With the start of the LEC and the injection of new teams, players and management, there has been a tonne of hype. Dramatic off-season changes, new ‘super teams’ and the return of fan favourites Origen have given us all questions: Will the old guard remain dominant? Which super team will come out on top? Who will step up and who, will fall down? It is expected that coming off the best European Worlds run in years, hopes for the LEC would be high. In this article I seek to examine the validity of the hype and temper rampant excitement. Continue reading “Will franchising be good for the level of competition in the LEC in the short term?”
Tuning into the EU Masters for the first day of the Play Ins 2019 I wasn’t sure what to expect from Diabolus. Despite being the regular season champions of the UKLC, they had been clean swept by FNC Rising in the Play Off’s. Continue reading “Diabolus: An early surprise in the EU Masters.”
Sekiro is a game with its fair share of challenge, some have called for an easy mode. I don’t think it needs one. With this being said, if you’ve picked up the game and are struggling here are some tips to help you go from struggling to a Shinobi of legend.
- First up on the docket is blocking, or more specifically parrying. In Miyazaki’s previous games parrying was one style of play that you could opt into. In Sekiro, to truly take advantage of the posture system you are going to want to parry whenever it is safe to do so. There are also some latent skills you can get from the Ashina Tome, to increase how much posture damage you do should you successfully parry. This style comes with its own risks, but once practised can make foes their own worst enemies.
- Don’t be greedy. I can’t stress this piece of advice enough. I’ve died more times than I can count trying to push that posture bar over the edge so I can win, or perform a deathblow. It’s better to wait a few extra seconds, make sure you dodge the next attack thrown your way and then respond accordingly. Posture does not decrease immediately and with the damage bosses and normal mobs can deal, it’s not worth tanking the hits. Control the battle, desperate hacking is the kind of thing that bosses will turn against you.
- Spend your Sen. Whilst dying doesn’t potentially cost you everything, every death will cost you half of the sen you have on your person at that time. (instances of Unseen Aid excluded.) This is the easiest way to make sure that you are topped up on spirit emblems, so my advice would be to make sure that you spend these regularly unless you are saving for a specific item. Prosthetic tools are useful and fighting without them can give you headaches. From experience you want a stockpile for bosses, some of them will kick your ass and it pays to be prepared.
- Take your time to explore. The levels are sprawling both vertically and horizontally. Successfully clearing an area doesn’t mean you found the best way through. Clear areas multiple times, looking for paths and items. It wont just make your current playthrough easier, but will help you traverse any future playthroughs.
- The fifth piece of advice I have for you is this. You will die, accept it, learn from it, progress. This has been important with all games in the ‘soulsborne’ universe but they allowed you experiment with weapons and armour. Sekiro is not so kind. You get good at playing the way the game wants you to, or you don’t progress. If you get frustrated with the game then this game will be soul crushing, but with some patience, analysis and a willingness to work with the game, you will prevail.
Let me know if any of these tips help you on your adventures! If you have any further tips please put them in the comments below.
If you’d like to watch me learning the game, perhaps see some of it for yourself, come check out my stream! I live stream most days and you can bet Sekiro is currently at the top of my list!
On the 22nd of March 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was released. The following is a summation of my thoughts about 30 hours into playing. Continue reading “Sekiro: A Staggering New IP.”
Have you ever wished you could go back and experience your favourite game for the first time with fresh eyes. Well, while that remains impossible, a dedicated modder has created the next best thing for fans of Dark Souls, the Daughters of Ash mod. Continue reading “Dark Souls: Daughters of Ash. What is it?”
That Starcraft 2 is a dead game has been said several times with varying levels of accuracy. What has never changed is that the game has maintained a small but dedicated group of dedicated content producers and fans, seeing resurgences with every new expansion. Continue reading “Starcraft Two: The game that keeps on giving.”
It is no secret that Anthem has launched to less that positive reviews with the general consensus being that the fundamentals are there but lacking the polish and depth that the majority of reviewers and consumers were looking for. I haven’t played Anthem yet, holding off to see what the live service model looks like in the coming months and for more time to scope it out. As such the focus of this article will be on the live service model in general and the slow degradation of games pumped out by the Industry and in particular ‘AAA’ Publishers. Continue reading “Anthem:Asymptom of consumer apathy?”