Combining masterful gameplay with engrossing aesthetics, Demon's Souls is simply one of the best titles in years.
hey anyone want to add me? i keep using the red eye stone to see 3 dudes coming after me all at once, i need some buds...or atleast face me like a man!, either way great article.
I say this time and time again, demon souls is the best action rpg ever made, if it had a better story it would even eclipse the zelda series. And all this is only possible on the PS3, can't for fir Demon souls 2. The futures bright, the futures playstation.
Demons Souls rocks!
Actually. I think DS would be possible on XBOX, and of course PC... It's not a technical marvel, it looks okay, but far from great. Not that it ain't a fantastic game though.
Not bashing 360, but DS has looong open levels in great detail. If you ever played any highly detailed, top graphics game on the 360 like Gears 2 or ME2, you'll notice that the levels are beautifully detailed but segmented. Maybe it's because DVD limitations or not every 360 is guaranteed to have a harddrive so the devs segment the levels. But there is almost always a convenient (but non-story related)obstacle stopping you from back-tracking to the beginning of the level in those games. In DS, you need to be able to backtrack to near any point in that large level... especially if you get invaded by another player. It means everything in DS to be able to escape enemies that you're currently fighting when you get that invasion warning, find an ambush spot anywhere in the level, or run to a battle site of your choosing like a narrow ledge (some Black Phantoms hate chancing falling-death because of the harsh penalties due to environmental death). Doesn't mean 360 sux!!!11!! And there are probably ways around this, like maybe multiple disks or mandatory harddrive use? But as it stands now, I'm not sure if a game like DS is a good match for 360
Nah, it could run on 360. The 360 has more ram. So can handle large, sprawling areas better than the PS3. It would probably need a couple disks and a mandatory install though. Like I say, I'm not saying the 360 can handle what the PS3 can, normally. I mean Demons Souls probably uses like 50% of the PS3s capabilities, or less (framerate even drops at times, like with the dragon). I think games that are like that, using only half of what the PS3 is capable of - should port to 360 just fine. Even if slightly inferior.
Yeah, maybe DS could run on PC or X360 or on the iPhone or wherever.. But as long as I remember, From software released their RPGs only for PlayStation since 1994: King's Field series, Shadow Tower series, Eternal Ring and now Demon's Souls.
ummmm wtf, zelda has zero story....well zelda gets kidnapped, link finds master sword kills ganon...same thing every year for 20 years. tho demon souls story isnt awesome the game itself is. lol zelda story
Hell yeah, Demon's souls Changed my life. If it was not for Oblivion I would not have bought Fallout or Demon's Souls, and if it was not for Demon's souls... well I would not be playing a lot of the games I am now. Demon's Souls is by far in my top 3 favorite games of all time.
look at the notes on the ground.
Yep, Demon's Souls is stinkin' amazing. I was playing it last night. It gets frustrating, but eventually you can't help but load it back up and say "You know what? I know I'm at half health, but I'm going to beat this level even if it's the death of me".
Love all the attention this games receiving. Its been out for awhile now and people are still raving about it. ^_^ aw doesn't it make you all warm inside?
Only second best game this gen for me.
My list would go like this... 1)MGS4 2)Uncharted 3)Demon's Souls After that in not particular order... Uncharted 2 GoWIII Mass Effect 2 Gear of War 1 Oblivion Dead Rising inFamous Batman: AA
1. Demon's Souls 2. MGS4 3. Blazblue: Continuum Shift 4. Bayonetta 5. Mass Effect 1/2 6. Persona 4 7. Monster Hunter Tri 8. Vindictus By the way your list is pretty crappy, Oblivion is basically unplayable without mods that are only available on PC and the console version had a bad ports to begin with. Once the game is heavily modded and all the crap involving it leveling up/stat mechanics are fixed then the game because good but not because of the developer's work. Gears of War 1/2 are terrible, generic as hell plot, the graphics design is grey and more grey, the online is a laggy glitch fest that's almost as bad as MW2. The game doesn't even deserve any recognition as one of the best games this generation has to offer besides the fact that the gameplay is the same old generic TPS gameplay that has been done many time over. Uncharted 1/2? Unless you absolutely love repetitive, linear, story based games with crappy puzzles where you just match stuff from a book and generic TPS gameplay you should avoid this game(s) like the plague.
Most games today cater to noobs. Especially fighting and fps games. Cant aim? No worries, here's some aim assist for ya. Dont know how to fight? No sweat. We'll make over powered easy to use characters for your satisfaction. And dont worry. I'm sure not EVERYONE will use those characters online. *thumbs up and winks*
Lock on targeting and games where the health bar refills when you get into cover make games too easy these days. Love how Demon's Souls can rape you with even the most basic of enemies if you're not paying attention.
You do realise how stupid what you just said was? Aim assists are in-game because hitting a person without it on analogue sticks is difficult and if everyone has it where's the disadvantage? Surely these pro's would improve since they can get into the aim assist box far quicker? It's all about balance, and you know what? YOU used to be a noob as did I... and while we've moved on and improved. REGENERATING HEALTH?! Was one of the best thing to make it's way into a FPS. Just imagine the HUGE balancing that is needed if in every OPEN ended level they has to place health drops just at the right point. Even the smallest of mistakes could render a level insanely hard. The placement of regenerating health gives the player more freedom and I could not imagine how hoarde type games could work. I'm also not saying the old school is bad either, and think game developers could learn a lot from demons souls. Back in my day... yeah where there where pixels and the only reason why you completed really hard games if because that was your ONLY game. Just because you remember the commodore 64 doesn't make you in anyway superior to anyone.
Yeah the stupid fake ass elitism like the guys above has to stop. Probably makes them feel superior or something.
^ Why don't you put a stop to it then tough guy? Douchers like the two cocknozzles above me are the Mountain Dew swilling, crotch fungi of gaming. Stick to your braindead Fps games kids.
He's right though. Even if without aim assist, we take a little in target acquisition. On games like Call of Duty where the entire game IS target acquisition (once acquired they die soon as you pull the trigger, basically). Increasing the learning curve by removing all assists would make the game considerably more interesting and give the better players a little more room to, well uh. Walk around freely without fear that a random noobs gonna' charge with a knife from 4 metres away for an auto-kill. It makes the game more fun for those wanting to invest more time, reward increases over time investment. It's not a 'jump in and this as as good as it gets' affair. Depth to gameplay = more fun, greater lifespan.
Just got done.. Its sooo infuriating.. I cant beat nothing.. I died.. Im in the nexus and I cant beat that castle place.. Im terrible..
wait for enemies to attack, block/dodge and then do a few quick attacks. The blue/red knights, wait for them to charge / start a combo, dodge to the side then attack a few times and then back off, and then repeat. If they break your block, your screwed. As for the boss, fire is your friend.
That doesn't work well vs lag. Try beating the Monk online...well vs other players it's nearly impossible seeing how they get an early blow on you once you step through the door. That's why I fought the Monk offline.
When I fix my ps3(Hard drive got corrupted) I'm getting this game.
You will love it!
Author is LATE. Game has been out almost a year, people have known DS goes back to roots....
Well technically its still new, it only got released in the EU just over a week ago, i should know coz i bought it
I've had Demon's Souls for about a week now. Spent like 6 hours on 1-1 trying kill the red knight lol. Started a new char next day though and picked a wanderer. Did 1-1 in 15 minutes then about 4 hours to do valley of defilement all of it then i had blue blood sword and well after that everything was pritty much one hit kill lol accept bosses but even the tower knight went down so fast i was like what the hell? But the game is still quiet tuff, if anyone getting really stressed with it try this site http://demonssouls.wikidot.... helps a lot.
Strategy guides should be only used for discovering weapon builds, not how to beat bosses. Takes away from the game, it's a learning experience. @blasian The old hero was a lot harder and Black Soul of the Samurai guy.
There a lot more there than how to beat bosses though not like the game got the best manual ever created :P my version of DS Black Phantom (EU one) came with a strategy guide created in partnership with that wiki site. personally i never used it to know how beat bosses cos if feels better learning to beat it yourself :P I used it for other things like weapons, what certain boss demon souls do etc
need to get this game today, if I can (and it's on sale); too many games for the PS3
But not the best RPG, it is barely a RPG TBH
It's definately more RPG in the sense that fights are determined by stats (basically having a high enough soul level) and knowing how to beat the enemies most efficiently. it's not completely RPG in that fighting battles isn't done selection/menu based like jrpg's of old, basically fake fighting. it's an evolution. your stamina stat is basically the amount of "turns/actions" that you're allowed in a given time. That right there is where DS is RPG, because in regular action games you can attack all you want, but in DS you are LIMITED in your amount of actions. . But you're right that the game is action oriented, but that's just because things change. rpgs are designed in this way more and more because its not all that fun anymore to just mash on one button in a menu to win a fight. The way you describe DS could be used to describe God of War, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Dead Rising, etc. You really don't believe you can just throw in Demon's Souls with those games, do you?
The best feeling is your first flamelurker kill, it was like the second coming of jesus. @newtype True i forgot about the old hero. I will have to try the game being a magic user i heard its alot easier.
Lol I'll agree with that he was by far the hardest.
i didn't play it,but i will i just need money :/
I'm about two hours in and building the courage to go back in lol. Masterful game though, it's incredibly arduous but at the same time beautifully compelling and rewarding. There really is nothing like it on the market today. The ultimate test of gaming mettle.
I know what you mean. I would sit and think for a couple mins "do i really want to play this game right now". Told myself to just be Nike and "Just do it"
Have not played it in a few days going to start my New Game+ now am in mood
I love the feeling you get when you're deep in a level and you're so afraid to die. You feel so lonley, like you're far away from home and you have no idea how to get back. You're every move is well thought out, so tense.
I wish I waited for the pal version now lol, I cant play with my uk buddies, someone lend me some money please??
great game! some of the grinding gets a bit tedious at times like the bladestone but other than that i can't really say i've liked a game on this gens consoles as much as this! i love it! i got the Eu and US Copies on the go at the moment!
DS is, imo, the most satisfying game I've played...even though it's hard as hell, lol!
But the game always giving you a second chance if you fail once.
Really good game. I still havnt even beat this game. Actually the first action rpg I played and stsyed incline to play it.
Nice, neat review. Agree and please, developers. From Software, Atlus, Bandai Namco make this magic on screen posible again. If not a sequel then something like this in a new game. You guys/ladies are amazing!
i'm on ng++ lol. i put almost 100 hours in and i think it might be the rpg i put the most hours in. i put 127 hours in ff13 and only enjoyed about 1/4 of that time.
Now that gamers finally noticed action-RPGs by From Software, the developer should consider to release their King's Field 2 for PS1 on PSN. It's even bigger and deeper in some gameplay elements than DS. Also they can try an HD remake for King's Field Ancient City, Eternal Ring and Shadow Tower Abbyss (and maybe Evergrace 1 and 2) from PS2. It is strange that From Software make great action-JRPGs for 15 years and got gamers attention only now.
cause squaresoft/square enix killed the competition with final fantasy but now other games have a chance to shine cause of ff13 lol.
But Square didn't make such dark, deep, complex, challenging and immersive action-JRPGs. Except for Vagrant Story maybe. From Software is making games like Demon's Souls since 1994.
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