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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: 75 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Apr 28, 2019
    100
    Though Sekiro feels impossibly hard at times, the level of euphoria you experience when delivering a death blow to a tricky boss or when you finally clear a castle grounds of all enemies is almost unparalleled.
  2. 95
    Untethered from the expectations that come with a Dark Souls or Bloodborne game, FromSoftware was able to create a game that maintains the studio's unique identity while allowing them to explore interesting new mechanics and ways of telling the story. Sekiro is challenging, but fair—a game with the goal of allowing the player to grow, rather than the avatar. It blends mechanics and narrative in a way that is too rare in games today, allowing for a deep level of immersion that begs for just one more clash of blades no matter how difficult the encounters get. Seeing each one to its bloody finish is well worth the trials it takes to get there.
  3. Mar 31, 2019
    95
    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an exhilarating journey that demands your full attention. Taking advantage of stealth and mastering its posture-based swordplay is immensely satisfying. Meanwhile, the wonderful, expansive world is a joy to explore thanks to intriguing design and the emphasis on grappling to new heights. Sekiro often feels daunting, leaving you bloodied and broken at its feet, but overcoming each challenge it throws your way fills you with a triumphant sense of accomplishment.
  4. Mar 21, 2019
    90
    It’s a challenging journey through a weird and wondrous world that forces you to learn and master its punishing combat to succeed. However, the sweet thrill of victory keeps you pushing forward despite myriad disheartening deaths. Sekiro is one of the most difficult games I have ever played, but for those seeking adventure, exploration, and a truly realized ninja fantasy, the trek is worth the high demands.
  5. Mar 29, 2019
    90
    Sekiro is From Software’s purest distillation of a game design philosophy that values skill-based combat and isn’t afraid to challenge the player at nearly every moment.
  6. Mar 25, 2019
    90
    The orchestration of intense one-on-one boss encounters that truly test your mettle, and slower-paced stealth sections that let you take on battles at your own pace, is masterful. More so than in previous games, From Software has honed in on the inherent tension found in the challenging nature of its games, and uses it to incredible effect. Sekiro marries the developer's unique brand of gameplay with stealth action to deliver an experience that is as challenging as it is gratifying.
  7. Mar 27, 2019
    40
    Its boss fights highlight the contrived lengths that FromSoftware has gone to in order to satisfy players’ thirst for difficulty.

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  1. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    I was definitely sure it would be a great game. From Software never fails. I took a few hours to play and that's what I expected. I am inI was definitely sure it would be a great game. From Software never fails. I took a few hours to play and that's what I expected. I am in heaven ! Everything is amazing.
    Great atmosphere, graphics and story. You can fell the soul of previous games. I was really missing this world a lot. Finally got it.
    Thank you FromSoftware once again ! You're the best in the world
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  2. Aug 14, 2021
    10
    Very shinobi, many ninjutsu, the path is difficult. Epic game get this masterpiece.
  3. May 14, 2021
    10
    In an era where full-priced games are filled to the brim with microtransactions, locked out content, or boring open worlds with equally boringIn an era where full-priced games are filled to the brim with microtransactions, locked out content, or boring open worlds with equally boring cut-and-paste content, occasionally a gem like SEKIRO™: SHADOWS DIE TWICE comes along and reminds us why we play games in the first place. Expand
  4. May 16, 2020
    10
    BE PATIENT - IT IS WORTH IT!
    Face the learning curve & Sharpen your reflexes. :-)
    This is a beautiful game in so many ways.. and the fact
    BE PATIENT - IT IS WORTH IT!
    Face the learning curve & Sharpen your reflexes. :-)

    This is a beautiful game in so many ways.. and the fact that learning to play it well takes some time once you do master it, it is so enjoyable and rewarding.
    My recommendation is take your time, do each area slowly and many times if necessary before passing to the next. You will get better.
    And when in trouble there are so many walkthroughs out there that you can look at how other people managed and try different approaches.
    I am not a 'Gamer' and for sure not one of the best players, so It is accessible to anyone who is willing to give it the time.
    It will pay off because the game surprises again and agin, with surprising poetic moments, and beautiful sceneries.. But yes it is a fighting game.

    I am Not a 'gamer' but enjoy playing (good) video games every now and then.
    I loved; Zelda BOTW, Inside, Last of Us, Celeste, & Control- And enjoyed Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding. And Now Serio is on my favourite's list too.
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  5. Jun 23, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sekiro has probably the best game play mechanics I've come across in 30 years when it comes to pure dueling mechanics. Upon mastery and execution it is clearly peak action game play, Fromsoft has never produced anything mechanically better.

    I would love to give the game a 10/10 but unfortunately it has flaws, flaws that take you out of the fun and moment to moment action.

    Boss dueling is a true gem and boss collision works great! But I think boss grabs have frustratingly huge hitboxes, so. It's rather annoying that many bosses have grab and throws that have movement tracking. So if a boss dives or jumps and throws something, you dodge right, the dive or thing tracks right with you. Just annoying.

    But the real design flaws I think is the moment to moment game play. Many of the world enemies further in are not the most thing to fight, rather annoying if anything. Aggroing anything more then 1 enemy becomes a real chore to deal with. The game is clearly built around 1 v 1 encounters.

    Also in my personal opinion much like all triple A games they try to create "depth" by creating options, such as firecrackers, Kunai and several others. They can be very clumsy to use and create dozens of options as every item has like 3-5 versions creating super cluster. Honestly I would of preferred if only the option between Kunai + 2 other key choices would exist, the rest coming from special techniques from "leveling".

    In summary, challenging with some of the best boss fights and dueling in games. But suffers from AAA bloat and does not excel in anything that isn't one v one boss duel, often leading to frustrating game design.
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  6. Mar 22, 2019
    9
    as expected sekiro is another great game by fromsoftware which seems they cant make a mistake with their games . The game has some elementsas expected sekiro is another great game by fromsoftware which seems they cant make a mistake with their games . The game has some elements which reminds dark souls though with many new ideas overall . I cant say it is better than dark souls or bloodborne though it is almost an entirely different game so no one should compare them directly and it is also a great game in its own unique way and style . In general it has a pretty enjoyable and complex combat system , it gives you more freedom on how you want to approach with jumping and parkour around and it also offers a way better stealth gameplay than any of the soul games . Of course it has a great design with some amazing graphics combining with an interesting scenario . Overall yet another great game for 2019 and we have not even reach the half of it . Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2020
    0
    Espetacular. Definiria game! Desafiador e impressionante devo dizer. sem dúvidas, o melhor jogo do ano de 2019

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