Five Tips to stop you Dying Twice in Sekiro:

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.

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  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4.  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.
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  5. 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!

https://www.twitch.tv/shieldbroski

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Why I’ve found writing a script useful:

As I mentioned in the last update I’ve been writing a Sitcom script for a university assessment. Whilst something I am brand new to, I have found that it has improved my writing for other projects and helped with writers block. As such I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on why I’ve found it helpful. Continue reading “Why I’ve found writing a script useful:”

Writing Update: Re-structuring

Progress:

In my last post I talked about the editing process and what I would be doing to improve my first draft.  Having done a good chunk of reading, collating feedback and re-writing over the last couple of days I thought I’d update you all on my progress. So far I’ve learned a few important things. Continue reading “Writing Update: Re-structuring”

Writing Update:First drafts

I’ve just completed my first draft for my dissertation with a little over a month to go to the deadline. I’ll be honest, I’m more excited about the project now than when I sat down to write it. Usually I don’t have this problem with my creative projects; I sit down hammer out whatever it is that is in my head and then when the novel or short story is finished I run away from it until it’s time to edit. Continue reading “Writing Update:First drafts”

Writing Journal: Dissertation

To be honest although I’ve had two months to get on with my dissertation I must somewhat unhappily admit that I haven’t done nearly as much work on it as I wanted to. Life got in the way. Continue reading “Writing Journal: Dissertation”

Writing Update:

Hullo!

Hugh here with a quick update as to the projects I am currently working on. I’ve got two major projects on the boil at the moment, both of them assessments for my MA one of which I am a little less certain of than the other.

My dissertation project, which I’ll talk about first is fairly simple in premise; take the High Fantasy genre that I love and adore, and update it using allegory. To do this I am taking recent events, tragedies and disasters, studying them and the effects that they had and implementing a version of this in my novel.  (Sadly the world is throwing me a number options but more on that later.) For example Grenfell tower will become a slum wide fire reflecting the poverty of the area and the responses to this will be based on arguments made by politicians, landlords and survivors of the Grenfell tower fire. Obviously it wont be word for word but a general gist or sentiment will hopefully be distilled should I be successful. For this I am completely revamping an old universe to the point of non recognition, the only thing it has in common is names at this point, will likely post some draft work when I have something I would consider half way decent to show.

The second project is for a module assessment and for this I was hoping to do a false biography focusing on different experiences of Troy or the Trojan war growing up. Taking the reader through from cartoon books to studying the Iliad for an A Level in classical civilisation. I’m still not 100% sure how I’m going to approach this, or whether or not this will be the final idea. Right now I’m leaning towards having a narrator introduce the different experiences interspersed with bits of prose and biographical style writing, but we shall see how that goes.

Outside of these two project the main form of writing I am doing is the blog, I’m trying to get at least two posts up a week at present, maybe more depending on how much of a backlog I’ve built up at any one given time.

So that’s me, what about you? Are you writing anything? Let me know in the comments section below.

Take it easy guys!
Over and out.

Your Lie in April: A review

Your Lie in April is an experience that leaves you both enchanted and bereft as you explore the colours of binary piano keys and the complex relationships and histories of its characters. Hard hitting and thought provoking from the get go Your Lie in April is well worth the time it takes to watch. 

Continue reading “Your Lie in April: A review”