Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Previews Thread [See Staff Posts]

Pretty challenging and on par with their previous games. Soulsborne vets need to re-learn the control scheme and the way they approach combat. The game is tuned with a resurrection mechanic in mind so take that as you will. I found Nioh to be harder than any souls game, other's didn't.
I said this in another thread a little while ago. From a couple previews I watched of Souls players who got hands-on time with it, they said it might actually be harder. I'd take that with a grain of salt, though. They have yet to really sink their teeth in and get used to not playing it like a Souls game yet, I would think.
That's a good point. I wonder if it's just the compressed game in it's entirety, or is it just a portion of it as a preload? Also Sekiro not having tons of weapons and armor sets as well as no multiplayer could also have drastically cut down on the file size as well.

Is that after the file is decompressed or is that just because it's the PC version?

From what everyone is saying, it's even harder!
Thanks y'all. I'll probably wait to get it.
 
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I've been avoiding spoilers for the most part, but as release is nearing, I was just wondering. . . .

is there anything indicating that the game will have heavy supernatural/horror elements later on? I love fromsoft games and Sekiro's gameplay looks fun, but being strictly grounded in historical realism seems like a bit of a turnoff to me
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I've been avoiding spoilers for the most part, but as release is nearing, I was just wondering. . . .

is there anything indicating that the game will have heavy supernatural/horror elements later on? I love fromsoft games and Sekiro's gameplay looks fun, but being strictly grounded in historical realism seems like a bit of a turnoff to me
yes
 
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I've been avoiding spoilers for the most part, but as release is nearing, I was just wondering. . . .

is there anything indicating that the game will have heavy supernatural/horror elements later on? I love fromsoft games and Sekiro's gameplay looks fun, but being strictly grounded in historical realism seems like a bit of a turnoff to me
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I've been avoiding spoilers for the most part, but as release is nearing, I was just wondering. . . .

is there anything indicating that the game will have heavy supernatural/horror elements later on? I love fromsoft games and Sekiro's gameplay looks fun, but being strictly grounded in historical realism seems like a bit of a turnoff to me
Tons of hints. As for the setting, it's inspired by history but it isn't trying to be realistic at all.
 
Nov 11, 2018
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I've been avoiding spoilers for the most part, but as release is nearing, I was just wondering. . . .

is there anything indicating that the game will have heavy supernatural/horror elements later on? I love fromsoft games and Sekiro's gameplay looks fun, but being strictly grounded in historical realism seems like a bit of a turnoff to me
I honestly don't know but I get the feeling that as the game progresses, it's gonna get pretty dark (kinda like bloodborne)

I'm probably wrong but i dont want to be
 
I'm really disappointed with some of the UI decisions in the game and hope to god we are able to tamper with some of them in the settings.

These white circles highlighting interactible items and NPC's are atrocious. I think the grappling point circle tends to jump all over the place way too much as well. The enemy alert markers would have been nice to turn off for immersion (optional).

A huge gripe I have with things like this is similar to what REMake 2 just did. What will happen is that while yes, you can turn off the HUD, you'll probably be fucked because the game was designed around the crutch of that giant green blob every where for example.

In short, without the contextual markers, there'll be no way to tell which enemy can be grappled during certain animations, grapple points are way too hard to make out in the environment from far away and so on. There won't be a reliable alternate in place and it blows my mind that, much like the idiotic floaty icons in REMake 2, they couldn't come up with a less incredibly intrusive and cheap looking way to highlight objects of interest.

Fucking hell, I'd prefer to go back to the 'shiny geometry' days over having these totally disjointed, flat circles floating over random areas of the screen. On top of that, I'm willing to bet we won't be able to customize certain aspects but simply be given the From choice of on/off/dynamic (or whatever they call it).

Cannot wait for this game but the whole HUD thing is a real shame especially considering how holistic and elegant their aesthetics in general tend to be.
 
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I wonder if a transparency option is feasible? Just so the grappling points are a little less conspicuous and distracting, at least in the environment. Those on enemies aren't as intrusive because they don't appear for very long.

It's too early to say whether the enemy alert markers are really necessary (I imagine it's situational, although they're included for a reason), but I wouldn't mind an option for those as well.
 
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A huge gripe I have with things like this is similar to what REMake 2 just did. What will happen is that while yes, you can turn off the HUD, you'll probably be fucked because the game was designed around the crutch of that giant green blob every where for example.

In short, without the contextual markers, there'll be no way to tell which enemy can be grappled during certain animations, grapple points are way too hard to make out in the environment from far away and so on. There won't be a reliable alternate in place and it blows my mind that, much like the idiotic floaty icons in REMake 2, they couldn't come up with a less incredibly intrusive and cheap looking way to highlight objects of interest.

Fucking hell, I'd prefer to go back to the 'shiny geometry' days over having these totally disjointed, flat circles floating over random areas of the screen. On top of that, I'm willing to bet we won't be able to customize certain aspects but simply be given the From choice of on/off/dynamic (or whatever they call it).

Cannot wait for this game but the whole HUD thing is a real shame especially considering how holistic and elegant their aesthetics in general tend to be.
I hear ya. There are parts of the HUD I like but just give me options. Something like God of War was great.



Stuff like this in the image below drives me crazy. That is like straight up wall-hack. If I miss something in there, it should be all on me for not exploring it even if it's a key item.

 
I hear ya. There are parts of the HUD I like but just give me options. Something like God of War was great.



Stuff like this in the image below drives me crazy. That is like straight up wall-hack. If I miss something in there, it should be all on me for not exploring it even if it's a key item.
I'm 100% with you on that, especially considering it's a From game, one of the last holdouts of making you actually work for the rewards.

Funny enough, GoW had so many HUD options yet you couldn't disable the incessant, stupidly big "X" prompts every time you approached a clearly-marked wall with runes all over them indicating you'd be able to climb it anyway. But, obviously I agree with your point. I'd love to see a menu like that in Sekiro and who knows, maybe it's more common sense in this case seeing how Souls/Bloodborne had much more limited UI items to begin with.
 
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I'm 100% with you on that, especially considering it's a From game, one of the last holdouts of making you actually work for the rewards.

Funny enough, GoW had so many HUD options yet you couldn't disable the incessant, stupidly big "X" prompts every time you approached a clearly-marked wall with runes all over them indicating you'd be able to climb it anyway. But, obviously I agree with your point. I'd love to see a menu like that in Sekiro and who knows, maybe it's more common sense in this case seeing how Souls/Bloodborne had much more limited UI items to begin with.
Oh yeah I remember that haha. I probably have to dig trough more preview footage to see if anyone actually accessed that part of the settings if it even was available in the preview build.
 
Oh yeah, absolutely. They've been running a lot of playtesting on the game so I'm sure some of the UI is based on that.
That actually gives me more hope that there'll be options to toggles certain aspects on and off in turn.

I think the easiest option would've been to make grappling points a distinct color in the environment, or maybe a distinct item like small lanterns with a glow...something that sticks out by its very nature.
 
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Yes... but. There are ways to affect the % of this proc, so it's a bit complicated as usual.

I don't know how I feel about Unseen Aid. I'll have to see it in action of course,but it's like they put it afterwards as a "sorry" for the death penalty

I have to admit I'm a bit concerned as well. Someone in other thread brought up the fact that Sekiro contains no alternative armor sets and pretty much no alternative weapons, which are usually the most detailed assets in the other games (since you get to look at them really closely and they also have to look nice for you to want to wear them) so that might account for some of it, considering even Bloodborne has a couple dozen sets and weapons. Also Sekiro is closer in file size to DS3 than BB, and I've always had the impression that DS3 is longer than BB.

I'd never pre-orderd a game from PSN before, and I don't know how the process works, and whether the 12.5GB accounts for the final ROM of the game once it's playable, or if it's a partial download so it can be preloaded and then the last 20-30% of the game is downloaded when it unlocks. Who knows.

Supposedly someone translated some of the Famitsu podcast linked in this thread, and it seemingly took one of the people in the podcast 13 hours to beat the final boss. But I wonder it that was misinterpreted and he meant to say that the whole game took him 13 hours to beat, which would be really disheartening. Unless someone in this thread understands Japanese and could confirm either way, we'll just have to wait and see.
Missing armor and weapon sets,as well as additional functionalities such as PvP and coop could certainly explain the difference in size. But in general,we can't judge a game's length by its file size,there are many factors that come into play. For example Bloodborne had the biggest size,but certainly was smaller than DS3 and didn't have that many weapons in comparison.
 
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I don't know how I feel about Unseen Aid. I'll have to see it in action of course,but it's like they put it afterwards as a "sorry" for the death penalty
The real question is who or what is providing divine aid. Why are they helping you, and what kind of actions increase or decrease it

From isn’t going to include a mechanic like that as an afterthought. It’s most definitely going to have narrative/lore implications
 
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This will be my first from game if it reviews above 82 or so I know thats silly and I should make my own opinion but there are so many games and im so busy otherwise as well.

Like what Ive seen from it so far.
 
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I mean if the game was 'only' 18 hours it would be fine by me. I don't need all games to be 100 hours.

That said, I'm sure is replayable to some capacity with the different endings and sidequests that you are sure to miss on the first time.

Also they mentioned already that the game length would be similar to BB. Don't freak out just with size files.
Although a 18 hour game isn't short per se,I would be dissapointed if Sekiro took less time to complete relative to the previous ones. For me all Souls games were almost exactly at the 30 hour mark with extensive exploration(with the exception of DS2 which was the lengthiest of them all) . So I will be dissapointed if I finish Sekiro in less than 30 hours

I may not have the skill to beat this game, but Imma try like hell.
Noone had the skill to beat a Souls game before they beat it. You gain the skill as you push through the game,you can't have it beforehand
 
I have never in my life played a Dark Souls game, nor have I played Bloodborne. I come from a different background of loving games like the Tenchu series growing up. This game looks very reminiscent of that. I already have it pre-ordered from Steam. All of you Soulsborne fans make it clear that I'm probably going to get my ass handed to me, but I think I'll have a lot of fun just because of the nostalgia factor alone!
 
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The grappling hook icons look like this, so it's either an item, npc or an idol but that doesn't matter. The whole point is I don't want the UI to tell me what's behind that wall.
The left shot is the grapple icon when you're not close to activating it, and the right is when you're actually on it and you can press the button to grapple.

It's not telling you what's behind the wall lol..
 
Oct 25, 2017
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The left shot is the grapple icon when you're not close to activating it, and the right is when you're actually on it and you can press the button to grapple.

It's not telling you what's behind the wall lol..
I hear ya. There are parts of the HUD I like but just give me options. Something like God of War was great.



Stuff like this in the image below drives me crazy. That is like straight up wall-hack. If I miss something in there, it should be all on me for not exploring it even if it's a key item.
What video is that from? Because I don't recall seeing an icon like that in the recent event gameplay.