Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
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Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is undeniably inspired by the likes of Dark Souls, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While the upgrade doesn’t fix every technical problem the original had, the PS5 enhancements are enough to make this version the definitive version of the game. If Demon's Souls didn’t scratch your Souls-like itch, Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is worth a try.
Representing the definitive version of Mortal Shell that should provide a compelling offering for newcomers and veterans alike, Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is a highly polished Soulslike. Though not up to the standard of its classic inspirations, Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition nonetheless stands ably on its own merit thanks to some great combat and a series of under the hood innovations that the genre at large might consider adopting.
Mortal Shell is a quite good A-RPG with original - but imperfect - mechanics and a poor RPG section. With this new release, the game gains 60FPS, 4K and better textures. Not the better "Souls game", but a pretty descent alternative.
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I’d like to give a tip of the hat to publisher Playstack and Cold Symmetry for making the Enhanced Edition a free update to owners of the PS4 version, and, for newcomers, making the MSRP of the game only $30, less than half of the going rate for some other next-gen games. Certainly at that price point you can’t hardly find a PS5 tailored experience that’s as good as Mortal Shell. In sum, if you’re like me and like the Souls games for their lore and gameplay, but don’t want to spend hours in frustration with asinine difficulty, give Mortal Shell a sincere chance. Like any game in this genre, it can take several hours to get really comfortable with and in the groove, but when you do, it will hold on tight and you won’t want to put it down.
Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is a beautifully updated version of last year's innovative Soulslike. The deadly world and enemies of Fallgrim are looking to take you down. Choose your shell of choice and roll towards this grim and twisted fantasy.
Although there are some improvements and on PS5 4K and 60 fps laps, Mortal Shell Enhanced Edition continues to maintain some of the critical issues already encountered during the review last August. The fluidity is satisfying, but there are still imbalances between classes that can facilitate the conduction of the game. Nonetheless, Mortal Shell Enhanced Edition still remains a challenging and challenging title, suitable for lovers of an uncompromising genre.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Overall, Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition succeeds on several levels. It's an excellent update to a surprise indie hit that is still mighty enjoyable for anyone interested in the Soulslike genre. While difficulty and pacing get in the way, Mortal Shell is a short, sweet, and most importantly, challenging game to tide you over to the next main Souls offering.
Mortal Shell Enhanced Edition arrives on the PlayStation 5 with mistakes and successes, but it is certainly a title that has the necessary potential to go head-to-head with the various mega productions of the game industry. It is a visually beautiful game and, although its gameplay lacks more polish and dynamism, it manages to entertain the player well throughout its short campaign.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
For those who already own Mortal Shell on either Xbox One or PS4, this enhanced edition arrives as a free update or upgrade path, and it’s a very good reason to return to it. For those who haven’t yet journeyed into its grim world, however, there’s never been a better time, especially on PS5. This isn’t simply Mortal Shell with the resolution and framerate uncapped; the visuals have been dramatically improved while still ensuring a consistent 60fps experience, and DualSense support has been implemented with care. With Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition, developer Cold Symmetry has really given its game a chance to shine.
Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition was put together by a relatively small studio, and that makes what they were able to do here even more impressive. It sprinkles in enough unique mechanics to make it more than a simple Souls clone, but should still scratch that itch for fans of the genre. There are some rough edges here and there, with a few design choices that I was not in love with, but the overall presentation and gameplay are satisfyingly well done.