Tag: Dark Souls

Top 10 Games 2019 – #2: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Only a few years ago, I considered From Software’s Dark Souls series, and its spiritual successors, to be utterly unapproachable. It took a lot of poking, prodding, and watching Let’s Plays before I got the nerve to jump into the series. But now, they’re are some of my favorite gaming experiences of all time. Fast-forward…

Ashen and the Anatomy of a Soulslike

It’s impossible for me to assess Ashen and its design decisions in a vacuum. This is partly because it wasn’t created in one: elements of its story and design are direct responses to their analogues in the Souls series. Ashen demonstrates how the Dark Souls formula provides a backdrop for interesting ideas, but can also obscure or dampen a game’s own identity….

Death’s Gambit is an Intriguing 2D Soulslike

It’s a new week, and a new Metroidvania released. This one is Death’s Gambit, the debut release from developer White Rabbit. Except, it turns out, that Death’s Gambit is even less of a Metroidvania that Dead Cells, which I reviewed last week. While it does feature a large, interconnected world with unlockable shortcuts, it does not have…