Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)
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"Not once when you die does Dark Souls help you back up, not once does it let up in its astonishing quality or turn to padding, and not once do the ideas stop coming. Buy it." - IGN.com
"It's in the uncompromising way it throws conventional wisdom to the wind, dropping you into its dangerous world without guidance, making you fend for yourself, and teaching you to shrug off defeat time and time again to finally earn victory. That this vast and unforgettable masterpiece is now only $40 makes the decision to play it even easier." - Gamespot.com
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Dark Souls is an action role-playing game from the developers who brought you Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware.
A dark fantasy universe, tense dungeon crawling, fearsome enemy encounters and unique online interactions. Dark Souls is a spiritual successor to Demon’s, not a sequel. Prepare for a new, despair-inducing world, with a vast, fully-explorable horizon and vertically-oriented landforms. Prepare for a new, mysterious story, centered around the King’s Crowns and the original, now dying flame at the center of the world. But most of all, prepare to die. You will face countless murderous traps, countless darkly grotesque monsters and several gargantuan, supremely powerful demons and dragons. You must learn from death to persist through this unforgiving world. And you aren’t alone. Dark Souls allows the spirits of other players to show up in your world, so you can learn from their deaths and they can learn from yours.
New to Dark Souls is Beacon Fire, where you can share the experiences of your adventure with the spirits of other players. Around the Beacon Fire, you may find the only warmth and calm that exists in this dark world. Beware: There is no place in Dark Souls that is truly safe. With days of game play and an even more punishing difficulty level, Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play this year. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition includes an untold chapter in the world of Lordran where the player must stop the spread of darkness at all costs by facing and defeating the Dark Knight Artorias.
New Bosses – Including Artorias of Abyss, Chimera of Tomb, and more
PVP Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for co-op or PVP
New Areas – Including Oolacile Tomb, Old Ruins and more
New Enemies – Including Abyss Guard, Chained Prisoner and more
New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough and more
New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs
The Worlds of Dark Souls
Prepare to die! You may get scorched alive or bludgeoned by a giant pendulum scythe or impaled by an arrow through the heart. The traps in Dark Souls are bound to kill you.You can connect to the online community and participate in the journeys of other real players. Watch the deaths of other players and learn from their mistakes. Find and leave messages, warning of perilous spots. New to Dark Souls, you can gather with other players at the Beacon Fire and share your trials and tribulations.
You are thrust into the world of demons, where those humans with the Dark Ring are sent to succumb and transform into the living dead. Darkness reigns. The one original flame now nests in the core of this world, all but dead. The demons have conquered the immortal dragons and all across their world, lay the decrepit signs of their rule. Dark Souls carries on the dark fantasy themes that you love, but this is a new, open world; One that is vast, with seamlessly-connected dungeons. Whatever you can see, you’ll be able to reach and explore. Land formations are more complex and vertically-oriented, so prepare to travel and battle on the great heights of the world.
You will face many unique, despair-inducing monsters. Survival means accepting you will die, learning from death and overcoming the ultimate challenge to reclaim your soul.The demons who rule this world gain their extraordinary power from the King’s Crowns. To retrieve the King’s Crowns and reach the flame of the world, you will have to face the White King Gwen and his knights, the witch Izarith and her evil daughters, the first dead, Nit, and the immortal and nameless shadow dwarves.
If you hope to ever reach the King’s Crowns, you must carefully equip yourself. Your success will depend upon your choice of armor, number of weapons, types of weapons and moves attached to the weapons you choose.There are many new types of weapons and armors in Dark Souls. Another addition to Dark Souls is strategic sword play, which will aid you in destroying the monsters and undead hordes that stand in your way.
- Your Soul
When you begin this adventure, you are soulless. You must emerge from the abyss to reclaim your soul in order to reach the land of the living. Make social connections, win games, find eggs and solve riddles—and increase your soul energy until you get your entire spiritual essence back. The gauge at the bottom of your dashboard numerically measures the amount of soul energy you have earned. Check your gauge each day to keep track of how much soul energy you have. Do your best to get your numbers high enough so you can say once and for all: Be gone, evil forces, my soul is mine and I am alive!
Simply one of my favorite games.CurtisMN | June 14, 2013 | See all CurtisMN's reviews »
I have been gaming for my entire life, and never have I played a game so frustrating, challenging, difficult, and fun. You could beat this game half a dozen times, and still have much to discover. It is packed with an amazing amount of secrets, content, and fun, for you to discover.
Brutally BrilliantXiphora | June 11, 2013 | See all Xiphora's reviews »
Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to 2009's Demon's Souls, is a very difficult RPG, just like Demon's Souls. The game runs very smoothly, has gorgeous lighting, has terrifying and spectacular enemies and bosses, and has a satisfying combat system. Players will die a lot in this game, but when they progress, they will be very satisfied. Playing with keyboard and mouse, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has wonky controls that can be at times fustrating, so I recommend using a gamepad. Other than that, players will have a very good time playing a very good game.
True JRPGAglets | June 10, 2013 | See all Aglets's reviews »
A game that doesn't hesitate to shut a lazy player down, requiring your focus and mind to beat it. Rewarding time spent playing, Dark Souls teaches it's players not by handing them a tutorial, but instead allowing them to experiment through trial and error. Dark Souls has depth beyond what other RPG's hold, with a wide gamut of weaponry and spells to keep you busy with any class. Hidden items teeming through the world, and secrets pouring out of its doors, Dark Souls stands for what RPG's used to stand for, and hopefully will continue to.
One of the most rewarding games I've PlayedXalcard | June 10, 2013 | See all Xalcard's reviews »
If you enjoy a challenging game, you should play this game! I will openly admit that you will be retrying and replaying sections A LOT, but that makes is so very rewarding when you are able to overcome them.
There is not much of a true story (what is there is told through lore), so you definitely won't be playing for the plot.
Finally, if you are easily frustrated, I would not play this game, as it requires a lot a patients. But for those that are willing to devote the time, it is a super rewarding experience.
Brutal and HauntingTurambar29 | June 10, 2013 | See all Turambar29's reviews »
Dark Souls is a powerful game that tells its story primarily through its environment. No hand-holding to be found for any aspect of the game; expect to die often and to frequently be mystified. What is going on? Where is everyone? Why are the few people I meet various shades of crazy? How in the world am I going to beat this next section/boss?
Strangely, all of this frustration actually adds to the game, for it makes your achievements matter. You'll be elated when you make progress through a section, equip a new piece of armor or a weapon, master a technique, light a new bonfire.
Bonfire? Yes, those are your save points, but they also respawn your enemies. Light and dark are not only themes but ever present realities in Dark Souls, and they are used to portray an amazing world. Visually stunning, perpetually haunting. I had to uninstall after completing the game, as the new game plus option would have kept me in this game for the foreseeable future...!