Dark Souls User Blog

At A Glance: MagicalTimeBean

50d ago ... [b]MagicalTimeBean[/b] is Ian Stocker - is Ian Stocker a goat? He began his game career as a musician/sound designer specializing in Nintendo Handhelds and working on some 40 titles in 8 years. His first solo project was XNA dungeon crawler Soulcaster and after completing its sequel went completely indie in 2011 and created Escape Goat. Escape Goat 2 is the sequel (spoiler alert?). He claims to...

Interactivity and storytelling. Some thoughts.

162d ago ... I have long thought about game design concepts like narrative and interaction. Some have said there is a great divide between story-driven games and game play driven experiences. I'd postulate that there is a nuance that is often missed though. I believe story-based games are also gameplay-based. Just in a different way. Some thoughts of my own; most people would like a game that is inter...

7 Aspirations for Destiny

168d ago ... 2014 looks set to be an incredibly exciting time for the videogame industry. Next to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 edging gracefully into the twilight years of their impressive legacies, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are slowly but surely gathering the pace required to supersede them, and with games like Titanfall, Rust, Hotline Miami 2 and Dark Souls 2 all on the horizon, whatever your fo...

3DS: The Moses of the JRPG genre

182d ago ... For those who didn't attend Sunday school or perhaps never saw Prince of Egypt, Moses was a Biblical character who led a few million Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and into their promised land full of milk, honey, and...well, full of not being a slave anymore, too. It's an iconic story in Western culture of how one brave man led a nation to a better place. I figure I might as well get the explan...

Wii U: The Power of 2

262d ago ... I bought a Wii U. The console is sitting comfortably in my cupboard, still unopened with a copy of Super Mario 3D World, while I feverishly try to clear my backlog of PS3 games. Once I'm over and done with my PS3 (Dark Souls II being the exception) I can finally well and truly say I am ready to join Next-Gen with the Wii U and the PS4. So let's talk about the Wii U, shall we? The Wii U...

Dark Souls II Beta Preview

313d ago ... Well, this is my first blog and preview for that matter. Dark Souls is the third game in the souls series known for its difficult gameplay. Dark Souls II beta second round ended just now and after two hours of playing here is my current opinion of it. When you first boot up the game you are greeted by a terms and condition, to which you have to agree upon. Then information about beta, and...

Best Games Of This Gen?

355d ago ... As this generation of consoles begins to come to a close, many great games have been released during its entirety. I started pondering about which games this generation were the best. I thought hard and I've compiled a list of games which I personally think are the best of the best. I tried narrowing down all my choices with only ten games. Choosing the ten games themselves was hard but trying...

Anor Londo - A Case Study in Level Design (AKA "Staircases and Royal Pains in the Fanny")

373d ago ... (Spoilers - Duh) I'm a big fan of the "D. Souls" series of games. I do very much like the challenge they present and the dark, mystical settings. What I gravely dislike is when it uses these two things in a diabolical manner that wastes the player's time. Unfortunately, this is something that Dark Souls tends to do a little too frequently; Especially in the area/level known as "Anor Londo...

Microsoft’s E3 Show and Rating

437d ago ... Microsoft knew they had to come hard and be all about games after the horrendous Xbox One reveal, and that’s exactly what they did. But did it work? Metal Gear Solid 5: Microsoft kicked the game off with Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain, and boy does it look amazingly good, however, it’s also coming to PS4. It seems like MS and Sony have switched lovers with Sony courting Bungie, and Micro...

Should Console Games Move on to Art, While Mobile Games Take Their Place?

519d ago ... All these touch games - Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Racing Moto - Aren't these technically true video games, at least by definition? Brilliant games such as Final Fantasy VII, Dark Souls,Journey, or Xenoblade Chronicles - What "Gamers" love about gaming in general, well, really aren't games - they're much more. Of course, millions of gamers would kill me for saying what I said in the first sen...

The Captivation Of Dark Souls

571d ago ... Recently It was recommended to me by 2 fellow N4G users to try out Dark Souls. As an Xbox man myself I hadn't heard much of Demon Souls and what I knew of Dark Souls was that it was frustrating and difficult to complete, a real marmite game, so as you can understand I was sceptical about the idea Looking at the price of only £20 for a GOTY edition I thought to myself why not and took the lea...

'Difficulty' in Gaming

591d ago ... The value of games lies in the gamers sense of accomplishment over challenges. This is the reason why games like Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, Spelunky and Super Meat Boy are so successful. These games do not hold our proverbial hands; gradually, they teach crucial mechanics to the player that are continually presented throughout the game. Then, when the gamer uses these mechanics correctly and ef...

Dark Souls II- How to make it the best game ever

620d ago ... It's never been a secret how much I like Dark Souls. I've beaten it somewhere around 10-15 times and logged in over 500 hours playtime across both the PS3 and PC versions, yet still wanted more. The gameplay is simply unique and doesn't compare to any other games around right now. So, naturally, with the announcement of the next instalment in the franchise, you could imagine that I was quite...

Switchin' Over

780d ago ... I've always been a Playstation man. Even when I was not a man. When I was but an infant, I rejoiced in having days of fun, running through the jungle as the little orange Bandicoot known as Crash. Memories of shedding actual tears as the evil Sephiroth took away one of my beloved Final Fantasy party members, while the most heartbreaking music played in the background. Then I witnessed the tr...

This Autumn is more than just Battlefield 3 vs Modern Warfare 3

1127d ago ... For as long as I can remember I don’t think we’ve ever had such a variety of great games to look forward to as we do for this Autumn. Just read this: Deus Ex: Human Revolutions Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception Gears of War 3 Assassins Creed: Relevations Batman: Arkham City Resistance 3 Battlefield 3 COD: Modern Warfare 3 Forza Motorsport 4 Rage Dead Island S...
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Release Dates
PC Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
US 04 October 2011
EU 07 October 2011
AU 07 October 2011
Wii U Release Dates
Xbox 360 Release Dates
US 04 October 2011
EU 07 October 2011
AU 07 October 2011