Gastón, from Twinfinite, gives his opinion on how Dark Souls titles are a lot more than just difficult games and why this should be taken into account in any comparison made against other titles.
I prefer a Challenging series over something that is just full of cheap shots and BS kills. A more realistic challenge based off of a higher level of detail to present a more fierce degree of difficulty is OK by me. ......besides I got a bin full of cheap controllers to break during Gamers RAGE!
Haha. I know what you mean. I guess some games just require backup controllers. On the other issue, difficulty is a great thing if it's well balanced and coherent and it certainly enhances many gaming experiences. There's just no fun in one-shot kills and overpowered characters.
My logitech has withstood Dark Souls so far, but I think I broke a PS3 controller with Demon's Souls. Souls games present a nice level of chellenge, many other easy, casual games just make them look hard. An effect of publishers/devs compromising "hardcore" aspects of games in order to make a larger return on investement by trying to "appeal" to a wider audience. We've seen this end up alienating everyone quite a few times. I'm okay with one shot kills when they require skill, like scout headshots in Counter Strike for example.
It's hard to a degree. I would call them unforgiving. You are left with no room for error.
Trial and error, rinse repeat. Oh hey that's the entire game.
The game is hardcore. This series doesn't care about your feelings one bit. It's like the game laughs at you when you die then tells you to suck it up and try again.
Actually it cares very much what you feel and the feeling it's going for is dread!
The saddest thing about Dark Souls is that a lot of people see this game as a pissing contest and not just a great game. Dark Souls' difficulty aspect is greatly exaggerated and people forget it's a beautifully-crafted game first and foremost. Plenty of arcade games are more difficult than dark souls. Most people who have played DS have finished it. That alone means it's really not that hard. The game is designed in a way that you die frequently, but that doesn't mean it's hard
Yes, the difficulty is greatly exaggerated and I believe they thought it would be a good idea to make that the main focus on Dark Souls 2 marketing. It's a shame because both Dark Souls have lots of features that are neglected by the very idea of just being hard.
people finish these games in todays gaming world with LOTS of help from the internet. if the net were available back when the arcade (or NES) was big....those games would have been easier and many more would have finished them.
IMO Dark Souls has amazing character development and class depth. It is the main reason why I like the Souls game. The difficulty just really shows you have to learn the RPG elements and game mechanics. IMO they are a prime example of good game design. That is why a difficulty mode in a Souls game is a joke. The games also have great lore, and unique enviroments that tell a story and immerse you into the world. The Souls games are much more than a challenge they are truly well crafted unique experiences
I believe that is exactly the point of the opinion piece. It's a greatly crafted gaming experience that should not be dissected and analized in separate parts because it's all linked together. Dark Souls lore is plain awesome and even that isn't just given away easily. You have to earn everything and instead of being a painful process it's actually rewarding and invigorating.
Just got my first lord vessel..... man was it a Bxxth to get to this point. I'm logging 90+ hours right now. Challenging is an accurate word for this game. People forget that to conquer something challenging means that you get that great satisfaction of accomplishing something. Hey, this game isn't for everyone, that's for sure. But it feels good to kill the bosses after so many deaths on your part. You've got to have patience and each part of the game requires a learning curve on your part. Once I'm done with DS, I'm moving on to DSII and hopefully by the time I'm done with DSII, I'll get myself a PS4 and start Bloodbourne. Don't miss out on this series b/c it's definitely worth your time.
The crazy thing is games like the souls series used to be the norm... Thought used to be required to play games lol
Controls gameplay Boss Battles Level design multiplayer To me are all stellar and when I add the lore, the fact that is challenging and that it makes you think before you act to the equation imo makes it the best game of last gen. The only thing I wish it had is Demon's Souls atmosphere.
Both atmospheres are good but I would also love to return to Boletaria some day.
Oops sorry I'm on my phone and I hit disagree... I tried to agree but it won't let me change it :(
It's not hard if you have common sense and patience. It's not a hack and slash game; It takes a little bit of know-how and strategy. Once you beat the game at least once NG+ is a cakewalk.
Ng+ was a nightmare for me in dark souls 1 , i still cant defeat that stupid dragon in the beginning of the game , i mean i thought it would be easier but i was terribly wrong .
NG+ generally means more difficult. The bosses sure have more health. :)
Do you mean the Drake on the bridge? You don't have to fight it at all though! Iirc there are only two dragons in DS1, The Gaping Dragon and Seath The Scaleless.
Yeah that Gaping POS dragon , he was so hard the first time , the second time , he is impossible . I wanted to get the tail for the dark souls achievement but he aint making it easy .
for me i have havent felt a greater sense of fulfillment. just seeing a average enemy or a huge boss and getting wrecked, yet later over coming it, that was awesome for me. is very satisfying and has a great vibe about it :)
Its challenging but not hard. Demons souls was way harder bit even that difficulty was exaggerated a lot. Its simply a great game that takes the "accept your mistakes" line to a whole new level. Dark Soul was filled with a lot of cheap moments and places that seemed to only be there to make it hard but even those weren't hard, just cheap.
Demon Souls was only harder because it was your first Souls game, go back now and you will breeze it most likely. I never felt there were any cheap deaths in Dark Souls tbh, for me it was a far better designed game.
Going back it still kicks my a** and I've beaten the game several times. Breezed through Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 was much better but still easier than Demon's Souls.
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