Percentile Rank

Shadows: Awakening is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

45%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 3, 2018

It's nice to see a 3d ARPG that's not made by Blizzard get the bombastic sprawling fantasy epic feel fairly right. There are a few things that grate (the purple prose for one) in the game, and there's not many bugs that I've been able to detect - no broken quest chains or triggers that failed. Everything has been smooth sailing barring the dropped frames now and then, and even they don't actually spoil the game. The dual world and puppet mechanics provide a big draw to the game for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more of the different characters as I progress through the huge game before me. There's a lot of dialogue to listen and read, so if you're into lore-rich worlds, you've come to the right place. The bonus here is that much of it is narrated by Tom Baker.

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Player2.net.au
C
C
Nov 11, 2018

A cool mechanic and captivating narration isn't enough to lift this from stock to special, but fans of Tom Baker will find additional rewards as they slog through.

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Scored Reviews

Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

I have been, and continue to enjoy S:A enough that it's hard to find much fault with it. That said, for some genre veterans looking for a stout challenge, the default difficult setting is likely much too easy. Additionally, some quest and puzzle design could be considered a bit repetetive, but for me, these concerns were greatly overshadowed by the positives of the experience.

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Areajugones
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2018

It might lack the decision making aspect of the RPG genre but, beyond that, Shadows: Awakening is an amazing game. The great mechanic of having multiple protagonists in one avatar makes every combat tactical in a distinguishbly way, which is tied to an adictive playable structure , an interesting history and a dense amount of content to create a epic adventure

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 30, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is a damn good action-RPG. The combat is quick and varied while the characters are interesting. While the story lacks originality, it is still well written and allows the different characters to shine. There are a lot of different elements at play, and they all work together to create a fantastic experience.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

شخصیت‌های بازی، از NPCها گرفته تا شخصیت‌های قابل بازی در حد قابل قبولی قرار دارند و از همین حد هم فراتر نمی‌روند. صداگذاری این شخصیت‌ها نیز نسبتا خوب است اما وقتی برای بار هزارم دیالوگ‌هایی (البته بیشتر به مونولوگ شباهت دارند) مثل " do I have to do everything myself? " یا " This challenge require a stronger warrior " را می‌شنوید فقط می‌خواهید سریعا آن‌ها را خفه کرده و بازی را mute کنید!

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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2018

Shadows: Awakening surprises me very well. I love isometric Action-RPGs and play so many games in this genre and I must say that Shadows: Awakening is one of the best isometric Action-RPG games that I ever played so far. Amazing mechanic of one body, 4 souls and 2 world, made the game so special and unique and every other gemaplay elements are so deep and entertaining. If you want a challenging experience that shows you the most potential of the game, play Shadows: Awakening on hard difficulty. This is a game that every isometric Action-RPG fans and Diablo lovers must experience it.

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Xbox Sector
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

In truth I've laboured too long on the negatives. Shadows: Awakening is a brilliantly viable alternative to Diablo with plenty of ideas that hold up in their own right. Add in alternative endings and LOADS of content and you'll be there for hours.

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 11, 2018

Still, the developer deserves props for doing something genuinely interesting in a staid genre. Shadows: Awakening is familiar enough, but it has some enjoyably unique mechanics that help to elevate it, and a world to explore that's genuinely captivating. It would be great to see the developer get a chance to do more with this franchise.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 5, 2018

If you like your dungeon crawls with a ladle of gothic atmosphere, you haven’t seen anything like this in an eternity.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

Technical issues aside, I greatly enjoyed my time in the Heretic Kingdoms. The hack-n-slash combat with puppeteering strategies always felt fresh, the enemies always presented a challenge on the Normal difficulty, and I never got tired of the vast exploration and puzzle solving. Playing again is inevitable for me, as I'm really curious how much choices affect the puppets and the world around me. I played the goody-two-shoes route this time, by not making pacts with other demons and offering to help everyone under the sun. But I can't help but wonder how differently the game would go if I played as Vlad the Heartless. How would that help me unlock puppets I missed this time? How would it change the already chaotic world? Does it have as many ending varieties as Dungeon Siege III? I also can't help but wonder about the backstories for the other soul puppets I didn't choose. With all of that replayability bubbling under the surface, it's nigh impossible to not recommend Shadows: Awakening to all hack-n-slash RPG fans, especially those who never tire of the tried and true Diablo III formula.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Shadows: Awakening offers Book One from Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms and new content in Book Two. It is absorbing extensive gameplay with some new mechanics and graphics.

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GaminGuardian
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Shadows: Awakening contains enough elements to put itself as an enjoyable alternative within isometric RPGs, being history, strategic combat and visuals its strengths.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
PS4Blog.net
ThaRaven403
8 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

Kalypso Media have created a really good game that's worth playing if you're a fan of the genre. It's got a lot of replay value and has found a way to differentiate itself from other games in the genre.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Heretic Kingdoms remains a franchise with great potential, so I'm very curious to see where developers are going to go from here. Obviously, there's room to improve the formula, but I'd like to see something new as well.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

A great game for western role-playing fans. Fun, with an interesting plot and full of details. Lots of hours of gameplay and a lovely Diablo style.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
Mitch Stewart
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2018

The amount of polish in Shadows: Awakening heralds a fantastic return to the action-RPG era of old.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2018

Shadows: Awakening proves that loot-focused action-RPGs can feature a deep narrative with meaningful side quests. The unique party system works in unison with the combat mechanics, allowing you to put together a devastating combination of attacks. Featuring a lengthy narrative, and reason to play through multiple times, this unassuming title may be the sleeper hit you have been looking for.

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Generación Xbox
7.6 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
Carlos de Palma

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2018

If you like puzzles, exploring the maps will be the most entertaining and will make us be attentive to our environment.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

One of the better dungeon crawlers out there right now, Shadows: Awakening's dimension hopping gameplay help separate it from other efforts in the genre.

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BaziCenter
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is a fun Action RPG that does not bring anything new to the table, but manages to stay fresh and engaging due to its great character and gameplay design.

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GamePro
74 / 100
74 / 100
Aug 31, 2018

A clever gameplay system with puppets and worlds changes provides momentum in the action role-playing game, which keeps a long-term motivation.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2018

Shadows: Awakening has a lot of promise, but is held back by some clunky controls and awkward combat situations. While the realm swapping gimmick and multiple characters to switch between on the fly are certainly nice, there isn’t really anything else that truly sets it apart. If you’re up for something a little easier or different than Diablo, or you want an introduction to the genre, Shadows: Awakening would definitely interest you, although you may want to wait for it to go on sale.

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Video Chums
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Shadows: Awakening and hope that the developers eventually work on a sequel that irons out all of its issues.

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Impulsegamer
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2018

Shadows Awakening is a solid ARPG with a deep lore and engaging story. Tragically, a few outdated elements bog down its fun and unique combat system.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Aug 30, 2018
Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 11, 2018

Shadows: Awakening provides an excellent starting point for players new to the Heretic Kingdoms saga.

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Screen Rant
Sep 4, 2018

Shadows: Awakening freshens up the action RPG formula with a neat character switching mechanic, albeit one that doesn't cover up all the flaws.

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Gaming LYF
Aug 30, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is a great singleplayer ARPG. It plays well and introduces some refreshingly unique mechanics to the genre. Unfortunately however it's let down by some odd decisions and numerous niggling issues. If you're a fan of the genre it's absolutely well worth checking out, if not though it's best to wait for a sale.

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Killa Penguin
Sep 7, 2018

Shadows: Awakening inherits Vikings‘ repetitive and gimmicky boss fights, while its shifting rules and general inability to explain how certain things work can turn its frequent puzzles into a slog. Add a slow movement speed and too few teleport points on top of that, and you have a game that, while enjoyable overall, fails to live up to its potential.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

That doesn't take away from the fact that I enjoyed nearly my entire time with it. Those that pick it up will likely not be disappointed; it is just getting someone to take the plunge that could cause problems. This is the kind of game that would have benefitted from being just a bit cheaper at the outset.e

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 4, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is a nice game with an interesting puzzles, plot elements and the mechanics of moving between dimensions. This is not Diablo or Divinity, but fans of the genre, most likely, would be satisfied.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is a deep action RPG which brings a literal new dimension to the tried and tested Diablo format. It's a great choice for those looking for a meaty fantasy time-sink, and while it does stumble occasionally, it delivers many hours of engaging hack-'n'-slash gaming.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 1, 2018

Shadows: Awakening is sure to offer ARPG fans something meaty to chew on between Diablo III seasons and Path of Exile leagues.

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NoobFeed
67 / 100
67 / 100
Sep 4, 2018

Shadows: Awakening attempts to stray away from being a typical ARPG but lacks the juice to keep things interesting until its closing moments.

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PSX Brasil
65 / 100
65 / 100
Sep 7, 2018

Despite being fun and having some good moments on its story, Shadows: Awakening ends up being a boring experience after some time, preventing it from being as interesting as it could be.

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AusGamers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2018

But even so the by-product of this is more micro-management and loot scrubbing duties placed on the player, that isn't helped by an overall pace that feels too slow.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

Shadows: Awakening doesn't do much that is new or interesting, but it does achieve a mostly enjoyable ARPG experience that will appeal to diehard fans of the genre.

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Wccftech
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2018

Shadows: Awakening presents a few interesting ideas and a surprisingly large, diverse world. Unfortunately, the game's ambitious vision is undermined by a host of basic storytelling, combat, and technical issues. Those desperate for some fresh hack ‘n' slash fun will find things to like about Shadows: Awakening, but the game is easily eclipsed by Diablo and any number of other, better, action-RPGs.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

Shadows: Awakening ultimately fails to be the action RPG that fans of the genre need. It has some interesting ideas and decent writing, but the story shifts to the backburner after a while and the side missions and combat aren't enough to maintain interest through the grind it turns into. It's not bad, it's just not particularly inspiring either. If you need a new diablo-like and a lack of polish or a glut of grind doesn't bother you, there are definitely worse options out there.

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Geeks Under Grace
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Painstakingly average, there are too many other games that one could play that can do what Shadows: Awakening does, and better.

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