Developed by Acquire, Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins is a prequel to Tenchu: Stealth Assassins; the events found within this game happened before those in the original. Retaining the third-person 3D viewpoint and stealth tactics, this prequel features over 21 new techniques including devastating deathblows and weapon combinations. Depending on which character you choose will determine your fighting style as each comes with his or her own unique weapons. Unlike the original, characters can now swim through trenches and other bodies of water. Additionally, players now have the option of dragging dead corpses into secluded areas; if someone sees a dead body, they’re going to know something’s wrong and begin combing the area for clues.
There are 29 unique missions involving the assassination of certain warlords, the protection of innocents and the elimination of unwanted troops. While you could run out in the open, the point behind this series is to remain undetected and silently slay the given targets. This involves propelling yourself onto rooftops and trees with a grappling hook and quietly sliding around walls while focusing on the surrounding environment. Finishing missions without being seen will earn you higher rankings and secret goodies; if your only concern is to finish the game, feel free to rush through each level. Rankings are as follows: stealth kills are 20 points and normal kills are five points with 150 and 30 point deductions coming in the form of murdering an innocent and being spotted; if you remain unseen throughout an entire level, you’re awarded 300 points.
Release Date: 15 August 2000
Media Format: EBOOT
ISO size: 494 MB
Image Format: .PBP
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