DARK SOULS: Prepare To Die Edition
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New Content for PC
Dark Souls™: Prepare to Die™ Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran. Sent back to the past, player will discover the story when Knight Artorias still lives.
New Bosses – Including Black Dragon, Sanctuary Guardian, Artorias of the Abyss.
PVP Arena & Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for players to play 1vs1, 2vs2 and 4 player battle royal.
New Areas – Including Oolacile Township, Oolacile Sanctuary, Royal Wood, Battle of Stoicism which is the training ground for online PVP battles.
New Enemies – Including Wooden scarecrows, Chained Prisoner, Stone Knight.
New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough, Elizabeth (keeper of the sanctuary).
New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs
Dark Souls is the new action role-playing game from the developers who brought you Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware. Dark Souls will have many familiar features: 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 the world of Lodran, but most of all, prepare to die. You will face countless murderous traps, countless darkly grotesque mobs and several gargantuan, supremely powerful demons and dragons bosses. 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. You can also summon players into your world to co-op adventure, or invade other's worlds to PVP battle. New to Dark Souls are Bonfires, which serve as check points as you fight your way through this epic adventure. While rested at Bonfires, your health and magic replenish but at a cost, all mobs respawn. 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?
Extremely Deep, Dark & Difficult – Unforgiving in its punishment, yet rewarding for the determined – learn to strategize freely and conquer seemingly impossible challenges.
Fully Seamless World – Explore a completely integrated world of dark fantasy where dungeons and areas are seamlessly intertwined, with great height.
Mastery Earns Progression – Contains 60 hours of gameplay, with nearly 100 uniquely despair-inducing monsters & an incredibly nuanced RPG systems including: weaponry, armor, miracles, faith, and more. Player success depends on their eventual mastery of how and when to use the magic spells, choice of armor, the number of weapons, the types of weapons, and the moves attached to the weapons.
Network Play – Players may cross paths with one another, invading each other for PVP battles, or to play co-op and take on giant boss encounters as a team.
Flexible Character Development & Role Play – As the player progresses, they must carefully choose which of their character’s abilities to enhance as this will determine their progression style.
Community – See other real players and empathize with their journey, learn from seeing how others died, find and leave messages for your fellow players; helping them or leading them into death.
Symbolic of Life & Hope – The Bonfire is an important feature in Dark Souls for many reasons. Though in gameplay it serves as a health and magic recovery and a progression check point, it also happens to be the one place in the dark world where players can find a fleeting moment of warmth and calm.
A masterpiecejet300 | Sept. 2, 2015 | See all jet300's reviews »
What an amazing and unique experience. This game takes death, something so boring and annoying in today's games, and makes a whole game revolving around this mechanic and its importance. You will face dragons, corrupted knights, and other horrifying creatures that will take all your focus and skill to defeat them before they kill you. And dying is something you do not want to do in this game, all your souls (points to upgrade and purchase stuff) is left at the spot you died, and if you die before getting to them again they are gone for good. This game will not hold your hand it will smack it away before punching you in the face over and over again till you love it. Expect a hard, punishing, yet artistic and incredible one of a kind story in this game!
Masochists Anonymousguykeefer | Sept. 2, 2015 | See all guykeefer's reviews »
Dark Souls is the spiritual sequel to Demon Souls. It's a third person action-rpg that requires deft control, strategy, and -incredible- patience. I cut my teeth on Demon Souls on PS3 and was excited to play Dark Souls on PC. The ability to play at a higher resolution and have better graphics was a great draw for me. Unfortunately it doesn't own up to PC expectations. The resolution is locked at 720P unless you download mods to get around the restriction. The only issue with that is you can run the risk of being banned online for running a modded version of the game and being seen as a hacker. Beyond that, the game is excruciatingly punishing but amazing to play once you get the hang of it. I had great fun once I got a hang of the dodging and parrying dynamic and watched a few Let's Plays to see where I was going wrong with the combat system. The boss demons are also amazing to see... the first time. :D You'll see them many, many, MANY times until you manage to kill them. While it does get tedious, it's an awesome pay off when you do finally land that killing blow. If you like action-rpgs, definitely give it a shot, though make sure that you are willing to put the time in to learn the minutia of combat.
Live, die, fight, repeat.chcoman123 | Aug. 28, 2015 | See all chcoman123's reviews »
I was skeptical of Dark Souls before I bought it. My friend was constantly telling me how good it was, so I figured I should buy it. I knew that Dark Souls was a hard game, everyone said so. But I never knew what laid beneath all the difficulty. What I found was an intriguing and well-crafted story, wonderfully tight and challenging gameplay, and a giant barrel of creativity. Dark Souls is just like your normal action RPG, except, unlike other games, it's brutally difficult. If you aren't constantly on your guard, constantly paying attention and making careful movements, you're going to die. Timing is key in combat, along with precision. If you die, which is frequent, you lose your Humanity and all of your accumulated experience points (called Souls). This makes death very punishing, which is why you want to always be careful and always be on your guard, because if not you're gonna get set back pretty far. It requires you to master the system and become a skilled fighter. However, one thing that really frustrated me was all the times when I died, and it was a cheap death. You know, falling off a cliff while dodging, or having an enemy come out of nowhere and kill you; that sort of stuff. The amount of creativity in Dark Souls is ridiculous. Every area, enemy, and boss fight are all memorable. It especially helps with the way the world is designed. The world is connected Metroid-vania style, where every single area being interconnected with other areas. This helps the world of Dark Souls feel like a living, breathing world, rather than just going level to level. And the boss fights are fantastic! Everyone of them require you to learn the bosses attacks and patterns, and then develop a strategy against them. Bosses are almost certainly the best part of Dark Souls. If anything I would love to see a Boss Rush mode added into the game, because the bosses are jut so much fun to fight. Then there's the story of Dark Souls, which I won't give away. Let's just say it's really hard to follow, but in a good way. Outside of the intro cutscene, the game doesn't tell you much about the story except "You are the chosen one. Go save the world!" and that's pretty much it. However, if you take the time read each and every item's description, and study all the environments, you'll learn of a deeper story going on. The lore is fantastic and the overall story is beautifully dark and depressing. So what's bad about Dark Souls? Well, a lot actually. For one thing, there is a lack of direction, especially towards the beginning and middle of the game. On the one hand, this could be a good thing, as the game doesn't hold your hand, but something, ANYTHING, would be useful. You will spend a lot of time just wandering around aimlessly. Plus the difficult can also turn a lot of players off. Not to mention that the game, graphically, isn't the greatest. And some of the difficulty also comes from item descriptions. Sometimes the game will just flat-out not tell you what something does or why some armor is different from other armor. You really have to dig around sometimes, and no one will blame you if you look up something on a wiki. This is especially apparent with the humanity item and stat, which is so confusing, I dark not explain it here. Then there's the biggest problem of all with this game: it's on PC. This is one of the worst PC ports you'll ever see. The game is locked at 30 FPS, and the standard mouse and keyboard controls are so bad, a controller is practically required. Not to mention that the resolution is also locked at 720p, whether or not you set it to 1080p. However, this is still a great game, despite the issues just discussed. It's fantastic and definitely worth your time and money. Good luck, and prepare to die...and die...and die...and die.
Amazing GameSparkWave | Aug. 20, 2015 | See all SparkWave's reviews »
This game is very frustrating. Why?, you ask? Well, 10 minutes into the game, you will probably die (unless you've played it before). Moving aside this tedious fact, the game itself is great. You are able to pick between a variety of classes, customize your character, and even find amazing loot. The graphics are astonishing as well. The controls however are very, very hard to understand when on a keyboard. Therefore, a controller is HIGHLY recommended, otherwise the only thing you will be able to do is die. The gameplay mechanics and functions are very cool, such as rolling, having different types of attacks, and having different ways to kill bosses. Prepare to die!
What are you waiting for, Undead Warriors?KingTed | Aug. 19, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Dark Souls is Demon's Souls spiritual successor. The mechanics are more or less the same but the universe is different. It's an action-RPG. In Dark Souls, mankind is cursed. Each person in the world will be undead soon or later? Why?... Well it's up to you to find out because you're the Chosen Undead (Meaning that you're still undead but you won't lose your mind and attack every living thing in sight). As I said, Dark Souls is an Action-RPG. In fact, it's very close to the formula of Diablo. Your goal is to explore dungeons, get stronger and gain new equipment. Sure the game doesn't let you loot stuff over and over again but I think it feels very similar to Blizzard's franchise. But what sets Dark Souls apart from other games is its difficulty. The game is not as awfully hard as some people say BUT the game is unforgiving. You're supposed to know what you're doing during combat. You're supposed to move carefully while exploring new areas. You're supposed to learn how to play by actually playing the game. Furthermore, the art direction is such a dark beauty and the soundtrack is amazing. Dark Souls is one of the best game of its generation and this version is the better one (and the DLC is included). What are you waiting for, Undead Warriors?