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Offline iPPi

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 02:07:29 PM »
After finishing up with Jedi: Fallen Order a few weeks ago, I picked up Sekiro and started playing it. Over the last month and a half, I have put in over 75 hours into the game, and am at the end of the third game cycle (NG+2), and have completed all achievements.

This game is seriously awesome - it is incredibly challenging at the start as you try and learn the game mechanics. Enemies have two "bars" - vitality and posture. Vitality is their health, and can be defeated by dealing sufficient damage. Alternatively, you can also defeat enemies by filling their posture bar through proper deflections and counters (hitting the enemy also fills the posture bar). Once an enemy's health is depleted or their posture bar is filled, they become vulnerable to a "deathblow", which allows you to kill the enemy (regular mobs do not need a deathblow to kill, but all minibosses and bosses need one or more deathblows to defeat).

There were certainly a few "walls" (i.e., bosses) that took many, many attempts, and early on I was getting frustrated (Juzou, Lady Butterfly, and Genichiro were the three early bosses that gave me some trouble). However, eventually it 'clicks' and you learn to properly deflect the attacks (the game heavily emphasizes deflecting over dodging) and to defeat the enemies.

The game world is very well designed and thought out. One of the late-game areas is seriously one of the most breathtaking and beautiful areas I have ever seen in a video game. The story and narrative is also quite good - like most FromSoftware games, not all plot points are told to you explicitly and you will have to some exploring and reading to get all of the lore.

One early issue I was having was that I was struggling playing the game with a controller. Having played all of Fallen Order on KB/mouse, I read some comments indicating that people preferred Sekiro on controller, so I opted to start playing it on a controller. I found it difficult to control and react properly, so I switched to KB/mouse, and I found it substantially easier to control and to play. The game works fine on KB/mouse and all keys are fully re-mappable.

Highly, highly recommended.

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Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 09:37:54 AM »
Not sure why I haven't given more time to this. Now that I'm back home and can play, I started it and gave it a little time, but just not all that much. I think maybe it's something I know is going to ask more of me than I'm in the mood to give right now. But it sure was beautiful, and I should make a point to go back soon.

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Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:47:45 PM »
It does take time - you cannot play this game like a Dark Souls game. It requires you to approach the game quite differently. In many respects, the game becomes a rhythm game once you learn a particular boss' move set and how to respond to it.

I am now on my fourth playthrough (NG+3), and have activated two in-game events to make the game even more challenging. Specifically, at the start of the game (on a NG+ cycle or a new game after you have finished the game at least once), you have the option to give away a certain charm. I understand that doing this increases the general difficulty of the game and also results in chip damage from blocking attacks, which means that properly deflecting is now even more important. I also activated a "bell" in the game, which increases the difficulty further (I understand activating the bell gives better loot but that is irrelevant in a NG+ cycle).

This particular playthrough is going a lot slower now because I have started playing other games, but the increased difficulty is noticeable.