Tenchu grabbed me completely when I first saw it: the atmospheric graphics, the slow-paced yet intense gameplay with brutally satisfying stealth kills, the colorful characters, and the absolutely beautiful soundtrack by Noriyuki Asakura.
So this was the point where I got weird about Tenchu and found the original Japanese release, 'Rittai Ninja Katsugeki: Tenchu'. I completed the first mission, and punished The Evil Merchant. It was very similar to the US and European version, except I couldn't do the back roll turn.
I found and completed the Tenchu Demo. I punished the evil merchant, now with reversed crouched rotation controls. :)
I streamed playing Training and Level 1 using Mednafen to YouTube, but destroyed the recording by accidentally pressing the Xbox Guide Button and launching the stupid Steam Big Picture mode.
A teaser trailer for the mysterious new From Software game was speculated to be a new Tenchu game. I would love that more than anything, but I don't think it's realistic. For now, I jumped back into the original, playing it from the beginning. The stealth gameplay and items are still satisfying, although the movement and combat can be frustrating at times. I love the graphics and music - Acquire did a great job despite the limitations of the platform.
I completed TRAINING and levels 1-3, recording the whole thing with OBS, taking care to disabled Steam before playing. :)
I completed missions 6-7. The Manji Cult level (mission 6) was always one of my favourites, due to the spooky atmosphere, strange and frightening Manji cultists, and most of all, Noriyuki Asakura's beautiful soundtrack.
completed the game with Rikimaru (Mednafen).
I completed Mission 10 on my second try, the first one failing due to Onikage kicking me into a corner. The boss fights are easier than I remembered, I guess all the Dark Souls stuff has improved my third person melee skills.