Tenchu: Dark Secret Reviews (Nintendo DS)

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N-Zone (Feb 28, 2007)
Nachdem Tenchu auf der PlayStation zahlreiche Fans begeistern konnte, erhalten nun auch Handheld-Zocker einen Ableger der fernöstlichen Abenteuerserie. In der Rolle zweier rechtschaffener Ninja kämpft ihr euch durch zahlreiche Missionen und schickt dabei so manchen fiesen Schergen in die ewigen Jagdgründe. Ihr schleicht mit euren Protagonisten durch unterschiedliche, relativ kleine Levels, um recht anspruchslose Aufgaben zu erfüllen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad und die KI der Feinde lassen sehr zu wünschen übrig. Außerdem grenzen die Missionen, Dialoge und Kampfeinlagen an Unterforderung. Lediglich die Technik weiß im Ansatz zu überzeugen und punktet vor allem durch die solide akustische Präsentation und die weitläufigen Areale. Trotz alledem ist Tenchu DS für Action-Adventure-Fans nicht mehr als ein Kompromiss
Fragland.net (Apr 02, 2007)
Another disappointing game in the franchise… It suffers from the same deceases as its latest brothers. Boring, repeptitive, not very original, … Not much to say really, just let this game pass on by. If you reaaaaaally can’t leave it on the shelves (because you’re a fan or something), go ahead and buy it, just don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Gamebrink (May 10, 2006)
Something really bad happened to Tenchu on the way to the DS. It lost its third-person perspective, stealth kills, and the need to sneak among other things. From Software has taken an excellent franchise, ripped its core out, and replaced it with gameplay centered around traps and nothing else. Sure this might be ok if it was executed properly but unfortunately that’s not the case at all.
GameSpot (Aug 25, 2006)
Apparently even ninjas can fall flat on their face. Tenchu: Dark Secret, the new portable entry in the long-running stealth action series, bears a slight superficial resemblance to some of its great predecessors. But the gameplay itself is a mess--a confusing series of aimless, repetitive, and sometimes-frustrating missions that play like a mediocre Nintendo game from the 1980s. The action can still be oddly addictive for short bursts, and the game does have a few decent ideas that are new to the Tenchu series. But if the Tenchu name still means something important to you (or even if it doesn't), you'd probably be better off avoiding this one.
Deeko (Aug 24, 2006)
I've played other games in the Tenchu series and enjoyed them, but this is an awful attempt to cash in on a relatively good name. The AI is about as intelligent as a pet rock, the graphics are incredibly bland and dull, the music is quite annoying and I get to barter in REAL TIME on the INTERNET. Seriously, I know this is an exclusive game and some of you may purchase it simply based on that fact alone, but if you're looking for something entertaining, something truly engrossing than you're in the wrong place my friend. I may no longer be a ninja, but I could never see myself using this as a means by which to re-live my glory gory days. It's a damn shame and it's really no fun - just a simple game you can plod through without having to think much (though there are the occasionally tough bosses...)
4Players.de (Dec 05, 2006)
Was habt ihr aus Tenchu gemacht? Wo ist die Stealth-Action? Wo ist die innovative Nutzung der DS-Features wie Stift, Mikro oder Touchscreen? Erst auf der PS2 und Xbox die Enttäuschungen, jetzt die Verramschung auf den Handhelds. Sorry, aber dieses Spiel ist nicht mehr als eine monotone Action- und Sammelorgie vor asiatischer Kulisse, die allerhöchstens niedere Motivationsinstinkte anspricht: leicht zu spielen, leicht zu meistern. Aber es gibt keine Spannung, keine Stimmung, keine Story. Die Kamera lässt sich nicht drehen, die Missionen und Level wiederholen sich, Schleichfinessen gibt's nicht, die Kämpfe sind anspruchslos. Dass die Ninjas nach der Katastrophe auf der PSP jetzt auch auf Nintendos DS im Wertungskeller landen, sollte der letzte Warnschuss für die From Software sein: So nicht!
IGN (Aug 28, 2006)
Admittedly, the game isn’t entirely terrible, and there are far worse titles in the system library than Tenchu: Dark Secret. But don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s a familiar brand, that Nintendo published it, or that it’s a limited release: this game is a bad one.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 06, 2006)
A chaque nouvel opus, la série des Tenchu s'embourbe dans les travers de la médiocrité, pour atteindre cette fois des sommets en la matière. Non seulement le titre n'a plus rien à voir avec ses prédécesseurs, mais il est tellement mal pensé que le côté furtif en devient complètement absent. Le manque d'intérêt général n'a d'ailleurs d'égal que l'étroitesse de la durée de vie.
Gamekult (Dec 11, 2006)
Déjà miteux en plus d'être atrocement réalisé - non, les captures ne mentent pas -, Tenchu DS explose en rase-mottes quand on réalise que les niveaux sont clonés, à deux ou trois nuances d'objectifs près (tuer tout le monde, sauver un type). Reste alors le principe d'objets à crafter, en sauvant des artisans au fil des missions ou en récupérant des ingrédients ; vos meilleurs items pourront être échangés ou vendus via Wi-Fi. C'est bien peu pour sauver ce Dark Secret de pacotille, un jeu qui n'aurait jamais dû sortir du Japon, ni même sortir tout court.
Modojo (Sep 06, 2006)
From Software has insulted themsleves with this piss-poor development, a game that fails in every category. Graphics? Terrible. Music? Bleah. Gameplay? Unreasonable. Wi-Fi? Not even included to a good extent. Replayability? Hey, if you can handle playing past two levels, have at it. Me? I'm nauseated by this game and don't ever want to deal with it again. Let GameStop and EB clean themselves out from their inventory and be done with the damn thing.
Thunderbolt Games (May 24, 2006)
You know what the sad thing is? Unless you can find a good bargain on this game, Tenchu: Dark Shadow is usually sold for fifty dollars. I wouldn’t touch this game for fifty cents. It lacks every aspect necessary for a quality game. The characters have no personality whatsoever. The missions are a joke; the ridiculously horrible AI makes beating every objective a five-minute walk in the park at best. Though the game sports a Wifi connection, it has been implemented so poorly that it serves as nothing more than useless add-on for a seemingly useless game. The terribly rendered graphics will make you squint down at your DS screens, and the sound will make you cringe in discomfort. Sorry, Tenchu fans, but this game isn’t worth looking into, let alone the DS cart it’s programmed onto. If you’re in the need for some quality imports, look elsewhere; this game should have never left the drawing board.