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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Review
16 November 2012
Summary: Dark Souls is not a game that will appeal to everyone. If you're used to having your hand held at every turn or just generally want to play a game to unwind, this is not for you. This is a game that demands your time and will stress your patience to its limits. With Dark Souls, From software has created one of the most compelling and atmospheric action RPGs ever and it is an experience that must not be missed.
Pros: Gameplay is rock-solid, One of the hardest games you'll play this year, Excellent story, A very atmospheric game, Excellent sound effects, Epic boss battles
Cons: Xbox 360 controller (or similar controller) is a must. Keyboard/mouse control is awful, One of the hardest games you'll play this year, Issues with graphics on PC (workaround available here
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: As you can imagine, the game caught the eye of many PC owners who also wanted to try out their skills with the challenging title. After plenty of pleas and petitions, From Software, together with publisher Namco Bandai, has now released Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, which includes not just the experience from last year, but also new content that’s even more difficult to master.
Pros: +Rewards patience and strategy, +Delivers many hours of gameplay, +Unique multiplayer system
Cons: -Fixed resolution, -Can be quite challenging at first, -Online system still needs work, -Bugs are still present
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: From the infested swamps of Blight Town to the pristine palaces of Anor Londo, the trials of Dark Souls offered a cavernous adventure filled with secrets, innovation, and, of course, death. Less than a year later, the game is summoned once again to do battle on the PC. A smattering of additions to this new version is accompanied by a few irksome caveats, but the defining virtues of the game are intact.