Tenchu Z stalks Xbox 360

Microsoft brings FromSoftware's ninja stealth game to the West with more than 50 missions of misdirection and mayhem.

FromSoftware's Xbox 360 action game Tenchu Senran will soon be sneaking its way onto American shelves, as Microsoft today confirmed for GameSpot that it will release the game domestically as Tenchu Z.

Originally released in Japan last October, Tenchu Z puts players in the soft shoes of a lethal ninja as they sneak through ancient Japan. To beat the game, players will have to make use of a range of weaponry and tools, including explosives and grappling hooks, virtually relying on sight, sound, and even smell to avoid detection and complete their objectives.

Microsoft isn't talking about a release date for the game just yet, and it has yet to receive a rating from the ESRB.

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ps3killah
ps3killah

this game is rated 'm' for masum or majorly rad

BRIT04
BRIT04

I hope theu have an adversarial mode on XBL like the tenchu on xbox

rocket144
rocket144

CUSTOMIZING A NINJA should be fun for online play and gameplay could be cool............but those awful awful graphics... weve seen better in ps2... look at the new final phantasys, they look like this oh and.. . in the trailer on xbl the begining wasn't gameplay.... and the framerate is very very very very choppy during online co op you can already see it in the real vids

daniel52587
daniel52587

I downloaded the trailer on XBL. The graphics dont suck. It looks great on your actual TV. Especially in 720p HD. These pics of all these games are going to always look worse because they have been transfered to computer and probably resized and what not. I just hope the gameplay is good, but as for the graphics...... they are good. Go download the trailer and you will see.

NemaLive
NemaLive

4 player co-op is going to be sweet as

Odesien
Odesien

I think the graphics aren't bad. You look at the other games the graphics have never really been up to par with other game released at around the same time, but that doesn't really matter. Tenchu is about the stealth not the graphics. I hope the camera is just a tat better, and the combat when you get spotted. The combat in the other games really pissed me off. anyways enough negative, that jumping slash at the end of the 2 movie was badass, lol.

oraledeaki
oraledeaki

Sure tenchu series is one of the favorites to many, i think this one will be as good as they have all been, but those graphics C´M ON

blagoo101
blagoo101

This game looks amazing. Gameplay at least, too bad you can't say that for the graphics...

mohammed888
mohammed888

I will ad my comments about this game from the trailers I saw. Advantage: - creating your own ninja(make ur fav naruto char). -you can use nunjitsu like disapearing, crating dogs. - the main theme of the game is still there:stealth. - you can play co-op online. Disadvantege - PS2 level graphics - enemy AI being so damn stupid exept for the boss. - the game being way too easy. So any way thats how I see this new instalment and I think MS is just expermenting with this game on the xbox 360 and wana see what people are gona say to (hopfully) improve it in any next installment and I belive so becouse MS is publishing this game.

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

C'mon ESRB you know it's gonna be rated M.

Vorador47
Vorador47

i loved the tenchu series, i bought a japanese import of the original Tenchu, played it to death and then got a US import when that came out (im from the uk btw). but then Tenchu 2 sucked, and all versions after that have just been half arsed clones of 1. tenchu has so much potential, but the devs always seem to be lazy and just do the same thing over and over again. so i dout i will bother with this one. which is a real shame

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

The demo is on Japanese Xbox Live- Its pretty good.

BlackdogGT
BlackdogGT

Tenchu is facing Tomb Raider-itis, man. As hard as it is for me to say it, it's an IP spinning downward into the dregs.. Hope it's decent.

Seabread
Seabread

doesnt look like its bringing anything innovative to the genre. graphics are stuck in last-gen, gameplay seems the same. Sorry but it's Assassins Creed for me - a true stealth genre buster

Bathyj
Bathyj

Cant wait to knock off work so I can go home and play fatal shadow. I'm getting right into it again since reading this.

Gigatron
Gigatron

SWEET!! I heard this game rocks!! There hasn't been a decent Tenchu since the ps1, so I'm pretty excited.

jacnewforce07
jacnewforce07

I AGREE WITH Icekxg down there...the game will be a must play

Bathyj
Bathyj

There is a lock on feature but this player didnt seem to be using it. Toe to toe the fighting is pretty weak but thats because to point of the game is to avoid going toe to toe. Even if it comes to that you're probably still better off running away and coming back for the stealth kill. That where all the points are. But in defence of the fighting you do get a lot of special moves and weapons as you go.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

I just watched all of the videos and it doesn't look good. The graphics are below par. The stealth kills look ok, but head-to-head you have the same 3-hit combo over and over. From what I can tell there is no auto-target or lock-on feature either as the character was frequently swinging their sword right next to the enemy, or smacking it into a wall. Lame. I'd pick it up at a bargain price possibly, but if they add nothing between now and the release, I certainly wouldn't pay $60 for it. Too bad. I really loved the first one, and the second was ok.

TongLong
TongLong

I hope they bring back Tesshu or a character like him! The X-Ray stealth kills were the best!

akuna2006
akuna2006

i loved the original ones on the Ps1

donalbane
donalbane

I loved the demo despite all the other comments people made regarding it's quality. Can't wait... this makes me very, very happy. Tenchu remains one of my most beloved franchises of all time. Too bad I can't be Riki or Ayame, but oh well... maybe I'll make them with the editor. TENCHU 4 LIFE!

AHDOAH
AHDOAH

bad feelings about this game!!

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Tenchu stopped being good after Tenchu 1 for the ps1.....the graphics never seem to get better...gameplay is the same in every game...and its just not cool or innovative anymore. And if co-op is anything like it was on the ps2 version then they can keep it.....I will keep my eye on this game but for now...meh

Icekxg
Icekxg

Thank god. I LOVE the Tenchu series, and even though the demo wasn't all that great looking, I'll still buy this game because it's just so fun to play as a ninja that sneaks up on people and slits their throat. Also, with customizable ninjas and 4(?) player coop...this is going to be great fun!

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

The Tenchu graphics and camera control have always had issues, serious ones at that. Its a pity really because the style and ideas behind the franchise are great. The whole medieval Japan, Ninja, Samurai scheme provides a great setting and there is nothing else catering for people who like this. Just imagine what could be achieved if this game was made by people with passion who are not lazy and do not cut corners ! Is this game even coming to the UK ? If its any good then I will buy it, if however, the controls/camera issues are still so frustrating then forget it !

soupboy76
soupboy76

The demo for this was moderately fun, hopefully the En version shapes up. The graphics were hardly "next-gen" however.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

virtual fighter five just went 360 to so gt ready to see more sony exclusives go the way of the easier developement rought.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

the game looks to have interesting gameplay mechanics but visually i looks like a wii game, wish it would go wii then i could use motion sensor sweatness.

Bathyj
Bathyj

Now there's an intelligent addition to the conversation. Did you know my Dad can beat up your dad?

Bathyj
Bathyj

ricsuave I dont know why I'm doing this seeing the mood you're in today, because I know I'm just going to set you off, and you'll abuse me, but does everything have to be a console war with you? You know very well I am a Sony Fan (fan, not fanboy. To some people there is still a difference) but I'm am also an XB fan. In fact you could say I'm a game fan and will play a good game on any system. (imagine that.) I love Tenchu and I hope this one does it justice. Not everyone here showing skepticism is automatically a sony fanboy. I think the reason people have doubts is Tenchu has always had so much potential but never lived up to it. With the right play mechanics and better design this game could be AAA. Judging by the movie but, it wont be. It looks like more of the same which I'll probably still like anyway. If its is crap and gets ported to PS3, it will still be crap. A console is just a canvas for a game to be played upon. The game has to stand on its own merits.

Bathyj
Bathyj

After reading this I've gone back to play Fatal Shadow and I'm really enjoying it despite its problems. A bit better than Return from Darkness. Maybe theres hope yet. I swear this game could be AAA if someone finally did it right. We want big open levels that can be tackled for any angle. Not linear paths like the sequels have offered. Go back and look at what made the 1st one so good. How about your Ninja rope shooting below level and then sliding down flying fox style to take out enemies. One hit kills with throwing knives if you get a head or neck shot. The same with mines and granades. They're no good if they dont kill in one go. Sure it wouldn't be stealthy be they would still have there uses. At the moment I never use them because I wouldn't want to give my position away. Thats the point of the game. While we're at it. gives us full movement with the camera like Splinter Cell. Half the battle with positioning yourself is being able to see where you are in relation to the enemy. The limited camera controls hamper this. One more time. big, open, non-linear levels with lower and higher areas to get on. There are already plenty of rooftops but why no more trees and stuff to climb.

ricsuave
ricsuave

LOL! I was never into Tenchu and I don't see that changing now, but I wonder how many of these sony "fans" posting here how Tenchu isn't that good a series will be singing it's praises when it goes to the PS3.

kitty
kitty moderator

i'm glad to see another tenchu game, i have all of them and i've been waiting for awhile now for another

AaronChico
AaronChico

how do you unlock the hidden demo? im vaguely interested but I seem to remember Tenchu being... you know... PAR it's awful nowadays, but it USED to be par. let's give it an inch of the benefit of the doubt (even tho it's likely going to be REALLY really bad to anyone save for the most ignorant or un-discerning players)

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

ummmmm......its fact this the tenchu series hasent been good since the PLAYSTATION era......what make this any better?

redxwarriorxxx
redxwarriorxxx

Alright a ,,,,, well I was gonna say good but , a ninja game.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Techu has sucked for years now. The first game was fun (I, mean ninja rope, who dosen't love nija rope) but ever sence then it has been lack luster to say the least. So...

Sirpapaya007
Sirpapaya007

wow throw-back psx FF7 graphics....lol i love that one polygon for a head of hair style....wtf

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Sorry , but the Tenchu series was never that good, so this isn't that interesting. On top of that note, the graphics don't even look as good as Ninja Gaiden's from the original Xbox... hmm...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

the game looks good. I'm glad its coming to the 360