Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review – Our first impressions

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review – Our first impressions

We’ve been able to get our hands on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for PS4… and so has everyone else. We don’t get advance copies of games for PS4 yet ;(

But anyway, the game is pretty amazing on all levels that I (Tom) can tell. Let’s break it down with a few categories:

Art

First things first, the art of Sekiro.

The game takes place in a feudal japan-looking, snowy, mountainous landscape. The buildings are very typical to those you would find in feudal Japan. The ridged rooftops you’ve seen 100 times in games that take place in this time period – one of my personal favorite historical eras.

The graphics go for a very realistic, somewhat gritty feel and i think they nail it right on the head. It looks good.

The graphics style kind of reminds me of Metal Gear if you wanted to compare it to something aside from Dark Souls. It’s kind of hard to describe. It’s stiff and rigid, but in a good way that helps it feel more realistic.

Overall gameplay

If you love getting fuckin absolutely destroyed over and over like the sick sadistic person you are then this game will butter your biscuit for sure.

You will fight your way to each checkpoint and when you finally get to it there is no feeling quite as good.

The punishing combat and stiff difficulty really make each fight feel like it holds weight. I really enjoy that kind of thing in my games so that works for me. If you’re more into the easygoing narrative type of game or like the idea of participation trophies, this game probably isn’t your speed.

Combat System

If you’ve ever played dark souls or any other game by this developer, you pretty much know the deal. Honestly, you can identify this combat system in a way more games than that. Seems every adventure game has pretty much been biting this the style of Japanese and super gangster developers From Software

Wielding the razor-sharp katana of a badass shinobi has never felt quite so good. Dodge, roll, jump and slash your way across feudal Japan fighting everything from samurai to some pretty friggin scary monsters if I do say so myself.

The last good ninja game we had was that game from like 10 years ago called “ninja” or something like that. Way too lazy to look that up right now but you know what I’m talking about…. That game was fire.

The fighting is ruthlessly punishing, as you’d expect from a game made by the guys who brought you dark souls.

Movement

One way that Sekiro is better than Dark Souls lies in the movement system. It’s never felt quite so good to jump in one of these kinds of games. You have control of your character in the air and can use aerial attacks and grapple to high places. The stealth of the game is one of the most viable ways to play, which is pretty awesome if you’re into stealth kills and sneaking around.

Stealth

The stealth gameplay in Sekiro makes for a pretty awesome change of pace when comparing to dark souls. You can move through bushes while crouched to remain undetected like a real shinobi would do it. You can also pull off some crazy looking kills on the people you pounce on, stabbing your katana through their throat or skull and watching the blood shoot out. Extremely satisfying.

The blood gets on you too and splatters on walls, etc. Im a big fan of violent games and movies, so this really did it for me.

More to come

If you’re into Sekiro and want to see more, lock in to Sweatpants Gaming and wait patiently for us to drop some new stuff. It’s always on the way.

We’ve been making tons of improvements to our platform in preparation for that sweet sweet viral piece of content we have coming pretty much any way now.

Stay rocking those sweats my guys.

[SPG] Tom

Here’s my Obligatory Post About Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Here’s my Obligatory Post About Call of Duty Black Ops 4

 

thrilledYay. Another one, I don’t know how many people out there will feel the same way, but I’m honestly just tired of Call of Duty titles. It could be a combination of a few things maybe it’s my teenage years Halo over COD bias, the abundance of COD titles over the years, or the stale state of COD games for about the past 10 years. In any case, as I read through the countless reviews and speculations of BLOPS 4 I can’t hide my indifference.

Usually, I get excited about most game releases even if it’s one I know I won’t play because I want to check out a specific game mode or some aspect of the game. Or I’m just interested in the route the game is going. Now, I have to admit, I wasn’t even mildly excited for BLOPS 4. Personally, I feel like COD has just run its course.  Anyway, here’s my brief first impression.

First Impression:

OMG yes! They are adding a battle royale mode! And wait they’re really going to add a 5v5 with tactical roles? No freaking way! One thought go through my mind when I heard and read these types of comments, like, just really? Is it not enough to take one popular game mode, you really must try and exactly mimic 2 of the most popular games from the past few years? Are they really going to do it better than Overwatch & Fortnite/Pubg? I have my doubts.

BLOPS 4Hey, listen, I get it – you have to adjust and grow with the times, but how about some originality? Some of you are probably rolling your eyes at this point because whatever most games take aspects of other and make it their own. There’s no bigger example this year than Fortnite and Pubg, but in my opinion, it was a great opportunity to truly use Fortnite’s build system already in-game fighting mechanics. It adds a full new dynamic to the mode. Now, sure COD will undoubtedly throw some new twists into the fray, but it just doesn’t seem genuine to me. Who knows? It might surprise me, but it’s safe to say I won’t be overly anxious to get into this one.

 

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Tilted is Being Repaired and That is Friggin’ Awesome!

Tilted is Being Repaired and That is Friggin’ Awesome!

The kid (and the adult) in me is going wild today. After the latest update, which was implemented last night, Tilted Towers is being repaired. The giant crater that had been in the middle of Tilted is now patched over with a truck sitting on top of it. Now while it doesn’t sound all that exciting it’s a sign of things to come. I’m a big proponent of map changes as often as possible. It keeps things from becoming stale while not completely overhauling any bit of the game. Some people have been calling for other maps, so there’s some variance, but honestly, as long as they continuously update the original I don’t see a need for additional maps. It also keeps the balance between casual players and experienced players since casual players won’t have to learn all the “in’s and out’s” of each new map that comes out. This strategy also has a hidden benefit too – the devs can manage the drop rate of certain places. If somewhere gets too “hot” they can simply add in or take away that spot causing a shift in drop rates. This could be huge for balance and competition.

EpicEpic Games

Epic is seriously firing on all cylinders. Every time I have doubts about Fortnite they deliver better than I could imagine. I think they are truly paving the way for a new way of developing games. They listen to their community and then pump out tremendous content. Every time I thought something was going to be cheesy it is delivered in a very well thought out.

Keep up the good work Epic!

It’s Actually Impressive How Much I Don’t Hate the Thanos Game Mode in Fortnite

It’s Actually Impressive How Much I Don’t Hate the Thanos Game Mode in Fortnite

For starters, I’m typically someone who resists most trends coming down the pike and try to stay true to the original in most cases. I’ll be honest when I first heard about this Thanos game mode and immediately rolled my eyes. Yes, just like a high school girl and if  I’m being honest there was probably groan in there too. I just couldn’t imagine it not being some annoying, cheesy game mode that I’d play once or twice and then never to be played again. I thought Fortnite was just going to start taking on promotions left and right, and they eventually might, but hey if they’re all this good – why not?

Well, I will admit I was wrong. That’s usually a tough thing for me to do because I’m a pretty headstrong dude. EPIC knocked it out of the park again, they decided to speed up the circle and the storm and they also decided to make the storm much more deadly. I could be slightly off, but it’s roughly -10 health every second or so. All this means they force you to fight and fight right off the bat. If you survive the initial craziness, you’ll find yourself squaring off with the Mad Titan himself Thanos!

1v1 you can just about forget about trying to take him down yourself. Unless the person grabbing the gauntlet is just whack as hell and has zero awareness of course. The thing is you can’t even rely on pot shots from a distance because as soon as he gets a sight of you he’ll jump across the circle and thunder punch you into your grave.

Thanos

The best aspect of this game, in my opinion, is the feeling of everyone teaming up on this OP titan. One game I played, the gauntlet fell in Tilted Towers and it was at this point I’ve never seen more bullets flying at any other point in playing Fortnite. It was borderline hysterical. There was basically an unspoken bond between us non-Thanos players do whatever we can to we to take him down. We did actually take him down pretty quickly, I’d love to claim like I did a ton of damage myself, but I’m not sure with only one snipe for about 40ish shield damage I can say anything at all. Nonetheless, I survived the first couple of run-ins with Thanos and eventually made it to top 10, but sadly Thanos didn’t take mercy on me.

Anyway, kudos to EPIC I feel like they simply can’t miss right now. Any type of complaint or suggestion at least gets tried or implemented. Their community interaction is seriously unmatched. I think they are fully paving the way in that department. Take notes everyone else! Here’s a link to perhaps my favorite example of community interaction good ole’ Orange Justice.

P.S Here’s to hoping for a Superheroes game with character creations and fighting style modeled just the way they did for Thanos.

 

 

Fortnite: Be Prepared To Be Thoroughly Pissed Off

Fortnite: Be Prepared To Be Thoroughly Pissed Off

I’ve got to be honest, I’ve been on board with nearly every update they’ve put out. I mean, at least to me, it really seems like Epic has fun with their product. Now with that being said – what were they thinking with the latest update?! I appreciate the fun and goofy style that has gripped millions of gamers, but I also genuinely appreciated the skill it takes to reign supreme in Fortnite. With this latest guided missile system, the only skill it takes is to hide long enough to drive your missile around until you find someone an absurd amount of distance away and kaboom! they’re dead. I’m just hoping that they make it super rare because there’s very little skill needed to be good with this. Even the famous YouTuber “Ninja” put up a clip winning a match using it. The clip went something like this – The unknown player works hards to get the center of the circle and starts to build up their base for the final showdown. All the while Ninja is laughing and hiding under something knowing the inevitability of what he’s about to do. Then just as the unknown player is building his fort…a guided missile comes rocketing through the air, twisting and turning along the way right to its final destination several feet from the player and causing a kill with splash damage, not even a direct hit. I would’ve freaked out honestly. This weapon just seems so cheesy to me and I’d hate to see this game take that route. I included the trailer, so you guys can take a look for yourself. Let me know below if you agree or disagree!