- 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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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun - Release Trailer
LEVEL (Czech Republic)Feb 6, 2017After 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]
Dec 15, 2016Shadow 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.
Nov 21, 2016There 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.
Dec 7, 2016Fantastic 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
Feb 18, 2017FANTASTIC game.
It captures the essence of graet gameplay of Commandos, while being original at the same time. Core gameplay is similar,FANTASTIC game.
It captures the essence of graet gameplay of Commandos, while being original at the same time. Core gameplay is similar, with few heroes having special abilities, enemies cones of sight and slow, steady movement and silent killing. But what makes this game great and even better than its predecessor is theme (feudal Japan), characters (diverse and very likable) and mission structure (game is hard in a good way, Commandos had some tiny-easy missions, while this one has 13 big complex over 1 hour long missions which is fantastic).
It also features SHadow mode, which is essentially programming your characters to activate their abilities at the same time, and while it isnt as complex as it could be (lets say game Door kockers) its still very handy in some situations.
And Japanese voice acting is fantastic.
One of best games ive played lately and one of my favourite games ever. Buy it!… Expand
Dec 7, 2016Great tactical hardcore stealth RTS game. Remember the old Commandos 2? Shadow Tactics is spiritual successor to it, according to devs. AndGreat tactical hardcore stealth RTS game. Remember the old Commandos 2? Shadow Tactics is spiritual successor to it, according to devs. And boy did they pull that off nicely. It's not a remake, but heavily influenced by Commandos. You control 5 different characters in ancient Japan (Ninja, Samurai, Street child, Geisha and Marksman) and sneak through 13 very challenging missions, poisoning, trapping, sneaking about and slicing throats. Hide the corpses in bushes, climb roofs and create complicated distraction schemes.
Enemy AI is superb. Which is very important in game like this. I haven't noticed any bugs. Cutscenes between mission aren't jawdropping, as they use just the in-game engine without zooming in. But they do the job. Missions themselves are very long, difficult (without being unfair) and challenging. There's countless solutions to every situation (especially in later levels where all characters are usable), CONTRARY to what some some negative reviews here state. Those players were just too stupid or impatient to find the tactical options and depth of Shadow Tactics. This is NOT an easy game or for the impatient, prepare to get challenged and to die a lot. There is a Demo in Steam, which contains full 1st mission and introduces 3 of the 5 characters (Ninja, Samurai, Marksman). Go check it out! It's rather easy though, because with 5 characters it's a lot less obvious what you should/can do in given situation.… Expand
Dec 23, 2017Very engaging and thought provoking game. You need a lot of patience to play this game well and a good deal of creativity to get throughVery engaging and thought provoking game. You need a lot of patience to play this game well and a good deal of creativity to get through certain problems, which is indicative of good game design. The controls can be a bit stupid with respect to the camera angle, if you click on a roof edge for example when trying to hide in a bush you'll squat in the middle of the road and be spotted, which can be incredibly annoying. The pathing can also be bad at times, if you click on the ground but there's a ladder you need to go down, you won't go down the ladder. One level I couldn't jump off a dock into the water when there was nothing stopping me, I jumped off a similar dock 5 minutes later. One level I killed a samurai while people who were looking over were distracted and for no discernible reason they lost focus on my distraction and alerted the whole firing squad. Apart from the stray bug here and there, the game behaves very well.
The setting and art style is very well done, it feels complete and the environments are highly polished. The characters and voice acting are fairly simple and the story is somewhat typical, it's good but not great.
Pro tip - Quick save before you try ANYTHING risky. I even bound one of my side mouse buttons to be F5 just to make it that much easier.… Expand
Jun 29, 2017Amazing stealth game that loosely follows the footsteps of Commandos.
I've read some extemely positive reviews before buying it, but I didn'tAmazing stealth game that loosely follows the footsteps of Commandos.
I've read some extemely positive reviews before buying it, but I didn't think it would have been *so* good.
It's well written, has great characters (I kinda hope to see the cast in some other game) and great dialogues. The setting is feudal Japan, it's quite original, fresh and always interesting.
The stealth mechanics are near perfect, and the character abilities are amazing and all of them have a place in the game and are fun to use.
The mission design is great, with every mission adding something new and fresh to keep the interest up. On the challenge level, it's always pretty hard but never frustrating.
The UI is an absolute gem: simple, stilish, practical. Doesn't end up in the way of the gameplay. Only issues with it it's that the "shadow mode" is not a great addition. A tactical pause would have been way better.
Only real flaw is that sometimes, as someone else pointed out, the game is more of a puzzle game than a stealth game: you have to guess the exact way the developers thought to pass some zones, and that can be annoying and may deter from the sense of freedom. Even a split second more (I'm not exagerating) would have made a huge (positive) difference in certain situations.
To sum it up: Amazing game that deserves all the praise it's getting.… Expand
Jun 21, 2020Shadow Tactics is one of the best real time strategy games. It bribes with a sophisticated games set and a thrilling story. The characters areShadow Tactics is one of the best real time strategy games. It bribes with a sophisticated games set and a thrilling story. The characters are varied and fit into the setting. The game is highly recommended.… Expand
Dec 6, 2016Stealth done wrong.
Do not be mistaken. This isn't a stealth game like Commandos, this is a puzzle game. There is only one solution toStealth 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.… Expand
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