"In this world there are ninja games and there are ninja games. If you prefer those of the "bull in a china shop" variety, well, you know where to go for that. Everyone loves the idea of being an icy assassin lurking in the shadows, but so few of the most popular ninja videogames -- Ninja Gaiden, Shinobi, Strider -- actually ever exalt those very virtues. So if your idea of a ninja game errs on the side of stealth and sneakery, then Tenchu is most likely your franchise of choice. And the latest iteration in the series, Shadow Assassins (developed by Tenchu's original creator, Acquire), does an admirable job of bringing players back to ninja school."