Excerpt: Prepare to die. Has an interesting ring to it, huh? A game that teaches you the old school way, Dark Souls is not for the weak of heart, and provides a challenge for even the most hardened veterans of gaming. This game is a true testament to how video games were in the days of the NES and the SNES: hard, frustrating and rewarding. However, the title does allude to some less than brilliant themes, but more on that later.
Pros: Challenging gameplay focused on learning enemy’s attacks and slowly progressing. Great replayability.
Cons: Has a high learning curve. Not a “casual” game.
Excerpt: Having never played the Dark Souls games before, I didn't really know what to expect when diving into Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, which is the PC version of the Xbox game. Now, when a developer revels in the fact that their game is so difficult that most people won't be able to play it, that's kind of a red flag. I play games to have fun. But I also like challenges, and consider myself a top shelf role-player, so I figured what the heck.
Excerpt: This review is going to be a bit different than normal ones. This experiment has been done before, notably with my earlier Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion/Warlock reviews. That went fairly well, so I chose to do it again with these two RPG’s. I won’t go into depth that much on the systems in place, but I’ll comment about general thoughts on each game and how they are similar and different from each other.
Conclusion: Underneath the port inadequacies is a masterful piece of design; intricate and drenched in woe. Dark Souls is infuriating, but well worth the investment in time and shattered patience. There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s to experience Dark Souls for yourself.
Excerpt: I’m about to admit to something that, in many reader’s minds, will serve to discredit my reviews: I don’t finish the vast majority of games that I critique. Further, there are some few games where I don’t even make it to the half way point. The reasons for this are various and sundry but all boil down to one indisputable fact; almost every game can be judged with a high degree of accuracy in a matter of minutes if you have enough gaming experience.
Conclusion: More so than many other games, Dark Souls is something that is difficult to adequately explain second-hand, and you really need to play for yourself to feel how satisfying its many moving parts connect into an unforgettable game. The Prepare to Die Edition certainly isn’t a flawless port of the modern classic, though you’d be crazy to let that stop you from enjoying one of the most original, demanding and downright fun role-playing games in recent memory.
Excerpt: Lordran changes people. Indeed, the world of Dark Souls does nothing if not leave an impression on anyone who steps foot into its kingdom. Lordan is cold, unfeeling, and uncompromising. It's skeletons will slice you to pieces, bores will impale your organs, and rats will infest you with disease. With the PC release of Dark Souls fresh in our minds, it was time to revisit this unforgiving land. I couldn't have been more excited. My quest to re-enter Lordran was arduous.
Excerpt: Last year, Dark Souls was released on consoles. A towering achievement, its treacherous, interconnected realms offered some of the most absorbing exploration a game has ever conjured, and its intense and grueling combat made victory against even the most common enemies a source of gratification and relief. Now, this masterpiece has made its way to PC as the aptly titled Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition.
Pros: A captivating world that's thrilling to explore, Challenging and exhilarating combat, Incredible enemies and bosses, Fleeting interactions with other players make for memorable and meaningful multiplayer, Some great new content for this release
Cons: New player-vs.-player arena is disappointing, Some PC-specific technical issues
Conclusion: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition can be easily classified as an unfair and unbalanced role-playing experience. Once you spend enough hours with it, you slowly realize its appeal and start playing it as intended: with patience and strategy. You’ll still die a lot, especially when exploring unknown locations, but you’ll have a decent experience, especially once you’re able to join other people’s games.