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Blades of the Shogun

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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (2016) is a stealth strategy game set in Japan, where a new Shogun employs five recruits to use assassination, sabotage and espionage to enforce peace in the country. Play involves commanding a team of specialists to sneak in amongst enemies to complete missions. It sounds familiar but stands out for how you pause time to give each agent commands before seeing the plans unfold simultaneously.

You control a team of deadly specialists and must choose your approach to infiltrate mighty castles, snowy mountain monasteries and hidden forest camps. You must learn how to use their very different skills and personalities to work together. As you do, trust is earned and friendships forged as the characters develop dynamically and face their personal demons:
  • Hayato is an agile ninja, who clears the way through his enemies silently with his sword.
  • Samurai Mugen is more powerful and can defeat multiple enemies at a time.
  • Aiko can camouflage herself and distract enemies disguised as a Geisha.
  • Yuki is a street child who can place traps and decoys.
  • Takuma is a marksman with a sniper rifle to down enemies from a distance.

You play by deciding how to traverse without being spotted. You can set traps, poison your opponents or completely avoid enemy contact. As you make your way through the levels you can see where enemies are looking. Most crucially though, you can pause time to specify actions for your team to execute simultaneously.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Stealth and Strategy game with Adventure, Role-Play, Sequencing and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 26 hours and 32 hours to complete. To see everything can take up to 70 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for realistic violence towards human characters. Characters use bladed weapons to fight one another, stabs and slashes are accompanied by blood splatter. During melee combat, although there is a greater quantity of blood effects, there is no dismemberment. There are instances of the Japanese ritual of Seppuku which are seen at a distance. Most only show a single individual completing this duty, however, there are occasions when the character is assisted by a "˜second" to complete the ritual by beheading the character at the appropriate moment. There is no discernible detail visible, save that of the head being severed.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to deal with multiple systems at the same time. Forward planning and creative thinking are important. There are some really challenge moments and spikes in difficulty that you need perseverance and patience to progress.

Account Rating

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a tactical game about a team of specialists who are tasked with eliminating their opponents by assassinating or sabotaging them. Depending on your style of gameplay, violence is present: For most missions, there are non-lethal ways to neutralize your opponents, but if you choose to kill them to reach your goal, there will be blood.


Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun usually costs £16.99 to £34.99.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Steam Store PC £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

XBox Store Xbox One -

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun - Aiko's Choice

Steam Store PC £16.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/12/2016

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Stealth, Strategy (Adventure, Role-Play, Sequencing and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Mimimi Prod (@MimimiProd)

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