Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is a Meditation on Letting Go of Fan Expectations

You’d be forgiven for thinking we’re in a “meta moment” for games and film right now. The Matrix Resurrections revived Neo and Trinity for an evisceration of the original trilogy, and it’s coming up on two years since Final Fantasy VII Remake’s heroes fought back against audience expectations — literally…

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Behind the Blindfold: How a Sekiro Speedrunner Parried Visual Feedback

Imagine playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoft’s seminal 2019 action game, without anything but audio and your own memory to guide you. Facing all those bosses, engaging in those tough fights, and exploring the various danger-filled caverns and fortresses with nothing but faith that the game will not act in an…

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Elden Ring Looks Like It Learned a Lot From Sekiro

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice often seems like the most divisive modern From Software game, even as it paves the way for the hotly anticipated Elden Ring. The creators of Dark Souls almost completely abandoned the idea of player “builds” in Sekiro — finishing a sacrifice initiated in the faster-paced Bloodborne.…

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Will Get a Free Update This Week

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting an update that might tempt you to return to its world later this week. The various new features will roll out on Oct. 28 and will be included in the upcoming Game of the Year version. The update, which is free, will include new…

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The Story of Sekiro Expands With a Manga About Hanbei the Undying

Despite being (in this writer’s estimation) the best action game From Software has ever made, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice didn’t light the world on fire the way Dark Souls and Bloodborne did in their days. The brutally difficult battle through a fictionalized feudal Japan never received any DLC, either. That’s…

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Steven’s Top 10 Games of the Year – 2019 Edition

2019 marked the first, full year of Fanbyte. It was also my first, full year as a full-time employee of literally anything. After nine years as a freelancer (some of which was spent juggling multiple part-time jobs) I finally found a place where I belong. The team seems to agree,…

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