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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Sifu (2022) is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind. The twist is, each time you die you age which means eventually you are too old to progress and must begin again.

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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Sifu 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Simulation game with Action and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. The length of each round depends on how long you last with the ageing-damage mechanic. It takes most players at least 10 hours to complete the whole game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Language and Violence. Violence is realistic in nature, featuring punches, kicks and the use of weapons, including swords, sticks, bottles, pipes and bats. Characters are knocked backwards by attacks and react with pained noises. There is the use of blood effects. When defeated, characters fall to the floor where their bodies remain. The game also includes the use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms such as '*!@?*'.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Sifu usually costs £31.99 to £35.99. 

Sifu

XBox Store Xbox X|S £33.49
XBox Store Xbox One £33.49
XBox Store PC £33.49
Switch StoreSALE Switch £35.99 £14.39 until 10/08/2024
Steam Store PC £31.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/02/2022, updated in 2023

Price: 60% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Simulation (Action and Narrative)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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