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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December 24, 2014

STYX AND FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE WISH YOU A MERRY STYXMAS IN VIDEO!

Thank you for the beautiful year you spent with us. We wish you all a Merry Styxmas with a trailer featuring our favorite goblin! If you want a festive surprise, watch the video until the end...

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November 17, 2014

UPDATE - THE LEADERBOARDS

Hi everyone,

We’re offcially releasing a new update for Styx : Master of Shadows.

This update has been in beta mode for few days, but it's now ready to be released. We're introcuding the leaderboards where you can find the time you spent in each mission and compare it to the other people.

The Leaderboards can be found in the Steam Overlay during the game (by pressing Shift+Tab), or on the game Hub, then "View stats" (at the top right corner), and "Global leaderboards".

Here is the changelog:

  • Enabling leaderboards (visible in the Steam interface) for each mission, the fastest time for each player will be displayed on the leaderboard
  • Reducing the distance of the last-chance mode to match with the backward roll distance. (You can use the backward roll to escape from fights!)
  • Slight increase in the action area of the ledge-kill (murder when you are attached to a ledge).
  • Slight increase in the action area of the clone-trap.
  • Fixed a bug where sleeping guards awake when reloading a party in front of them: the guard now remains asleep when reload a save before him.
  • Fixed bug where two guards are close to a clone-trap: Now, the clone-trap catch only one single guard.
  • Fixed a bug with the clone-trap where the guard was not killed when he was in some state of detection: now a guard is always killed when caught by a clone-trap.

We hope that this update will please you!

Happy sneaking.

Cyanide Studios & Focus Home Interactive.

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Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Introduction
Styx: Master of Shadows is an amazing stealth game with an awesome story. (Even the ending is satisfying) I can’t go too far into the story without spoiling it, but basically you play as a goblin assassin/rouge that has forgotten why he is on a mission to steal the heart of the amber tree. You follow him through his journey learning his past and his true self. The stealth gameplay is amazingly polished and any true stealth fan will love it, but the combat for when you get caught is very clunky. (You will want to be playing stealth throughout the whole game) The first 15 or so minutes (the tutorial portion) is very unforgiving and turned me off of the game, but I powered through and it got 100 times better once the tutorial is over. Most of the in game levels/areas have tons of different ways to traverse the map and you can replay all of the missions. Another really cool thing in Styx: Master of Shadows is the skill system. You can basically level what skills you use the most and these dramatically changes the way you play the game.

Pros

  • Amazing story and lore
  • Great stealth elements
  • Great level design
  • Nice Parkour/climbing
  • Great voice over
  • Awesome ending
  • Cutscene art style is awesome



Cons

  • Clunky combat
  • A few issues with gameplay (nothing game breaking or too annoying)
  • The beginning is really unforgiving
  • A few clipping issues



Conclusion

Styx: Master of Shadows is a great stealth game with tons of different features that make this game worth playing. Unfortunately, the combat when you get caught is very clunky, but this doesn’t ruin the game. It actually make the player fight the stealthiest way around. I highly recommend Styx: Master of Shadows to anyone who loves stealth games or just wants an awesome story with a challenge.

Video Review

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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I'll write a proper review once I finish the game 100% but after 50 hours in I can say this game is AMAZING if you love hardcore stealth games. While some people gripe about the combat system in place I find it a refreshing pace when I rarely DO mess up and have to defend myself. I do the little parry dance/kill minigame or dodge/roll thrown knife and/or escape and see if I can successfully hide away then I load a prior save and do it again the right way... without being detected... EVER. I personally enjoy finding how to kill EVERY SINGLE enemy on a map without ever being detected. As such, it has kept me playing this game for a long time without finishing it yet. You have to use some pretty clever tactics when you start coming across multiple knight patrols (immune to takedowns) and more sinister things I won't spoil for you. While a mission will take me 4-6 hours to beat in this manner of killing every single enemy without being detected, as well as finding all the loot, it is a very enjoyable time. Then after I beat it like that I redo it in the handy 'mission replay' feature as a speed + mercy + shadow run. So I guess I can vouch for all styles of play, both the fast paced and the ridiculously slow, super careful, pace. This game is well polished all around. The freedom of movement is something to be really thankful for after seeing recent quote unquote stealth games have a push button to win method of movement. If you like to engage your enemies head on, this is NOT the game for you. This is a stealth title as they were designed decades ago, don't get caught or you lose and hit your quickload key. Story is top notch, voice acting is superb as well. Game runs extremely well and looks/sounds/feels fantastic. I use a keyboard and mouse to play and it feels very natural and fluid. Having full control over what happens in your movement is very important here. There is no "I win" button for ledge traversing and there are no defined paths... if you miss a jump, it is your own fault. Make use of your shift (slow walk) and drop/lift/jump keys to do all you need exactly how you need to do it. This is something many early reviewers did not take time to realize and as a result many people think the controls are bad when in fact they are very intuitive and responsive. You just need to be smart enough to utilize them properly. If you lack patience, you likely won't enjoy this. The original Thief games (not the remake from a few years ago) are something to compare this game's approach to. If you enjoyed those you are likely the target audience for this game. Age 30-45 gamers who grew up playing unforgiving titles that challenged you and didn't hold your hand should find this a nice nostalgic feel compared to the current trends. Well I sure dragged on and on... but:

TL;DR This game is amazing! WELL worth the price tag and then some. AAA title at a B price. You can't go wrong with that, unless of course you don't like this type of game. To each their own though!
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by Styx and ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

Yes, the combat system is pants... but it's a stealth game. If you want to fight things, this probably isn't the game you are looking for. The stealth and sneak attack mechanics are solid though and the upgrade mechanics are simple and well done, but keep the game stealth-focused even after you have some or all of the upgrades.

Finally, the story may seem like throwaway garbage at first, and I have to admit I almost stopped playing, but it starts to get a whole lot better part-way through and the ending is very solid.

It's the rare stealth game that actually gets better, both in game play and in story, the further along you get.
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Takes me back to good old days of thief. Quiet, composed, sneaking around.

Currently going thro the sales phase, worth picking up if you dont have it.

Similar to dishonored but with more emphasis on stealth and stealth kills and less on combat.

Heres a vid showing early gameplay:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUgNv0iILJI
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Play Styx: Master of Shadows! It's one of the best stealth games, totally took me by surprise... Beautifully vertical environment with multiple paths that can lead to your destination, side missions and cool skills to develop, colorful main character that doesn't have moral dilemmas when killing is in question, thinking only how not to get discovered by ruthless guards and elves. Styx will remind you of Dishonored and Thief, but still bring something refreshing to stealth gaming.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Easy to review: If you like sneaking, this is for you.

Pros:
+Goblin mode
+Tons of sneaking
+Big and open maps
+Awesome main character
+Nice gamemechanics
+Somewhat surprising story
+Interesting style in cutscenes
+Good re-playability (because there's so many ways&styles to go through on every map)

Cons:
-Graphics are not so high
-Story will go, as it's meant to go..
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I strongly recommend this game for people who are looking to play a stealth game.

However pure stealth games are very punishing, this is not action stealth like Splinter Cell where you can run around killing everyone and still win. The same goes for Dishonored, there is no panic action of killing an entire room of foes.

Styx is much more like Mark of the Ninja or the old Metal Gear Solid games.

If you like sneaking around, manipulating enemies, hiding bodies and having a very open ended way of problem solving areas then this game is for you.
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
+ Graphics
+ Stealth works pretty good
+ Big levels
+ Plenty to upgrade
+ Secrets

+/- AI hit and miss
+/- Story isn't terribly interesting

- Hand-to-hand combat is terrible (I can understand that they want to force you to take your time)
- Dropping off of ledges
- Missions take just too long, with too many seperate parts

[Rating: 73/100]
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
“The Supreme Art of War is to Win Without Fighting”

‘Styx: Master of Shadows’ is a dark and broodingly atmospheric Stealth | Infiltration game which harkens back to vintage classics of the genre such as the early ‘Hitman’s’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid’. A gorgeously conceived world, sprawling open world levels and intuitive gameplay make this one of the best Stealth titles in recent memory.

Campaign: Developed by Cyanide Studios and released in late-2014, the game puts you in the role of a treacherous, conniving Goblin named Styx – a skilled assassin and mercenary-for-hire – who has descended on the fortress city of Akenash to steal its most prized possession. Each of the games 7 levels (each with ~4 sub-sections) take you across a beautifully rendered medieval city featuring stunning backdrops and large open world levels with both indoor and outdoor elements - all of which are bathed in bright disarming light or cloaked in shadow - and the player is faced with navigating a path filled with patrolling soldiers, jittery townsfolk, monstrous Orc's, traps, spills and other surprises at every turn.

Gameplay | Graphics | Sound: In considering hardcore Stealth titles such as this, it’s important to understand upfront that you will not fly through levels taking on all adversaries – on the contrary, the game punishes direct confrontation most severely, and a careful, considered approach is almost always required. Gameplay is smooth and fluid, and level design is particularly noteworthy with each section built like a large 3D-puzzle – in length and breadth (similar to other games) but also in height – featuring a truly refreshing use of vertical scale, with levels frequently allowing for free-running Parkour-like movement across 5-10 storey’s. This provides for a multitude of ways to approach each section - slipping by completely un-noticed or taking everyone out – building in lots of replayability to the title as well. To aid in your quest, you can unlock and equip Styx with an ever expanding arsenal of Weapons (Throwing Knives, Poisons, Dagger’s), Magic (to include Cloaking and Cloning powers), a variety of Takedown / Finishing moves and various Armor options. Great graphics and a brooding background score only serve to heighten an overall immersive experience, while collectible Seals, Relics and Achievements for Speed, Mercy and Silent runs, round out a robust title.

Flaws: For all it does so so right, the game is unfortunately not without its flaws – poor textures and voice-acting are small annoyances exacerbated by gameplay issues like clumsy combat mechanics and occasionally wonky camera angles. Perhaps most damning for a platform-heavy Stealth game is inconsistent ‘ledge/grappling’ sensitivity and loose K&M controls, making the odds of crashing the aforementioned 10 storey’s to your death ever more likely – ‘Save Early, Save Often’ is the watchword here. While none of the above are game-breaking issues, they betray a lack of exacting standards, and certainly detract from the overall experience.

‘Styx: Master of Shadows’ is an ambitious and at times, difficult game – but also the finest interpretation of a pure Stealth game in recent memory. Your success hinges on careful observation, opportunistic timing, use of shadows and the dark arts of distraction and trickery, and most of all, bleeding composure, to navigate a visually stunning world. While rough around the edges in parts technically, its flaws are certainly not game-breaking, and Stealth fans will largely be having too much fun to care. An instant Classic for Stealth fans, and generally Well Recommended! – Rated (8.4/10)


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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
If not one of the best games of the year, this game is, at least, the best bang-for-your-buck of a title in recent memory.

The Gamespot review for this title is absolutely baffling and just shows what a shadow of its former self it has become. The aforementioned review cites the game's poor combat as one primary reason for its low review score. Yet, the reviewer seems to be completely ignorant of the fact that the game has deliberately made "combat" as cumbersome and ill-rewarding as possible for a key reason: This is a pure stealth game.

This is a genre that has been dormant for several years; this is not Assasin's Creed: where stealth is an *option*, as is slicing through dozens of soldiers like it's no big deal.

Here, killing silently in the shadows is the name of the game: emphasis on the word, "killing". Unlike recent so-called stealth titles like "Dishonored" that actively punish you for killing (why place such emphasis on this mechanic then?), Styx has no such qualms about wholesale stealthy slaughter.

The gameworld is something to behold: A giant metrolpolis built around a mystical elven tree that stretches off to the clouds. Something of a quasi-medieval Coruscant.

One unexpected thing I experienced upon playing the game is how surprisingly well written the story actually is:
The story, whilst confusing at first, is actually quite well written and the twist that is delivered in the latter-half of the game, is fantastic.

TLDR: The game *punishes* confrontational behaviour;' this is a pure stealth game. For enthusiasts of this once-dormant genre, you'll find it an immensely rewarding experience. The surprisingly well written story and plot-twist is a welcome surprise.l
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
A must-play for anyone who likes stealth games. Probably the best stealth games I've played in a while.

Pros:
Levels design, verticality, plethora of pathways, sense of vulnerability on high difficulty, balanced skills...

Cons:
Controls when garbing ledges could be more precise. Way too often I pull myself up when I just want to hang. No AA option in video settings.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Really good stealth game. Like Thief but in 3rd person and a more fantasy setting.

Massive, varied lavels with excellent design. A dark but fun story and characters to keep you interested. Loads of optional objectives will keep you coming back to chase perfection.

Hugely underrated game. Its not perfect but easily meets the AAA standard. If you like true stealth games, you will enjoy this too.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Styx: Master of Shadows is a marvel of thought-out gameplay and top-of-the-line story telling. While not full of the ususal epic, over-the-top, moments of heroism, ala COD and AC, the game delivers on solid stealth movement and an epic, although slow, story. I would highly recommend playing with headphones as the sound quality and subtelty of the background music is superb. The difficulty does ramp up significantly for the final two levels, but the game is a good, fair, challange up until it's climax.

For people who can't read: 9/10
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
116.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Fabulous graphics, superb voice acting, entertaining script, great music score, good story. Pure stealth in that it makes you take your time, observe your surroundings, look for the many alternative startegies. This will definitely keep me going between my recently completed Thief and much awaited Dishonored 2. My only complaints are poor maps and doesn't show you where you are on the map either.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
One of the better stealth games to come out these past few years. If you are into "If I get caught I'll just kill everyone and hide again" this game is probably not for you. But, if you enjoy the sneaking, hiding, misdirecting, and occasional killing of someone then this game should be right up your alley.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Pros:
-good story
-good gameplay
-good MC
-lots of different ways to achieve each objective
-fun abilities
-many different ways to dispose of people/monsters
Cons:
-ROABIES

8.5/10
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
89.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Don't buy the game until this is resolved

http://steamcommunity.com/app/242640/discussions/0/613938575180403102/

Currently there is a game breaking bug that will permanently destroy your saved game and leave you unable to continue. It can happen after replaying a level at any stage of the game. No one should buy this game until this bug is fixed. I encountered this bug on November 20th, posted in an existing thread about it in the game's forum, and the developers haven't said a single word about it since.

It's sad because this game was very fun while it was working; it's a stealth game made properly. But until this bug is fixed, don't waste your time playing it because you can't rely on it's save system.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Lately stealth-genre was filled with more action than stealth. Styx came to show how to make a decent stealth game.

Styx is a goblin,trying to reach his object in a place filled with humans, some cockroaches that can hear you breath,orcs that will eat you for breakfast and elves that wants to tell you high with the pointed side of the spear. And as goblin you are nt one of the best fighters so you have to be sneaky. In you arsenal you have a dagger,throwing knives, vials(health,amber(aka mana),acid) and some skills(clone,amber vision,invisibility) .

Combat and Stealth

Your main weapon is the shadows. One of your arms will glow when you are hidden in the shadows.Still if a human comes to close he can notice you even if you arent moving. So you have to be careful. Covering near wall/corner can hide you even better but best place to hide are chests,wardrobes,vases and under tables/beds/desks .
You can kill humans from behind either in an instant while they scream,or can choke them till they pass out. Then you have to get rid of the bodies,throwing them off a ledge,hide in chests/wardrobes or pouring acid on them. If someone spots the body you will be in a lot of trouble.
Even though its a stealth game,if you get caugh in close with guard you will end up in a duel from which you cant escape and ends with one of you death. But have in mind, everybody else can attack you while in combat so it often ends up with you death.Now if its 1v1 then you have to parry number of attacks before you are able to kill the guard.

Controls

For a good stealth game you need fine controls... Sadly Styx got some control issues. But most if not all of them are around ledges. If you want to drop to a ledge there is a high chance that you will fail for most part. Or if you try to grab the ledge without climbing so you can do a hanging kill? Too bad,you will fail too.

AI
AI depends on the difficulty though issues with it may be the same on all difficulties. Like guard is looking towards you but cant notice you. Or get stuck in spot or 2 guards after clash in each other enter in a loop to circle the same spot. My advice.. quick save often else you will have a hard time

Level Design

Levels are big enough to give you some freedom and small enough to not get you confused and lost. Still their are places to the main object that there is just one way to reach it but its max 1 per level. On the other hand the game will make you pass twice through all levels.. Once from Mission 1 to 3 and then from Mission 4 to 7(though for 4-7 there are some additions).So be ready to visit the levels twice with just the change of direction.

Story

Story is linear,there isnt any decisions for you to make so only reason to replay the game is just to unlock achievments.

Overall

A great game for Stealth fans.Rough on the edges. If you expected an AC-like then move along.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
If you are itching for a stealth game that actually focuses on the stealth element and the different ways you can traverse a level without ever being noticed, or if you want to just sneak around and murder everyone and then explore the level at your leisure this is the game for you. Think... fantasy setting splinter cell chaos theory.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
i highly recommend buying this game
-stunning graphics
-amazing gameplay
-great story line with huge unexpected twists
-awesome voice acting

all up amazing game 100% worth playing
10/10
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