Where Ninja Gaiden Sigma was a blood letting revenge-fest, Tenchu Z takes the more honourable route of Ninja Assasin. Think Splinter Cell, but loose the hight tech gadgets, acquire a samurai sword, and go back in time.
Avoid detection as you search for you target, then take them out as quickly and quietly as possible. Of course avoiding detection might have to include seeking up behind a guard, grabbing him and flipping him underneath you, then severing his head with your sword.
Or you could just knock him out. But lets face it, you’ve got a big sword, and the awesome visuals of a 360, so you’re probably going to want to use your sword.
But smooth visuals and plenty of blood aren’t the only things designed to make you feel like you are actually a Ninja Assassin. All the intros are spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. Whilst this may sound cheesy, it’s the little touches like this that make it easier to immerse yourself in the game.
As you progress you acquire gold that you can use to purchase new moves, clothes and weaponry, but all of this will be meaningless if you don’t first master the moves you have, and the biggest skill of all – staying hidden in the shadows, watching and knowing when to move.
All in all, Tenchu Z is a great game, with beautiful graphics, addictive but challenging game play that will have you coming back for more.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Restricted to persons 16 years and over.
Platform: XBox 360