Rated 10 out of 10
by Maclane0911 Totally Amazing!
This game has to be one of the best RPG's I've ever played, and I've played allot. I'm a HUGE fan of The Elder Scrolls like basically everyone that play's RPG's is. But setting TES aside for awhile and picking up this game, GREAT CHOICE! This game is AMAZINGLY realistic. Coming from me which I've trained in SCA, you know training in real sword fighting to be a Knight, and perform in Renaissance festivals and stuff like that. Your character carries his own weight, and by this I mean, he/she feels and moves with the armor, not oblivious to the fact that your wearing Knight Armor made out of Steel/Leather. No, your character moves slower, and the armor makes the sounds it would depending on the movement of your character. The "Ka-Chink" of the armor is all there and amazing sounding. Plus, it weighs you down, so like I said, you move slower, at a slight jog rather that a full on jog/run. Your characters moves are limited, you can't go jumping of huge ledges and walk away unscaved, you can't hop your way up steep slopes, nothing like that. It's all realistic, like what a real Knight would be able to do in his armor. Like what I do in My Iron armor. Now to the Sword fighting. It's got a real response to it. Previous reviewer's said that his character didn't respond quick enough, well lets see you actually put on real heavy armor, pick up a REAL Shield and sword and try and fight a Knight or even your basic Militia. It's insanely tasking and brutal, and your arm goes Numb withing less that 5 mins, it takes all your stamina to walk around in the armor and swing the sword 15 times, let alone fighting for 30 or more minutes. Or until you win your Dual or spparing match. This game so far is the closest RPG to reality. This is why I love it. Because i'm tired of being Davahkiin and running around slaughtering everything on Master difficulty, and looking slightly fake while doing it. Now don't take that wrong, I LOVE TES's, And I'm huge on the lore of Tamriel. But I'm just saying, this game is a great reality. You want the closest thing to swinging the sword yourself, play Dark Souls. IT is challenging, but its more time consuming that anything. You just have to learn, and all this is coming from a Player and real life Warrior who plays this game using only the Knight class. Although I assume that the feel is the same with any Class, Thief, Cleric, Warrior, or Knight. So in this HUGE Review, I am explaining in the End, BUY OR AT LEAST RENT THIS GAME, AND HAVE PASTIENCE WHILE PLAYING IT, AND YOU WILL FIND IT IS A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE!
Rated 10 out of 10 by thatguy1234 Not for the faint of heart....
This game is absolutely amazing, anyone who is hating on this game due to no storyline obviously did not play into deep enough to uncover the storyline, this game is the most challenging game I have ever played but it is also the most rewarding. The fact that anything can kill you at anytime really keeps you on your toes. Although the boss fights can seem impossibly hard and the progression can be repetitive when your dying constantly, the game teaches you how to master it. You don't have to "not have a life" to be good at this game, you just have to learn from it and not suck. This is not a game your going to hack and slash your way through in 8 hours. It takes time and patients and rewards those who come to understand these terms. All and all I recommend this game for anyone who really wants a challenging and rewarding game play and if your in the beginning and hate it already ( for those of you getting destroyed by the taurus demon).... I hate to break it to you but this game does not get any easier.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Teague Not for the Casual Gamer, Game with a Lesson
I read the reviews for this game and listened to the constant ramble of dying over and over; yet I still got this game. I started playing and in fact started dying over and over again like everyone else was; but as I played more into the game I found myself dying less and less.
While I was first playing, I thought that I had to level up my character to be able to beat the boss of the area, or grind my way to oblivion just to hold this super awesome shield. I continued with this and finished the game.
I then restarted the game with a new character, and did not die once. I finished the entire game the second time, at level 1. This game doesn't focus on leveling a character easily and fighting; to me and to my friends that have played it, it more or less levels up the Player; definitely teaching patience.
You'll enjoy this game if you give it a shot. Play a few hours, stop, then come back and play a few more hours. You'll find yourself enjoying this game very easily.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Cricket You need to love to die!
Look people if you know nothing of this game back from the PS3 Demon souls and your looking for a game to just play around on and win all the time the first go around then this game is not for the light of heart. This game is going to push you down and kick you when your down. YOUR GOING TO DIE about 500 times plus. So if you hate to see your dead on the screen then don't even bother lol! If you want a challenging game then don't look no further this game is going to give you that and much more. If you see other reviews that say this game sucks because you die a lot and can't get no where, well the object of the game is getting that achievment of winning that boss fight or getting that far into the game. Its also getting to say hey I beat that game when your friend threw the controller down about the 400th time seeing your dead on the screen. Plus this is a game for getting a group of friend's online and getting some help if you want to. All in all a challenging game even for the hardcore gamer! A must buy for me!!!
Rated 1 out of 10 by BoVicexO Do Not Buy this Game!
Save yourself a lot of time and money, and do not buy this game. So far I have spent 7 hours and 53 minutes playing, and I'm only on the third town. This game is as hard as everyone says it is, but not rewarding AT ALL. The bosses look cool, but boss battles are long, repetitive, and not a fun time in the slightest. Its a game where you will not get anywhere unless you farm for souls for hours, and if you have a life like me, that's just something you'd rather not do. I have 69k Gamerscore, I'm somebody that has played most RPGs on the XBOX 360 platform, and I can honestly say that this is the worst RPG I've ever played. I have so much hate in my heart because of this one game. Don't end up like me, please. Just stick with Fable, Skyrim, and Fallout. Don't listen to these reviews that say it's the most amazing game ever. It's not rewarding, it's boring and repetitive, the live is mediocre, and you will break your controllers. What a waste of a weekend.
Rated 10 out of 10 by DeadSpaceMarine One of the best RPG's I've ever played.
I've been playing RPG's my whole life. None have ever hit the perfect note like this game has for me. The mood is perfect. The storyline minimal, but mysterious & very interesting with hidden paths leading to more lore of the world. The battle system is all skill based & takes perfect timing. If your timings off even the lowliest enemies can take you out. The online is a strange pseudo MMO with people entering & exiting your world. The boss fights are frightening & some of the most challenging I've ever experienced in my life. But one warning, do not expect this to be a cake walk. If you play games like The Elder Scrolls you'll probably rage quit in the first few hours of the game. It is relentless & requires more than just hacking & slashing away at enemies. But if you want an awesome game world full of secret areas & hidden treasure with terrifying enemies guarding them. This is your game. I would recommend anyone playing this game, but be prepared for many deaths. If you can take the punishment you will love this game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Xbox098 Dark Souls review.
When I first got this game I did not like it, I liked the idea but like most others quit out of frustration. My friend bought it on computer and played with a friend and loved it. He bought it for xbox and I decided to give it another go. So after playing with him I found I love this game when playing with other people. The gameplay is unique and just all around amazing, there's so much in this game. The graphics are amazing, lasting appeal: I can play this game for hours on end, never do that with video games. The sound will make you scared and relaxed at the same time and the music is just phenomenal. While waiting for Dark Souls 2, (I've never beat Dark souls yet) my friend went into the marines so I do not have anyone to play with. So if you're interested in playing with me my gamertag is A Br00tal Kitty (2 zeros). But DEFINITELY pick this game up and give it a go, it's only $20 and is worth way more than that. The gameplay is hard, but once you get used to it I promise this will be one of the best games you have ever played.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Jarrlee GREAT EXPERIENCE MEANT FOR THE HARDCORE!
This Game....oh man this game is simply put amazing and is definitely a lasting appeal. Though another thing should be said about this game...in the begging it is hard as NAILS! though it's difficulty is what actually defines the game itself! Your death within the game is actually a core game play mechanic! From Software created this game defiantly with the Hardcore Audience in mind instead of the more casual sort. To sum this game down without ruing anything story wise it is easily the best Role Playing Game the Xbox 360 hosts and am in pure suspense for the arrival of Dark Souls 2! It will require you about 60 hours to finally complete your first play-through of the game!!! and has amazing replay-ability hosting new game plus modes increasing in difficulty each time you complete them! If your looking for a Hardcore action Role Playing Game single player experience that will be memorable, then Dark Souls is the prime definition for you!!
Rated 6 out of 10 by EriicaLynn For those with patience.
After reading a few reviews on this game I decided it was worth it to pick up at my local redbox. I already knew it would be a challenge but that's what I looked forward to after so many mindless shooters out right now (and while waiting for Skyrim of course). Starting the game it feels a little like an advanced Oblivion, until you come upon the bosses. The game has no real "pause" menu so when your in it, your in it. I found the bosses wouldn't have been bad if not for when you died you didn't have to restart 2 hours previous getting to said bosses. It can be extremely time consuming and frustrating when you find yourself killing one boss, only to come upon another with no health and no save (or bonfire in this case) to replenish your supplies in between the bosses. I like a challenging game but when you find yourself playing the same part over and over it get's redundant. I'll be returning this tomorrow. So if you have the time, and patience for lots of dying and replaying parts you've done a million times it may be worth a rent for you.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Twevz A Dark but Beautiful Adventure
Dark Souls is the game people have been waiting for. It is the game with the epic-ness of killing huge monsters and being a knight. It is the game that is filled with content. It is the game with amazing graphics and gameplay. But one things for sure, don't think it isn't hard. Dark Souls is the hardest game ever (I'm sure you have heard about how you will die a thousand times) but don't turn your back now. It is as fun as it is hard, the thing is don't think it will be action at every turn and that you will be like Kratos from God of war. The weapons have weight, that means that you can't really go all berserk with them you can slowly hit them for a harder and more powerful hit or faster for a more light hit but offers damage. This is a great buy for anyone who liked Skyrim, believe me you won't be disappointed but beware if your the kind of person with anger management problems then I greatly suggest you to not play this game.