Styx: Master of Shadows
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A slow and steady stealth experience with a gross protagonist and stark art style.The puzzle-like approach to stealth gameplay makes for an intense ride along the rafters, even if the loading screens grate after a while.
Styx: Master of Shadows isn't terrible, but it follows the template of the genre to the letter, warts and all.
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. The frustrating moments far outweighed any fun we had with Styx, and the game's repetition solidified this by making us do those frustrating sections over and over again, which only helped to create a very unenjoyable experience. We only hope that Styx sticks to those shadows he is so masterful of, because we don't want to play a game like this again.
He may be an ugly little punk, but Styx still offers the player pure and largely unadulterated hardcore stealth action. It's still rare to find action games with a proper stealth emphasis, and rarer still to find them done as well as Styx: Master of Shadows. If you're looking for a game with good graphics and an emphasis on sneaking around in the dark and trying to achieve your aims with as little blood spilled as possible, you have your title right here.
Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth game that relies entirely on just that, pure stealth. The beautifully open-world mission designs are great, and the stealth gameplay is extremely satisfying. For $30, a hardcore stealth fan can't go wrong with Cyanide's latest title.
There's a brilliant game hidden deep inside Styx: Master of Shadows but a lack of item variety, shoddy controls, and a horrid combat system keep its potential buried deep.
A little buggy and a little glitchy, but a whole lot of stealthy.
Styx's greatest strength is in always providing another option when a passageway appears to be impenetrable.
Styx: Master of Shadows is fun. It falls somewhere between enjoyable and infuriating on a scale, as for every shining moment there is one of constant resetting. I feel players will quickly acclimate themselves to the gameplay and be able to move about quickly as the game is very intuitive and pulls from the likes of Metal Gearand Thief. Topping it off, it has a decent story to boot that works its way into Cyanide's previous title, tying both together.
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.