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Sep 18, 2014

Styx sure can die in a lot of different ways in Styx: Master of Shadows

Styx: Master of Shadows, is a challenging, skill-based infiltration game from Cyanide Studio that rewards player skill, timing, and lateral path finding, coming October for download on PS4, Xbox One and PC for €29.99/£24.99/$29.99. Clambering up into the rafters and dispatching enemies in some of the many ways previously seen goes only some way to keeping Styx alive, the rest is up to you. In this video, we fail at doing that.

Even though Styx is a gifted goblin – with six base skill trees, and one special tree to subvert, assassinate and sneak past the enemies – his journey through the Tower of Akenash definitely won’t be a cakewalk. Enemies react promptly to the goblin’s presence: stick your nose out of the shadows for half a second too long, make too much noise slicing the throat of a guard or bumping a piece of furniture you did not notice, and they will come investigate, search for you under tables, inside any containers or chests you may be hiding in, and call in other guards for help depending on their level of “alertness”.

We have also previously seen that Styx is gifted in the arts of amber magic: amber vision, cloning himself, and even good-old fashioned invisibility. Yet, while these useful skills might save his skin in dangerous situation, they will drain his precious reserves of Amber, which is scantily scattered throughout the Tower of Akenash. As such, special skills will have to be used with great care, especially when it comes to turning invisible: it drains amber extremely quickly – and even then, not every enemy will be fooled by such… transparent tricks.

When cornered, you will be able to parry yourself out of a situation… however, this is definitely not a silent option, and if you find yourself facing even just a few enemies at once, you’re goblin toast. Purists will even be able to select the Goblin Mode difficulty, which means that whenever Styx is caught, he has no chance to fight back. Instead, he’ll be shot, strangled, hammered, or sliced into pieces the second he’s in range and noticed…

Styx Master of Shadows is downloadable this October on PS4, Xbox One and PC at €29.99/£24.99/$29.99.