I think that's a great idea! Although, in a race to see which one of us could finish it first, I would probably win. Not because I'm arrogantly assuming I'm better at Tenchu than you... but because I just have way too much time on my hands. XD Although, between my tendency to get distracted by other things and me restarting the missions every other time I get spotted to see if I can make it a near perfect run, we might just progress through the game at the same rate. IDK. I don't have Wrath of Heaven yet, so I'll have to order it off of amazon sometime and it should get here in just a couple days once I do, so I'll tell you when I've ordered it and after that we can figure out when to start playing it.
Also, what about Fatal Shadows? From what I've read about it, the game is a side-story starring Ayame and another female ninja friend of hers. From what I've heard the story is pretty good, and a game starring Ayame sounds pretty cool to me. Have you bought that one yet?
Yeah, don't get me wrong, I thought Paul Lucas did an amazing job for this game. He emoted very well and was very compelling, especially in the final cutscene where he stayed behind while Ayame and Princess Kiku escaped the tunnel. But from what I've seen of Rikimaru in later games, I think Daniel Dae Kim might come a little closer to my ideal Rikimaru voice as a whole. From what I've heard, he also makes Rikimaru sound honorable, determined, and mature, but he also makes him sound more authentically Asian and gives him a certain "bad-*** ninja" feel without overdoing it like Liam O'Brien seemed to. I don't know, maybe I'll feel differently once I've played the game and seen his performance, but to me he sounds like the best of three worlds (Paul, Rino, and Liam). I'll just have to see.
I'm not playing the game right now, so I'll get back to you on Onikage's Engrish later. When I do play it, I'll be sure to check out those lines of his after I die. Thanks for telling me about that.
The Cult Leader... well, it was easily the most hilarious performance in the game. The line about the stone in her belly was hilarious.
I know you said you couldn't remember Onikage speaking any Engrish, but for me I definitely heard some. I didn't think it was so much that it hurt the performance, but there were a couple of moments I think would have worked a little better if he didn't have quite such a thick accent. Otherwise, I agree with you. Seiichi Hirai was awesome as Onikage and I thought he managed to make him sound really crazy and creepy, and his performance really shined on his final death scene. He was easily the best non native English speaker in the game, and that kind of worked in his favor a lot of the time because he made Onikage sound so strange and unique.
Also, I'm giving an honorable mention to the dance-walking fire-breathing cult members who look like they were either spanking something or strumming an air guitar. Their "WYAAAH!!!" was hilarious.
Totally agree with you on the music. I've read that the composer has done soundtracks for not only the entire Tenchu series (at least I think), but also Way of the Samurai and Rurouni Kenshin. I haven't seen Rurouni Kenshin in years, but I kinda want to check it out again specifically to hear his music. His music was amazing in this game, and it was also amazing in Tenchu 2 even if there wasn't as much of it.
My favorite performance is probably a tie between Rikimaru, the Cult Leader, and Onikage. I thought Paul Lucas did a great job with Rikimaru, especially considering the conditions he was probably working in (smack dab in Japan working with people who didn't speak English perfectly), the only negative I have for him is that I thought Rikimaru could have used a little more energy and he probably should have sounded a little younger. He still did a great job sounding like an honorable and determined person who was both righteous and dedicated to his mission. Overall, I loved it.
I just killed Lord Mei-Oh without getting any damage whatsoever! But that's just because I spammed him with a bunch of items. I got through the whole level in one try and with Grand Master (585)! Oh man, that was fun. The attack where he shows up behind you and slashes through you couldn't even touch me! While you use scrolls I think you're invincible, so when he tried to do that attack I used the fire-breathing scroll and so he would try the attack, go through me without hurting me, and as soon as he was in front of me the fire hit him!
Anyway, I loved this game. It may not have had as much story as Tenchu 2, but because of the excellent level design, the cool secret items, and the much better grappling hook, I thought the game was more fun overall. I really enjoy both games though, but this one appealed to me a bit more. Now I'm thinking about playing as Ayame a little... wish me luck with listening to Terry Osada.
You want bombs? I have twenty! But who cares. No big deal. I want mooorrree!
... Yeah, I actually have twenty bombs. I've also got several of those special items you get when you beat a level on Grand Master. I've got three fire breathing scrolls, three protection amulets, three resurrection leaves, and one dog bone. I've also got a few others, but they don't seem like they would help me out in a fight.
What do you think about those special items? Should I take those? I'm thinking at least the resurrection leaves would really come in handy.
That's a cool gif. Anyway, I just barely killed Onikage (I already know I have to fight him again on the last level). So is this next level the last one? From what I've heard about it, the narration made it sound like this one is it.