So I'm playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at the moment. I have mixed feelings about the game. For some reason I'm coming back to it over and over again because defeating tough enemies feels rewarding but I've also noticed that a lot of times when I died it wasn't my fault but the game's limitation. It felt as if devs wanted me to die and used every cheap tactic they had at their disposal. People blame Witcher for its lock on system but fankly I think it's far superior to Sekrio's. Why? Because it doesn't break down when facing more than one enemy.
Timing in Sekrio is the key. You have to time your attacks and dodging accurately. Every single second counts. So in this case using lock on system becomes necessary since you don't want to swing swords mindlessly in air in hopes of hitting the right enemy. You have to lock on to make sure attacks are targeted at in the right direction. However, when you lock on, the camera focuses on that person exclusively. You can't rotate the camera to observe your surroundings. And if by mistake you try to move the camera with mouse or analogue stick, the game starts targeting a different foe standing far away. This makes fighting more than one person a chore and feels cheap and clunky. And when the game throws ranged attacks at you on top of melee attacks at once... good luck.
I respect the game's difficulty. But then as a player I also want the game to respect me as a player. Countless times when I was performing instant kill actions after draining the enemy's stamina, the enemy close to him backstabbed me. How is it my fault if pre recorded animation is being played and the other foe attacks me during this session? Let the animation end at least? Then I tried to be smart and decided to let fire arrow of one enemy kill another one, so I dodged to trick him. Guess what happens? Arrow magically passes through his body and hits me instead. Where is my reward for thinking out of box and being creative?
I'm halfway through the game and so far I have mixed feelings about it. I want to finish it. More or less I'm kinda addicted to it but I can also see several shortcomings of the engine/game. I am not sure if it's good enough to be declared as GOTY.