The Ultimate Challenge

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, made by FromSoftware, the creators of Dark Souls, is a game for those who love precision and speed. Set in late 1500s Japan, this game offers a tough but rewarding journey.

Mastery Over Levels

Get ready, speedrunners—this isn’t an average game. Sekiro puts you in the role of ‘the one-armed wolf,’ equipped with deadly tools and ninja skills. The gameplay requires mastering stealth, climbing, and direct combat. Unlike Dark Souls, it focuses on skill-based progression rather than grinding for levels.

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Speedrunning Highlights

A great feature for speedrunners is the Reflection and Gauntlet of Strength modes. These let you practice and perfect your strategies against the game’s toughest enemies. There is also room for glitch exploitation and route optimization, adding more strategy to each run.

Skill-Based Combat

Sekiro shines with its intense, skill-based combat. Every move matters. Mastering complex patterns and defeating tough bosses feels amazing. The Remnants feature—multiplayer messages and recordings—allows players to leave tips and strategies, which are helpful for perfecting a run.

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Challenges and Frustrations

Sekiro’s steep difficulty curve can be a turn-off, even for experienced gamers. Without a leveling system, you can’t reduce the challenge except through practice, which may frustrate impatient players. The game’s rigid combat can feel harsh. Small mistakes can ruin a run, which can be disheartening.

Immersive Experience

Despite its difficulty, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a top action-adventure game. The gripping story is rich with Japanese lore and history. The stunning graphics capture the harsh beauty of its setting. Well-developed characters add emotional depth to your quest for revenge.

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Conclusion

Sekiro’s awards, including Game of the Year 2019 and IGN’s Best Action Game of 2019, are well-deserved. For speedrunners who love high stakes, precise execution, and a tough challenge, this game is a must-play.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Recommendation

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice earns a solid 4 stars. Its demanding speedrunning potential and masterful design elevate it to a lofty status. This journey is only for the most dedicated and proficient gamers.

Useful Gaming Tip for Beginners

Tip: Focus on mastering the parry mechanic early. Perfecting your timing with deflections is crucial to overcoming Sekiro’s toughest battles and optimizing your speedrun strategy.

Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.