developer: Cyanide Studio
publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Game mode: single player
Styx: Shards of Darkness for PC, PS4 and XONE is a sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows, sometimes referred to as the Thief of the fantasy genre. It was developed by the same team that created the first installment, the French studio Cyanide, known from such series as Blood Bowl or Pro Cycling Manager. Styx: Shards of Darkness was announced in October 2015, almost exactly on the anniversary of its predecessor's release, and was released a year later for PC Windows, as well as the eighth generation consoles, such as PlayStation4 and Xbox ONE.
The protagonist of Styx: Shards of Darkness is the eponymous goblin assassin, known from another Cyanide game, the RPG Of Orcs and Men. After the fall of the Akenash tower, hiding the source of precious amber, new circumstances force Styx to infiltrate the city of Körangar, the stronghold of the Dark Elves. It turns out that the secretive diplomatic meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy and an alliance of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and saving your kin from annihilation.
Mechanics-wise, Styx: Shards of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor. It's still a TPP action game, focusing on the stealth aspect and quiet methods of eliminating possible foes. However, the game's elements have been expanded. The world of Styx: Shards of Darkness is larger, and the protagonist can now use a wide range of new abilities, such as the ability to jump from one corner of a room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines. The game also features new, varied locations and NPCs, and new opponents to fight.
Styx: Shards of Darkness for PC, PS4 and XONE, compared to its 2014 predecessor, features clearly updated visuals, utilizing the advanced Unreal Engine 4.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970/Radeon R9 390 or better, 11 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz/AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560/Radeon R7 260X or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit