SHADOW TACTICS: BLADES OF THE SHOGUN
by Kalypso Media
for PS4 & Xbox One
Play as Five completely different characters, each with their own unique skill sets. Conquer seemingly impossible challenges when you are outnumbered 10 to 1. Explore beautiful environments, taken straight from Ancient, Edo Period Japan. This game is currently available on PC and will be available for consoles later this year. At first look, this game looks like a game you download and play on your phone similar to the Clash of Clans game. Shadow Tactics can be challenging, but isn't as punishing as most stealth games. From the very beginning, you're taught to save--constantly. If you go more than a minute without saving, a timer appears onscreen to remind you, growing more intense with each passing minute. After getting used to saving constantly, you grow more comfortable trying out creative strategies without fear of risking hard-fought progress. You have five different assassins under your control, each with their own specific skills. Some can target two or three enemies in a single turn, while others can vault up onto rooftops to gain the upper hand. By the end of the first level, you'll have working knowledge of every major tactic and ability at your disposal. After that, it's just a matter of which specific combination of abilities you'll be able to bring to any one level. From a serene, wind-swept snowscape to the towering castles of Japan's Edo period, Blades of the Shogun's cel shaded environments are all beautifully rendered, and each one introduces a distinct mechanic that alters the rules of stealth. Guards will track footsteps through snow on one map, for example, ratcheting up tension and forcing you to be more rigorous in your approach. With its rules influx, Blades of the Shogun is consistently tense and challenging, forcing you to plan and react in new ways as you pursue one target after another. Shadow Tactics understands what makes stealth games so special. It pushes you to organize your own plans such that you’re never seen at all, living up to Thief's thesis that masterful warriors are ghosts that wreak havoc on the unsuspecting. Shadow Tactics' basic ideas are masterfully executed, making it one of the best stealth games in recent memory.