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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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.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is very well made. The graphics are good and fit the overall mood of the game very well. The game play is fantastic, and the difficult level is hard, but not unfair and challenges can be overcome if you take your time and study enemy movements. An Xbox360 game pad or similar is required, as the game is nearly unplayable otherwise, as camera movement with the mouse seems to be buggy (but there seems to be an unofficial fix for this). The only flaw I found is that the internal resolution of the game is limited to a fairly low resolution, which makes everything look very blurry and bad. But a fix is easily accessible if you use Google. The extra package content is very nice, and if you are a collector you will surely enjoy them.
Dark Souls is very very very good!! Oh my god!!
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is awesome and has a Castlevania feel to it, like Symphony of The Night. The only problem is the difficulty of the final bosses. You also need some modifications to improve this poor console port.
The Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition PC port of this excellent game is awful: Games for Windows Live, capped at 30 fps, 720p max internal resolution, minimal graphics options etc. Though the game is excellent and well worth to cope with this horrible port.
I've only played Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for 2 hours, but my god, it really makes you think about where you have to be in game and when to attack. The Japanese company did a good job with this game, making it challenging and hard but still enjoyable to play. I would recommend this game to anyone. One flaw I find though, is that it is hard to know where to go as after the tutorial area, as it doesn't show you which direction to go.
First thing I wanted to say was I was not expecting the Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition box to have so much content. The game, postcards, poster, art book, making of CD, soundtrack CD and the expansion pack is great value for money. The game is something special, a challenge like no other I have played before. Every step of the way you are in constant fear of dying, which will lose you precious souls (the in-game currency and the way you level your character). When you reach that bonfire or unlock the short cut you are very relieved. The boss fights are usually immense and some are very challenging on your own. It pays to have friends or NPC help to beat them. All in all it's a great game and although a straight port, with the added motion blur it seems to look like it runs a lot smoother than it did on my 360.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is amazing gameplay that will keep you going for hours. A must have game 10/10.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is excellent and very challenging. With a bit of moderating on the PC, the game looks amazing.
Brilliant game although a pad is a necessity. It's not so hard that it is impossible, but hard enough that veteran players won't blitz through it in a handful of hours. On your first run through expect 30+ hours of gameplay without completing all the content.
If you are a fan of Demon's Souls, you will love this game! If you just want the PC version, good! -You can add the game to your steam library! -GFWL is lame, but fine if you update properly -There is a graphics mod that stops GFWL from logging you out of online mode. -You can use your xbox pc pad for this game, and it is recommended! -You use skype and virtual LAN software such as Tunngle to ensure perfect co-op with a friend while chatting. If none of the above, please read the following: I have heard many say "Dark Souls is a bad game because it is made to be extremely hard", which is not true. The game is skill based, requiring to memorise attack patterns, where the enemies spawn and ensure you are wise about spending your points before death. Death will claim your souls, which is your currency for leveling up and improving equipment, but you can pick them back up where you died. However if you die before then, you loose them forever. The game teaches you to spend early and be careful. It is incredibly rewarding with a level of complexity, but if you do find it too difficult, you can always invite players into your game to help you. This is done with the best MMO single player game mechanic ever implemented. You see ghosts on your server run around, which are players and can invite them and leave messages on the ground for them to see. They can do the same and this leads to a unique co-op and PVP implementation in the game. However if the PVP is annoying you, just don't restore your humanity. (which is your living or zombie state that acts as a online/offline mode for the PVP, but you can still jump in other player's games.) All in all, an interesting game with a great battle system, interesting narrative and badass giant beastly bosses.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is worth buying. Many will criticise it for being a lazy port, but mods take this up to the next level. It's an excellent chance to get accustomed to the kind of games Namco Bandai is planning for the future.
I absolutely love this awesome game!
One of the greatest games of all time. A must have!
Easily the best game I have played in the last 3 years! A must have for every hardcore gamer! Absolutely Amazing!
This game is in fact immensely fun and rewarding once you get over the starting hurdles. Not much story to go on, but if you really delve into it, there's much fun to be found there too (speculation). Would be 5/5 easy if the PC Port didn't have the problems with resolution and controls. With mods however everything is good. I'd buy it. As I have. As you will. One of best games to come out in last few years, also one of the hardest to get into. Recommended!
Dark Souls is not just a simple game. Dark Souls is the:GAME! One of the -if not the- best and deepest action-RPG game ever. Beautiful graphics (with Dsfix mod), amazing sounds, epic boss fights, great music and a real challenge! You never ever forget this game if you're enough skilled for a walk-through. Game time? For the first try it's about 100+ hours, and that's fantastic. And what about this DaS - Prepare to Die Edition (PC)? It's amazing! Very-very good price (thank you so much Zavvi!), lots of content and extras, FREE and integrated "Artorias Of The Abyss" DLC (on the XBOX platform the DLC will be 1200 MS point!!!) XBOX360/PC USB wired/wireless controller recommended! Best buy! Strongly recommended for the dark fantasy and RPG fans! 9.8/10
Dark Souls was an excellent RPG for consoles and now finally PC gamers can experience it too. It's really great to play it. But be advised that the port from the consoles to the PC is very lazy. If you don't have a good game pad, don't even think about getting this. It's unplayable on Keyboard + Mouse. Basically, it's like playing a console game through some sort of emulator. You need to install various mods and fixes to truly enjoy this. It's still a great game though.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is amazing. The story or the lore if you will, is so brilliant and well thought out and the character models are great. The boss fight sequences are astounding and very, very difficult. This game offers some of the best and most replayability in any game, be it from the same genre or a different one. If you're considering buying this game you should. But if you're afraid of a challenge around every corner this game isn't for you.