Showing posts with label Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2019 on Steam.

Nearing end of 2019, Valve Corporation has proudly unveiled their top list of best-selling and most played PC games on digital distribution storefront Steam throughout whole year with impressive number of concurrent players.

Majority of these titles are also part of ongoing Steam Winter Sale, offering some really good titles for a greatly discounted price. So, be sure to check that out as well if you are interested in saving some bucks on annual good deals.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

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Top 100 games from each list are parted into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories based on sales number and total revenue earned. Some of these ground-breaking titles are from last year and some are new releases of early 2019.

Platinum set of top sellers include Total War: Three Kingdoms, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Warframe, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grand Theft Auto V, Dota 2, Destiny 2, Civilization VI, Elder Scrolls Online and more.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2019

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Path of Exile, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Witcher 3, Dead by Daylight, Mordhau, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Rocket League, Total War: Warhammer II, Final Fantasy XIV and Devil May Cry 5 are following up on Gold class.

Drawing a Silver line this year are Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Black Desert, ARMA 3, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Planet Zoo, Risk of Rain 2, ARK: Survival Evolved, Borderlands 2, Remnant: From the Ashes, Code Vein and Rust.

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Bronze section gets glorified with Dark Souls III, Hitman 2, Terraria, Kenshi, Jump Force, XCOM 2, Stardew Valley, GreedFall, Hunt: Showdown, Frostpunk, Mortal Kombat 11, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Farming Simulator 19, Gears 5 and RAGE 2.

With a solid simultaneous player number of 100,000, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Sekiro, CS: GO, Path of Exile, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Dota 2, Dota Underlords, PUBG, Warframe, Halo: MCC and Grand Theft Auto V are most played games of 2019.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2019

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Games such as DMC 5, Civilization 6, BL2, Rust, Terraria, No Man's Sky, Rocket League, Monster Hunter: World, Mordhau, Atlas, RE2 Remake, Team Fortress 2, DBD, RDR 2 and Football Manager 2020 gets 50,000 or more players on regular basis.

Continually generating around 25,000 players are 7 Days to Die, Human: Fall Flat, Oxygen Not Included, NBA 2K20, MK11, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Paladins, Payday 2, Hearts of Iron IV, ESO, Planet Zoo, Stardew Valley, FFXIV and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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New releases this year that did exceptionally well are Remnant: From the Ashes, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Halo: MCC, Jedi: Fallen Order, RDR2, RE2 Remake, Code Vein, Sekiro, Planet Zoo, Devil May Cry 5 and Mordhau.

Steam had an overall good year in spite of losing a handful of AAA-titles and indie favorites to their rival platform Epic Games Store. Nevertheless, they are still reigning supreme as platform with their dedicated fan-base and unmatched superiority.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wins Game of The Year at The Game Awards 2019

The Game Awards 2019 announces Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as winner of "Game of the Year".

Finally the year-end event that every gamer, developer, publisher and industry legends wait for whole year is here and aside from upcoming new game announcements, The Game Awards 2019 reveals their top game of this year.

Despite having strong contender like Hideo Kojima's latest sensation Death Stranding, action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from developer From Software and publisher Activision managed to win "Game of the Year".

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wins Game of The Year at The Game Awards 2019

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Sekiro also bagged another for Best Action/Adventure Game, beating opponents like Borderlands 3 and Resident Evil 2 (2019). Many fans of Devil May Cry 5 wanted it to be nominated for GOTY but it won prize for being Best Action Game.

One of the major Game of The Year nominee, Death Stranding won in Best Game Direction and Best Score/Music. Another top candidate Control was only recognized in Best Art Direction category out of its six potential nominations.

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Recently released role-playing game Disco Elysium won in four categories including Best Independent Game. Everyone's favorite crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became Best Fighting Game on TGA 2019.

Choices for Best Audio Design, Best Community Support, Games for Impact and Best Family Game go to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Destiny 2, Gris and Luigi's Mansion 3 respectively albeit their other nominations.

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Online multiplayer game League of Legends from Riot Games scored big on Best eSports Game and Best eSports Event. Official surprise reveal of Project Scarlett by Microsoft as their next-gen console Xbox Series X was also a thrilling experience.

The Game Awards 2019 show creator and host Geoff Keighley charmed his audience throughout entire 3-hour long show. Although many were astounded to see Sekiro becoming "Game of The Year" but it was a worthy pick indeed.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Game Awards 2019 Nominees

Nominations for The Game Awards 2019 are revealed and some of the fan-favorite titles of 2019 are contender for GOTY.

To look back at current year, it has been an amazing twelve months for gamers and the industry itself aside from a handful of disappointments. The Game Awards 2019 nominees are just announced with some great games of 2019.

Obvious favorites like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is challenged by a remake of 1998 classic Resident Evil 2 and then shortly before grand reveal of TGA2019 nominations, Death Stranding has joined the rivalry as a divisive entry.

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The Game Awards 2019 Nominees

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A full list of nominations ranging on all important categories is listed below to celebrate great accomplishments of these nominees.

Game of the Year

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • The Outer Worlds

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro Exodus

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gears 5
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Content Creator of the Year

  • Courage
  • Dr. Lupo
  • Ewok
  • Grefg
  • Shroud

Best eSports Coach

  • Adren
  • Cain
  • Grabbz
  • Kkoma
  • Sockshka
  • Zonic

Best eSports Event

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

Best eSports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best eSports Host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Duan "Candice" Yu-Shuang
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
  • Paul "RedEye" Chaloner

Best eSports Player

  • Jay "Sinatraa" Won
  • Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf
  • Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok
  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic
  • Oleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev

Best eSports Team

  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • OG
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Liquid

Best Family Game

  • Luigi's Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi's Crafted World

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Shodown (2019)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Fresh Indie Game

  • Disco Elysium
  • Gris
  • My Friend Pedro
  • Outer Wilds
  • Slay the Spire
  • Untitled Goose Game

Best Game Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Outer Wilds
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie
  • Gris
  • Kind Words
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana Zero
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Grindstone
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: The Children of Light
  • What the Golf?

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • The Outer Worlds

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb (The Outer Worlds)
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden (Control)
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz (Gears 5)
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff Unger (Death Stranding)
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling (Control)
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges (Death Stranding)

Best Role-Playing Game

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • The Outer Wilds

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 20

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • Wargroove

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard's Wrath
  • Beat Saber
  • Blood & Truth
  • No Man's Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

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Fans can vote on official site once every 24 hours for their select picks of favorite games from a variety of genre, direction, significant indie releases, narrative or performance at The Game Awards 2019 as public voting is live now.

Interested parties can tune in live on December 12, over any of their proffered digital media or streaming platforms like Facebook Live, Mixer, PlayStation Network, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, Xbox Live and YouTube at 5:30 PM PT.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Jedi: Fallen Order is Very Similar to Sekiro

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order combat system is "very similar" to From Software's latest title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

After much anticipation, fans got their long-awaited reveal of single-player action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts at E3 2019, which is set within Star Wars franchise.

Also, a 26-minute long gameplay walkthrough was presented to audience that involves using The Force and lightsaber. Respawn recently confirms to have drawn inspiration for its combat mechanics from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Jedi: Fallen Order is Very Similar to Sekiro

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Although gameplay demo shown at E3 only gives an idea of how things will play out but not much on how things would feel. Then upon reveal of an extended clip, people started comparing it to From Software's latest release.

Then in a recent interview with Edge Magazine, lead combat designer Jason De Heras stated what Respawn is designing for Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay is very similar to what Sekiro allowed players to do, which was inspiring.

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About combat flow in the game, De Heras had the following to say about Fallen Order in his lengthy interview.

They let you attack, they let you roll, they do all this for free – and then the AI will tell you if you’re doing the correct thing. It just confirmed to us that you don’t have to limit everything the player does; let them have a little more agency, and then let the AI give them a slap on the wrist or a punch in the face. It was a positive thing for us to know there was a game that was similar to ours. Very similar.

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Sekiro is known for its punishing difficulty so much so than typical From Software games; it eventually sparked debate among critics, developers and players about whether or not it is keeping people from entirely enjoying the game.

However, it turns out to be less difficult than previous titles by same developer and gotten rid of stamina bar from Dark Souls series, which actually used to put a limit to how many actions player could perform before they need to take a break.

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From Software made it so that players could block and slash as much as they want in Sekiro or traverse relentlessly using grappling hook device without ever having to worry about a stamina gauge that would ran out and slow them down.

There are many games out there that tried and mostly failed at mimicking what developers have accomplished with Dark Souls series. Respawn is not looking to copy anything in particular but to take lessons and improvise on it.

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To make players feel powerful enough when wielding a lightsaber as Jedi Cal Kestis but still make things challenging for him, developers decided to add fodder enemies that will go down in a single hit, like blaster carrying basic Stormtroopers.

Then there are some baddies who can outright block your strikes and fight back pretty well, notably the Purge Troopers we have seen in demo. They will scale up in-game difficulty of facing enemies and will do better than regular troopers.

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De Heras continues saying, every enemy that you come across in Fallen Order that are capable of blocking has a guard meter, which is similar to Sekiro's guard system and once you manage to break it, you are in for an instant kill with a single hit.

Game director Stig Asmussen of Jedi: Fallen Order has also expressed his appreciation for From Software games even before from the days of making Demon's Souls and especially noting of his all-time personal favorite King's Field II.

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Here is a key-part of Jason De Heras talking about Fallen Order combat system with Game Informer.




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Despite drawing inspiration from and being "very similar" to Sekiro for having almost same-styled posture system, Fallen Order would not likely to be as tough as the former and even casual players will probably be able to have a good time.

Respawn Entertainment is eyeing towards releasing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order later this year during holiday season and is currently scheduled to launch on November 15, 2019 worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

Months after release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice eventually gets an apparent easy mode, thanks to latest mod.

When developer From Software launched action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One teaming up with publisher Activision in early 2019, it received immense praise aside from criticism for extreme difficulty.

Though majority of players and hardcore gamers have embraced it, mainstream critics and game journalists were asking for an easy mode. Their prayers have finally been answered as a new mod has arrived to add an easy mode.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

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Currently available at Nexus Mods, Sekiro The Easy mod will not completely make the game easy but help people make more progress. Without altering enemy behavior or positions, it makes some simple changes to lower game difficulty.

It provides attack buffs to protagonist one-armed Wolf and thus, helps taking down enemies quicker. Players are also given infinite amount of in-game currency Spirit Emblem to access abilities and weapons while removing fall damage.

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Item drop rates and buff duration for weapons are increased along with timer of Puppeteer Ninjutsu technique to backstab opponents. There are other mods to balance out some features but Sekiro The Easy packs a couple of them into one.

Newcomers who are on the verge of giving up trying to get killed over and over again in Sekiro can at least try out this mod and receive significant perks to at least get a hold of things since the mod addresses more than a single issue.

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Players would still have to learn how to overcome every in-game challenges and tackle enemies since it doesn't affect any of their intelligence but offers you a better fighting chance against odds that seemed to be unconquerable until now.

It has only been months that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice came out and From Software is already in full swing with their upcoming project Elden Ring, which have Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki on board with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bloodborne Hack Lets You Play as Enemies

A modder has come up with an enemy control feature hack that would allow you to play as enemies in Bloodborne.

Although modding is a fairly familiar concept to players on PC platform, sometime skilled modders find a way to hack into games on consoles and one such event has happened recently with 2015 PlayStation 4-exclusive title Bloodborne.

An Australian modder named Lance McDonald has hacked into the code of From Software game to find a backdoor that would allow him to take control over beastly creatures roaming in Yharnam to learn its behind-the-scene secrets.

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Bloodborne Hack Lets You Play as Enemies

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McDonald previously hacked into action RPG game Dark Souls III to unearth secrets like an early version of Consumed King, Oceiros holding his young boy Ocelotte during a fight and more that were eventually cut off from final release.

His latest mod will let player take over any enemy or even bosses just by locking on to them, thus enabling you to wander around your surroundings and having a completely different perspective of how those creatures work.

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In his first Tweet, McDonald displays how he swapped control of an enemy with The Hunter to practically test it out.



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Developers have deactivated such options before shipping their finished product but he used these functions from debug menu and though they were originally built for testing controls, it is fun to see them work in real-time.

However, one may never actually finish the entire Bloodborne game using his enemy control feature since they are unable to climb ladders or even hurt other monsters ad going too far away from player would cause them to despawn.

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He showed more usage of a debugging feature he found within in a follow-up Tweet to access more in-game enemies.



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With a plan to test out this interesting feature in other From Software games, McDonald added enemy control into action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and then shared a video clip of his successful progress on Twitter as well.



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Instead of simply locking onto an enemy to immediately taking control of them, McDonald decided to come up with a special button combination that would require for players to press when they wished to control them and that is hard.

This perhaps is one of his most recent works but Lance McDonald has been working on mods for several From Software titles that he shares on his YouTube channel on a regular basis and enabling other content creators to work with those.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Quadriplegic Gamer Proves Sekiro Needs No Easy Mode

There are people crying for an easy mode in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and then there is Limitlessquad, who owns it.

Games developed by From Software have an inherited trait of being difficult than any other titles out there and their recent action-adventure release Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no different if not a new staple on that line.

Ever since the game has come out on March 22, people who casually play video games couldn't seem to go ahead much further and kept complaining that it is even harder than Dark Souls III but then comes a player with disabilities, who proves them wrong.

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Quadriplegic Gamer Proves Sekiro Needs No Easy Mode

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Outcry of a casual crowd in gaming community for adding an easy mode to Sekiro has been there since the game dropped and reached on a new level where they started claiming that people with disabilities are having a hard time playing it.

Then there comes a quadriplegic gamer who takes an issue with that claim and showed everyone by playing the game and defeating notorious boss Corrupted Monk to show everyone that players with limitations can adapt and conquer it too.

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Below is a video of YouTube gamer Limitlessquad with physical disabilities, showcasing his skills in Sekiro via a boss-fight.




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Of course he faces an extra layer of difficulties than most but his gameplay straight out proves that a simple easy mode band aid that ruins the core experience of the game is no actual solution rather than actually needing to "Git Gud".

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a latest game by From Software and Activision that is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for everyone. Despite being punishingly difficult at times, it is designed to build up determination and perseverance within players.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Player Beats Sekiro All Bosses, No-Hit

One YouTube gamer horheristo takes down all bosses of Sekiro in NG+2 with an aggressive play and by taking no-hit.

With their newest action-adventure release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, developer From Software has defied every rule they taught players throughout their infamous Souls series but managed to set a new high with a defined gameplay.

Although some people are having a hard time getting past first few bosses and desperately begging for an easy mode, many have already beaten the game. Some even found their way with dreaded boss enemies like it is a walk in the park for them.

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Player Beats Sekiro All Bosses, No-Hit

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Other than taking one single blow at the beginning of his journey that is essential for him becoming Sekiro (One-armed Wolf), he takes no other hit gameplay-wise and unleashes barrage of attacks on his unfortunate enemies by adapting an aggressive gameplay style.

Horheristo recorded this entire rundown on New Game Plus 2, which makes each opponent even more challenging than they are while using some wide range of skills and rare upgrades to display true potential of protagonist Wolf in battle.

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His confrontation with notoriously difficult boss Corrupted Monk and Lady Butterfly seemed way too easy like they were nothing. You can also witness some efficient use of Loaded Umbrella and Shinobi Firecrackers from his Shinobi Prosthetic.

He literally ends career of some of the toughest bosses of Sekiro like there is a recession going on in 16th century Japan and Ashina clan is unable to do anything at all to stop him but to make their futile attempts at stopping him, only to fall flat.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE.

Watch how YouTube user horheristo masterfully demonstrates way of true shinobi warrior against Ashina clan.




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Published by Activision, the game has been out for only over a week and many already quit playing for frustration over difficulty level but seeing horheristo making a mess of his enemies only makes you wonder if this is how From Software intended you to play it.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for everyone to play that offers more than what players in general think and instead of running around complaining, you can actually "Git Gud".

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

Latest action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is fourth most played game on Steam, making it the biggest platform launch of 2019.

Renowned for making Bloodborne and Dark Souls series in past developer From Software made a comeback with their newest action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that publisher Activision has brought to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Not only has it received a universal acclaim from critics and fans alike but PC version of the game has already sold over 100,000 copies within its first 24 hours of launch, making it one of the biggest release on Steam in 2019 so far.

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Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

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As a worthy successor of Souls series, Sekiro has successfully beaten down other contenders like Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake to climb on top of most-played games chart of Steam, currently sitting at number four spot of that list.

On Sunday, March 24, the title had a recorded peak of 124,334 numbers of concurrent players at Valve's digital distribution platform. Of course, this is not an actual number of sales as we need to account physical copies and other distribution channels to figure out overall sales number.

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

By count, Sekiro is currently topping games like Grand Theft Auto V, Rainbow Six Siege and Team Fortress 2, which is truly a huge deal for a single-player game these days. It also is the third-largest Japanese game behind Dark Souls III and Monster Hunter: World.

To siege top spot, all it needs to do is to dethrone Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and DOTA 2 respectively. It would take another 800,000 players to become the most-played game on Steam.

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Sekiro is 4th on Steam Charts

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Sekiro sends players on a personal journey of a titular shinobi warrior to rescue his young lord from a samurai of Ashina clan using his ninja skills and a prosthetic arm. The game challenges you with a difficulty level that even rivals to games from infamous Dark Souls franchise.

Announced back at E3 2018, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice adapts to an evolved combat system inspired by aspects of both action and role-playing aspects of past From Software games on a medieval fantasy premise during Sengoku period of Japan.

Can You Beat First Boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

What really happens when you actually managed to defeat first boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice?

Newly released action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by developer From Software and publisher Activision for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has gained universal acclaim for its unique aesthetics that sets it apart from Dark Souls series.

Its initial quote unquote boss-battle has some lasting ramifications for our titular hero, which is supposed to end in his defeat and build pathway for a journey he takes later on but do we know, what would really happen if he happens to stand victorious?

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Can You Beat First Boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE.

Immediately after release, Sekiro made a reputation of being brutally hard and has some punishing boss fights to deal with. People are dying more than twice in attempts to figure out a way to kill them or just simply getting used to gameplay mechanics.

From what early marketing campaign has fetched to us, it appears that lead protagonist Wolf had his arm severed by a samurai and later discovered it to have been replaced with a Shinobi prosthetic by an unknown sculptor who revived him.

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Genichiro Ashina Defeated

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So, our elder ninja is somewhat pre-destined to lose his left arm following an unfortunate battle with the samurai antagonist who is better known as, Genichiro Ashina because it is significantly important for rest of the story to progress on a certain path.

However, defeating Genichiro in combat is entirely possible if you are a master of swordplay but Sekiro is eventually fated to lose limb to him during that prologue fight. Only good takeaway we get from this is that From Software doesn't force you to submission.

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

Below is a video from YouTube channel Boss Fight Database that displays the outcome of defeating the game's first boss.




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Sekiro losing his arm in a battle against Genchiro Ashina could have been easily played out through an in-game cut-scene. Yet developers have you played out the entire section by yourself and have the same outcome anyway.

This way, even an inevitable event gives you some sense of accomplishment when it is made playable and players can feel even more connected to the plot that is built over Sekiro's vengeance over Ashina clan for kidnapping his master.

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Ashina Strikes Back!

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According to global achievement list on Steam, only 46% of players have managed to defeat Genichiro Ashina so far. This is very much possible due to many casual players joining in for some fun and then quitting after a short while.

Those who have already given up shortly after beginning or have continued regardless should know that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice intends to test your ability to master new skills and getting good at them over time above all.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Out Now

Action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by From Software and Activision is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Fans of Soulsborne series rejoice as renowned Japanese developer From Software returns with a new action-adventure IP titled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in association with publisher Activision, out now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sekiro will take players back to Sengoku period of feudal Japan and let them assume the role of a shinobi known as Wolf, who will go out on a personal quest for vengeance when his lord, the Divine Heir Kuro is kidnapped by a Samurai of Ashina clan.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Out Now

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Before he was defeated in battle, his left arm was severed and the valiant ninja warrior wakes up later to find it being replaced with a prosthetic given to him by a hermit monk named Busshi, who now dubs him as Sekiro, the one-armed wolf.

Driven by vengeance and his duty to his lord, he now sets out with a sharpened katana and armed in gadgets and weaponry within his prosthetic to lay a pile of bodies. On his way, Wolf comes across corrupt monks, deadly ogre and a giant snake.

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Action and Stealth

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Primary gameplay mechanics of combat revolves around attack and making counter but be ready to die a lot more than twice. Instead of constantly dodging attacks, parrying in pitched battles would pay off a lot more than one may think.

Other than engaging in frontal confrontation, covert methods of waging warfare are very effective. Though it's very unique resurrection system lets you get back to the fight almost immediately after you die once, it may make you cost everything.

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Strategize Your Moves

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For a simplified overview of what you are getting into while playing Sekiro, watch out the official launch trailer below.




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Players who mostly relates to Bloodborne or Dark Souls series would miss the role-playing aspect of those games in this title but it is good enough to live up to your expectation and you might even come to appreciate it after spending some time.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a bit less dark than previous titles by From Software but just as gritty as one expects it to be. What initially started as a potential Tenchu sequel has turned out to be an acclaimed game worthy of its own name.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

From Software drops another trailer featuring gameplay aspects and story highlights of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Although launch trailer for upcoming action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by developer From Software and publisher Activision is already dropped weeks before release, we are not done getting more peek into the title.

Before the game arrives for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22, 2019, an overall tour of gameplay mechanics, progression, story and other aspects are jammed into an overview trailer to enlighten players about what Sekiro is.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

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Take a good look at the blessed five minutes of tour into the world the game is set in and witness never before seen footage.




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Nearing the end of Sengoku period, a young boy was found by the Owl who then took on the stray as an apprentice and raised him to be a shinobi. Known as the Wolf, he is tasked with protecting a young boy named Kuro, The Divine Heir.

Being last descendant of a legendary bloodline makes him a target and he is abducted by the Ashina clan. In an ensuing battle to protect his lord, the noble warrior loses his arm but is rescued by a hermit monk, who then armed him with a special ninja prosthetic.

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Using an arsenal of tools and weapons like flame vent, grappling hook, loaded axe or spear, Sekiro goes out seeking his master and wage war against his enemies by engage them in combat or tactically get the drop on them to complete his mission.

As one-armed wolf, he would either implement direct faceoff and silent takedowns depending on what the present situation demands. "Resurrection" plays a vital aspect of the game for players to use very carefully, because it allows a second chance with repercussions.

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Path to Vengeance

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Creating your own path to vengeance demands for a lot of patience and a handful of skills, mastering which would also be a major task. In order to survive in this unforgiving world, you have to go through bloodshed and face endless clash.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice offers a completely different experience than of previous From Software games but it offers a new dimension of challenges anyone has ever faced on Bloodborne or Dark Souls series of titles.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer

Official launch trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice showcases a journey to restore honor and take revenge of the one-armed Wolf.

As we are slowly marching towards the launch of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by developer From Software and publisher Activision for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22, 2019, our excitement only grows for the game each passing day.

Curious players waiting for the heavily anticipated upcoming action-adventure are not getting any early reviews for a decision made by the publisher. However, you can always take a last-minute good look at the game through launch trailer.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer

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Witness the one-armed Wolf out on his quest for revenge in the new official launch trailer of Sekiro, courtesy of From Software.




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The trailer opens up with new and unforeseen footage from the game where a wooden structure of some sorts is completely destroyed by a giant, raging bull that has a fiery log for horns as it approaches our ninja protagonist.

He parried an attack with his sword, jumped back even and when it still rushed towards him aggressively, the shinobi displays a new ability of vanishing in thin air and then reappearing on his position again, ready to strike again with a fire-attack.

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Then it cut backs to a prior time when he and his master, the Owl were in a conversation regarding the latter handing his apprentice a task of protecting a young boy of great importance and failure is not a choice.

Unfortunately, Sekiro gets a prosthetic after losing his arm in ensuing fight before that boy is taken. So, he declares war against Ashina clan and unleashes his deadly warrior spirit upon them to seek revenge and fulfill his mission.

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Going face-to-face with deadly enemies, hostile lands and gruesome boss-battles, a world of pain and suffering unveils ahead of the Wolf. Luckily, he came prepared by arming himself with powerful tools and awesome ninja abilities.

Fans of both Bloodborne and Dark Souls series may not find familiar aspects of those titles in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice but regardless of much RPG elements, it still is a great action game with an intriguing back-story shrouded in mystery.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Activision Won't Send Sekiro Early Review Copies

Publisher Activision is not sending out early review copies for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice before until it releases worldwide.

Upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from developer From Software and publisher Activision is only a few weeks away from releasing worldwide on March 22, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

However, unlike many other AAA-titles in the market, reviewer will not get a chance to have their early take on the game, because the publisher will not be sending out early copies for review before the game sees release.

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Activision Won't Send Sekiro Early Review Copies

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News came in first from video game reviewer Skill Up from YouTube, who Tweeted saying Activision will not send out early review codes until the game releases.



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Usually, when a publisher doesn't want to send out review copies early before official release of a game, the quality of the game becomes a matter of concern. However, we can rest assured considering From Software is behind development wheels for the game.

Skill Up also vouched up in this matter saying, the developers are definitely worthy of our benefit of the doubt about quality given their early track records with fan-favorite games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls trilogy in the past.

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Following a press event in London, the publisher actually confirmed to several parties that they are not giving away pre-release review codes anytime before launch and people have to wait until Sekiro finally releases within weeks.

Whatever early gameplay demo they released so far, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks a solid title with stunning visuals. Activision is most likely has done this to prevent players from getting any spoilers in advance and not because they doesn't have faith in the product.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Story Preview

As the launch date draws near, developer From Software released a story trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Following their critical and commercial success on Bloodborne and games from Dark Souls series, Japanese game developer From Software has returned with their newest release from publisher Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Listed as one of our most anticipated video game of 2019, the upcoming action-adventure title has managed to raise enough curiosity among players but all it lacked so far is a backstory of the protagonist and oh Lawd, it is comin' this way.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Story Preview

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Witness how the one-armed wolf started his journey in late 1500's Sengoku Japan as he eventually becomes a shinobi.




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In a vague way, the trailer opens up to a brutal period of Japan that was an era of bloody conflicts after the fall of their feudal system. It slightly sheds light on the origin of protagonist Wolf but still left many details covering in obscurity.

When the Owl found the boy amidst pile of corpses that was littered with blood and held his sword at him, the lad fearlessly grabbed the tip of it. Impressed by the fearless gesture of that stray, he took in his new apprentice who would later become a powerful ninja.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be launching on 22 March, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Although the game does not have a multiplayer mode, single player campaign introduce a new level of challenge while gameplay mesh of parkour and stealth mechanics keeps it intriguing.

Not stepping too far from their previous releases, From Software has included acclaimed combat systems from the aforementioned video games into Sekiro. Boss battles you will get into are much more different than previous games as well.