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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [Steam, GOG] is a very good tactical stealth game, it just got a whole lot better with a new beta patch too.

When going over various changelogs as usual, I came across one for Shadow Tactics (see here). It mentions "Major performance improvements" along with "Reduced mission loading times" and "Reduced saving and loading times". I honestly thought that the performance improvements would be really minor and likely be more tuned for the Windows version. I was wrong—very wrong.

The performance impact of this opt-in patch is staggering. Times when I was getting 30FPS while moving the camera, is now giving a solid 120FPS+ even while zoomed out. The performance, for me, has at least doubled in all cases across every level I tried. Absolutely amazing, I have no idea what they've done as I'm on the same settings and it looks as crisp and beautiful as ever.

On top of that, they really did work on loading time which has also been dramatically reduced. Before, I could probably pop downstairs and grab a biscuit before it loaded a level, now it's mere seconds before it's ready.

I'm extremely impressed with the post-release effort Mimimi Productions has put in with Shadow Tactics. I already enjoyed the game and I did recommend it when I initially covered the release at the start of 2017, now it's a very clear and solid recommendation.

I'm sure once the patch is stable and released properly on Steam, it will also make its way to GOG too. For now, if you wish to test it, simply opt-in to the "patch-preview" branch on Steam.

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Patola 21 February 2018 at 8:14 pm UTC
This game is on my wishlist, I am really looking forward to buying it at some time. Curiously enough, at some time I bought the game "Satellite Reign" because I found it beautiful and it was super cheap, but I thought it was a simple action game, or in the best case a dumbed-down action RPG. After trying to play it a few times and being killed at every minute, I let it down for a while, and at some time I started looking at some gameplays and saw that the game is incredibly sophisticated, complex and rich, and THEN I started using tactical and strategic thinking and now I am addicted to it, enjoying every little moment, and somehow upset because it offers "only" about 90 hours of gameplay. So, I saw that Shadow Tactics is pretty much the same kind of game (a weird mix of RPG + RTS) and I will buy this game to fuel my newly acquired addiction. Any of you know any good games in that style for Linux besides Satellite Reign and Shadow Tactics?


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buenaventura 21 February 2018 at 8:55 pm UTC
Wow great! I was waiting to play this, I have tried the GOG demo but found it too laggy, I hope they update that one too so that I can see if it is worth buying now. Great!
Al3s 21 February 2018 at 9:29 pm UTC
PatolaThis game is on my wishlist, I am really looking forward to buying it at some time. Curiously enough, at some time I bought the game "Satellite Reign" because I found it beautiful and it was super cheap, but I thought it was a simple action game, or in the best case a dumbed-down action RPG. After trying to play it a few times and being killed at every minute, I let it down for a while, and at some time I started looking at some gameplays and saw that the game is incredibly sophisticated, complex and rich, and THEN I started using tactical and strategic thinking and now I am addicted to it, enjoying every little moment, and somehow upset because it offers "only" about 90 hours of gameplay. So, I saw that Shadow Tactics is pretty much the same kind of game (a weird mix of RPG + RTS) and I will buy this game to fuel my newly acquired addiction. Any of you know any good games in that style for Linux besides Satellite Reign and Shadow Tactics?

I own both and while on the surface they may look similar, they are totally different genre imo. Satellite Reign has rpg/progression components and the world is more "sandboxy", and people compare it with the old Syndicate (I haven't played it) while Shadow Tactics is a Commandos-like: each level is carefully designed, enemies have a predictable behaviour and everything is laid out almost like a puzzle that you have to solve using specific abilities of each of your characters.

There are not many games like those, let alone in linux. I would take a look at Commandos 1+2; they are old games but still let themselves play very well and at least the first works in Wine without a problem. Also "Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood"
Avehicle7887 21 February 2018 at 10:10 pm UTC
Liam can you please check if they included a 64bit exec with this? Last I recall the game was 32bit only.
Shmerl 21 February 2018 at 11:16 pm UTC
It never worked for me properly (doesn't save anything), which I suspect is an infamous lack of LFS bug that hits XFS filesystems because the game is 32-bit. I was a bit lazy reporting it to developers, though I should do it really.


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Shmerl 21 February 2018 at 11:18 pm UTC
Avehicle7887Liam can you please check if they included a 64bit exec with this? Last I recall the game was 32bit only.

Yeah, 64-bit version would be very welcome. Before developers said they had no interest in doing it, because it required a lot reworking for them.


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Keyrock 22 February 2018 at 12:21 am UTC
This was my GotY for 2016. Great to see Mimimi continuing to support their game and I look forward to seeing what they develop next.
bingus 22 February 2018 at 12:30 am UTC
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Wow, great news. I've been meaning to go back into it, and this just inspired me.
Patola 22 February 2018 at 3:21 am UTC
Al3s
PatolaThis game is on my wishlist, I am really looking forward to buying it at some time. Curiously enough, at some time I bought the game "Satellite Reign" because I found it beautiful and it was super cheap, but I thought it was a simple action game, or in the best case a dumbed-down action RPG. After trying to play it a few times and being killed at every minute, I let it down for a while, and at some time I started looking at some gameplays and saw that the game is incredibly sophisticated, complex and rich, and THEN I started using tactical and strategic thinking and now I am addicted to it, enjoying every little moment, and somehow upset because it offers "only" about 90 hours of gameplay. So, I saw that Shadow Tactics is pretty much the same kind of game (a weird mix of RPG + RTS) and I will buy this game to fuel my newly acquired addiction. Any of you know any good games in that style for Linux besides Satellite Reign and Shadow Tactics?

I own both and while on the surface they may look similar, they are totally different genre imo. Satellite Reign has rpg/progression components and the world is more "sandboxy", and people compare it with the old Syndicate (I haven't played it) while Shadow Tactics is a Commandos-like: each level is carefully designed, enemies have a predictable behaviour and everything is laid out almost like a puzzle that you have to solve using specific abilities of each of your characters.

There are not many games like those, let alone in linux. I would take a look at Commandos 1+2; they are old games but still let themselves play very well and at least the first works in Wine without a problem. Also "Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood"
Thanks for the explanation. Maybe you know these other games I am considering? "The Masterplan" and "The Dwarves", and they also have a Linux port. Some people said Wasteland 2 (which I just bought on that humble bundle classic, but haven't played yet) also works that way.
tuubi 22 February 2018 at 9:17 am UTC
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PatolaSome people said Wasteland 2 (which I just bought on that humble bundle classic, but haven't played yet) also works that way.
Wasteland 2 is a classic cRPG, much like a modern Fallout 2. Not surprising, as the original Wasteland is said to have been a big inspiration for Fallout. While the combat is turn-based and tactical, there's a lot more to the game. I loved Wasteland 2, but it doesn't seem similar to Satellite Reign or Shadow Tactics.
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