The latest in the famous Tenchu series, available only
on the PSP, brings together the best of classic Tenchu
with five brand new storylines for five of your favourite
Tenchu characters. With skill-demanding single-player
and multi-player modes, stealth manoeuvres to die for and
the return of the popular mission editor, Tenchu: Time
of the Assassins sees the return of Rikimaru, Ayame, Rin,
Tessyu and for the first time gives you the opportunity to
play for the other side in the form of Onkiage, Lord Mei-Oh's
of Tenchu were no doubt pleased to hear that the franchise
was making a leap onto the PSP. But, would the series we know
and love manage to translate well to the handheld console,
or would it fall flat on it's face?
was a brave step to take. The 3D environments the series is
known for have been translated onto the PSP with relatively
little problem - apart from the fact that there is too much
repetition of objects and backgrounds.
game is fairly simple to get the hang of - battle your way
through numerous levels, taking out the odd boss, as you progress
through your character's story arc... and, in a nutshell,
that's about it. Okay, there's the introduction of some familiar
characters (including Ayame, Rikimaru, Rin, and Tesshu). You
can also play on the side of evil - should the mood take you.
There's also a free mission mode that lets you tackle 50 independent
missions (but you need to finish the single player mode to
unlock this), and a level editor that lets you create your
not that this game is bad, it's just that it's not what it
could have been. Tenchu fans will probably love this, but
everyone else should try before they buy.
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