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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sifu 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 10 weeks ago.
You play a young Kung-Fu student on a quest to avenge his family who was murdered by a squad of mysterious assassins. After eight years of preparing his revenge, the day has come. Through linear levels and more open environments, you hunt down the murderers and anyone else in your way
He has the help of a magical pendant. But it comes with a cost: he gets older every time he comes back to life until eventually, he has to start again. The challenge is to see how long you'll survive before having to start your quest again. Along with this unusual ageing mechanic, the combat itself requires careful positioning and intelligent use of the environment to gain the advantage. You end up using everything at your disposal to survive: throwable objects, makeshift weapons, windows and ledges. Each time you start again you can learn from your errors, unlock unique skills, and find the strength within yourself to master the devastating techniques of Pak-Mei Kung-Fu.
The result is a game that reflects on the cost of revenge and violence, seen directly in the ageing player. But beyond this there is a really solid combat game where you learn to make the best use of your abilities to improve efficiency and minimise the passing years.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although some younger players may like the idea of the game, you need a high level of skill and coordination to take on the intentionally difficult combat. The lower difficulty settings make it easier to play if you are a newcomer to combat games.
Release Date: 22/02/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Accessibility: 27 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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