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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Danielle’s Top Ten Games of 2019

What a year, what a year! 2019 is a year that I started in a job where I did full time games/movies/entertainment coverage, had a mid-year shift, then finished up by moving here to Fanbyte and going back to doing full time games/movies/entertainment coverage! So, there are a couple of…

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A New Bloodborne & 4 Other Titles From Software Should Announce Next

After years of making action and mech games, From Software created Demon’s Souls: its punishing-yet-intricate twisted, fantasy opus. Instead of releasing a sequel, however, the studio made Dark Souls. That game imbued the concepts of Demon’s Souls into a darker, medieval setting. Bloodborne came soon after, ratcheting up the Souls games’ rhythms to fit into…

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The Science of Difficulty with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware has produced some of the most difficult games of recent memory and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. The discourse surrounding accessibility and difficulty is a vital one. The right answer here, of course, is accessibility is good. Period. That said, video producer Frank has put together this fascinating…

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3 Reasons I Bounced Off Soulsborne and How Sekiro Flips the Script

I’m a serial bouncer-offer of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls and Bloodborne games. I adore how bizarre these games are. I love this stuff. I don’t love playing these games, though, which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and didn’t put it down a couple hours later with…

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Sekiro Boss Guide: Tips for How to Beat Genichiro Ashina

Genichiro Ashina is what you might call a “skill check” in the course of Sekiro. Your first “real” boss fight against him is the game’s way of saying you need to be prepared for what’s next. As such, it will test a variety of your abilities: parries, the Mikiri Counter,…

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Dragon Rot Cure Guide: How to Receive Unseen Aid in Sekiro

Dragon Rot is tricky stuff. The nasty affliction can severely impact your progress in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. That’s because it lowers your Unseen Aid (the chance that you won’t lose gold and XP when you die). Dragon Rot is also incredibly scary, at first, since you have no idea…

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Fanwidth Episode 009: The One All About Sekiro

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a helluva game. To explain exactly why, we brought on Fanbyte’s resident fixer: Andrew “Ray Donovan” Whitmore. Steven has played a lot more of the game, but Andrew went and spoiled himself by watching a playthrough online. Don’t worry, though! We pretty much avoid spoilers…

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Sekiro Prosthetic Tools Guide: Every Shinobi Tool & Location

You definitely want to grab every Prosthetic Tool in Sekiro. These unique items transform into incredibly powerful weapons, which can be further upgraded as you proceed throughout the game. Some — like the Shinobi Firecracker — trivialize certain bosses. Others merely make moving through the world a much easier, more pleasant experience.…

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How to Beat the Headless in Sekiro: Ashina Outskirts – Tips, Strategies & Location

Perhaps you’ve already encountered the Headless in Sekiro. Perhaps you’re even one of the unlucky few that ran into this mini-boss very early in the game — after taking a secret route in the Ashina Outskirts. Well, you’re in for quite the fight. The Headless is a savage boss that’s going…

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Sekiro Boss Guide: Tips on How to Beat Lady Butterfly

Sekiro doesn’t actually feature as many full-on boss battles as other From Software games. Unlike Dark Souls and Bloodborne, it uses these moments to punctuate major story beats, while the world itself is littered with deadly mini-bosses. But that just makes each “real” battle all the more iconic. And few…

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Sekiro Boss Guide: Tips on How to Beat Ashina Elite – Jinsuke Saze

Sekiro will sorely test every player’s reflexes and tactics — again and again and again. And nowhere is that more obvious than during one of the game’s many boss fights (or mini-boss fights, as the case may be). One such example is the deceptively powerful enemy called Ashina Elite –…

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Sekiro Shinobi Firecracker Guide: Where to Find the Crow’s Bed Memorial Mob

The Shinobi Firecracker is one of the best, most versatile tools in Sekiro. And you can find it very early on in the game! But it’s not on the critical path or in plain sight, like the Shinobi Axe or Flame Vent. You need to do some searching. Don’t worry,…

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Sekiro Boss Guide: Tips on How to Beat Juzou the Drunkard

Many of the most stressful battles in Sekiro aren’t actually boss fights. They’re more like mini-bosses with their own special set of rules. One of the earliest — and most daunting — of these encounters occurs at the Hirata Estate. In order to proceed through the time-displaced region, you must learn how…

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Sekiro Treasure Carp Scales Guide: Pot Noble Harunaga, Location, & Upgrades

Sekiro is easily one of the hardest games From Software has made to date. Which is why you’re going to want every advantage at your disposal. That means collecting every consumable, unlocking every upgrade, and maybe buying a lot of extra help from friends. Thankfully, there are a number of…

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