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  • Summary: The tactical game with stealth elements Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a cooperative endeavor of Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions. The game is a special take on the genre: it takes place during the Edo-Era of Japan in 1615. Within a playtime of roughly 25 hours, 5The tactical game with stealth elements Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a cooperative endeavor of Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions. The game is a special take on the genre: it takes place during the Edo-Era of Japan in 1615. Within a playtime of roughly 25 hours, 5 characters will face challenging missions, each protagonist with their own special field of expertise. Only if you know the positive and negative qualities of your characters and play tactically and with finesse, will you master the challenges ahead. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 6, 2017
    100
    After many years, we have a clever game with a fantastic design set in the original environment, that upgrades the gameplay of Commandos and Desperados series almost to a piece of art. [Issue #271]
  2. Dec 15, 2016
    90
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun follows the gold standard of this sub-genre set by the Commandos series: big maps that feel alive, different playable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and lots of ways to complete a level.
  3. Mar 12, 2017
    90
    For fans of real-time tactics and stealth games, Shadow Tactics is very nearly without compare. It’s that same classic Commandos gameplay wrapped up in an exquisite new shell; still punishing yet not cruel.
  4. Dec 8, 2016
    85
    For fans of Commandos and similar squad-based games, Shadow Tactics is a must play. It is a pure tactical bliss, even more so if you're into Japanese culture and history.
  5. Dec 15, 2016
    82
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun’s uncommon attentiveness to characters and story elevate what is already a really entertaining and mentally stimulating quest across 17th-Century Japan. The near-constant annoyance of the camera definitely hindered my feeling of being a zen ninja assassin. Overall though, developer Mimimi has put together one of the most punishing and clever top-down stealth games I’ve ever skulked through.
  6. 80
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun provides a satisfying challenge, making gamers feel like a badass for even the smallest of victories.
  7. Nov 21, 2016
    70
    There aren’t many games like Shadow Tactics, and thankfully, it sets the bar high for any would-be challengers. The blend of RTS controls with stealth-oriented gameplay and level design create incredibly satisfying, almost puzzle-like encounters. It takes a lot of time and patience to be able to discover the solutions to these puzzles, however, and the hours long missions often left me feeling fatigued before I was even halfway through with them. Shadow Tactics is a unique exploration of the stealth genre with a great amount of polish, but if you’re going to dive in, be prepared for just how deep the water is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Dec 7, 2016
    10
    Fantastic game. There's been a huge lack of stealth RTS games in recent years, and this has rejuvinated the genre. It obviously has parralelsFantastic game. There's been a huge lack of stealth RTS games in recent years, and this has rejuvinated the genre. It obviously has parralels to the Commandos series of games and they've been a heavy influence, but it's also more accessible and open than they were. Contrary to a couple of bad reviews there is always more than one path available, and in fact there are challenges set for each mission which will encourage you to try different methods to collect all the badges. Stealth obviously plays a key part, but if you do get spotted you're able to run away and hide, so it's quite accessible for those who are new to the genre. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2017
    10
    I was starving for a game like this. I miss Desperados and Commandos so much that I was so delighted to see a game like this again! Hard to doI was starving for a game like this. I miss Desperados and Commandos so much that I was so delighted to see a game like this again! Hard to do stealth and careful playing is so enjoyable for me Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2016
    10
    i highly recommend this game :D

    Its a modern commandos. Easily my GOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Beautiful graphics -Perfect Commandos-Gameplay
    i highly recommend this game :D

    Its a modern commandos. Easily my GOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Beautiful graphics
    -Perfect Commandos-Gameplay
    -Well written Characters and Story
    -Perfect Leveldesign
    Perfect > 10!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Jan 23, 2018
    9
    Shadow Tactics successfully revives the top-down tactical stealth genre pioneered by Commandos, Robin Hood and Desperados. It's amazing thatShadow Tactics successfully revives the top-down tactical stealth genre pioneered by Commandos, Robin Hood and Desperados. It's amazing that the scenario has up until now not been given the genre treatment.

    The game has great, semi-stylized graphics and an awesome soundtrack and sound design, making for an all together perfect Japanese atmosphere, aided by the (optional) Japanese voice-over.

    The campaign takes you through 13 different levels (river valleys, snowy mountains, misty forests, bustling cities, i. a.) with multiple, varied objectives. There are optional challenges for hardcore gamers. It took me around 30 hours to beat the campaign.

    The characters are likeable and their skills work together well gameplay-wise.

    Review in one word: MORE!

    Definitely buy it!
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  5. Dec 9, 2016
    9
    This game is beautiful, it's well designed, it really demands you have patience and use your brain, been pc gaming since the early 1990's, IThis game is beautiful, it's well designed, it really demands you have patience and use your brain, been pc gaming since the early 1990's, I hate the direction of our industry is going in because since the console sofa brigade far too few games actually need your attention and require you to think or have any skill whatsoever. This game demands attention, patience, brains and skill. If you're lacking in any of these departments, you'll get stuck and I imagine you will be frustrated.

    The only reason I'm not giving it 10/10 is because I don't like the voice acting, it's not immersive, it's actually cringeworthy, you're basically a Japanese assassin but you talk like a cartoon version of a japanese person and they're constantly telling jokes while murdering people, makes no sense. I'd have much preferred them to be less "funny" and more authentic.

    So perfect game and I take off just one point because disliking the cartoony characters is a personal dislike.
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  6. Dec 21, 2016
    9
    First things first, let me make one thing clear... although alot of reviewers call this a RTS, it most definately is not, Shadow Tactics:First things first, let me make one thing clear... although alot of reviewers call this a RTS, it most definately is not, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a TACTICS game remeniscent of the old Commandoes and Desperados games. If you are looking for an actual RTS you won't find it in this game.
    You control up to 5 characters, each with different skills to complete your task often needing them to work in tandem (wich there is a gamemechanic in place for) and it's a blast to pull off a well planned move with multiple characters at once.
    The missions are pretty interesting and they fit around the story that enfolds. I personally saw the plottwist in the story comming a mile away but it still didn't take away anything from the overall experience since the most enjoyment will be from the actual gameplay.
    I have spent 31h to complete one playthrough, and there definately is replayability either to get badges (challenges) by doing/not doing certain actions during missions or by simply trying out a another route to your target.
    This game is a prime example of a cheap indie games just stomping on most AAA titles in terms of value, fun and gameplay.
    I can't really say anything negative about the title based on what it sells for and what it is intended to be. The few quirks I had with it like missing hotkeys for selecting all characters at once, some ui annoyances etc have all been patched in as of writing this review.
    So I can't recommend this enough if you are into tactics games. I'm glad atleast one game in this genre is made and I really hope for more.
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  7. Dec 6, 2016
    0
    Stealth done wrong.

    Do not be mistaken. This isn't a stealth game like Commandos, this is a puzzle game. There is only one solution to
    Stealth done wrong.

    Do not be mistaken. This isn't a stealth game like Commandos, this is a puzzle game. There is only one solution to every problem, and it's up to you to read the minds of the developers to figure out how to get past every ridiculously populated corridor/room. If you can't figure out what they want from you, you will not progress. There is no freedom in your decisions. There is no doing things your way. It's: Here's an area filled with guards: Good luck trying to unravel it.

    Not for me. I got frustrated on the third map, because there's this giant corridor FILLED with guards and no apparant ways to get one of my characters through it. After 5 different attempts I gave up and refunded. Also, the map is bugged. Guards kept seeing my "footprints" in the bushes after exiting the wagon, thus putting my into an unwinnable situation.

    Never again.
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