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...
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 Emerson)
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Great x-box 360 bought this as a blind buy,great game just a wee bit too hard for the casual gamer keeps you coming back for more though,great fast service from zavvi as always .
This game is billed as one of the toughest RPG's available, huge boss battles and an unforgiving difficulty level. That is exactly what it is, it's super hard and unless you have huge levels of patience this game isn't for you. A lot of reviews say that you have to give it time and that the game is very rewarding if you stick at it and if you can do that then fair play to you. For me it didn't work and after a few hours I decided that life was to short. Hope you have more fun than me, if you love Japanese games, RPG's and super hard games then this is for you.
During the short amount of time i have played this game i have learned that literally everything is trying to kill you, i have put 108 frustrating hours into this game. I love it, i can't stop playing it, it's the only game i play.
Hard gameplay, excellent story and really hard boss fights. Thats you can say about this game but if you enjoy such games, its something for you. For me, it reminds old-school RPGs, where difficulty level "Hard" was actually hard.
really good game ruined by being to hard to progess through .great graphics and style of gameplay ,maybe the makers should look at introducing varying difficulty levels.
A difficult but amazing game that's rewarding and extremely addictive.
In an era of dumbed down games that seem afraid to challenge gamers in case they lose interest Dark souls bucks the trend big time,at times in borders on the impossible but once it has it's claws into you it will practically take over your life
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is as unforgiving as games of 25 years ago, but with amazing graphics and atmosphere. Dark Souls is very similar to Demons Souls, right down to the control method and layout. It's an evolution of Demons Souls' ideas, rather than a revolution. As Demons Souls is in my top 5 of games of all time, that's no bad thing. The game has no music in it but bags of atmosphere, with a decent surround sound system you can practically feel the wind on your back or enemies breath on your neck. The enemies are always lethal, even the early ones. You can kill with one swing of your sword later in the game when you have been levelling up like mad. Complacency and confidence are the problem, you take an extra swing when you should really have retreated or used your shield. The bosses in this game are easily on par with Demons Souls, but the main difference is this game has no hub area. The whole world is as open and expansive as a console game will get this generation. You open shortcuts to other areas when the area boss is defeated and/or you acquire a key. This game is not your pick up and play sort of game, it requires you to invest a lot of time and commit enemy attacks to memory. The game does suffer from slight slow down in certain areas, but this is not game breaking. The ability for you to summon another online player for assistance with a difficult boss or to be invaded by another player after your precious humanity and souls is easier to understand than Demons Souls. The sheer number of upgrades for weapons and armour does boggle the mind.
This game is just great, but be prepared to die. I'm only about half way through the main story line and I must have died more than I have during any other game I've ever played - combined! For the size of the game the graphics are brilliant and the design of the surroundings set this game up to be dark and sadistic and you never know what's around the corner! Can't wait for Dark Souls 2!