Demon's Souls review (PS3)

Cam977 | 973d ago | User review
Reviewing: Demon's Souls
A new kind of adventure awaits...
After spending a few hours in the world of Demon's souls I feel I am ready to review the content of the game and as the title suggests, this is my first RPG game.

- Gameplay -
Demon's souls, a game critically acclaimed for its difficulty. Personally, I disagree with those profound statements; if someone claims this game is by any means "hard" then I can only come to the conclusion that they are playing the game wrongly, this is particularly true when on their first playthrough. Demon's souls is no Skyrim or standard medieval-era RPG game, instead Demon's souls is a game that demands the player to analyse their enemy and wait for them to expose an exploitable weakness of which they can take advantage of. If you want to survive in Demon's souls then going straight into a fight is by no means the way to go, if you follow the play-style Demon's souls demands, you will have no problem with this game at all because you will feel more rewarded and deaths will occur less frequently pen-ultimately, leaving you feeling a greater sense of gratification. The gameplay is fluid and responsive and as people say, any death is entirely the players fault as they have either missed the right time to strike their enemy or disregarded the environment or health/stamina bars. It can be said that due to the tactical, engrossing gameplay you (as I did) will realise an estimated 1 hour play of the game quickly becomes 2 due to the concentration and fun this game needs and gives. This leads me onto the controls:

- Controls-
The controls for Demon's souls are absolutely perfect and are accessible to all audiences, even me, someone who has never played an RPG before. The controls are fairly basic and easy to pick up, the player should have no problem here.

Playing a 2009 game in 2012 you may feel that despite graphical advances, you would be able to notice any differences made in the 3 year period inbetween. With Demon's souls this however, is not the case. The graphics for this game are excellent and look as good as a game produced now (as well as exceeding the graphics of some games produced now!). The graphics in Demon's souls really are perfect and no issues were found in this area.

-The difficulty-
A commonly raised point when talking about Demon's souls, the difficulty of the game is no problem at all infact, the real difficulty really comes when trying to conserve health supplies or being aware of your health and stamina bars whilst in a fight. If you're a careful player that doesn't play games that promote headless-chicken tactics (Call of duty) then I promise you, if you stay aware during this game and watch enemy attack patterns then you will have no problem at all with the difficulty. My first play-through actually lasted 2 hours as I had become so engrossed in the magnificent world created by From Software.

-The verdict-
If reluctant, BUY THIS GAME!
I have quickly gone from being reluctant to playing this game every night since I love it so much!
Unique and rewarding gameplay
A brilliant world
Strategy is required which adds an additional layer to the game
Nobody plays online anymore
Graphics Attractive but certainly not the best I've seen on PS3.
Sound In my opinion, the audio-quality on Demon's Souls is superior to the audio in it's successor - Dark Souls.
Gameplay Very fun, almost unlimited replayability.
Fun factor Demon's Souls offers a unique laevel of challenge which is rarely seen in games nowadays.
Online It used to be fun when people played it. If you want to go online it'll have to be arranged and even then, there are region/level restrictions stopping you.
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
StrawberryDiesel420  +   973d ago
Nice review, however, the game still has a pretty strong online community. It's not huge, but it's by no means a ghost town. I invade people regularly still and have messages that get recommended all the time.
Cam977  +   972d ago
Oh right, well, I'm quite a high level so that may be why it is hard to find people. I'm on EU servers too, thanks for the kind feedback. I uploaded this alongside my Dark Souls review after writing them for Amazon a few months ago.
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No FanS Land  +   967d ago
Strwaberry diesel, you just made my day! Didn't know the servers were still up!
Kalowest  +   971d ago
The servers for Demon's Souls are suppose to be shut down.
Cam977  +   971d ago
They were supposed to in the US but Atlas decide to prolong their life.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   971d ago
Guess you don't play it. They were supposed to be shut down at the end of May of this year for good but have been extended indefinitely as long as player interest remains consistent. They're alive and well as I write this response.
sdplisken  +   973d ago
yeah this game is a 10/10 bro
belac09  +   973d ago
the souls series has taken me by the balls and made me its slave.
sdozzo  +   968d ago
Can't knock a game's "online" three years after the fact. We the community will forgive this... "You have a heart of gold. Don't let them take it from ya"
-GametimeUK-  +   968d ago
Fantastic review. However, I play Call of Duty and I still wreck face on this game. I'm just diverse like that. It is a tad foolish to underestimate someone just because of a game they play.

Moving on, I agree with everything you say! The game is simply fantastic. The controls really are "that" responsive! You said the controls are easy to pick up and I agree with that, but at the same time if you want to get the most out of the game then you are going to have to learn some tricky maneuvers. Switching your target lock off and pulling off a pivot BS takes some practice for example.

Easy to pick up and will require some skill to master is what I'm trying to say.

I disagree with the score. I would score it much higher, but I agree with everything you wrote. Great review, bro!
Number-Nine  +   968d ago
A bit unfair to give the Multiplayer a low score. What do you expect from a game that's 3 years old? The MP in Demon's was so much better than the MP in Dark Souls when it was in it's prime.
-GametimeUK-  +   968d ago
He is reviewing it as it stands now. He couldn't review the multiplayer based on what it once was because he hasn't experienced the glory days. He made the right decision. To be fair he hardly even touched on the multiplayer in this review.

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Demon's Souls

Average Score 9.0 Reviews(173)
Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
JP 05 February 2009
US 06 October 2009
EU 25 June 2010
Wii Release Dates