SEIKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4 ★★★★★
IN Dark Souls tradition, Seiko: Shadows Die Twice is a gruelling hack’n’slasher that inflicts harsh but fair punishment for error.
As the shinobi Seiko, you seek to rescue his kidnapped master from an enemy kingdom, employing swordplay that appears simple, with a single attack plus dodge and block buttons, built on a posture system. Repeated blocking fills the posture bar – when it tops out enemies become vulnerable to a deathblow, or a wounding attack against boss characters.
Of course, you also suffer loss of posture, encouraging aggressive, daring combat.
This heightened drama is everywhere, from intimidatingly huge opponents to atmospheric mountain environments, not to mention Seiko’s brilliantly versatile prosthetic arm or the sudden fantastical surprises, forging a challenge of thrilling intensity.
The last word: This is devilishly difficult but it’s a deeply satisfying combat classic.