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[edit] Background

Demon's Souls is an action RPG and is the first game in the Souls series which include the Dark Souls games; the game is set in a dark fantasy world where the player has travelled to the kingdom of Boletaria to fight the evil that has covered the land in a cursed fog which is summoning demons.

The game was developed by FromSoftware and had different publishers for each region; the game was first released in 2009 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive

[edit] Gameplay

The world has a central hub called The Nexus where the player is able to store their items, repair equipment, level up and also use souls to learn magic. Souls are a form of currency that are dropped by demons upon their death and they are also dropped if the player dies; the souls will be dropped at the location of death and the player must reclaim them in order to keep them, if they die before reaching the souls then they are lost permanently.

The player is able to customize their character at the start of the game to select gender, appearance and also their name before deciding on character class. There are ten unique classes to select from which have their own statistics and gear which impacts how the player fight enemies; the statistics, weapons and gear are levelled up as the game progresses and the player can also equip stronger gear or weapons.

Bosses in the game do not respawn when the player dies, but all other enemies in the game will respawn when the player dies. Defeating a boss allows the player to choose a spawn point near that location, this acts like a checkpoint for the player on their death so they do not need to replay the entire level.

There is a morality system called Tendancy which impacts the gameplay; the actions of the player changes their Tendancy to either White or Black. Having a White Tendancy makes enemies much easier to defeat however the player is not well rewarded for selecting this path, having a Black Tendancy makes enemies more difficult and provides greater rewards. Tendancy in the game is fluid and comes in two forms, Character Tendancy impacts the player while World Tendancy impacts the region where the action was done.

Players can team up with a co-op feature that allows up to three players in one instance; when playing like this, the team join together to fight a boss and return to their own game once it has been defeated. There is also a PvP feature where a player can join another's game as a Black Phantom where the aim is to kill the host, if the Black Phantom is killed instead then the host is given a portion of the souls the Black Phantom had.

Another multiplayer related feature is the ability to leave messages in the single player world for others to see; players may also see the ghosts of other players completing actions in the levels and the bloodstains of dead players which can be viewed to show their final moments.

Completing the game raises the difficulty level of the game; the first win will increase the difficulty level by 40% if the player wishes to restart the game, each win after this will continue to increase the difficulty level by a much smaller percentage.

[edit] Features

10 unique classes – Select from 10 classes with unique statistics and fighting styles

Customization – Create the perfect character and name them to begin the journey

Punished on death – Dying will drop all of your hard earned souls and will force you to fight back through enemies to collect them or die trying

The Nexus – Level up, save items, repair equipment, learn magic and travel to new regions from the the hub

Manipulate Tendancy – Change the Tendancy to suit your needs to gain more rewards quickly or defeat enemies easily

Take down bosses with other players – Fight alongside others in co-op teams to defeat difficult bosses

Defeat hostile players – Keep an eye out for Black Phantoms that invade games and intend to kill the host

Ghosts – See the ghosts of other players roaming each level and use their final moments to avoid making fatal mistakes

Increasing difficulty – Each completed playthrough the game will raise the game difficulty

[edit] Players liked:

  • Challenging
  • Great combat
  • No restrictions on character skills

[edit] Players didn't like:

  • Very linear
  • No emphasis on the plot
  • Graphics aren't great

News

Rumor: Demon's Souls successor to be announced during PlayStation 4 launch-day event

Demons loom in the dark and none of our souls are safe

Nov 01, 2013, by Rory Young | 17 comments
Demon's Souls heads to PSN next week as $20 title, ATLUS will turn on temporary easy mode

Just in case you haven't already played the very first one

Jan 03, 2013, by Lydia Sung | 12 comments
Atlus postpone's Demon's Souls online shutdown indefinitely

It was a good excuse to quit torturing yourself, err... playing while it lasted

May 25, 2012, by Rory Young | 5 comments
FromSoftware: Souls series will continue

Plenty more where that came from

Mar 12, 2012, by Sean Ridgeley | 5 comments
Demon's Souls spiritual successor christened Dark Souls

It will be DARK

Feb 01, 2011, by Leo Chan | 3 comments
Atlus USA nets high profits thanks to Demon's Souls

The tough little number raked in sales

Oct 22, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 6 comments

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Polarity
Oct 05, 11 2:25am
9.6


Developer: From Software
Publisher: Atlus/Namco Bandai Games

Demon's Souls is a bit of a...

alphador
Aug 19, 11 8:31am
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Sep 08, 10 10:05am
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PangTong_Blademaster blogged
Jan 30, 10 12:37pm

Demon's Souls has a been a massive hit in both Asia and the States. Last year it won various "Best RPG" awards, even bagging a few Game of the Year ones too. My only gripe with Demon's Souls is that RPG fanatics in the UK may never get their hands on it!

Heath Flor gave Demon's Souls a flawless 9.5 in his Neoseeker review. To put things into perspective, Mass Effect 2 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves are the most recent to get the almost perfect 9.9. Demon's Souls is said to be the staple example of action-RPGs, offering plenty of replay value.

The port could easilly be made for PAL regions, but the only factor holding Atlus back would probably be the sales figures here in Europe. The continent is only host to few hardcore gamers, but it hasn't stopped other unique titles releasing. Another JRPG titled White Knight Chronicles is launching next month for all regions, which makes the situation even stranger. You expect casual gamers to invest more in action RPGs than the conventional turn-based ones, eh?

Coming back to my main point, Atlus should really consider making the port soon. With Game of the Year status supporting it, I'm sure it will be an equal success here in the UK. If it doesn't happen though, PS3 games are region free, so importing the game would work fine.

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Province
Jan 23, 10 12:17pm
Favourite game of 2009 DemonsSouls
Cangriman
Jan 13, 10 9:11am
9.0

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Release Dates
  • North America: Oct 6, 2009
  • Japan: Feb 5, 2009
  • Europe: Aug 20, 2010
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