Great Game, if you are up for a challenge!
I picked this game up because it looked awesome, I was in a battle between this and Skyrim, and I chose this one because it said "prepare to die" and it just sent a red flag in my head, I HAD to get it, I HAD to beat it "challenge accepted". It's a great game, I enjoy games to play them, but I also have to beat the poo out of it, and this game took me well over 88 hours to beat the first time through, and I am now playing my second time and am at 92 hours Its FANTASTIC! You can't just beat a boss, or anything for that matter, by mashing on a button, you have to know when to strike, when to block, when to roll, etc. Its a strategy game, without the boring of a strategy game. I haven't tried Skyrim, but if I ever do, after looking at videos, I know I will not enjoy it because of its easy-ness. Buy this game, you won't regret it, and each boss dead, will be like "Oh my gosh i did it!" and when you beat the game you will feel great, its a beautifully made game. Just buy it, and "Prepare to die!"
Game of the year
Not going to say alot, other than this game is incredible. It's ridiculously hard and it doesn't give you any chances to cheat or cut corners but you'll come to love this because I can promise you won't play another game that gives you more satisfaction for conquering one of the many hurdles. The sound is like butter to your ears, the graphics are just jaw droppingly amazing, I"m almost scared to play skyrim now because I know it will fail in comparison. The world is seamlessly constructed and the way everything links together is just unbelievable. THIS my friend is a video game, THIS is what the hardcore gamer community has needed and deserved for the longest time!
After playing for about an hour, my expectations were met. I died. Multiple times. That is the real beauty of this game, because the difficulty makes almost every completion task a reward in itself. The graphics are definitely not meant to be photorealistic like FPS's, which is about the only thing they have going for them. It is the art behind the locales and settings that really caught my eye. It's no God of War in that sense, but it does a swell job at that.
Do you like fun? Me too.
Ever play Demon's Souls? This is better. Never played it? Dark Souls is a sexy game. It is challenging, and forces you to go back and rethink your strategies. Intimidating as it sounds, even the most casual gamer will figure out how to solve the challenges and feel victorious after all their successes. The many areas in the game allow for a variety of pleasing visuals. For those who have trouble playing these games, do not fret. The multiplayer system allows you to summon other players to assist you through the level, at the risk of being attacked by invading players. If this game isn't for you, great, though there is no need to rate the game quality poorly based on your preferences. After you spend hours upon hours playing this game to understand what the game is about, instead of playing the first hour to scratch the surface, you can write a well thought out review.
If at first you don't succeed, DIE, DIE AGAIN
Dark Souls was the first of From Software's creations that I ever played, and I was hooked instantly. Never before had I played a game that was so terrifying, not purely from how dark and sadistic the game was, but also from the fear of dying around the next unknown corner. The game was a marvel to me, and although it took some work to get adjusted to the punishing gameplay, in the end it was all worth it when I finally lit the final bonfire after defeating the final boss. At around 60+ hours my first playthrough, the game felt very fulfilling, and I anxiously hopped into the New Game +, which pits you back into the world of Lordran with all of your previous gear, while also increasing the difficulty of all enemies. Not to mention the unique multiplayer and the overwhelming sense of accomplishment of finally defeating a boss, this game is amazing, and I have to list it as my favorite game on the PS3. Even after playing Demon's Souls (its predecessor) and Dark Souls II, I still find myself coming back to start new adventures in the land of Lordran.
Struggle to Success
So this game is in no wise for the faint of heart. You will be beaten. You will be impaled. You will simply die in many many horrible fashions! The game requires you to survive with every swing or stab you make and every single movement you make. You will need to remember your surroundings and use them to your utmost advantage. The satisfaction the game gives is immense, but the struggle to get there is tedious. You need to celebrate every victory you can, then immediately get ready for that next encounter around the corner. There may be times you feel like throwing your controller into your wall, in fact, there will be times like that. The game doesn't just test every single skill you have, it will test skills you need in your own life, especially those of patience and diligence. Again, this is no game for the faint of heart. You. Will. Die. Period! But alas, the rewards for succeeding at what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle make up all the difference in Dark Souls.
Prepare to Rage
First and foremost, Dark Souls is not a game for those easily discouraged or that don't expect to be humbled by a video game. No matter how good you think you are, you will die...a lot. Dark Souls will frustrate you to the core, force you to put the controller down (or throw it across the room) in frustration and contemplate bringing the game back to wherever you bought this God forsaken game. But you won't. Despite the difficulty, anger, therapy and tears, this game will entice you and keep you hooked if you give it the chance. But so much for the preface, let's get on with the actual review.
The gameplay is incredibly smooth, from sword slashes to spear thrusts to spell charging/casting. Shield blocks are flawless and the archery is precise. The stamina levels are easily gauged and make it easy to chain together the best combos for the situation. The targeting system is helpful but a little difficult to manage at times. For instance, it's annoying when I would auto-target an enemy 15 yards away when there is another enemy 3 yards away readying an attack. The different statuses are a bit overpowered as well, especially in the early stages of the game. The poison rats about an hour into the game...ugh. Without any items to cure myself, even the five flasks could not keep me healed and my character was forced to succumb to the poison and procure the death screen again. However, despite its minor flaws, the battle system is on of the most polished that I have had the pleasure of playing.
The graphics were all right. Nothing spectacular, but they did not hinder the overall experience. The drab scenery and enemies did a great job of creating the dark and dismal tone of the game. Weapon, armor and character models are all standard fare for a fantasy role-playing game. Once again, nothing spectacular, but it gets the job done.
The score for this game was very well done. Like the drab scenery, the gloomy music goes almost unnoticed, yet still sets up the dreary world. It's good that the music doesn't particularly stand out because then it could potentially cover up the shuffling footsteps that could prove to be the only precursor to your quick demise. That is where the game earns its 9 out of 10. Your ability to discern the sounds that your enemies make will inevitably make or break your gaming experience with Dark Souls. It was incredibly helpful being able to hear an enemy readying an attack, shuffling towards me down a dark corridor or even the beating of a dragon's wings to tell me to avoid that area.
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
Assuming that this game is like Demon's Souls, the New Game+ files make the game even more difficult and fun to play through. While there is not much of a storyline, the difficulty, weapon/armor upgrades and character customization make this game worth a second, third, fourth, etc., play through.
In conclusion, if you are a hardcore gamer looking for a challenge, Dark Souls will provide that challenge and will leave you feeling incredibly satisfied with your experience and eventual (hopefully) successes. I would most definitely recommend this game.
I've played chicken with a red dragon!
I have stolen valuable treasure from an Undead Dragon, and taught a few Black Knights conversational American. I have made Demons tremble, and called down the wrath of Heaven. Once, I even got kidnapped by a giant crow. I snatched a Great Grey Wolf's soul. I've been slapped by walking Mushroom People, and almost eaten by a Mimic with aweful breath. I tamed the Hydra and made a covenant with a Stone Dragon. I breathed fire on some Serpent Mages, and assaulted Sen's Fortress. I have body-slammed a few Undead Skeletons. I had a disagreement with a Chaos Spider ( that spit lava!!), and won. Presently, I'm on my way to discuss the functionality of lightning spears with a giant Iron Golem. It should be quite invigorating.
You will die, but have fun..
Okay well first of all this game is insane. No pauses, Bosses are most likely going to be impossible when first seen, WHEN you die you go all the way back to your last bonfire, you're going to occasionally lose a large amount of souls that you can't get back ( highest I've lost was 50,000..and that's hurts BAD! ) and you will occasionally die by a weak enemy just because you weren't watching your health, or you might just walk off a cliff by accident. If you buy this game prepare to die about a billion times first play through. This game is a very hard challenge that will make you want to saw children in half. It is however a very good game and always fun. You get to pick a class, level him/her up to your liking, and have different weapons/magic to have different fight strategies. if you're someone that cries whenever they die then DO NOT get this. If you're a hardcore gamer that needs a challenge, GET THISS
Def buy this game
First, ive read a lot of reviews about the level of difficulty on this game. Anyone who has played Demons Souls knows that this game is mean to be HARD. This game is not for anyone other than hardcore gamers who want to test themselves in a game. Ive been playing it since it came out and have not yet finished it because there is so much to do. This means lots of replayability. Your characters are very extremely customizable and the game play is smooth. Honestly I couldnt ask for more in a game. It takes to away from the norm in video games nowadays and actually gives you a challenge. If you want a game that offers you a chance to test yourself this is def for you. If not, tuck in your skirt and move on to another game.