Active XP – Mortal Shell Review

In this episode, Joseph Yaden, Axl Bosso, Steve Vegvari, and Jared Eden give their impressions of the new action RPG, Mortal Shell. It’s a fantastic game that newcomers might gravitate towards. 

  • Joseph Yaden — @JosephYaden
  • Axl Bosso — @Axl_Bosso
  • Steve Vegvari — @SVegvari
  • Jared Eden — @Ragevirus_X

A review code was provided by the publisher to Active Quest. 

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

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Synopsis

Mortal Shell is an action RPG developed by Cold Symmetry and published by Playstack. It follows a similar formula as Dark Souls, but features stark differences that make it stand out on its own. 

In it, you play as a faceless character who can inhabit Shells.These Shells are one of its main features, which are sort of like costumes that all include their own unique abilities. There are four of them that are found throughout the world and you’ll want to experiment with all of them to find one that suits your playstyle. 

The game’s story is as ambiguous as you’d expect with it being a Soulslike, so don’t expect a narrative that will hold your hand. You’ll find some environmental storytelling here and there, but for the most part, the main focus is on the combat.

General Impressions

At this point, we should discuss our general impressions of the game, without going into too much detail. We’ll get into all that further down. 

Shells

Here, we’ll discuss the Shells, their mechanics, and our overall impressions of them. 

  • Harros, The Vassal — Middleground, all around Shell.
  • Tiel, The Acolyte — Stamina Shell
  • Solomon, The Scholar — Resolve Shell
  • Eredrim, The Venerable — Durability Shell

We’ll discuss the Harden technique, along with Shell abilities, and how the Shells work when you die. 

Combat, Bosses, and Mechanics

This portion will focus on the game’s other mechanics, like weapon usage, Resolve, combat (parrying), its controls, items, leveling up the Shells/weapons, the Tar system, and how the game feels, overall. 

We should also discuss whichever bosses stood out to us, if possible:

  • Imrod, The Unrepentant
  • Tarsus, The First Martyr
  • Crucix, The Twiceborn
  • The Unchained

Exploration of the World

During this segment, we’ll discuss everything about the world, like the fog, enemies, Sesters, and the locations themselves.

  • Fallgrim
  • Shrine of Ash
  • Seat of Infinity
  • Crypt of Martyrs

We’ll also talk about which locations stood out the most and what we liked/disliked about them.

Final Thoughts

Finally, we can cover our overall thoughts about Mortal Shell at this point before we end the episode.

Active Quest Episode 82: How Will Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War Connect With Warzone? Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad Revealed

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Gotham Knights, and the new Suicide Squad game!

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

Prince of Persia Remake Listing Appears Online

George Yang

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/prince-of-persia-remake-listing-appears-online/

Deathloop Delayed To 2021

Joe Juba

gameinformer.com/2020/08/18/deathloop-delayed-to-2021

Remnant: From the Ashes Was Claimed Over 10 Million Times Already on the Epic Games Store

Alessio Palumbo

https://wccftech.com/remnant-from-the-ashes-was-claimed-over-10-million-times-already-on-the-epic-games-store/

Fall Guys PS4 Reportedly Has Nearly 16 Million Players

Michael Harradence

https://www.psu.com/news/fall-guys-ps4-reportedly-has-nearly-16-million-players

Quick Releases

Watch Crysis Remastered attempt to redeem its graphics ahead of new September 18th release

Taylor Lyles

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/21/21395755/crysis-remastered-pc-ps4-xbox-one-tech-trailer-new-release-date

Baldur’s Gate 3 goes into early access Sept. 30

Owen S. Good 

https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/18/21373689/baldurs-gate-3-release-date-early-access-steam-pc-stadia-larian-studios

News

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Officially Announced, Reveal Coming Soon

Steve Watts 

gamespot.com/articles/call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-officially-announc/1100-6481163/

Control publisher tries, fails to explain why next-gen upgrade is limited to Ultimate Edition

Nicole Carpenter 

polygon.com/2020/8/20/21377188/control-ultimate-edition-upgrade-505-games-xbox-series-x-ps5-explanation

Batman: Gotham Knights gameplay trailer revealed at DC Fandome

 Jordan Gerblick 

https://www.gamesradar.com/batman-gotham-knights-gameplay-trailer-reveal-dc-fandome/

Suicide Squad Reveal 

(Developer Tweet)

https://twitter.com/suicidesquadRS/status/1297326553106325504?s=20

Listener Questions

#1 Turner and Hooch fan

@TurnerandDouche

Yeah hi there, long time listener, often time questioner here: is there a game out there where I can competitively milk a virtual cow? Thanks in advance.

Wesley LeBlanc

What are the chances that this new Batman game utilizes Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system considering both are under the WB umbrella?

Indie Pod 

What are your opinions on shadow drops? From a games media perspective and a hobbyist standpoint.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Mortal Shell (review code provided by publisher)
  • Warzone

Chris 

  • Rad
  • EarthNight
  • Banjo-Kazooie

Josh

  • Road to Guangdong (review code provided by publisher) 
  • Thomas Was Alone (Finished)
  • Gone Home (Finished)  

                                                                                                                                                                                       Recommended Reading

kotaku.com/creepypasta-spins-the-strange-and-unsettling-circumstan-1844788097

Featured Image from Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League by DC, WB Games, and Rocksteady

Active Quest Episode 81: Is Mortal Shell A Great Souls-Like Game? Fortnite vs. Apple and Google, Halo Infinite Delayed To 2021

Joseph, Chris, and Josh are joined by IGN freelancer Wesley LeBlanc to talk about the crazy Fortnite drama between Epic and Apple/Google. Joseph also gives us his first impressions of Mortal Shell.

 

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and Google Play. You can also subscribe through our RSS feed.

Follow us on Twitter @ActiveQuestShow

Email us @ ActiveQuestPodcast@gmail.com

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

The Last of Us Part II update adds Grounded difficulty, Permadeath mode, and more

Matthew Gallant

blog.playstation.com/2020/08/11/the-last-of-us-part-ii-update-adds-grounded-difficulty-permadeath-mode-and-more/

Scott Pilgrim Writer Says Ubisoft Has Contacted Him Amid Growing Campaign To Bring Game Back

James O’Connor

gamespot.com/articles/scott-pilgrim-writer-says-ubisoft-has-contacted-hi/1100-6480948/

Quick Releases

Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher Enters Rainbow Six Siege As New Operator

Chris Pereira

gamespot.com/articles/splinter-cells-sam-fisher-gears-up-for-rainbow-six/1100-6480833/

Mortal Shell is Getting a Physical Release

Daniel Tack

gameinformer.com/2020/08/13/mortal-shell-is-getting-a-physical-release

Rockstar & GTA Producer Lazlow Jones Part Ways After Almost 20 Years Together

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lazlow-jones-gta-producer-leaves/

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Will Have a Free Upgrade For PS5

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/kena-bridge-of-spirits-free-ps4-ps5-upgrade/

News

Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store and App Store

Dieter Bohn

theverge.com/2020/8/13/21368079/fortnite-epic-android-banned-google-play-app-store-rule-violation

July 2020 NPD: Paper Mario and Ghost of Tsushima have strong debuts

Jeff Grubb

venturebeat.com/2020/08/14/july-2020-npd-paper-mario-and-ghost-of-tsushima-have-strong-debuts/

Microsoft delays Halo Infinite to 2021

Tom Warren

theverge.com/2020/8/11/21363769/halo-infinite-delay-launch-2021-release-date-xbox-series-x

Listener Questions

Are boneless wings, wings?

Which is the best non-buffalo flavor wing sauce?

  • Wesley

Hey gamers, what movie would you insert @Reggie into from the 90s and which actor would he replace? My pick is replacing Tim Allen in Jungle2Jungle. Okay, that’s all the time I’ve got. I got to get back to playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS.

  • #1 Turner and Hooch fan

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Mortal Shell (review code provided by the publisher)

Chris

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Trivia Royale

Josh

  • EarthBound
  • Rayman Legends*
  • Fall Guys*
  • Moving Out (Xbox Game Pass)*

Wesley

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Necrobarista
  • Avengers Beta