SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE 💀

Only one more skill to get for platinum, but I don’t think I can be bothered to do all that grinding

I keep thinking while playing this, what if Konami published this instead and with no other changes besides names it was now a Goemon game

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Grumpy Goemon

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Small moment i simply adore in this game: meeting Tengu of Ashina. Just walking up to this hunched over dude who obviously just killed a bunch of shinobi single-handedly and seeing him stand up and tower over you like the Tall Man emerging from his car to shame Nelson

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and then he gives you a name!

One curious thing is that first-time players haven’t seen any of the pink-cloaked shinobi so far so it’s a bit confusing who exactly is lying dead there, and you don’t know how hard they’re supposed to be. Maybe the game ought to have put one of them defending a gourd seed early in Hirata Estate or something to set up the Tengu better

There’s one guarding the mist raven feathers at Hirata! He is somewhat out of the way, but i had encountered him by the time i got to Tengu.

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have been playing this for the past couple of weeks and i think had it come out a few years prior it would totally be on my top 5 list but i can’t help feeling the souls fatigue

found the drunkard(s) harder than anything else

I keep checking in with this about once a week at night, waiting to see if I can get past Genichiro. I’m slowly getting better, but I’ve got a lot of games (and am about to get a Switch) and am probably gonna backburner this for a while. I love it. I love even failing to Genichiro, to be honest. But I think I need to etch out more time to play this in longer sessions until I have the game’s rhythm down better.

i won the rematch with Ninja Dad for the first time the other day and while i haven’t run the numbers i’m pretty sure it’s my favorite boss battle in an action game!! it was a tough fight, but i felt such a tangible sense of improvement between attempts that i was happy to throw myself at it again and again (i think it took about a dozen attempts spread over 3 play sessions, with a few breaks to poke around in other parts of the game). His variety of attacks + the way he shakes them up based on your own movement (his ichimonji alone can play out in like 4 different ways based on how you respond) creates this wonderful push-and-pull between responding to his actions and manipulating him into taking moves you can exploit. i really felt like i was outwitting my old teacher, and by the time i won, i felt “ready”

this game needs a fuckin boss rush DLC so i can dunk on Genichiro whenever i want

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newgame+ basically turns into boss rush dlc as you no longer need to beat any of the mid-bosses to get prayer beads so you’re just running from boss fight to boss fight ignoring all the enemies in between

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i can see that! i will still kill all of the mini bosses because the Seven Ashina Spears need to get what’s coming to em

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I’ve finally return to this game after a forced 7 month break due to tendonitis. It was surprisingly easy to jump back in. Once you learn that awesome combat system, I guess it’s permanently ingrained. I just got to the Fountainhead Palace and holy SHIT this area is cool. I wish the whole game were this weird and pretty!

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Fountainhead is high key the best level in the game, has the coolest encounter design and best level of stealth difficulty and it looks amazing. If there’s ever a Sekiro 2 i hope it has way more Fountainhead and Mt. Kongo supernatural shit

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Also, it is absurd the extent to which the endgame teaches you how to fight those purple robed ministry ninjas. They’re suddenly everywhere, and there are like 4 or 5 minibosses with tiny variations on their moveset. I don’t mind, actually. It really makes you FEEL your skill increasing. Every successive one of these minibosses seems to add some new wrinkle, but you’re getting better at fighting them faster than their difficulty is increasing. It’s very empowering.

I really enjoyed fighting the one who keeps summoning dogs if you don’t constantly harass him.

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i still suck so bad at this but i feel like it’s the most fun fromsoft game to suck at?

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did anyone figure out how to deal with the spinning twinblade jerks in Mt. Kongo? they feel like 4 NG+ levels above every other foe in that area

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The big boy baby monsters? Those are the funnest enemies in the game to parry if I recall correctly