With a single swipe of a gargantuan blade, at the end of the tutorial no less, Demon's Souls eradicates the comforts that have so tenderly nursed your fingers. Opponents don't scale to your inadequacies and gaping wounds don't magically mend. Calling Demon's Souls an 'action-rpg' is a mistake. It is a Roguelike in three-dimensional clothing. Like its ancestors, Demon's Souls is maddeningly sadistic, inconspicuously complex, and genuinely rewarding to the patient and persistent.