Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is the third game in the Tenchu series and the first game to make the jump to the PlayStation 2. I had a lot of fun with the first two Tenchu games so this was a game I was very excited about when it was first released on the PlayStation 2. A port was also released for the original Xbox the following year and the PSP even got a port in 2009.
Stop The Wizard, Save The World
The plot of the game is kind of fun. The basics are there is an evil wizard who wants to get his hands on a set of three jewels which will grant the holder of them immense power. The game follows ninjas from the first games as they try to put a stop to the evil wizard from destroying the earth. I found the story to be a great mix of fantasy, action, and of course old school ninja! I really liked the Japanese voice acting (with English subtitles) and while on paper this is not the most amazing story. I found myself very interested in what was going on and wanted to see how it all played out.
Back To Basics
What I really like about Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven and the series, in general, is the gameplay. This is a series that is all about stealth. Playing as a ninja each level basically wants you to get from point a to point b. Of course, each area is full of ninjas and warriors that want to stop you. Going in with your sword drawn is a mistake, this is a game that is all about sneaking around.
No other game that I can think of makes you actually feel like a ninja the way that this series does. Each level is very well designed so that you have many different ways to sneak up on an enemy and execute them with one of the game's brutal death moves. The AI of the enemies is not the best. When alerted they will come for you, but if you have beheaded two people and one remains if you go and hide for ten seconds they will just “forget” about you. The gameplay is a lot of fun, but the checkpoint system is certainly a product of its time. Some levels can be very long and to die at a boss and then have to redo most of the level can be annoying.
Three Ninjas Kick Back
The game gives you different ninjas to play as with two returning characters and one brand new one for this game. Each ninja has their own thing going on in terms of how they play and the story will also change depending on what ninja you are playing as. You might have to kill the same boss with multiple ninjas which sounds odd, but I really liked it.
This is a series that I have really enjoyed over the years and for me, it peaked with Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven. None of the games that followed on from this were able to live up to what this offered if you ask me. If you want a game where you actually feel like you are playing as a ninja, you cannot go wrong with this.
- You can play as different ninjas
- I really enjoyed the story
- The voice acting was great
- Sneaking around as a ninja is really fun
- The death moves are brutal and awesome!
- The checkpoint system could have been more generous
- When multiple enemies are on the screen the framerate can drop
Download Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Activision Fall 2002 -- The beloved ninja-assassination simulation returns with a much-deserved PS2 facelift. Although the original team behind the first two Tenchu titles jumped ship to make Samurai, Activision proudly carries on the stealthy saga of Rikimaru and Ayame. Those nifty ninjas join several other new playable characters for some sneaky neck-slashing and grappling- hook acrobatics.