Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Aiko’s Choice is a mouthful to say, but a great standalone expansion that doesn’t require to prior knowledge to jump right into. The introductory cutscenes do well at either catching you up if you haven’t played the main game, or reminding where the story’s at so far. Releasing five years after the main game, Mimimi Productions returns to their breakout hit with a continuation of where their stealth tactics game ended. When it’s all said and done, this is a reminder that Shadow Tactics remains one of the best tactics game ever made, and Aiko’s Choice is no different.
Outside of gaming, 2017 will be be a year to remember – or one you want to forget. It’s personally been one of my best years, as I’ve started a new day job, bought a house, and feel like a proper-ass adult for the first time a long time. But we’re here about games, and what a wild ride and great year for games 2017 was. This has been the hardest list to assemble for the 2,017th year in a row, because not only did I play so many games, but there were a lot to like and even love – 2018 has a lot to live up to.
As of today, the playable demo of Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is available on Steam and GOG. The upcoming game by Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions marks the long awaited comeback of the real-time tactics genre.