THUMBS AT THE READY

The videogames that you will be pour­ing an enor­mous amount of time into this year

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Sekiro: Shad­ows die twice

From­soft­ware pop­u­larised the genre of Souls-like games and blazed a trial for spin-offs such as Nioh and The Surge after a wildly suc­cess­ful Dark Souls tril­ogy and the Gothic, Love­craftin­spired Blood­borne.

So, when it was an­nounced that the next game was not go­ing to be a Souls se­quel, peo­ple got an­gry, real an­gry.

But its new game Sekiro: Shad­ows Die Twice is a doozy. Set it feu­dal Ja­pan in the late 1500s, you play as Sekiro — a dis­graced and dis­fig­ured shi­nobi who em­barks on a jour­ney to res­cue his young master, ab­ducted by a sa­mu­rai. From­soft­ware does away with tra­di­tional char­ac­ter cus­tomi­sa­tions to put the gam­ing skills to the test.

Out in March. Playsta­tion4, Xbox One and Win­dows.

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