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Sekiro is From Software's follow-up to Dark Souls III (2016). You play as a ninja in the Sengoku period (around 1500-1600 B.C.), in a world where magic and mysterious creatures exist alongside historical locations and characters. Sekiro has a focus on mobility, your Shinobi has a grappling hook, and can run and jump extremely fast. And of course, stealth is very important, and is key to dealing with certain encounters. The combat has a strong focus on parrying and counter-attacking, to such a degree that many enemies can only be defeated using parries. The sword-fights in this game have a realistic feel, as you take turns blocking and parrying attacks, and deliver a few deadly strikes to kill opponents. Sekiro seems like a spiritual sequel to Tenchu, a game series that From Software contributed to in 2004 with Tenchu: Fatal Shadows.
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    2019-03-08
  • 9487
    It's pretty clear that I'm going to play this very soon, so I preordered it for 438 DKK.
  • 2019-03-25
  • 9529
    Yesterday I came back from spending the weekend in Fjerritslev, and I was too tired to play. But today at 07:10, I was ready to start. I played the tutorial, lost my arm, trained with the zombie guy, and entered the first real area. This is very cool, and it seems that Tenchu wasn't made in vain.
  • 9530
    I started stumbling around the first area, managed to stealth kill the giant with the hammer, and found the Shuriken arm upgrade. The old lady's bell allowed me to visit a 'memory', which means I go back in time. This spooky area contained a vendor that sells some awesome stuff for fish scales. I managed to kill a couple of fish.
  • 9531
    The other part of this area contained both the fire and axe upgrades for my arm. And giant chickens.
  • 2019-03-26
  • 9532
    Spear guy has murdered me a bunch of times, and Dragonrot has set in among the NPCs. Very ominous and scary idea.
  • 9533
    I found a cool burning area by jumping up through a vertical tunnel. This sequence reminds me so much of Ninja Gaiden - it seems like an homage between fellow ninja game developers.
  • 2019-03-27
  • 9544
    The burning area had a very difficult boss fight with a giant drunken guy. I think I should either save that one for later, or methodically try my 3 different arm attacks to see if he's weak to something.
  • 9545
    I went back to Ashina Outskirts and made some progress, and encountered the Chained Ogre. He was extremely weak to fire, especially when dousing him in oil beforehand. It's a fun boss fight, and him doing pro wrestling moves makes it even more fun. There was a new area behind him, and possibly a secret area where he was, I'm not sure.
  • 2019-03-28
  • 9546
    I killed General Tenzen Yamauchi and am now 1 bead away from an upgrade. Maybe the spear guy should be my next target. I avoided the giant snake and reached the other side.
  • 9547
    Maybe I should try going back to Estate Path and fight Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen.
  • 9548
    I beat the Shinobi Hunter by stepping on his spear a couple of times. And now a new path opened up.
  • 9549
    I fought my way through the Bamboo Thicket, and reached a burning temple. I had saved up 3 skill points, and it looked like a boss fight, so I didn't enter. I'll have to come back here later.
  • 9550
    After gaining 4 levels to spend on 'Emma's Medicine: Potency', which upgrades your health gourd, I took over the castle at Ashina Outskirts, and encountered the horse-riding boss Gyoubu Oniwa. He killed me many times.
  • 9551
    I got him! I played very defensively and defeated Oniwa. I now get the ability level up my Attack Power, and to get Arm upgrades. And there is a new path with a couple of weird NPCs.
  • 9552
    Leveling up Attack Power requires 'confronting a memory', which I didn't dare do in my current tired state. However, I read online that it's not a repeat of the boss fight, which I was afraid of. I should do it immediately.
  • 2019-03-29
  • 9553
    I have to save up 1000 Sen to buy a Guord Seed from the Memorial Mob.
  • 2019-03-30
  • 9554
    I 'confronted the memory' which was just a menu. Nothing to be afraid of. :) I killed a bunch of guys to get enough Sen and buy a Gourd Seed from the Memorial Mob and upgrade my Gourd. I reached what looks like another boss fight, but didn't dare enter, I was too full of money.
  • 2019-04-01
  • 9555
    The Ashina Outskirts ended with a boss fight with the 'Blazing Bull', an enormous bull with burning wood strapped to its head. When I learned that I could parry his attacks, I quickly defeated the big animal.
  • 9556
    The Bull enabled access to Ashina Castle, and I found myself in the tutorial area where I was murdered by Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi, one of the Seven Ashina Spears. Deciding that it was a bit too difficult for me right now, I returned to the burning Hirata Estate and quickly defeated Juzou the Drunkard by setting him on fire over and over again.
  • 9557
    The purple cloaked ninja guy in the bamboo thicket seems to be guarding a new prosthetic. I need it.
  • 2019-04-06
  • 9576
    I found The Wolf's dying father in a burning building, and then reached Lady Butterfly, which I then fought for an hour before giving up. There must be an easier area I can try first.
  • 9577
    The roof of Ashina Castle had the crazy bird-men, including the ones that did suicide dives from a kite. Having already seen them in Tweets and YouTube videos, I vary carefully deflected the attack and avoided death. This led to what can only be described as a Tenchu level, where I was stealth killing soldiers inside a large building. The Ashina Elite Jinsuke Saze was too much for me, so I decided to take another route.
  • 9578
    After fighting the Seven Spear guy again and giving up, I found the Lone Shadow Longswordsman again, and gave up on him as well. I branched off the Ashina Reservoir, found the Gatehouse Key for a samurai gatehouse which is supposed to hold a cool item, and fought a crazy giant that tried to trap me inside a bell. This led to the Abandoned Dungeon, which was full of zombies. It led to the Underground Waterway, which led to a spooky monstrocity with blue light around it, probably a boss. I saved him for later, and swam through underground tunnels to an elevator that led to Senpou Temple.
  • 2019-04-07
  • 9579
    Another area very reminiscent of Tenchu, The Senpou Temple was infested by corrupted monks. A fun and beautiful area. I ended up curing Dragonrot for all NPCs, which means that I should probably make a round and check up on them. It might also be a good way to save up some money and unlock a few more abilities.
  • 2019-04-08
  • 9584
    I went back through a lot of the areas I visited earlier, but didn't get a lot out of talking to the NPCs. I did find a Prayer Bead and got another Vitality upgrade.
  • 2019-04-09
  • 9585
    I went back to Hirata Estate and talked to some more NPCs, and found a secret room with another Prayer Bead inside. Then I went back to Senpou Temple and killed some Mushroom Men. I found a secret passage to the horrible headless monstrocity that I have no intention of fighting now. I also found a bell that I'm afraid to ring, because I heard bad things about it. What is this game?
  • 9586
    I read that you can drop down in the Tenchu area to find a poison sword arm.
  • 2019-04-13
  • 9587
    I got the Sabimaru, the poison sword, and discovered a new location, the Old Grave. General Matsumoto was a bit much for me, I'll try him later. I tried fighting the Lone Shadow Longswordsman, who's in the location where you start the game, but he was too difficult. I also found the Loaded Spear. I went back to the Bamboo Thicket and fought the purple ninja guy there. I got him and found yet another prosthetic tool, the Mist Raven. After all this progress, I decided to have a go at Jinsuke Saze, the guy who does super-fast attacks with his Katana sheathed. He murdered me many times, but after I realized what this fight was trying to teach me, I got him: If he attacks twice in a row, I have to deflect twice as well. So two fast taps on L1 did the trick.
  • 9588
    I found an adorable little ninja guy who sold me an umbrella prosthetic tool. After that, I went back to Senpou Temple.
  • 9589
    I fought the Armored Warrior and pushed him out of a window (I learned from Jeppe that this was the only way to kill him). Then I found a temple with one of the passive zombie guys, but this one was infested by a horrible giant centipede. I think centipedes are the symbol of corruption in Sekiro.
  • 9590
    Lady Butterfly was extremely difficult, but after re-learning when to jump and when to dodge, using the shuriken arm to shoot her down, and using the great umbrella arm to shield against her annoying homing butterflies, I finally managed to beat her.
  • 9602
    I started my attack on Genichiro Ashina, the man who took Wolf's arm. He's difficult, but not impossibly so.
  • 9603
    Genichiro wasn't bad ... until I discovered he had a *third* phase, with new attacks including lightning attacks. Horrible.
  • 2019-04-16
  • 9601
    Although I'm arguably too tired to play, I still defeated General Matsumoto and got 4 Prayer Beads to level up once more.
  • 9604
    After watching a LobosJR video, I learned about the Sunken Valley, which was right under my nose. I started assaulting the Gun Fort.
  • 2019-04-20
  • 9622
    I think I got through the Gun Fort, defeating both the 'Long-arm Centipede Giraffe' (???) and Snake Eyes Shirafuji.
  • 9623
    In the room after the Centipede boss, there is a locked door, which I apparently need to defeat Genichiro to unlock. I guess I have my work cut out for me.
  • 2019-04-21
  • 9624
    I took another stab(!) at Genichiro and after a few tries, ended up defeating him with a third round of panicked slashing.
  • 9625
    I defeated the Folding Screen Monkeys, a stealth boss fight.
  • 9626
    I talked to a girl in a temple, who gave me the Mortal Blade, which should be able to 'slay the undying'. I gave her a 'Sakura Droplet', which gave me an extra resurrection. Kuro gave me the Gun Fort Shrine Key, which allowed access to the Riven Cave, which opened up to a large area full of monkeys with katanas and guns. These monkeys are getting a bit too clever.
  • 9627
    The Poison Pool had an annoying encounter with yet another Snake Eyes character, which I cheesed using poison. I fought and killed the Guardian Ape, but then something horrible happened. I would rather not talk about it.
  • 9628
    I would like to go back to the Abandoned Dungeon to check on a guy that I sent there (he's probably dead), and Senpou Temple. I should bring rice from the girl to the old lady, I think.
  • 9629
    I did those things and killed the Giant Serpent and cut out its heart, which is described as a 'fruit', which is disgusting. I can kill the centipede monks now with the Mortal Blade, which is nice.
  • 9630
    The Guardian Ape is supposed to 'contain' the final prosthetic tool.