Sekiro: Shadows Die Over A Million Times


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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a new video game developed by FromSoftware, the same developers that made the Souls series. It follows you as a Sengoku period shinobi who was wounded when a samurai clan attacked him and kidnapped his lord. The game sold over two million copies in just over a week. Unlike the Souls series, it does not have as much roleplaying, has no character creation, and has no multiplayer elements. It does have gear upgrading, a skill tree, and limited ability customization.

One other major change is the fighting. You don’t attack to slowly reduce their health. Instead, you attack their posture and balance until they have an opening for you to do one fatal attack. The game features stealth as well, which lets the player immediately eliminate their target if they get into range undetected. Additionally, the player gets tools such as a grappling hook, allowing for advanced combat and exploration. Finally, you can resurrect your player when they die rather than respawn at a checkpoint, if you have the power to do so.

When looking at people who haven’t played the game before and what they think of the game Abijah Skiver a freshman has been quoted as saying “It looks like a cool game, and the free movement helps with people being able to do what they want.” And “Be open to new possibilities, because it might not be like a game you’ve played before.”

A fellow journalist has also made his own review of playing the game:

Sekiro, a notoriously challenging single player game, from what I’ve played I can see,  Sekiro is a very challenging game for its fast paced fighting gameplay and intense bosses. Whilst playing the game I have noticed that despite the fast paced fighting, if you take it slow and just look around the world is very beautiful. With the landscapes, buildings, and details you wouldn’t think much about  fighting. But where dark souls fails with a very depressing abandoned world, Sekiro has lively areas, Even if they’re filled with enemies or many npcs to interact with.

[Spoiler] When fighting in this game you encounter many different types of foes, such as samurai, dragons, apes, and even headless ghosts! The most prominent being Genichiro , the most annoying baddy of them all. You encounter him a total of three times throughout the game and every time  he’ll want you dead and will not show you mercy. In the overall process Sekiro: Shadows die Twice, is one of the most amazing yet hardest game you’ll ever play. Giving even Dark Souls, a game notorious for being one of the hardest games in the world, a run for its money.