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Return From Darkness
is going to be a busy month for Ninjas on the Xbox.With two high-profile titles featuring the high-flying,
shuriken hucking, silk-sporting death mechanics of ancient Japan gamers
will have some very full plates.One
of these two ninja games would be Tenchu: Return From Darkness, from
Activision, bringing with it the stealth-based ninja prowling that is
the benchmark of the Tenchu series.
will be the first installment in the series to make it to the Xbox.Based on Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven on the PS2, this game tweaks the
features from that title including improved AI and two-player coop play
over Xbox Live.
New Stealth Attacks and Improved Fighting Engine Master
combo attacks, including stealth moves and jumping attacks, played out
in realistic detail via a robust fighting engine.Gamers take on the role of three characters, Rikimaru, Ayame and
Tesshu, an unlockable assassin, utilizing over 20 authentic ninja
weapons and tools and earning new abilities and combos by racking up
Exclusive Xbox Content and Enhancements - Tenchu: Return from Darkness
features 11 single-player maps including two new levels that take
players on a journey to a samurai mansion and deserted pagoda temple.Improved gameplay balance with re-tuned enemy intelligence and
item placement force gamers to think on their feet.
Xbox Live and Multiplayer Action The Xbox Live mode
allows for two-player co-op missions through six levels, as well as
online voice chat functionality.The
multiplayer action offers six levels and two
modes of play
team oriented missions and Hunter-Hunted death matches.
New Restart and Continue Functions - Tenchu: Return from Darkness
features two exclusive new functions for both hardcore and novice
function allows them to restart a mission with all of the items
previously collected.The continue function, designed for novice players,
alleviates the frustration of dying early in pitfalls and having to
start at the beginning of a mission.
Multiple Mission Paths Fans can complete unique mission
objectives including espionage, theft and assassination.Crafted levels allow players to determine the most efficient way
to achieve mission goals.Multiple game endings based on earlier decisions in the game
and enemy placements, keep players coming back for more.
Realistic Graphics and Special Effects Taking
full advantage of the Xboxs graphical capabilities, Tenchu:
Return from Darkness features 11 detailed levels with realistic
lighting and weather effects, breakable items and authentic character
Return from Darkness will not so stealthily make its way to store
shelves in early March.