The Gamers Temple: Demon's Souls Review

The Gamers Temple writes: "Because of this reviewing gig, I play a whole lot of video games. Like a WHOLE lot. More than most, I gather. I've spent hundreds upon thousands of hours playing and writing about games over the past few years, and it can be easy to slip into a rut and just go through the motions - play game, beat game, complain about game, start next game. Every so often, though, a video game comes along that is so unbelievable that it reinvents the whole hobby/job for me. The last such game was the Sony PSP classic Patapon. It was so much fun, so original and so addictive that it dragged a perfect 100/100 score out of me. It's been a few years since then, and a new game has managed to leave me with the same awestruck joy I experienced when I tapped out my first pata-pata-pata-pon. That game is Atlus' action RPG Demon's Souls. This adventure is hands-down the very best game I've played in quite some time and barring some unseen contender, it gets my vote for game of the year 2009. I'll do my best, but I'm not sure the written word can do justice to just how amazing this game is. And no, I'm not even exaggerating. Not even close."

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Bolts2921d ago

Demon Soul only deserve the 99/100 score if you enjoy boring, pointless, repetitive grind.

Now picture your favorite game, Call of Duty, Killzone 2, Final Fantasy, Fallout 3, Uncharted 2 Mass Effect...whatever...insert Demon Souls 1991 respawn mechanic into those games. Would Killzone 2 or Uncharted 2 be fun if everytime you die, you're booted back all the way to beginning of the level with full respawns? If you consider that to be fun then Demon Souls is for you.

Thats the problem with Demon Soul's. The difficulty curve is artificially inflated by this grind heavy gameplay mechanic from an Asian MMO. Without it, the game isn't that hard since there really isn't much to it, and you'll soon realize how average the content and the gameplay really is.

LeShin2921d ago (Edited 2921d ago )

Games these days don't really offer me any challenge on normal mode. In some cases I have to play the damn game on normal just to unlock a more challenging difficulty. You seem to have the same sort of opinion as people who say Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2, Wipeout HD and Devil May Cry 3 were crap games because they were really hard. I say bollocks to that! Apart from a cheap shot in Ninja Gaiden were a boss can blow up when you've killed him and potentially end you, these games can be beaten with SKILL. In Demon Souls, you can block, parry or dodge attacks and they give you a ton of weapons. You have the means in which to complete the game, the rest is up too you. If the game is too hard for you, then maybe you shouldn't bother with it, but it doesn't make it crap.

I'll add something else, Demon Souls is probably the ONLY game I have ever played where I'm actually scared of death! That may sound weird, but think about it: you die in most games, you always have loads of lives (these days these are normally infinite) so you don't really care just going through trial and error to get the job done. Demon Souls on the other hand makes you exercise caution at every turn as your life is truly precious! You have to be skilful from beginning to end and you can't really get by with flukes. I for one love that feeling.

Daver2921d ago

The only thing that is BS here is you.... Demon's souls is one of the best game this year
If you are too young to play a challenging game its your problem but dont call it BS you can say that you dont like it if even you have played it but its far from being a bad game..
Anyway go play your typical shooter.. we dont need bad blue souls who sucks

WildArmed2921d ago

Demons Souls deserves 100/100.
It's a game that separates men from kids. It's for the hardcore gamer and has plenty of reputability.

btw you fail if you think you need to grind in Demons Souls.
My lv 52 character is on its NG+++.. yeah.. that means finished the game 3 times.. should i repeat that?
getting to 52 is a matter of simple completeing a few levels. Now i just use all my souls to upgrade weapons..
while my newer account is lv 153 and is on his NG++++++.

If you do not possess the skill to play a game, don't blame the game for it.
Grinding MMO mechanics my ass =/

Bolts2920d ago

LOL @ Demon Souls hardcore. There is nothing hardcore about this game. Ninja Gaiden is a hardcore game, because it's actually HARD. Demon Soul is just pointlessly repetitive. You can replicate Demon Souls "hardcore" in any game by restarting the entire level by yourself when you die. That doesn't make it hardcore, that just make it reptitive and dull.

This entire game mechanics hinge on it's death penalty, put a few auto saves into this game then it fall apart.

WildArmed2920d ago (Edited 2920d ago )

lol once you've played DS tell me that NG was hard.
I've beated Ninja Gaiden Black (the Xbox version which is WAAY harder then the 360 counter parts, and yes I"ve played NG n NG2 on 360 too.. i love NG series)
But once you play DS, you know what hard is.
Having crappy broken game mechanics doesnt make a game hard.. like NG's broken camera angles.

DS is just and hard. No cheap attacks from mobs out of your camera angle which isn't your fault.

The death penalty is pretty awesome in the sense that you get stronger but less hp. Also dieing in human form makes the mobs stronger. It adds alot to the game then just one difficulty per playthrough.