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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
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: 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: 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.
Conclusion: There’s a basic premise with a film or a book that the whole thing is intended to be seen or read, or the story isn’t finished. Dark Souls does the opposite. Not only have FromSoftware realised that many people will never make serious progress in the game, they’ve integrated that very idea deep within the fabric of the game’s world.
Pros: Intensely challenging. Excellent, consistent world-building. Great new solo content.
Cons: Poorly implemented online play. Very basic port from console.
Excerpt: No story, tough combat, sheer learning curve – and yet, one of the best games of this generation. So, Dark Souls, the console “classic” RPG widely considered to be one of the hardest games this generation – From Software even subtitled it “Prepare to Die”. But what is it really – stat counting numberthon, crafting and mixing build-your-own-gear toy, or 75-hour tale of woeful destruction on a grand scale which can only be prevented by you?
Pros: Deep, immersive world, challenging to the nth degree, unique in both gameplay and outcome, clever, layered combat and response, reliant on learning and reflexes, one of the ultimate gaming rushes, with no peer this generation
Cons: Story is throwaway, challenge will put many off, no help for beginners, as it relies on learning for yourself, out of the box experience is terrible
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die (PC) Review – Fix the Bugs Yourself!
20 March 2012
Excerpt: Let me start this review out with a confession – I am a huge fan of both Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. The first was the game that got me back into PS3 gaming for good, and entertained me so much for so long that Dark Souls became a day one purchase for me on the same console. Sure enough, Dark Souls turned out to be utterly fantastic – a game that was punishingly difficult yet still felt somehow fair.