Styx: Master of Shadows gameplay video — our first impressions

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Styx: Master of Shadows has been getting some attention since it released on Steam earlier this week—turns out, there's a hunger for new PC stealth games. We'll have a review next week, but in the meantime, I recorded the first couple areas to see what kind of stealth we're looking at.

It's a lot of the usual: crouch walk to be silent, avoid guards who walk in set paths, put out torches to stay in the shadows, hide bodies, and so on, with a few of its own tricks including a way to barf up a disposable clone. After I made it past the basic tutorial puzzles, I was happy to find that it opened up into a big area I could explore (very carefully) while using my stealth tools however I wanted. I overcame the challenge pretty easily, but I also didn't poke around the level much—and I'm certain it gets harder. We'll let you know once our reviewer has finished playing.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.