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You have been appointed to fulfill an extremely dangerous mission, deep in enemy territory: to kill one man... the Emperor himself. Lead the revolution of the Orcs and Goblins!
Release Date: Oct 11, 2012
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January 22nd, 2014

Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements developed by Cyanide Studio for PC. After many months in development, Styx: Master of Shadows can now reveal the very first official screenshots: here we see Styx, the playable character in the game, progressing through some of the dizzying levels composing the adventure.

Styx is a Goblin two centuries old... the very first of all the Goblins, he’s a master in the arts of stealth, theft, and murder. The depths of the miles-high Tower of Akenash, where Humans and Elves hide and protect the Tree, the source of the Amber, are the best chance Styx has of quickly amassing a small fortune and, perhaps, discover more about his true origins along the way.

Battle your way to the top of the lofty Tower of Akenash through immense and vertiginous levels that highlight the vertical perspective. You will complete numerous missions with various objectives as you climb up – murder, information recovery, theft of precious artifacts, etc – and gradually reconstruct the puzzle that provides the key to the mystery of your origins. The levels are open and the objectives can be completed in various ways: you are therefore free to choose the best way to proceed and the most suitable strategy to employ to achieve and complete your mission objectives. But remember you’re a Goblin: if your target is twice your size, or more, you're better off eliminating them silently… and in the back!

The premises of the Tower of Akenash are protected by many: Humans of course, but also Elves whose science of magic cannot be overlooked, huge Orcs who have been victims of (more or less) successful experiments, but also other, stranger creatures. Guards, soldiers and other protectors of the Tower will adapt their behavior dynamically, depending on your actions: you better keep a low profile and prepare your plan of action beforehand. Study the guard patrols closely, use areas of light and shadow to your advantage, lure your target to a secluded area to assassinate him silently, or arrange "accidents" to remain undetected!

Styx: Master of Shadows also includes game mechanics right out of RPG, so as you gain experience you will unlock new skills, special and impressive moves and new and lethal weapons in 6 talent trees! You will also acquire extraordinary powers from the Amber flowing from the Source Tree which will help you out of a tight spot, make you invisible to the eyes of your enemies and which you can use to generate "disposable" clones of yourself! Explore every inch of the levels and not only will you uncover clues about your past but also, and more importantly, valuable treasure that you can steal from under the noses and beards of the guards in the Tower of Akenash!


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“…you should absolutely give it a look if you're interested in ambitious design or interesting worlds.”
8 out of 10 – Machinima

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About the Game

Lead the revolution of the Orcs and Goblins!

In a world at war, the vast Empire of Men tries to extend its domination over the territories of the Orcs and Goblins, who are systematically persecuted, enslaved and massacred. Through this great role-playing game, lead a fearsome Orc warrior, and a Goblin master of assassination and stealth.

You have been appointed to fulfill an extremely dangerous mission, deep in enemy territory: to kill one man... the Emperor himself. Fight your way through a terribly hostile world to reach the objective of your quest. Level up, learn and develop powerful skills, and finally free your people from the yoke of the Empire!

System Requirements

    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
13.8 hrs on record
I really really like this game, I found the setting to be fresh and unique, which made me all the more keen to continue playing the game. The combat system and the two characters also work well together and creates an engaging although sometimes unforgiving experience. One of few games that I played through in a few days and that I wanted more of after I was finished.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
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12 reviews
15.0 hrs on record
Surprisingly entertaining playing from an orc perspective, as the story is probably it's strongest point. The gameplay is more tactical then anything, and requires you to invest in talents so the 2 characters compliment each other to maximum efficiency. Definitely no regrets buying this discounted.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
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1 review
14.5 hrs on record
I bought this game expecting nothing really and I must say it took me by surprise. Even though the graphics isn't cutting edge I think the great enviroments, level system and change of opponents made a great combination that you didn't get tired off. It took me 14 hours to play through and I think it was worth it. It can also be noted that the main characters are (even if they are very stereotype) had interesting and exiting character development during the game which made the story interesting. This is one of the better fantasy role-playing games I've played thanks to it's simplicity, because it's not a free world game like the Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age but I like it when I only got one way to go and smash anything comming in my way!
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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19 reviews
16.1 hrs on record
A nice solid RPG framework for a potentially great franchise.

Now, the small scope makes me think of this game as sort of like a B-list movie. That's not a bad thing actually. It's almost like an indie RPG but it's definitely not since they've got big Publisher support. It makes the game feel well rounded and solid. The devs knew what they wanted to make and they did so splendidly. It's a budget title so to speak.

The game uses my favorite combat style of queuing up actions and attacks either in real-time or in paused time (but in this game's case - slowed time) much like Knights of the Old Republic or Neverwinter Nights. And the combat is fantastic by the way. It's definitely challenging since every attack is deliberate and damaging to both your characters and the enemies. What I mean by that is the enemies usually come in packs and can easily interrupt, stun, and then kill your party if your not careful. The levels actually reinforce the idea of planning. The levels are mostly straight corridors that are dotted with wide open arenas. You can approach them stealthly or guns blazing.

Now, I should mention that you've only got two playable characters, Arkail the big orc and Styx the obviously rogue goblin. The customization is kind of limited. The game's got small skill trees, obvious shiny loot sacks, and (to the devs credit) upgradeable gear. It's obvious that your party is going to turn out with the orc as your tank and the goblin is either your range or melee DPS. But an interesting thing about the orc is you can lose control of him since he has a rage meter. The rage meter also acts as the orc's "mana" to activate certain skills though. So you can imagine how your going to plan out your fights with that in mind.

Their story and that of the game's story is actually your typical fantasy. You got your orcs, goblins, mages, fanatical religious orders, and later on a brief appearance by the Elves and Dwarves. Basically, the story is that the orcs are being enslaved by a cruel human empire. Your story is to lead Arkail and Styx on a suicide mission to kill the human emperor. It's a nice story and the world is really interesting. It's got this typical western european medieval look to it. But the Orcish perspective help in sucking me in to the game's world. However, the dialogue and the voice acting is pretty bad. The swearing is so out of place. It's like the devs were trying to be edgy but just failed with the translation from the original french script. There is a dialogue system. But it's there to either get more lore to choose which side quest to take.

The graphical fidelity is also pretty great. The character models of the orcs & goblins plus the later levels look stunning especially with an obvious budget title. And the soundtrack is also great. I would definitely buy it.

All-in-all, the game's a fairly decent RPG from two studios who would later on make some fairly decent RPG's with the same combat system. I love the combat and the Orcish perspective on a typical fantasy world is refreshing experience. And if your aching for a solid and almost indie like RPG, then buy this game. If your on the fence, then buying at a discount is always a good idea.

PC Port NOTES: It ran well on my amd fx 6 core and amd hd7850 on max settings with little to no performance hiccups and a steady 60 fps. Nothing game breaking here. Hell, alt+tab even works (no borderless windowed mode though). The devs also later on removed some horrible DRM. Also, the game does have some decent graphical options. Another thing is that mouse and keyboard is playable but the keys are non-rebindable.
Posted: December 20th, 2013
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
12.7 hrs on record
I finished this a while back so this isn't as fresh in my memory as it should. Also I have to be honest here, cyanide games are a guilty pleasure of mine. I always think there are some good ideas floating in their games but they don't manage to make the best out of all those ideas. That being said on to the main event.

You play as 2 characters here and you can switch between them at any time once you get the second one. The first is the orc, Arkhail, and the second is the goblin, Styx.
Each of them has 3 skill trees in which you can add points to get new abilities or improve an ability in 1 of 2 different ways that adds an effect like stun or lifesteal to that ability . Arkhail has a berserker and a tank tree and the 3rd has some actions that include Styx like throwing him towards enemies and later on when you choose a specialization class(story event) you get some more skills here. Styx has an assassin tree and ranged dagger throwing tree and the 3rd again has combo actions such as throwing a heal potion to Arkhail. These skill trees/wheels also count as stances that give different bonuses.
Speaking of potions there are none :P You have to keep your HP up by using skills, items with lifesteal and good planning before going into the fight.
Both characters can equip gear that drops or is found in chests and is specific for each character. While there isn't a whole lot of gear each new item you find will be different and sometimes they will be sidegrades instead of upgrades so they can be useful to the build you are using for them.
The fights can get rather challenging at times but all of them can be overcome with some good planning. The main thing to take into account is that Arkhail has a rage meter that can build up pretty fast and sends him into berserker mode where he is faster and stronger but you cannot control his actions and he sometimes takes pauses just to roar at the enemies in which time he gets pummeled. It's up to you if you want to go the berserker route and try to survive fights counting on his rage or go the tank way where you can control his rage and diminish with certain skills. Personally I went berserker for Arkhail and assassin for styx with a few skills from the other trees just enough to cover all my bases and it was fine though there were some fights that I had to restart quite a few times. It is by no means an easy game.

From a distance they graphics look OK but when the camera zooms in for conversations the textures are really bad and blurry. A high res texture pack would to wonders for the game but I doubt we'll ever see anything like that. There is variety in the locations you go as far as design but the overall color palette is pretty bland with a lot of browns and greys.

I'm not really good at this part. Thesound seems ok to me but maybe someone with a better ear will tell you differently. The music is good and the volumes are well implemented (as opposed to viking battle of asgard). My only issue here is that half the voice actors are bad. Arkhail and Styx are ok though and it's their banter that you will be hearing for most of the game anyway.

At the beginning the human empire is waging a massive war against all greenskins and is winning. The chief of the clan tasks Arkhail with killing the emperor as to finish the war. Arkhail needs help getting to the emperor so a guide is hired and this is where Styx comes in. From there the story has all sorts of twists and turn, some that you will expect and others that you won't. I really enjoyed the story but what I enjoyed more was Styx. He's just one of those characters that you either love or hate and if you love him you can't get enough of him.

Bottom line:
While there could be improvements done to all sorts of things it was an enjoyable RPG that has replay value at least for the way you can customize the play style of the 2 characters. Also take note that a lot of F-bombs are dropped, and I mean a whole lot (just in case you wanna give this to your kids to play and you're worried about that sort of thing).
Posted: January 13th, 2014
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