Styx: Shards of Darkness

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Styx: Shards of Darkness is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 75 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

45%

Critics Recommend

Based on 75 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Mar 14, 2017
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 14, 2017

Clearly, a lot of money and skill has gone into making Shards Of Darkness, which only makes the fact that you have to battle past this woeful characterisation to get to the strong stealth meat below all the more tragic.

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
May 3, 2017

Unlike the original game, this version now has a quick save function by pressing right on the d-pad. This makes the game a lot more forgiving than the original and the level design has been improved with multiple routes though the levels giving the player choice how to approach each situation. The A.I. is hit and miss, when it's good it's fantastic, but this is spoilt when you see the guards glitching out.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpace
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is everything you could expect this game to be and more. It offers hardcore stealth gameplay for those who are interested in it while simultaneously lowering the skill cap for those who just want to finish the game and do not shy away from a messy slaughter or alarm or two. It is hard to resist Styx’s wits and cockiness even in the middle of situation he gets into. If you were waiting for a sign that Styx: Shards of Darkness is an amazing game worthy of your time, consider this to be just it.

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Digital Chumps
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2017

Depending on what you're looking for in your next third person stealth game, Styx may fit the bill. It gets a lot right and is a noticeable improvement from the first game, which itself was pretty good to begin with. It may not carry the history or prestige of some of stealth's bigger franchises, but if you like the genre at all, Cyanide Studios' latest effort deserves your attention.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2017

It may not have quite the level of polish of a AAA title, but it’s more than worth your time.

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GameSkinny
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an excellent purist stealth game, which is let down by stupid AI.

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Words About Games
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 21, 2017

Everything comes together to create a really great stealth gameplay experience.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

What it may lack in narrative development, Styx: Shards of Darkness more than makes up for in its near-faultless gameplay that stands out as a prime example of stealth design done right.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2017

A wisecracking goblin assassin may seem like an odd choice for a protagonist, but the titular character of Styx: Shards of Darkness is enjoyable to control.

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2017

Cyanide continues to build its own dark fantasy world, step by step. And Shards of Darkness is a step in a right direction. Story is richer, gameplay is better than in its predecessor. And we only hope developers will stay on track for a few games more.

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Suitably Bored
May 14, 2017

I see a lot of reviews slammed the game for its poor combat system really?! This is a stealth base game, not a hack and slash game combat is not an option. You aren’t supposed to be facing enemies head on. Another issue reviewers seem to have is the fact that Styx breaks the 4th wall like Deadpool. And that his sense of humor is a bit much for these reviewers who clearly lost theirs a long time ago. And yes I am aware humor/comedy is subjective but to me, Styx is a welcome change of pace as protagonist. He is a character, snarky, scheming and yes he makes the occasional quips and dated pop-culture references. That alone gives him a definable personality. Styx: Shards of Darkness is a solid stealth game with plenty of humor and style. And it harks back to the old-school hardcore stealth games of the past.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

A surprisingly old-school and well-crafted stealth game, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a welcome sneaky outlet in a world so often focused on open combat.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Mar 14, 2017

This is a game that you need to sink more than just a handful of hours into in order to really appreciate but in my opinion, the reward is well worth it - the feeling of nailing a multi-target assassination with some high-octane traps before ziplining away and cackling was indescribable, and made much more meaningful by the fact that a few hours ago I was struggling to find my own ass in the dark.

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VGProfessional
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an enjoyable easy to pick stealth game. It has all the tools to set a solid footing among the best in the genre like amazing variety in levels, likeable character, very well designed open levels, and addictive stealth mechanics, but sadly it stumbles and fails to do so, chalk it to the sense of incompleteness that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. I highly recommend it to the fans, if you liked Master of Shadows, you well like this game even more, I recommend a buy but in a later time with a budget price.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a little big sequel of the first chapter, Master of Shadows. Gameplay, graphics, atmosphere: all is in the right place.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2017

Styx: Shards of Drakness is developing the predecessor's ideas, but there is no breakthrough here. We are returning at one's old place in a slightly better, nicer and more friendly way. The game perfectly implements characteristics of stealth games, but because of bugs it misses AAA games quality.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 30, 2017

All in all, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a game you won't want to miss.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2017

Shards of Darkness could have been an amazing stealth game, thanks to a witty and cynical main character, a wonderful level design and a lot of skills and perks. Unfortunately, the experience is partially ruined by a sub-par AI and some flaws in the control system.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 26, 2017

What's worse than dying in a game... dying and being heckled for doing so.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 21, 2017

Styx: Shards Of Darkness is a unique beast. In a time where every game seems to be committed to diversifying their gameplay as much as possible, and appealing to as wide an audience as possible, Styx: Shards Of Darkness is unconventionally pure in its approach.

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Pixelophobia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is polished and expanded Styx: Master of Shadows. It uses same mechanics, which makes it feels familiar, but somehow better. It's the essence of stealth game where you can either leave a trail of blood behind you, or a few empty purses. Styx feels like THIEF and is acquired taste, but everyone should at least try it.

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JVL
16 / 20
JVL
L_sK

Top Critic

16 / 20
Mar 14, 2017

Despite some flaws still present from its predecessor, Styx : Shards of Darkness is a solid sequel. Even if it doesn't reinvent the wheel, and borrows its mechanics to the biggest stealth games or adventurous ones like Assassin�s Creed, this opus does things well. With its high dosed difficulty that will encourage the player to be discreet and explore the verticality of the great level design, this entry will fulfill players from the outset.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an incredibly fun game - provided you are ok with slowing down the pace and willing to put up with uncompromising stealth. If you are looking for an action heavy stealth experience, this isn’t really your cup of tea. However, if you’re like me (though I’m terrible at stealth on the whole) and want a great, difficult challenge, Styx: Shards of Darkness might be right up your alley.

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Game Revolution
Game Revolution

Top Critic

Mar 13, 2017

It's safe to say Styx: Shards of Darkness is nothing short of a spectacular stealth game that brings the genre back to its roots and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

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Windows Central
Mar 20, 2017

In some ways, Styx: Shards of Darkness felt as Stockholm-Syndrome-inducingly difficult as Dark Souls, with the frequent deaths, taunts, and preference for evasion over confrontation. But that made me like it even more.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
Mar 14, 2017

A mean-spirited character leads a big-hearted game; you’re unlikely to dwell on its lore but its features combine well to create a satisfying stealth experience.

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Real Game Media
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

Ultimately, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a great game however, it is a STEALTH game, with no misconceptions of anything else thrown in, that must be understood. Sure, the satirical nature of the world might not get fleshed out quite as much as I'd have liked but the refreshing tone is more than enough as-is. The gameplay is fun and the options provide great replayability to each level. Not to mention, of course, Styx himself, who provides comedy and wit galore. If you're looking for a stealth title that will have you creeping cautiously through vast levels while trying not to laugh your head off, then Styx: Shards of Darkness is definitely the game for you

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness greatly resembles the earlier Styx: Master of Shadows from 2014, but Cyanide improved the gameplay this time around with the inclusion of craftable weapons, the lack of a lock-on in combat, and expanded abilities. It presents an interesting world to explore but wastes its potential by recycling environments from early missions late in the game. Co-op mode is fun, too, but only selectively as some stealth-only missions seem far more manageable on one's own.

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GamePro
78 / 100
78 / 100
Mar 14, 2017

Enormous adventure playground with small blemishes for adventurous Stealth-Fans.

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Everyeye.it
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness improves the level design of its prequel, and gives the protagonist several ways to complete the missions.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

A stealth game in the true sense of the word you should keep an eye on, even if the enemies AI is still not that great.

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Game Volt
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness One of the few titles that provided stealth in a great form, all the elements were designed to serve the player in his adventure away from action and direct clashes as much as possible, but on other hand you feel the limited budget the game have or it's safe more to say it didn't have much time in development especially at second half of the game, which represents weak story and limited graphical level.

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Use a Potion
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness puts its own unique spin on the stealth genre by giving us an unconventional hero that’s not only incredibly powerful, but very crude too. What’s most important though is that it’s fun to play throughout, offering an adventure that constantly entertains and offers plenty of things for the player to do. It has its flaws with some shoddy climbing controls, poor AI, and lack of diversity with its visual design, but none of these issues trump what Styx: Shards of Darkness does right. If you’re looking for an enjoyable stealth adventure that offers plenty of freedom to the player, it’s certainly worth checking Styx: Shards of Darkness out.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

While not the best stealth game, Styx: Shards of Darkness offers some fun, unique gameplay. It might be filled with mixed messages, but there's still a number of hours' worth of sneaky, fun, stabbing action.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an evolution of the franchise, and an improvement over a game stealth enthusiasts will greatly enjoy.

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Expansive
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx is a mostly enjoyable ride from start to finish

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Overwhelming in size and overflowing with freedom with which to tackle its sprawling campaign, Styx: Shards of Darkness is an unapologetically pure stealth title that might struggle to expand its hardcore appeal beyond the die-hard fans of the genre.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness improves on its predecessor significantly without having to steer away from its core attributes. Everything from its visuals and dialogue to its gameplay and story have been upgraded and polished to an impressive sheen. It’s still far from being perfect and its style of stealth and combat might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely a challenging and enjoyable experience that sometimes forces you to think hard first before acting. The foundation that Of Orcs and Men built set the perfect stage for both Master of Shadows and Shards of Darkness and it can only get better and more interesting from here.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2017

Shards of Darkness is a fine sequel to the unexpected and great Master of Shadows. It's more ambitious, but this results in some other aspects not feeling as polished as they should.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 27, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way, but still leaves room for a deeper, more thought-out stealth experience.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

In the end, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a solid stealth title. The lack of real combat puts your ability to go undetected to the test, and the breadth of each level means that your solutions to each problem are wide open, giving you some flexibility to your approach. While your abilities are fun to use, it would've been nice to see them make a difference, especially since the game reuses some environments instead of going for new ones. Shards of Darkness is an improvement over the first game, and it's worth checking out if you're a stealth fan.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2017

A stealth game that sticks to its core values and offers some excellent level design, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a solid sequel. It is not without some presentation issues and could really benefit from some better controls on the more delicate maneuvers. If you can get past the crassness of the main character there is much to like.

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Generación Xbox
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2017

Cyanide Studios returns after three years with Shards of Darkness to offer us a new adventure of Styx. A game with a weak plot and full of light and dark sides, where the absence of light will accompany us throughout the adventure along with fantastic game mechanics and a good cooperative mode although with some flaws.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 16, 2017

Despite being so similar compared to Master of Shadows in terms of gameplay, Shards of Darkness improves in visuals and level desing, but still has deficiencies in terms of AI and narrative.

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SA Gamer
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2017

In the end Styx: Shards of Darkness isn’t a terrible game. Sadly several elements stop it from reaching the greatness it could have had, like bad platforming, AI getting stuck during patrols, a story that doesn’t engage and wobbly voice acting all keep Styx in the firmly good section

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TheXboxHub
Mar 28, 2017

Styx may not be the most anticipated stealth adventure of the year, but it’s definitely one you should be checking out If you’re a fan of the genre. Gameplay can unfortunately start to feel repetitive after a string of deaths, but those happy to take their time will find an adventure to enjoy.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an interesting development of the ideas of the original game with an amusing humour and a charismatic main character that suffers from many errors, deficiencies and other problems that will be partly fixed with updates. But this is unlikely change our opinion about the game. I put a rating based on atmosphere, diversity and stealth, but you really have to love the genre to get pleasure from this game.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Mar 15, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a pleasant stealth game. Just be aware that it's not a AAA title. It looks fine on the surface, but some mechanics are a bit too old-fashioned. However, if you like stealth games or the previous Styx game, you'll not make a mistake picking this title.

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Hu3br
Mar 19, 2017

A notable improvement over Master of Shadows only held back by some uninspired mechanics and skill tree.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 16, 2017

Styx Shards of Darkness is a good evolution of Styx's Universe, and it offers a lot of improvements. Better graphics, better gameplay mechanics... and always this sneaky and funny goblin! A good stealth experience, that still suffers some technical and AI issues.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

A decent stealth experience, but the AI tends to sour the experience, as does the occasional camera angle issue.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

And really, pleasant surprises are what we're talking about with Styx: Shards of Darkness. Don't let the reduced price tag or the fact that Styx's previous titles aren't exactly household names fool you. Once you get past the slightly budget look of the UI and occasional control jank, there is a solid core of a pretty damn good stealth game here. Give him a chance, and Styx might just steal your heart (only to pawn it at a fraction of its value, the little bastard).

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GameZone
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Despite its frustrations, Styx’s stealth mechanics and Deus Ex-ian level design will continue to drive you forward in a game that is longer than you’d think.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 2, 2017

It’s not going to win any hearts and minds any time soon, but as an open-ended stealth experience, Styx: Shards of Darkness more or less does its job without major stumbles. Less of the lip, though, please.

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PushStartPlay
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2017

In short, Styx: Shards of Darkness, is a massive improvement, not only upon its predecessor, but also the AA category as a whole. It is a title which offers the variety of gameplay which even some AAA games lack these days, and the inclusion of the co-op mode only further promotes it up the ladder of desirability. However, despite its strong technical and artistic foundation, Styx: Shards of Darkness, is not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination. And what prevents it from reaching the upper echelons of the grading scale, is the fact that at its core, Styx: Shards of Darkness, is a title which suffers deeply from its mechanical shortcomings, which are so brazen at times, that they take all the joy away from the title

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness improves from Master of Shadows on many fronts and introduced a lot of new features that adds more depth to the franchise. But the failure to completely address control issues from the previous game prevents me from enjoying the game to its fullest.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 2, 2017

Styx's good story, interesting world, great stealth mechanics, lots of humor, and engaging atmosphere overcomes its poor AI, moderate visuals, unbalanced controls and repetitive levels. If you are a stealth fan, you'll enjoy Styx: Shards of Darkness.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is an enormous improvement over its predecessor. The gameplay has seen a large amount of refinement to the point where it's actually a fun game to play, and Styx himself steals the show with his charismatic performance. It's not without its own set of returning and new defects, but Styx's second adventure is something we can confidently recommend. This is everything the first game should have been.

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Azralynn
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 14, 2017
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Wccftech
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

By no means a perfect game, Styx: Shards of Darkness is still an improvement on the first. As the series continues to progress we can hope to see some better storytelling, world building and crisper graphics and sound, but for now at least we have an enjoyable experience with some interesting ideas to experiment with

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

Amid an overcrowded season full of newly launched triple-A titles, Shards of Darkness, at its very best, works as an inconsistent but serviceable stealth experience.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2017

Styx is a solid game with polished mechanics that simply fails to justify its higher asking price. Combine that with its release date being sandwiched between so many 'must-have' titles and it doesn't even fill a void of having nothing to play. Still, it is a solid stealth game, and one that provides plenty of entertainment in its solid campaign. I just cannot justify the steeper price for what still feels like a lower-budget title.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness does well with its detailed level design and humorous main character, but the inconsistency in its gameplay mechanics and a forgettable storyline stand in the way of its prominence as a stealth action game. Entertaining, to say the least, but far from a must-play.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness never progresses beyond being a moderately functional game with low-fantasy aspirations.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

Many of the pieces that make up Styx feel dated, but they still come together to make a competent stealth-action experience.

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2017

A mechanically strong stealth title with some of the most eye-rollingly awful dialogue I have ever been subjected to. Styx as a character is obnoxious, unlikable, and immersion breaking, but he does wield some of the most impressive and well-designed infiltration abilities in the genre. I just wish he would shut the hell up.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

Shards of Darkness could have been a big step forward for the series, giving you a more rounded set of gameplay possibilities, alongside the better looking environments and other areas. Alas it’s not as big an improvement as I’d hoped and is let down by bugs and inconsistencies. It’s a stealth game with one foot stuck in the past, and that remains both a blessing and a curse.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2017

A dark, challenging stealth game undermined by an unimaginative and rambling story littered with crude gags and lazy pop culture references.

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Saudi Gamer
3 / 5
3 / 5
Mar 25, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness offers an excellent and varied style of gameplay with massive and beautiful fantasy world, but suffers from repetitive level design and awful jokes and commentary, in addition to weak indoor graphics that lack detail.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a solid, enjoyable game, but a number of flaws hold it back from being anything more.

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Video Chums
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a promising stealth experience with massive stages and an interesting blend of genres.

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TechRaptor
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness will provide stealth fans with a brief thrill, but wading through levels multiple times and dealing with poor attempts at variety will grate at even the most jaded of players by the time the campaign is through.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 14, 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness sometimes feels like it's the purposely edgy teenager who doesn't want you to like it. It's, by all means, a game any stealth fan should try, but it's not going to grab and keep you coming back for more. Instead, it feels like wading through mud, and the payoff you're receiving is too small to really gloat about. There's potential here, but behind buggy AI, clumsy controls and a lead character who is more annoying than likable, it all feels for naught.

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Paste Magazine
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2017

If you want to play an “old school” stealth game, you have many options that aren’t the price of a new game. If you want crude humor, there are far better options in games and other media to enjoy. If you want to get berated by an ugly creature who thinks he’s better than you, well, Twitter is free.

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