Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries of age.
Deep inside the vertiginous and multi-layered forsaken Tower of Akenash, where Humans and Elves protect the World-Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – is hidden Styx’ chance to understand his true origin... and to make a fortune at the same time.
Prowl through the huge, miles-high Tower of Akenash, completing various missions (assassination, information recovery, etc.) and avoiding detection. Progress in the shadows, assassinate your targets in close combat, or orchestrate «accidents». RPG mechanics let you unlock new powerful skills, impressive special moves, and an optimized equipment. Amber will grant you spectacular powers such as invisibility, «amber vision», and the ability to clone yourself. Explore the levels to discover every bit of information about your past, and steal prized treasures to acquire equipment upgrades. Embrace the shadows!
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I really do enjoy this game. Except one major detail which I will come back to*. The stealth is very well done, you don't get good stealth in many games. Except for a bug in which reloading, enemies sometimes become aware of you, that's quite annoying! The combat system is abysmal. Even with skills to make it easier. But have no fear, because you can usually stealth kill people before they're any bother. The level design is AMAZING! A lot to explore and see, climb and find. Lot's of skills to gain, you can replay levels with those skills to make getting points for other skills easier. Bonuses include things like complete levels quickly. (It's not that hard if you skip the cutscenes.) Without killing anyone, alerting anyone and for collecting all the coins in each level. And there are side quests to keep you busy, looking for relics or misc treasures! I am however incredibly biased. Because aside from a few flaws, I enjoyed this game. This is a Biased review! As most are on steam. When you get to Deliverance, part two, Turn your sound off. The Inquisitors make a high frequency ringing sound, and gave me a colossal headache! Argh! The headache is so huge I heard the goblin complain about it from time to time.
Probably one of the biggest stealth games ive ever played. the maps ae huge offering lots of different ways to get around. tho not much replayability unless your trying to do everything perfect. but damn so far i love this game. the sneaking mechanics are spot on. the only thing i dont like are the ledge mechanics. it just feels like your guy jumps kinda weird. like he seems way to light. youll understand if you buy this and try jumping onto ledges. but other than that i gotta say this is one of my favorite stealth games so far. its like a cross between dishonored and thief
Really found it tedious and boring. It is old-school stealth, which I knew going in, but I guess I just enjoy modern action-stealth far more - like Shadow of Mordor and Dishonored. My god are the graphics bad, even for a "half price" game. The textures look like they are a decade old and there is SO much darkness and lack of color in the game it is just pretty ugly to look at. The controls are not great and it is difficult to get him to do what you want every time, which is paramount in a game where you can get insta-killed.
I have always enjoyed stealth games and I am really enjoying Styx. I agree with the other positive reviews that if you like stealth games then get Styx Master of Shadows. Don't expect to be going around fighting all the time, that's not what the game is about. You are a 3 foot tall goblin with a dagger not a big, unstoppable warrior. It's a stealth game not an action game. That doesn't mean Styx isn't deadly. He is skilled at killing enemy after enemy from the shadows. Sneaking up on your enemies for a kill or avoiding them all together is the best way to play the game. Styx is a great character with a lot of personality. It's fun being Styx. The stealth works well and the abilities you earn add to the choices you have when making your way to the next objective.. The problems people had with ledge detection and climbing when the game was released have been patched so that is not a problem any more. I think the graphics are good, not the best ever but they get the job done for sure. The environments and characters are detailed, the lighting is pretty good. I lowered the brightness to make the dark feel dark. The world you traverse is big and there are lots of different paths to discover as you explore the environment. The background music fits the mood and the voice over is good. If I had to fault the game at all I would say they should add an animation of Styx crawling over the edge of ledges and make it so you can move to the next section of the ledge at a corner. Also, they could improve some of the character animations for Styx and the NPC's to look and feel more natural. Overall Styx is one of my new favorite games. It reminds me of another favorite of mine, tenchu stealth assassin's on the PS1. No guns or fancy gadgets. Just you, your blade and your stealth skills. I'm so glad I bought Styx and I really hope they make Styx 2.
I think this game really deserves to be at least looked at cause when i first saw it, it really caught my eyes on and it is a really money well spent game. You are playing as Styx in really big placed maps which allow you to have different approaches to every situation. The main aspect is stealth. This game is very challenging and it really stands up to it's name * master of shadows* because it really wants you to be like the shadow itself. You need to plan your approach to the main or secondary objective, because it doesn't simply allow you to go trough the story like a hack&slash game. The enemies are hard to kill and it requires skill to dodge or parry their attacks cause if you don't and choose to fight them head on they will one hit kill you, that is if you choose to play on the hardest difficulty. This game has some really well done graphics with not so many bugs in it, the music and sound effects are really just outrageous and really unique. It is placed in third person but really gives that feeling of fear that sometimes there might be a guard just around the corner coming to kill you. If you are an assassin's creed fan or the legendary mark of the ninja game, this should be a game for you.
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