Yeah, after playing some games from the last few years I'm kinda shocked at how boring and simplistic so many AAA titles are most of the time. Why play something like Assassin's Creed - which has the same basic gameplay now as it did a decade ago - when I could be playing something with such an intricate, difficult battle system as Sekiro? Why play crap like Call of Duty when I could be playing Red Dead Redemption? There are certainly places for those bland, generic, cookie-cutter AAA games in the market, but there really is so goddamn much choice in the medium that I could never see a loot-box or microtransation and still never catch up with the games I wanna play.
As for me, I'm almost disappointed in how easy the game is, now. I don't think the game is easy, persay, but after beating Isshin I started NG+ and I don't think I've died once. I haven't died on ANY of the bosses yet - miniboss or full boss - and while I think I did get knocked down a few times (died once), I came back and just returned to the idol.
Despite dying 50+ times on Lady Butterfly on my first go-'round, I bet her first time with ease this time. Like, I killed her and Juzou in the same life without resting. I beat every miniboss without dying, including The Shinobi Hunter, Seven Blades Samurai, and Snake Eyes Shirahagi - each on my first try, and I even beat Gyobu, Lady Butterfly, and Genichiro on my first attempts. Oh, and I absolutely WRECKED the blazing Bull and Centipede Giraffe without getting hit. Now that I think about it, the only boss I've died at so far was headless. Fuck headless. I will be avoiding HEadless in the future, but as it turns out I did in fact die a handfull of times on NG+.
My first time through was your basic Immortal Severance playthrough. I got all of the gourd seeds, all but two of the prayer beads, all of the Lapis Lazuli I could (allowing me to upgrade 2/4 of the final prosthetic upgrades), and did basically everything I could. My plan is to do this NG+, get to right before the owl and make a save-copy so I can do the Shura ending, get the missable boss trophy (Emma), as well as the Shura ending trophy, then reload the save and go through to the Purification ending where I'll get the lapis Lazuli for making the final upgrades, the final two prayer beads, and Owl (Father) Trophies. I figure by the end of this playthrough I'll get the 'get all skill unlocks' trophy while I'm at it.
I intend to platinum this, so by this point all I'll have left is the 'dragon' ending, which is apparently BY FAR the hardest ending to get. Won't be too hard knowing I'm just playing through quickly, though.
I am still scared as fuck for my spirit when I have to fight Owl, Owl(Father), and Isshin on NG+ though. However, on the other hand, I'm finding the game so much easier this time around maybe it won't be all bad? I haven't even USED the new memories to increase my strength since starting NG+, got 3 banked and can't be arsed to use them since I'm still wrecking everything.
The game is luring me into a false sense of security, I know it.
Still love it, even if I absolutely HAAAATE that last boss. Like, I genuinely don't like it; unlike other bosses that I thought were brilliant in retrospect, I still hate Isshin; maybe I'm just not good enough? I don't think it's a poorly designed boss, but I do think it's way too much andI just can't learn in that fight, unlike the others. LAdy Butterfly taught me timing, dodging, proper Shuriken use, deflection, and kiting, The Shinobi hunter taught me Mikiri, Blazing Bull and Gyobu taight me arena combat and beast fighting, etc. I am redoing them all, learning how to adapt, and it feels good because it's clear I've learned. I love it, but at the same time I do fear Isshin.
Someone hold me and tell me I'm a good burd!
It's because you know the game and the bosses more than it is NG+ being easier. Are you playing with the charm or not? I'm saving it until I have trophies out of the way but I hear it is super difficult and require perfect deflects to stay alive.
Also, I think Isshin might be everything in the game, combat wise combined into one boss. I found him easier than most other bosses because his posture doesn't lower very quickly so you can in turn take him down with aggression based play.
That spear though is the reason he is so OP in phase 3 and 4. If you learn to deal with the spear (you can I frame it) while keeping up close to him and managing your own posture he can go down VERY quickly by just letting him wall on you while you return just one of the quick attacks that you get after a perfect deflect and you can take him down on phase 4 with just 2 counters of the lightning attack in phase 4 if you get lucky with the RNG.
He shouldn't pose too much of a threat now that you have learned all his move set and have it emmbeded in your mind, provided you get back to him in a timely manner.
Dealing with the Owl requires i framing if you want to get his health down enough to get his posture up, particularly sprint attacks into him and I framing through his attacks to spin around his back and clip his health. It is hard to explain but after a bit of practice you'll know exactly where to clip past his attacks. He id tough no matter what you do but he is not invincible. Just have faith he will go down and you will beat him.Last edited by John2290 - on 07 April 2019
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