- The first thing that struck me was the beautiful art style. The wonderful art style is accompanied by a nice soundtrack, which is great.
- The level design never seems to get boring because each level has a lot of variety going for it, and this keeps things fresh and exciting throughout.
- I was very impressed with the AI in the game. They always seem to be responsive and they offer you a decent challenge without frustrating you.
- The game offers you some great characters that are both unique and memorable. The abilities the characters have are also unique and varied.
- If you like a game that has replay value then you will love this game. It has an abundance of replay value and it will keep you coming back for more multiple times.
- The gameplay combines strategy and stealth perfectly. Both of the genres complement each other very well.
- I found the controls to be a little awkward at times. The controls definitely take a while to get used to.
- The camera set-up can be a pain at times, and will definitely cause you frustration along the way.
All in all Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is one of them games that hooks you straight away and manages to keep you hooked throughout. It has created a unique craft of strategy and stealth which in turn makes the gameplay shine bright and it keeps you coming back for more. The replay value in the game is awesome and the game keeps you excited so you will definitely sink some hours into the game. From the moment you start the game you fall in love with the characters. The main reason why the characters connect with you so well is because of the excellent writing and the uniqueness each character posseses. The abilities are also unique and varied, which is also great. The level design manages to keep things fresh with its variation, and they have done a wonderful job of tweaking each level which in turn makes each level feel memorable. I was also very impressed with the AI because they have managed to make the game challenging, but it never feels unfair which is great. My only gripes with the game are the awkwardness of the controls and camera. The camera and controls do cause some frustration, but you easily forget about them especially when you see the beautiful art style. The art style and musical score fit together perfectly, and definitely enhance the already fantastic gameplay. At the end of the day if you’re a fan of stealth and strategy games then you will find it difficult to find a better game than Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. They have pretty much managed to nail every aspect and without a doubt this has been one of the most enjoyable games I have played this year.
I rate Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun 9/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Mimimi Productions
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Release Date (Xbox One): August 1, 2017