Submitted by Cyrus365 2256d ago | review

The Escapist Review: Demon's Souls

The Escapist writes: "If you are easily frustrated, you may as well just move along, because you'll want no part of the PS3 exclusive, Demon's Souls. Even if you're not-so-easily frustrated, you may want to reconsider going anywhere near it. It's a brilliant, exquisitely crafted action RPG, one of the most unusual and rewarding gaming experiences currently available, but make no mistake: This game wants to make you cry. Not in a death of Aeris kind of way, but in a school bully kind of way." (Demon Souls, Demon's Soul, Demon's Souls, PS3) -

callahan09  +   2256d ago
Disagree with that teaser sentence. I'm very easily frustrated by videogames, and yet I never felt frustrated by Demon's Souls. I had a blast with it, and I got the platinum trophy. It's a challenging game, but death is such an integral part of the experience that it just isn't even frustrating, you just get used to it. At least, I did. It becomes a game where you have to be very careful, and you learn the right way of doing things. It's trial by fire, and the pay off is exquisite. It's one of the best games ever made, and I really mean that, I really mean *ever*. So I'd say: challenging, yes, frustrating, not necessarily, not if you have the right mindset.
Prototype  +   2256d ago
There's only 4 games I've played that tested my patience to the max:

Prince of Persia Sands of time
Mario Lost Levels
Ninja Gaiden Arcade

Demon Souls reminds me of an online game with an offline mode so ill have to see how "challenging" it can get, if people can beat it must not be as hard as they say it is
ZBlacktt  +   2256d ago
Good reply. Can I ask if anyone would know. Why is the release dates for North America so far apart from Japan? ( Feb 2009 to Oct 2009 ). Seeing that the far East version also has English as a game language.

Every single report we've ever seen talks about the no save spots or check points. Dying and having to redo the whole level again. More so dying at a boss fight. I wonder if they will ever patch the game to add those? I mean we all know at the end of the day that will hurt sells.

Not everyone is hardcore and many will give up and list it on Craigslist with in a week from buying it. The Dev see the reviews and the reviews though very nice scores. They are scaring off consumers with the "frustrating part " and who wants to spend $60 to say for get this sh*t!, lol.
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lukeb4dunk  +   2256d ago
That's just the thing, once you get into the game and learn how to play, you just end up accepting all that and loving the game for doing so. Seriously, I really don't know how to explain why, other than the reward factor of it all. I've never played a game where when I finally beat the level boss, I felt so rewarded for doing so.

No death feels cheap, because you can always see where you went wrong. At the beginning, yes, you will get frustrated for losing all those souls you worked so hard to get, but not really later after you learn what areas you can farm to get all those souls back in spades. You earn everything you get in this game (both good and bad) and that is it's best charm.

callahan09 has it about right. Once you realize that dieing is part of game, you learn to accept it and enjoy it. And like him, it is one of the greatest, most enjoyable and most rewarding games that I have ever played. I have put around 500 hours into Demon's Souls and loved 499 of them. Easily in my top 3 games this gen.
nycredude  +   2256d ago
Yeah I agree I never got frustrated playing this game. It si NEVER cheap, like Ninja Gaiden cheap. It IS challenging, but only in the beginning when you haven't figured it out yet. But once you get to know the game and it's mechanics and level design you will become a killing machine.

All these sites calling it frustrating is doing the game and the potential buyers a diservice.
RAM MAGNUMS  +   2256d ago
i never got bullied in school so i cant relate.
the number 1 reason why i am a gamer is for challenges. I like to win. the only game that has beaten me is ninja gaiden sigma. i can admit that.
budbundystyles  +   2256d ago
I also can admit that. I made it to the boss fight against the gentleman with glasses and quit. Guy hits you once and goes into a ridonkulous combo sequence, and then stomps you on the ground as well. F Ninja Sigma, if that's hardcore, I never want to be.
hay  +   2256d ago
Ninja Gaiden wasn't hardcore. It had terrible platforming elements and cheap fights. Played through almost all of it without any upgrades and when I remembered to look in the inventory, got the ninpo's and get hp tripled in comparison to the starting... Game became boring. Do yourself a favor, don't get any upgrades playing it. Much more fun that way.
budbundystyles  +   2256d ago
Frustrating is a rather interpretable term. I have looked forward to this game for some time. Atlus deserves applause for bringing this gem to the West. In an age of auto-aim, and full skill trees spoiled on the net day one, I welcome a REAL challenge!
Guitarded  +   2256d ago
Games are more fun...
...if you avoid "the net" while playing them. Actually, games are more fun if you avoid gaming sites, especially N4G, while playing them. This site is a cesspool and the people that run it are the toilets! HazMat suit highly recommended!
Morituri  +   2256d ago
Check out the screen captures...
This was posted in another article but it merits getting spread around:


The visuals are quite amazing/disturbing.
Guitarded  +   2256d ago
I like a game that's a challenge. Sounds like a great rental when I do get a PS3. I'll have to avoid any news about it 'till then.
lukeb4dunk  +   2256d ago
a rental?
If you like a good challenge, you will get it with this game. Though to get anything out of this game, you will need more than a rentals length to get it. Like I posted above, I put in around 500 hours in this game and know many who have much more. If you do plan to get the platinum, it takes at least 4 playthroughs to get and at minimum, your looking at 200-250+ hours there. And yes, you get to keep your stats and weapons/armor after beating the game...for good reason. The game gets increasingly more difficult with each progressive playthrough, with the biggest jump being between new game to new game+.

Just thought you would like to know.
ukilnme  +   2256d ago
@ lukeb4dunk

Is this the type of game you really need to devote 5 or more hours per sitting to or can you get away with a couple hours here or there?
lukeb4dunk  +   2254d ago
You can play a couple of hours at a time. I have a job and 3 kids, so sometimes that's all I could play. There will be some areas where you will need more than a couple of hours to get through, but all you need to do is go back to the nexus to save your progress (items, souls you get), but you will have to start back at the beginning of the level again.

It's been about a month or so since I last played, so I may be a little off with my memory.
arakouftaian  +   2256d ago
i am afraid of this game but i guess they all sux at playing
well most of them i will get this sometime in this year or next.
arakouftaian  +   2256d ago
for those who have play the game
is this more like oblivion wich got me verry boring by doign a lot of min lil thing a repetitive get inside a gate adn got out or is someting more unique more cool? is more like a mature next gen zelda?
lukeb4dunk  +   2256d ago
Nothing like Oblivion
I heard many compare it to Monster Hunter, but I have never played any of those games. The best that I can do, is say that it's like Diablo, but in 3-D.

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