Sekiro and the question of good game design

Honestly, this is something I wanted to speak about for quite a while and it’s not going to be about how the new FroSoft being hacks or any derogatory rants about the Souls series or anything like that. I did it for months and it doesn’t help, especially since the problem is something else when it comes to Sekiro. I’m not a fan of the Soulsborne series, even though I do like Demon’s Souls and liked it for its sense of a knight facing off against Lovecraftian entities into what I can only call a 3D Castlevania experience but with Berserk references instead of JoJo ones. Before we move on, I’ll say this : it’s a shame that people don’t credit Demon’s as much and only default to Dark Souls, given it was more casual, more accessible and more distributed game so the masses and more importantly the figureheads they annex and follow, be they journalists or another type of public figure like a Wiki moderator or a youtuber or even a streamer, attribute to it those ideas and influence while making it the superstar it is today, for reasons that weren’t exactly the focus of Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne was a good direction though, I’ll give them that. Sekiro is very unique though, because it’s tainted by the very DNA of a series people believed for almost an entire console generation, if not more, that it is the height of gaming design and of a good, challenging hard game when it is this very same Dark Soul that holds back a very decent action game with ninjas, both in ideas an execution.
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Taking it back.

I’ve had it. From monkey pawing my own ideas, designs and wishes to haveing actually good games come out(remasters don’t count Vanquish, you were always awesome), I still won’t give console devs money but I’ll be damned if I don’t see hidden dreams and wishes come true with a few new games that came out, like Nier Automata. But mark my words, no games will make me change my mind about the consoles. Continue reading

Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.08 : Hope Estheim

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the hope of Cocoon, Hope Estheim.
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Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.07 : Oerba Yun Fang

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the Lady of Ragnarok, Oerba Yun Fang.
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Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.06 : Zack Fair

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you SOLDIER, Class First, Zack Fair.
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Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.05 : Ritz Malheur

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the bossy class head from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Ritz Malheur.
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Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.04 : Marche Radiuju

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the New Kid in town from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Marche Radiuju. Continue reading

Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.03 : Shadow

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the Assassin with a heart of gold from Final Fantasy VI, Shadow.
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Create a Character Dissidia Edition – Vol.02 : Auron

I love the Dissidia games immensely, especially the second one, Dissidia 012 Duodecim. So, as you can guess, I want to contribute to the game and its community and try and “create” a new character for it. For this instalment, I give you the Samurai mentor from Final Fantasy X, Auron.
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