gamers (91%) found this review helpful
No apologies, No Mercy. You must be a hardcore gamer if you are going to rent Dark Souls. This game walks the very fine line of love and hate. It will test you to the last nerve, and rock you to your core.
I have rarely played a game where the next item, or spell you find felt so earned! Everything you accomplish will make you feel as if you actually did something! Very few games out there give you these feelings. You have no clue. Where you are, what you are doing, how you got there. All you have is the clothes on your back and the scraps you find along the way. Hardcore RPG at its best! Nothing is wasted, everything is gained with blood and tears.
YOU MUST be patient! Learn the ropes, feel out your chosen character and listen to others! Read those messages, leave some of your own! The Camera and Lock on system will be your second biggest enemy, thin patience your first.
This community right here is one of the best in the world of gaming. We are all in this together! If you feel like quitting and snuffing this game out all together DON'T! Get on the Forums, study up! If you know anything about Demons Souls, than you know there will be a huge amount of support online very soon. Forge ahead! Be smart about your next move and Run if you have too! Treat your characters life as if it was your own.
Dark souls will not be for the faint of heart or short tempered. I love this game, I love Demons Souls. These are the kind of games we will look back on, like Mario or Zelda, and say "Man, that was great." for some. Others will be just as happy leaving it alone.
I will leave you with this, Demons/Dark Souls to me defines what it is to be a proud first generation gamer. Whether you were ASCII or Atari/NES, you know what I am talking about. The Souls Series is an Ode to our childhood. Thank you From Software
posted by JuggaloGamez (CHATTANOOGA, TN) Apr 27, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is one of the Hardest and most rewarding Games i have ever played. There are Giant Monster Bosses, Awesome Custom Weapons, and Beautiful Crazy Fantastic Worlds that are open for you to choose when and where you go next. You can be anything from a knight to a wizard to an archer or a cleric. if you are not paying attention even the smallest enemy can overwhelm you, or other players can invade your world and give you a bad day. but if you can stick it out, and get good, it is one of the best games i've ever played as far as the fun factor. NOT FOR CASUAL GAMERS. trust me, you will give up before you really even start on the game.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
...because I hated Demons Souls. I was one of the legions crying because I thought it was too needlessly punishing to be called "fun".
For some reason though, Dark Souls has me hooked. It is still punishing, but the pace and distance to the next bonfire is just right to keep you pushing forward, eager to see what new doom lurks in the next chamber. The bosses will kick your butt 9/10 times, but you learn something with each attempt and that 10th time is sweet when you triumph.
I feel the combat in Dark Souls was much tighter then in Demon's Souls. So that now, when I die, I curse myself and not the game for my error.
Now for the bad.
I STILL feel that these games ratchet up the difficulty to disguise a shocking lack of content. If this were a normal game, with weaker enemies and checkpoints every 50 feet, you would finish in less then a day and be screaming about how short it was. Forcing players to replay the same section of the game 50 times is still not "good" game design - it's just a time sink. The joy you feel for overcoming it is just a by-product.
I also feel they should give new players SOME guidance when choosing their first character. They should warn players that some builds will be WAY more difficult in the early stages of the game then others. I picked a heavy tank at first and just could not progress, then I picked a more nimble thief and the game got way easier, I could avoid a lot more damage by dodging around.
With just a few minor tweaks, more save points, more content and more guidance, Dark Souls could have a MUCH bigger fan-base, I wonder why they don't.