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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, precision, and instincts. Possess lost warriors, track down hidden sanctums of the devout, and face formidable foes.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 4, 2020
    88
    Mortal Shell embraces the Souls-like moniker with open arms. They welcomed comparisons, and, for the most part, delivered. What's more impressive is that a team of only 15 people created it. Mortal Shell will make you to rethink your ideas around patience and frustration. You will love this game for all the same reasons that you hate it.
  2. Aug 17, 2020
    86
    Mortal Shell wants you to know that if you like Dark Souls, you don't always have to resort to From Software. A brutal ARPG with good ideas.
  3. Aug 26, 2020
    80
    Mortal Shell doesn’t just replicate what other games in the genre have done before. Instead, it takes that formula, sharpens it and adds enough to make it a completely different feeling, but equally satisfying blade. Fallgrim is a world I’d be happy to struggle through again.
  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. CD-Action
    Nov 16, 2020
    75
    I respect the Cold Symmetry team for their courage to put their own twist on the soulslike formula. In Mortal Shell almost nothing works how you would expect it to and even if the game doesn’t always benefit from that, it feels fresh and is definitely worth checking out. [11/2020, p.36]
  6. Aug 25, 2020
    75
    Mortal Shell sticks to the fundamentals of the Souls-like genre while adding it's own ideas to come up with a fresh yet familiar experience that is fun for hardened veterans and appropriately challenging for newcomers.
  7. Aug 17, 2020
    60
    There’s some good to be found in Mortal Shell; its world is interesting and generally well designed, it looks lovely, and some of its boss fights really are exhilarating. But there are just so many aspects of it that will leave you frustrated, underwhelmed or disappointed. It’s a shorter, more focused Souls-like experience that demands you go toe-to-toe with your aggressors, but its combat and surrounding systems just aren’t good enough for you to feel wholly fulfilled by it all. It’ll no doubt have its fans, but Mortal Shell could have been so much better with more polish and some tweaks here and there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Aug 19, 2020
    10
    Absolutely love the setting, they pretty much nailed the main formula of soulslikes, but then it's not just a clone. Game has its own identityAbsolutely love the setting, they pretty much nailed the main formula of soulslikes, but then it's not just a clone. Game has its own identity and atmosphere. Animations are weighty and feel awesome, and lore pieces are distributed gracefully throughout the game. Really looking forward for their next title. Awesome job for such a small team and great pricing. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    9
    This is a very capable souls like experience created by a very small team. Graphically and performance wise, it ran very well for me. It'sThis is a very capable souls like experience created by a very small team. Graphically and performance wise, it ran very well for me. It's been a while since the last From Software game so this was an enjoyable time.
    Although there are some aspects very heavily influenced by DS, there were also numerous original ideas such as the shell and weapon system, upgrades and the riposte/heal system which gave it enough individual flare to distinguish it from DS. Probably the best soulslike that i've played outside of the main games. Enemy variety was decent and they did a good job at world building.
    I enjoyed the difficulty scaling during the first half but did feel that it eased off quite a bit later on and for the second half, I did feel overpowered at times.
    I hope this sells well and I'd love to see them get picked up by a decent publisher to support them making a second, larger game.
    Also for the price (£25) I think it's absolutely a bargain and well worth picking up.
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  3. Nov 19, 2020
    9
    Really struggled to progress in this game at first and admit that I gave up once or twice but couldn't stop thinking about it so I came backReally struggled to progress in this game at first and admit that I gave up once or twice but couldn't stop thinking about it so I came back to it and in the end loved it. It really gets it's hooks in you just like a Dark Souls game and definitely has the same atmosphere as those games. All the environments and enemies are interesting and really satisfying to defeat. Looking forward to another game from this team. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2020
    9
    Very fun game. Runs spectacular on one x. The fluidity and the combat is very responsive. Great enemy variety and difficulty. The fact thatVery fun game. Runs spectacular on one x. The fluidity and the combat is very responsive. Great enemy variety and difficulty. The fact that this game is only 40$ makes even that more sweet. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2020
    8
    Mortal Shell is a fresh new souls-like entry that switches up the way you play and requires you to forget how you would normally approach theMortal Shell is a fresh new souls-like entry that switches up the way you play and requires you to forget how you would normally approach the genre. Such a stark difference that you would wonder how you ever managed without the new tools you get here. Crazy new mechanics that add more layers to combat and makes the game a real GIT GUD challenge. A good looking game with some great animations and world design. Its a bit short and doesn't have as many shells and weapons as I wanted but it was super impressive and a much better game than Hellpoint. Watch my full review here: https://youtu.be/xZDl5TjgoYo Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2020
    7
    Best non-From-Software souls-like game, but combat is extremely clunky and meta feels more like exploiting the system then proper combat.
  7. Aug 23, 2020
    0
    Mais uma grande bosta que imita souls like.
    Mais uma porcaria flopada pra passar batido

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