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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There are only a hand few of maps that you move through (8 missions total) you move to a place deep inside a castle then you move back out the way you came, only there are more and tougher enemies on your trek back. Each map has 3-4 different sections to it which are separated by a loading screen, there is also a lot of ways one can move throughout the map to achieve their goal. The maps are large and have a great amount of verticality to them. Trying to stealth the entire mission is rewarding and challenging in the later game. Maps look very highly detailed. If you enjoy sulking around all stealthy-like this is a game that you will enjoy. If you like 1st person games where you run around loudly kicking everyone in the nads this game might not be for you (although i didn't play it on easy so this playstyle might work). On hard and normal you can only take about 2-3 hits from an enemy before you die, on very hard enemies oneshot you if they can melee you. This game is all about stealth.
A true stealth game to the core, Styx is for those who are big fans of the stealth genre. The story is ok, nothing special, but the look of the game is one of its strong suits. The gameplay is where the heart of the game is, as it should be for a game like this. The combat system pretty much only allows you to have a 1v1 but if you try fighting a group you will be in trouble, but thats not the way the game is meant to be played. In short, great game for Stealth fans, goes on sale a lot so maybe wishlist and pick it up on the cheap.
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.
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