The best part of this indie action about the kung-fu master Sifu was how he dealt with ageing – after every defeat, Sifu’s face slashes through wrinkles, his hair goes grey, and the countdown of years was constantly advancing towards critical numbers. I’ll tell you in the review the number of times I’ve had to pass out due to old age in the game.
- Producer: SloClap
- Publisher: SloClap, Microids
- Please note: February 8, 2022
SloClap already had an online fighting game Absolver, which focused on martial arts. However, the issue of low-quality online gaming mechanics ruined the original gameplay. With Sifu SloClap, the designers decided to create something that was much more straightforward, and as we all know, the most wonderful is straightforward.
If you’ve played Absolver the game, the fighting is likely to be familiar. However, fighting is not just in one battle and a crowd simultaneously. It’s very similar to the games from Batman: Arkham series and the Assassin’s Creed series. However, a combat system focused on counterattacks isn’t as complex.
The Protagonist can take the knives that fly and an easy move of the leg to blast into chairs of opponents and chairs. The view of the screen is capturing the attention, but to learn the system of combat takes some time.
It’s all about the prologue, following which I realise that I’m not in control of the protagonist in any way, and that’s the exact opposite. This is the way Sifu seamlessly tells the plot – an angry apprentice is determined to retaliate against his master and does it successfully as well as before his son. The master also tries to transport him to the other side of the planet but fails. The boy escaped, was trained for an extended period, and finally is off to get revenge, and the control of the matter has already left the responsibility to me.
Sifu has a simple idea – there are five villains to be slain and, consequently, five levels. Similar to Arya Stark Sifu, the character draws the names of his enemies on everything and can be observed by the meticulous layout of his abode. It is a place to rest and get your adrenaline pumping and admire the stylish detective board, and then go on a “mission.”
Levels can appear to be simple. You’ll be able to gradually pave the way for stunned enemies towards the boss, then defeat it and then take revenge the next time.
In reality, it’s much more exciting – for instance, there are various things scattered across the levels. These, when you find them, will be shown on the board. These could be small details that help understand the plot or key to doorways that conceal the ways to get the boss. These are easy to overlook, so it is important to look at every turn.
The locations are attractive in their layout Tangled slums which conceal drug labs, a chic club and the burning town…
But the most important point is that when you finish the threshold age, the status is preserved when the boss takes you to the 60-year-old gray-haired man, you’ll be able to start the next task. Are you sure you’ll get to the end with this outcome? I doubt it.
The mechanics that make up Sifu seamlessly interconnect with one another, and in just a few seconds, you can see how everything here is rational and interconnected. The demo version of Sifu users may be confused by the events on the screen and assume there’s nothing wrong and the version that is released has everything in place.
The biggest flaw of Sifu is the uncomfortable camera. It’s too close to the side of the character, and this is especially problematic when the symbol is near the wall. The camera can literally crash into the model, making it impossible to be able to navigate in fast-moving battles where every second is essential. I’ve lost over an entire whole year as a result of this.
Other than that, Sifu is beautiful – with unique mechanics for aging that is complex and intricate combat system based on martial arts as well as a straightforward yet engaging narrative that takes place on the game’s detective board, an enchanting level design, and a host of other advantages that make Sifu can easily be described as one of the top releases of February, if not the entire year 2022.