Shadows of Doubt Preview (Steam Early Access)

For our Shadows of Doubt Preview, we don our Columbo coat and set out on an immersive sandbox detective stealth game set in a fully simulated sci-fi noir city of crime and corruption. Think like a private investigator and take on jobs to earn cash on your path to catching a serial killer. If you don’t catch them – they will kill again…

Shadows of Doubt Preview Pros:

  • Beautiful pixel art graphics.
  • 1.25GB download size.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, display mode, v-sync, enable frame rate cap, frame rate cap, anti-aliasing mode, anti-aliasing quality, dithering, a field of view slider, rain detail, motion blur, depth blur, film grain, and bloom.
  • Steam mode is to turn off licensed music tracks.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Mouse and keyboard settings – can rebind controls and Invert axis and sensitivity sliders for the mouse.
  • Interface settings – language, text speed slider, directional arrow, and awareness indicator.
  • Twitch Integration options – channel name show, and enable Twitch audience citizens.
  • Four game difficulties – Easy, Normal, Hard, and Extreme.
  • Game length can be set to Very short, short, normal, long, and very long.
  • Procedural murders on/off option.
  • Weather change slider.
  • Status effects can be individually turned on/off (cold/smelly/injuries/bleeding/hunger/tired/numb/sick/wet/drunk/headache/energized/hydrated/focused/well rested).
  • Two ways to play – The Dead Of Night (crafted case scenario) and Sandbox (play how you want)
  • Cities are both pre-made or randomly generated.
  • Share code for cities.
  • Character creator – name, gender (Male/Female/Non – Binary), and skin color.
  • The tutorial is optional.
  • First-person view.
  • You can interact with a lot of objects, pick them up, throw them, interact, and rotate them.
  • Markers can show for mission help.
  • Case board – a menu you have where you put evidence found, you can connect them together by string, move them around freely and click any of them to get a pop-up of said evidence.
  • Hair pins and paper clips can be used to lock pick.
  • The inventory is split into groups of items, the top part takes up no space and the bottom group is things you pick up in the world.
  • You get total freedom to play and do what you want.
  • If you break the law or trespass you can hide u der beds, in vents and so much more.
  • The law will either tell you to leave or have weapons and shoot.
  • Clear markers on the screen.
  • Does the cool thing of when you advance the case you get the typing text down the bottom.
  • Your watch can be interacted with including setting alarms etc.
  • Combat can be stealthy, melee, or with weapons.
  • Using the Gadgets like scanning fingerprints, taking photos, etc.
  • To end the case you have to fill in a resolve form by either manually inputting info or by selecting it from the case board.
  • Not all cases can end and instead be a dead end.
  • You can be shot and bleed everywhere.
  • Citizens will react to you.
  • Speak to anyone and learn about them.
  • Save when you want.
  • The bottom left shows your current location.

Shadows of Doubt Preview Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls for the controller.
  • A lot to take in.
  • You don’t see your character during the creator.
  • Doesn’t have Steam achievements yet.
  • Takes a while to get used to the flow of it all.
  • Performance hits and slowdowns at random times.
  • Combat is messy.
  • When trying to escape it’s tricky and fiddly to find and use hiding spots etc.

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Shadows of Doubt:

Official website.

Developer: ColePowered Games Ltd

Publisher: Fireshine Games

Store Links –

Steam Early Access

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!