Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gets 21 Minutes Of Gameplay Footage (VIDEO)
From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the developer’s first spiritual followup to the acclaimed Bloodborne and Dark Souls series, with the Hype Train starting thanks to the reveal at The Game Awards 2017. With the game arriving in March of next year, gamers are chomping at the bit to see this game in action, and the developer was happy enough to oblige with a fully playable demo available at Gamescom 2018. Courtesy of YouTuber VaatiVidya, we have 21 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay fully bereft of commentary. Check it out below:
The feudal Japanese setting and aesthetic seem vaguely reminiscent of games like Tenchu, but definitely retains those Souls-like gameplay markers like backstabs and whiff punishing combat. Oh, and it looks REALLY TOUGH. The giant monster delivering a WWE-esque powerbomb to our hero and then throwing them off a mountain around the 10-minute mark looks fantastically brutal, so I can’t really complain if my deaths look as awesome as that.
In addition to the combat features, we are also given an idea on how the grappling hook works. It seems like it is used in a more contextual sense, although there do seem to be a lot of grapple points available to the player in the middle of a fight. The player is also able to cast spells like a flame one that will disperse in a cone in front of you. If the fire is still in the air, you can swing your sword through it to light it on fire, causing extra damage to enemies.
Stealth elements are also shown off a bit here with awareness arrows found in other games, such as Ubisoft’s Far Cry. From Software’s other titles like Dark Souls and Bloodborne had very lite stealth elements where players could reduce the noise they make by walking slower to sneak up for a backstab. The more agile character in Sekiro seems to give players an extra bit of edge when it comes to taking enemies out silently. Overall the game looks fantastic, the only problem is now we’re going to have to wait quite a while to play it.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 22nd, 2019.
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