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X360A: Dark Souls Review

X360A writes: Dark Souls could prove to be gaming Marmite for some players, who'll either love it or hate it. Dark Souls makes no bones about being unrelenting in its difficulty though, although it's by no means insurmountable. It's a rare game that's unlike anything else, refusing to pander or compromise in any way, shape or form. In this day and age, Dark Souls is hugely refreshing then, and well worth the time and effort.

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colonel1792241d ago

I wonder if Xbox owners are liking this game. A lot of xbox gamers like shooters, and maybe that's why even bought one, so it would be great if they actually give this game a try.

(I know that Xbox = shooters is a stereotype, but kind of true)

mmPete2241d ago

I am an xbox owner (sold my PS3)

I got an xbox because all of my friends have it.
(If you want my input on the flamewar, PS3 kicks xbox's ass, but oh well)

Anyways, I played and loved Demon's Souls, and Dark Souls is treating my not-so-well as well. In a good way ;)

I pre-ordered this and Battlefield. Does that mean xbox gamers are shooter fans? Nah, not many of my xbox friends play shooters. It many shooters and sports gamer and rpg's.

humbleopinion2241d ago (Edited 2241d ago )

A lot of Xbox gamers might like shooters, but many other people bought it because outside the PC it was the best console for RPG fans with early offerings like Fable, Oblivion (while the PS3 was still not available), Mass Effect, Fable 2, Too Human, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon etc. The trend continues even now with games like Torchlight and the upcoming Witcher 2, so the Xbox = RPGs equation seems just as right.

Games like Fable, Fallout and Oblivion are some of the best selling games on the console (each with over 3M units sold). Dark Souls looks like an awesome game - better then many other games I mentioned here myself - so although its predecessor is on the PS3 only I believe it will easily become a million seller the Xbox as well. Lets wait and see...

shayol33t2241d ago

Good review, but out of all the scores achievement gets the lowest? I realize he may be talking about achievement points or whatever, but who cares about that when this game literally gives you the greatest sense of achievement when you beat a boss, or a particularly tough enemy...

Bigpappy2241d ago

I bought the game. It has a good tacticle fighting system, but lacks the polish and feeling of being in a real world that you get from The Elder Scrolls. The camera needs more work, the voice acting is not up to par, and the graphic are not as goo as Oblivion.

It is a good game that I inteng to finish, but to try to put this up against The Elder Scrolls will cause is to die a quick death. So far I see what people like in the challenging combat, and there is good RPG customization. But even the inventory system could use some work. Forcing me to release the thumb stick to go to the D-pad in the inventory was not a good idea. You all so need to jump through hoops to get details on items in your inventory.

I am working through all of these flaws as I know I will adapt later in the game. But as it stand right now I would give it 7 to 7.5/10. No way close to the quality of Bethesda RPG's.

colonel1792241d ago

I haven't played Dark Souls yet so I wouldn't know how it is. Oblivion though, I hated the game. Goes to show how every person has different tastes. I thought Oblivion looked unnatural, the voice work was great, but the models were horrible. In short, I didn't like Oblivion at all.

With that said, I want to give Skyrim a chance. Anyways, If Dark Souls is anything like Demon's Souls, I think it will be a pretty good game. It was very polished and the sound was amazing.

GamerPS3602241d ago (Edited 2241d ago )

you missed the whole point of game. Demon souls, Dark souls is all about combat. Nothing more, nothing less. It has solid combat system which is why it was praised for. Not for inventory or graphic.
You might like elder better but that doesn't make elder better game. In my opinion, Demon soul/Dark soul is the best new ip this generation.
@colonel, I am with you on oblivion, I didn't like that game and fallout was on my poo poo list :D

hiredhelp2241d ago

Ok im happy some of you stated they didnt like oblivion.
Thing is the ideas were good but Bethesda,Are not using i dont beleave a very good engine.
Its buggy as colonel179 stated characters arnt great
modeling on there games were somewhat basic to me.
I got gut feeling skyrim using same engine maybe tweaked, But think we see bugs there too.

Note to self move your ass buy deamon souls.

Myst2241d ago

That picture perfectly describes how I feel after playing this game for an extended period of time.