Justin Belin writes, "Dark Souls was released on October 4th 2011 to an even split between gushing acclaim and unprintable expletives by gamers and critics alike. Our own site gave it nearly universal accolades for its brutal skill based game-play, oppressive atmosphere and unique on-line multiplayer and it was a personal Game of the Year for more than one member of the editorial staff. Nearly a month later a little game called Skyrim was released and shortly thereafter the likes of Arkham City, Skyward Sword, Uncharted 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations served up an overabundance of RPG and or adventure goodness that most are still wading through well into the new year. Some never once looked away from Dark Souls, while others put it aside to move onto brighter, more user friendly pastures. For those who have gone astray, it is worth wading back in, but be warned, the color of this Dark Soul has changed in some notable ways."