Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

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Description

"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?


New Content:

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

  • Traps

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.

  • Maps

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.

  • Enemies

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.

  • Armor

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!

Customer reviews

90

Failure is an option

Dreceratops | April 11, 2014 | See all Dreceratops's reviews »

Though it has "Prepare to Die" as a sub-title, Dark Soul's difficulty is overstated by many. But compared to many other modern titles, it is pretty tough. And that difficulty is what makes it refreshing. This is a game that not only allows you to, but expects you to fail.

Upon death, you drop all of your souls, the in-game currency used for everything. If you die again, those souls are lost forever. This teaches the player that learning the levels is very important, but also that souls are disposable. The quicker you learn that, the less stress will be had.

This game is mostly combat based. Melee combat has most of the polish, and while magic is powerful, it does seem as fleshed out as melee, and ranged weapons like bows are both weak and clunky. Every move you and your enemies make has a long wind-up. You can either make the option to block it, which is normally safe, dodge it, which takes a bit more skill, or to attack first, which may stop their attack. Because every move is slow and deliberate, it is up to you to make the most out of every advantage.

The atmosphere is very cold and empty feeling. When an enemy kills you, it just goes back on patrol, because it's killed people like you every day. The story is pretty cryptic, and many parts of the lore are told via item descriptions and the level design itself. Some people may prefer a more "direct: approach, but I love it.

All in all, this was one of my favorite games of the last generation, and I recommend it to everyone seeking an atmosphere filled game.

95

One of my favourite games of all time.

ipowers9000 | March 25, 2014 | See all ipowers9000's reviews »

This game is amazingly challenging, but equally rewarding. After beating the game normally, I put it on the shelf for a while and came back to it a couple months after. Now I have a little over a hundred hours logged with four different characters, and have been working my way through new game plus. Once the game hooks you it really doesn't let go. The combat is the most solid I've ever felt in a game, very weighty and timing-based. If you like action RPGs you can't miss this game!

90

A Great Game, That's Not For Everyone

icedmetal57 | March 24, 2014 | See all icedmetal57's reviews »

Many people will be turned off by this game's difficulty, atmosphere, or story-telling approach. Personally, I love all of it. While this game has been continually described as difficult, I personally would describe it as more challenging, than difficult. It's a game that's slower paced than your typical third-person action game, but it's a much more tense experience. The combat in this game is simple, but weighty, where every attack counts, there's no button mashing or combos its very precise and impactful. Every attack counts. The game can certainly be mastered through practice, and many people have, an example being SL1 playthroughs, which are playthroughs where the player beats the whole game without leveling their character, a challenging, yet possible feat.

The game has a lot of ways to customize your character with dozens of weapons and armor types to the different types of spells and magic. If you wanted to, you could play the game entirely in PVE, or you can focus entirely on PVP. That being said, there are 9 player covenants that focus on different aspects on the game, a few of them focus on co-op gameplay, while a few focus on different aspects of PVP. The multi-player is both part of the single-player game, yet still separate, in a weird way. When you want to fight another player, you invade their world and fight in their game's world in whatever level they are in at the time, which could be beneficial to either side, an example being Sen's Fortress, a level full of deadly traps.

That being said, since this game is From Software's first attempt at a PC port, it is a fairly poor port, fortunately there's some great fixes out there to make the game playable, DSFix being one of the major ones, though I'd recommend using a controller, like a wired Xbox 360 controller. There's also issues with the multi-player aspect with Games For Windows Live being the problem. You'll often times have trouble invading or summoning other players for PVP and co-op, if your persistent, you'll eventually get through and be able to enjoy them, though there may be some lag as this game uses Peer-to-Peer networking.

Overall a great game, that I highly recommend giving a try if you are in anyway interested. Don't worry, it's completely normal if you quit after playing for a short while. What typically happens is people will start playing the game, then get frustrated and quit, then days, weeks or even months later they'll come back to it, and it'll click and they'll fall in love with the game. Trust me, it's a common experience for those new to Dark Souls. Just remember, dying isn't the worst thing ever, you'll get used to it, improve, and then it won't occur as often because you've gotten much better at surviving. Just take your time and be patient.

91

Here's a little death, then a little more

Fazbott | March 23, 2014 | See all Fazbott's reviews »

This game is freaking hard but is definitely worth buying. The enemies are very powerful and will likely kill you faster than you expect, but you learn how to defeat them and this makes the game play even better. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a challenge that's bored of normal third person RPGs.

90

This Game is NOT Impossible

tw2point0 | March 17, 2014 | See all tw2point0's reviews »

The reason this game is so fun (in my opinion) is because of the gameplay. It is simple enough that anyone can grasp it, but if you really delve into the lore of the game you will find so much to do and improve on as far as combat goes. And that's just the combat. The story is nearly nonexistent, so don't play this game if you like a really good, in-depth story. Play this game because you will curse your screen for the hundreds of times you will die and you will revel in the joy of victory. There is no game that has made my heart beat like Dark Souls. There is no other game I am truly proud of having finished. This is a gaming experience not to be missed.