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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: 32 out of 55
  2. Negative: 14 out of 55
  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. Fuz
    Oct 11, 2014
    9
    What a nice surprise.
    Styx is an excellent stealth game with lots of appeal and with an unusual, but actually very likable, main character.
    What a nice surprise.
    Styx is an excellent stealth game with lots of appeal and with an unusual, but actually very likable, main character. Can be pretty challenging but it's always fair, and often lets you have different approaches at the various challenges thanks to the main character's many abilities and skills. Great map design and interesting story too.
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  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. Jan 15, 2016
    8
    i fåkcing love this game (styx voice= SHUT UP DAM.MET) and if you not like it fine ok i can se why but dont say you do not like styx man dati fåkcing love this game (styx voice= SHUT UP DAM.MET) and if you not like it fine ok i can se why but dont say you do not like styx man dat evil little zhit ! and go to hell shadows of mordor you to easy Expand
  5. rev
    May 29, 2020
    7
    My introduction to the stealth genre, quite satisfying at that.
    Unusual protagonist, charismatic in his own way. Plot as a whole is strange,
    My introduction to the 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 the late game makes it a bit too longer than it should be without adding much new content. Solid game overall.
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  6. Oct 10, 2014
    5
    The game is pretty good as a stealth game but thats about it. The combat isn't fun as everyone has already said but if your good at hittingThe game is pretty good as a stealth game but thats about it. The combat isn't fun as everyone has already said but if your good at hitting the right button at the right time then you can just exploit it. The levels are not very visually impressive, the graphics are not bad but your just mostly walking trough brownish grey hallways the whole time. The story is the definition of "meh". It has one but who you wont care. Overall as a game its fine but it has nothing thats fun or that stands out. Expand
  7. Jan 27, 2020
    0
    This game has nothing good to offer. Horrible stealth, terrible combat and a climbing mechanic that doesn't even work . The story is also veryThis game has nothing good to offer. Horrible stealth, terrible combat and a climbing mechanic that doesn't even work . The story is also very bad. There are plenty of indie and triple A games that have much better stealth than this game. Do yourself a favor and avoid this game. Expand

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