This game is the alpha and omega of merciless, throw your controller at the $1000 TV and curse god, dungeon crawling awesomeness. I played and still own Demon's souls, and I can say without hesitation that this game improves upon the original in every way. The punishing difficulty of Dark Souls (noobs will die, and so often their neighbors will hate them for their constant screams of anguish) is, to say the least, a breath of fresh air. Most games these days pander to the everyman. Such games basically hold your hand and change your diapers, making sure that you can see the uninspired story (although Demon's Souls doesn't have much of a story either) with minimum dedication to button pushing. Dark souls on the other hand, makes you work for every inch you get; skewers, slashes, smashes and in all ways destroys you until you are forced to transcend the sheltered little world of what you thought you knew about video games. One could power-level their character until the end of days and would still need to learn; still need to adapt and change their methods, and just when they thought they had it down, they would fall again. Dark souls brings me back to the land of NES where, when you couldn't survive, you were forced to learn a new way to play and then do it ALL again.
Dark Souls is not without its faults. Glitches and item spawn issues happen. Not so terribly often, but more than enough to un-make your day. The multiplayer is plagued with near game-breaking lag and server issues. When dueling online you WILL have to deal with your enemy "appearing" behind you from time to time. More so than that, you will have other players attempting to exploit said shortcoming, or dodging and circling you until you miss a two hit combo and then backstabbing you. This is my one true complaint about this game. When the dueling in this game could be an intricate dance of advance and retreat, attack and counterattack, it ends up being an incredibly anticlimactic race to the easy win.
Being a Demon's Souls veteran I went into Dark Souls ready for anger. I was correct to feel this way ten hours in the game. Being alive in the game is a scary position to be in. Besides the fact you will lose your humanity but, invaders are a fiercesome opponent. Even through all this, I love the over all experience this game brings to gaming. Despite being the hardest game I have ever played, this is a must get.
posted by Slacker213 (WAXAHACHIE, TX) Jul 17, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
This game is one of best games i have played yet. Its a chalenge and it takes more the a day to beat. So if you want to play a game with a chalenge and dont mind sitting down for a long time then this is the game for you