Styx: Shards of Darkness PC Performance Review

4K Screenshot Graphical Comparison

Styx: Shards of Darkness PC Performance Review

4K Screenshot Graphical Comparison

Graphically, Strix: Shard of Darkness is not exactly the prettiest game in the world, though the game does a great job with its own visual style to make the world seem active and filled with activity.  

Moving through the game's graphical settings we can see that not much of the world changes as we move from Weak to Epic settings, with the most notable differences being in texture quality and lighting/shadows.  

Higher graphical settings will give players much sharper textures, though even these can look pixelated when viewed up close. The Textures of Styx and other characters stand up well to close inspection, but many in-game objects do not hold up as well.

In the far distance and through some windows we can see that some objects have not been drawn into the world, though these changes will have a minimal effect on gameplay.   

When comparing High and Epic settings we can see that there is a minimal graphical difference, even at 4K, with textures having no notable change in quality and only minor changes in Anti-aliasing and shadows.   

 

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Most Recent Comments

15-03-2017, 14:05:55

Lynx
Detailed review, much appreciated for a fan of the game.
Any reason why we no longer bench with a 970? It's still the most popular GPU on the Steam Hardware Review.
Would be interesting to see how it degrades over time (nVidia special) compared to 10 series GPUs.Quote

15-03-2017, 18:55:20

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lynx View Post
Detailed review, much appreciated for a fan of the game.
Any reason why we no longer bench with a 970? It's still the most popular GPU on the Steam Hardware Review.
Would be interesting to see how it degrades over time (nVidia special) compared to 10 series GPUs.
We have never had a 970 in the game stuff as most of the GPUs I test were not provided by 3rd parties (With the GTX 1060 and RX 480 GPUs we use being the exception).

As much as I would love to test a GTX 970, the problem is where does the testing stop? Every new GPU will add more work to do and if I add a GTX 970 I would also need an R9 390 for balance.

This is the big problem when it comes to covering this stuff, as my time is limited and my job is to cover both new games and news content on the website.

When it comes to covering how Nvidia/AMD GPUs age in new games, that is why we still use the R9 Fury X/GTX 980Ti and GTX 960/R9 380 GPUs in out tests, as these GPUs provide some great insight into how older GPUs run on modern games, especially modern DX12 titles.Quote

16-03-2017, 15:43:18

AngryGoldfish
Man, I'm sick of games that run so poorly on AMD. In this case it's to a ridiculous degree. People moan about games not looking as good as they should be considering they need powerful GPU's. What I care about is parity and reasonable performance from both vendors. This kind of favouritism is incredibly destructive while demanding games in general help further the PC industry.Quote
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