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Submitted by 32froshes 745d ago | opinion piece

Why Dark Souls is Not A 'Hack And Slash' Game

Does anyone remember the PlayStation 3’s 2009 gem, Demon’s Souls? Would you believe that some critics actually equated it to God of War II? Here’s another imponderable: The game’s spiritual successor, FromSoftware’s Dark Souls, was often given the misnomer “beat-‘em-up.” Even now, after the recent release of the game’s first downloadable content, some reviewers stand by this claim. (Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Canary  +   744d ago
It's a third person action-combat game in a medieval fantasy setting.

I realize it can be difficult ascribing genre to games because we have to consider both the narrative genre and gameplay tropes... but it's not -that- hard.
-GametimeUK-  +   744d ago
"Third person action-combat game"?

I think it is quite criminal to not cover the fact that it is an RPG. Its quite simply an Action RPG.
MagneticDeath  +   744d ago
Agreed 3rd person action rpg.
Blackdeath_663  +   744d ago
agreed i was just going to say that its an RPG a proper RPG like they all should be. also i don't think anyone who has played a souls game ever even thought about it as a hack 'n' slash game. dark souls requires much more skill than most games, button bashing will get you killed in one shot.
cpayne93  +   744d ago
Hack and slash I can almost understand but beat em up? BEAT EM UP??? No, just no.
sdozzo  +   744d ago
No one calls it hack and slash.
SolidDuck  +   744d ago
If anyone actually says that. Then they haven't spent any time with demons or dark. There fantastic games but they are def not beat em ups, hack n slash, or a button masher in any way. Just a dumb thing to say.
Bercilak  +   744d ago
I think of Demon's Souls as a survival horror game in a medieval fantasy setting.
MilkMan  +   744d ago
Its a lot of things, but its not an rpg, that's for sure. Final Fantasy is more an rpg than this game and that's basically an adventure game.
Nexgensensation  +   744d ago
hack and slash
is for game like dmc, gow, and ninja gaiden!

until I play dark souls 2 and like it, from the impression I recieve from the new director this game already failed.

this is why I dont like copy cats and imitators. now that this game damn near stole the idea from demons souls look at it now, the director have no original idea.
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Blackdeath_663  +   744d ago
i believe it was developed buy the same studio and the story is linked in some way either a prequel or a sequel to daemon souls but it definitely wasn't a copy or imitation.
gintoki777  +   744d ago
Makes complete sense >.> From Software copied their own game.
MattyG  +   744d ago
I have never seen anyone call it a hack n' slash or beat em up. Don't know where that came.
Williamson  +   744d ago
i finally picked this game up and cant wait to start it
zgoldenlionz  +   744d ago
Right on! I hope you enjoy. Dark souls is definitely a game everyone should at least try.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   744d ago
What the hell took you so long? These kinds of games are the ones that should be bought for full retail price day one. I hope you didn't buy it used at least...
Williamson  +   743d ago
I guess I was just scared of all the dying that I was going to do in the game. Lol nah i bought it new but for 20$.
MysticStrummer  +   744d ago
Hack and slash? Dark Souls? That's hilarious.
MasterD919  +   744d ago
My friend told me to go out and buy this game...I've been holding off because I just don't have the time, but apparently I am missing out on something epic.

He states Dark Souls is significantly better than Demon Souls as well...but again, I haven't played either.

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