Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a stealth-action game that originally launched on the PC towards the later half of 2016. Developed by Mimimi Productions and published by Daedalic Entertainment - which also released Silence - the title was positively received by reviewers and critics alike. It has now made its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun places emphasis on real-time strategy gameplay with players taking control of various characters to stealthily take out their enemies in ancient Japan. The game offers five unique playable classes; namely Ninja, Samurai, Geisha, Trapper, and Sniper, each with their own skills and abilities. An excerpt from the Steam Store description is as follows:
Take control of a team of deadly specialists and sneak in the shadows between dozens of enemies. Choose your approach when infiltrating mighty castles, snowy mountain monasteries or hidden forest camps. Set traps, poison your opponents or completely avoid enemy contact.
The group is composed of very different personalities. Working together as a team seems impossible at first. Yet over the course of many missions, trust is won and friendships are made. The characters develop their own dynamic and each member will have to face their own personal demons.
One of the leaders of this team is Hayato, an agile ninja, who clears the way through his enemies silently, with his sword and shuriken. Samurai Mugen prefers a more powerful approach and can defeat more fiends at one time, but thus also forfeiting flexibility. Aiko is a master of camouflage when she distracts enemies disguised as a Geisha. And the street child Yuki places traps and decoys enemies towards their deadly fate. The mysterious marksman Takuma however, relies on his sniper rifle and takes care of the enemies from a distance.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun currently boasts an "Overwhelmingly Positive" 10/10 user rating on Steam, and a respectable score of 85/100 on Metacritic.
It is important to note that while the title is priced at $39.99 on the PC, it will be available to console gamers for a slightly higher price tag of $49.99 - a free demo can also be played on all platforms. You can purchase it from the platform of your choice by clicking the store links below.