Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

  • Released on Aug 24, 2012
  • By From Software for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition review
A phenomenal challenge

The good:

The seemingly non existent plot very slowly and subtly makes its way into the game. You may not really notice it or understand it at all the first time you play, but it's there, and it's very interesting.
It's really difficult, and yes, this is a good thing. It doesn't hold your hand or pat you on the back so everything you do actually feels like you've done it yourself.
The online co op is a great way for new players to make a boss fight easier, or to just enjoy the company of another player as you fight a boss.
The combat in this game is really something else, straying from the usual 'press A until you win' and making it feel like actual strategy. Even regular enemies can kill you if you aren't paying attention to your combat skills.
The world looks beautiful, and it's very big with barely any loading screens.
Fantastic boss fights.

The bad:

Multiplayer is difficult to access occasionally. Lags a little in blight town, but not enough to make it a real problem. Can be very difficult which might be a fault for some people.


Dark Souls is a game that, at the beginning, throws you in alone and you have to work out where to go and what to do. This lack of direction seems to scare some people off, and to them I say, give it another go! It's part of what builds the challenge in the game by refusing to hand-hold players and provides a sense of accomplishment when you do figure things out.

This dark, beautiful and terrifically designed game is one that everyone should get to experience. It's crafted in such a way that really makes players want to explore every corner of its world, delivering visuals that work well with it. Although it has been said that it is difficult and for hardcore gamers, it is not difficult in an unfair way, but rather in a rewarding one. Even people who are terrible at Dark Souls can get better with practice and time, and when you do, it's worth it.

The basic idea of the game is that you have to go through and area and get to the boss. Dark Souls accomplishes making that feel like an adventure, and one that you'll want to go through again and again. The areas themselves are beautiful and full of things that want you dead, but the boss fights are amazing. Boss cutscenes can give you chills, and killing the bosses themselves can feel like an accomplishment and a challenge.

The fighting works since it's more than just mashing buttons until you win. If you don't put some thought into your actions and respond accordingly to the enemies then you're going to wind up dead pretty quickly. Killing creatures gives you souls that you can use to level up or upgrade your weapons and armour. You can also buy items from various merchants who want your souls and seem to enjoy laughing ominously. There are also a few other characters in the game who you get to know, some good, some evil. You yourself also get to decide whether your path will be righteous or corrupt, there is a lot of freedom in your choices.

If you're not up for playing solo then there is the option of online co-op. This can also help to lessen the difficulty for those frustrated by it. It works fairly well, although sometimes can be difficult to access. Work past that little issue and you can extract a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Overall, Dark Souls is not only a game worth playing, but it's a game worth playing over and over again. It is undoubtedly the best game I have ever played with very few faults, and I highly suggest you give it a good go.

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