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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80

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  1. Apr 8, 2020
    5
    I was hyped up on all Lovecraftian setting, but once you start the game - meh. Clunky gameplay, awful animations, linear and rather dull quests. Battle system is abominable. Looks like a school project rather than professional game.
    Thumbs up for idea, thumbs down for final result.
  2. Oct 5, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Could have easily been one of the greatest cRPGs of 2019 if it wasn't for its incomplete main quest, regardless of it being buggy.

    The good:

    - Amazing story set in a HP Lovecraft universe with references to pop fiction.
    - Beautiful art and visual effects..
    - Eerie music and special effects
    - Good combat system (inspired by Fallout and Arcanum)
    - Interesting dialogue options depending on your character skills.
    - Includes some frightening scenes later in the game .. it's unique for a 2D horror RPG.

    The bad:

    - Some areas of the game contain horrendous bugs that make the game unplayable unless you keep reloading, hoping that it won't crash the game..

    - You only get around 40 to 60 percent of the game quests combined with an incomplete ending.

    Would have given it 10/10 if it wasn't for the incomplete quests, despite how buggy it is. It is a must play for Lovecraft fans.
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  3. Dec 23, 2019
    5
    This game has 10? quests tops. The fact that it makes you run left and right so it can "feel" bigger dosent help.

    secondly it needs a tutorial of sorts, who woulda thought that if you said to companions to part ways,they not only ditch you permanently :D ,they also throw the items on the ground :DDDD yay . All in all avoid.Not a bad game but a shallow one. Hardly a crpg like baldurs eg.
    This game has 10? quests tops. The fact that it makes you run left and right so it can "feel" bigger dosent help.

    secondly it needs a tutorial of sorts, who woulda thought that if you said to companions to part ways,they not only ditch you permanently :D ,they also throw the items on the ground :DDDD yay . All in all avoid.Not a bad game but a shallow one. Hardly a crpg like baldurs eg.

    Finished the game and never ever saw this wax man or whatever he was. Also didnt find all the crafting recipes and the ones i found i never crafted because melee all the way :/ Obviously something didnt work in the dev team,it feels like half the team up and left during the making of this game
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  4. Jan 2, 2021
    7
    Cool but incomplete game.

    Pros.: - Survival. Hard game at least first half of it. - Atmosphere. - The use of several Lovecraft works. - Different approaches to the walkthrough. Reminded of Fallout. - Total madness. Cons.: - In the middle of the game it's getting simplier because you may accumulate 1000+ cigs and it's more than enough. - A lot of useless stuff and many useless
    Cool but incomplete game.

    Pros.:
    - Survival. Hard game at least first half of it.
    - Atmosphere.
    - The use of several Lovecraft works.
    - Different approaches to the walkthrough. Reminded of Fallout.
    - Total madness.

    Cons.:
    - In the middle of the game it's getting simplier because you may accumulate 1000+ cigs and it's more than enough.
    - A lot of useless stuff and many useless items.
    - The potential wasn't fully used.
    - The game is incomplete and it's the most terrible cons.
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  5. Feb 12, 2021
    7
    Este título me sorprendió enormemente. Soy amante de las novelas del maestro H.P. Lovecraft y cada vez que sale un título basado en su universo se me hace el chirri agua pero a la vez me cago de miedo debido a los bodrios lovecraftianos que he llegado a probar.

    Stygian plantea un juego tranquilo, de disfrutar de los diálogos y de la historia. Con un combate por turnos con puntos de
    Este título me sorprendió enormemente. Soy amante de las novelas del maestro H.P. Lovecraft y cada vez que sale un título basado en su universo se me hace el chirri agua pero a la vez me cago de miedo debido a los bodrios lovecraftianos que he llegado a probar.

    Stygian plantea un juego tranquilo, de disfrutar de los diálogos y de la historia. Con un combate por turnos con puntos de acción al estilo de Divinity o juegos similares pero mucho más simplificado.

    La atmósfera es brutal y la inmersión en el juego también, se acerca muchísimo a la libertad y toma de decisiones (con sus correspondientes consecuencias) de un juego de rol de papel y lápiz y eso es algo que a mi, por lo menos, me gusta.

    El juego aún no está terminado y por ello no es excesivamente largo pero debido a las posibilidades de crear diferentes personajes con diferentes estilos de juego es muy rejugable ya que al acercarse tanto al papel y al lápiz las habilidades sociales e intelectuales toman gran relevancia en este juego.

    La dificultad es aceptable, no es un paseo pero tampoco es imposible lo que crea un juego ameno y divertido en el que las horas pasan sin darte cuenta mientras juegas.

    No hay mucho más que decir sobre Stygian, si te gusta Lovecraft y el rol de papel y lápiz, juégalo. Si esperas un juego frenético con cientos de horas de historia o gráficos fotográficos y alucinantes, este no es tu juego.

    De momento le doy un 7 pero si en el futuro se amplia la historia manteniendo lo actual, probablemente aumente la nota.
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Awards & Rankings

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 30, 2019
    60
    If a steep difficulty curve, the promise of learning and juggling deep gameplay systems, and keeping a close eye trained on stats at all times sound right up your alley, or if you just want to be immersed in a well-made, atmospheric world, then Stygian is well worth checking out.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 6, 2019
    82
    The number of references to H.P. Lovecraft’s works and the fact that they are subtly woven into the main narrative and side-quests makes Stygian the most faithful lovecraftian game of recent years. [Issue#241, p.60]
  3. Dec 2, 2019
    95
    Stygian is a masterful, and pretentious cRPG that bravely immerses you into the world of HP Lovecraft in the eeriest and non-linear level. It presents great storytelling influenced by writer’s diabolical cosmic horrors and at the same time, it is a fully-fledged fun turn-based RPG that lives up to the names of much more famous and expensive games in the genre.