Mortal Shell (PlayStation 4)

Mortal Shell (PlayStation 4)

04/09/2020 0 By Josh shoup
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Mortal Shell (PlayStation 4)

I’m just going to come right out and say I feel as if I might be the only person to review this game that never got around to playing the Dark Souls games. Not that I was avoiding them on purpose, they just didn’t appeal to me at the time. Like many people though, when I first saw Mortal Shell I was intrigued. While Mortal Shell seems to look a lot like Dark Souls, I wondered how closely alike the games were and so I decided that I wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

It did not take very long for me to get frustrated and walk away from the game though! All I could picture was a myriad of online gamers screaming “GIT GUD NOOB!” and I couldn’t figure out what my problem was. Mortal Shell does not have anything in its system that makes it unplayable per se, but I would stroll into an area and find myself dead in a matter of minutes. I hated this feeling. I was starting to hate the game!

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“GIT GUD” was both the taunting in my head and ultimately became my armor. After all these years, I finally get that statement. You see, for those of you that are not used to a game this difficult, you are NOT meant to rush into battle and button mash. This is a game in which you need to utilize your parry as well as your ability to harden to make sure those fights see you coming out the other side unscathed. It took a long time. but once I got used to the game and how to “properly” play it, I finally started to enjoy playing it.

One part of Mortal Shell that I DID NOT enjoy though was the lack of any kind of engaging storyline. Perhaps it is because I am too used to playing grandiose RPGs like The Witcher or Skyrim, but I was taken aback by the fact there is very little in the means of a story, and a lot of it seems to be buried within the game. The only thing you are given at the start of the game is that you are a nameless skeleton-like creature and you need to explore the world of Fallgrim. I never really felt like I knew what was going on or where to go (there is also no map in the game). I know people that enjoy these types of games enjoy finding out the history by looking at each individual item and finding hidden messages on the walls, but not everyone has time for that kind of exploration.

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Graphically speaking, I was underwhelmed for a game that is coming out at the end of a console generation, in fact, if I didn’t know better I would’ve guessed that Mortal Shell was a late PlayStation 3 game! I suppose given that the game was developed by only 15 people, we can let it slide.

I know it looks like I’ve done nothing but crap all over Mortal Shell, but after all was said and done, I did enjoy the game. It took me a while to warm up to a different style of game, but as it turns out “GIT GUD” isn’t just an insult, it is a call for people to stop what they are doing and LEARN how to play a game as the developers intended. Either that or just blissfully look the other direction. Mortal Shell is certainly not for everyone, but if you give the game the respect and time, it certainly rewards you with a decent gaming experience.

*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*

Developer: Cold Symmetry  Publisher: Playstack
Release date:  August 18, 2020
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Platform Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 PRO




Mortal Shell


Final Score



  • Rewarding given time
  • Shells and Weapons change up gameplay


  • The graphics feel dated
  • Sub-par story