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!
Game of the generation (but play with a controller!)PootisMcPoot | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all PootisMcPoot's reviews »
An imperfect port of what may well be one of the most perfect action RPGs ever made. This game is brilliant in every way, from the soundtrack, to the level design, to the balancing of the various mechanics, to the feel of the controls, to the world-building and lore. Just play it and you will get sucked in for a long, long time. Just about endless replayability, hundreds of secrets which can sometimes only be found through interaction with other players, robust multiplayer and a steep learning curve make this game stand out from pretty much any other game ever created for PC. A caveat: I started playing this game on mouse and keyboard. I thought it was a fantastic game, and everything worked once I had intalled dsfix and dsmfix (user-created patches). However, I eventually bought a controller and the game feels a million times better. Just buy a controller, even if it's for this one game. You'll be infinitely happier over the 60+ hours your first playthrough takes.
Rigid and uncomfortable.Jericho417 | July 30, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
Dark Souls takes the approach of old school games, being unforgiving and difficult. The main appeal seems to be finally overcoming a challenge after several failures. That sense of satisfaction is supposed to push you to the next obstacle. Many people praise this, I don't. The combat feels good and the story is interesting, but I find the lack of manual saving to be irritating. If you kill a merchant, they do not respawn. The game will auto-save and you'll be stuck without their service for the rest of the game. On top of that, the PC port was... disappointing. It's pretty much required to apply community made patches and such to make it the game it should have been.
Pain was never so Rewarding & Satisfying!khawaja07 | July 20, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »
Dark Souls may not be a perfect PC port but it is a satisfying and rewarding experience if one succeeds. The whole world design caught me by surprise how fluent & interconnected it is. It feels like an adventure through and through, one that never ceases to amaze. Don't judge it for its low-res textures and other low quality graphical features, the plus points of the Souls series were never in these but in the Artistic representation of the seamless world created in which the player faces extremely challenging enemies and bosses to overcome.
As an R.P.G, the decisions in Dark Souls are yours but remember the consequences are also yours, which you would have to live with for the rest of your playthrough, they can be either really good or bad depending on what choice you make. Dark Souls focuses mostly on your combat skills & how you proceed with it with little emphasis on dialogues as you progress through the game. At the start, you'll die a lot or less depending on your learning curve, slowly but surely you will start adapting to the combat and soon would possibly master it! Its an addicting experience which can seem as either extremely satisfying or very punishing based on your combat skills.
It also has an 'addicting' Multiplayer component which is mingled with its Single-player component and both entwine to each other to work seamlessly! as a whole it felt like a real life adventure where all of us player's worlds are interconnected to each other and that we have be careful at each step we take further in order to proceed. I suffered a lot at first but step-by-step i kept learning to keep my wits up and be vigilant always and the result would be in my favor. Every area feels like it serves a purpose.
The game has a very deep story hidden in the lore which can only be found if you observe closely, Dark Souls doesn't hold your hand and drag you through the story but you yourself need to venture out in the areas and discover it yourself. Nearly every gameplay element is connected to the Lore and must be understood to flesh out the story in your mind. The game itself is near perfect when it comes to the exquisite combat and artistic direction but as a PC port, it unfortunately seems really rushed and unoptimized. For an optimal Dark Souls experience, Mods such as DSFix, DSCFix are highly recommended otherwise as a PC game, Dark souls seems clunky, lackluster plus the addition of Games For Windows Live in it further makes the matters worse where there is a small chance that your saves can even get possibly corrupted although i didn't share the same fate thankfully. It can also interfere with the multiplayer which can seem as not so seamless as it Should be.
Even with its Cons, its Pro's overcome them and you can Still get a satisfying experience in the end if you take my recommendations. As a PC game however, proper attention should've been given to it in optimizing it for an optimal PC gaming experience which sadly it lacks! A Controller is highly recommended for a game like this as playing with a keyboard and mouse can make fully experiencing Dark Souls a lot harder.
One thing is for sure, its the most rewarding game i have ever played for my time invested in it and it keeps on giving!
Great game with a modjepherz | July 15, 2014 | See all jepherz's reviews »
I know a lot of people say this is a bad port and it is, but there is a mod that does a great job making the game bearable to play. I don't have any complaints with the graphics or controls with the mod installed.
In terms of game play it's a fun but difficult game. There are tons of different weapons and spells your character can attain. The best ones are either well hidden or takes some farming and luck for it to drop. Some of the bosses are actually really hard and I have to admit I never tried too hard to defeat them alone. You can actually call on friends or other random players to come and help you out which I did. When you do this it does make the game a whole lot easier, but going alone is way too hard sometimes. It made me want to have a difficulty somewhere in between.
PVP is also great in this game, my only downside here though is that there are longs of very strong people due to 2 things: The game has been out a long time so there naturally will be very geared characters, and it's probably easy to cheat and mod a character on the PC edition which I hope changes in the Dark souls 2.
A Really Hard Game to Beat.alanmaz567 | July 12, 2014 | See all alanmaz567's reviews »
The graphics look OK, but the game doesn't play smoothly because of the capped 20 frames per second. The Requirements are low for an average PC bought in 2014. The gameplay is fun but hard (If you screw up you almost immediately die). The storyline is nothing amazing. The multiplayer suck, because player can just join your game and kill you for no reason at all, which makes you respawn to the nearest checkpoint. (usually checkpoints aren't that near). Overall the game is kind of fun to play depending if you like dying a lot.