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How the online mode confers legendary status
posted by slashemVC (CLEVELAND, TN) Jul 13, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
114 out of 121 gamers (94%) found this review helpful
While fighting your way through the various levels, other players in the vicinity are visible as ghosts. You can see them fighting or dying around you. You can interact with the blood-stains that they leave behind when killed by watching a replay of the last ten seconds of their lives. At that level of online interaction, it is fun and sometimes instructive... you might not repeat the mistake that got someone else killed.
Players can leave messages on the ground. Thankfully, you choose the content for the messages from a series of drop-down menues. That means no typing. It also means that if you take the time to read a message someone has left, it's not going to be something offensive of non-sensical. For some reason, however, although most players helpfully leave messages hinting at the location of hidden items or the best way to attack the up-coming boss, some of them like to suggest that you jump from places high enough to kill you.
The next level of online play is the cooperative and versus modes, which are seemlessly integrated. You can help someone play, by leaving a blue sign on the ground. Anyone can touch it and summon you. Alternatively, you can search for players to "invade," walking into their games as a "black phantom" and attempting to kill them.
The first time I was summoned into someone's game, we were invaded by a black phantom, and I found myself clutching the controller and gasping as the three of us battled it out for five long minutes with swords and spells. In fifteen years of gaming, I've never had more fun. Demon Souls is deep, challenging, and replayable. And its ONLINE is AWESOME!
Try it for yourself. For me it started okay, but
posted by Arippp (MISSION VIEJO, CA) Feb 6, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
160 out of 176 gamers (91%) found this review helpful
I decided to read some reviews after falling for this game and was fairly blown away at some of the specific negative comments.
- Clunky controls? No. They're exact and precise. If you hit the R1 button over and over when you THINK you should be able to attack you character will attack at the correct speed, and then start to attack again. You did hit the button twice, didn't you? Unfortunatly you will then die because the enemy you swung at again either dodged your attack or blocked it and swung at you. The same goes for healing, once you start the action your character will contine until either that actions end or your lifes end. Calm down and only hit the buttons you REALLY need to. Be deliberate. I die the above described way constantly too, it's always my fault.
- Too hard? No yet again. The game is difficult, but very fair. It's trail and error, but if you pay attention, you'll get why you died. It seems a little off some times when an enemy will hit you once and you die...so don't get hit or don't fight them yet. It's not a completely liniar game, you do have choices. The Demon's Souls Wiki is fantastic for clues and wepons planning.
- Not for the casual gamer with a life or a job? Again, not true. I have a very involving job (I admit, no life) that keeps me busy around 50-60 hours a week. If you like games, you will make the time to do what you enjoy. 5 characters later, I've beaten the game with 3 of them and continue to play when I have a couple hours. You do need patience to enjoy however, it'll take some getting used to.
Overall it's a very fun and challenging game. It's upsetting that some people give the game a low score because they can't grasp the controls and game play. That is however what reviews are for, opinions. Just don't let the bad ones scare you off, this is easily one of my favorite games ever and I've been playing for over 20 years now. Try it for yourself and form one.
One of the Greatest Games of ALL TIME
posted by ChelletheBelle (KANSAS CITY, MO) Aug 30, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I used to own the game but had to sell it due to hard times and now I'm about to get it back. I just had to leave a review since I see it's score is really lower than I think it should be.
Demon's Souls is a very challenging game. You must have patience to play this game, and a diehard spirit. You will die. Again and again. The question is, did you learn from it?
There are certain advantages that some didn't take into account while playing this game and I can tell due to the low score it has. First, if you are alive you can summon help while playing online, but you can also be invaded. If you are dead, you resist certain attacks more, even though your health is halved. You are also harder to detect while dead. This game has so many different tactics you can employ to get what you desire, you just have to be willing to figure them out and stick with it. Another thing that is great about this game is that you CAN farm souls (xp) to strengthen your character, you just have to realize where the good farming points are. There are so many things this game offers, but an easy walk is not one of them. If you are looking for a game that doesn't forgive, yet gives you a great feeling of accomplishment when you conquer an enemy, get Demon's Souls. If you are having serious problems, you can always look up a guide as well. If you aren't playing this online, you are missing the best half of the game!
Maximum Frustration=Maximum Fun
posted by gameflayz (AUSTIN, TX) Dec 28, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
134 out of 158 gamers (85%) found this review helpful
But why do i love it sooo much?!!? It forces you to get good or fail. This game doesn't care for the casual gaming crowd. You have a vauge idea of how to play the game through the tutorial, but for the most part it's trial and error (and some help from online notes people leave "watch out for fall ahead"). You have to get good at your character. Leveling up and getting better gear helps, but ultimatley if you can't figure out how and when to block and attack you will never get through this game.
For the laymen i could best describe it as a zelda game set in Nightmareville or some place near it. Except in this game you get to decide what kind of Link you are playing. A heavily armored knight. a nimble, stealthy assassin. A powerful magic user. a mixture of two or three. This customization lends itself to a unique experience to every different character in the way they approach enemies. You can go in swinging with reckless abondon, set a trap poison cloud or blast them from just out of their reach.
I haven't even gone into the graphics or multiplayer suffice to say both are fantastic and the multiplayer is set up like nothing i've played before.
If you're a fan of zelda and dungeon crawlers and even ninja gaiden type games you'll love this game if you can get past it's crushing learning curve.
posted by Async420 (IMPERIAL, MO) Oct 4, 2012
Member since Oct 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Reasons I think this game is great:
1. Seems almost too hard a first, and while I wouldn't say it gets easier, you know you'll be satisfied when you move forward another step. Perfect balance of challenge vs reward.
2. Nice diversity in ways to build your character. I don't feel pigeonholed once I've chosen my class, of which there are a decent selection as well.
3. While the world is broken up into a main hub and stages, it still has great explorability.
4. Combat is fantastic. Every enemy, especially when you are in Soul Form, is a deadly threat, so you have to be smart. This is not a button masher.
5. Some cool enemies. I could tell this game was Japanese before I actually looked into From Software by the enemy design, especially the first boss. The Japanese come up with some great monster concepts.
That's it. If you like action RPGs and a good challenge, try it.
posted by Kynsario (SHAWNEE, OK) Mar 30, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
TOP NOTCH RPG (EXTREME DIFFICULTY)
posted by OneBadWood (BEAVERTON, OR) Mar 24, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
GOOD GAME but too hard
posted by thegamerkid (OSBURN, ID) Feb 11, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Great game that tests your patience
posted by uofmstud33 (ARGYLE, TX) Nov 6, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
47 out of 57 gamers (82%) found this review helpful
The story line will keep you thinking when you are at school/work. You'll find yourself pausing gameplay to look around at the awesome graphic detail of the levels and bosses. There are more weapons/armor than you can keep count of in one game. You'll have to rethink your inventory for every mission.
Every decision counts. You cannot save your game manually. There is an autosave function that you have to be aware of. If you attempt something risky, it could effect the rest of your game. The game involves a lot of thinking.
If you give this game a chance, you will not regret it. I just beat it and don't want to send it back! Luckily there is a new game+ and new game ++!
One of the most satisfying games ever.
posted by fiendmaster4 (WATERBORO, ME) Oct 5, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
However after i returned the game to gamefly, i couldn't get it out of my head. i found myself looking online to build classes out before I knew it. I planned my frist class from level 1 all the way to 120. Including equipment, and what sats to put where, and when. Long story short, I went to my local Bull Moose, and promptly purchased the game. Within 5 minutes I was hooked. As soon as you accept the fact that your going to die, the game becomes much more fun than tedious.
The goal isn't so much to get to the end of the level without dying, It's much more in the nature of gathering information on enemies, layout, and general strategy until you make your big run. The game is not oriented toward a story, and if story is what you are looking for in a game, i recommend something else. this game revels in its combat system and the feeling of satisfaction of victory. and those are the things that make the game worth it.
Also I HIGHLY recommend playing demon's souls befoe its newly released sequel. if you don't vibe on the game once you accept the concept, you never will.
I hated this game but love it now
posted by piggiepie (DALLAS, TX) Jun 1, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
13 out of 16 gamers (81%) found this review helpful
Once you beat the first level, go to the top and talk to the statue “monumental” to begin leveling up with the witch that says “the monumental waits ye above.” I didn't know that and just got my ars kicked. Give this game a try and don’t be afraid to read for some help online.
This game deserves waaay better than a 7.0
posted by nanoman (DODGE CITY, KS) Aug 30, 2010
Member since Mar 2006
12 out of 15 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
P.S: The very first boss IS killable, fairly easily too, if you know what you're doing
This is a challenging game!
posted by Brandon101 (WARR ACRES, OK) Feb 21, 2010
Member since Nov 2009
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Another thing that should be said is that if you play games for the story, this probably isn't your thing either. Because there barely is one.
This game is by far one of the best game I have played on my PS3. The gameplay is engaging and addicting! It takes timing and skill, you'll never beat this game by running through it trying to swing your sword in every direction.
After you start playing, you won't want to stop playing for a long time. The game can take awhile to complete as well. I beat the game in 57 hours. From what I've heard that's about 20 hours faster than average. So there is a lot of playtime to be had, and with the addition of a new game +, the game could last forever.
The best part about this game is the multiplayer. The co-op is seamlessly integrated into the story. If you are a soul you will help another player complete his level, and if you are human you can request help to complete your level. The competitive multiplayer can be annoying when you are the one being invaded, but gratifying if you are the invading soul.
Demon's Souls is an amazing game, its worth a shot by any gamer who is worth their salt. Definitely not easy, but it is, however, very very rewarding. Give it a shot, I promise you won't be dissappointed!
Kids and challenges
posted by RonaiSnzer (WAYNE, WV) Oct 9, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
58 out of 81 gamers (72%) found this review helpful
This makes Ninja Gaiden look like pre-school in how hard it is and that makes it great, flowing controls, great enemies and strong boss demons.
You need to level your person, find what weapon works best. whats the demon or demon bosses weakness? The problem is most of them will play for a hour and toss it out the window and say how horrid and how hard it is.
This is not your usual game from a couple years ago or present where they hold your hand all the way to the end.
posted by History (LANCASTER, CA) Sep 2, 2010
Member since Sep 2010
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
What seems hard is only a test, when you begin to gain in power there is no ceiling you can hit. It is one of the finest, most fun and rewarding games I have ever played. Lots of secrets, tactic's, tricks, weapons, armor, bosses and an RPG element that feels and responds well.
If you lvl your attributes its noticeable in a way that makes you want more SOULS you feel the change as your character evolves in a world that's ruthless and filled with surprises. Every thing you upgrade makes you that much closer to Godlike and unless your insane or cheating you wont be able to max your character.
I have been playing games my entire life I highly recommend this game to good players and people that have been left wanting of a gaming experience that is (very sadly) unique these days.
This game if great on its own! Toss in the black/blue stones with online and you have one of the best fighting games for online.
GLOWING 10 one of my favorite games of all time.. I only wish half the games I have bought where half as polished as this masterpiece.
Smile, you're dead.
posted by tjsmoke (NORTHAMPTON, PA) Oct 16, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
17 out of 23 gamers (74%) found this review helpful
Yes, this game actually does save your place!
posted by Jhairumeee (BOONE, NC) Jan 20, 2010
Member since Jan 2007
14 out of 19 gamers (74%) found this review helpful
Now, I love this game, I love just how difficult it is and that you will die planty of times until you get used to it. The fact is, if you are after a game that you can just pick up and beat in a few sittings, this isn't for you.
The bosses are enormous and are quite a challenge to get through. Being online is of benefit since you can read messages from other players that give you clues as to what is required at a certain time or what you will need to do. You can also summon a fellow player or two to help you through tough spots, but watch out because you can also be invaded by another player who's intent is to do you harm.
There are many different things that you can do, which is helped by the fact that you can play the game many times with the same character in New Game +, ++, ...
The only things that kept this from being a 10 for me were how you can't directly compare things you are about to buy to the things that you already have in case the one you have might be better. Another slight against it is that you can't see what might be in a pickup from a dead foe, you just have to pick it up and hope that it is not something that you don't need. Finally, the stats menu is a bit cryptic and you will need to keep your instruction booklet close by until you have memorized the icons and what they stand for.
So, in closing, this is an amazing game that you will relish once you have gotten used to it's intricacies. Each battle will make you feel like you have truly survived something perilous. And a little tip here: don't get too many souls and venture into unknown land, you will make yourself furious. You'll see what I mean.
Yo yo yo, if you like RPGs check this
posted by hyrulekid (SOUTH PASADENA, CA) Oct 23, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
43 out of 61 gamers (70%) found this review helpful
Asides from addressing the stereotypes youve most likely heard, there are so many new and great elements that I would like to point out. The online system that has been added, which you have the option of not participating in if you dont have internet, can that can be harnessed to help you out and really makes this game easy. Players tell each other "beginners go here" or i started pointing out to other which worlds contain which type of stone for upgrades for those of us trying to get that master weapon. When people recommend your message you get full health again. And using peoples messages can save you even more health. Dont worry about difficulty, youll learn if you give it a chance, and its worth it.
Difficult on purpose!
posted by SteelSkin (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Oct 13, 2009
Member since Jul 2006
34 out of 48 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
People keep saying they die and have to "start all over". What happens when you die is you start from the last check point which is essentially the last boss you killed. The levels are the broken into the perfect size so starting over isn't a bad thing. Once you figure out how to defeat the mobs ahead and the secret to the boss fights it only take about 10-15 minutes on average to get through a section of the map. As your retracing your steps getting back to your lost souls, you earn more souls which in turn makes you stronger and the game "easier."
The multiplayer aspect of this game also relies on the difficulty. The way it works is one player who is "alive" can summon up to 2 more "dead" players to help with an area. Alternatively a "dead" player can invade another "alive" players world to try and kill him/her to revive him/herself. If the game was not difficult then people wouldn't die and therefor multiplayer would die with it. That would be a shame due to a great new take on the co-op/PvP aspect of the game.
Lastly, the difficulty is only as bad as people want to make it. If you want a mindless romp through an easy game then skip this one. It will take patience, time and most importantly and what some unmentionable people forget they have is "BRAINS." So if you want a one of a kind "challenge" this is one of the greatest.
Good but flawed with a steep learning curve
posted by vannie (SAN MARCOS, CA) Oct 8, 2009
Member since Sep 2006
42 out of 60 gamers (70%) found this review helpful
Although the aesthetic character creation itself is detailed you'll have difficulty creating a character that'll win any beauty contests, but there is a good amount of classes to pick from that you can choose as a base. I recommend picking a class that is as close to your final product in mind as possible ,and has the equipment you prefer (since you'll be using it for a while). You can essentially become anything from any class, but it will take much longer and cost more resources to turn a physical class into a magic class than vice-versa.
The Multiplayer and bosses are what peeve me the most about this game...the only way to communicate is to use awkward emotes or type a message to your recent players in PSN. A text or vocal chat would be much appreciated. I have seen many-a-partner fall to their deaths because I could not warn them. A friend invite system would be nice if alive players could play, but I like how the game works as far as summoning and seeing phantoms wandering about. It also bugs me that when you defeat the boss in another's game you must still go back and defeat them in yours it seems like you should both claim the victory. As for the boss tactics I find that many are very easily exploitable when using magic or bows, but....I guess this balances out with some of the boss's cheap attacks. Anyway definitely check it out if you're a fan of Action-RPGs or just action games.
Perfect Blend of Difficulty and Challenge
posted by Blackjack1 (WESTERVILLE, OH) Apr 12, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
9 out of 12 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
You never feel cheated, every death is fair. Every time you roll off a cliff, you could have stopped it. Every time you get killed for bad timing, it is your fault. It is difficult, but in all the right ways.
Want to buy this game? Read this.
posted by terraforme (WESTON, FL) Apr 2, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
20 out of 28 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
If you are unsure whether you want to buy this game, believe me, it deserves much more than a 7.2. It is difficult at first, but once you learn how to fight each enemy (yup, there's a different strategy for every single foe you encounter) you will not want to put this game down even if you just died.
When you die, you lose all your Souls (money/experience) and a bloodstain is left exactly 10 seconds where you were before you died. If you can go through the level again (the monsters will have respawned, so you need to be careful) and touch your bloodstain, you get all your souls back. It feels really rewarding.
But that is not all. The enemies will become harder to kill, and you will be in soul form until you defeat a boss or use a certain rare item. When in soul form, your max HP is halved and you deal more damage. You can, however get a really good ring that increases your health in soul form by about 25% early on.
When you get to the boss of any level, it feels intense because:
1. There's no music in this game except for boss fights
2. If you get killed now, you have to do the whole level again
3. Exactly 0 of the bosses are straightforward hack-and-slash
4. If you kill the boss, you get a ton of souls, your HP rises to its max again, and you can trade the boss's soul for really cool weapons or magic.
You can't pause the game offline or not, and the game uses a constant autosave feature. With it, as soon as you kill a boss, it instantly saves. As soon as you kill yourself? SAVED
Do you see what I'm getting at here? This game is not torturingly hard, but it is still intense because of what's at stake if you die. Trust me, there are no cheap deaths in this game and you can't blame the controls because they're really responsive, and they need to be for a game like this. When you die, it's not because the game is hard, it's YOUR fault.
The game is awsome hard!!!
posted by Hedges (PALMER, AK) Mar 15, 2010
Member since Oct 2008
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by Wicked9mm (MARSHALL, MI) Nov 6, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
10 out of 14 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
The story line is worth the play alone.
There is several classes to choose from each of course has its pros and cons but in the long run you will die ALOT!!!!
You have been warned
Rating 10 = 9.5 rounded up
posted by Visceral6 (LANCASTER, CA) Jan 23, 2010
Member since Nov 2006
12 out of 17 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
After playing this, Darksiders looks, in a word, lame. This is not a game for those with short attention spans and little patience. This game is built to reward those who will put some thought into their actions.
To the uninitiated:
"Wow neat graphics. Cool sword. Oh a zombie!" R1, R1, R1! "Ah!" R1 R1 R1, R1 R1 R1!! "What the heck, I'm dead." -10 minutes later- "WHAT THE!? This game is too hard!"
To the experienced:
"Hello Mr. Blue Eye." L2 (parry), R1 (riposte)."Yeah! Two seconds, dead."
Upgradeable weapons and armor which change the cosmetics of your character (ie. the new black leather armor makes your character look more like badass).
Decisions influence gameplay, so don't kill any merchants (unless there is some reward for doing so, hmm, hitman?).
Worth Buying: YES
Worth Renting: of course