PlayStation Plus April Update: Demon’s Souls Free for Members

It’s the first of April, and with the new month comes a new look at content coming to PlayStation Plus — there’s much to take in, with Plus members getting the venerable Demon’s Souls free. In addition to the monthly overview, this week brings more goodies, such as a sale on the award-winning The Walking Dead series, and more discounts on fan-favorites like Rainbow Moon and the Soldner-X series.

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ApolloTheBoss2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

Hell to the f*ck yeah!! Demon's Souls was in my backlog and I always wanted to try it. Now's the time!

RandomDude6552152d ago

Prepare to die...
many times and love it

4lc4pon32152d ago

u are going to DIE ALOOOOOT lol. enjoy

guitarded772152d ago

I have a feeling veterans are gonna be invading the hell out of noobs games.

Pushagree2152d ago

The game's actually not that hard once you realize your limits.

Kill things, get souls, level up, kill boss, repeat. You just gotta be patient and grind levels over and over and the game will reward you.

JoySticksFTW2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )


Demon's Souls for free?! Diving back in, y'all

DS is probably my most played game this generation.

For those new to it, or for those who rage quit after 15 mins, just keep your shield up, walk - don't run, and don't give up so quickly :D

On a side note, there's been rumblings of a Demon's Souls 2, ever since Hidetaka Miyazaki is only loosely connected to Dark Souls 2 and not really happy with the new direction.

Gamers were hoping Demon's Souls showing up on PSN was about gauging interest in a sequel and not just a build up for Dark Souls 2.

I hope Plus really is testing the waters for a Demon's Souls sequel. Man, that's one of the few games I'd put money up front kickstarter style to get made.

thechosenone2152d ago

Bought PS+ this weekend and it's already starting to pay off. :D I <3 Sony!

No FanS Land2152d ago

LOL I just imagine my 150SL warrior slaughtering newcomers. anyway it can'T work like that I think you need to at least be within 10% of the SL. Been A while since I played it though, could be a great moment to dive back in!

Kevin ButIer2152d ago

OMG this is sick! PS+ is out of control... so much bang for your bucks... DS is a beast... totally going back to made newcomers life miserable... and don't whine about that, being pwned by phantoms is part of the deal...

NeoTribe2151d ago

I died many times and hated it.... Poor graphics, bad enviroment, and losing my souls i spent an hour gathering. Cant count how many times ive fallen down a hole because the dungeons are so dark just to lose the orbs i had gathered. Game has weaker rpg elements than mass effect.

insomnium22151d ago

LOL @neotribe

Demon's souls just loves your noob tears.

Raf1k12151d ago

@ Neo Tribe, I get the feeling you didn't learn to play the game but instead were expecting the game to play the way you're used to playing.

Adapting is the way forward in a game like this and it does reward you. Graphics may be below average but it still manages to create an amazing atmosphere due to the sound design.

Give it another shot and take your time. Running around in the dark is bound to get you into trouble. The first few times you fell into a hole should have taught you that :)

Eyeco2151d ago

Demon's Souls is a hard game but its not a frustratingly hard game, every time I die its mainly because I wasn't good enough, it's hard but fair.

Temporary2151d ago

Neotribe is obviously a 12year old that can't grasp the concept of patience and playing safe.

The game is hot. I played it to NEAR plat, and now i will get the plat for sure!!!

nix2151d ago

Oh... the times i died. bitter sweet memories.

GameSpawn2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago ) a DS vet I have died a lot, but it was only so I could manipulate the world tendencies to black.

Once you have gotten each world down you learn to pace yourself and don't die often.

Tips for new players:
1) Unless manipulating world tendencies - STAY IN SOUL-FORM!!!
2) Shield Up ALWAYS
3) Use Spears - they allow you long reach and you can keep your shield up while attacking
4) Pace yourself and memorize enemy locations
5) If you really want to whore the game start as a Royal - Soul Arrow is a freaking godsend.

My best setup:
- Gloom Armor Set
- Winged Spear +10
- (Alternating) Sticky Compound Longbow +5 [Better Damage Bonuses] / White Bow +5 [Better Range]
- Talisman of Beasts
- (Alternating) Dark Silver Shield +5 [Magic Resist] / Purple Flame Shield +10 [Fire Resist]

IlluminatusV2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

For getting the Talisman of Beast you need alter your character tendency or the world tendency. I would not recommend this for beginners. But you want to get this item the easiest way would be to turn world 2 into pure black tendency and kill ST instead of having a black character tendency and do all the assination quests for M. I also recommend to get the Crescent Falchion +1 from world 4 and upgrade this one, because it also have magic damage that helps you alot in the beginning (instead of using a spear).

GameSpawn2150d ago


Yeah. My setup is what I ended on (Lvl 40 in all stats in New Game +). Trust me it is not for beginners.

I always went for spears, again because you can constantly block while attacking (Offensive-Defense). Some people like to run around though and for that style one-handed swords work well. Tanking (High armor and two handed, slow attacking high damage weapons) cannot be done in Demon's Souls until you reach very high levels, until then you really need the mobility.

The Winged Spear is the best spear in the game, but if you really want a spear with Magic damage you can make the Winged Spear into a Moon Winged Spear.

Also the total weight of the Gloom Armor Set isn't very light so you really need to get your stats up there to equip it all. The reason I like the Gloom Armor vs all the others is that it gives you the best balance of "Fire/Poison/Plague/Magic Resist" to "Physical Resist" without needing to change armor constantly. The Gloom Armor really hits it's stride in world 5 due to its high plague and poison resist.

If you have the strength and want to have really good fire resist, Brushwood is where it is at (great for world 2). Unless you are wading through fire though, the Purple Flame Shield will cover you from fire attacks and your armor can concentrate on covering Physical and Magic Resist.

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DivineAssault 2152d ago

This game is awesome & if u like challenge, u will find it here.. But its not unfair hard by any means.. If u die, u deserved to.. I have it on disc & will NEVER let it go.. This & Dark souls are the best RPGs this gen imo

PeaSFor2152d ago

Its very good, but the final boss was simply too easy, pretty much my only negative thing i have to say about the game.

MEGANE2152d ago

Does the servers still up?

Veneno2152d ago

Tots agree. Demon Souls is one of those games that should never leave your collection. It is a classic for all time, which was such a rare thing to find in this generation of games dominated by clone after clon3 of game concepts we've seen over and over again

Dark_Overlord2151d ago

There is one part of DS I would definitely define as unfair, that god damn pure bladestone. 2 Years I've been on/off farming that thing and still have yet to see it >:(

StockpileTom2151d ago

Use the Large Sword of Searching as your left hand weapon and a catalyst in your right hand.
Go backward from Old Hero's boss room in pure black world tendency and sneak up behind the black phantom dual katana skeleton and use Soulsucker (magic). Repeat until it drops... This method has worked within 1 hour for all of my characters that required it. Good luck to ya.

TheFamous12151d ago

Demon Souls is only hard because of the lack of checkpoints.

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MysticStrummer2152d ago

Wow. To me this is the best reason to have PS+ yet. Demon's Souls is my #1 game of the generation and possibly ever. I don't know how many agree with that, and don't care much honestly, but you guys about to play it for the first time are in for a treat, especially if you haven't played Dark Souls (my #2 game of the gen) either. That was too many commas but the Souls series does that to me. May thine strength help the world be mended.

MestreRothN4G2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

#1 here as well. Praise the su--- ops, no shiny happy people in Demon's Souls.

Eyeco2151d ago

Its shaping up to be one of my favourites,I just need to beat it,its one of those games I play get my ass handed to me, not play it for days gather up the courage to play again.

But man when that text appears saying "You Destroyed The Demon" the sense of pride is so overwhelming you feel like such a badass, such a rewarding game.

dedicatedtogamers2152d ago

The great thing about PS+ is that they pick a lot of lesser-known games to add for free. A few of the recent ones - Spec Ops and Vanquish - are two of my favorite shooters this gen but a lot of people missed it. But of course, free means people will probably try them out. Long live PS+!

black9112152d ago

I was just gonna rent demon souls

ZoyosJD2152d ago

It's not a rent.

Not only is it that good, it's also 80+ hrs your first time through.

IAmLee2151d ago

I prefer the US store updates to the EU.

Sharius2151d ago

why don't have both?

you know, you can:
- buy EU plus membership
- download game to your PS3
- switch to your main account and play it
- as long as you keep your plus active you can keep play game and earn trophy

Murad2151d ago

I really wish they did it earlier because Demon Souls now doesn't truly have online any longer, and so it basically takes the fun out of it all.

bluetoto2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

Please tell me that you don't only like this game because of invasions.

"totally going back to made newcomers life miserable... and don't whine about that, being pwned by phantoms is part of the deal..."

No, it is NOT. And that's why we have BANISH.

To all newcomers, learn/acquire the Banish miracle as it sends all black phantoms back to there own world and causing them to lose a soul level at the same time to avoid aholes like this.

For some reason people like this think everyone enjoys what they do and you are playing it wrong if you don't like/play it the way they do.

Nothing worse than trying to have some co-op fun and some douchbag griefer who only likes DS because it allows him to spread misery and added frustration because that's HIS idea of fun.

These people aren't looking for a fair fight or a challenge as they could simply use the red eye stone to find others who want PvP combat and avoid those who play DS for the Co-op PvE combat, which are two very different playstyles and experiences.

You can also quit out the game to make them lose out as well if you find yourself getting invaded a lot before acquiring the banish miracle. It feels really good to shat on them too, makes them rage a lot lol.

This is a GREAT game, don't let Epricks ruin it for you!

Murad2151d ago

I don't play Demon Souls or Dark Souls for the online at all, I play it for the whole thing, you know the reason it cost 30 bucks, or the reason it cost 60 bucks. I feel like you insulted me for being a cheater, but i can't truly say that you did because I didn't bother reading anything besides the first three sentences. However, getting back to the point. I was stating that I wish they did this back them to get the true material. Meaning that I remember playing Demon Souls back then and trying to hunt for special material, or trying to get souls, and the only way you can get all white worlds is if either you never die, or if you kill all intruders, or do something good for some npc's and not for others. Do you understand what I'm saying?

bluetoto2151d ago

"I feel like you insulted me for being a cheater, but i can't truly say that you did because I didn't bother reading anything besides the first three sentences."

If you had read you'd have saw that my post had nothing to do with cheating or cheaters whatsoever.

NeXXXuS2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

Hope to see you on the game. I started a new account since my first account is on New Game +8 and It's too hard XD I have over 90 hours on that one...

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LOGICWINS2152d ago

Always wanted to try this!

JoGam2152d ago

Its a great game. I can't get off the first level. Beat this game, Makes you a real gamer.

BitbyDeath2152d ago

PROTIP - Don't attack the guy that stands near the portal. He will kill you over and over again until you give up and are forced to start a new game.


IlluminatusV2151d ago

what guy do you mean? the one on the stairs in the nexus or another one. I recomment for your first playthrough not to kill any NPCs because this changes your character tendency and makes the game even harder, especially if your world tends to white tendency which is the way when you killed one or more deamons in the world without dying in human form.

BitbyDeath2151d ago

@illuminatusV, sorry has been a while since i've played it but yes the guy on the stairs. Just went up to give him a lil scrape of the blade and never lived it down.

No matter how many times you die he remembers the first cut.

Brutal game.

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MikeMyers2152d ago

Excellent game but don't try your first attempt with the Barbarian.

JoGam2152d ago

Ok, ok, who should i be first? Guess i made that mistake.

MikeMyers2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

The easiest is probably the Royalty class. I like the Temple Knight more though. Don't get discouraged early. It might take some grinding but once you start to remember the enemies and where to be it's not so bad.

JoGam2152d ago

Ima try and get off the first level. Now, i will say this, when i do get off the first level omg, im throwing a party. Mark my words i will Platinum this game. Why? This is the only game that frustrates me. Its now a must.

JoySticksFTW2151d ago

Yeah, Royal is definitely easy mode.

Magic with a magic power regen ring right from the start.

And he/she starts at Soul Level 1, for greater control over builds usually. Less wasted stats.

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PSVita2152d ago

@logic: it's my favorite game this gen period and it way better than Dark souls get it for sure especially if the still have the servers going. Invading and SS!!!

LOGICWINS2151d ago

I'll def let u know what I think of it! :)

NastyLeftHook02151d ago

omfg u never played it?!!!!

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

elmaton982151d ago

I havent either but im definitely picking it up

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Y_51502152d ago

Demon Souls is just the type of game I want for Plus. A great game that I never wasable to play is now available for free because of my Plus subscription!

remanutd552152d ago

Zombie Tycoon 2 the vita game? let me see ModNation Racers Road Trip, Resistance Burning Skies, Unit 13, Dokuro, Rayman Origins, When Vikings Attack, Lumines and even Little Deviants are better offerings than Zombie Tycoon 2, bah.

admiralvic2152d ago

Whoa now, Burning Skies is quite possibly the WORST game out for the Vita.

remanutd552152d ago

far from it. I think is a lot better than some people say but everyone is entitle to their own opinions.

dboyman2152d ago

I thought Metacritic said it was Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified was the worst ps vita game...

admiralvic2152d ago

@ Dboyman

Quite sure I never said it WAS the worst, just that it was among the worst. In any case, you're not making a compelling argument when the same idiots made both games.

cjflora2151d ago

I enjoyed it. I found it more interesting than Assassin's Creed, which was for for awhile but I've kind of gotten to the point where it's feeling redundant.

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ApolloTheBoss2152d ago

That Malicious game looks incredible, too. Never heard of it, bu I'm definitely giving it a try.

GraveLord2152d ago

It actually sucks. I bought it a few months ago. Not worth the money. It's free though so give it a try.

admiralvic2152d ago

Looks great, neat concept, so so gameplay. Love the trophy icons though!