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  • Summary: Your death won’t come easily. Enter the world of late 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal, bloody period of constant life-and-death conflict. As tensions rise, a compelling new story unfolds amongst the chaos. Introducing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a dark and twisted new gameplay experienceYour death won’t come easily. Enter the world of late 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal, bloody period of constant life-and-death conflict. As tensions rise, a compelling new story unfolds amongst the chaos. Introducing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a dark and twisted new gameplay experience developed by the renowned team at FromSoftware and published by Activision. Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. The single-player game puts players in the protagonist role of a hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis. As “Sekiro,” or the “one-armed wolf,” players discover the many ways to strategically approach combat and engage enemies. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Mar 29, 2019
    100
    The combat system is fantastic and innovative, hellishly difficult, but its humiliation and battle are incredibly fulfilling. Sekiro looks great, moves great, and the design environment and levels are phenomenal.
  2. Mar 31, 2019
    95
    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a magical journey and an experience like no other for every fan of Japanese culture and intense video games. Master Miyazaki did it again.
  3. Apr 5, 2019
    92
    It is a game that will be more to the taste of Bloodborne players than Dark Souls players, but if you enjoy tough yet rewarding gameplay, and an interesting world exploration, filled with scenery and intermittent boss fights, Sekiro will be for you.
  4. Mar 28, 2019
    90
    Boasting the best swordfighting in the business, Sekiro is a game of rare but deserved self-assurance. You’ll despair as it breaks you down, but then you’ll exult as it builds you up. It’s a journey like little else in gaming, and if you’re up for the challenge, you absolutely have to play it.
  5. A new gift from the Software company to the game world.
  6. Mar 21, 2019
    85
    Doubt no more: From Sekiro is a true From Software game, demanding and technical. Despite its not-so-inspired stealth sequences, Sekiro rewards the player each step he/she takes, with visceral sword-fighting and gorgeous landscapes.
  7. Apr 20, 2019
    70
    Jumping off Dark Souls, FromSoftware removed all the best components of its hit series in order to make Sekiro. It's a decent slasher if you like honing reflexes or breaking bricks with your forehead. More casual players will quickly get bored, though.

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  1. Negative: 83 out of 837
  1. Apr 19, 2021
    10
    From Software managed to make yet another master piece!
    With a unique fresh combat system, that feels similar to Dark Souls and Bloodborne,
    From Software managed to make yet another master piece!
    With a unique fresh combat system, that feels similar to Dark Souls and Bloodborne, yet, completely different so that you can't rely on your former muscle memory.

    This time, combat evolves around parrying your enemies attack to break their posture. The game manages to make you feel truly satisfied when over coming a mini or true boss because you've mastered his move sets and timings.

    The game feels too hard at times, especially towards the end, but that's only because no other game you've played before requires this kind of input. I needed 4 hours, including grinding for more attack power, until I finally beat the last boss for the first time. Now I kill him almost always on my first attempt. The game offers you subtle ways to make the game harder, in one way with an item that makes enemies hit harder, while also giving more reward, and another way is an item which, when giving away, makes your blocks (or not perfect parries), deal a little damage to you (this one is only unlocked after beating the game once and carries over even to a new save file, I guess so new players won't accidentally make the game harder than it already is).

    The game could use a bit more polish with some mechanics, like the special abilities and your secondary weapons, for they don't feel all useful and you might only use 2-3 of the available options (there are plenty of skills and secondary weapons, you might stick to a certain set for your play style the whole game through).

    Nothing negatively mentioned would be worth reducing the points for the whole game is such a great experience that nothing else could compare to it. So far, there's only one game only announced where you play a humanoid monkey, that has the looks as if it will play like Sekiro, so Sekiro holds a candle of being yet another unique master piece from the Dark Souls makers.
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  2. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: Dark Souls the Anime is an excellent game with exceptional, finely tuned combat and great level design that lets itSekiro: Shadows Die Twice: Dark Souls the Anime is an excellent game with exceptional, finely tuned combat and great level design that lets it stand above the rest of From Software's already outstanding catalouge. 10/10 Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2021
    10
    From Software and my lord Miyazaki never fails.Great atmosphere,graphics and story.Sekiro:Shadows Die Twice is one of the best gameFrom Software and my lord Miyazaki never fails.Great atmosphere,graphics and story.Sekiro:Shadows Die Twice is one of the best game Fromsoftware ever released.You can feel the soul of previous games.It challenges, punishes, and brings a warm feeling of joy with every mastered encounter.It's not for everyone,and it is deeply challenging game.It will develop all of your devotion,your skill, your ability to pull through.Sekiro is a worthy heir to the Souls-like dynasty. Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2021
    10
    Good game especially if you liked the Tenchu games from PS2 :) such awesomeness.
  5. Jun 14, 2021
    10
    Playing through Sekiro for the first time was the greatest gaming experience of my life. Never has a game meant so much to me. Like all thePlaying through Sekiro for the first time was the greatest gaming experience of my life. Never has a game meant so much to me. Like all the Souls, this game is pure immersion--It speaks to you in every detail. And the difficulty drives you deep into the this immersive experience, where you find yourself gritting your teeth, riveted to the screen and fighting with all your might to just stay in it a little longer. To deflect and to dodge and to land just one more hit! Time and again, Sekiro had me falling out of my chair, stunned with the realization of what I must do... Twice! The resurrection mechanic just further enriches the experience, forcing you to become the ultimate shinobi master and and not only beat a boss, but completely to annihilate it... or at the very least to just barely out-live it, surviving and succeeding by the tiniest of margins. What a game! As a Souls fan (both dark souls and various other souls-like games), this game is just a treasure. It excels in areas Dark Souls cannot. Being provided with only one main weapon means makes for a finely tuned PVE combat experience that is much more immersive than the other Souls games... and you don't have any choice about it! You are forced to master these new mechanics, and quickly find yourself grappling around, sprinting, dodging, deflecting, and then destroying enemies and bosses that will leave your breathless with their magnificence. I could say more, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I implore you to not watch any videos of anyone else playing this game. No streams, no youtube, no reading about it. Just play the game. You just stumbled upon the greatest 1-player game of all time. Immerse yourself in it. Enjoy the experience. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2020
    9
    Most bosses lock onto your character while they perform an attack such as a "flying kick" and even when you dodged their flying kick theyMost bosses lock onto your character while they perform an attack such as a "flying kick" and even when you dodged their flying kick they change direction in the middle of their attack animation and hit you no matter where you moved.

    This is the most stupid attack mechanic I ever seen in a game.

    Other than that, the game also has input lag problem which ruins the combat further. But I will still give it 9 because you can get used to these stupid mechanics if you really want to.
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  7. Apr 25, 2019
    0
    Yes its challenging and its not for a casual player. So be prepared for a lot of try and error.
    The gore and blood is, for a young
    Yes its challenging and its not for a casual player. So be prepared for a lot of try and error.
    The gore and blood is, for a young playerbase, very pleasing. But as I am a little older gamer I just find it annoying and not really helping. Dont get me wrong, I loved stuff like that when I was young too. But I just dont anymore! The boss mechanics are shallow and not entertaining at all. After you figured out how the games work it becomes a chore and killing is a repetition of the same procedure over and over! The story is meh and not the main reason why people buy this game. So if you are just someone who wants to brag that he has beaten a hard game thats deffinelty a game for you. Otherwise its a spin off of dark souls in a new costume.
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