Sifu official artwork with the logo

[Update]: Sifu is adding a much harder and much easier difficulty mode on May 3rd, 2022.

Sifu is a freshly released martial arts roguelike from Sloclap, the team behind the very punchy Absolver. As you might imagine from that brief description alone, Sifu is all about fighting against the odds, utilizing an assortment of moves and combos to methodically take down all of your opponents, and in true roguelike fashion, slowly getting yourself to the point where you can practically dance through the levels unharmed.

Even if you do get taken down, however, it's not that big of a deal since death is a mere inconvenience in Sifu. Every time you die you will rise again, though older and slightly more fragile than before. So while you do have plenty of chances to exact revenge before you're too old to actually continue, it's still a good idea to preserve your health and face the various bosses as young and healthy as possible.

What all of this nonsense looks like in actual gameplay, that you can get a bit of an idea of through the recently posted launch trailer. Have a peek:

Judging by the reviews so far, Sifu seems to be a remarkably challenging game to master. So if you do decide to dive in, be prepared to take a whole bunch of punches to the face before you become truly comfortable with the combat system. After all, it's a roguelike game, so a slightly steeper learning curve is to be expected.

Whatever your thoughts on the matter may be, you can learn more about Sifu and its gameplay style over at the official website. Have fun growing old!

Sifu screenshot of thugs in a corridor

Sifu screenshot of a psychedelic red haze