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We have rounded up some more reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows, the stealth-based RPG from Cyanide, set in the universe of their 2012 action-RPG Of Orcs and Men, and this time they happened to be more or less all positive too.
PC Gamer, 78/100.
For all its openness, there were a few points in the game where I felt I was being funneled and perhaps the most disappointing aspect was the re-visiting and re-population of some areas, these levels being augmented with non-human enemies; the advent of the latter feels like gratuitous hurdle placement and the asset recycling in general gives the impression the game has been padded out. But those gripes aside, S:MoS weaves an entertaining Grimm-like yarn in and around twenty hours-worth of furtive fun.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun, scoreless.
You're not going to love Styx. It's not the kind of game you're going to be itching for a sequel to. It seems kind of unfortunate that it was released within a week of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. But sometime five or ten years from now you'll be talking about stealth games with a friend and you'll go, (Oh, hey, remember Styx? That was pretty good.)
Your friend probably won't have played it, but that just means you get to feel smarter than them.
The Xbox Hub, 4/5.
Styx: Master of Shadows is a joy to play as long as you set about things with the right mental attitude. If you go in all guns blazing, then expect to hate pretty much everything about Styx. But give it a little bit of love in the planning and prepare to take in a slow paced stealthy environment and you'll find a game that has a hell of a lot of depth to it.
Styx is on the right path to becoming a Master.
PlayStation LifeStyle, 8.0/10.
Overall, Styx: Master of Shadows is a great game that completely took me by surprise. It is strategic, intelligent, and offers players hours and hours of sneaky gameplay. Although the game does have a cookie-cutter story and some goofy voice acting, it is a great buy for the $30 price tag. I recommend picking up a copy if you have ever played Of Orcs and Men or are a fan of stealth games.
The Game Scouts, 8.5/10.
A few complaints aside, Styx: Master of Shadows is a fantastic experience. The enemies are tough, the levels are beautiful and large encouraging exploratory gameplay, and Styx controls flawlessly. Cyanide Studio is a fantastic developer, one that deserve more credit and media attention. Anyone with even the slightest interest in stealth gaming should play through Styx: Master of Shadows at least once. It's one of the finest downloadable titles this year, and deserves a spot among the best releases in the genre.