With every From Software release in recent memory – Dark Souls III, Bloodborne and now Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – the conversation of difficulty in video games resurfaces. And while much hand-wringing has been made about creative vision, accessibility and good ole git gud culture, one modder has taken it upon themselves to just go ahead and add an easy mode to the PC version of the recently released slash and stealth adventure.
The mod titled, “Sekiro FPS Unlock and More,” is centered around adding a lot of technical quality of life improvements that can only be done on the PC. That includes a whole bevy of graphical options such as adjusting the field of view, removing the frame rate limit and support for 21:9 resolutions and borderless window mode.
The mod also lets you improvise an easy mode of sorts through dynamic speed controls. You can adjust the speed of both the game and your avatar by slowing down the world and increasing your own speed, making the experience akin to a physics defying bullet time effect. But with swords. Sword time, I guess. You can go back and forth on the speed controls, reserving them for specifically tricky encounters.
Of course, like with any mod, proceed at your own risk when using it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up compromising your install of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Still, I can speak from personal experience that many mods are actually far easier to install than you’d think. In the case of this one, you simply need to do the following:
Use Nvidia Control Panel to set ‘Vsync’ to ‘Off’ and ‘Preferred Refreshrate’ to ‘Highest available’ on a Sekiro Profile. Troubleshoot: delete the (premade) Sekiro profile, add a new profile by stating the full file path to sekiro.exe and try again. If Preferred Refreshrate is missing or game still locks to 60fps see the guide further down on Nvidia Profile Inspector.
The Nexus Mods listing also includes detailed, step-by-step instructions with images if you get tripped up, but I found setup to be a relatively painless affair. And it’s worth it because as mentioned, the mod unlocks an abundance of riches in terms of technical customization. You can even toggle a kill and death count if you’re streaming the game and want your audience to know how you’re doing.
In any case, this is a great mod. On top of being a solution for PC users who wanted an easier way to get through Sekiro so they can plumb it for its narrative and world building treasures it simply adds functionality that every PC user is looking for.