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Why Dark Souls Is True Horror

On the subject of fear, Dark Souls is a rare breed. It does what nearly any horror game is incapable of doing (even the greatest of the genre). It stays with you. It haunts you. It puts you in a panic long before and long after you play the game. There is a persistent dread that goes along with playing Dark Souls, one that far too many horror games try to emulate with typical horror tropes and stereotypical set pieces.

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admiralvic858d ago

Does anyone really think the Soul's series haunts them? I don't have vivid flashbacks of the Penetrator killing me, I just sort of remember a medievally game that was tedious in some ways, but people choose to call hard.

LAWSON72857d ago (Edited 857d ago )

The game is not hard it is just not mindless and you have to use a thing called a brain. I agree though I have jumped a couple times but it does not haunt me, though I do remember the immersion which made fear what was around the corner of uncharted areas, mainly because my bad luck made me paranoid.

admiralvic857d ago

"do remember the immersion which made fear what was around the corner of uncharted areas, mainly because my bad luck made me paranoid."

Well, a lot of this links to the fact you got a hefty penalty for screwing up. Progress, cash, equipment damage / wear, decreased item count, possible shift in WT, etc. There was a lot to lose by screwing up, which made you "fear" the outcome and become paranoid. In that sense it is very suspenseful, but nothing about it was really relates to horror.

WillGuitarGuy857d ago

I wouldn't categorize Dark Souls in the Horror genre at all. The art style is dark, but haunting? No way. The same goes for Demon's Souls.

Agent2009857d ago

... aka Why This Article Is True Bollocks.

rageus857d ago

It's definitely a tense game but I wouldn't call is scary.

CrossingEden857d ago

There's a difference between tense and actual scary. The Shining isn't really scary, it's just really tense. As opposed to something that's actual horror, like The Woman In Black

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