Mortal Shell Reviews

Mortal Shell is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
84 / 100
Aug 26, 2021

Although as of this writing it is no longer a free download, The Virtuous Cycle is probably an easy to recommend purchase for fans of the base game. The new roguelike game mode is punishing fun (if that’s your thing) and the new Shell and weapon are a welcome addition to the arsenal. If you bounced off Mortal Shell due to its difficulty, this new DLC won’t change your mind, but it’s good news for most everyone who enjoys Cold Symmetry’s homage to Dark Souls.

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Fextralife
Yuria
Top Critic
Unscored
Aug 19, 2021

I’ll tell you from playing The Virtuous Cycle I haven’t played Mortal Shell in many many months as we know it came out a year ago at this point, I forgot how good this game is, it’s such a great game. There’s a little bit of jank in it because it’s made by you know a handful of people, but honestly it’s just so much fun and I highly recommend checking out the DLC if you have a minute.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2021

All in all, Mortal Shell provides the perfect amount of challenge for someone like me. I often felt inclined to press on; just one more fight, or one more save-point. That drive kept the game flowing quite nicely, ensuring that there was never a dull moment. It is a very streamlined experience, and that shows in its runtime. The title took me about 14 hours to complete the game, including a bit of light exploration. It might be a bit straightforward or easy for the veterans of the genre, but definitely has enough merits to justify a purchase. For more casual fans of Action or RPG titles, it also presents a great way to dip your toes into this more challenging breed of game. Give it a try and don’t be intimidated by a few deaths at first.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2021

Mortal Shell is an enjoyable title for those who are already fans of the SoulsBorne sub-genre, and it has more positives than it has flaws. The swamp hub world is bland and confusing, but the different biomes you eventually reach are gorgeous, even if they're relatively familiar. The lack of a deep leveling system has a very good replacement in the shell system, which ends up providing more versatility in your character build and the attack system. The relatively shorter length makes it great for newcomers, while genre veterans will find it to be a great debut effort from a small development team.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2020

Mortal Shell is more than a simple Dark Souls clone.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2020

Mortal Shell‘s origins may be steeped in an echo but the final product has more than enough soul.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2020

In conclusion, this is a game whose creators were aware of the limitations and based on the ideas they had, they tried to create the best result possible.

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8.1 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2020

There’s no better way to wrap this up than to say a big thank you to Cold Symmetry for giving us a great soulslike that that hits the spot.

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INDIANTVCZ
Václav Šourek
6 / 10
Sep 19, 2020

Despite the fact that Mortal Shell is a game full of mistakes, therefore it isn't one of the best souls-like experiences, it still remains a decent hardcore title.

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3.5 / 5.0
Sep 17, 2020

The lack of depth isn’t too much of a detriment as the game is short enough to ever feel tired. Better yet, what is there is good, a foundation with easy room to be expanded upon and a strong demonstration of Cold Symmetry’s understanding of core concepts that are the strength of the genre. Mortal Shell is a exemplary use of limited resources to make a tight, fun game, even if it only takes a weekend to beat.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2020

Mortal Shell is built around a solid foundation with a fun and responsive combat engine propped up by strong visuals. While some obtuse design choices and an uninteresting world holds it back from escaping the moniker of being, “just yet another souls-like”, it’s guaranteed to scratch that itch, at least a little.

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7.6 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2020

Kudos to the team at Cold Symmetry. I hope more people pick up this game so that we can get a sequel somewhere down the road.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2020

An engrossing combat system and numerous novel gameplay mechanics save what would have otherwise been merely a passable Dark Souls tribute from total mediocrity. Sadly, there's still too much harming the experience to justify a wholehearted recommendation. It ain't Souls and it certainly ain't polished, but it's not terrible either.

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Sep 11, 2020

I’ve never been much of a glutton for punishment. And I’ve never really had the time or patience for try, die and repeat gameplay. I’ll admit, I barely got out of central Yharnam during my time playing Bloodbourne. When I saw Mortal Shell I thought, it’s time to “git gud” and see what this game has to offer.

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Sep 8, 2020

If you are a fan of Dark Souls or Souls-like games, there is a lot to like in Mortal Shell.

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7.6 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

Mortal Shell is a remarkable bead, which does not require too much effort and gives considerable satisfaction. The combat system typical of the soulslike, combined with the sector of cryptic indirect narrative (also typical of the Souls) could immediately make us think of a soulless clone of the noble From Software saga, but a pinch of sensitivity is enough to quickly realize that Mortal Shell manages to deepen the known formula in its own way, giving a truly personal vision of the decayed and darkish world that invites everyone to explore. The result of the work of the developers is excellent, does not require a great deal of effort and is greatly enjoyable both for fans of the Souls saga, for whom the game takes the shape of a must play, and for newbies passionate about dark fantasy, which they will be able to enjoy the successful atmospheres created with wisdom. A Foundling has taken on the role of four warriors to fulfill his dark destiny, what are you waiting for to immerse yourself in the dark Fallgrimm of Mortal Shell?

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

New and fresh take on popular soulslike genre from newly established developer is full of interesting ideas

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8.8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

Mortal Shell embraces the Souls-like moniker with open arms. They welcomed comparisons, and, for the most part, delivered. What's more impressive is that a team of only 15 people created it. Mortal Shell will make you to rethink your ideas around patience and frustration. You will love this game for all the same reasons that you hate it.

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75 / 100
Sep 3, 2020

Mortal Shell has a solid and clear base that in the future can give us outstanding games, but today I think that he does not quite understand what makes the genre difficult and to make up for it he resorts to a tool, the number of enemies, which makes something almost essential in just good.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2020

You will find each new Shell is just as good as the other, once you learn to utilize their capabilities, and adventure forth with a level head. That being said, this is single-handedly the best non-FromSoftware game within the genre and it sure as Hell has a lot of promise. To be quite honest: If there isn’t a sequel, this game is as good as it gets, which is just fine the way it is.

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