- "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice," the latest game from the creators of "Dark Souls," is one of the most difficult video games ever made.
- It’s also incredibly rewarding when you learn to master it.
- If you’re struggling, this guide can help you push through — you’ll be happy you did.
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"Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice," from the Japanese game studio From Software, is one of the most difficult video games ever made.
It’s also one of the most rewarding gaming experiences out there.
Like previous From Software games, like "Dark Souls" or "Bloodborne," "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is all about exploration and persistence. You’re given a massive interconnected world to discover, which is filled with lore and secrets, but progressing through that world means tough enemies that get progressively harder and more complex.
What’s so good about "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is that it forces you to break habits you’ve picked up from other video games, even past From Software titles, in order to succeed. The game can feel unforgiving, but there’s usually a point where it all clicks, and difficult areas and bosses become pushovers.
If you’re struggling with "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice," we’ve put together a short guide of 15 tips and tricks to help you master the game.
1. Learn to deflect. You cannot beat this game by attacking alone.
"Sekiro Shadows Die Twice"/Activision
Unlike other games developed by From Software, the makers of "Dark Souls" and "Bloodborne," you can’t simply dodge enemies and hit them when there’s an opening. You won’t win that way.
Deflecting is learned early on, but it’s absolutely crucial in "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice." Pressing the block button at the moment you are getting hit will not only block 90% of attacks, but it will also break down the posture of your enemy. If their posture bar fills up from your deflections, you can perform a death blow, which is usually a one-hit kill.
When fighting the game’s later bosses, you simply won’t win unless you’re deflecting their attacks, so practice on the game’s smaller enemies, and practice often.
2. Wait for the enemy’s attack to begin before you block or parry it.
"Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice"/FromSoftware
You’ll get in trouble with this game if you try to act too early. Maybe you see a sword about to be swung, and you get nervous and try blocking or dodging or swinging back out of anticipation. Don’t do that. Wait until an attack actually comes to your character before you block or parry it. The timing here can be the difference between a perfect parry or your death.
3. Attacking and blocking fills up your own posture bar, but don’t stop deflecting even if it fills up.
It might get scary when a boss is right in your face, swinging a giant sword. Blocking these attacks will build up your own posture, and if it fills up all the way and breaks, you’ll need to catch your breath, which gives enemies an opening to attack you.
But there’s an interesting twist to this: Even if your posture builds up all the way, it will not break as long as you’re deflecting attacks on time. And even if you miss the timing on a block and your posture does break, it’s usually not as bad as it seems. If you’re not attacked right away, your posture bar will start fresh and you can fill it up all over again.
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