It can be said without any iota of doubt that this was the best game of 2019. This game will fill you with such unmanageable rage and will make you cry in pure exasperation, and yet you will not be able to stop yourself, and you will still come back for more.
This game follows the journey of a Shinobi during Japan’s war-ravaged Sengoku period. It’s full of extreme challenges, but without any doubt, it is something new and intriguing. There is no room for lapses of concentration. A few hits are usually enough to kill you, and bosses can sometimes finish you with a single strike.
This game has the indubitable magnetic pull, which will make you want to play again and again despite getting your a** kicked again and again. This game is not fun, it is a challenge, where you must leave your patience and ego at the door and must be mentally prepared primarily for agony and very little joy.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Lone Wolf
The main character is the Shinobi who is only known as Sekiro (one-armed wolf), who was left for dead by a samurai commander, who cuts off his arm, and also kidnaps his boy master, Sekiro is then rescued by a strange sculptor who creates a prosthetic arm for him.
Sekiro is loyal to his boy master who is also the Divine heir, so he decides to rescue his master from Ashina castle and on the way will take vengeance on those who left him for dead and did cut off his arm – and it is going to be a bloodbath that you will relive even in your dreams time and time again.
This is the moment when your journey begins from the ruined temple that can be basically called your home. The temple is just the right place to start to introduce the Sekiro world.
The main plot is shared through Sekiro’s conversations with the little Lord and other NPC. Sekiro himself also has a voice, and plot evolution happens in conversations that occasionally offer multiple-choice options.
This game is not easy and is not forgiving. There are different characters and also bad guys and monsters who will tell you themselves through their actions and words that who they are and what is the purpose of their existence.
You will not have the help of either map or compass. You will get general directions, and the rest is left to you to figure out how to navigate. You will make mistakes, and if it is said that you will make mistake after mistake, it will not be wrong. The most important thing that this game will teach you is that you should not rush blindly into an area and rather should move through slowly and stealthily. You will get killed a lot but you will learn every time and will become better, only if you learn from your mistakes.
The most interesting thing is that you cannot use one trick that you might learn in every similar situation because the game will adapt, and you will be killed again so what you will need to keep doing is to learn, and evolve and find new ways to get past different challenges.
Sekiro is uncompromising. You will struggle so much that by the time when you finally run your sword through a samurai general for the final time, the rush and sense of relief is unparalleled – the feeling will be so strong that you will definitely physically taste it. You will live the role of a Shinobi as if it is real while playing this game because of how intense this game is and how much you will need to learn and adapt to move forward.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Gameplay
One of the best aspects of this game is the gameplay. The combat is a complicated but also user-friendly mixture of defense, dodging, and cautious but persistent attacking.
If you defend a lot, then it might help you to get through one fight, but then you will be killed in the next. If you will attack aggressively, it will help you to finish off one enemy, but the next enemy will catch you off balance and kill you. You will have to find the fitting combination thoughtfully for each enemy and situation to move ahead.
The combat in this game feels smooth and genuine, but it will take time to adapt and get into the flow – one wrong step can be your downfall. Stealth is a large part of the game too, you will get opportunities for distraction, ambush, and avoidance, and all of them play a very important role.
The Prosthetic arm is truly a dynamic piece of gear, and each upgrade will allow you to shift combat style. Add-ons for your prosthetic arm are picked up, and then fitted by the sculptor, these add-ons can be upgraded in the skill tree using skill points.
You will permanently lose half your skill experience and your money if you are killed by your enemy, but you will have the option of resurrection when you fall in battle. If you have one resurrection available, then you can use it – but there is an interesting side to it as you don’t need to use it straight away upon death, instead, you can wait for your enemy to turn around and use it for an ambush and stab them from behind.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Graphics
The standard of combat animation in the game is as high as it possibly can be. A touch of per-object motion blur is added that works well because it isn’t overdone. You get killed by your enemies very often and without any mercy, but they look good doing it, and that is a big compliment for this game.
It can be said that overall, Sekiro is attractive and detailed. A shadowy color palette sets the mood and mystique. Stunning backdrops, from mountain ranges to towers, set the stage and give the feeling of the inhabited world.
The frame rate can be improved to raise the standard of the game as far as graphics are concerned. Exceptional animation and marvelous art direction are all there and are made even better by the improvements made to different visual features like anti-aliasing and motion blur.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Verdict
Sekiro isn’t difficult for difficult’s sake, it is not for those who are looking for an easy ride or just time pass. You must be mentally prepared to be patient and learn because you will be killed a lot and may never even finish the game.
However, if you want a challenge, then this is the game for you. Sekiro will push the limits of your patience and will even infuriate you, and somehow you will not be able to stop yourself from coming back.
Sekiro will meet you with just as much effort and keenness as you will put into it, and you will feel as if you are playing against another human who learns after every fight against you and adjusts the strategy to kill you in the next fight. By the time that you will finish the game.