Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

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Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

SwitchRPG
Meh
Meh
May 8, 2019

The focus on masquerades and pushing it to a legitimate political centerpiece, as well as infusing it with otherworldly magical properties, is both refreshing and interesting take on the “detective’s tale”. That is why it is all too unfortunate that Masquerada’s potential is marred by poor, repetitive combat and meaningless character progression – which would not be an issue at all if it weren’t billed as an RPG in the first place.

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Scored Reviews

PS4Blog.net
10 / 10
PS4Blog.net
ThaRaven403
10 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

I truly loved this game. As soon as the intro cutscene started, I was hooked – and that was even before the tutorial (that you should definitely play, as it contains some major story elements)!

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2019

From the impeccable writing to the beautiful music, everything about this game feels polished. Each and every character you meet is interesting and well developed, and the adventure is perfectly paced. Anyone with a passing fancy for RPGs and who loves a well thought out and engaging story would do well to give this title a look.

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Digitally Downloaded
Aug 8, 2017

Masquerada is a rare gem of a game in which everything about it comes together just perfectly to give plays a consistent and cohesive experience.

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GameSkinny
Aug 27, 2017

An exceptionally well made RPG with beautiful art, memorable characters, and an engaging story - Masquerada is a must play for any fan of the genre.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Through a combination of a fleshed-out world and interesting characters, Masquerada is the rare role-playing game that really sticks with the player after the credits roll (and that's not just due to the game's cliffhanger ending). Rather than deal with trope-filled characters, every member of Songs and Shadows‘ cast feels like a real person, and this makes their actions seem much more believable when they're forced to deal with some truly terrible situations. The story is the star here, and Witching Hour Studios have crafted a narrative they should be proud of.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Feb 9, 2018

A whirlwind of a journey that knows how to leave a long-lasting impression.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows in an interesting game. On one hand, we have a title that could have made a beautiful point-and-click or even a visual novel. On the other, we have the amazing adventure RPG that sees an unlikely group follow through an investigation that leads ever further down the rabbit hole.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

Copious amounts of story content occasionally broken up by challenging tactical combat will keep you entertained for hours. Masquerada is a beautiful game with fantastic well written characters and a plethora of story content. If you're the type that likes to take their time and absorb themselves in the world then Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is the game for you.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Aug 9, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a fun PS4 release with great graphics, a solid story and a ton of lore to learn. The battles are top-notch, and the customization for each of your party members thanks to the skill tree and how you can pretty try new things by asking for you points back to take a different approach for their abilities and boosts is very rewarding. Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is one you have to play on PlayStation 4. Tell your friends!

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Masquerade: Songs and Shadows is worth the attention. Beautiful music with well-written text and nice combat system. Thanks to the neat combination of these elements, every RPG fan need to play it.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 11, 2019

All in all, the game was enjoyable from start to finish and I am really hoping for a sequel. The characters were charming, the plot was exciting, and the combat system was refreshing.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2017

Annoyingly linear, but the great story and voice acting make up for it.

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Gert Lush Gaming
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

Excellent entry point for new ARPG players whilst veterans will tire of the hand holding.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

There's a dissonance between this fantastic art style and dull or tame backing soundtrack.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2017

A real labour of love, Masquerada is a highly enjoyable RPG effort that is absolutely drowning in audiovisual style and spectacle, even if the overly linear structure and sometimes convoluted world building detracts from the final result.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.3 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
John Campbell
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2017

While Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a refreshingly good story, it suffers from its unbalanced gameplay and low replayability.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 9, 2017

If all you want is an interesting, but complex, tale of war and politics, then Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is probably worth a punt.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a colourful, easy-to-play RPG with a unique setting and nifty characters.

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Jarren Navarrete
7 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

Masquerada is clearly an interesting game. But it stands to improve a little bit more. It can get tiring moving from Point A to Point B with nothing to take us away from the main quest. Despite the rich world we’re given, there’s no need for any initiative to explore such a world. It’s clear that this isn’t a game that people can keep playing for more than a few hours straight without eventually taking a break from listening to characters talk over and over again. It can get tiring and repetitive when having to follow the main story without halt.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2017

For a freshman effort by an indie developer, there is just enough to really get your attention in Masquerada, and I look forward to seeing what Witching Hour Studios does next. Behind the mask of this game is a studio with a lot of heart, and while their first outing is ultimately flawed, their heart is sometimes all you need to make your mark in the gaming world.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 27, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows rides the line between too little and too much, and often swerves into the too little range. Between the difficult to manage combat, and the constant breaks from gameplay for story, this could have been a misfire. Fortunately, it's saved just enough by beautiful artwork, sublime voice acting, and a presentation to die for.

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Invision Community
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 20, 2017

So Masquerada is set in the Citte of Ombre, which has a clear Venetian feel too it's design and is divided by class. At the top are the Masquerada, with access to Mascherines, masks that grant their wearers magical powers.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

While there's nothing particularly poor about Songs and Shadows' story or battle system, the way they come together leaves an unwelcome void in between. When playing, it's hard not to compare it to bigger, better games like Baldur's Gate or more recent RPGs like Pillars of Eternity and Divinity. Masquerada just doesn't have the same level of rewarding complexity or seamlessness, bogged down by constant stopping and starting.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows sacrifices depth to tell an intriguing story. Its incredibly linear design keeps things moving, but between unremarkable combat and an over-reliance on exposition through a bloated codex, it's never able to fully capture your imagination. Masquerada is a stunted RPG that's entertaining enough while it lasts, but you probably won't be coming back to Ombre once it's over.

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Video Chums
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

If you're looking for a captivating story set in an immersive world then Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is sure to satisfy.

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Pure Playstation
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a game with an interesting world and plenty of different viewpoints to consider. The game’s narrative and dialogue are strengths and weaknesses, and it has a codex for the player to keep it all straight. Not everyone will enjoy having to invest the time to get there, but, if you can move beyond that and the frequent loading screens, the game will deliver a story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you engaged.

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Kill Screen
54 / 100
54 / 100
Oct 20, 2016

Masquerada declines as the plot slows down. The herky-jerky pace gets more grating, the mania for proper nouns more distracting. What looked like a scrappy little underdog RPG turns out to be a collection of worn-out ideas.

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GameSpace
5 / 10.0
GameSpace
Tyler Hancock

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
May 8, 2019

Masquerada starts out with promise. The art is bright and unique and the lore and battle system give off an aura of depth. There's just not a lot behind that first look. The beautifully-drawn courtyards and dungeons are linear and restrictive. The lore is densely written, but digging in reveals a lack of soul and meaningful drama. The battle system is an intricately carved hammer: it might look like it has a lot going on, but it really just pounds shit. Masquerada, behind the glamour of its mask, just pounds shit.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

5 / 10
Aug 31, 2017

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows doubles down hard on building a world of enlightening lore, but forgets to do the same for the combat and gameplay, giving the game more of a visual novel impression, which will leave a lot of players wanting if not a fan of the mentioned niche genre.

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Gamer Escape
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 22, 2017

If you can fumble your way through the gameplay, you’ll find a unique and intriguing story buried beneath it. With everything you have to put up with to get to it, though, I’m not really sure it’s worth the effort.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
May 10, 2019

Like its characters, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows puts on the mask of a good game. The above par voice acting and art style will certainly lead you to believe that.

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