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  • Summary: Delve into a role-playing game of horror, loss and madness set in the strange worlds of HP Lovecraft. Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones offers a mix of rich role-playing and turn-based tactical combat, represented in an illustrative visual style. Can you find salvation in a dead world?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. Sep 26, 2019
    95
    Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is a fantastic RPG. The story is interesting, the characters are unique, the quests are varied, and the systems run deep. There are a variety of different ways to play this game and I can’t wait to jump back in and explore some new paths. This is one nightmare I highly recommend.
  3. Sep 30, 2019
    90
    Stygian isn’t that long as it takes some 15-20 hours to see its horrors through, depending on your willingness to search every nook and cranny of its warped world, and the story paves the way for more adventures in the doomed Arkham. However, the replay value is strong due to different character archetypes and what gameplay options they will bring along, adding to the multiple ways to approach quests. In many ways, the game was an eye-opening experience. It sets the bar high what comes to meaningful content and depicting an atmospheric game world and also reminds of what is still possible to achieve in its well-worn genre when given enough effort, heart and thought.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    85
    Faithfully adapted, bristling with depth, beautifully written and gorgeous to look at, Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is a fantastic role-playing game that’s hampered by a frustrating and tedious combat system that is sure to turn many players away in the early goings.
  5. Sep 30, 2019
    80
    Notwithstanding little issues here and there, this is an RPG sure to be loved by every fan of HP Lovecraft. For everyone else, it’s a serious challenge comparable to reading the master’s work for the first time.
  6. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2019
    70
    In its best moments Stygian really reminded me of the two original Fallout games but heavily spiced up with Lovecraftian horror. [12/2019, p.53]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    this game is one of the best RPGs in 2019. if you love Fallout 1-2 you definitely gonna love this
  2. Jul 23, 2020
    10
    that's really good game. I had a really amazing time when i playing stygian.
  3. Oct 2, 2019
    10
    Make no mistake, this is a true Lovecraftian cRPG experience. In every scene, every little item, every piece of dialogue you can see the loveMake no mistake, this is a true Lovecraftian cRPG experience. In every scene, every little item, every piece of dialogue you can see the love the team has put into making this game. Let's not forget about the music.

    The logic behind the combat is also different than what we are used to. You are not expected to kill every enemy you come across. In fact, more often than not you are discouraged from fighting at all.Most of the time, you can just aim to survive long enough for an escape route to open in the combat arena and make a progressive escape. This gives you the same amount of experience you would get if you had beaten all the enemies. The only reward in killing everyone is a little bit more loot that you get in the end.

    I already know that I will be playing the game again soon after I finish it. I cannot wait to see what would have happened if I played a different character and made different choices.

    We definitely need more games like this.
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  4. Oct 7, 2019
    9
    Fantastic art style, music and gameplay.

    Lots of variations in character building and combat.

    Simply the most detailed lovecraftian horror ever!
  5. 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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  6. 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
    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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  7. May 6, 2020
    1
    My experience with the game:
    I create a character, get control and start looking around the menu. I accidentally back out to the main menu
    My experience with the game:
    I create a character, get control and start looking around the menu. I accidentally back out to the main menu while trying to resume the game. I can't load back into my character, despite him appearing in a save slot under "Load Game," there is no option to load.
    So I create the character again, and start looking around the menu again. While I'm tinkering with the resolution, the game bugs out and I can no longer exit the menu. I can't continue playing, and I can't leave the game. I have to use the task manager to close the program. Uninstalled.
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