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Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Is… Kind Of Boring

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I don’t know what it is about this game that makes me feel the way I do. On paper, this should be my kind of game. It’s a From Software game. The creators of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. So why does this game pale in comparison to those? Yes, I know Sekiro is a different game. It’s not a Soulsborne game, but it kind of tries to be. You’ve got your resting points that take the place of bonfires, cryptic NPCs, and dark and dreary world that From Software has become known for. But this game… isn’t fun. And the difficulty has been drastically overblown. People are making this game sound like the next Ninja Gaiden and it’s not. It’s nowhere near that level of difficulty for me. Half of my deaths have come from my own stupidity or from that god awful camera in close quarters. I beat the first boss on my first try and have only died from that stupid chained up ogre. This game isn’t what it’s hyped up to be.


I’ve been trying for almost 3 hours to get into this game and I can’t. And I usually love games like this. Especially when it’s a new IP from From Software. The gameplay is good, but not great. Parrying attacks got old quickly and I started avoiding fights by abusing my grappling hook and just dashing towards the items and moving on. I shouldn’t feel that way in this game. I’ve unlocked a fancy skill that you can do, but I’m still using that shitty katana that I don’t want to use and the fact that it’s the only weapon makes me not want to play this game. I didn’t walk in this game expecting another Dark Souls, okay. I know this game is different, but it’s not a good different. It’s your run of the mill action game. It’s decent, but it’s not excellent in any way. And it’s also really easy to cheese enemies in this game, but you don’t really get rewarded for killing them so what’s the point? You do get rewards if you kill the generals and they’re the only ones I’ll go out of my way to kill, but that’s it. The stealth mechanics are horrible so I don’t bother sneaking outside of that giant snake cave. I’m in the second zone right now and I’m not impressed with this game at all. 

The graphics are really impressive at times, but I don’t think this game looks that much better than Dark Souls 3. The character models look identical in my opinion and Dark Souls 3 released 3 years ago. The environments look better but compared to games like Devil May Cry 5 this game looks like a joke in comparison. I’m coming off of Devil May Cry 5 and into this game and it feels like a step down in every way. It’s even easier than Devil May Cry 5. Where is the difficulty that this game is praised for? I’m not saying this game is super easy, ok. But… it’s not super hard either. Sekiro is a huge disappointment for me right now. As I said already, this game should be for me. I should love this game, but I don’t. And I’m incredibly disappointed that I don’t love it. Because on paper it sounds like a really neat game, but the stealth mechanics are bad, the gameplay (as of right now) isn’t that impressive, the lack of weapons bother me and this game honestly feels like a shitty version of Nioh… just with stealth mechanics. 

Sekiro is kind of boring. After only 3 hours of gameplay, I’m bored with this game. At least in Dark Souls when I get bored I can change up the way I play. I can’t do that in this game. Sneaking around feels bad when compared to other stealth games and spamming parry attacks got old fast. This game is not fun to play right now. Maybe that’ll change as I unlock new shinobi arts and maybe it won’t. The story is interesting, but it’s not amazing. The main protagonist is kind of bland and doesn’t really have depth. The English voice is better than the Japanese in my opinion and everything sounds excellent. There is quality here. It’s just a boring game to me right now and I’m not sure if I’m going to bother completing it. To those of you on the outside looking in wondering whether or not this game is for you. Maybe this negative post will help make that decision because there’s already a LOT of positive stuff out there on this game. 

Have you played Sekiro Shadows Die Twice? What do you think of it? 

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    Mar 24, 2019 1:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to giving it a go, so the jury’s still out for me!

    I remember you not liking Ashen as much as the DS games (in spite of it aping them so readily) and one of your main criticisms was the lack of weapon variety. I notice that’s a theme here and I wonder if that’s a real bugbear for you in games of this style.

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      Mar 24, 2019 1:30 pm

      The is getting better as I unlock new skills. I found an axe and can shoot fire so I’m having more fun than I was. The second area is also better than the starting zone.

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    Apr 21, 2019 12:40 pm

    I’ve been playing this game since the very first day it came out and I love games based in feudal japan, samurais and ninjas, but I got bored from it too, I tried really hard to like but I can’t. The game design is too simple and bad in many aspects. I don’t even think it is as difficult as many players want to sell, the game is more inflexible than hard actually, but once you find out what is the right technique to defeat a boss or miniboss you can beat him/her in two or three tries.

    The main issue with this game is that the control response is slow and inaccurate and the saving points are very bad placed, which makes it repetitive. Also the lack of weapons and flexibility on tactics is making it pretty boring. Too bad because I was really excited about this game and that’s why I bought it the very first day of its release.

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      Apr 27, 2019 6:50 pm

      I agree with you. I’m sorry for the really late response. I’ve been having major issues with my now former host A2 Hosting. I was completely offline for a week.

      About Sekiro, I agree with all of your points. If this game had more customization, fighting styles, etc I would probably love it. I don’t and it’s the first From Software game that I’ve played in a long time that I think is just okay.

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