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  • Summary: Following the fall of Akenash tower, an extraordinary matter has forced Styx out of hiding and into Korrangar, city of the Dark Elves. Supposedly impregnable, a diplomatic summit offers Styx a chance at slipping in unnoticed. His infiltration complete, Styx will stop at nothing to accomplishFollowing the fall of Akenash tower, an extraordinary matter has forced Styx out of hiding and into Korrangar, city of the Dark Elves. Supposedly impregnable, a diplomatic summit offers Styx a chance at slipping in unnoticed. His infiltration complete, Styx will stop at nothing to accomplish the robbery of a lifetime: stealing a scepter of immense and indomitable power.

    Embark upon a stealthy adventure with new enemies, new environments, and a plethora of new mechanics refining the abilities of Styx - grappling around corners, climbing ropes, and using his trusty knife to zip line!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Mar 15, 2017
    88
    The first game was an unsung hero of 2014 for me, but now with a little more kick behind its sequel Styx: Shards of Darkness has set itself up to be noticed by more eager gamers looking for a challenging stealth experience. With a more optimized experience, more freedom to the players and more of that sarcastic and vulgar goblin goodness, Styx has found his way once more back into the heart of this gamer - with a sharp dagger and sarcastic commentary.
  2. Mar 14, 2017
    80
    Gameplay, graphics, atmosphere: all is in the right place.
  3. Mar 27, 2017
    80
    The death scene taunts can get a bit tiring (when you die frequently… especially if it’s from a fiddly jump) but overall there’s a lot of charm on offer here and an interesting story. Worth a look and a bit of fun.
  4. Mar 14, 2017
    75
    While not the best stealth game, Styx: Shards of Darkness offers some fun, unique gameplay. It might be filled with mixed messages, but there's still a number of hours' worth of sneaky, fun, stabbing action.
  5. Apr 5, 2017
    70
    Styx: Shards of Darkness could have been a big hit in the stealth genre if not for its few AI, control and level-design flaws. Still, the whole package is so fun, unique and charming that stealth fans will definitely enjoy it.
  6. Mar 16, 2017
    70
    Styx Shards of Darkness is a good evolution of Styx's Universe, and it offers a lot of improvements. Better graphics, better gameplay mechanics... and always this sneaky and funny goblin! A good stealth experience, that still suffers some technical and AI issues.
  7. Apr 5, 2017
    50
    Dull and uninteresting game without ideas and tension and with a lot of unfinished work. Lenient, undemanding fans of stealth games may be satisfied for a while, but even they should wait for a sale. Everyone else should rather return to Dishonored or Hitman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 17, 2017
    10
    Don't be scared off by less-than-stellar reviews, it's a pure stealth game; scrubs are going to rate it poorly just because they're bad at it.Don't be scared off by less-than-stellar reviews, it's a pure stealth game; scrubs are going to rate it poorly just because they're bad at it. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. Some of the powers carry over, some didn't, and there are new ones as well, including a crafting system. If you're a stealth fan, buy both Styx games. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2018
    10
    Styx (and Cynaide Studios, the developer) both seem to have experienced a huge boost in self-esteem! I am still baffled about the positiveStyx (and Cynaide Studios, the developer) both seem to have experienced a huge boost in self-esteem! I am still baffled about the positive changes and addition to the already outstanding first game! I expected to play a game with more advanced graphics or something, but man, the developers took ingredients from my other beloved games (Classic Splinter Cell, Thief and Dishonred), added their own flavour and baked me an outstanding cake, named "Styx: SoD". Or just Styx 2.

    It's not like the great first game. I tried to play it right after it, literally on the same day I finished Styx. But man, I had to take a break for 2 days because this is Styx in Turbo: The developers went crazy in all departments. Yes, it has some of the known flaws, but else, this studio shows how great they can be at all aspects what I loved about the first game.

    You either like or hate him. But I friggin do love our killer goblin, and these two games easily count as one of the best video games of my life, that's for sure.
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  3. Mar 16, 2017
    10
    Don't be scared off by less-than-stellar reviews, it's a pure stealth game; scrubs are going to rate it poorly just because they're bad at it.Don't be scared off by less-than-stellar reviews, it's a pure stealth game; scrubs are going to rate it poorly just because they're bad at it. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. Some of the powers carry over, some didn't, and there are new ones as well, including a crafting system. If you're a stealth fan, buy both Styx games. Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2017
    9
    Be warn : this is an Stealth Game. You don't like this type of game ? Go away.

    But what if you like to sneak? Then buy this game. Its price
    Be warn : this is an Stealth Game. You don't like this type of game ? Go away.

    But what if you like to sneak? Then buy this game. Its price is low, and its quality is high.

    Graphics are not awesome but they work very well, so no need to have a super-computer to run this visually pleasing game. The level design is just excellent, the gameplay is better than many AAA Stealth game, and more importantly : the game is fun. Just that. Is not that what you would expect in the first place from a game?

    What more can be said? In the end, Styx is nothing less than a good stealth game. And we do not ask for more, especially for such a reasonable price.

    Important point to note however: the game is only voiced in English (but the texts are translated into several languages). Personally, it does not bother me (I even prefer that), but be warned that if you do not like English voices ... you will have no choice here. That is the price to pay when you can not afford to have voices for each country. So English only, but the voices are good anyway.
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  5. Mar 16, 2017
    9
    Bigger and more detailed levels, better controls and better graphics. At the same time I was playing original Master of Shadows and I can tellBigger and more detailed levels, better controls and better graphics. At the same time I was playing original Master of Shadows and I can tell that developers put a lot of effort to make this game better and they did. Plus I have never seen such a fluent gameplay in any stealth game. Why 9 not 10? There are still some minor issues, such as controls and enemies blocking on the walls and each other. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2017
    8
    The main con of this game to me is the penalty when players kill any enemies at all. If I stealthily assassinate 20 enemies using all theThe main con of this game to me is the penalty when players kill any enemies at all. If I stealthily assassinate 20 enemies using all the varieties of kill methods that was provided and cleverly designed, it ought to be an achievement, and not something that brings about penalty. So many kinds of fun and interesting traps and kill methods (complemented with body-hiding places) are scattered in all the levels for the players to use, so why should players be penalised for utilising all of the fun arsenal of features?

    Players' exploration and utilisation of the game's interesting features ought to be rewarded, not penalised.

    That said, missing just 'Mercy' insignia has minimal impact on SP gained. Players can also just redo the missions to focus on it afterwards, but it really becomes a chore.
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  7. Aug 13, 2018
    7
    Loved the medieval atmosphere. Good game for the stealth genre. I did not complete it though.

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