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Tenchu: Return from Darkness (Xbox)

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In a 16th century Japan suffering from rebellions and civil disorder, a powerful sorcerer seeks to gain ultimate power from an evil god and become unquestioned ruler.

Player characters Ayame and Rikimaru complete several missions for their master Lord Gohda in an attempt to bring peace to Japan, and eventually defeat the evil Lord Tenrai. A third player character, Tesshu, is a doctor by day and freelance assassin for justice by night. After completing Ayame and Rikimaru's quest, the player can guide Tesshu through a handful of missions and see Japan from his perspective.

The name of the game is stealth and the player is rewarded for playing the game without being seen and executing "stealth kills" by being given access to bonus weapons and items. Conversely, to attack head-on is cumbersome and unrewarding.

Tenchu: Return From Darkness also features 6 2-player co-op missions (where players can select from the three main player characters) and a versus mode that includes 20 characters, including enemies and bosses. The 2 player mode is available as split-screen or on Xbox Live.

Basically, Tenchu: Return From Darkness is an Xbox expansion of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven and adds new features such as:
  • Two new single player missions for each character
  • Online play with Xbox Live
  • Body dragging
  • Continue function (in easy mode)
  • Pause Menu


Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Rikimaru has been spotted and is fighitng a police officer in Through The Portal. The officer has deflected the swing of Rikimaru's sword with his baton.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Mifuyu vs. Kagura in an Xbox Live VS. game on the Battleground stage. Boss characters like these are unlocked as you progress through single player.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Ayame (dressed in her Ninja Armor) performing a stealth kill on an enemy Kunoichi in Gohda Castle.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox In Rikimaru's Bonus Stage, "Through The Portal", he peeks around the corner to watch for a chance to attack or sneak past.

Alternate Titles

  • "Tenchu: Regreso desde las Tinieblas" -- Spanish title
  • "Tenchu: Le Retour des Ténèbres" -- French title

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User Reviews

There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good stealth kill.... Mike Hanson (284) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

GameZone Mar 09, 2004 8.1 out of 10 81 Sep 24, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Apr 01, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Gamesmania May 04, 2004 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Mar 11, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN Mar 09, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Mar 23, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Extreme Gamer Mar 25, 2004 7 out of 10 70 Mar 15, 2004 13 out of 20 65
Netjak Jun 08, 2004 4.1 out of 10 41


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The only differences between Tenchu: Return from Darkness and Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven are graphical enhancements and online multiplayer.
sabi shii (87) added Tenchu: Return from Darkness (Xbox) on Jun 05, 2004