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Shadwen

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

54

Top Critic Average

7%

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Based on 43 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4May 17, 2016
PCMay 17, 2016

Developer: Frozenbyte

Genres: Action, Adventure

Shadwen is a stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight! Shadwen, an assassin on a quest to kill the king, has a chance encounter with an orphaned girl, Lily. She follows Shadwen on her dangerous journey, but when the ruthless guards get too close, Shadwen must take action right in front of Lily's eyes. Will Shadwen risk the girl's budding trust by resorting to violence, or try and find another way while keeping her real purpose concealed? To kill or not to kill - that is the question.
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Shadwen begins with promise, but has neither the depth nor the variety needed to fulfill it.

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3 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Lots of interestingly odd ideas but although the basic stealth action more or less works the escort element and poor AI ruins a potentially promising premise.

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The few times the game opens up to let the player make use of their high level of mobility are incredibly memorable, and the world building makes it feel like we’re only scratching the surface of this world. That’s not enough to make me recommend it, of course, but they do make Shadwen’s shortcomings all the more painful.

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Honestly, Shadwen feels like it needed more time in development, both to work on its core ideas and bring them to fruition. The bland environments, the lack of an interesting plot, the technical issues, and the various gimmicks makes Shadwen a poor stealth and assassination game. At the very least, it tries to do something a little bit different, but simply doesn’t pull it off.

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