Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the type of game that seamlessly combines action with RPG elements and a whole lot of stealth and planning. From Software is widely known for the Dark Souls series, and you can see multiple DS elements in here right from the start. But the fact that they set the game in an alternate version of the Sengoku period in Japan really makes all the difference as they get to explore some new, creative ideas for you to explore and use all the time.
In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice you play the role of Wolf. You are a shinobi and your primary mission is to try and find a samurai clan that kidnapped your lord and also left you with your memory a bit broken. There are many things to like in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, one of them being the fact that you can go with a stealth approach, but you can also go guns blazing if you want. They always encourage you to use whatever strategy you want, and the AI is definitely up to par with the expectations. They will parry, they will attack you when you least expect too. Add to that the fact that most encounters will have battles with 1-3 enemies at most. The encounters are very personal and they will always push the boundaries as you try to get better and better every time you play. It’s something familiar, but with some great new elements.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice doesn’t have any form of multiplayer, which is a bit of a shame for some players. There’s also no character creation, not to mention you are unable to level up stats. From this perspective it’s a bit more simplistic. But they included a skill tree, you can upgrade your gear and so on.
When it comes to attacks, the game is more about unbalancing the enemy and trying to give a killing blow rather than removing health points. It’s a refreshing idea and it does pay off big time as you can imagine right from the start. The clear attention to detail and unique set of features, which is a very important aspect to think about all the time.
The stealth in this game is amazing, since you can easily play through most of the game without killing enemies directly. So you can focus on exploration if you want, but there are moments when killing enemies is a must. You can revive your character on the spot if you have enough power, or you can revive yourself at the checkpoints. It’s also nice to see the addition of a grappling hook. This hook brings in more versatility and it provides you with some resounding and powerful ideas both for combat and exploration.
Overall, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks amazing, has a great soundtrack and it will impress you with the amazing quality and value brought to the table. If you are very passionate about very complex, difficult games with unique mechanics then Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is definitely the right title for you. It doesn’t have a huge replay value, but it does provide a wonderful story and a great game experience as a whole.