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  • Summary: Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with role-playing elements set in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries old.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    90
    Despite a few rough edges, Styx: Master of Shadows deserves a place alongside Metal Gear Solid 3, Hitman: Blood Money, and Mark of the Ninja as one of the best titles the genre has to offer.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 18, 2015
    81
    Styx: Master of Shadows is quite good as a stealth based game. Fighting sucks, but I think that is intentional, so that stealth is the main point. [Feb 2015]
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    80
    The music throughout the game is used to great effect.
  4. Oct 14, 2014
    72
    Styx may stumble in its quicktime combat and its spotty edge detection, but it makes up for most of its flaws with challenging stealth action across massives levels.
  5. Oct 29, 2014
    70
    An entertaining stealth action offering its gamers sufficiently large number of environments along with another number of instruments for horseplays. Due to the weak production values ​​and primitive combat system, this one is intended only for hardcore fans of the silent stealth genre.
  6. Oct 10, 2014
    70
    Styx: Master of Shadows is not a great game and the timing of its launch is somewhat unfortunate as many gamers are probably still enjoying the stealth approach in Shadow of Mordor, but for old school fans of the genre it does offer a solid experience with some nice level design and cool character abilities.
  7. Oct 7, 2014
    50
    In some ways Styx feels like a stealth game from an earlier era, but one that's more dated then vintage. It tries to pick up a few tricks from more modern games in the genre, but much of its core wouldn't have been out of place alongside the earlier Tenchu or Metal Gear Solid games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 49
  2. Negative: 12 out of 49
  1. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    Finally a revive of the stealth genre. With only little imperfections here and there it's an unforgetable ride. No nursing, lots of freedom,Finally a revive of the stealth genre. With only little imperfections here and there it's an unforgetable ride. No nursing, lots of freedom, outstanding level (or should I say - world) and sound design, solid graphics*.

    Controls:
    Smooth, precise, no automation allowing a great deal of freedom of movement. People complaining about it are usually accustomed to Assassin's Creed type of aids or plainly didn't grasp the introductory tutorial of Styx. After few hours I'm looking like a Quasimodo returning from a ballet lessons!
    Good camera movement BTW. I've never seen a serious clipping or obstruction problems with it.

    Story/world:
    Mature fantasy world with interesting, original twists. Again, mature and non-trivial!

    AI:
    A little bit short-sighted and quickly dropping the hunt for you if you manage to run away after being detected but aside from it. A solid work.

    Game mechanics:
    Like a well-selected orchestra!
    Initially I thought that some elements I've seen in the trailer are misplaced and that I won't use them. So wrong. Everything has its place and purpose and everything has its limitations, avoiding boredom and making a specific item too commonly used during gameplay. A stealthy run through a guard-crawling level on the highest difficulty level will leave you thinking you're a god :) It's all hard work, patience, planning and execution all put together.

    Good representation of Styx's limitations. A jump 15 meters down and you're a goner. It's not anime...

    Audio:
    One of the biggest selling points of the game. Apart from repetitive dialogues of the guards that is. The soundtrack should be sold separately! Well done and, as with the story and world design, a great deal of originality.

    * very well optimised! Radeon 6850 allows for perfectly smooth maxed-out gameplay at 1080p.
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  2. Oct 10, 2014
    9
    Styx is a real stealth game, no pseudo press X to win **** like AssiCreed. It is challenging, I recommend for Stealth Fans the GoblinStyx is a real stealth game, no pseudo press X to win **** like AssiCreed. It is challenging, I recommend for Stealth Fans the Goblin difficulty level from the start. Levels are large and have different ways in and out to the target. No hand holding, no linear levels. Just you your trusty blade and a lot of people to stab, kill, smash, burn and throw of a cliff or balcony. Yes it is lacking a bit of polish, but it is good fun. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    9
    I am not normally a stealth game type person. I normally get bored and crave something more, the latest "Thief" game is a good example inI am not normally a stealth game type person. I normally get bored and crave something more, the latest "Thief" game is a good example in which this has happened to me. For some reason, with Styx: Master of Shadows, I can't stop playing.

    Pros: You get to be a Goblin assassin. The best kind of assassin.
    Expansive and creative level design offers a multitude of paths for your creative enjoyment.
    The controls work well and I have had no problem with "ledge detection" like other people have stated.
    Movement animations are nimble and feel right. Kill animations make you feel powerful and gritty.
    Beautiful graphics especially the lighting and main character, Styx.
    Good story and a cool way of telling it as far as I'm concerned.

    Cons: Sub par voice acting. I really feel like this is the only thing keeping it from a 10/10 to me. If I had to rate the voice acting it would be a 6/10, not horrible but it could have been better.

    All in all, this is a great game for about 25$. I've enjoyed it more than most games I've bought this year for over twice that price.
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  4. Oct 1, 2015
    8
    Tier 2
    + If taken at face value as a stealth game, offers some very smooth and entertaining stealth gameplay
    + Huge levels with a ton of
    Tier 2
    + If taken at face value as a stealth game, offers some very smooth and entertaining stealth gameplay
    + Huge levels with a ton of approaches to gameplay on offer and decent optional objectives
    + Great level design in terms of both gameplay and visuals
    + Interesting game world with an engaging, if relatively simple, story
    ? Very dumb combat, but can be avoided
    - Particularly tedious collectible system (hidden coins)
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  5. rev
    Oct 23, 2014
    7
    My introduction to stealth genre, quite satisfying at that.
    Unusual protagonist, charismatic in his own way. Plot as a whole is strange,
    My introduction to stealth genre, quite satisfying at that.
    Unusual protagonist, charismatic in his own way. Plot as a whole is strange, didn't quite comprehend it :)
    Technically the game is adequate, graphics are good, music is great (watch the launch trailer again!).
    You have to F5-F9 all the time, not that it's too burdensome. Reusing levels in late game makes it a bit too long than it should to be without adding much new content. Solid game overall.
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  6. Jul 8, 2015
    5
    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 -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. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2016
    0
    This game is ok for 2002 year. If you like stupid checkpoints and look on the same scenes again and again. This game for you
    bad bad bad bad
    This game is ok for 2002 year. If you like stupid checkpoints and look on the same scenes again and again. This game for you
    bad bad bad bad bad bad bad
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