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  • Summary: Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements set in a dark fantasy universe. Guide the goblin assassin Styx through the vertical and multi-layered Tower of Akenash, home to the World Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – prowling through theStyx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements set in a dark fantasy universe. Guide the goblin assassin Styx through the vertical and multi-layered Tower of Akenash, home to the World Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – prowling through the shadows with aide of a host of special abilities refined throughout Styx’s 200 years of history. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Feb 24, 2015
    86
    Pick up Styx if you're a fan of staying in the shadows and don't want to have to dust off your old PS2 just to play a proper stealth game.
  2. 80
    A great game that completely took me by surprise. It is strategic, intelligent, and offers players hours and hours of sneaky gameplay.
  3. Oct 23, 2014
    80
    If you are a fan of the likes of Thief and Hitman then Styx: Master of Shadows is well deserving of a play. Goblins may be foul, disgusting creatures, but you won’t help but like this one.
  4. Feb 16, 2015
    71
    Styx: Master of Shadows is quite an interesting stealth adventure, both for its enjoyable moments as for the variety it offers once you unlock different skills. A good example of what can be achieved without the nowadays common excess of action.
  5. Jul 16, 2015
    71
    While it's a decent stealth game, Styx: Master of Shadows doesn't meet PS4's quality standards due to its bland AI, basic combat system and poor graphic design.
  6. Games Master UK
    Dec 21, 2014
    70
    Pick it up and expect to be battering aside thugs at your peril as its titular goblin hero is shockingly delicate. [Christmas 2014, p.78]
  7. Nov 20, 2014
    40
    Styx: Master Of Shadows showed some potential. Styx himself is an interesting character and the game’s use of amber allows the player to be creative in their approach to each mission, but unfortunately these ideas have been thrown into a game which lacks the enjoyment to appreciate them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    I bought this game for 2 reasons.
    -1-I loved the video,I watched of it.
    And that led me here to METACRITIC to doublecheck.. Now enter
    I bought this game for 2 reasons.
    -1-I loved the video,I watched of it.
    And that led me here to METACRITIC to doublecheck..
    Now enter reason #2 the SWEET reviewer who sold me on it..

    --Guess what gamers= he was CORRECT!!
    The positives are all there and the negatives are strictly texture and graphics.
    -not story! Story was awesome!
    NOT controls, Play the tutorial. Took 5 mins!!!
    --stealth--WOW,,reminds me of the stealth-fun I had in Fallout &Fallout Vegas...

    --start making reviews that will help gamers with actual facts and pros and cons..
    Good job sweets!!

    --oh another con is the $20 price tag...and that's a sale price on ps4. Grr!!
    --this coulda been a retail game with a lil more polish...
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  2. Oct 5, 2015
    9
    Really surprised about all the negative reviews. Sure, this game has a bit of a learning curve in terms of the controls, but unless you are anReally surprised about all the negative reviews. Sure, this game has a bit of a learning curve in terms of the controls, but unless you are an ADD kid, it's not really a problem. Once you get the controls down, man, this has to be the best sneaking game since the original Thief.

    Speaking of Thief, which is a completely natural comparison, it absolutely pales next to Styx. The maps are massive, you have multiple options on how to proceed, and what I really like is the trial and error similar to Dark Souls series. Screw up and you're dead. Enter long loading screen and a roll-back to, at worst, 20 minutes ago. It just gives you this additional level of dread, where you cannot screw up without consequences.

    If I'd have to gripe about something, the dialogues, cutscenes and story overall are at best mediocre. The dialogue particularly just grinds my gears the wrong way.

    Summa summarum: Like sneaking games? Don't mind a learning curve, just like in the good old days? Don't suffer from ADD or pre-pubescent angst? Good, this game is for you.
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  3. Nov 7, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Styx: Master of Shadows is a 3rd person tactical stealth combat game which contains RPG elements. Developed by Cyanide Studios and available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as a digital download only title, the game world was created using the Unreal 3 engine.

    Set in a medieval times world environment, the protagonist in the game is a goblin assassin who suffers from an identity crisis on a mission to steal the heart of the world tree. Cursed by a lifeblood (amber) substance which stems from the heart of the tree, the player struggles throughout the realm with a constant head splitting addiction to amber, while at the same time dealing with a continuous conflict between the world of humans, orcs, and elves.

    The game uses a real time combat system which is very rudimentary. The gameplay combat system primarily consists of stealth, agility, cloning, amber vision, and kill abilities that are all tied into a skill points leveling system. Throughout the course of the game, the player acquires skill points during missions which can then be spent on special abilities at the player’s hideout for use during gameplay. The user interface consists of a semi-HUD that displays the characters life bar and amber meters, as well as an inventory indicator that allows the player to be able to cycle items for use during gameplay. There is also a tool-tip/pop-up button that helps direct the player’s actions during stealth mode and while in combat.

    Action during gameplay is relatively slow paced as the game requires the player to plan out their tactics very strategically, otherwise death can ensue very quickly. The idea behind the amber skill in the game allows the player to use special abilities during gameplay which are essential to survival, such as the use of stealth mode to hide effectively while in the shadows and the deploying of clones to create distraction scenarios. Once the player gets the hang of navigation during the game, that’s when the character’s combat skills really come alive, especially with the use of amber in combination with precision tactics, like the covered, aerial, and hanging kill skills.

    The in-game cut-scenes help drive the player’s actions forward during gameplay and the voice over acting is very solid as well. The levels in the game become somewhat monotonous however, because the player is forced to back-track through them several times during the game to access the hideout, which is the central hub for leveling in the game. The game is also a little lackluster at the end, as it lacks any real sort of final boss fight cathartic moment.

    Overall the game is enjoyable to play, (especially when considering the playful dialogue and the random kill animations), however after completion, the game offers limited replay-ability. Outside of accomplishing secondary side quests to acquire relics and/or gather insignias (mainly for trophy/achievement unlocks), there isn’t much else to do in the world. On a scale of 1 to 100, I’d give this title a score of 7.5.
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  4. Aug 16, 2016
    6
    Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth video game developed by Cyanide, and published by Focus Home Interactive.

    + Good Stealth Mechanics -
    Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth video game developed by Cyanide, and published by Focus Home Interactive.

    + Good Stealth Mechanics
    - Bland Characters
    - Repetitive Scenarios
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  5. Dec 1, 2015
    5
    No doubt it's a stealth game, if you like action this is not your game.

    I tried it for a few days and it didn't convince me. At least I
    No doubt it's a stealth game, if you like action this is not your game.

    I tried it for a few days and it didn't convince me. At least I ended enjoying the main character with his sarcastic comments, but even so it didn't gain me.

    The story seems repetitive, something that has already been seen many times, but this time you are the thief... Not very impressive graphics... I didn't like the atmosphere either.

    Still, if you enjoy playing on stealth and not create unnecessary battle, try it out, you'll like it.
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  6. Jul 10, 2015
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So I've just started this game and there's already flaws in it, So I was excited for this game and whilst the visuals are pretty good and the concept is pretty good, it already lacks good gameplay and has bad design... Say for instance you're running through a level then you come to a ledge you spot what looks like a good route to take and you think "yeah I've found a way!" then you try it and die... you're thinking "what the heck" then it turns out there's already a linear path you MUST take... Then you come to a section which you think is safe as it's part of the intro then you suddenly have guards slashing you in the face and the only way to fight back is to PARRY attacks (they tried to do a bit of an assassin's creed style and failed) which you have to get pretty spot on and it's tough because they're attacking you so fast that you lose so much health from one duel which you're also expected to roll and dodge them... Then you make a little escape jump off a ledge which has just a little tiny drop but you DIE because you don't have much health and it does a load of damage... So whilst the concept of a Goblin running around stealthy and everything is great it lacks solid gameplay with good design which is utterly disappointing as I had high anticipation for this game and it has potential just it falls flat on delivery... I'll continue but only because there are next to no stealth games on the PS4 and it's free on PS-Plus. Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2016
    0
    Broken game. Climb, jump, cover is really annoying and does not work as it should. First level was somewhat fun, but as more you progress,Broken game. Climb, jump, cover is really annoying and does not work as it should. First level was somewhat fun, but as more you progress, less annoying it gets. Would not recommend it to anyone. Expand

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