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.
Dark Souls™ Prepare to Die™ Edition & © 2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. © 2011-2012 Fromsoftware, Inc.
There's not much to say about DARK SOULS on PC that hasn't already been said over and over and over and over and over and over (coincidentally that number of "and over"s is only a small taste of how many times you'll bite the dust in this game). While the PC port's quality is questionable (look for any number of mods that enhance it), you absolutely can't miss this game. It's challenging as hell - seriously, this game will push you to your patience limit. Play it with a zen garden and relaxing? incense or candles nearby.
I've played the game for 280 hours in order to complete all the achievements and characters' side quests. It is truly a masterpiece with an incredible story, stunning atmosphere and many gorgeous views. The world is masterfully designed, the soundtrack is amazing and the boss battles are outstanding and memorable. On top of that, one of the best features in the game is the online play - I found defeating the hardest bosses while cooperating with a friend very fun. The PvP system is really well done and I was usually able to find active players who were ready to fight - despite the game coming out 4 years go, the community is still very active and friendly. The first thing you may hear about Dark Souls is how hard it is, and while it is a very challenging game indeed, the reward for completing it or for even beating a boss is the best and biggest sense of achievement you will get out of a video game. The only reason why I wouldn't give it a perfect 100/100 is the PC port which is frustrating at first, but with a couple of downloads and mods you can fix it. In conclusion, this is one of the best and most replayable games I've ever played. If you like challenging games and are prepared to die, this is the game for you. I would recommend you play it with a controller and look through the community forums for guides if you find the game too hard for you.
Dark Souls is hard and you will die a lot, it will test your patience, but have in mind that it is also fair and whatever happens to you in the game is most likely your fault. The structure of the world is different than Demon Souls, it is now more open and all areas are interconnected with each other via shortcuts you have to find. The graphics are nice and the music is haunting, this game drips with atmosphere. I played around 60 hours and did not get tired of it plus this version has all the DLC with more stuff to do and when you finish it you can restart with new game+ and all your items and harder enemies. I recommend this game wholeheartedly to anyone who wants a challenge and to experience this masterpiece of the Souls series.
Prepare to die frequently in this game. But don't view it as a failure....view it as a learning curve. As you die, you learn new tricks about various monsters and the environment, and then you try not to make the same mistakes again. Dark souls is a punishing game and I'm not usually one that goes for games that punish you. I often find them frustrating and I lose my enjoyment and that's why we play games, right? But dark souls is different. I found it challenging but never frustrating to the point of rage quitting. It kept drawing me back in for one more go. A great game that I have no problem recommending!
This game has occupied my time for ~50 hours so far, and I can safely say that this is one of the most gorgeous games I've ever played. From its level design all the way to its characters and enemies, this game never ceases to surprise and enamor me. The combat is fair but challenging. Though this game does have its fair share of cheap tricks up its sleeves, it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction when defeating bosses and advancing to new areas of the game. If I was to nitpick, I would criticize the game's lack of storytelling. Don't get me wrong; the story is there! It's just told through item descriptions on little bits and pieces of weaponry and armor found throughout the game. Of course, that's just a little nitpick that has little effect on the game as a whole.
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