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  • Summary: The tactical game with stealth elements Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a cooperative endeavor of Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions. The game is a special take on the genre: it takes place during the Edo-Era of Japan in 1615. Within a playtime of roughly 25 hours, 5The tactical game with stealth elements Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a cooperative endeavor of Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions. The game is a special take on the genre: it takes place during the Edo-Era of Japan in 1615. Within a playtime of roughly 25 hours, 5 characters will face challenging missions, each protagonist with their own special field of expertise. Only if you know the positive and negative qualities of your characters and play tactically and with finesse, will you master the challenges ahead. Expand
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  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 21, 2017
    90
    This exceptional tactical stealth game gives new life to what was a tiring genre. [Nov 2017, p.80]
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    87
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a demanding and fun title with an excellent setting.
  3. Aug 1, 2017
    85
    Let's face it, 'Commandos' will never return but Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun its a worthy successor to the genre of stealth and infiltration strategy. We abandoned the green berets of World War II to focus on five feudal Japan heroes who will cooperate to dethrone the new Shogun through many beautiful scenarios, concentration skills and large doses of patience.
  4. Aug 4, 2017
    80
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a masterfully crafted hardcore stealth title that offers a fun, challenging, and fair experience set in the thick of feudal Japan. Despite some issues, the game's excellent gameplay, superb art and music, and strong writing all help to make Shadow Tactics one of the leading stealth titles of this generation.
  5. Aug 10, 2017
    80
    Despite its minor camera and screen tearing issues though, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is great for those looking for a challenge. Its mix of stealth, strategy and action is a highly enjoyable one, and with its wealth of missions and bonus objectives there’s plenty to go at.
  6. Aug 21, 2017
    80
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun brings a particularly brutal challenge, but at no point does it ever feel unfair.
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  1. Apr 18, 2018
    10
    Perfect stealth game. I ran through all 13 missions and got a good 30 hours out of it as the last missions took hours each.

    Pros: - Fast
    Perfect stealth game. I ran through all 13 missions and got a good 30 hours out of it as the last missions took hours each.

    Pros:
    - Fast loads are essential
    - Actually enjoyed the story thoughout
    - Good variety of techniques need to solve missions
    - Each character had a lot of variety
    - Excellent challenge

    Cons:
    - I wasn't aware of all the optional objectives before the missions, woulda been nice
    - Only a couple missions with all 5 on the team
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  2. Oct 4, 2018
    10
    A perfect game that heavily leans on old RTS gems such as Desperados or Commandos 2.
    It's fairly challenging and requires a lot of patience,
    A perfect game that heavily leans on old RTS gems such as Desperados or Commandos 2.
    It's fairly challenging and requires a lot of patience, quick-saving and elaborate thinking but nothing beats the awesome feeling when a plan or tactic you worked out and tried a few times finally succeeds.

    The characters are well written and the voice acting is genuinely enjoyable. The levels are beautiful and different, ranging from busy villages to lush forests and icy mountain passes. I really dig the level desing.

    I have to say that I was a bit worried about this game as an XONE port but they did a really good job. Using a controller feels intuitive and I never struggled or missed anything.

    If you loved these kind of games in the late 90s/early 2000s then this is for you.
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