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Eurogamer: Demon's Souls Review

Eurogamer writes: "Demon's Souls is absolutely compelling; dark, detailed, unforgiving, creatively cruel. It gets under your skin and becomes a personal obsession, daring you to probe further into its worlds, fall for more of its traps and overcome more of its impossible challenges; it slaps you in the face with your own incompetence and dares you to overcome it.

It's stoic, uncompromising, difficult to get to know, but also deep, intriguingly disturbed and perversely rewarding. You can learn to love Demon's Souls like few other games in the world. But only if you're prepared to give yourself over to it". (Demon's Souls, PS3) 9/10

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anh_duong  +   2486d ago
great review. looks like a great game.

if i was a student, wasn't married or didn't have a job i would buy more rpg games. just don't have the time to play rpg anymore which is a shame for someone who used to play larn, moria and nethack. although i did play a bit of shiren on the old nds recently
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Chubear  +   2486d ago
.. gave a PS3 exclusive a 9?!... that must mean they probably wanted to give it an 11/10 lol
rockleex  +   2485d ago
Is this really...
From Eurogamer?!?!?! O_O
Labwarriorbot  +   2485d ago
Only on PS3. The best franchises of EVERY GENRE...
only on PS3.
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morganfell  +   2485d ago
The game deserves a 9. I am so glad I imported this and it is damn well worth it. The Asian edition (not the Japanese version) has full English casting and subtitles along with Trophy support. It is a fantastic Dungeon crawler.
Danja  +   2485d ago
wow was seriously expecting to see a 6/10.. for this one...

unfortunately it's that time of the year again Exams... so I had put gaming on hold.. will definitely import this game in the summer ...
nycredude  +   2485d ago
I have been waiting for almost a month for to get a new shipment in so I can get my order. They even took my money already!! AHHHHHH Can't wait now!

Morganfell is it really as good as people keep saying? I hope that if they announce a NA version that it is identical cause I don't want to have to buy it again.
FlameBaitGod  +   2485d ago
I though this game was going to suck at first lol, now I'm looking forward to it
Freak of Nature  +   2485d ago
But this one sure looks to be one that does deserve to get that little extra time you do have "anh_duong" ...........

------- I just have to wonder why this game is not getting the attention and backing it deserves from Sony?----- More copies are needed World-wide....Well copies of any kind for EU and NA....Perhaps news will come on this?But if not,then why not?

I love this part ........"you can call upon other players to help you, and they can join your game as blue phantoms to fight alongside you.

It's a way to even out the odds a little, or progress if you're completely stuck, though you often find yourself running after more experienced players as they rush through a section of the game they've seen 40 times. Players can also leave helpful messages for each other on the ground (“WATCH OUT FOR THE GIANT FALLING BOULDER”).

The downside? Playing the game online opens you up to invasion from Black Phantoms, other players who force their way into your game in order to assassinate you for your souls."

I love the fact also that it's not just a mindless hack and slash game.

I will wait and see until E3 for any news on a NA/EU release,but if nothing by then,I will import....
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morganfell  +   2485d ago
The game is still being worked on. I just fired it up this morning and there was a new update.
Freak of Nature  +   2485d ago
How would you compare the animation and fighting to Assassins creed or Ninga gaiden for example. Is it fluid,smooth and is it more thought oriented,with blocking and timing.Just any example you feel would be nice to hear please.Thanks....
morganfell  +   2485d ago
It is fluid. I love Assassins Creed. It isn't that kind of fluid but neither does it feel stilted like some hack and slash titles. But frankly there is often a delay when I attack, and then attempt a counter and opponent move. That isn't present in Demons Souls.

First let me preface my comments by saying that the class you choose affects your fighting style greatly. Lighter classes that are less powerful and less well armored (at the beginning) can dart in on slower opponents and shoulder roll right past them and attack from the back. Larger opponents, such as the knight do not really shoulder roll. It's more like a pile or armor crashing to the ground. And it should be like that. The fighting isn't complex and that is it's strength. You can easily block an attack (provided it isn't too powerful) then you can counter attack, bash with your shield, etc. Blocking works and it depends upon targeting and facing. It isn't automatic.

Powerful attacks can knock you down completely or batter right past your shield. Of course the reverse is also true. You can sling your shield and pull your longsword for powerful bashing two handed attacks. Or keep the shield up and pull your long dirk and then use a thrusting attack while maintaining a guard with the shield very effective.

The above are only basic weapon attacks. These vary depending on the weapon and class. Other assisting factors can affect matters greatly such as magic. I am not that far in yet but I am enjoying the game immensely. But be prepared to die. It is going to happen. Play up to the Nexus at the beginning. You don't have to but that is a free training level.
SaiyanFury  +   2485d ago
Agreed, Morganfell. Demon's Souls is the single, most incredibly addictive RPG experience I've had this gen. I'm a HUGE lover of the King's Field series so this game speaks to me even more. I love the art style, again so indicative of the game's roots. In Demon's Souls you WILL die. It's how you develop your character and how you approach levels that governs how OFTEN you die. I highly recommend this game to people who are craving a game with challenge. This game not only does not hold your hand, it slaps it away and stabs it with a dagger.
Freak of Nature  +   2485d ago
Thanks very much for such a quick and detailed response.I really appreaciate it very much..."Bubbles" to you.

You should do their sales pitch for them,pitch it to Capcom or some other major publisher that can get hold of this game and release it World wide in full force, and give it it's just do...

Sounds fantastic,and count me in on purchasing it.

Thanks again very much....
Cenobia  +   2485d ago

I can't wat to play this game now.
FamilyGuy  +   2485d ago
The review was %100 positive yet they did not give it a 10/10

I know, this is Euro gamer, but still. I would've liked to here what's negative about it. Graphics?

So far I guess the difficulty can be negative...
Antan  +   2486d ago
This is garnishing some REALLY positive reviews! Reading the GAF thread, nigh on everyone is absolutely over the moon with it! They all say the same thing "its rock hard" yet they continue to play it! Thats the sign of a good game. Im still toying with the idea of importing......Would be good is Sony came out and said if there were any plans for an EU (or US) release.
lukeb4dunk  +   2485d ago
I hear you
but if you are really considering importing it, you may want to do it soon. I have been waiting about three weeks now and looks like I'll be waiting for a couple more. I've talked to a guy that has been waiting for almost two months now! The game has been selling out and import sites like playasia have a huge back-order.

But on a side note, if you can't understand Japanese, then you will need to get the Asian version, or the Korean version. They have both English voices and subtitles.
nefertis  +   2486d ago
From Software need to bring this to NA.
MiloGarret  +   2486d ago
And EU, I really want this game.
mephman  +   2486d ago
Yea, ever since I read the comments from the Famitsu review I was really intrigued about this game. Hopefully it sees a Western release.
SaiyanFury  +   2485d ago
I'm almost positive the game will see a North American release, seeing as the game's voice acting is 100% English, and that includes the Japanese version. The Asian versions, Korean and Hong Kong both have 100% English text. The game is only developed by From Software, it's published by Sony. It seems Sony is looking to co-develop RPGs with third parties which is an interesting way to get exclusive RPGs on their console.
Pennywise  +   2486d ago
I think I am going to import my first game.
Fishy Fingers  +   2486d ago


Just make sure you get the right one. Sorry about the CAPS, couldn't be bothered to retype it :)
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Pennywise  +   2486d ago
Very cool. I had no idea. Thanks for the info!! +bub
vasilisk  +   2486d ago
I just got mine yesterday
I imported the Korean version which has full English (dialogue and text)and I live in Europe. The game is basically ready to be released in NA and Europe it's just that they can't, the game is on backorder everywhere. They really didn't expect that kind of success.

"it gets under your skin and becomes a personal obsession, daring you to probe further into its worlds, fall for more of its traps and overcome more of its impossible challenges"

I don't think I read a better description about this game. It's one of the most addictive games I've ever played in my life and I've played A LOT. Sometimes words are not enough to describe the sheer beauty of this game. It's old school, it's everything I you ever wanted if you're a gamer. I've played for 6-7 hours and I've only touched the surface. The game is hard, punishing and places you in the beginning of the level once you lose. And for some strange reason instead of swearing and cursing the game and it's developers, you get drawn into it's world and keep coming back for more without a single complain. It's gameplay is simple but yet flawless. It's not strange that Demon Soul's had the highest satisfaction rate among Japanese players and as I already said the game is on backorder everywhere. From Software has a real gem in it's hands and even they did not expect this kind of success. All I want to say is OMG I never thought I would get drawn into a game that much. It hasn't happened to me in ages.

Pennywise  +   2486d ago
If me and my buddy ordered this game - will the online work even though we are out of the regions?
vasilisk  +   2486d ago
Yup, the online works flawlessly

Best game I've played in years
Pennywise  +   2485d ago
Thanks for the info... I just purchased it. Hopefully it doesnt take a month.
nycredude  +   2485d ago
Unfortunately it will probably take a month as that is how long I have been waiting almost.
Clap Your Hands  +   2486d ago
This is surprising.

Eurogamer don't just throw around with the big scores. So this title must be really good.


The Asian and Korean versions are fully in English, both text and voice (not the manual, unfortunately), and with no region-locking on PS3 games and MP being confirmed as all regions together, there's no reason not to get the Asian or Korean region versions now.

You can order it from these stores, among others (or check Ebay — just make sure you get the Asian or Korean region versions, as these are the two versions with full English text).





eBay Listings
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peeps  +   2486d ago
yeh it looks interesting. I dunno if i can be bothered to import it though which is a shame cus it seems alot of ppl in the west are liking the look of this game yet we may never see it (without importing).

they could prob get away with just repackaging and using the import version, cus it has english subtitles?
OmarJA  +   2486d ago
Damn! better than Ninja Blade confirmed... :D
Bordel_1900  +   2486d ago
Awesome, I'd buy this game in an instant.
Sony Rep  +   2486d ago
better than the entire 360 line up in 09
- Ghost of Sparta -  +   2485d ago
Better than the entire 360 lineup period.
Baka-akaB  +   2486d ago
THe game is awesome , period!
Defectiv3_Detectiv3  +   2486d ago
I think I'll wait
And see what announcements the make in the coming months, this might just be one of those games Sony has up their sleeve - they're probably just waiting for the right time to release it.

And if they are going to give it a proper American release I'd rather wait for that - I'm just worried if I import it than I won't get trophies.

I think I'm more excited for this game than I am inFAMOUS
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tda-danny  +   2485d ago
They patched the game so you collect English trophies. Its just like a game you would buy in the local store.

Just make sure you get the Chinese or Korean version.
d0nT wOrrY  +   2486d ago
better than the entire 360 line up in 08
123360  +   2486d ago
eurogamer gave it a nine,i knew this was selling well in japan with little to no hype,i don,t think it had much if any seems like a great game thats won over many from its quality.its still in the top amazon japan twenty when the likes of star ocean,yakkuza have dropped way down.that says somethink about it.
cabalero  +   2486d ago
I'm very impressed...
Clap Your Hands  +   2486d ago
The game sounds...
...really amazing

From the review:

"...and this, the most interesting PlayStation 3 exclusive I've ever played.

Demon's Souls is a brutal, bleak action combat RPG that pits your lone character against a universe full of violent demons. They range from former human soldiers to agile, double scimitar-wielding skeletons, pouncing flame-creatures, octopus-headed guards, embryonic plague-carrying monstrosities, even Death himself. The game's five worlds - all massive - are split into four different sections, each guarded by a horribly large and hardcore boss monster. Everything in the entire world is designed to kill you, quickly and often without warning.
It is one of the most difficult modern videogames in existence, refusing to make even the slightest concession to your happiness or mental well-being. For this reason, developing a devotion to Demon's Souls has been the gaming equivalent of falling in love with an emotionally stunted, occasionally violent sociopath.
Precisely because the odds are so stacked against you, precisely because the game sometimes seems to hate you with every fibre of its being, when you do finally kill the bastard f***-off enormous boss monster that ended you within half a minute the first time you approached it, the resulting heart-in-mouth euphoria is the purest kind of gaming thrill. Demon's Souls is about facing up to the impossible, and winning.
...the game manages to hold the constant threat of death above your head without ever feeling meaningless. In games where you spend a lot of time dying, that fear of death tends to dissipate - death is rarely even an inconvenience in modern videogames, nothing more than the threat of getting sent back two minutes to the last automatic checkpoint - but not here.
It's stoic, uncompromising, difficult to get to know, but also deep, intriguingly disturbed and perversely rewarding. You can learn to love Demon's Souls like few other games in the world. But only if you're prepared to give yourself over to it."


Also the online part of the game sounds very inovative.
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gravv  +   2486d ago
one of the best game 2009, hardcore and the co-op is blast

from gaf

#There are some absolutely EPIC bosses later in the game. Not only are some of the them huge (I don't mean two-stories huge, I mean 8 stories huge), the variation in incredibly entertaining. For instance, there is one boss that basically throws you in a room with a bunch of other players, and to beat it you have to kill each other PvP battle-royale style (If you're offline they have AI characters).
FamilyGuy  +   2485d ago
That sounds AWESOME...

I want it to come out here so more people i know can play it. This might be my first import
Clap Your Hands  +   2486d ago
Well it does seem like that even though the 360 gets more JRPG's, the PS3 gets all the best ones...
News4fanboys  +   2486d ago
lol yeah true dat man..

"play beyond 360"-News4fanboys
ThaGeNeCySt  +   2486d ago
i'm REALLY thinking about importing this from play-asia
News4fanboys  +   2486d ago
same here broseph.. after reading reviews from gamers/fans i can only imagine it nothing less then amazing.

i really want to import this as well but its like $70 USD and i just bought gundam dynasty warriors 2 so im gunna have to wait for my next check,oh well,cant wait.

wuts with all these "under the radar" games that end up bieng HUGE hits and successe's .. i mean EVERY single RPG (or strategy RPG) that the ps3 has exclusive is a AAA quality title...

1) Valkyria Chronicles.
4)Demons soul.
5)even disgea 3 was a AAA Quality title to the fans /gamers.

see the pattern here?
and the best part about demons soul is that SCE owns the rights to it.. (look on the front,got their logo) .

congrats sony!
Figboy  +   2485d ago
my sister calls me broseph
i have no idea why. she said she made it up.

where did you get "broseph" from?

on topic, i'm seriously thinking of importing this game, but the problem is that i have a back catalog of games i'm currently playing right now:

White Knight Chronicles - Japan version
Valkyria Chronicles
Sly Cooper 2 and 3
Ratchet and Clank 3 and 4
Odin Sphere
Dark Cloud 2
Final Fantasy XII
Resistance 2 (still leveling up my classes, and unlocking everything)
Killzone 2 (ditto)
Ratchet and Clank Future: TOD (rebeating it after my PS3 died and i lost all of my game saves)

and a lot of PSN titles (Pixel Junk Eden, Monsters, Burn Zombie Burn, etc)

too many games to play, and i'm currently working 11 hour days at work, 6 days a week.

i get to play games at home for about an hour and a half each night before i have to go to sleep. not nearly enough time. and i'm getting married on May 1st, so i REALLY won't have much time to do anything!

*sigh* being an adult gamer would be awesome if you didn't have to work and pay bills...
Lumbo  +   2486d ago
goodie, i placed an order with yesasia (play-asia won't ship to europe :( ) for the chinese (english text, voice and help sheets) version, only €51 incl. shipping
Sir Ken_Kutaragi  +   2486d ago
Another Dagger in pp's Heart...
Berserk1  +   2485d ago
Demon's Souls Gets 9 from Eurogamer.
yo Sir Ken_Kutaragi im 1 of your biggest fans your autograph please,now

back to the game:

Another day Another AAA exclusive for ps3.
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lukeb4dunk  +   2485d ago
but too bad there's no release date announced for outside the Asian market. I'm still waiting for my import to come into stock. It's obvious that it's selling quite well, why not release it to the other territories?
Raider69  +   2485d ago
just dont forget the game is back on order in every import site!i have an order made on the 13 of this month an is still processing!RENCHI sent me an email that states that the game is sold every due to high demand!one month waiting every where! and even so people that pre-order now probably wont get the game on the next batch because of the high demand of pre-order's they already have?!
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gravv  +   2485d ago
i dont know about wkc but demon soul is definitly one of the best action rpg i ever played.... i hope there's some dlc in the future
Figboy  +   2485d ago
just my thoughts:
i have the Japanese version of WKC, and it's really, really good.

it has surprising depth to the combat menu. i really love stringing together attacks. you can even name the combos.

i'm not too far into it, but i'm enjoying it.

naturally, i can't comment on the story, but i've been able to follow it some so far. seems like a typical Level 5 RPG story, so i'm guessing i will enjoy it, since i've enjoyed the other Level 5 games i've played so far.

WKC is also surprisingly tough. i'd recommend leveling up your characters a few times the moment you get out into the world and can begin questing, because enemies are a pain, even the early ones. it's like DQVIII, but not nearly as frustrating.
ActionBastard  +   2485d ago
Back from exile!
I'm personally torn between WKC and this. The review is good, but I need some hands-on time.
godkiller  +   2485d ago
Demons souls is one best rpgs i have EVER PLAYED!!!, and i have played pc,xbox and ps3 games.
Anybody says its too hard,piss off back to halo and other lame games.
Anybody wants this inport it,all english even the voice acting.
Got platinum trophy for it so anybody stuck,psn clearwaterunin.

playing resi5,i think they made it way to easy with infin ammo,and all stuff carried over to each game,i will get plat for it,but b one my easyest plats.
ps also finished wkc on rebirth level 55,and love all new downloaded quests,so white knight is always evolveing,first wave patch soon too,like yakusa3 all japanese"which i havent a clue how to speak lol".
But loved playing them,will inport ff13,noway waiting 6 mounths for them to put it on 12 disk for poxy xbox.

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TenSteps  +   2485d ago
I just got Demon's Souls a week ago
and it is amazing I suggest people who are considering to import it to really import it, it's the only game with the right amount of difficulty for me it's awesome.
Baka-akaB  +   2485d ago
Already got mine as well , but i'm betting that given the sucess of the title , and the review hype it get every week since it's release (just look at N4g alone , a new good review posted everyweek!) , Sony might announce it at E3 ...

And if so , i'll re-buy the game just for support , and a hope a few will do the same
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godkiller  +   2485d ago
Tell people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have it on my psn comment,word of mouth. SPREAD THE WORD!!.
LOL i will buy again,wonder if can get 2 plats for same game,chinese and english lol.
BYE  +   2485d ago
That's great news, I was a little bit sceptical after the Famitsu review but now I might actually get this one. I like incredibly hard games lol
BYE  +   2485d ago
Yet another cool PS3 game to brag about lol
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