Review By: Jesse Mason
Tenchu is a game with its head in the right place, but
its body is chopped to pieces. Results like this happen when you get everything
down, but forget to polish to game to a playable state. Nearly everything
about the game seems rushed.
The AI is the best example of how the game is just not done right. The enemies
are supposed to be guards, but seem like blind and deaf beggars with swords.
Nowhere else could you jump off a rooftop 20 feet high right behind a guy
and still be able to sneak up on him without him noticing. Or how about how
simply hiding behind a wall is enough for the guard to give up searching
for you. It's also strange how the bad guys never seem to alert other guys
to help. But the weirdest of all is how the bad guys just stand there when
you fall to the ground.
When you do get into a fight, the control shows its ugly
face. The control is horrible, and fights are lost mainly because of it.
The camera is quite good until the fights, where it seems to flail everywhere.
Polygon breakup rears its ugly head, especially when some people seem to
just walk through walls.
But the fights aren't really the point. The game is a
stealth action game. Meaning you walk around trying to go unnoticed by guards
and innocent people (which consists of women who wear sticks in their hair).
The point of the game is to assassinate certain folks in each level. For
some reason, you spend your time walking through the levels slitting throats
and so forth unnoticed, but when you reach your target you make a big fuss
and spend time saying things like "I'm here to avenge all the innocent people
you've hurt." If you're an unnoticed assassin ,wouldn't it make sense to
just silently kill him instead of engaging in conversation? Worse, the voice
acting is akin to Resident Evil. Activision must've used its own employees
to save money. If they did, that would explain why everyone has an American
At least the game has nicely made levels.
And the graphics are nice, when not being muddled by breakup. The guards
have two responses to seeing you "hey" and "hey you." And they conveniently
say "Where are you" when they give up finding you. The sound effects are
just plain bad. At least the game has a few catchy tunes.
Hopefully people will stealthfully sneak around Tenchu and pick up another
game to buy.