This game takes a lot of patience, but is an excellent game. It is indeed hard but there are options within the game that make it less hard. For instance, you can summon another player (a real person) to come help you through a board as long as you are in human form.
While is an RPG, it is not an "open world" in my opinion, the game is fairly linear and consists of the same scenario over-and-over. You enter a new world, explore, fight a demon and move on. So the game become fairly arcadish in the sense you never have to waste too much time just wandering around.
Overall, this is a great game. Give it a chance, and once you get through a few levels the end of the game really does come fairly quickly. The last thing I would add is to check out the Wiki page for this game, it helps out quite a bit.
Addicting as any game ever made. The game is so immersive, even the bug that causes dead bodies to flail around when you walk through them doesn't detract from the experience (the same thing happened in Oblivion).
I think my overall quality of life suffered because I played this too much and I also think it is the reason my Ps3 is now dead. Gameplay can be so varied that you could honestly spend years on this game. Different classes, online vs offline, the game adapting to how well or poorly you do, you ability to be able to kill anything or anyone (even npc's and DRAGONS), new game + after you beat it, etc...
Demon Bosses are fairly gimmicky and a variety are easily beaten with repeated ranged attacks as long as you're cautious. Everything has a pattern, and it's up to you to realize it, adapt and exploit. Play smart and you will be rewarded. In another sense, it is realistic, because if you were to walk into a room and there was a monster the size of a castle in front of you, you probably won't want to get up close to swing at it...you'd try to hit it from far away and from cover...outside of just wanting to run away.
I would like to think I mastered the game's difficulty with my approach and I was able to maintain my body form for awhile, but stupid falls would send me back to soul form. Not falls that I wouldn't see coming, more like falls that there is no way for you to gauge how I was going to land, and hope I didn't bounce off the edge and die...which sucks when you value your higher HP bar when you're alive in comparison to soul form. If you look for them, though, the game gives you plenty of revival stones, but it's smart to use them strategically, just like all things in the game. Not a huge flaw, considering how great the game is in all other regards.
Amazingly rewarding gaming experience, but one that requires time and patience. If you don't have these, you'll miss out on one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time...a flaw?
posted by lancerbear (GRANTS PASS, OR) Nov 13, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
Before renting this you should know that Demon's Souls is definitely a challenging game, but I think it's also worth the challenge.
The array of classes, weapons, armor, spells, and random little goodies in Demon's Souls allow you to do what you want with the game. Not to mention the awesome online capabilities.
For example, at one point in my game play I was stuck on a boss, so I had another character join me online and we fought the enemy 2 on 1 for the win. I also was impressed with how you're able to leave messages anywhere in the game to either warn or hint other online players of foes and treasure.
I'd suggest renting (or buying) this game if you enjoy a challenge, have some patience, and are a fan of Action/RPG's. This game is one of the greats and I think you just have to experience it for yourself