different and when a local villager is slain in Ayame's village, Ayame must investigate this brutal murder and bring justice to her lands. Whereas Rin is purely driven by revenge and although the two paths cross between these two deadly and sexy assassins, the story is nicely navigated through in-game and pre-rendered cutscenes.

The gameplay of Tenchu: Fatal Shadows involves a variety of sneaking around such as sneaking around corners, on roofs or through dark tunnels to silently dispatch your enemies. By successfully killing your enemy with stealth, the player is awarded for their finesse. The angle at which you approach an enemy decides the actual stealth kill that is performed, these can be anything from directly behind the enemy or to falling on them from high above. A new feature that has been added is the ability to stealth kill two enemies at once and while this is a really cool idea, you're unfortunately never really presented with the opportunity to perform it.

Graphically, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows is a little dated on the PlayStation 2 and what would have been an impressive game two or three years ago is unfortunately showing its age. The game itself appears rather grainy and washed out at the best of times and it makes you think, is this a limitation of the PlayStation 2 or the artistic license of the creative team. The characters in the game, although extremely well animated appear blocky with medium resolution textures that unfortunately react unkindly to the gaming environment as sometimes your characters walk through things that should be solid objects.

The musical score for Tenchu: Fatal Shadows fits its theme really well which not only helps immerse the player into the world of feudal Japan but also "almost" gets you hooked from the first time you play the title. As with the previous instalments, the character acting of Tenchu: Fatal Shadows is extremely "cheesy" and with games like Area-51 or Batman Begins, the "cheese" factor in the gaming world is really only suited for those Sega games of yesterday because these days, games are almost movie like. With that said, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows contains all the sounds and screams of characters getting maimed, killed or caught. Unfortunately nothing too memorable.

In conclusion, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows is unfortunately an extremely dated game on the PlayStation 2 that suffers from archaic graphics that would of made this an exciting and enjoyable game if the graphics were up to today's standards. If you haven't played the previous games in the title, you might want to check this out, provided your standards of gaming don't rely on the latest and best because this game had everything going for it, two sexy ninjas, a story of murder and revenge, stealth and subterfuge but unfortunately a dated game engine that should of remained on Tenchu: Wrath of Heavens. Check out the rentals before you rush into this one!






 
 



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