Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Aiko’s Choice Calls You Back to Feudal Japan

Aiko's Choice

The good news is that Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Aiko’s Choice, a standalone expansion for Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, is out now on PC.

The bad news is that we’ve already used this year’s allocation of “going for a slash” gags so we’re going to have to really rack our brains for puns. Aiko’s Choice’s release is particularly timely, given it’s been five years since the original Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun launched.

We reviewed the original back in 2017, concluding that “its mix of stealth, strategy and action is a highly enjoyable one.” What makes it and, by extension Aiko’s Choice, stand out is that, unlike Ghost of Tsushima and its ilk you view the battlefield from a top-down perspective. The Metal Gear Solid style cone-of-vision ensures you know just when your enemies are looking your direction but, despite this, you should be prepared for a challenge.

What’s particularly cool about Aiko’s Choice which, as you might expect, focuses on protagonist Aiko, is that she can employ disguises. She can, for example, dress a geisha to fool her enemies. But while she may be at the forefront of this standalone expansion, she’s not alone, and employs a team to assist her. Her mission is to hunt down Lady Chiyo, her former sensei. Will her quest end in reconciliation or bloodshed? You’ll have to play Aiko’s Choice to find out.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Aiko’s Choice is out now on Steam, and while you don’t have to own or even have played the original, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is available at a ridiculous 90% off, making it £3.49. Given that the original game graced the Xbox and its ilk, you can expect a console release further down the line, but there’s no news on that as yet.

We’ve got it.. I bet you didn’t ninjitsaw this release coming! No, wait.. ninjitsee… never mind. Dammit.