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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review

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Since the project was announced last year, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has become one of the most anticipated games this year. Game made by a Japanese game developer company, namely From Software, this carries the action-adventure genre and promises a challenging experience with shinobi alias ninja.


Officially released simultaneously on March 22 last for the PC platform, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the game, which is priced at around Rp 700 thousand, has already received praise from the game lovers and critics. In fact, in the first three days of its release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has already exceeded 100 thousand downloads on Steam.


What is the excitement that this game presents? For those of you who are curious, just look at the reviews below!


The premise of a dramatic story

Many modern games that present a story with a compelling plot. However, usually the story just becomes a "sweetener" for the alias gameplay is not a big problem to skip the cut-scene. Another thing with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. You will lose if you don't follow the narrative as a whole.


This game brings the story of a ninja named Sekiro. He was in charge of saving Kuro. Kuro, a child with a very powerful mystical power named Divine Heir in his body. The antagonist, Isshin Ashina, wants that power to strengthen the clan he leads. Kuro was kidnapped by one of the Ashina Clan's generals named Genichiro. This is where Sekiro's work begins.

 

Long story short, Sekiro managed to save Kuro. However, in the midst of his attempts to escape, he was intercepted and conquered by Genichiro. From this fight, Sekiro loses his left arm and Kuro. Before long, Sekiro woke up in an old temple and found that his arm had changed into a prosthesis, given by a mysterious monk.


Besides the main story, there are a series of interesting stories that you can get by interacting with the NPC. For example, the life story of Sekiro, the beginning of the power of Divine Heir, to the history of the Ashina family. All loaded with dialogs and grooves that are not boring. The narration is getting more interesting with the four ending choices presented.

 

Gentle Visuals with Careful Details

FromSoftware displays excellent graphic quality for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Maybe the graphic display of this game has not matched the Red Dead Redemption 2 which won the "Best Performance" of the 2018 Game Award. However, the Japanese image in the Sengoku Period that was presented was very thick through the detailed structure of the royal building that became the hallmark. So even with the depiction of nature that feels so alive.


I was so detailed, you could be disturbed by the effect of the blood spray that is always present in every action Sekiro when slitting, slashing, or even stabbing your opponent with a sword. Take it easy, for those of you who are not mentally strong to see sadistic scenes, this game provides gore level options that you can adjust.

Uniquely, the visual impression in this game feels so peaceful with soft colors even though there are times when it is dark and tense. This feels in contrast to the gameplay that is filled with fighting and blood gushing. However, this "deviation" actually becomes a plus for the game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice because it reinforces the dramatization of the narration.

 

Tension Stealth Action

As mentioned in the initial point, Sekiro obtained a prosthetic arm from a mysterious monk after being cut down by Genichiro Ashina. This prosthetic arm is equipped with a rope that allows Sekiro to reach the roof of a tall building. This technique called Grapple Hook will often be used by you to jump and sneak up.


This prosthetic arm is also the ultimate weapon that can be paired with several attachments. Later, these additional weapons are useful in the midst of battles against enemies, especially bosses. To complete the armaments of the prosthetic arm, you must find the material in a hidden place or collect it from the enemy. Must put your eyes wide, yes, because it could be in the middle of your trip past an important item!

Yep, don't let your guard down when playing this game. Plus, Sekiro defeated the opponent not by direct pairs. As a ninja, he relied on stealth alias sneaking technique as his main fighting method. Therefore, you must be good at calculating the right timing and position when carrying out attacks.


Actually, it's fine if you choose to deal directly with the enemies that are blocking. However, this method has a high risk of death and has the potential to provoke other enemies to come.


Not a suitable game for impulsive people

If in another game you are given the difficulty level option, another case with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. From the beginning of the game, you will be faced with a strong enemy. In fact, you can die easily when fighting kroco-kroco. The problem becomes more complicated when you are required to do grinding in order to gain valuable exp skills and items. Therefore, sneaking into a surefire way so that you can pass safely.


In a way, you won't be able to avoid death given the number of OP enemies. However, there is a Ressurection feature that gives you one chance to rise from the dead and continue fighting. Of course there are rewards. Your HP will be reduced by 50%. In addition, exp skills and money that you have collected also become victims.

 

 

Another feature that also helps is Sculptor’s Idol. This statue makes it easy for you to teleport to important places that have been explored. In this statue you can also refill blood and upgrade skills. No less important is its essence as a checkpoint. If you die on the way, you can respawn at the nearest Sculptor’s Idol. So, look on your eyes carefully to find this magical statue, huh!

 

Diverse Strong Enemies

In its track record, From Software seems as if it can't be separated from mystical themes. Call it the Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Demon Souls series. In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice also presented several mystical creatures to add to the impression of classical Japanese culture with its ancient beliefs. Yep, your enemies are not only humans, but also mythological creatures of various sizes.

In chapter 1, you will be surprised when you meet a large monster named Chained Ogre. While there aren't many upgrades you can do to increase your attack and defense, Chained Ogre deals enormous damage in a single attack. Oh, yeah, this class of enemies only falls into the midboss category.

When you have conquered Chained Ogre, soon you will be confronted with the first bigboss, Gyoubu Oniwa. The figure of the horse knight is so agile and has a large attack range that is difficult to defeat. You have to be extra careful and economical using consumable items.


It takes extraordinary patience and careful calculation to launch an attack or avoid the blow of one of the Ashina Clan's generals. If you're rash, you will easily be killed by him. Well, if in the initial round the enemy is already this strong, imagine what the next enemies will look like?

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