Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a single-player action-adventure RPG for PC, developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision Blizzard. The game is set in Japan, during the 1500s’ Sengoku period. Players’ will travel the feudal land as Sekiro, one-armed samurai warrior and face dangerous foes, both in combat and stealth action. The game is scheduled to hit the stores in March 2019.GameplayIn Sekiro, the players take control of the main character named Sekiro, or “One-armed Wolf”, a lone samurai warrior. Unlike in previous FromSoftware games, the player cannot influence the appearance of Sekiro.In combat, the protagonist uses two katanas. Players can switch between them, but they cannot be dual-wielded. Sekiro also has a prosthetic arm replacing his missing limb. The Shinobi Prosthetic, as it is called in the game, can be fitted with various attachments, which serve different purposes. Grappling hook allows climbing into elevated areas to search for items or stealthy plan attack from above, axe can be equipped to shatter enemies’ shields, flamethrower lights enemies on fire and can also be used to ignite players’ katana, and many more. Equippable tools can be upgraded by different means, such as finding crafting materials or spending skill points.Sekiro’s combat mechanics are based on what developers describe as “battle of postures” system. Instead of directly attacking the opponent and dealing damage, players must throw their foe off balance and break their guard. By attacking the enemies’ defense stance, the player fills in a gauge visible in the top of the screen. When the gauge is full, the player can break the guard of their adversary and deal a lethal strike with their sword. In most cases one strike is enough to kill the enemy, however, there are some, who require more effort. These foes act as the bosses in the game. The same mechanic that players use on their enemies can be used against them. That’s why Sekiro emphasizes constant offensive, filling the enemies gauge to dispose of them quickly, and not letting them retaliate.Defeating enemies and bosses rewards the player with experience, which later gives skill points. The skill points can be spent on upgrading various aspects of Sekiro’s abilities divided into three skill trees: Shinobi, Samurai and Prosthetic Arm.Stealth in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an important aspect of gameplay. Players can enter stealth mode to quietly sneak on unsuspecting enemies and kill them without alerting others or eavesdrop to gather information. Players can use elements of the environment, such as patches of tall grass to hide before enemies’ eyes. The hiding spots in Sekiro are described as dynamic, which means that they can be negatively influenced by foes, for example by burning grass. Enemies alerted to players’ presence will come to investigate. While doing that the marker above their head will be yellow. When the marker turns red, that means Sekiro was spotted and players must get ready for a confrontation. Story and CharactersSekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set in 16th century Japan during the famous Sengoku period. Japan is split into warring kingdoms, where feudal lords waged brutal battles with the help of samurai warriors. The main character of the game, Sekiro, is one of such samurai. Sekiro’s master, a young feudal lord, was kidnapped by the Ashina clan, and the samurai himself was disfigured and left for dead.Now he sets out on the quest to regain his honor and rescue his master. Sekiro is armed with both, a traditional Japanese katana sword as well as a prosthetic which allows him to equip various helpful tools which he can use in his travels and during fights. Because of his severed arm, the samurai is known as a one-armed wolf who seeks revenge on his attackers.ReceptionEarly impressions of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for PC were very positive. After its reveal at E3 2018 critics praised the game for innovative gameplay mechanics and climate of Sengoku era Japan recreated in the game. The game is considered a huge hit, drawing comparisons to other series from this studio, namely Dark Souls. Players especially love the difficulty level, combat and overall climate of the game.
“Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.” (Miyamoto Musashi)Samurai Sasaki Kojiro was growing increasingly impatient as he waited on the beach at Funa Island in Kokura. An undefeated master swordsman, he was tense, and his anger was getting the better of him. He was on the small island for a duel - a clash of steel between two swordsmen where a man’s life could end in seconds. The duel was the ultimate test of the swordsman, and Sasaki, one of the best in Japan, was known as “The Demon of the Western Provinces”. However, the Sasaki on the beach did not resemble the fierce warrior of his reputation as he paced back and forth, frustrated by the tardiness of his opponent: the enigmatic Miyamoto Musashi. Sasaki knew nothing about Musashi except that the mysterious swordsman was undefeated, because aside from that, little was known about Musashi’s style or lineage. Although Musashi did have a reputation for keeping a rather unkempt appearance and an unpredictable personality, the mysterious swordsman also was the subject of conflicting stories about his courage and prowess.Though he was understandably confident, Sasaki did not underestimate his opponent, who finally arrived to the island on a small boat. Sasaki noticed something shocking: Musashi did not bring a sword. Instead Musashi, who appeared as if he had just rolled out of bed, brought a wooden oar carved into a makeshift sword as his dueling weapon. Sasaki was furious, and though he was beyond insulted, he drew his sword and prepared to fight to the death. The duel between the two masters thus began with one of them having no sword at all.Little may have been known about Musashi at the time, but centuries later, he is the most infamous and renowned warrior in Japanese history. As a veteran of the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), Naiwa (1615), and the Shimabara Rebellion i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/190129/bk_acx0_190129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The games begin. Who will be the new king?Barthor has trained for this day all his life: the day the tournament begins. The tournament consists of jousting, sword fighting, swimming, and archery. He stands a chance, because he is one of the best. But there is another character with a strong desire to win as well: Malofact, a man who holds nothing back and cheats his way through the matches.Will Barthor still be able to win, despite his cheating opponent? Start listening and find out! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John H. Fehskens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105080/bk_acx0_105080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He is the most cruelly dangerous opponent the Derby Man has ever challenged: Wesley Bryant, now the crime lord of San Francisco. Darby smashes through the sword-wielding Chinese Tong warriors who protect Bryant's vicious web of vice, but Bryant escapes to launch his most ruthless scheme - stealing the vast wealth of Alaska for his own empire of evil.The Derby Man hurls himself into a desperate chase through deadly traps and across Alaska's brutal tundra until he stands alone in the icy savagery of a wilderness blizzard in his ultimate showdown with a deadly madman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Engene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000169/bk_bimo_000169_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second book in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy about the Golden Guard. The Empire has declared war against its neighbor to the north, the country of Shaldan. Prince Baldair is summoned to lead, but the untested royal harbors secret reservations about his ability to inspire confidence in troops his senior in both age and experience. The memory of his first kills the summer prior still weigh heavy on his shoulders, and he flees to his friend Erion's home near the Crossroads to wait for the army before marching north. Raylynn Westwind had never held a responsibility in her life. After losing her mother years ago, she wanders from town to town in search of a challenge, honoring the sacred song of the sword her mother taught her. She never backs down from a fight, not when her opponents are the deadly Knights of Jadar, mysteriously insistent upon her death. And certainly not when the opponent is the Empire's young playboy prince. Baldair has never met another person as gifted with the sword as he, and is insistent on seeing a golden bracer grace Raylynn's forearm. But the woman lives a mercenary's life, and Baldair quickly learns that her loyalty comes at a high price. When he discovers the bounty on her head, the prince must choose between his responsibilities to his father's Empire and the woman who has captured his heart as a soldier, and as a man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vanessa Moyen, Zachary Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087874/bk_acx0_087874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The study of budo, or the Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, a sword master who has practiced and taught budo for over 40 years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, kenjutsu, aikido, and iaido as their training develops. He examines such questions as: What is the relationship between the student and teacher, and what should one expect from the other? What does rank really mean? How do you correctly and sensitively practice with someone less experienced than you? What does practice look like as one ages? Why do budo arts put such an emphasis on etiquette? And many others Lowry also gives practical advice for beginning and advanced students on improving structural integrity in posture and movement, focusing under stress, stances and preparatory actions before engaging with an opponent, and recognizing a good teacher from a bad one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Nishii. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017541/bk_adbl_017541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three great short stories in one bundle.Story 1: The two brothers, Rannus and Alvus, find themselves in a maze with stony walls. Man-eating plants, explosive monsters, and other dangers haunt them, but they do not give up and make it to the palace. At the palace, however, their troubles are not over, because another evil awaits them...the very reason why they ended up in that maze in the first place.Story 2: Two towns are competing, even with their different economies, but one of them takes the lead and forbids the other to produce a certain super substance that boosts the animals’ intelligence and strength. Will Jasper discover the big, dark secret of what is really going on? And will he defeat whoever is behind this?Story 3: Barthor has trained for this day all his life: The day the tournament begins. The tournament consists of jousting, sword fighting, swimming, and archery. He stands a chance, because he is one of the best. But there is another character with a strong desire to win as well: Malofact, a man who holds nothing back and cheats his way through the matches. Will Barthor still be able to win, despite his cheating opponent? Start listening and find out! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John H. Fehskens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105126/bk_acx0_105126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surely you've encountered (or even know) that one particular individual in your life who seems to be able to find something witty to say at the drop of a hat, something that knocks everyone's socks off by generating the perfect response at the perfect moment. They're always cracking unexpected jokes, making people laugh, or bantering witty one-liner comments with their endless repertoire of repartees. So who is this Mr./Ms. Witty? You're scratching your head, dumbfounded and in awe.... How in the world do they do it? And deep down you secretly want to be like them. Who doesn't, right? Who wouldn't love to be admired, respected, and worshipped for their charming, clever wit? Yet it's much more than that. By being witty you can always come up with the right things to say at the right times; by expressing yourself clearly, concisely, and convincingly in an instant - with a few short words (no more, no less) - you establish authority, credibility, and trust. That's the power of having a razor-sharp wit! If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the wit is sharper than the knife. However, let's be honest, being witty doesn't always come naturally, especially for those who are less creative and more logical. The good news is that your wit is like a muscle and, like any muscle, it can be trained and built up. Within Instant Wit you will learn: How to use a "twister technique" to prepare yourself for what you should say when the moment for a quick comeback occurs. How to strengthen your creative wit in order to banter witty one liners with another person, for good fun or a quick laugh. How to cut down any opponent with your razor-sharp wit, so they won't dare mess with you ever again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038578/bk_acx0_038578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Vovinam (Vietnamese: Vi t Võ o, Martial Arts of Vietnam) is a Vietnamese martial art.Vovinam is practiced with and without weapons. It is based on the principle of between hard and soft. It includes training of the body as well as the mind. It uses force and reaction of the opponent. Vovinam also includes hand, elbow, kicks, escape- and levering techniques. Both attack and defense techniques are trained, as well as forms, combat and traditional wrestling. The wide range of techniques include punching, kicking etc. as well as forms, wrestling, sword, staff, axe, folding fan and others.