Styx: Shards of Darkness

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Styx: Shards of Darkness
Styx Shards of Darkness Cover Art.jpg
Developer(s) Cyanide
Publisher(s) Focus Home Interactive
Engine Unreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
Release 14 March 2017
Genre(s) Stealth
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a stealth video game developed by French developer Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game was released worldwide on 14 March 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the sequel to the 2014 game Styx: Master of Shadows, and the third game set in the fictional world of the Of Orcs and Men series.

Gameplay[edit]

Like its predecessor, Styx will be able to clone himself and to lay traps for his enemies, and will also be able to temporarily turn invisible. The player will have the option of engaging enemies or avoiding them.[1] Ropes and grappling hooks can be used to reach high areas.[2] There will also be a multiplayer co-op mode, with the second player controlling one of Styx's clones.[3]

Plot[edit]

Styx must infiltrate the Dark Elven city of Körangar to uncover why the dark elves have formed an alliance with the dwarves.[1]

Development[edit]

The game was announced on 14 October 2015. Developer Cyanide confirmed that it would have a bigger budget and that it would run on a new engine. At the time of its announcement, it had been in development for six months.[2] A new trailer was displayed at E3 2016.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 72/100[5]
(PS4) 72/100[6]
(XONE) 72/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7/10[8]
IGN7.8/10[9]
PC Gamer (US)79/100[10]

Styx: Shards of Darkness received "mixed or average" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[5][6][7] Destructoid's Nic Rowen Porreca scored the game a 7/10 with the consensus "A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun."[8] Leif Johnson from IGN gave the game a score of 7.8/10 saying that "Styx: Shards of Darkness is a challenging stealth adventure with just as much snark as it has sneaking."[9] Jon Morcom of PC Gamer awarded it an 79/100 stating that "A mean-spirited character leads a big-hearted game; you’re unlikely to dwell on its lore but its features combine well to create a satisfying stealth experience."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Craft, Scott (12 January 2017). "Styx: Shards of Darkness Trailer Uses Cinematics To Spotlight Stealth Abilities". IDigitalTimes. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Sykes, Tom (14 October 2015). "Styx sequel Shards of Darkness announced, out next year". PC Gamer. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Leonhart, Cryss. "'Styx: Shards Of Darkness' Interview Talks Co-op, Story And Unreal". Now Loading. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Gelmini, David (11 June 2016). "E3 2016: Styx: Shards of Darkness Trailer Should Have Brought a Bigger Knife". Dread Central. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Styx: Shards of Darkness for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Styx: Shards of Darkness for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Styx: Shards of Darkness for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Rowen, Nic (14 March 2017). "Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness". Destructoid. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Leif (14 March 2017). "Styx: Shards of Darness Review". IGN. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Morcom, Jon (14 March 2017). "Styx: Shards of Darness review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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