Styx: Master of Shadows | Mini Review

What is it?

Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth-action title developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Focus Home Interactive in 2014. Styx is a goblin-thief who sets off to raid the Tower of Akenash. Inside is the World-Tree, the only source of the powerful and magical (not to mention addictive) golden sap known as Amber. Styx finds himself setting off to steal the heart of the tree, all the while swiping some nice loot along the way, only to discover the shocking truth of his origins.


PC, PS4, Xbox One

Responsive controls and agile movements makes Styx a nimble and mobile anti-hero to play as.
Stealth elements work really well. Must hide in the shadows, cause accidents, perform stealth kills and make distractions.
Well-designed environments have numerous paths to follow in order to progress. Missions include bonus objectives for extra replayability.
Special abilities – stealth, cloning, etc. – are really handy, and can be upgraded.
Enthralling story with many surprising twists and plot developments.
Harsh difficulty can put off some players.
Ditto to the combat; all you need to do is press a button to parry at the right time when confronted.
Occasionally a bit glitchy at times.
Final boss battle ain’t too fancy.


Want a devilishly tricky and deliciously delightful stealth game? Styx: Master of Shadows is an easy recommendation. Its well-designed levels, polished stealth mechanics and demanding gameplay make it a very strong choice for anyone who’d rather be punished for charging into each mission head-on. Be warned, as it can be pretty damn unforgiving at times, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying this cracking game.


4 Stars

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