Parents' Guide to

Styx: Shards of Darkness

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent stealth action is sneaky fun for mature players.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Really good, great fun but unsuitable for children under 13

Great fun, very enjoyable to play, however the game contains violence, smoking and bad language, some. But it is nowhere near as bad to go to 18+ that is a huge exaggeration, they often say things like sh.t and f..k but 13 year olds and twelve year olds would hear way more swearing than that at school

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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 14+
Styx Shards of Darkness is a game set in a fantasy world, where you play as a small, green goblin called Styx. There is a lot of violence in this game: brutally picking off elves and dwarves depending on what you want to do. Stealth is also a key aspect of this game, and sneaking around is almost compulsory. While the violence sometimes seems unnecessary, the killing visual effects are no worse than Assassin's Creed. There is a reasonable amount of swearing in this game, the worst being the f word and the s word (which are said quite a lot), and there are other swear words as well. Being set in a fantasy 'kingdom', there is no realistic aspect of this game. Parents should consider that this game is not aimed at younger children; it may not be suitable for them.

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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In Styx: Shards of Darkness, you play as the titular goblin, a thief for hire just trying to survive in a medieval fantasy realm. To do so, you not only have to be sneaky, using shadows and distraction to get past people but also magic and traps you devise. You also perform a lot of jumping and climbing. In other words, you're an amalgam of Batman, Lara Croft, and the guy from the Splinter Cell games if they were all short. Styx even has a special vision mode like the heroes of the two former games.

Styx can learn some new abilities as he progresses, such as being able to attack from above or while hiding in a chest. He can also craft such helpful items as poison darts and traps. The game even has a sense of humor about itself, especially when you die and Styx chastises you for being bad at his game. By while Styx has some new tricks up his sleeve in this sequel, he still has a lot to learn. Sure, he can extinguish a torch to make a room darker, but he doesn't know how to turn off a gas lamp. It also doesn't help that some of the levels seem like they were designed with a short, shifty goblin in mind, making it almost too easy for Styx to get away when he alerts a guard. Still, if you're looking for a fantasy game where you sneak like the Caped Crusader and climb like a Tomb Raider, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a deceptively good time.

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