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!
Difficult, but rewardingLuke123190 | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Luke123190's reviews »
The game is based on the soul idea of the player dying, a lot. The game works around this feature and is very smooth for a such a dark game. Its fun to play but has a buggy ui which can be fixed with mods. The game also lacks direction and kinda of nudges you in a direction it never makes it clear. However my favourite feature is when you see a bloodstain and can watch another player die in some way.
Flawed port of an amazing gameheretickitsune | Nov. 11, 2013 | See all heretickitsune's reviews »
Dark Souls is a lengthy and difficult game, with a deep and depressing plot hidden within the game that you'll love to discover. Of course, you'll have to stop dying so often to do that... which is no easy task. This game wants you dead.
But, that's perfectly fine, because almost all of the time, it was your fault. You could have prevented your death. You could have been faster, more aware, more prepared. You will get frustrated, but you will learn. And you will love it. The combat system is deep and deliberate: everything you do has a consequence, and you have to learn what to do and when, unless you enjoy flailing angrily instead of attacking while a goat demon introduces you to his giant machetes. And on that note, part of the learning experience involves discovering that death isn't always a terrible thing... after all, you don't lose any of your inventory.
The controls might take some getting used to at first, but once you master them you realize just how great the controls and handling are.
Don't worry though, help does exist in this world. Other players can place signs that allow you to summon them, and they'll be able to assist you. Though, not all Dark Souls players wish to help you... there are those who will invade your world, seeking to kill you for their own gain. Defeat them, however, and you will be rewarded.
A vast amount of equipment exists in this game, with many varying weapon types. Short swords, greatswords, magic, rapiers, crossbows, spears, and even a few whips! They all differ more than just in basic statistics, however, as two different weapons in a single category can behave differently. You can carry as much as you want in your inventory, but there is a weight limit for equipment that varies based on your stats and some accessories, giving even more depth to your choice on what to wear into battle. Unfortunately there are some balance issues, but nothing major: if you're good enough, you can run around naked and punch things to death with your bare hands (I don't recommend this because it takes forever).
Graphically, the game looks quite great. The overall design is wonderful
So, with all this praise, why not a perfect 100? Sadly, the game does have some faults. Texture quality can vary, though as a whole the game looks quite great. There are a couple of moments in the game that you pretty much need prior knowledge to avoid dying the first time, but they are very few and far between. The biggest problem, however, is the shoddy quality of the PC port. This game was originally on the Playstation 3, then ported quite well to the Xbox 360. The 360 version was ported to the PC due to so many fans requesting it, and the developers told the fans prior that they had zero experience with PC game development but with enough demand they'd try and port it. Well, it shows: The resolution settings aren't very good, the mouse and keyboard support is abysmal (the game was made for controllers anyway so just use a 360 or PS3 controller, or similar), and the multiplayer has some troubles with connecting. The community stepped in, however, and there are popular fixes out there for the PC version that are easy to find, easy to use, and perfectly safe to install.
To summarize, Dark Souls is a very challenging, but fair, game. Looks great, plays great, very engaging. Offline or online, you'll have a great experience, but you will die very often. The key is to keep trying and keep getting better... and you'll soon find those super difficult moments from the past are no match for your increasing skill with the game. The PC version has some issues, but downloading and installing DSFix along with Dark Souls Connectivity Fix basically patches those problems and create the ultimate version of the game. There's even a mouse fix in case you want to play with keyboard and mouse.
If you want a deep, rewarding game, purchase Dark Souls. And when you do...
Prepare to Die.
A Difficult Game, but Worth Every PennyGamerman246 | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all Gamerman246's reviews »
Bottom line, this game is amazing. It easily takes the #1 spot on my list for favourite game, simply because it stands apart from other games this generation. It may appear difficult and daunting at first, but once you begin conquering what at first seemed impossible, it's a great feeling of accomplishment that I have not experienced for a long time out of a video game. In addition, it's that comprehensive and deep in it's RPG and world building elements that new playthroughs almost always bring new discoveries, no matter how many times you play it.
While it may be a dodgy PC port and many recommend a controller, a few fixes later you have a very functional, enjoyable game, controller or not. If you can look past its technological flaws, and have been longing for a comprehensive game that stands apart from others in the same genre, I could not recommend this game more highly.
Punishing, Yet Satisfyingcoopopolopolis | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all coopopolopolis's reviews »
Dark Souls brings back the classic concept that finishing a game should be an accomplishment, not a requirement. Remember all of your old NES games that would kill you over and over until you reached the point of giving up? That's exactly what this game does. It doesn't sugar coat anything. It doesn't hold your hand and tell you want to do every step of the way. It just gives it to you over and over. You learn from your mistakes, so that when you conquer something, you actually feel good about what you achieved. I've never died so many times in a game and been ok with it at the same time. It's a great game that you should really give a chance if you aren't easily frustrated with lost progress. It's an immersive world that will keep you on your toes as death literally is waiting around every corner. The game does suffer from being a bad console port, but luckily the mod community took care of that for you so that you can enjoy a great game with the expected PC graphic experience. I highly recommend giving this one a try. It'll make you a better, or at least more humbled gamer.
pure gamegwynplaine | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »
Dark Souls is a great game because it offers a unique experience. I played Demon’s Souls but not any of the King Field’s games and there are very, very few games that have the aesthetic and hand crafted encounters and enemy placement that Dark Souls has. The game controls differently too with weapon weight and a cool control scheme if you use a controller.
People fundamentally like novel things and Dark Souls really delivered it more so than any other game that has come out recently.
Once you know the levels, tricks behind upgrading and how to approach and pull in different enemies, the game kind of loses its magic, but it’s still very, very engaging. It can surprise you too and routinely kill you if you’re ever over confident and think you can rush in the later levels with your +15 upgraded sword and full Havel's rock suit.
The lore and story in Dark Souls are praised by most players too. It's completely out of the way and you can get into it only IF you want to.
The only problem was that I found the PC version a bit lacking in terms of multiplayer. There’s not a big player base compared to the console version so it felt barren. Of course it was client to client too so you had cheaters that were common too. That took away from the experience but if you prefer solo play, or have some friends to run through it, it’s perfect. Deathmatch and pvp are all right because of the dueling arena due to the added DLC.