Hi guys! Today I will talk about Mortal Shell. As always, the review will have four parts, firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).
Table of Contents
The story of Mortal Shell for me isn’t something that will leave you wanting for more. I am not sure why but I didn’t understand what is happening with the story and why these things happen in that world. Maybe the fact that I was streaming the game and I had to pay attention to the chat had something to do with it, but I don’t think that’s the only reason.
You may have a completely different experience from me but since this is my review I have to say what my personal experience was.
Mortal Shell’s combat is very similar to the other soul’s games but it has a new mechanic that we haven’t seen before in any other soul’s games. That is the hardening skill. What that skill does is simple, it negates all the damage you would take from the next attack of your opponent that would land on you.
This ability is very powerful, some could say too powerful because when you master the way it works then the game becomes very easy. This skill needs some nerfing to make the game more challenging.
Now let’s talk about the options this game gives the player. First, you can choose between 5 different types of weapons and 4 different types of shells(they represent the classes in this game).
Personally I only used the hallowed sword for the entire game and from the shells I mainly used Tiel.
I am not the type of gamer that wants to try everything and then make a choice. Most of the time I already know what I want to play with and I will stick with it for the entire game.
One thing I don’t like about this game is the way it handles items. I never understood what most of the items do and never bothered searching for it cause I felt like it wasn’t worth my time and the game was not challenging enough to require using a lot of items. I only used mushrooms to heal and the items that gave Tar(game currency), I didn’t bother with the rest.
I don’t know whose idea it was to have this system when it comes to items but it doesn’t work and it shouldn’t be implemented in future games, at least that’s my opinion.
The game doesn’t offer any armor items or equipable items, you can only upgrade your shell to make it more powerful.
As for the enemies, the game has some variety but not enough to matter. The game also has eight bosses and four of them are optional.
I only found one of the bosses challenging though that might have to do with the order I chose to fight the bosses so I am not sure if it was challenging because I fought it too early.
The game is easier than all the other soulslike games I have played and as for the replayability, you can say it has some since you can try different weapons and shells but I don’t find it enough to worth investing time in more than one playthroughs.
The visuals of Mortal Shell are what you would expect from a 2020 game. It looks good, I don’t have much more to say beyond that.
As for the customization, beyond the changing shells game mechanic, there isn’t any customization as far as I know. Also, you can’t really call that customization since it’s shell has its own stats so you are technically playing another character.
Now I will summarize what you should keep from this article. First, the story isn’t anything special and is forgettable(I really have no idea what the game was about, the only thing I remember is that it was about an ascension).
The gameplay is like all the other soulslike games plus a new mechanic called hardening. The game isn’t challenging and doesn’t have many bosses for you to fight, also I don’t think it has much replay value.
The visuals are what you would expect from a 2020 game.
All in all, its a pretty average game and I don’t think it’s worth 30 euros. Maybe 25 euros would be a more fair price.
General Rating: 8.3
That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you liked the game leave a comment down below and tell me what you liked the most about this game. See ya in the next article.
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