Sifu – A surprise game of the year contender!

Out of nowhere this game hits the PlayStation 5, I looked at it on a whim, having no idea what it was about, just that it looked pretty cool and it came from the Absolver developers. I’m so glad I got this game, it has completely absorbed pretty much all of my game time since it hit about four days ago. This might be a polarizing game to many but I implore you to give it a chance. Here’s why I love this game.

Difficulty. This game is difficult as hell. I thought this would be a standard beat-em-up but boy was I wrong. I guess you could call it a souls-like game but that just implies that it’s extremely difficult, and don’t get me wrong, it is but I’d go as far as saying it belongs in it’s own genre. Let’s talk about the difficulty for a bit.

Like I said, this game is hard, but it’s not hard in a bad game design way, or unfair hard. It’s hard because the enemies are relentless, they all have their patterns, patterns that you have to learn. You will die, and die a lot learning everything. You have to be pretty spot on with your moves, if you mess up, you will get punished, but, you won’t flat out die. The bosses, those damn bosses. The bosses are the ones you really have to be on your game for. Screw up here and you will lose. Next up…

Satisfaction. When everything clicks, and you’re doing everything right. You are taking on groups with finesse, with aplomb, you feel this synergy, this amazing feeling, that everything is under control. You know exactly what you are doing, exactly which moves to pull off, which combos to do, you are ducking the enemies attacks, almost like you know what they are going to do before they do it, and trust me, after so much repetition learning the levels, YOU WILL know what they will attack with next. As I wrote in another post of mine, this game puts you in the gaming zone!

I can already tell, this one will be with me for a long time. I can go on and on about this feeling that Sifu creates with you but I don’t think you’d want to read about all my gushing. This next one is a little hard to talk about but I’ll try.

Music. The music is pretty cool, some of it sounding, Wu-Tang like. It really fits but I’ll be honest, I focus so much on the gameplay that the music is secondary to my senses. The second level, The Club, really sticks out. There’s this hypnotizing beat that plays, it really goes well with the game putting you in an almost trance-like groove. I’m going to have to listen to this outside of gameplay to really understand how good it is.

That’s all I have to say at the moment, but I’ll be sure to write more about this treasure of a game soon. Thanks for reading!

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