Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews
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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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3 / 5.0
Oct 25, 2016

While the gameplay fails to impress, the story at least manages to keep things interesting.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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75 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

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

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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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