Mortal Shell is a debut project of Cold Symmetry studio. This is a soulslike game, or action RPG in the style of the Dark Souls series. The game began in 2018 under the name Dungeonhaven as a project of three developers who worked on, among others, the Call of Duty series and Ghost of Tsushima.
Mortal Shell action is set in a fantasy universe. However, this is not a colourful land of elves or dwarves, but a dark world world filled with horror, where only ruins and fragile memories remain of human civilisation. The mysterious existence known as the Dark Father does not like it. He is the one who gives orders to the main character - an empty vessel without form - to go in search of the lost shrines of the faithful, where he will have to cope with enormous challenges.
Mortal Shell uses the classic soulslike scheme. We observe the action from the third person perspective (TPP). The fight is very skillful, but there is no question of chaotic pushing buttons or joyful sword waving (or other cold weapon) like in typical slashers. Every enemy is a threat to us, and often we are forced to face several opponents at once. Good reflex is not enough to come out of these fights victoriously. It is also necessary to conduct the fight carefully and to keep a sense, so that a too hasty attack is not the last one.
What makes Mortal Shell different from other games is an unusual system of development of the character. The character we lead has no body, but instead takes control of dead warriors. Each of them during their lifetime was unique in their abilities and specialization, which we can use after taking over their bodies. As the hero deepens his understanding of a certain body, further abilities and upgrades are unlocked, making him even more dangerous in battle. We receive both a large arsenal of weapons and a large number of offensive spells.
Mortal Shell is designed for the single player adventure. There is no multiplayer here. The story campaign is non-linear in nature, giving us the freedom to choose our next goal.
Mortal Shell graphics brings to mind other soulslike games, but it is closest to the style known for From Software studio games. The graphic design is kept in a dark tone, emphasizing the gloomy and frightening character of the game world. The fights are accompanied by various visual effects of attacks and spells.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon R9 290 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit