Dark Souls is the critically acclaimed spiritual successor to the game Demon Souls, which was released in 2009. An incredibly innovative role playing game, Dark Souls provides a completely unique concept few would dare to try to create, and makes for a once in a lifetime game playing experience. This ground breaking game has perfectly balanced intricate storyline with breath taking graphics and heart racing action, amounting to something that can be enjoyed by all. However, Dark Souls is not for the faint hearted...
The Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will include both physical in box content and all the new features of the ‘Artorias of the Abyss’ add-on game content; an additional challenging adventure for stalwart heroes to face as they return to the deadly world of Lordran. Players will experience an as yet untold chapter in Dark Souls lore set in the dying kingdom of magic known as Oolacile. Unwillingly taken by the abyss and sent back in time, the player becomes the only one who can save Oolacile from the spreading darkness that threatens to engulf the kingdom and all of its people.
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This edition will include an online match-making feature for co-op or player vs. player gameplay, allowing gamers to showcase their skills against other Dark Souls players around the world.
Endure spine chilling and tensely hostile environments as you travel though this vast and unwelcoming open world, a world that is home to a host of terrifying creatures and demons that want nothing more than to eviscerate you. Explore this twisted fantasy universe and trawl through dungeons, with both your wits and strength being constantly put to the test in this brutally dark and challenging third person RPG.
You can choose from a wide and detailed variety of ten races for your character, including warrior, cleric, thief, sorcerer, hunter, and more. Each of these races have their own specialised skills, for example melee or magic, with upgrades to achieve and apply as you progress throughout the game, allowing you to truly tailor your character to your specifications. This game adds an additional feature when it comes to armour and weaponry, allowing you to forge them yourself should you not want to buy or scavenge for them. An extra twist is also presented, making death the main focus of the entire game play. This isn't always a bad thing though; dying is your education, and the theme of the cruel universe through which you trek. Within this punishing world, survival will be your utmost accomplishment, and your most impressive victory.
The beauty about the combat in Dark Souls is that it will never truly pin you to a certain playing style; you can switch from a heavy warrior to a swift thief just by changing up your weapons and armour, and you can even become a mage or a healer by finding a sorcerer's catalyst or talisman, allowing you to be constantly fluid in your combat. Another interesting little twist in this game is the way that the bonfires you'll find placed around the world are checkpoints, where you can repair your items, refill your health flasks, and ensure it to be a respawn point should you die. Another thing you can do at a bonfire is spend the souls of your vanquished foes, which act as this game's currency, and which can be spent on levelling up, increasing your health, stamina, and magical abilities.
There is also a definitive online co-op multiplayer experience within Dark Souls, which has you relying on other individuals throughout the game to share tips, strategies, and various knowledge to help you progress. You will be able to see the shadows of other players as they in turn trek through this vast, cruel world, and even the blood stains of where they have been smite. When you die, you will leave your own blood stain and become Hollowed, losing all souls that you have collected. However, should you make it back to your stain before being decimated again, you will regain everything that you had lost. Another resource you will be relying on throughout this game is your Humanity, gained only through items and by defeating horrendous and terrifying bosses, which can be used to light your own bonfires and revive yourself to Human.
This incredibly imaginative game will transport you through this punishing universe, allowing you to write your own destiny, pulling you ever deeper with each victory, and completely immersing yourself in the darkness. Whether you come out alive is up to you. (Cat
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Demanding, harsh, unforgiving, Dark Souls encourages us in our last corner and forces us to tap into our ultimate resources to advance this universe. Whether you're a fan of RPG or a hack and slash lover, nothing can prepare us for such an experience. We must admit that the title does not equal the standard PC game from a technical point of view but they are basely material considerations, which take second place when plunged into this adventure. It's terribly frustrating for the common man accustomed to casual gaming and easy success, Dark Souls clearly is the new Holy Grail of players desperately seeking a challenge.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is an excellent game, the dlc in this version is very very nice. But the port from console to pc are the worst...
On PC Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has a great framerate, with no slowdowns and you tweak your cg for a better look! For the price you have a lot of hours of pleasure with a taste of old school gaming!
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has a superb melee combat that values timing and tactics over button mashing. It's a huge game world filled with treasures and an excellent co-op system, with superb art design. However, the balance between difficultly and unfairness is not perfect, with a few incidents of genuine perverseness. Also, the graphics technology is unremarkable.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is hard. It took a couple of hours to get into it. The combat is pretty good once you get some decent weapons.
Let's start with the name of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. They were not joking with the 'Prepare to Die' part because in the tutorial I'd already died a few times. Not just by the boss, but even the little skeletons as well. Am I that bad, I started to wonder? While I was playing the tutorial, I was skypeing with a friend who was also doing the tutorial and he too had a hard time at the start. So just a reminder, do not think you're too bad for this game, they've made it hard for a reason. That reason is simple. When I had finished the first boss after a death count of 5, I felt incredible. The tactics I've learned during my previous encounters, or tactics I've avoided because they didn't work in my previous encounters were necessary to eventually beat it. And this was just the beginning. After beating the tutorial, you get to the first part with more skeletons, getting harder and harder. The game also implemented some minibosses who're (mostly) optional. These creatures are no joke. They are fast, have great armour and a weapon with which they want to smack/stab/slash you to your death. And believe me if I tell you, they're good at that! With every creature you encounter weaknesses, tactics, when to dodge, when not to dodge. You'll have to die often and sometimes it might get you to the point where you're thinking of throwing your computer out of the window, but remember, the satisfaction of killing that creature will make you forget everything that happened before and you'll only feel better! I've played this on the computer with a Playstation 3 controller. I recommend a Xbox360 or PS3 controller because this game is a port and it's way easier to play with a controller. If you use a Playstation 3 controller, the software 'Motion in Joy' will help you to activate your controller.
You're crazy not to buy this game at such a low price. Major price cut compared to other game websites. Nice extras on top of the game, just make sure youre ready to deal with death, it happens alot. Wouldnt be surprised if some would rage quit at times. I like this idea, while friends have stayed away because of this 'prepare to die' mentallity.
If you have not played Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition yet, it's time to get acquainted. This is one of the hardest, unforgiving games I have ever played. Yet no matter how much you die, you want to keep on going. Personally, I think of myself as quite an experienced gamer, however, this game was still able to surprise me at every turn. It's truly an awesome experience.
I play games only on PC, have been for most of the recent years. I did grow up on consoles so that's a platform which I respect. If you ever encounter some elitist PC gamer who thinks console games are for children, just show them this game. It doesn't get much more hardcore then this. Basically, if you don't consult online guides, this game is very difficult. And, I suggest that you don't consult any guides. At least not at first, and if you succumb to consulting a guide, try to get some tips but without spoilers. Big part of the charm this game has is in trying things yourself and getting lots of gaming memories in the process which will stick with you for a long time. This is something that not much games these days can give you. As for the technical side of the game, it's not something to write home about. Get a game pad and some fixes from modding community, and you are set for one of the best RPG (action) games ever.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is an amazing game with a well-made plot and customisation options. However, the game is mainly designed for consoles, so this PC version suffers from poorly integrated controls, 720p max internal resolution and FPS caps. But being a PC version, these issues could be resolved via using mods and a controller to play the game.