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Looking back at Demon's Souls; is it better than Dark Souls?... yes

Digitally Downloaded writes: "If you haven’t picked up Demon’s Souls yet, you should take the opportunity now because it is a vastly superior game to Dark Souls. That’s not to suggest that Dark Souls is a poor game, of course, it’s just that Demon’s Souls has a greater purity of vision. In other words, Demon’s Souls is darker (ironic, given the names of both games), crueler, and ultimately more rewarding."

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cpayne931246d ago

Demon's Souls is in my top 3 games of all time, I constantly switch between thinking that it, mario 64, and mgs 1 are my favorite games.

Dark Souls is great but Demon's Souls is a bit better in my opinion.

Mister_G1246d ago

It's VERY close, but for me Dark Souls wins because it's weapon upgrade paths are not so impossible to complete.

Daver1246d ago

I prefered Demons souls more too, not saying Dark souls was bad but the overall atmosphere was not quite there like in Demons souls.

DivineAssault 1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

like the bells in the prison? The blind maiden in black too? Dark souls was just a bunch of random evil areas so ya, i like demons souls better.. It was shorter with less armor/weapons but it had more SOUL to it.. Those damn skeletons rolling at u was a 1st for me.. that game had my heart POUNDING when i got to bosses & i never felt that scared to battle in a game before

JP13691246d ago

I'm going to take absolutely no risk whatsover by agreeing with all of you. I played the shit out of Demon's Souls and loved every minute of it. Dark Souls, while good, never gave me the same feeling.

Blastoise1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

Honestly I can never make up my mind. They're both awesome for so many reasons. Sometimes I play Demon's souls, think of the first time I'd fight the tower knight with online Co-op & think "Yup, Demon's souls was better"...but then I'll fight Dragonslayer Orstein & Executioner Smough and I'll think "Nah, Dark Souls is where it's at".

I'd think of how awesome the Maiden Astraea theme is...but then I'll think of how epic the nameless song & Gywns theme are..

I've played Dark Souls a lot lot more than Demon's souls but at the end of the day I'd say they were both 10/10 experiences.

darren_poolies1246d ago

Well said. Dark Souls is my favourite game of all time with Demon's Souls somewhere in my top 5. I cannot wait for Dark Souls II!!!!

Irishguy951246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

Agreed, whenever I speak of My favorite game this gen, I just write "Demons/Dark souls"

Sen castle and Tower of Latria stand out to me in both games

Nevers1246d ago

^Blastoise

You just put it best how I feel. I don't really feel as though one was "better". Both games were masterpieces. They are MY FAVORITE games of this gen, for sure.

SilentNegotiator1246d ago (Edited 1246d ago )

While I love both, I COMPLETELY agree. The level design was better in Demon's Souls; it was less confusing, more focused, and gave the player more options of where to start. Plus it had stones at EVERY completed boss area so that you could go back with ease (and teleporting from stones is possible from the beginning, saving you tedious back-travel). The bosses weren't half lifted from its not-technically-a prequel. Demon's Souls had a more stable framerate.

StockpileTom1246d ago

Naaaa the grinding is just reserved for 4-2 (reapers). It's rather quick if you use the evac miracle. Backtracking is pretty much required if you want to find some of the rare weapons of the game.

Also the original difficulty of Dark Souls was nowhere near as easy as it is now. They nerfed the shit out of the difficulty over time. (assuming you didn't use the overpowered Iron Flesh pyromancy that was also nerfed early on)

I do agree on the atmosphere though. I thought the world of Demon's Souls was better (minus the fact that it wasn't really seamless like Dark Souls). I also thought the characters of Demon's Souls were much more interesting than the ones in Dark Souls. (exception for Seigmeyer and Solaire lol)

Summons751246d ago

To me yes. The online is much better on Demon Souls, the nexus was better even though the open world of Dark Souls was refreshing and welcomed. The boss battles are also much better in Demon Souls because most if not all had a puzzle element to it which Dark Souls did not, Dark Souls was hit and dodge, it really dissapointed me because Demon souls had the Dragon God which you had to move slow, pin it down with giant arrows before you could kill it and also the Boss at Latvia tower where you needed to kill the man in the second level if you wanted to kill her with ease. There was nothing like that in Dark Soul.

Please don't get me wrong, I loved Dark Souls. I think they did a lot of improvements that Demon Souls had missing from it and an amazing rich world with just as much arguably more lore and content then Demon Souls. When it comes down to it though I believe Demon Souls was slightly better because of the unique boss fights. Dark Souls had unique bosses but they could have added puzzle elements or something to change each boss fight a little bit.

I can't wait for Dark Souls 2 and whatever is next for the Souls series.

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