Excerpt: A whole year after Dark Souls launched, this downloadable add-on is here — and given the game’s extreme challenge and depth, that makes sense. Rest assured, Artorias of the Abyss is strictly for experienced players: merely accessing the new area requires you complete roughly 30% of the main game and use your favorite wiki to figure out how to get there.
Pros: + Awesome new characters, gear, and spells., + Lore and tone fit perfectly with the rest of the game.
Cons: ? Why troll players who beat the final dragon boss with a ring that cripples them?
Conclusion: Dark Souls is probably one of the best games of 2011. Its dark corridors holds plenty of mystery, dangers, and treasure to keep you playing the game for a long time to come. It will challenge you and even try your patience, but if you stay strong you will be rewarded for your efforts. We highly recommend this game to anyone looking for an amazing RPG experience.
Excerpt: I'll ask you to bear with me over the course of this review, as Dark Souls on the Xbox 360 is one of the hardest games I've ever had the chance to play, or in this case, review. Dark Souls, the semi-sequel to the PS3 exclusive and Game of the Year winner Demon's Souls, is the kind of game that needs no introduction; people have been talking in hushed tones for months about just how hard it would be, their voices sounding more like they were discussing what it would be...
Summary: Like its predecessor, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls is as beautiful as it is dangerous. It's the type of game that will lure you in like a Siren with its massive, seamless world only to punish you again and again should you make even the smallest mistake. With that said, it's also one of the most rewarding gaming experiences you're likely to have, so if you're willing to endure its unforgiving nature, Dark Souls can be an amazing, unforgettable experience.
Summary: " Dark Souls " is not an empowerment fantasy. To even stand a chance within its grim world it is necessary to grind and die again and again. When travelling any of the wide variety of paths through Lordran’s open world any lapse in attention can be lethal, even in long forgotten ‘low level’ areas. What Dark Souls does so perfectly though is provide the kind of challenge older gamers may feel has been missing from recent generations of games.