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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: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Regardless of all its faults, I still believe Mortal Shell is a solid game. It transcends itself from being another Dark Souls imitation to an excellent game based on true inspiration. This is all the more impressive once you realize that a small studio of fifteen people developed a game with such high quality. Mortal shell is a remarkable love letter to FromSoftware’s Staple series, and its asking price of $29.99 is just an added reason for why Souls fans especially should be picking up this game.
  2. Nov 19, 2020
    85
    Mortal Shell offers a souls-like with a dark story, innovative gameplay, and great graphics quality that will overwhelm fans of this genre. Its short duration and its limited variety in some aspects leave you wanting to see a second chapter.
  3. Aug 31, 2020
    80
    Mortal Shell is a true love letter to the Dark Souls franchise. A game that takes the playable core from the FromSoftware's titles and, rather than changing it, builds around it to keep an experience that really feels true to the Dark Souls origin.
  4. Aug 17, 2020
    75
    Without fundamentally upsetting the codes inherent in Souls Like, Mortal Shell knows how to adorn itself with a personality of its own, as much thanks to its system of discovery of objects as of combat, which manages to largely compensate for the absence of parry posture with mechanics of hardening, determination and counter-perfect perfectly interwoven.
  5. Sep 7, 2020
    75
    An intriguing world and challenging, varied gameplay make for a worthwhile experience. If you're a fan of the Soulsborne games, you'll most definitely like this. There are, however, some annoyances, chief among which the low number of savepoints and slow walking speed of your character.
  6. Sep 12, 2020
    70
    Mortal Shell is another Dark Souls clone with nice graphics, interesting ideas and good combat mechanics. On the other hand, there's a problems with hitboxes, enemies are too slow, and it lacks epic bosses and spectacular battles. However, among other Dark Souls clones this game looks really unusual and worthy.
  7. 60
    Unfortunately, Mortal Shell just feels like a bad Dark Souls game, while I enjoyed it initially, the more I played the more it wore away my enjoyment. The few unique features it has do make the game feel slightly unique but its world-building, combat and enemies pale in comparison to its inspiration. The bad AI and other small issues do little to complement what could have been an enjoyable title. There are far better games in the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 89
  2. Negative: 26 out of 89
  1. Aug 19, 2020
    10
    The game is phenomenal the world is immersive the innovative mechanics it introduces are note worthy the team behind it is really talented andThe game is phenomenal the world is immersive the innovative mechanics it introduces are note worthy the team behind it is really talented and i can't wait to see more of them all the things it offers. The loading times are kind lengthy though its the unreal engine 4 fault though. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    This game is Fantastic! I am a huge Dark Souls and Bloodborne fan and I appreciate what the creators did in this game. From a small companyThis game is Fantastic! I am a huge Dark Souls and Bloodborne fan and I appreciate what the creators did in this game. From a small company Cold Symetry of 4 individuals that no one have heard of since it is their first developed game, They did a pretty good damn JOB! I am looking forward for more releases in the future. I have played this game non stop. I even got the hard copy as well with the poster collections as it was worth buying for me I love the mechanics, combat, boss fights, landscape environments, the gothic dark feel of the game and the cryptic story! I will definitely recommend buying! I loved it! Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2020
    9
    Had to write this after reading some nonsense whining comments here. This is an indie title, these people didn’t have the same budget thatHad to write this after reading some nonsense whining comments here. This is an indie title, these people didn’t have the same budget that FromSoftware had to produce the Soulsborne games. Yet, they still crafted a (very) beautiful and challenging experience.
    The combat is fluid and hardening is a really interesting mechanic. Parrying is enjoyable and offers a great risk/reward. I like the pace of the combat, it is somewhat in between bloodborne and dark souls. Very good debut title, curious to see what this studio can do with more re$ources.
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  4. Aug 24, 2020
    8
    Было очень странно,быстро,но мне почему-то понравилось
  5. Aug 21, 2020
    7
    Mortal shell could be one of the best soulslikes ever made but developers made some weird mistakes. First the game is too short and bkz of noMortal shell could be one of the best soulslikes ever made but developers made some weird mistakes. First the game is too short and bkz of no lvl up system there is no repeat value so after you beat the game you’ll never go back to it bkz there is nothing more to do. Second is healing system. A healing system based on just parries is **** Your health is low in a boss fight and to heal your self you should parry the boss’s hard hitting massive attacks! This is not acceptable and lower your joy. All and all mortal could my best souls like of the year but now it is my most disappointing souls like of the year :( Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2022
    4
    As someone who has never played a "Souls" game I thought Mortal Shell would be a great place to start - it's free on PS+, seems a bit simplerAs someone who has never played a "Souls" game I thought Mortal Shell would be a great place to start - it's free on PS+, seems a bit simpler than the From Software games and is supposedly easier due to the "Harden" mechanic. Safe to say this was not one of my best decisions.

    After the first few hours I spent with the game resulted in me absolutely hating it, I sat down to play it with a friend who is really great at Souls games in order to see if it's actually a bad game or if I just hate Souls-like experiences. It ended up being a bit of both.

    On my side the constant respawning enemies and backtracking are a harsh gameplay mistake which completely denies you of any sense of progression. The setting and "plot" felt dull and uninspired and at no point did I feel the urge to explore. But it wasn't just me. My friend echoed my concerns saying that the game felt like a knock-off. We both enjoyed the Shell mechanic but mostly because it functions as a safety net, compensating for the absurdly overpowered regular enemies, the off-beat dodge mechanic and the general gameplay clunkyness. Everything from build customization and combat to fast travel and boss fights were bad versions of already established mechanics.

    Overall Mortal Shell is a painfully mediocre attempt at copying the Souls formula which lacks any of the polish and fine-tuning its predecessors have so it tries to compensate with cheap difficulty and "get-out-of-jail" mechanics.
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  7. Dec 8, 2021
    0
    Just another Dark Souls copy generic thing, nothing new and a lot of weird mechanics ! Game have 6 weapons and 4 playable character skins inJust another Dark Souls copy generic thing, nothing new and a lot of weird mechanics ! Game have 6 weapons and 4 playable character skins in TOTAL... it´s just A BAD JOKE, everything it´s dark and evil even your playable dude feels like a vilan, the devs that made this should be like depressive and ghotic sad PP... i did not buyed , it came with PS Plus and boy, i want better games than this from PS Plus since i pay for this service ! Expand

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