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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Review

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Review

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. As always, the review will have four parts, firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Review


The story of Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is somewhat interesting but it fails to capture the audience. I think the story would be a lot better if the game had cinematics with good graphics since the graphics of the game aren’t capable of capturing the significance of a scene. Even scenes that are supposed to be emotional make you feel very little because of the poor graphics.

I don’t recommend getting this game if you want something with a good story. You will find none of that here.


Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is what you would expect of a tactical strategy game. The game has 13 missions for the player to clear and each of these missions has a lot of objectives that you can complete to unlock achievements.

You don’t need to complete all the objectives in order to complete the mission, you only have to do the main tasks that the mission wants you to do, the other objectives are just an extra challenge for those that play for achievements.

There are three difficulty settings you can choose from, and I played the game on the hardest setting. I can’t say I had a lot of experience of this type of game, the only other game like this I have played was Commandos 3: Destination Berlin which was over 10 years ago.

The game is not that hard to beat if you don’t care about perfect runs or failing some achievements. I didn’t care about achievements while playing this game so I only aimed at completing the mission by any means necessary.

There are a lot of different locations that the missions take place and the player can use 5 different characters to complete the missions. I have to mention here that you can’t choose which characters to use on each mission, the game chooses the characters for you.

Each character is unique and plays differently than the rest. You have to figure out how to use the characters that the game gives you together to complete the missions.

I can’t say that there is a lot of variety when it comes to the enemies you will face in these missions, so don’t expect each mission to feel completely different than the rest.

As for the replayability, personally I rarely play the same game multiple types to get all achievements but if you are a person that likes this kind of stuff then this will have a lot of replayability for you.


As I have mentioned in the storyline section, the graphics of this game are nothing special, and not even average. I am not sure if this was a design choice or a budget choice but the end result is pretty bad. Many people will say that only gameplay matters and that graphics don’t matter at all. My opinion is that everything matters and graphics are important for multiple reasons which I will not analyze here because this isn’t the purpose of this article.

The game offers no customization for the characters. As far as the player is concerned graphicly this game has done the bare minimum.

Final Thoughts

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a good game for what it is. It has some problems, for example I would like to see better graphics and I think that would help the storytelling as well.

The gameplay is solid and I would recommend this game to anyone that likes these types of games.

The only thing that I think you should do if you want to get this game is to wait for a sale. This game isn’t worth the full price at all. Waiting for sale here is a must in my opinion.

Final Verdict

Storyline: 8

Gameplay: 8

Visuals: 5

General Rating: 7

That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you liked the game leave a comment down below and tell me what you liked the most about this game. See ya in the next article.

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