Sekiro™ Shadows Die Twice Review

Developed by FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-adventure video game that was released recently on March 22, 2019. It is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Ever since its release, the game has received positive reviews and acclaims from critics and avid gamers, who praised the splendid visuals of the game, where there is a perfect blend of brutal violence and beauty, combined with impressive gameplay. The game is definitely a must-have title from this year, and below, we see why.

Gameplay

Played from a third person view, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-adventure video game. It does not have a multi-player option and also has few role-playing elements, especially when compared to the Souls series, another video game series from developer FromSoftware, which is a bit of a let-down. However, Sekiro makes up for this with its options for gear upgrading, limited ability customization, and a skill tree.

In Sekiro, players do not have to attack their enemies to lessen their health points, as is usually the case. Rather, combatting involves using a katana to attack the enemy’s balance and posture. This then eventually results in an opening where you can deliver a single, killing blow. Thanks to the stealth element, players can attack their enemies and immediately eliminate them if they can get in undetected within range. Sekiro also allows the player character to use different tools while exploring or combatting so that he can get by easier. Moreover, if the player character is eliminated, players have the option of bringing them back to life on the spot itself, under certain conditions of course, rather than having to start again at a checkpoint.

Plot

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a game that is set in a reimagined version of late 16th century Japan, during the Sengoku period. The plot follows the story of Wolf, an orphan who was adopted by the wandering shinobi Owl after the warlord Isshin Ashina seized the land of Ashina.

Twenty years after these incidents, Wolf has grown to become a fully-fledged shinobi and the personal bodyguard of the Divine Heir Kuro. At the time, the Ashina clan are going through a rough period, and are almost collapsing as the elderly Isshin is ill and their enemies are steadily closing in. Genichiro, Isshin’s grandson, as a result of his desperation, captures Kuro in plans of creating an immortal army using Kuro’s Dragon Heritage. Wolf tries to stop Genichiro but has his left arm cut off. But since Kuro has given him the Dragon Heritage three years before, he wakes up in an abandoned temple, where the Sculptor had given him a shinobi prosthetic arm.

The story then becomes more action-based from there on, with Wolf attacking the Ashina Castle and fighting Genichiro, who manages to escape by drinking the Rejuvenating waters, a human-made replica of the Dragon Heritage. Wolf goes on to face many more combats and even dilemmas, including whether he should follow Owl or Kuro, until the end where players come face to face with a somewhat peaceful, satisfying end.

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