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  • Summary: Mortal Shell is a deep action-RPG that tests your sanity and resilience in a shattered world. Your adversaries spare no mercy, with survival demanding superior awareness and precision. Possess lost warriors, discover hidden sanctums, and face formidable foes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Aug 18, 2020
    90
    As a diehard Dark Souls fan I’ve played nearly every soulslike, and none have done it as well as Mortal Shell. Not only has Cold Symmetry nailed the fundamentals, but they’ve added their own spin to the formula without being coy about their influences. Mortal Shell is the only copycat that can stand toe-to-toe with FromSoft’s own work, and although it’s considerably shorter than their offerings, it’s no less beautiful, haunting and rewarding.
  2. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    With graphics that have almost nothing to envy from bigger budget productions, a sufficiently deep and vindictively compelling gameplay that keeps the interest high even for more than one New Game +, Mortal Shell is a great example of a qualitative souls-like game that does not come from the hands of From Software.
  3. Jan 8, 2021
    80
    Mortal Shell is an enjoyable title for those who are already fans of the SoulsBorne sub-genre, and it has more positives than it has flaws. The swamp hub world is bland and confusing, but the different biomes you eventually reach are gorgeous, even if they're relatively familiar. The lack of a deep leveling system has a very good replacement in the shell system, which ends up providing more versatility in your character build and the attack system. The relatively shorter length makes it great for newcomers, while genre veterans will find it to be a great debut effort from a small development team.
  4. Aug 19, 2020
    75
    While Mortal Shell may not stand at the upper echelon of the genre, there's still plenty to enjoy. The combat and world are engaging, and its swappable body system feels unique and fresh. Despite its shortcomings, Mortal Shell brings enough new ideas to the table, and with less pressure and investment required, there’s plenty of freedom to experiment with them.
  5. Sep 18, 2020
    70
    Mortal Shell may be a modest product, but it surprised at nearly every turn with regularity. The lack of variety in the environments, weapons, and classes are more than made up by never overstaying its welcome. Whenever it feels as though its about to become stale, players will stumble across something new to try out. The lack of depth isn’t too much of a detriment as the game is short enough to ever feel tired. Better yet, what is there is good, a foundation with easy room to be expanded upon and a strong demonstration of Cold Symmetry’s understanding of core concepts that are the strength of the genre. Mortal Shell is a exemplary use of limited resources to make a tight, fun game, even if it only takes a weekend to beat.
  6. Aug 17, 2020
    70
    A great Souls-like with personality, new ideas, amazing battles but with problems in scenario design and world building.
  7. Sep 11, 2020
    65
    The biggest flaw of Mortal Shell is how much it tries to be a Dark Souls game, especially aesthetically, something that makes all of its shortcomings so much more prevalent. Its world is quite small and restricted compared to other soulsborne games, and it lacks in terms of personality, by trying to present a dark fantasy setting so similar to what we have already seen. Nevertheless, it still is one of the most detailed 3D games of the indie scene in it still provides an entertaining 10-15 hours experience thanks mostly to the well-crafted combat system, albeit without deviating from established formulas, and a good variety of nicely designed enemies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 163
  2. Negative: 49 out of 163
  1. Aug 19, 2020
    10
    I found out about this game a few months ago and joined the community instantly, it has been an amazing experience watching this game grow toI found out about this game a few months ago and joined the community instantly, it has been an amazing experience watching this game grow to what it is now. The combat hooked me when i saw it, a sword with actual weight to it . The voice acting paired with the atmosphere of the game is truly and experience Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2020
    10
    I have played every Souls like imaginable and never felt like any of them besides Salt & Sanctuary really captured the magic but that was a 2dI have played every Souls like imaginable and never felt like any of them besides Salt & Sanctuary really captured the magic but that was a 2d game. Ive been let down so many times and finally a game that NAILED IT! It is truly the best Souls like ive played by far and actually differentiates itself in all the right ways and in ways that are very complimentary to the game itself instead of detracting from the game like many other games in the genre tend to do. I really have no complaints besides the bosses could be a little better all around and the annoying cutscenes when coming out of a tunnel but besides those 2 small things the game is absolute perfection and deserves further expansion and even a whole 2nd game at the very least. I think MS has alot of runway left and can easily add more zones, weapons, bosses, lore, npcs and shells of course in a dlc. Id also love to see some sort of dungeon mode that is rewarding. If you are unsure, you shouldn't be...buy it now! The combat is so satisfying and the setting and sounds really are incredibly immersive. The game also has excellent settings on pc for great customization in settings. Also there is a genuine horror element to the dungeons and I actually was scared quite a few times and I loved that. The enemy variety and designs are very good and the game has a nice amount of depth without too much baggage. I would like to see a little customization though with stats but as it is now the Shells all feel very unique and different from eachother and all of them do something really great so I understand why stats customization is not in the game. It's a very hard choice to pick a shell to stick with they are all so great. The weapons and combat are absolutely incredible as well and very satisfying. The small team that made this truly gets what makes Souls games so special as they captured all the elements in a unique way but also it's not too different that it doesnt scratch the same itches. This is a must play and deserves the highest praise 100%! All I want is MORE OF IT! Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2020
    9
    I loved this game. For me, it fits in right up there with Dark Souls and The Surge. The combat was spot on and enjoyable, just the rightI loved this game. For me, it fits in right up there with Dark Souls and The Surge. The combat was spot on and enjoyable, just the right combination of surmountable challenge. I hope there's a Mortal Shell 2 with a longer run time and more customization.

    Date Completed: 2020-10-14
    Playtime: ~ 17h
    Enjoyment: 9/10
    Recommendation: Absolutely.
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  4. Aug 22, 2020
    7
    So I myself, hate the game. But it's not a bad game and I'm not one of those **** giving a zero because I'm salty and ragey, a small team ofSo I myself, hate the game. But it's not a bad game and I'm not one of those **** giving a zero because I'm salty and ragey, a small team of 15 passionate people made this which is amazing.
    What demotivated me the most is the healing and the lack of checkpoints, which made it tedious to recuperate your lost "souls" after dying 10 kilometers from a checkpoint in a tight corridor filled with enemies. It just didn't push me to continue when I finally got my stuff back only to realise I also needed a second currency to level up my shell. I was then forced to take my "souls" with me, which I really really disliked. So I stopped playing. If you read this and think you might also feel like that, buy Hellpoint. If you read this and think you're up for the challenge, godspeed and have fun !
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  5. Aug 20, 2020
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I paid 30 dollars just to have a ripoff of dark souls But with max 3 enemy types per area and clunkiness that even Dark Souls 2 wish it could have. The hitboxes are straight garbage- this is best examplified on The First Martyr's second phase, as he swings his sword forward for what feels like ages, you'd think only the initial swing has an active hitbox, but no, you can get hit at the final second of the REALLY slow move and it takes over a third of your hp away... the 3 bosses that have 2 healthpools all follow the same gimmick- easy phase 1 with low hp, many moves can be parried and their entire moveset just consist of normal attacks. Then phase 2 happens and their hp and damage is doubled but their moveset is halved and simplified even more, now only having a total of 3 moves at max. To add insult to injury, the final boss is literally just a bigger version of the discount scarecrows you meet earlier, only it has triple the hp of any other boss and can heal himself halfway through the fight, and not only that, but also summon some backup dancers. To add even more insult to injury, the game has only 4 bosses in total.

    The "dungeons" feel really incomplete compared to the overworld. Instead of being interconnected you follow one single path, beat the boss and run ALL the way back up to the first checkpoint of the game. When coming back to the overworld it's filled sith vampires that have godly SPEED and accuracy. And when I say FILLED I mean...they literally SWARM you. It's like forest of fallen giants in scholar of the first sin but with Heide Knights.The final dungeon gave me flashbacks to Cathedral od the sacred blood, which uh, yeah, you get the idea.
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  6. Aug 30, 2020
    4
    I am a huge dark souls fan so was exited to play this game. Combat is fine but its super easy to cheese everything with your hardening. AllI am a huge dark souls fan so was exited to play this game. Combat is fine but its super easy to cheese everything with your hardening. All the mobs are just littered randomly in the area and servers no pupose just to sometimes block u from running past cause fighting them is soo fcking tedious with no real healing or so. Maps are mazes and are super hard to navigate because they are too big and in my opinion its because of lack of content so u run around just to pass play time. Bosses soooooooo boooooring. Beat every boss in the game first time because they use same 2 or 3 moves over and over. Not a chalange at all unless u fall asleep with how big of a health pool they have. Plot twitst predictable af and i knew it was coming ages ago. The only plus of this game is its atmosphere and graphics. Over all 6-8h of playtime just because u get lost a lot and maps are big. Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2021
    0
    The combat system if this game is a joke, totally not playable. It just a bad copy of dark souls

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