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Sekiro: Shadow die twice, holds strong at 90 on Opencritic based on 111 reviewers. GotY?

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Sekerio, Your Game of the year?

Yes. 10 20.00%
 
No. 21 42.00%
 
Maybe, unsure just yet. 12 24.00%
 
/indifferent/not played/other in comments. 7 14.00%
 
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shikamaru317 said:
Angelus said:

Yes, but most of the skills you can get aren't exactly going to make or break your experience with the game. There's a few which are quite nice to have, but for the most part they're just there for flavor, and there's also quite a lot which are just bloat if you ask me.

I saw a video that said you can learn a really good skill by collecting 5 Koi scales and buying a skill scroll from a secret vendor, definitely going to do that when possible.

Not really worth it, you're better off focusing on the latent skills. The early skill with the two swipes is better(forgot the name) as those five hits from the floating passage will most likely just get blocked or parried. 



             

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RaptorChrist said:
Glad to see this thread maintaining traction, and a few more people picking up the game. I managed to beat the Old Monk second try (almost first try but I wasn't prepared for a boss fight to start and even though I tried warping back to the shrine, the animation takes so long I ended up being forced to fight).

That unlocked me a new mechanic for exploration. I remembered a few places where this could be used, and traveled around collecting some items, but there are most certainly areas I just don't remember. The one I remembered most led to my third Headless boss. I was completely out of confetti for this one, but I think my stats were upgraded enough to where it wasn't too difficult with just the terror-removing item.

Now I've got 16 vitality and 8 attack power, and 9 healing sips. I also found two more prayer beads (one in a super clever location that seemed to require me to jump out of the water to get enough height to grapple into a building).

I really want to play more today, but I'm trying to limit myself to a couple hours per day so I don't finish it too quickly. We'll see how that holds up.

As for GotY? For me, this and RE2 remake are fine contenders. I played through RE2 remake three times, but it is a shorter game. Maybe once I finish this game I'll be able to make a decision.

Okay, The list I am using must be incomplete with prayer beads, bosses or treaure chests cause I'm well ahead of you, many mini bosses and and treasure chests ahead and I just unlocked 18 VIT. I was on 15 VIT when I done the monk, how the hell did you manage 17 VIT? I'm bloody confused now as to what bosses but according to the list I have, I've done everything but a few headless bosses. By any chance did you pick up those  and I don't want to spoil it, really well hidden prayer beads before the monk  the ones you'd never find without a guide?

I'm going to have to sweep all areas again before I move on to what I assume is the final boss or at least the penultimate boss for me. 



 

John2290 said:
RaptorChrist said:
Glad to see this thread maintaining traction, and a few more people picking up the game. I managed to beat the Old Monk second try (almost first try but I wasn't prepared for a boss fight to start and even though I tried warping back to the shrine, the animation takes so long I ended up being forced to fight).

That unlocked me a new mechanic for exploration. I remembered a few places where this could be used, and traveled around collecting some items, but there are most certainly areas I just don't remember. The one I remembered most led to my third Headless boss. I was completely out of confetti for this one, but I think my stats were upgraded enough to where it wasn't too difficult with just the terror-removing item.

Now I've got 16 vitality and 8 attack power, and 9 healing sips. I also found two more prayer beads (one in a super clever location that seemed to require me to jump out of the water to get enough height to grapple into a building).

I really want to play more today, but I'm trying to limit myself to a couple hours per day so I don't finish it too quickly. We'll see how that holds up.

As for GotY? For me, this and RE2 remake are fine contenders. I played through RE2 remake three times, but it is a shorter game. Maybe once I finish this game I'll be able to make a decision.

Okay, The list I am using must be incomplete with prayer beads, bosses or treaure chests cause I'm well ahead of you, many mini bosses and and treasure chests ahead and I just unlocked 18 VIT. I was on 15 VIT when I done the monk, how the hell did you manage 17 VIT? I'm bloody confused now as to what bosses but according to the list I have, I've done everything but a few headless bosses. By any chance did you pick up those  and I don't want to spoil it, really well hidden prayer beads before the monk  the ones you'd never find without a guide?

I'm going to have to sweep all areas again before I move on to what I assume is the final boss or at least the penultimate boss for me. 

Maybe you forgot about underwater exploration, found some through that.



             

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shikamaru317 said:
I'm not far into it yet, but it seems easier than I expected. I did the tutorial area with ease and have done a good chunk of the first actual area now with barely any health lost. Seems like you can cheese the stealth system quite a bit, escaping until an enemy loses sight of you and then trying to stealth kill them again. Am I crazy or can you grind to level up as well. by respawning enemies by saving?

Mobs are never the problem in this game, nor is the first main boss, apart from some late game enemies that have ridiculous move sets and speed, it's the mini bosses and the main bosses where the difficulty comes from. I've since learned many can be cheesed a bit but even then they are still a significant challenge. 

Also, farming in this game is pretty pointless if you are trying to get OP. The only way you can upgrade your stats that actually make a difference is by defeating mini bosses for prayer beads or finding the odd few the devs have hidden away or defeating main bosses for attack power up. There is an alternative method but it is so late in the game it matters little. If you do insist on grinding points though and because they get more costly every time you level up, Here is a tip, save some, 9 -12 points should do, for the Ashina arts tree as there are some actual useful latent skills in there with combat advantages for the hardest bosses. 



 

Sunstrider said:
John2290 said:

Okay, The list I am using must be incomplete with prayer beads, bosses or treaure chests cause I'm well ahead of you, many mini bosses and and treasure chests ahead and I just unlocked 18 VIT. I was on 15 VIT when I done the monk, how the hell did you manage 17 VIT? I'm bloody confused now as to what bosses but according to the list I have, I've done everything but a few headless bosses. By any chance did you pick up those  and I don't want to spoil it, really well hidden prayer beads before the monk  the ones you'd never find without a guide?

I'm going to have to sweep all areas again before I move on to what I assume is the final boss or at least the penultimate boss for me. 

Maybe you forgot about underwater exploration, found some through that.

Nah i got those three while I was hunting carp. I must have mentally chekced off some bosses without actually killing them. 



 

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I know I am going to really regret thes words but the game feels a lot easier now with the Demon bell debuff off. That thing adds sognificanly more posture and health to enemies.



 

Well That was easy, 35 minutes and

Spoiler!
The double Ape team, The sakura bull

and another spoilerish mini boss down. I wish I'd known about the double team prior as that was a significant reward, I'm now at 19 VIT with one spare bead and 11 attack with a main boss coming up, I feel OP man.

Last edited by John2290 - on 30 March 2019

 

John2290 said:

Okay, The list I am using must be incomplete with prayer beads, bosses or treaure chests cause I'm well ahead of you, many mini bosses and and treasure chests ahead and I just unlocked 18 VIT. I was on 15 VIT when I done the monk, how the hell did you manage 17 VIT? I'm bloody confused now as to what bosses but according to the list I have, I've done everything but a few headless bosses. By any chance did you pick up those  and I don't want to spoil it, really well hidden prayer beads before the monk  the ones you'd never find without a guide?

I'm going to have to sweep all areas again before I move on to what I assume is the final boss or at least the penultimate boss for me. 

The prayer bead before the monk in the house was the only one I can recall in that area that I would consider really well hidden. I got the water mechanic and found one under the water shortly before that. I did feel pretty special finding that bead though.

I'm one bead away from 17 vitality now. I ended up playing a bit more and went back to ashina castle and collected most of the idols a second time. I fought a pretty tough mini-boss to get a bead at the great serpent shrine. He was tough as balls and I managed to get super lucky on my third attempt and he ended up doing the same moves multiple times in a row letting me posture break him.

I also fought the underwater headless. But when I go through an area I fully explore every possible part of the zones, walking along the edges of pretty much every path to look around for things. I've probably missed some stuff, but I have beaten every mini boss up until this point, and that's where a lot of my beads have come from. My achilles heel is that I have a bad memory, so I oftentimes forget to backtrack to areas when there is something I can't collect right away. Hoping to finish the game with all the beads, but we'll see.

Edit: Is there a way to check playtime? I have quite a lot of playtime due to how much I explore, and some of the trickiest fights have been with those mid-bosses. The three story pagoda mid-boss and lady butterfly are by far the fights I spent the most time on though.



RaptorChrist said:
John2290 said:

Okay, The list I am using must be incomplete with prayer beads, bosses or treaure chests cause I'm well ahead of you, many mini bosses and and treasure chests ahead and I just unlocked 18 VIT. I was on 15 VIT when I done the monk, how the hell did you manage 17 VIT? I'm bloody confused now as to what bosses but according to the list I have, I've done everything but a few headless bosses. By any chance did you pick up those  and I don't want to spoil it, really well hidden prayer beads before the monk  the ones you'd never find without a guide?

I'm going to have to sweep all areas again before I move on to what I assume is the final boss or at least the penultimate boss for me. 

The prayer bead before the monk in the house was the only one I can recall in that area that I would consider really well hidden. I got the water mechanic and found one under the water shortly before that. I did feel pretty special finding that bead though.

I'm one bead away from 17 vitality now. I ended up playing a bit more and went back to ashina castle and collected most of the idols a second time. I fought a pretty tough mini-boss to get a bead at the great serpent shrine. He was tough as balls and I managed to get super lucky on my third attempt and he ended up doing the same moves multiple times in a row letting me posture break him.

I also fought the underwater headless. But when I go through an area I fully explore every possible part of the zones, walking along the edges of pretty much every path to look around for things. I've probably missed some stuff, but I have beaten every mini boss up until this point, and that's where a lot of my beads have come from. My achilles heel is that I have a bad memory, so I oftentimes forget to backtrack to areas when there is something I can't collect right away. Hoping to finish the game with all the beads, but we'll see.

You are way more skilled than me, the guy at the serpent shrine took me no less than 10 attempts before I realized I could stealth him and then another 5 or so after that to kill him and boy was it messy. 

Have you gotten to the fight at the top of the castle yet? And if so which one did you get? 



 

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