Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun quietly released at the end of 2016 on PC. It was a fantastic tactical stealth adventure set in within the rich Japanese time period of ninjas and samurai.
Later this summer console players will be able to experience the world of Shadow Tactics. It’s scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 1. The console version will be published by Kalypso Media, in partnership with Daedalic Entertainment and developer Mimimi Productions.
“Porting Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun to consoles was a big challenge,” said Frieder Mielke, Technical Director at Mimimi Productions. “We wanted to make sure that console players would be able to enjoy the exact same experience as on PC, and I believe we’ve achieved that. But no one can be a better judge of that than the players, and that’s why we also decided to release a demo version for both platforms, so that every console player can try the game for free and decide for themselves.”
Shadow Tactics will be available digitally from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store, as well as physical boxed versions. The demo will launch on the same day as the console version and will feature the entire first mission and a preview of the second.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun features over 25 hours of tactical stealth gameplay spread over 13 increasingly challenging missions. In our review we called it “one of the most compelling and memorable tactical games you’ll ever play.”
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun will be available August 1 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Bethesda is offering a Dishonored 2 free trial, available this Thursday, April 6. The free trial will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It offers the first three missions of the campaign, and you can choose between playing as Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano.
Dishonored 2 released last Fall. It is the sequel to stealth-action title Dishonored, released in 2012.
When the mad witch Delilah seizes the throne, the fate of your Empire is left hanging in the balance. As Emily or Corvo, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca, the once-dazzling coastal city that holds the keys to restoring Emily to power. Armed with powerful supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, how far will you go to hunt down your enemies and take back what’s yours?
The series is set in a unique steampunk-whaling fantasy setting and gives the player choice between playing stealthily or action-packed or some combination in between. You can read our review here. Dishonored 2 won “Game of the Year” from PC Gamer, “PlayStation 4 Game of the Year” by IGN, and “Best Action-Adventure Game” at The Game Awards last year.
Emily and Corvo have different shadow powers you can unlock by finding runes. You can also reject the powers and go through the game with only weapons and wits. Missions are quite large and sprawling (other than the prologue/intro). The free trial’s first three missions could easily take five or six hours – twice that if you want to run through with both Emily and Corvo.
Dishonored 2 has also received significant post-launch updates that addressed some of the criticisms at launch. New features include mission select and restart and a New Game Plus mode.
If you decide to purchase Dishonored 2, you can continue the save game from the free trial.
Available On: PC
The recent XCOM reboots may have revitalized the turn-based tactical genre. But there exists an even rarer gem: the tactical real-time stealth game. Combining top-down views, large maps, and enemy viewcones creates an experience I hadn’t seen in years. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun goes several steps further by wrapping it within a rich, character-focused drama set in the war-torn age of shinobi and samurai.
Available On: Steam Early Access
Release Date: 2017
What if you had to survive in a BioShock-esque world without all those fancy plasmids and guns? Instead you’re armed with rotten food, pointy sticks, and one very special drug.
We Happy Few began life with a successful Kickstarter campaign before hitting Steam Early Access this Summer. The game combines survival-crafting into a unique setting rarely explored in gaming – the drug-fueled, post-war 1960s. This initial Early Access version features most of the gameplay sans story, and with only the one playable protagonist. Read More