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Saturday - August 01, 2020
Wednesday - July 08, 2020
Thursday - June 11, 2020
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Monday - January 09, 2023

Mortal Shell - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:53

The Starving Writer reviewed the souls-like game Mortal Shell:

Mortal Shell Review | A unique take on the souls-like genre.

Sunday - August 22, 2021

Mortal Shell - Steam Release

by Hiddenx, 05:17

The Souls-like Mortal Shell is now available on Steam the Virtuous Cycle DLC included:

Tthe Virtuous Cycle DLC



Friday - August 21, 2020

Mortal Shell - Review @ Selectbutton

by Hiddenx, 15:55

Selectbutton has reviewed the action RPG Mortal Shell:

Mortal Shell Review

The easiest way to describe Mortal Shell to someone unfamiliar would be to call it a Souls-like and leave it at that, but that would be a clear disservice to the love and passion put into the game from the small veteran team at Cold Symmetry. Although a more modest-sized game, it should take around 12 to 15 hours to beat, it is packed with well-designed mechanics and fresh ideas to the highly successful formula that should attract Dark Souls fanatics and newcomers alike. 


Simply Put

Mortal Shell may be a smaller Souls-like adventure, but the passion from the developers and unique mechanics results in one of the best entries in the genre. The clever body-swapping class system ensures diversity across any playstyle, all of which are viable. The familiarity system encourages the use of items instead of hoarding them for boss encounters. Mortal Shell is one of the best options for newcomers to the genre, even though the opening hours can be quite challenging.

Score: 8/10 - Great

Tuesday - August 18, 2020

Mortal Shell - Released

by Hiddenx, 15:17

Mortal Shell is now available on the Epic Games Store:

Mortal Shell

Awakening as an empty vessel, you will enter into a shattered and twisted world where the remains of humanity wither and rot. Implored to do the bidding of the mysterious "Dark Father", you must traverse this tattered landscape and track down hidden sanctums of devout followers. There, in Mortal Shell's most hallowed grounds, you must overcome formidable foes and harvest the sacred glands. You won't be truly alone when the dead litter your path: Scattered across this land are the remnant anima of lost warriors who can be inhabited to gain their unique abilities and knowledge of weapons. The Dark Father is desperate for you to complete your task - but to what end?


Discover "Shells" to Suit Your Playstyle - The lost remains of defeated warriors are yours to unearth. Awaken these Mortal Shells, occupy their bodies and significantly widen your understanding of different forms of combat. Inhabit a Shell that best fits your style and utilizes their own unique mastery of skills and weapon upgrades.

  • Iron Sharpens Iron - Combat is strategic and deliberate. Survival demands superior awareness, precision and instincts. You must commit your sword only when an opportunity opens. Calculate your parries to unleash devastating counterblows.
  • Non-linear Campaign - Draw your own path across marsh-infested lowlands, through a gargantuan cathedral of obsidian rock, and into an ancient crypt frozen into the crest of a mountain.
    Deep Upgrade Paths - The stronger your connection to each Mortal Shell grows, the better you can harness their innate talents. Craft unique upgrades, sharpen your blade with acid, and study dark arcane abilities that imbue your attacks with supernatural devastation.
  • Face Haunting Foes - Your path is guarded by desperate adversaries, devoted to inscrutable gods. Behold creatures both pitiable and grotesque, but do not let fear halt your journey. Muster your courage and face them down.
  • Developed by AAA Veterans - Mortal Shell has been developed by a coalition of seasoned veterans with an unbridled passion for the soulslike genre.

Monday - August 17, 2020

Mortal Shell - Review @ Gameffine

by Hiddenx, 17:29

Gameffine has reviewed Mortal Shell:

Mortal Shell Review (PC) :: Excommunicationis

By creating Demon’s Souls, Hidetaka Miyazaki went against the conventional tropes of modern game design by making something original and pathbreaking. Thus, it’s ironic to see ‘Soulslike’ being pushed as a genre of its own while the whole point of Demon’s/Dark Souls was to be a unique one-off experience (Thanks Bandai Namco). Regardless, this is not an ideal world and as long as the game in question is fun and does enough to make it stand out, I’m happy. Mortal Shell, developed and published by Cold Symmetry, is the latest game in-line to take a stab at the Soulslike ‘genre’. As usual, I’m here to tell you the good and bad aspects of the game so that you can decide for yourself whether to play it or not. Here is our Mortal Shell review.

Abstract Storytelling

Mortal Shell wears its inspirations on its bare chest and isn’t afraid to reveal it every chance it gets. This applies to the story as well. Similar to the Souls games, Mortal Shell opts for an abstract storytelling method, where you’re only told the bare minimum upfront while the rest of the story is told through the environment and item descriptions. You awaken in a strange land as an ’empty vessel’ and do the bidding of the Dark Father, an ominous monstrosity, by tracking down sacred glands to…save humanity, I guess? Does it sound too familiar? That’s because it is. The game basically retells every Souls series storyline – albeit in its own dark fashion.



For a game made by a small team of 15 people, Mortal Shell is a focused and polished experience. The core gameplay loop is satisfying and it does enough to distinguish itself from the cesspool that is ‘Soulslikes’. The first half of the game has a lot of generic and boring sections and some of the new mechanics don’t translate well enough into gameplay. But, all things considered, Mortal Shell is a solid 15-20 hour experience that’s worth the regional price of $16.70.

Score: 7.5/10

Thursday - August 06, 2020

Mortal Shell - Release Date: August 18

by Hiddenx, 17:41

The dark action-adventure RPG Mortal Shell will be released on Epic Games on August 18:

Mortal Shell - Official Release Date Trailer


Saturday - August 01, 2020

Mortal Shell - Beta Impressions

by Silver, 23:03

Way Too Many Games share their impressions about the beta for Mortal Shell.


The brief tutorial area takes you through three quick battles that introduce the Hardening mechanic and give players a bit of practice before the beta demo opens up into the larger arena. A hooded knight is the first enemy that takes aim at you, swinging a two handed broadsword toward you, and a pop up instructs you to hold the left trigger down to Harden. At first I giggled a bit, thinking about the famously useless Metapod Harden ability from Pokemon, but I obliged. My character immediately turned to stone and froze in place, but took no damage when the knight’s broadsword collided with me.

I immediately changed my attitude toward Harden and took a few swings at the knight. After a few successful blows, he withdrew his weapon, faded into the shallow pool below, and then the next gate opened. I proceeded down the road expecting another tutorial prompt and was met with just that.

This time I was greeted with a statue holding a broadsword similar to the one that was previously used against me. Approaching the statue, I picked up the sword and a new knight appeared. This time the game prompted me to Harden mid-attack. I expected to see an over-the-top animated special attack, but instead froze mid-swing. When the knight attacked me and made contact, it broke the Harden and immediately completed my broadsword’s arc landing a surprise counter-attack. For the second time in the first few minutes of the tutorial Mortal Shell showed me that I underestimated how clever it was.


Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - July 08, 2020

Mortal Shell - Hands-on Preview

by Silver, 22:38

IGN has played Mortal Shell and shared their impressions.

Each Shell’s Got a Story to Tell

Then there are the Mortal Shells themselves, which essentially introduce class-based gameplay to the Souls-like genre in a way that hasn’t really been done before. The closest comparison is the blood code system in Code Vein. As you play, you’ll discover new Shells that each have their own unique stats and skills. In my demo, I only came across two: The starting shell, Harros the Vassal, which is a more tanky shell that has increased health, less stamina, and skills that affect his survivability; and Tiel the Acolyte, who has a massive stamina pool, less life, a more effective vanish as opposed to a quick dash as a dodge, and a variety of skills that allow him to occasionally take damage to stamina instead of damage to health, grant him extra damage on a successful riposte, and heal some of the damage taken by poison, which was a massive pain in the ass throughout the demo.

Shells can be swapped out at certain spots in the world, or an item can be used to swap them out on the fly, allowing you to make use of their unique characteristics as they become necessary.

As you’d imagine, when you defeat enemies you collect a currency that is used for both character progression and for buying items from the various shops. But unlike what you might imagine, character progression in Mortal Shell doesn’t take the form of traditional level ups. Instead, you use this currency, known as tar, to first learn the name of your equipped Shell, which then opens up their skill tree. Each skill costs both Tar and another currency called “Glimpses” to learn. Glimpses are gained by beating certain enemies or by finding itemized glimpses in the world, but unlike Tar, glimpses are only granted upon the first time you take them out. This I imagine, is how Cold Symmetry discourages players from farming easy enemies repeatedly in order to max out a character’s skill tree right away.


Thanks Farflame!

Thursday - June 11, 2020

Mortal Shell - Gameplay Interview Video

by Silver, 12:07

Action RPG Mortal Shell has a new gameplay video and a gameplay interview video.


Seek out absolution in Mortal Shell, as you take control of a vessel who can inhabit the bodies of forgotten warriors with incredible abilities in this tough-as-nails action RPG.

This Mortal Shell game trailer shows off a lot of the game’s sinister-looking enemies and sprawling locations. More than that, this Mortal Shell gameplay trailer highlights it’s souls-like combat mechanics. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to get deep into some Mortal Shell gameplay so we can start swinging around that massive sword.

There is also a gameplay interview video for the game


Mortal Shell got fans of Dark Souls excited when its announcement trailer was released earlier this year. Now the developers walk us through a gameplay demo and reveal a brand new trailer.

Earlier IGN showed the world a new Mortal Shell game trailer. But this Dev walkthrough of a Mortal Shells gameplay demo shows off a lot of the game’s combat mechanics and strategic swordplay. More than that, this Mortal Shell gameplay trailer highlights it’s souls-like combat mechanics. We hope this demo provided you the deeper look into Mortal Shell gameplay that you were looking for.

Information about

Mortal Shell

Developer: Cold Symmetry

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Combat: Real-time
Play-time: 20-40 hours
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
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· Platform: PC
· Released: 2020-08-18
· Publisher: Playstack