Home
 
Choose Your City
Change City

Silent but deadly

<p></p>

Kill opponents with stealth in new Tenchu Z



Your hapless victims will never see it coming when you kill with stealth in Tenchu Z.





Tenchu Z

Publisher: From Software

Platforms: Xbox 360

Rating: M — Mature 17 +

Game type: Action

*** (out of 5)





What’s the premise?


Become one with the shadows and become a master of stealth to carry out over 50 missions as a deadly ninja assassin in this Xbox 360-exclusive game.





This game is most similar to…?


Tenchu: Wrath Of Heaven.





Can I let my kid/kid brother play it?


Quiet kills are still kills and frankly there’s a Kill Bill-quantity of blood spraying out of people at times. Not exactly kid friendly.





One player or more?


You can team up using a system link or go online to get your ninja on with your pals.





What’s missing?


Good AI. Next-gen systems like the 360 and PlayStation 3 are supposed to have ushered in a new era of gaming where the bad guys aren’t as predictable as computers. The developers of Tenchu Z apparently haven’t gotten that memo yet and the result is guards who discover an assassin in their midst and then go back to patrolling in a few moments if you go and hide. Ugh.





The (not-so) secret to success is…?


It’s your choice: you can be all stealthy-like and do the ninja thing properly or carve up the bad guys like Christmas turkeys. Not as many reward points for the latter, though.





And in the end?


Tenchu Z boasts more than 50 levels, but after just a few you’ll realize there’s not a ton of differentiation. You have to love that wacky ninja action to want to play this one from beginning to end.







Hang ten with Cody Maverick in Surf’s Up.





Surf’s Up

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Game Cube, Nintendo DS, PSP, Game Boy Advance, PC

Rating: E — Everyone 10+

Game type: Action/Racing

*** (out of 5)





What’s the premise?


It’s time to hang 10 with Cody Maverick and the rest of the stars of Sony Pictures’ newest animated feature as you try to become a surf legend.





This game is most similar to…?


Hmmmm… surfing? How about the classic California Games? Or more realistically: SSX Blur.





Can I let my kid/kid brother play it?


Sure, as long as the sight of flightless waterfowl shooting the curl on boards made of ice won’t freak him out.





One player or more?


There’s a sweet split-screen mode where up to four players can face off (two at a time) to see who can rack up the most points by pulling off the coolest tricks and grinds.





What’s missing?


A little variation. While there’re a good number of different waves to catch, the moves you can use tend to get a tad repetitive after a while.





The (not-so) secret to success is…?


Nab those bonuses. There are a ton of items all over each course that can really amp up your score, so make the effort to find them.





And in the end?


I’ve got to admit, there was an unusual lack of surfing titles out there (although snowboarding is pretty much the same thing) and Surf’s Up definitely fills that niche.




jonathan.kuehlein@metronews.ca


 
 
Consider AlsoFurther Articles