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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Styx is a straight up stealth game like we rarely get anymore. Set in a fantasy world, you play as a somewhat schizophrenic goblin with magical powers. Though your goal remains unsure for most of the game, it gives you just enough to keep you going until you know more. The world building is pretty great. While the usual fantasy tropes exist (humans being in an eternal war with the elves, orcs and goblins being treated like slaves...) it does enough to keep itself apart and creates and interesting lore. The gameplay itself consists more or less of your usual stealth mechanics like invisibility and x-ray vision but the addition of a cloning system, allowing you to create diversions and access areas you otherwise couldn't, really adds another dimension o the genre. All in all, this is definitely a game for stealth lovers but that also isn't too difficult for uninitiated players.
Styx: Master of Shadows is really one of the best stealth games of all time, and when I say it, I mean you really need to be stealthy in the game because if you don't and just wanna move careless and get detected by your enemy, developers made sure that you will going to regret it! some may say the combat system of the game is bad, but i guess this is a really good thing because this a hardcore stealth game and when you can not fight easy , you will be forced to complete your missions with extreme cautious, and this is the true essence of and stealth game! unfortunately the narrative of the game is not so good and you won't find an interesting story here, and if it had a great plot I definitely could have give it 10/10 ! the gameplay is extremely good and well designed and the missions will really challenge your skills in not getting detected! So if you want to experience an incredibly hardcore stealth game, I recommend Styx: Master of Shadows as the best option to you!
Assassins Creed? Hahaha. No They are not true stealth games... Styx is the best stealth game I have ever played. It was the first I actually finished. (I HAVE played assassin's creed, and Tom Clancy Splinter cell for other stealth games). I hated stealth games before. They felt to much like you were an overpowered hero who could, if they chose to, be stealthy. But no. In this you feel SO strong, but as soon as your caught in the open you feel doomed. It feels SO good. Like your a real assassin with only a knife, and amazing skills. Truly all I can say is this is my favorite (Still) stealth game ever.
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.
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