Rated 10 out of 10 by Kanikkirulez4ly 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!"
Rated 10 out of 10 by RavenFuher 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Dethaele Amazing Game
Same great gameplay and control scheme from Demon's Souls. The same amount of depth in swordplay and a(n arguably) better magic system which makes you think before you cast. (Unlike in Demon's Souls, where magic was semi-unlimited and was an easy way to cheese the whole game.) I gotta knock down gameplay a point because of the multi-player. I keep getting "Invasion Failed" or "Summon Failed" messages a lot and so it seems harder to get some of the Co-Op or PvP going. Sound is great and the music really helps to create the atmosphere for each area. Graphics are amazing, but lose a point for some slow-down in certain areas (exploding tons of crates at once and Blighttown, I'm looking at you...). The game is great overall and is definitely one of the longer lasting games at well over 30-40 hours for a new game if you like exploring everything like myself. I'll be starting my NG+ soon and creating my PvP character soon after that. Definitely worth the buy.
Rated 9 out of 10 by FigmentofYourImagination I believe Smash Mouth said it best...
I can't get enough of you, baby. I can't get enough of you, baby. Seriously, this game is addictive. It's not just for hardcore gamers, but also mega RPG lovers. Sure this game has a reputation for being hard, but all long time RPG players know about grinding and leveling up. You don't take on a giant powerful boss at a weak level. Once you figure that out you'll do just fine. Everything else is amazing from graphics to sound to even the satisfyingly slow but brutal combat. The exploration is also immense! At least give this game a shot for many different locations you can explore. This isn't loot RPG, but the items you do find are rewarding. Be wise with the souls you collect, because not only are they your EXP but also your currency to spend on upgrades and armor. Only buy certain things, because you don't know what you'll be taking from the corpse of your fallen enemies. Is this game worth trying even with Bloodborne out on the market? It's actually worth starting on this one if not Demon's Souls, and it's never too late to get into. You'll still see a great deal of activity on the online gameplay. Good luck to you!
Rated 4 out of 10 by ElBosswood Started out great.... but then....
Dark Souls is actually an awesome game. So why did I rate it so low? The fact of the matter is that the gameplay is fine, graphics are as well as was anticipated and it does draw you into the story. However this is where the game took a turn for the worst. As a casual gamer I play for enjoyment and this game is definately not enjoyable after about the first fifteen to thirty minutes. Dying is the standard norm, losing your 'souls' which equate to experience points and/or money for items becomes a ritual occurance. After playing for a couple of hours, defeating a couple of "bosses", yada yada yada... I felt like I was truly no further in the game. Save and/or check points are rare making this game more of a headache for the casual gamer than it's worth. If you don't plan on spending hours upon hours playing this for a baby step then I wouldn't waste your time. I'm only sorry that I actually spent money on this before I truly knew.
Rated 10 out of 10 by AceKiller 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by mantra If you dont like this game its because your weak
Dark souls is for hard core RPG gamers that are looking for a challenge. Most bad reviews focus on the game being too difficult or too easy to roll off of the cliff and die etc. That just means its not the right game for you. More importantly you don't have the skill/determination required to play this game. Take some time and learn the tactics and remember that each button you push will have consequences if not thought out thoroughly. Be patient the game will get slightly easier as your character becomes stronger and levels up. You do not need to turn the difficulty down (nor are you able to) if you get stuck. Go soul collecting and add some stat points before you replay a difficult section. Once you break through seemingly impossible barriers and feel the satisfaction you will be hooked. Not for gamers that want instant satisfaction you have to work to get what you want in Dark Souls. Great Game Period.
Rated 10 out of 10 by iKiLLzombies 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
Rated 10 out of 10 by JZ69Hayden A challenging, rewarding, and immerse game
This is not a game for the impatient or the weak minded. This game not only requires you to figure out how to beat the insane bosses and mini bosses by dying over and over again, but it also forces you to piece together the story on your own. The basis of the plot is given to you via the opening intro and limited conversation with NPCs but you are forced to interpret much the story and its meanings on your own. Most games these days will hold your hand, tell you what to do, where to go, how to get there, etc. Not this one! Its up to you to figure out your path. Leveling up, upgrading weapons, finding spells, and things like this are a privileges in this game and must be earned through hard work. That being said, this is what makes this game so special. The immense challenge, the open world, the vast amount of ways to play the game, are all the reasons this game stands alone in modern video games.
Rated 4 out of 10 by Gandalf86 Fair, but seriously overhyped
Yes, it's a hard game. Yes, I love a hard game, where you die alot and get frustrated and finally have a sense of accomplishment when you beat the area. But, in all honesty, this is not a fun game. I spent over 14 hours playing without ever being interested in the story. Character development is pitiful. For starters, after about 10 levels, all the starting characters start to look the same. Also, the use of magic and ranged weapons in this game is awkward and impractical; and melee-ers never do anything cool (no special melee attacks). My last complaint is the huge amount of grinding you will have to do, grinding so much that you are literally killing the same dozen monsters about 10 times in order to advance to the next area (and I typically don't mind grinding...Dragon Quest Series anyone?). The game has some neat ideas with the multiplayer and invading other player's worlds, but even that is executed awkwardly, although it was funny to read other players' comments in-game. Overall, I was sorry I spent the $60 on this game, but at least I got a decent trade-in value.