Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 60 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Dec 8, 2016
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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Jul 31, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a great game, one that has a ton of replay value and allows you to experiment with various ways to achieve your mission objectives. If you're a fan of Commandos from the old days, then this game will bring that back with a modern gameplay twist.

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Hau5test
Yes
Yes
Sep 30, 2017
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Aug 9, 2017

A winning premise of cleverly combined genres let down by a series of irritating design issues.

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ComiConverse
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 29, 2017

As stealth games go, Shadow Tactics is one of the best I have ever played - and certainly the purest

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Scored Reviews

Without the Sarcasm
Aug 1, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a masterpiece of hardcore stealth gaming. You’re constantly outnumbered and outgunned by enemies that react rather convincingly to your presence. It takes full mastery of the wide array of tools at your disposal to turn the tides. Success takes patience and cunning, but the reward is immensely satisfying.

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NEOsite
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2017

Shadow Tactics is yet another game that proves the past is a good place to look for ideas. Even if they were not successful then, it can make pretty fresh experience now.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a game that hits me right square in the nostalgia, almost completely disarming of my faculties as a critic. As a love letter to the fans of Commandos, it is a dream come true.

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GameZone
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

While I still believe the game would be best controlled with a keyboard and mouse, I still wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone who appreciates smart, stealth gameplay. It's one of the best examples of the stealth genre with a ton of replayability.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jan 17, 2017

Shadow Tactics’ impressive missions, laden toy box and likeable cast make it one of the greatest stealth games of the last decade.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 15, 2017

An excellent and challenging update to a familiar formula, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is one of those games that makes you cheer at your well-planned success when everything goes off without a hitch, and groan at your own poor planning when it doesn't. It gets so much right, that the relentless difficulty, and slightly less gorgeous console port can't mar its beauty. This one snuck up on me, and I couldn't be more glad that it did.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 25, 2017

A welcome return to a type of stealth-strategy that hasn't been seen on PlayStation for many a moon. The period setting forms a great backdrop for the action, missions are steeped in atmosphere, and the central characters are just plain cool. Lack of co-op is a missed opportunity, but the addictive challenge badges will keep you coming back for more. Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun is a serious tactical treat..

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is an immense stealth game that features dozens of satisfying mechanics and an undying focus on the art of tactical warfare. Even on normal difficulty, the game will force the player to use every iota of their tactical nuance as they assassinate their way through an emotional story-line that takes them to all manner of settings across the island nation. The game's camera system is the only misstep in an otherwise superb port to console, which hopefully spurs more games of its type on PC to go down the same route.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2016

An excellent stealth game with beautiful visuals and incredibly deep, complex and varied gameplay.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

A remarkably strong challenge of your tactical skills hides some wonderful world-building and character-driven storytelling that helps this game really stand out.

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Game Debate
9 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2017

For fans of real-time tactics and stealth games, Shadow Tactics is very nearly without compare. It's that same classic Commandos gameplay wrapped up in an exquisite new shell; still punishing yet not cruel.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

A brilliant tactical puzzle game, interesting story, engaging characters, slick controls and beautiful maps make this a very enjoyable play. It’ll take you while to get through each level but it’s very rewarding when your plans all come together and you feel like a master ninja!

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

I can't recommend Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun enough to fans of strategy and stealth titles. There is a high level of replay value, and there's a sandbox feel to the levels, so players can determine how to beat them in a variety of ways.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a breath of fresh air for the real-time tactics genre, and a wickedly difficult, satisfying gameplay experience.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2017

One of the most satisfying and fulfilling games i've played this year. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a great game that makes you think three steps ahead. I was hooked from the very first kill to the very last.

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Sirus Gaming
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

Everything in Shadow Tactics is just so refreshing (and challenging that’ll ultimately get you frustrated, but will still make you play the game because you really want to know what’ll happen next, too), and it is really a huge surprise to me that such game still exists during this time of generic triple A titles.

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GamePro
86 / 100
86 / 100
Jul 26, 2017

Old school stealth tactics game in modern garb, motivated by great level design and strategic finesse.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2016

A Commandos like RTS that manages to revive a genre by itself.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a fantastic return to form for the real-time tactics genre, with a particular emphasis on stealth based gameplay. Reminiscent of Commandos, it offers a fantastic tactical approach in a brilliantly designed world that will do more than enough to grab anybody’s attention. Not without its difficulty, it's never too hard that it's unfair.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
NZGamer

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

A glorious return for the hardcore tactical stealth genre.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2016

Shadow Tactics is a return to form for a genre that hasn't received nearly enough love

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New Game Network
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jan 26, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a great stealth experience featuring a diverse squad of deadly assassins ready to implement the perfect plan.

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Pixelophobia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun made my eyes tear. Playing the game I started to reminisce about the old days. The game is really similar to Commandos series, featuring a distinct and flavourful heroes. Crippled sniper, a child-thief, shinobi, samurai. They all make a ragtag team of personalities who have the same goal, but every single person has a different motivation - loyalty, wealth, fun. Put it simply, it's a perfect strategic game focusing on a single person-scale operations.

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Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2017

If you enjoy stealth and tactical games and even some Japanese history I suggest that you pick it up. The game can be tough as nails and the temptation to rage quit when nearly an hour of progress is lost because you saved in the wrong place is there, but the satisfaction when you get things just right will soon have you coming back for more.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a pleasant surprise. In a time when the genre is making a comeback, it adheres to some of the popular traits while still providing a fresh setting, an interesting story and a good set of characters. Stealth fans will love the level of intelligence in the enemies, while light strategy fans will love the various options at their disposal for accomplishing even the simplest of tasks. With a good presentation and solid controls for both keyboard/mouse and controller, Shadow Tactics is an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for the next strategy or stealth game fix.

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Cerealkillerz
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun macht seine Arbeit auch auf der Xbox One und Playstation 4 sehr ordentlich. Optisch steht das Spiel der PC Version um nichts nach und auch die Steuerung mit dem Gamepad geht locker und leicht von der Hand. Die rund 25 stündige Spielzeit der Kampagne resultiert Großteils zu Schulden der Trial & Error Passagen, die viele Spieler und Genre-Einsteiger abschrecken könnten. Denn unter dem hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad und dem ständigen Neu-Laden des Geschehens leidet der Spielspaß enorm, was sich in den späteren Missionen deutlich bemerkbar macht. Wer sich jedoch voll darauf einlässt und eine Herausforderung sucht, der kann ohne Zögern zugreifen, denn mit Shadow Tactis: Blades of the Shogun wartet ein wahres Echtzeit-Strategie Meisterwerk darauf, auch auf der aktuellen Konsolengeneration gespielt zu werden.

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IGN
8.2 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun’s uncommon attentiveness to characters and story elevate what is already a really entertaining and mentally stimulating quest across 17th-Century Japan. The near-constant annoyance of the camera definitely hindered my feeling of being a zen ninja assassin. Overall though, developer Mimimi has put together one of the most punishing and clever top-down stealth games I’ve ever skulked through.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Aug 10, 2017

If you enjoy stealth or strategy, Shadow Tactics is for you.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 12, 2017

There is a certain charm in attempting stealth in Shadow Tactics and with its focus on tactical aspects of combat, the story unforuately takes a backseat to the gameplay.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 3, 2017

It may have been over a decade since the last official Commandos game, but this smart new mix of stealth and strategy continues the legacy with great aplomb.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

I've spent a few work nights staying up way too late playing, just to see what it would throw at me next. With the replayability built into each mission, I can imagine a few more of those nights on the horizon.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a great title for the fans of the strategy genre that play on consoles. Very deep and lots of content to explore.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 2, 2017

While a fun and interesting take on the genre, Shadow Tactics will prove a little too demanding for some. Although self-contained, levels are surprisingly big, each crammed with an array of moving clockwork pieces. With some stretching past the half-hour mark, it can be an overwhelming and sometimes exhausting game to play. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find a stealth game as satisfying or rewarding.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

Each level takes plenty of skill, and you’re given some great abilities and weapons to execute your attack, even if the levels take a long time to complete.

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Windows Central
Aug 3, 2017

While Shadow Tactics offers a decent gameplay length, the lack of replayability makes the pricing a little questionable, but over all, if you're a fan of the genre, you will find it to be a worthwhile investment.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 26, 2018

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is an exciting and well-made game of a rare genre that definitely will appeal to fans of Commandos and all fans of tactical games. If you have already played XCOM 2 and Mario + Rabbids, then definitely try this project.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a brilliant revival of the "hardcore stealth tactical games" formula. The german developer Mimimi Productions overcome the tradition by offering some new features that surely modernizes the original gameplay. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is fun and challenging, with some technical issues.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 11, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun will have you plotting the art of war like a master tactician. You will forge elaborate plans and test them in the fires of a a beautifully realised Edo-period Japan.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 16, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun provides a satisfying challenge, making gamers feel like a badass for even the smallest of victories.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2017

Shadow Tactics is as good as it was some months ago on PC, with the added benefit that on both PS4 and Xbox One there are fewer worthy real time strategy games. We sincerely hope to see more of these games in the near future on consoles.

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GameSkinny
Nov 25, 2016

What happens when you mix stealth action, tactical decisions, and beautiful art? You get Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 18, 2016

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a real-time tactical stealth game with gorgeous levels and clever mechanics.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
Aug 10, 2017

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.

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VGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

With a taste for the minute detail and a remarkable sense for level design, the obscure german developer put together 13 lovely, bloody tableau vivant with a japanese setting, whose shadows house a cabal of five well assorted blades.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 12, 2016

Based Loosely on Japan's Edo period, Shadow Tactics is a great Stealth-Tactical Real Time Strategy game that reminds you of the good old Commandos series.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

Shadow Tactics is a gorgeous, isometric stealth game with a fun and varied cast of characters

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TheXboxHub
Aug 20, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun brings a particularly brutal challenge, but at no point does it ever feel unfair. With some of the best stealth gameplay I have seen in a game for some time, and unusually large maps to utilise as a playground, there are many hours of fun to be had with this refreshing tactical showing.

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pressakey.com
Nov 28, 2016

Mimimi aus München haben die Echtzeit-Taktik würdig wiederbelebt und bis auf ein paar Kleinigkeiten prima an moderne Standards angepasst. Bitte mehr davon!

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TeamNerd
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2016

We are in front of a genre that seemed to have disappeared, even though it had strongly marked the 2000s, the kind of tactics in real time; thanks to Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the Mimimi Production team really succeeds in bringing back strength and strength to this type of game.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Jan 16, 2017

Shadow Tactics is going to soothe the soul of many strategy game fans, even of those that haven't played the old classics. Its gripping story makes it easy to recommend.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2016

Shadow Tactics brings back the atmosphere of some classics, like Commandos and Desperados, with a hard and fun tactical gameplay.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2016

I think the concept concocted by Mimimi Productions alone was what made Shadow Tactics a worthwhile game to make, and even more worthwhile to play.

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Gaming Masters
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

A game with loads of challenges, hours of playtime and a a solid use of console controls which help to overcome lots of the usual frustrations with PC ports.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 21, 2016

Shadow Tactics is a unique exploration of the stealth genre with a great amount of polish, but if you’re going to dive in, be prepared for just how deep the water is.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Cubed3
Eric

Top Critic

5 / 10
Jan 13, 2017

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a game hardcore puzzle types will enjoy, despite what any screenshot looks like, but any fan of RTS or even stealth games will be annoyed by the very narrow path of figuring out the current "stealth puzzle" facing them. If it is any indication of the slog that will be faced, a warning appears if you have not saved in over a minute. For the very narrow niche of puzzle gamers, they will enjoy figuring it out, but for everyone else, it is simply far too much guess-and-check, and the pure repetition grinds the player down.

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