Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries of age.
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Release Date: Oct 7, 2014

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“Styx Master of Shadows is one of the best titles the infiltration genre has to offer.”
9/10 – HardcoreGamer

“Styx is a success thanks to its extremely varied level design offering multiple ways to play and thus a great replayability. The game also offers a rich atmosphere and allows you to control a hero that does not follow nowadays stereotypes.”
8/10 – Jeuxvideo.cοm

“In a lot of ways Styx is a hardcore stealth fan’s ideal game.”
7,2/10 – MMORPG

About This Game

Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe, where you sneak, steal and assassinate your way through as Styx, a Goblin two-centuries of age.

Deep inside the vertiginous and multi-layered forsaken Tower of Akenash, where Humans and Elves protect the World-Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – is hidden Styx’ chance to understand his true origin... and to make a fortune at the same time.

Prowl through the huge, miles-high Tower of Akenash, completing various missions (assassination, information recovery, etc.) and avoiding detection. Progress in the shadows, assassinate your targets in close combat, or orchestrate «accidents». RPG mechanics let you unlock new powerful skills, impressive special moves, and an optimized equipment. Amber will grant you spectacular powers such as invisibility, «amber vision», and the ability to clone yourself. Explore the levels to discover every bit of information about your past, and steal prized treasures to acquire equipment upgrades. Embrace the shadows!

  • Mission areas featuring truly organic player path-finding
  • A strong focus on hardcore stealth and infiltration: progress through the shadows with a sense of verticality, and explore to find hidden treasures
  • Upgrade your skills along six unique skill-trees to improve your stealth, assassination, and technique.
  • Distract, solve, smother and prowl with your clone
  • An intricate story full of twists and revelations

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 3072 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE AMD RADEON HD 5850/NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR HIGHER
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
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A Leaf in the Wind
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is not bad.
Maybe its because its my firsty stealth game, and i simply dont like the gere, but anyhow, the gameplay felt highly repetitve, and not even in good way ,In a dull boring drawn out way. As somebody who like collecting things, i felt very unhappy erunning around the areas for hours and spending huge amounts of time going around maticulously killing everybody just so i could go treasure hunting unhindered. It was fun at first, and its a really interesting game with a neat premise, but the gameplay just isnt for me.
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Dahaka
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Fun game, but only if you play it on the hardest difficulty otherwise it's a snoozefest.
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Greg
( 32.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is an absolutely brilliant game. I haven't enjoyed a stealth game this much since Thief: Deadly Shadows in 2004. In fact, it's the ONLY game I've ever played that even compares to those first three Thief games.

It's not one of those faux stealth games where staying out of sight is optional. If you get detected in Styx, there's an excellent chance you're going to die, which is how it should be. It's also a very original story, with some fun twists and turns.

Your ability to spawn temporary clones that do your bidding is unlike anything I've seen before. It takes a while to really learn to take advantage of it, but it's a very powerful tool once you get the hang of it.
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Helfdane
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Reminds me a lot of Dishonored, but then in a semi-medieval setting.

Pros:
- Stealth system (lightning, hiding etc)
- Graphics
- Pokes your problem-solving-brain, there be more ways to get stuff done

Cons:
- Climbing a little klunky if you ever played Assassins Creed
- Some minor flickering when turning around corner (engine not rendering fast enough?)
- Some cutscenes have audio out of sync with visuals.

Cons be minor, game is decent. Must have for first person sneakers :-)
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Don't let your dreams be dreams
( 45.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
TLDR: If you are into stealth games and I mean REAL STEALTH games well this game is for you. No way to fight back, if 4 enemies are on you you are dead, being hidden in the dark is the only option and much more...
If you are not into stealth games....PLEASE go and play some MAINSTREAM ASSASSIN'S CREED. This game is not for you if you like intensive and fast action and direct solutions. YOU WILL HATE THIS GAME IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.

LV:
Let's be honest...in the first 10 minutes of the game I was like "What the hell am I playing?". I came from FPS and action games mostly. I even played almost all the AC series but this game was frustrating to me in the beginning. When I've started to learn it (and I took the hardest way because in my first and only play, in a moment of madness, I've chose the "Goblin mode" so the hardest difficulty) I really enjoyed it because it is a TRUE STEALTH game with no options if you mess something.

What I mean is...in the normal mode you can fight back in a duel...in the Goblin mode you can't fight back and you will die with a single hit.

The story is incredibly great.
You are a goblin in a prison inside a human fortress that was created mostly to protect "the Tree" that is the main source of Amber. Your mission is to stole the heart of it...but in your way to achive this you will encounter a lot of of plot twist and at a certain point you will think that the game will finish in a certain way but....play it and you will understand what I am talking about :P

The levels are really small and they will be repeated twice (in the beginning and in the end) but with different, and more hard, enemies. This will make them longer due to yourself thinking "HOW IN THE NAME OF GOBLINS I CAN PASS THAT CORRIDOR FULL OF ORCS???!".
Plus there are multiple ways to finish them so you will always find this game different by the choice of gameplay you make.

Gameplay as you should have understood is mostly "hit and hide and do it fast". You can hide yourself in the darkness, into barrels, closets, under the tables etc.
This is really not like AC, if they find you you are 95% dead and you cannot massacre your enemies.
If you want you can even spare the life of everyone (and you will earn bonus points if you do that) or kill them all.

At the end of every level you will gain skill points to use to improve yourself and make your life easier and easier level after level. From fighting skills to hiding ones.

The longevity of the game depends most on how you play it and at which difficulty. Let's say that if you rush and play @ easy mode you can finish it in 10/15 hours.
Goblin mode + sneaky ways 30/35

Overall:
Graphic 7/10
Sounds: 8/10
Longevity: 8/10
Gameplay 9/10
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Saryk
( 36.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the best infiltration games I've played.
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RyerStar
( 52.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the best stealth games, Styx truely is a master of shadows.
The game focuses entirely on avoiding confrontation. Combat is based
around a one-on-one mechanic, but multiple enemies can attack you at
once, so being sneaky is the way to go. To facilitate this stealthy approach,
the games levels are expertly designed. They are of a non-linear design, with
multiple paths to completing objectives. The game itself is broken up into
severel missions, with one level serving as a hub and base of operations.
Each mission, along with its main objectives, features optional ones to
make things more interesting. Styx, on his part, has several skills, like
enhansed vision that highlights objects of interest, a cloning ability,
limited invisibility, and several different assassinations, to help him
takle objectives. Missions also come with a set of four
challanges: no kills, no detection, all collectibles and a speed run.
The only downside of the game is its graphics. It's not bad, just decent.
But don't let that push you away from a great game, especially if you
enjoy the stealth genre.
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vagrant_parasite
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I have been having fun with this one. Good stealth game if you dont like sneaking around and taking out enemies slowly then i probably wouldnt get this game. If you do however like slow mithodical stealth then its good. The characters are cool styx the main character is a fairly good anti protaganist. Overall i recomend the game having lots of fun
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Industrialism-=:ToB:=-
( 42.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
You need patience to enjoy this and to be able to understand what the game will allow you to do and how it will punish you for breaking or taking chances of those set parameters. Ideally if you have no other games that you want to start or finish installed you will enjoy this, but because the high potential for frustration can make you not want to carry on in certain parts leaving the game unfinished, for me It took over a year in segments to complete. The character is powerful and the game is in fact possible where it seems very demanding and suicidal, earning the upgrades requires a lot if you want a better chance at surviving but the rewards are worth it. Styx’s personality and the story of the game are all strong enough to enjoy thoroughly, and the design and production of the game is of very high quality. It’s a mature title and worth a look and a prequel of another game known as Of Orcs and Men.

It's nothing like Thief, it certainly doesn’t infringe on Thief’s title but it is up there in the higher ranks of the genre as opposed to similar style games.
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Old-man Davey
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A true stealth game where you must use your surroundings and silent movements to get around. That's not to say you can't kill guys, but, if you get more than one guy on you at a time then you are dead.

10/10 would drink the amber again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is a must-have game for stealth lovers. Nice story, no bugs, skill system. Everything looks fine & well made. Highly recommend it.
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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Stealth mechanics are really integrated in the actual videogame landscape, stealth games, not so much. Styx is a pure stealth game, not a game where stealth is an option, but a necessity. This doesn´t mean being spoted it´s an instant game over, but the game certainly doesn´t encourage that you do so, and there´s only a certain amount of enemies and situations that you can handle on combat. And this is one of the stronger aspects of the game, you´re a small goblin and the whole gameplay is based upon that premise. Styx doesn´t become in a killing machine instantly after buying some skills that affect the world but not him, you´re only in control of this small creature and he´ll always be a small creature, more suited to crawl under tables than to take on 4 guards at the same time.

Besides the original main character the game also has an amazing area design, taking full advantage of both horizontal and vertical structures, allowing for multiple ways to tackle most situations. Not all is gold tough, this game relies heavily on exploration and patience, if you don´t care for those things the game run time plumbers. There´s also some areas that you revisite, and players that don´t enjoy the previous things wil probably hate this even more.

In the end Styx: Master of Shadow is a passable game for non stealth fans, but if you´re one of them, Styx is def a sleeper title that hooks you up inmidiatly and one of the best current pure stealth experiences.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is absolutely great. I have a few gripes, mainly about the jumping and different bits requiring platforming being extremely frustrating. Otherwise, this game is near perfect. I find it to be worth the 30 dollars, considering that even without replaying to unlock everything it is still a 40 hour game. I will warn you, this is a hard stealth game. If you get spotted, you will have a hard time trying to fight your way out. There is no going rambo when the jig is up, only escape and coming at the situation from a different angle.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
76.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game has been out long enough that I feel there is little in the way I could add that someone else already hasn't. Still, I enjoyed it enough to finish and even full clear achievement-wise, so why not post a review?

Being a big fan of stealth games, and having played my fair share from as far back as the late 90s, I went into it slightly biased and at first was going to judge it more harshly than the conclusion I ultimately came to. I could parrot all the negative aspects of the game as those previously have done before, it certainly has its fair share. Infact, when I really think about it, I haven't played a game in recent memory that had as many things against it, yet seemed to pull itself together enough for me to recommend. It's not a gorgeous game. It doesn't do anything new. I can't even say for certain it has an actual soundtrack(I only recall one song, that played maybe twice throughout the entire game, save the title screen). The only thing that might actually be original, aside from your homely little green protagonist is there are no female characters AT ALL. But with such a small team working on this title(you could count the amount of voice actors on one hand), even that isn't surprising.

I will say that despite the lack of AAA game status, they didn't do too bad, when all is said and done. Alot of people complain about the combat, even though it's not a combat-centric game. You're supposed to sneak around, avoid detection, and kill silently, if you feel the need. The stealth kills are amusing enough, albeit I had more fun doing a mercy run second playthrough. I've read people have had issues with wall hanging, and while I certainly came across a few instances of cheap deaths resulting from the character just not being properly aligned with what I was moving toward, all the patches seem to have fixed the majority of this annoyance(it also helps to save often, it makes the game even more manageable). I will say that not being able to go around corners while hanging from a ledge, or even a dedicated button to transition from being atop a ledge to going into the hanging position is my biggest gripe of all, one that I hope will be addressed in future games.

But enough about gameplay, every review should atleast mention the story, right? The story starts off slow, somewhat confusing, and rather sparse at first, with the ending finally fleshing it all out. Despite that, it left me satisfied, even with the rather disappointing final boss. Styx is an origin story for the character of the same name in Of Orcs and Men. That, if nothing else, it does ably enough. It left me cautiously optimistic, looking forward to the upcoming sequel, Styx: Shards of Darkness. And in the end, isn't that what a game SHOULD aim to accomplish?

While I enjoyed it enough that I feel the full $30 price tag isn't unreasonable, I recommend getting it at a discount during this year's Steam Summer Sale, if you want a decent stealth/assassination game. It might surprise you. I give it a solid 8/10.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Styx the master of shadows

Dont give up after half of the game the story begins to be very interesting thats what got me to finish this game.

I like the main character hes funny and cool.

I died more then 200 times .

graphics 7/10
gameplay 8/10 its still a good steath game, but has its flaws
music 6/10 nothing special but its a stealth game lol
cutscenes/art mix 8/10 very cool art



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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Best stealth game I've played

Usually a lot of stealth game nowadays are like "Yea, you can secretly kill people... OR YOU CAN JUST GO BADASS ON THEM AND KILL THEM ALL WITH YOUR MARTIAL ARTS AND GUN BLAZING!" But this game you can't do that. I mean, you could do that... But good luck, cuz the enemies actually attack AT THE SAME TIME instead of one by one, and you die in one hit by certain enemies.

Anyway, all in all this is a good stealth game, not perfect though because of their low budget, but good enough.

Only complaint is when I'm trying to secretly stack bodies, and one body so happen to just fling into the air and alerts a gaurd somewhere. Funny to watch, but annoying to play with. Oh yea you have to save a lot too.

If this review is being read at all and you're still not interested in this game, there will be a sequel to this game soon.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Fresh, original, interesting. I really loved the idea. I can even forgive a slightly disappointing stealth in this game. Why? Well, have you ever played a FREAKIN GOBLIN SNEAKING IN A FREAKIN TOWER KILLING FREAKIN HEAVILY ARMORED KNIGHTS WITH HIS FREAKIN GOBLIN POISON SPIT IN THEIR FREAKIN WATER AND FOOD? No? Well... Maybe because there JUST WASNT ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN, WELL, PAST 15 YEARS, NO? Or I just don't know much about PC games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
106.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Loved it! Deff worthwhile. Story was alright and felt a bit forced in a few parts, but overall very well done. beautiful level design, well crafted. Stealth game done right, really gives the player options of how they want to proceed through, quality challanges. Can't wait for the new one to come out :)

Big fan
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
One of the best stealth games, Styx truely is a master of shadows.
The game focuses entirely on avoiding confrontation. Combat is based
around a one-on-one mechanic, but multiple enemies can attack you at
once, so being sneaky is the way to go. To facilitate this stealthy approach,
the games levels are expertly designed. They are of a non-linear design, with
multiple paths to completing objectives. The game itself is broken up into
severel missions, with one level serving as a hub and base of operations.
Each mission, along with its main objectives, features optional ones to
make things more interesting. Styx, on his part, has several skills, like
enhansed vision that highlights objects of interest, a cloning ability,
limited invisibility, and several different assassinations, to help him
takle objectives. Missions also come with a set of four
challanges: no kills, no detection, all collectibles and a speed run.
The only downside of the game is its graphics. It's not bad, just decent.
But don't let that push you away from a great game, especially if you
enjoy the stealth genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
One of the hardest stealth games I have ever played. You're more likely to die from a chair in this game then dieing from the end boss of Dark Souls.
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