[PlayStation 5] Morbid: The Lords of Ire Review

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Action RPG Morbid: The Lords of Ire from Maximum Entertainment and Still Running is one worth checking out on PS5. Learn more about it in our Morbid: The Lords of Ire review!

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Action RPG Morbid: The Lords of Ire from Maximum Entertainment and Still Running is one worth checking out on PlayStation 5. It’s the sequel to 2020’s Morbid: The Seven Acolytes, which is available on PlayStation 4, while this sequel has PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions for you to grab. As was the case for the prequel, this one is a Soulslike experience in which you must battle and defeat the titular Lords of Ire, along with hundreds of monsters along the way. If you want to learn more about the prequel, be sure to check out our Morbid: The Seven Acolytes review!

You’re Striver, a mighty warrior who is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. On this quest to slay the new Acolytes once and for all, she’ll need to make the most of her weapons and abilities to survive. Should you fail, you can always try again as you learn from your mistakes and make your way back to the spot where you were defeated in order to reclaim what is rightfully yours. While the prequel had an isometric presentation with pixel art, as you can tell from the screens and trailer in this Morbid: The Lords of Ire review, the sequel goes for a full 3D adventure with a third-person camera.

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As soon as the game loads up, you’ll gain control of Striver with the left analog stick, and you will use the right one to move the camera around as needed. The R1 button will be for regular attacks, while the R2 button will be for heavy attacks. Pressing down on the D-Pad will allow you to quickly change between weapons. You can press in on the right analog stick to target and lock onto an enemy. You can dash with the X button and can roll by pressing the Circle button. To run, press in on the left analog stick. The L1 button will be used to block incoming attacks. If you time your block just right, you’ll get a perfect block, which will restore some of your stamina. This is important because stamina can be used for dashing or attacking. Oh, and a perfect block will also affect an enemy’s Posture, and it will also rebound projectiles.

When an enemy loses all Posture, it will become exhausted. When this happens, you can rush toward your opponent and press the R2 button in order to land a critical blow. Keep an eye on your enemies so that you can spot if they have become enraged. When in that state, enemies cannot be staggered. You’ll need to use a heavy attack to break through and keep them from regaining all Posture. Attacking them when they’re ready for a critical blow will be crucial, but so will using a riposte. By holding down the block button and pressing the R1 button right before an attack lands, you’ll be able to immediately counter for some heavy damage.

By visiting shrines, you’ll be able to interact with them to save your progress, as well as to heal your wounds. With this one being a Soulslike, that does mean that when you do this, all enemies will respawn, so be ready. When you meditate at a shrine, all of your Stone of Dibrom charges will be refilled. The Stone of Dibrom is a special item that you can use to heal your wounds by pressing the Square button. If you collect Cardinore Shards, you’ll be able to increase your Stone of Dibrom charges. You’ll also have other items to collect, which will be assigned to the quick use slots on the bottom left of the screen.

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Something that carries over from Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is the Sanity system. It’s now been improved and expanded, with Sanity having a bigger impact on the world around you. Sure, letting insanity roam through you will help make you a stronger and more vicious warrior, but it will certainly have an impact on how you perceive everything around you. Meditation will help to replenish your Sanity. Depending on your Sanity state, you’ll also receive fewer experience points or more experience points, which will change how you work on your build and how many Skill Points you can obtain along the way.

By visiting Yan, the Blessed One, you’ll be able to spend the Skill Points that you obtain as you level up. You can spend Skill Points to acquire and upgrade Blessing slots. The level of the Blessing slot will establish the effects of the Blessing placed in it. What are some of the Blessings you can activate? You can go with Blessing of the Heart, which allows you to gain a larger health bar. Upgrade it to improve healing effects and eventually unlock an extra life upon death! You could also go with the Blessing of the Acrobat, which will give you a larger stamina bar. Upgrading it will improve the stamina regeneration rate. By visiting the shrine menu, you’ll be able to establish which Blessings of Magatheus are currently active.

By visiting Professor Maximus, you’ll learn about the Morbid Menagerie. The Morbid Menagerie is a valuable encyclopedia that Professor Maximus used to personally edit, but he’s not as nimble and young as he used to be. Striver can help him to document the land of Ire and all its horror. He’ll hand you a copy of the Codex so that you can fill it out with all the information for enemies, weapons, items, the world of Ire, and more. Find and defeat enemies and the new Acolytes. Collect all weapons and items and learn more about the world of Ire with every step that you take. And yes, filling up the Mobid Menagerie is one of the things you’ll need to do during your trophy run.

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Morbid: The Lords of Ire has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to try to add to your collection. The trophy list is split into 4 Bronze trophies, 4 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies. What will you need to do for that Platinum trophy? You’ll get some trophies for reaching new locations in the game. Another one will pop up once you complete all quests. There are a handful of trophies tied to finding collectibles that you must deliver to specific NPCs. You can unlock some extra trophies by maxing out a Blessing and maxing out a weapon. Will you be able to unlock this Platinum trophy?

Morbid: The Lords of Ire brings us a fun 3D Soulslike sequel to pixel top-down action RPG Morbid: The Seven Acolytes. You’ll once again take on the role of the mighty Striver, a warrior ready to jump into action to put a stop to the new Acolytes. You’ll have to slash and punch your way through enemies of all shapes and sizes, upgrading your weapons with magical runes that will make a difference. Do you have what it takes to be the hero the land needs? Morbid: The Lords of Ire is available on PlayStation 5 with a $29.99 price tag. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version of the game available for the same price as a separate purchase.

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This Morbid: The Lords of Ire review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Maximum Entertainment.

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