Review: Sifu is a kung-fu game to die for

Sloclap’s martial arts revenge tale is overly punishing, but nails the thrill of the fight

Game director
Jordan Layani
Key Credits
Howie Lee (Composer), Pierre Tarno (Producer)
4 / 5
Review: Sifu is a kung-fu game to die for

Sifu is a master of hand-to-hand combat, injecting its kung-fu showdowns with exhilarating fluidity, tactical depth and cinematic scale. Its structure is harder to fully embrace, though, as it demands a lot of repetitious dedication to even reach the final stages. At times that feels needlessly punishing, but the thrill of the fight should help pull you through.

  • Close combat mechanics as good as we’ve seen
  • Tactically interesting enemies and bosses
  • Varied and believable locations
  • Great dynamic soundtrack
  • Overly harsh structure which demands repetition
  • Some camera issues
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
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