Dark Souls is a deep and complex series filled with lore and theories. But what is the real truth of Miyazaki's masterpieces? Joseph at GameSpew explores.
an interesting read!
Damn... I had the Goosebumps all the way to the end of the article...JOSEPH SALE knows how to write... This is one of the best realised theories on DS I have read so far. As for the series its self, my favourite series from last and the current gen, what can I say? For a game with no apparent story it is so deep and full of lore and long history that its simply mindbending. Miyazaki San you are a goddamn genius sir, may you live a long long life making masterpieces like the soulsborne series. Damn I cant believe DS is over... PS: Food for thought: what if Bloodborne was the painting that was painted using Gael's Blood soaked Dark Soul we optained by killing him? The final painting?? Think about it, Blood echoes, no deteriotating humanity...a more present and permanent setting and era with no decay.. Damn I hope they make BB 2!
"Damn I hope they make BB 2!" hope so too
Given the relative coherence of its world, if Bloodborne is part of this, I'd almost put it at the "top"...the painting closest to the "real world". Remember the events of that game are largely the result of being in a fever-dream (or so we're led to believe), which means its world could be close to normal. I'd say a better candidate for a "final painting" is Demon's Souls. It has the most fractured world...one where you can only visit its multiple disparate and disconnected locations via portals. It's like the Dark Souls realms, cranked up to 11 in weirdness and brokenness.
The best part about souls games are always the "What ifs".
I have never played any of the games to completion, but I found this article extremely interesting. It makes me want to give the series a more serious try.
I was that way for quite a while (never completed a souls game). Then I played Bloodborrne and I beat the game without summoning any help. After that I said I have to go back and beat Dark Souls I & II before III comes out. Now the only one I haven't beat is Demon's Souls and unless its re-released on the PS4 or PC then I probably never will (bc I gave my PS3 to my wife's brother).
I've played and beaten all of From's games since Demon's Souls and I still don't really understand what's going on. I quite like the idea of being a warrior who is constantly willingly diving into hell and climbing back out afterwards having conquered it, without having spent time dwelling on what it all means.
Yet there is so much meaning and history to be found within these worlds, should you decide to look, read and understand them...
Very true, I'm not as much of a pleb as it might sound, I read item descriptions and look things up online that interest me. Fascinating games. I just often have a feeling that I don't really understand exactly what's going on.
Totally understandable, there are a couple great YouTube channels that have some really good content on the soulsborne universe, one of then is mentioned in the article that do a great job at explaining or at least theorize on the series lore/history. You should totally check them out and I'm fairly certain that you will see the games in a whole new perspective
It's actually the box cover art for HL 3... Confirmed!
I really liked this. Ds has such a good story that's told though environment as well as characters. Metroid prime did the same thing. Told a story though objects.
It is concievable and would make se sense everything points to it. Could blood borne be the final painting. Hence the wakeing ending and leaving the nightmare
Or it's the nightmare that inspired the first painting (Dark Souls).
Would love an actual book to explain or go into some deeper meaning. be able to find out the truth or of course have many interpretations of what it may be, not the comics although I do enjoy them. I want an actual trilogy of books or at least one condensed.
There is one HUGE flaw in this theory. "What’s the first thing you do in Dark Souls? Name your character. It seems so insignificant. What RPG can’t you name your character in nowadays? But what if Miyazaki is pulling wool over our eyes? What if, in this smallest thing taken for granted, he’s concealing an incredible truth? That we’re not naming our character in the Character Creation screen, we’re naming our world." This creates the fact that the player has 2 worlds of their own, and not one. Because The Painter asks your name in order to make a world named after you. So if by naming your character, you are naming your world, the world in which you are currently playing, then how could ANOTHER world of your own exist? The only way I see that theory being possible is through a temporal paradox in which you are playing in the world that The Painter will eventually create but hasn't yet and you become the final inspiration for that world. Kind of like how in FFVIII Squall, a SeeD, was responsible for the creation of SeeD by traveling back in time to Edea after defeating Ultimecia and beginning the necessary steps to have SeeD exist to face the Sorceress in order to go back in time to create SeeD to... well you know how it goes. It's easy to see why this theory is intriguing and has possible merit, but this one flaw is not the only one with the theory.
Do not click if you're expecting the "secret" to be a new world / character / armor / weapon etc. It's 3 separate pages of the author (in quite interesting fashion) speculating that the Dark Souls games take place inside "paintings".
Dragonslayer Armour isn't Ornstein.
Interesting read! Loved it.
Really good writeup. N4G needs more of this sort of thing. Also makes me want to go back and replay the entire series with this theory in mind.
Platinum'd bloodborne recently, need to start the demon's and dark souls series. Which should I play first?
Demon's Souls is where it all began, but you'll find that it's fairly different than the rest of the games. If you're used to speed after Bloodborne, then Demon's Souls will seem very slow to you. Not Dark Souls 2 slow, but slow enough. However, I would suggest playing it first because the atmosphere of that game is superior to all the other games hands down. It has some systems that are a bit convoluted by add some interesting elements to the gameplay. For example, every time you die in human form, the world you die in gets progressively more difficult. Enemies hit harder and have more HP and Black Phantom enemies begin to show up. I can go on and on about the game. Lol.
I died probably 1000 times in bloodborne so that means demon's souls becomes impossible? LOL
Nah. Demon's Souls will be easier for you than Bloodborne for sure. It's the kind of game that's only difficult if you've never played any of the Souls series games, but once you have it's very easy. Only like 3 bosses are somewhat challenging.
This is your world; you're the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. -"Bob" Norman Ross
This article is bullshit, it's not a secret, it's a theory.
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