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  • Developer: Cyanide, Spiders
 

Review: I actually played Styx: master of shadows first before I got my hands on Of orcs and men in the PS Now which finally has come to Sweden. I am usually quite o.c.d. when it comes to playing games in correct order for the story. I made an exception for Styx: master of shadows since I found out it was a prequel to Of orcs and men and Of orcs and men was hard to find back then… Expand

Review: I actually played Styx: master of shadows first before I got my hands on Of orcs and men in the PS Now which finally has come to Sweden. I am usually quite o.c.d. when it comes to playing games in correct order for the story. I made an exception for Styx: master of shadows since I found out it was a prequel to Of orcs and men and Of orcs and men was hard to find back then (summer of 2017),

I didn't except much going into Of orcs and men since it's quite old and didn't make any huge waves when it was released as far as I know. I remember getting really annoyed when I found out at the release that there was no coop in the game even though it seemed made for coop based on the description (a brute orc and a nimble goblin teaming up - sounds like awesome couch coop fun). Some might think that PS Now has a lot of old barely known ps3 games but those are exactly the games I wanted to get hold of since I can't seem to find them anywhere else (White Knight chronicles 2 anyone?). So when I saw Of orcs and men I immediately started to play it (after beating Bloodrayne Betrayal first for some disappointing nostalgia).

Per usual, I smugly went for extreme difficulty thinking that a "lower" budget old game shouldn't be too challenging. Oh boy, did I underestimate the difficulty. You are very dependent on reducing the amount of enemies with Styx stealth kill ability at the beginning of the game. Even then the battles are tough and you need to figure out which skills are most effective to use. I have seen this very often in games where you jump into the highest difficulty, usually rpg-like games. You are limited to a few abilities. This does not grant much wiggle room for smart tactics. If you manage to make your way through the first part of the game and more importantly choose to invest in good tactic stat- and ability-wise then then the game because lot more pleasurable. The dialog is the strong part and keeps the game interesting, mostly carried by Styx though. The Warhammer world is not felt too much but makes the game feel bigger than it is since you are part of it. As soon as the combat started to feel easy new enemies showed up and the difficulty went up again. At the end of the game I had everything down and final fight was not too big of a challenge. All and all it was a entertaining experience that did not overstay its welcome. There were some negative aspects I'll list below that I can see would bring down the enjoyment for others.

Pros:
It's Warhammer!
Styx dialog.
The challenging combat at extreme difficulty.
Straight forward paths.
Good game length.

Cons:
Graphics a bit outdated
Styx getting micro-stuck every time you open the ability wheel.
On extreme difficulty most stats and abilities seemed like traps and not options.
Potentially game-ending sections on extreme difficulty if you didn't invest in correct skills. Close

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