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Dark Souls III by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.

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Dark Souls III is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 11.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: From Software
  • Category: Action , Adventure

Product Details:

As fires fade and the world falls into ruin, developer FROMSOFTWARE and director Hidetaka Miyazaki continue their critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series with Dark Souls III. Fans and newcomers alike will get lost in the games hallmark rewarding gameplay and immersive graphics. Now only embers remain...

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Dark Souls III

Familiar But Fascinating Fantasy
by Daniel Tack
Concept:

Seek out the Lords of Cinder and return them to their thrones to restore flame to a decaying world of ash


Graphics:

Beautiful and varied environments, including my personal favorite from the entire franchise (including Bloodborne)


Sound:

Intense and orchestral boss tunes, chilling screams, and terrifying enemies crawling, laughing, and clanking around shape the world around you


Playability:

This is a challenging game compared to many other available titles on the market. Though the difficulty curve begins mild, be ready for that to change as you progress


Entertainment:

An excellent entry in the fantasy series featuring unique environments, bosses, and a massive wealth of secrets and surprises


Replay:

Moderately High

After a divisive second installment in the Souls series, many questions are swirling around Dark Souls III. Will players continue to be surprised as they move through beautiful environments that are as imaginative as they are deadly, or will franchise fatigue set in? Can the massive, grotesque, and intimidating bosses continue to drive fear into the hearts of players and inspire them to overcome seemingly impossible challenges through perseverance and sheer force of will? Can From Software do it again? The answer is yes, From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki have created yet another masterful and challenging action RPG experience.

Combat depends greatly on the playstyle you choose. Whether you're playing with a heavy shield designed to take blows or dashing about and rolling, knowing your opponent's abilities and moves is as important as knowing your own. Deliberate, precise attacks - coupled with judicious defense - are the only way to victory. Failure to abide by these rules, like recklessly charging around as you would in a typical action game, invariably ends in a crushing defeat that sends you back to a bonfire - minus your payload of collected souls. Death remains a valuable learning experience for new players and veterans alike. New to Dark Souls III are weapon arts or skills, and while many weapons share the same abilities, some weapons have unique skills that are a lot of fun to play with. They don't change the core game formula much, but offer a nice new accent of flavor to combat, and are especially interesting with weapon types that didn't get as much love in prior Souls games, like bows.

Hundreds of weapons, armors, accessories, and spells are available, so you have the tools to get the job done regardless of your playstyle. You can be an archer, caster, shielded tank, two-handed brute, dual-wielding mercenary, speedy Bloodborne-style hunter (complete with items tailored to and referencing the archetype), and more. Respeccing your stat points is available from one of the NPCs you meet about a quarter through the game, so don't worry too much about making a mistake. This is a great boon if you accidentally mess up a few stat points or completely change your loadout after finding heavy armor or that perfect weapon you always wanted later on in the game.

See the rest of the review at Game Informer

  • Atmospheric Visual - Dynamic lighting and particle effects immerse players into a dark fantasy world of ruin
  • Interconnected World - Expertly crafted world encourages players to explore vast and breathtaking landscapes
  • Sword Action - Diversifies combat action allowing players to craft their own unique play style
  • Unique Online System - Evolution of trademark online multiplayer functionality that seamlessly integrates online interactions into single player story

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    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me at all I got this without playing any of the other ones. This game was really hard right from start and I was like no. I am not playing this game.
    Date published: 2017-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best games I have ever played This was my first dark souls game so I did not know what to expect but when I started playing the game I just felt like this is the game for me and I have played bloodborne so I did know a little bit how to play it at first.And I have spent over 110 hours on just one of my characters and I am in new game plus 3 the game is very difficult and that why I like it so if you like a challenge this game is for you. Also this game will last a long time if you make it or you can just give up but there is no fun in that my friend gave up on the game but he wasn't that good at that type of game but the multiplayer is fun but I don't play it cause it is just two hard for me and a word of advice be honorable it make others happy and it make it more fun and challenging but if you do double team someone you should expect some interesting messages I have got them so if you buy this game good luck and have fun and if you didn't you are missing out on a great game
    Date published: 2017-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing But Not Perfect Dark Souls 3 is an amazing game full of nostalgia and amazing boss fights with amazing lore buried under dialogue and item descriptions. Graphics are a huge upgrade compared to Dark Souls 3. And the addition of Focus Points and weapon arts make the combat much more diverse. I started with 2 and since then have played bloodborne and Dark Souls 1 and I feel this game has a great balance between difficulty and not knowing where to go with nostalgia bombs like Ornstein's and Smoughs weapons and armor sets with an emotional and fun final boss. But this definitely should not be your first Souls game as the enemies have Bloodborne aggression and normal souls gameplay with no regain system but timing and persistence is key.
    Date published: 2017-04-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Honestly Terrible The game controls don't even work most the time, no matter how good people say this game is its honestly terrible. You can't even play with your friends online when you want to, and the block and parry controls don't work 80% of the time. In the first game the parry worked, it dosen't in this one. There's a difference between a hard game that's challenging and a broken game where the controls don't work. Don't waste your money on this awful game.
    Date published: 2016-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for those looking for a casual game My first Fromsoftware game was Bloodborne. I enjoyed the Victorian age world and challenging combat. I tried Dark Souls 2 but its graphics felt too dated and the gameplay could've been better. I heard about Dark Souls 3 and the praise it was receiving, so I gave it a try. The graphics were much better than DS2 and the combat was much more fluid. I noticed how all the classes were so much different and wish Bloodborne had more weapons and types of weapons. In Bloodborne I started with a weird hood and small cape that every player started with and a saw that turns into a larger saw. In DS3 I started with a fur cloak and a fire spell and an axe and a shield that some people started with. Without DLC DS3 has more Weapon types than BB has actual weapons. Both Games are good but if someone likes offense based combat or more obscure worlds, they should start with BB. I love both, but Dark Souls III makes me feel like my character is unique. In BB, I feel like hundreds of players use LHB and wear the hunter's garb.
    Date published: 2016-08-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from its good but not as good as previous ones Dark souls 3 is def the game to continue forth from ds1 and ds2 but I feel like ds3 was kind of rushed a bit. It doesn't seem like a lot of effort was put into this game. I feel the same way as bloodborne.
    Date published: 2016-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game! An excellent addition to the Souls series. It is a huge improvement over 2 and is overall a finely crafted game.
    Date published: 2016-05-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dark Souls 3 Punish The Player Edition I spent a good 100 hours trying to love this game. I was a huge fan of Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 and Bloodborne. However in this episode of the franchise Fromsoft has outdone itself. The graphics are basically the same as they were in Dark Souls, the story is pretty much lackluster, and if you aren't glued to a wiki you'll never know that there are NPC side quests. But what really did it for me was how Fromsoft took the time to punish players for avoiding PvP from unwanted invasions by banning them from summoning help, to limiting that amount of co-op you can have on boss fights. The enemies are not bound to the same laws of physics as the players is. I had a Fire Witch shoot a flame up a 30 foot wall over a balcony, and hit me inside a building. Almost all the enemies with ranged have tracking so it's almost impossible to hide or dodge it. Another example of Fromsoft handicapping the player is that now the player can only carry 99 arrows on them at any time were as a Silver Knight with a Dragon bow can shoot at you nonstop with an endless supply of dragon arrows. Actually had one shoot me for half an hour without ever stopping cause he could see a part of my shoe. On top of that Poise is non existent so you're going to get beat up a lot by enemies with endless stamina. Unfortunately it seems that Fromsoft spent more time finding way to punish, and handicap the player than they did creating an immersive story with game play that is equal to the challenge.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
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