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!
really.... prepare...damienjameswebb | Feb. 22, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
this is the most unforgiving and extremely difficult rouge-like to try and master. the enemies can just come out of no-where, or you can play for hours and make it really far, to simply be pushed off the edge of a cliff by accident....
however, this game is soooooo addicting in the sense that when you die you get angry, throw the mouse across the room... and then walk over, pick it back up, and start all over again in anticipation to be able to try and get farther the next time around.
the environment is nice and spooky, makes you really play on the edge of you seat, and the graphics can run pretty low and works well on my laptop even (after some tweaking).
good game but not for those who get angry very easily.
Unforgivingbahjaniga | Feb. 13, 2014 | See all bahjaniga's reviews »
This RPG is unique and extremely difficult. Instead of relying on mega weapons and armor to make you invincible, there is always the risk of death around every corner. Because of that factor, boredom is replaced by anticipation and excitement. This game is not for those of you that are easily frustrated when you cannot progress through a game without issue. Believe me though, this is an RPG that is worth your patience.
The Ultimate Third Person Dungeon Rogue CrawlerEbo | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all Ebo's reviews »
Where do I even start with a game like Dark Souls? How about that amazing feeling you get after finally conquering an area you've been trying to beat for the last 3 hours? The message YOU DIED becomes engraved in your retinas, but then it happens. Yes, the boss finally at your feet, VICTORY ACHIEVED. Oh yeah Ornstein and Smaugh, who's the big guy now, aye?
Jokes aside, Dark Souls is one of those games you have to play at least once, I mean at least try it, you don't have to actually finish it (although you should). Well, that is if you can get past the many issues this lousy port offers.
But install a few mods (DSfix is your friend and if you have actual friends then DSCfix is too) and you are good to go with the best version of Dark Souls out there.
Are YOU prepared to die?
Prepare To DIE!!!chataolauj | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
This game is one my favorite all time games, but it's difficult. Every fight, even with normal skeletons, you have to prepare to die because it's that HARD! I feel like this game doesn't get enough credit compared to those big name RPGs (e.g. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, etc.). It has all the elements an RPG should have; probably more. You do have to take your time with this game though. If you try to rush all the fights, you'll take forever to complete the game, if you even want to complete the game after dying so many times by mere (or so you think) skeletons. I was very lucky to get this game on sale for $9.99 on Amazon during the month of December 2013, but this game is still worth $29.99 because once you buy it, you probably won't buy another game for 2 months; that's not me exaggerating either. Definitely buy it if you love RPGs and if you're PREPARED TO DIEEEEEEEEEEE.
Very hard at first, but a worthwile experiencedrebin8 | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all drebin8's reviews »
This may just be the best game I've ever played. Several years ago I bought Demon's Souls, thinking it had cool art and people seemed to like it. I was planning on just beating it and returning it. In the end though, I had an incredible time with it and kept it. So, when Dark Souls was announced, I preordered it as soon as I could. Then, I bought it for PC when I could, and then I bought it for two friends as well. It's brutal, but fair. If you die, it's your fault, and you will learn from every death and become better. Leveling up your character isn't as important as just becoming better. The combat is some of the best I've ever seen, since all the weapons have weight to them and feel like you're actually striking the enemy. Anyway, just get it. If you haven't played it, you're missing out.