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Submitted by ThatCanadianGuy 2085d ago | review

Ezine Review: Demon's Souls

Ezine writes:

"In the end, while it might not have the production values or graphical "WOW" factor of a mainline Final Fantasy title, Demon's Souls has easily usurped the PS3's "best RPG" throne...but with FFXIII slowly approaching, we'll see how long it holds onto the crown. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a New Game + to finish.

Pluses
+ Dark, gothic atmosphere with solid graphics and excellent level design
+ Surprisingly competent localization, with few glaring translation errors
+ Breathtaking, challenging boss battles
+ Numerous online options for multiplayer fans
+ Vast array of items and equipment pieces to find, mix and match
+ New Game + feature allows for infinite replayability with increasing challenges

Minuses
- Punishing difficulty may take players by surprise
- Online functions are not particularly well-explained
- Frame rate can chug in certain isolated areas
- Not officially released in US/Europe (Demon's Souls, PS3) -

- Ghost of Sparta -  +   2085d ago
"For players who love a good challenge, Demon's Souls is an absolute must-buy, and one of the best RPGs of this generation."
I may have to import this.
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ThatCanadianGuy  +   2085d ago
Same.I checked Play-Asia a few days ago, they were out of stock.Damn i want this !

Edit ! Think i found a link for anyone who wants to buy it.
http://www.yesasia.com/us/d...

Might just order it now
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- Ghost of Sparta -  +   2085d ago
Edit: Thanks for the link. And I didn't know they had trophies for Demon's Souls.

Imported.
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Straight Life  +   2085d ago
It'll come to NA/EU eventually
pippoppow  +   2085d ago
Great game but very difficult. Need to be patiant as you will die alot and be placed at the beginning of the level each time and bosses can kill in 1-2 shots. But the atmospere alone will keep players playing. Like the way 2 others players can jump into the game to help for a limited time later in the game supposedly.(just started playing so havn't experienced yet). Also a pleyer is supposed to be able to jump into your game for some pvp player action as well. brutal game but really nice.
Ryo-Hazuki  +   2085d ago
Demon souls is on backorder everywhere....i ordered mine lil over a week ago and im still waiting for my copy to be shipped. Btw that YESASIA link....it says "ships within 30 days" lol
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tda-danny  +   2085d ago
If its out of stock...
If its still backordered on Playasia and ncsx, try ebay.

I got a Korean version of the game and it is in full English voice overs and text.

This is the buyer who I got mine from. $3 shipping to Canada, and it only took a week to get here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/PS3-Dem...

Easily one of the best games I've played in the last 10 years!

For more info on the game: http://demonssouls.wikidot....
ThatCanadianGuy  +   2085d ago
@Above
Oh my god..That co-op video in one of the links you posted has me sold.Im making an ebay account and buying it RIGHT NOW!

http://dic.nicovideo.jp/v/s...
That boss battle was f*cking epic
NNNW  +   2085d ago
if you guys are looking for a real challenge choose a melee class. playing ranged/magic will make things much easier haha.
ThanatosDMC  +   2084d ago
After reading reviews and watching gameplay videos... im itching to import this game.
SaiyanFury  +   2084d ago
I imported the game the day it was released and it's the most incredible action RPG experience I have encountered this gen. It is hard. You WILL die. But it's that challenge that is really a positive for this game. It really drives you forward to try and overcome those experiences that are holding you back. It's incredibly rewarding. For fans of the King's Field series on PS1 and 2, GET THIS GAME.

"From and Sony aren't holding your hand along the way".

This is a severe understatement. There is absolutely ZERO handholding in this game. If you want a game that will take you by the hand and lead you through, patting you on the back each time you make a bit of progress, you won't find that here. This game is punishingly difficult but that only serves to make it that much more rewarding each time you advance. You can pat yourself on the back, instead of this wonderful game doing it for you. Believe me, once you finish off one of the hard and huge bosses you'll whoop like Arsenio Hall and yell out "YES!" everytime, I can almost guarantee that.
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Flipgeneral  +   2084d ago
Great game guys
If you enjoy dungeon crawlers at all, this is for you.

It's difficult, but very manageable. You just need to stay on your toes and pay attention to what you are doing. The punishment is not THAT severe as everyone makes it out to be (bar area 3-1, you'll find out). Usually if you die, it's your fault, and could have been avoided.

Once you get used to the system, the game turns out to be a blast!

Not to mention the non consensual PvP!
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SaiyanFury  +   2084d ago
To all interested, look at buying the Asian/Korean version on eBay. Even check Amazon. I had to get mine from eBay UK on the day it was released because it was sold out everywhere. Get it, and love it! :D
jaferris  +   2085d ago
nice detailed review, i really want this game , need wait to get money though :( , then defiantly importing it
Hellsvacancy  +   2085d ago
Y not release games world wide
Do these devs not wanna make money y is us westerners always get shafted

Im still wantin White Knight and now this
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raztad  +   2085d ago
I got the feeling that the PS3 is too much packed with games this year. Perhaps sony is trying to allocate a better date for this one. Next year could be the RPG year for Western ps3 owners. WKC, Daemon's Soul, ToV and Final Fantasy among others, sounds pretty awesome to me.
Nuclearwinter  +   2085d ago
The Game was Underestimated
I don't think this game showing up in Asia only had anything to do with trying to find a better date. They simply underestimated how much attention this game would get. It's clearly a niche title for hardcore gamers so why release it on a mass scale like that? They obviously didn't count on it to be selling out of stock with every shipment.

Look at Afrika, that was hyped up here in the US before it was released, but they only released it in Asian territories because they knew it wasn't going to sell well.

Both games are great and I'm glad I imported them, but I can see why they would hold off on bringing them over to the US.
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lokiroo420  +   2085d ago
ebay has competitive pricing to play asia, im just not to sure about the mailing situation out of china.
pippoppow  +   2085d ago
bought mine on ebay for $70 shipping included. Just make sure it's the Asian/chinese version with full English support and not the Japanese or Korean version which have limited English support. Took me 2-3 weeks to receive.
tda-danny  +   2085d ago
@ pippoppow
Actually the Korean version is in full English as well! It has the same English (VO and Text) as the Asian version, except it is also in Korean instead of also being in Chinese.

The Jap version only has English VO, but the text is all in Japanese.

I own the Korean Version, and can truthfully say it is in full English! No Import worries!!
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axeru777  +   2085d ago
another RPG for PlayStation 3, nice. I'm thinking about buying it.
KKanjiAnkh  +   2085d ago
@Above
Make sure you get the Asian version, instead of the Japanese version, for the English structure.
Araceae  +   2085d ago
I’ve been playing this game for a while and it is really good. I’d recommend importing it, but hopefully they bring it out of Japan so people won’t have to.
Myst  +   2085d ago
</sigh>
Wanted to import this game, but every chance I tried to get it seems it was always sold out...I wanna get the Japanese version since I'll be there in a year and a half from now, but trying to decide between that and the Chinese version (Don't know if the Japanese version has the English options just in case there are some Kana I don't understand).

I suppose this would work best as a summer title (being that it's just around the corner) and I'll just make due with Cross Edge next week. :/
pippoppow  +   2085d ago
Only Asian version has full English support. Buy from Ebay.
tda-danny  +   2085d ago
Language Options:
Asian/Chinese Version: Full English support (Voice Overs & all Text/Menus) & small English manual insert.

Korean Version: Full English support also, but no English manual insert.

Japanese Version: English Voice overs, but all text and menus are in Japanese (no option for English text).

If you only speak English and want to import this awesome game, import the Asian (Chinese) or Korean versions, not Japanese. PM if you have any questions.
Myst  +   2085d ago
Bubbles to both.
Thank you.

Not to worried about a manual (never really read them anyway and they kind of just sit in the case itself. I suppose I'll just decide later and see which one might be best depending on the situation.
Seyr  +   2085d ago
I have it and am playing it ATM . Would rate it as second best rpg on PS3 behind Valkyria Chronicles . Its actually a fantastic game even though its brutally difficult at times ( It actually reminds me of the earlier Megaman games since you pick a level then fight to the boss).

The main 3 flaws of this game that prevent it from becoming an all time great :
1) The frame rate drops noticeably at times . Mostly happens a lot in isolated areas when you destroy objects .
2) The camera can screw you sometimes when you lock-on to a monster when fighting multiple enemies.
3) The biggest flaw is probably the story . Frankly it isn't the best . Basically the kingdom is covered with fog , you are their last hope . You have a couple of areas to visit and any backstory is given in a small box and thats about it .
ThanatosDMC  +   2084d ago
Just like Monster Hunter... but that game is like crack to gamers that played it. I would know cuz im one of them.

One question though, how's the co-op online? Do you live in US? I'm hoping online wont be for Asian countries only.
Dir_en_grey  +   2084d ago
@9.1
Sorry don't have the Asian version, but I am playing the Japanese version and online works great. I don't see any reason the Asian version won't work in US.

Anyway I got Killzone 2, SFIV, Yakuza 3 and Kenzan, White Knight Story and this game when I went to Japan, started playing this game first after I came back and I'm so hooked I didn't even bother to put any other games in my PS3 after I started playing this game. Kinda sad all these other supposedly great games didn't even run once on my system yet, but that just shows how fun this game is.

Sony is totally making a mistake not releasing this game in the western market. Only thing I can think of is that maybe they are concerned w/ the game being a R rated game, either it be the name of the title or the images in the game.

Anyway just like to give my 2 cents after 60 hours+ game play (still half way through, but replay value is there after u beat the game and will last you a long time), this game is a must have.
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ThanatosDMC  +   2084d ago
Thanks! I'll import this game!
zep  +   2084d ago
this game is good they should bring it state side and EU too hmm i only need 1 more trophy :)) Pure Bladestone wont drop at all for me to get the platinum :D
Nikuma  +   2084d ago
love love love...
...love this game. Best PS3 exclusive so far IMO.

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