Submitted by Columbo 1404d ago | review

IGN: Dark Souls Review

But there are, despite its bleakness, real moments of beauty in Dark Souls – like the moment where you round a corner after one of the game's early bosses and see the sun for the first time, shining down through a break in the clouds, or the moment when you're standing at the top of a belltower looking out at the sprawling land below, trying to decide where to go next whilst you bask in the afterglow of a boss defeat. It's these moments, not the hours spent butting your head up against the same boss without success, that you'll remember about Dark Souls: the improbable, hard-fought victories, the game-changing discoveries, and the moments where a kind stranger lifted you out of a ditch you couldn't escape on your own. (Dark Souls, PS3, Xbox 360) 9/10

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LoganX  +   1404d ago | Well said
And so it begins.....Congrats to From Software for making another masterpiece. Can't wait to play it on Tuesday and I salute all you 360 guys who are willing to take the challenge.

The Real Dark souls starts here...>:)
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Trey_4_life  +   1404d ago
TopDudeMan  +   1404d ago
Is that like the equivalent to the Christian "Amen"? I always wondered why they said that. It sounds like that's what you think it means, anyway.
Iroquois_Pliskin  +   1404d ago
Watch out for the enemy´s.... Cuteness ahead.
MmaFan-Qc  +   1404d ago
"Sticky white stuff" on my dualshock next Tuesday!
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   1404d ago
-Alpha  +   1404d ago
Lol. Crack all the jokes you want, come Tuesday this game will be owning our asses >:D
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Eamon  +   1404d ago
It's time to prepare to die. >=D
Digitaldude  +   1403d ago
Pre ordered this bizznitch. Can't wait.
limewax  +   1403d ago
Just to clarify for the poor guy getting hammered with disagrees, 'Sticky White Stuff' is a message you could leave in Demons souls, it was also an item.

If you ever read that message next to the bed in the first level of Demon's Souls, I'm your culprit
DragonKnight  +   1403d ago
I would say, with complete conviction, that From Software and Demon's/Dark Souls are exactly what this gen needed. They breathed new life into the stagnation brought about by the shooter genre and the reliance on graphics before substance. It is for that reason so many love Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

I can't wait to have my ass handed to me by this game, and to then proceed to make it my b*tch once I learn its tricks.
WetN00dle69  +   1403d ago
DO NOT take this game lightly! There is NO game out there that can compare to Demon Souls difficulty! So 360 games get ready to get your arses handed to you. Especially since there is word that Dark Souls is much harder than Demon Souls. Anyways Tuesday cant come any sooner.......:(
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pixelsword  +   1403d ago
@ TopDudeMan:

I hear two things:

1. It's a diety from a people in the continent of Africa

2. http://www.google.com/searc...

This is an expression which is often mentioned by the members of the Church. It
appears to be a non-denominational substitution for an expression such as "God
Bless," or "Allahu Akbar" as Demon's Souls avoids specific references to modern
religions. If the word is broken into the pieces, "Umb", "a", and "sa" it is
possible to come to a rough translation. "Umb" is an Icelandic preposition
which means "about" or "concerning." "A" (with a line above it) is Old English
for "ever" or "always." "Sa" is Old Icelandic for he or she said (genderless).
So a rough translation of Umbasa could be "always about what God has said." It
may also be a reference to the Turtles song "Umbassa and the Dragon" about a
primitive warrior named Umbassa who is about to journey out to do battle with a
dragon. It is one of the Turtles' worst songs.
Dacapn  +   1404d ago
I must say this is the game I'm looking forward to the most this holiday season. It was a tough decision to put skyrim on the back burner.
TopDudeMan  +   1404d ago
I'm doing the same.

When skyrim drops it will be absolutely riddled with bugs so I'm going to wait maybe a month after it comes out before getting it.

Dark souls day 1.
SuperKing  +   1404d ago

That's a smart thing to do but personally I'm going to buy this first then wait for Skyrim GOTY edition. More cheaper that way.
Dacapn  +   1404d ago
That's exactly what I'm doing. Then I get all the DLC for free :D
Tr10wn  +   1403d ago
People in this site predict things months before a game launch? Skyrim will be filled with bugs? i mean i know bethesda is not the best solving glitches but they got more people looking into it this time, plus Dark Souls isn't perfect is getting a patch for glitches already, no matter what both games are day 1 for me, i enjoyed Dead Island with all those glitches people were crying about.
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BrianC6234  +   1403d ago
The Elder Scrolls bugs is a big reason everyone should wait on Skyrim. Their games are always buggy. Wait at least a month.
Dacapn  +   1403d ago
Well, I wouldn't necessarily say wait on Skyrim. Because I'm not made of money, and have to choose, I went with Dark Souls. If there was no Dark Souls, I'd buy Skyrim day one.
zu4G  +   1403d ago
YEY Dark Souls a 9.0
Skyrim a 8.5
zerocrossing  +   1403d ago
Dark Souls is looking to be my GOTY! :D
Prophet-Gamer  +   1404d ago
So why didn't they call it Demon's Souls 2, I mean, it's so obvious as everything looks exactly or exactly the same and it seems to play the same exact way. The design is even completely similar. The online is also the same.

I mean, what happens when SONY decides to do DS2?
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pr0digyZA  +   1404d ago
I don't think they have naming rights.

BTW: I see you like to use the words "exactly" and "same" a lot:)
justGAMES  +   1404d ago
sdtarm  +   1404d ago
I mean, what happens when SONY decides to do DS2?

well they do it and its gonna be a great game end.
Prophet-Gamer  +   1404d ago
Oh, I see, I didn't know Sony owned all the rights, sorry about that haha. Not that I'm complaining though, I'll be first in line to buy Dark Souls next week haha.
El_Colombiano  +   1404d ago
I agree, it's annoying that FromSoftware can't come up with another great idea and they have to literally steal Sony's IP and name it accordingly. Yes they HELPED in development of Demon's Souls but it was a collaborative development by Sony Japan Studios and FromSoftware. That gives them no right to steal Sony Japan's idea. I HOPE Sony sues the crap out of FromSoftware and Namco.

Imagine you ask your best friend to help you with this project you've had the idea of for years, and it turns out great. Next he releases a carbon copy by himself and you see nothing. Come on.
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Prophet-Gamer  +   1404d ago

So Sony Japan were the principle devs? hmm.. alright I'm all confused now cause if what you say is true then I have to agree with you but if From Software were the main devs then I guess it's alright.. IDK, I'm gonna have to look into it I guess
gnb2003  +   1404d ago
El_Colombiano is mistaken. From Software were the lead developers for the game, with assistence from Sony Japan. Also, you really can't say that the concept of the game belongs in any way to Sony, as Demon's Souls was really the spiritual successor to King's Field, a game only developed by From Software.
El_Colombiano  +   1404d ago
I was under the strong impression that Sony Japan were the main developers, seeing as how Sony owns the IP. GNB may be correct though, but he is very right about Kings Field. That was the base premise for Demon's Souls. Either way, when it comes down to it, Sony owns Demon's Souls and FromSoftware completely ripped the game from Sony.
Baka-akaB  +   1404d ago
They werent ripped off .

What's next you're gonna accuse Monolith of ripping off Square enix with Xenosaga ?

Sony japan wasnt behind the concept of Demon Souls in any way . And it shows in the past titles both From software and Sony japan developped so far . It's not just a few ideas from ingfields ... look at past stuff like Otogi as well .
They provided technical support and published it that's the extend of it .

Besides Sony had no qualm letting the franchise go to namco bandai and atlus to be published in the west . They didnt fully backed it or believed in it .

Sony owns the IP , not the concept , i'm sure they'll be more than happy to work with from again on a still possible Demon's Souls 2 in the same universe .
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Prophet-Gamer  +   1403d ago
Alright so to settle this, I checked up and From Software are indeed the main devs behind DS. So yea, I don't see any problem in them making a sequel albeit under a different name. Gonna get it regardless, lol.
KwietStorm  +   1403d ago

I almost thought you were just trying to be funny at first, or trolling..or...something. you're so far off, it's kinda sad, only because you sound so pissed off haha. From Software is the head developer. End of. How can you rip off your own game, especially when you already acknowledged that it is a spiritual successor to Kings Field. So if Insomniac made a game similar to Resistance or Ratchet & Clank. you would call them thieves? If Bungie made a new game similar to Halo, they should get sued?
Orange  +   1403d ago
I think he's just bummed that something so "Sony" in essence is made available to the xboxers. I mean, it's a japanese game through-and-through. Dudes were reading a lot of "Berserk" when they made it. It's just sort of weird for such a japanese game to be on an american console.

I'm over it, but i'd feel a similar tinge of sadness if Shadow of the Colossus came out on xbox.
Lazy_Sunday  +   1404d ago
I'm at college
And I can't enjoy this masterpiece until Christmas time D:
Why did I leave my console at home???
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jessupj  +   1403d ago
Well I'm in Australia, and once again we're getting screwed and they're releasing the game on Thursday.

To make matters worse, I have to get the game shipped from the UK if I only want to spend $66 instead of $120 and if I want to collectors edition (Australia doesn't even get a collector's edition, what kind of bullshit is that).

But because of all that I'll finally get to play the game a week and a half after my fellow US and UK gamers. Oh it hurts!
YoungKingDoran  +   1403d ago

i agree, it hurts, and price wise its BS, but im pre ordering at JBHIFI and thats getting me the collectors edition.
darkziosj  +   1403d ago
this proves awesome games can be multiplatform too, don't blame the console blame the developers
zeddy  +   1403d ago
i only have money for one so im getting skyrim.
Laika  +   1404d ago
cant wait for this
DevilishSix  +   1404d ago
Nice score congrats to From Software, unfortunately with so many games coming: Rage and Crysis next week, Batman, MW3, UC3, Skyrim, and Gears and Dues Ex recently. It will probably next year before I can sit down and devote the time it takes.
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Getowned  +   1404d ago
I'm the opposite actually with Dark Souls i dont know how much time i will have for UC3,Batman(actualy i will pobably break for batman being the batman freak I am,skyrim and the rest Dark souls is too addicting.

If I was only able to get two games for the rest of the year it would be Batman and DARK SOULS!!!
justGAMES  +   1404d ago
exactly lol
MysticStrummer  +   1404d ago
I can't narrow it down to just two, so I'll go with Dark Souls, UC3, BF3, and Skyrim. Rage and Batman will have to wait. I'd like to wait for a GotY edition of Skyrim but I don't think I'll be able to control myself once it's out.
Baka-akaB  +   1404d ago
I knew everything was going to be on standby for Dark Souls , UMVC3 and skyrim .

i'll just still buy Uncharted 3 to play later on .
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peowpeow  +   1403d ago
And on this day, Dark Souls made 'peowpeow' it's bitch.
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crematory  +   1404d ago
i have the game for 1 week now all i can say i'm not rpg fan at all but i cant stop playing dark souls buy it guys with close eyes
DaThreats  +   1404d ago
complained too punishing haha
Final score review should be a 9.5 if you look based on rating for each category.
MidnytRain  +   1404d ago
Some things are more important than others.
Getowned  +   1404d ago
I can't wait untill Next week X_X well i will probably end up geting it the fallowing monday unless amazon is kind to me and delivers it on the same day with free shiping lol :D

This is what Dark souls would say to us if it could speak.

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LoganX  +   1404d ago
Don't forget this:

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bangoskank  +   1404d ago
Going to be more like this:

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Getowned  +   1404d ago
or this >:D

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Deputydon  +   1403d ago
You do realize on preorders amazon offers release day shipping for $.98 right? New games arrive at my house about noon on the release day.
Getowned  +   1403d ago
oh really,have to check that out.
Mister_G  +   1404d ago
Can't wait to die, and die, and then die some more :)
WetN00dle69  +   1403d ago
I believe this is one of the few games where dying is quite fun.
bangoskank  +   1404d ago
Looks to be exceeding my expectations. Will miss the somewhat safe confines of the Nexus and it's wonderfully voiced NPC's though. Can't wait!
Crystallis  +   1404d ago
I will miss the maiden black too..maybe they have someone else in the game with the same voice over power.
bangoskank  +   1404d ago
Yes, her and her theme music were one of the best things in Demon's Souls. I'm sure there will be something or someone equally as awesome in Dark Souls.
Gamer3000  +   1404d ago
amazing score
Der_Kommandant  +   1404d ago
Getowned  +   1404d ago
I hope so this game needs and deserves all the attention it can get but there is alot of tough competition with Uncharted 3,Skyrim,and I have a lot of hope for Batman as well.

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Saleem101  +   1404d ago
I can't wait for dark souls this game is epic!!!! Very addictive game one of best rpg ever!!!
Saleem101  +   1404d ago
Xbox guys are in for a treat :)
jefet21  +   1404d ago
get ready to die im happy xbox owners can die too
Crystallis  +   1404d ago
"Soul of the lost withdrawn from its vessel, let strength be grandt so the world might be mended.......so the world might be mended"

I can listen to her all day.
TheObserver  +   1403d ago
"I am here for thee, and thee only~♥."-Maiden in Black
thornh  +   1403d ago
"touch the demon inside of me"
dillydadally  +   1404d ago
I thought I'd love Demon souls but there were two problems with it that are obviously still in here. First, I didn't like the brooding atmosphere everywhere - I felt like I was playing a survival horror game. Like he said, it actually effects your mental well being after a while and I'm not the type of player that likes that. If you do, I understand - just not my thing.

However, I think the other problem is a REAL problem. The so called difficulty of the game is a crock. The game isn't overly difficult. In fact it was just difficult enough. It was, however, ridiculously PUNISHING. In other words, I turn a corner and there's a boulder there was no way for me to know was there and I die. Not my fault since it was my first time and no one wrote a message on the ground. Instead of respawning a little ways back, I have to run through the exact same enemies again and end up losing all my souls - all my progress. This is isn't difficult, it's punishing the player. Why do people like this? I only have so much time to play with other demands, I don't want 90% of it to be redoing what I've already done 40 times! Is it just that they like the ego stroke that they are playing a hard game?

Anyone else have a similar feeling about punishing over difficulty?

I thought I'd add that other than these two things, I thought the game was the most brilliant I'd played in years. Those two issues though nearly ruined the game for me. I just didn't have time to replay long sections.
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Lastlivingsoul  +   1404d ago
A lot of times I would have a problem with doing the same thing over and over, but demons souls was an exception...the leveling up system was fantastic and it always felt so satisfying when you finally beat a part that was giving you so much trouble. I'm feeling slightly intimidated by Dark Souls being more difficult, but I honestly can't say I'm looking forward to any game more than this...except for Battlefield 3.
ryhanon  +   1404d ago
"I turn a corner and there's a boulder there was no way for me to know was there and I die."

No way for you to know? Seriously? It sounds like you're talking about the boulder tossed down the stairs at you early in the game, or the flaming one a bit later. These types of things caught me off guard maybe four or five times throughout the *entire game*, and each time it happened it was something I could have easily avoided had I been paying better attention. Those two boulders (and in fact, this is true of most of the traps in the game), are not only both visible before you're within harms way, but there are also subtle hints in the environment surrounding both of them that should help you piece together, if not what's going to happen, at least that there is a trap waiting ahead. I can understand not noticing that kind of thing for a handful of traps here and there, but after you see those sorts of environmental clues you should quickly learn to keep an eye out for them.

The game is not forgiving, and you're right, it punishes you for being careless and sloppy. That's exactly why it's great though. If you slow down and pace yourself, pay attention to your surroundings, you'll be fine. Even if you're entering areas you've never been into before. Move with purpose, but move with caution.

I can't recall a single moment in the game where I died via a trap and, upon reflection, felt like there was no way I could have known. That's why I appreciated the game so much. Yes, it was punishing, but never cheap.
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jessupj  +   1403d ago
I completely agree.

There wasn't virtually any occasion in Demon's Souls where I died a cheap death.

The only thing that came close to a cheap death was falling off a cliff when mobs were putting the preasure on and I had to tactfully retreat by stepping backwards. But instead, I tactfully retreated off a 300 ft cliff. Even then, that was my fault.

That's what so great about Demon's Souls; if you died you can be 99% sure it was your own careless fault.
dillydadally  +   1401d ago
You guys make me want to play the game again! I know if I bought this one though I would have the same love/hate relationship with it. I guess it just comes down to me not having the time for a game that's so punishing and requires such commitment (I work 2 jobs).
Ryo-Hazuki  +   1404d ago
Cannot wait!!!
ThrazN7  +   1404d ago
look's great. Also people who say skyrim vs dark souls are very stupid they are both great games but other than that no similarities
Nappa  +   1404d ago
"other than that no similarities"

Hhahahaha I agree the argument is stupid but to say theres no similaries is just dumb vageta.

Demon's Souls

Dark souls

Same Awesome game but with a different name.basically it's a updated clone pretty much and im saying that like its a good thing...because it is.
tda-danny  +   1404d ago
He said Skyrim vs Dark Souls.

Reading comprehension ftw...
Armyless  +   1404d ago
He said Skyrim vs. Dark Souls ;)
Saleem101  +   1404d ago
Exactly crystallis!!!
DrFUD  +   1404d ago
I'm still not sure how I feel about this.
If you know the history of Demon's Souls it was Sony's idea and partially developed in collaboration with Sony Japan.
Seems mighty weasel FROM changes Demon to Dark and bolts.
gnb2003  +   1404d ago
The idea to make a game similar to King's Field in conjuction with the original developer was Sony's idea. The game concept, however, is very much From Softwares IP.

This game is the spiritual successor to King's Field, a From Software game.
Saleem101  +   1404d ago
The boss fights in demon souls are some of best in gaming history... I was getting my butt handed to me, this game gives you a challenge...I spent so much time cursing up a storm until I learn ways to beat boss fights, it's nothing worst when another high ranking player evades your world and kill you lol...
JonnyBigBoss  +   1404d ago
I was only going to rent this, but I might have to buy it...
tda-danny  +   1404d ago
You will probably have a tough time trying to wrap the game in a weekend...
dc1  +   1403d ago
It would be the shortest.. or longest rental of all time.
DS has a Love/Hate effect on most folks.
Pretty sure Dark S will be the same.
Saleem101  +   1404d ago
Sony screwed pooch on this game they had a chance to buy from software...
Ch1d0r1  +   1404d ago
Nah im so glad they didn't. This game needs to be played by the masses. I'm waiting to see how the 360 community will be accepting it and reviewing it. I feel the 10's coming in.

And after last nights big 24hr marathon from IGN, more will buy it. Specially those on the 360 side that did not know much about DS. On the PS side well its a given we will flock to this game 2x more than the 1st.
Swiggins  +   1404d ago
God I wish I had the cash to buy this D=

It looks SO AWESOME! /)^3^(\
Nappa  +   1404d ago
I feel bad for you :(

I have this game pre-ordered :) but maybe I can make you feel better with a song.

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Swiggins  +   1404d ago
I lol'ed

Bubbles to you funny sir.
Mr402  +   1404d ago
I'm fucking ready to die!!!!!!!!
dc1  +   1403d ago
Me too...whether I really want to or not!
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SixShotCop  +   1404d ago
This game looks like it will be an absolutely awesome experience. Why oh why is there so many damn games coming out around the same time.
Tanir  +   1404d ago
didnt expect any less, for me the game is a 10/10 tho :P
Ch1d0r1  +   1404d ago
If Kaze (the reviwer), would of experienced the multiplayer like the guys from the IGN 24hr DS marathon did, that perfect 10 would of been a sure bet.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1404d ago
You already own it? Where did you get it?
Tanir  +   1404d ago
lol Bim

no i dont own it, but if demons souls was a 9.5/10 for me then its a no brainer dark souls is a 10/10 for me :P
Bimkoblerutso  +   1404d ago
Oh. Sometimes there are accidental releases and such. I was just curious.

Still a little...confusing that people would already have scores set up for games they haven't played, but I honestly wasn't trying to bait you.
SpinalRemains138  +   1404d ago
Raiders/Pats then Dark Souls on Tuesday!

What a week baby!

GOTY for sure! Woohoo!
sickbird  +   1404d ago
Bought Demon's Souls put several hours into but i sucked and couldn't get passed the second boss and gave up..
SpinalRemains138  +   1404d ago
You should have summoned other players for help.

We all had some trouble at first. It was a tough game. Don't believe all the emotionally damaged children who swear it wasn't hard.

Supposedly, this one's harder!
sickbird  +   1404d ago
dont tempt me ill end up buying this one too haha
karl  +   1403d ago
u know... i bought demon souls and just left it there too root for months..

i couldnt get past the first world and i just lost interest after all the frustration

a few months later i pick it up again.. and suddenly i got it.. i understood how to play the game how to fight and to have patiente.. and i finish it

best game i played this gen..

give it a try.. if u just study your enemy and are patient im sure u will finish the game
Goeres  +   1403d ago
Did the same..
Ron Zook  +   1404d ago
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