IGN: Demon's Souls Review

IGN says: "Demon's Souls is not a game for everyone. Actually, I take that back; it's most definitely something everyone should try, but the look, seemingly unforgiving nature and themes might be a bit off-putting. Don't let them be. Every single person that owns a PS3 should at the very least rent this game to see what all the fuss is about, and those that can remember the good ol' days when games taught through the highly effective use of negative reinforcement and a heavy price for not playing it carefully should scoop this up instantly. It's utterly unique among the offerings on any console right now, and absolutely, positively should not be missed."

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Nikuma3300d ago

...for one of my all time favorite games. :)

meepmoopmeep3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

i'm loving it so far.

it's pretty damn hard.

but i keep coming back... it's that good

Jamegohanssj53300d ago

Nice review. Can't wait to get it for X-Mas.


umair_s513300d ago

My god the PS3's on fire.

Genesis53300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

This game is wicked. I love it. Yes I have spent a bit of time dying. It just has such a great ambience to it.

meepmoopmeep3300d ago

yeah, i've been dying tons.

i started a new character again but i'll stick to that one now.

cyberwaffles3300d ago

that was a bad, but good joke.

Transporter473300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

if you have a ps3 i recommend it, it is awesome

duplissi3300d ago

damn, this game slipped under my radar, ill have to pick it up sometime.

JoySticksFTW3300d ago

and I haven't even gone in that deep.

Been too busy farming those f'n rolling skellies in 4-1 for some great early xp

presto7173300d ago

But still, I would have given the game a 10 simply because it does what most other games dont do this gen, and it does it well.

I beat the first boss this afternoon and I gotta say this game is so damn rewarding. Every accomplishment makes you feel like you are on top of the world.

Kudos to Atlus.

DaTruth3300d ago

This game is hard to get without a preorder, but I lucked out cause one got returned. Haven't gotten a chance to play it yet.

Maybe tonight I'll pop it in.

beavis4play3300d ago

anyways, DS is doing really well in reviews and it should. we kept hearing how hard it is (which is true) but, what has also impressed me is the amount of content in the game! this isn't just a game based solely on fighting (ala NG series....stick, i don't know who told you NG was harder? i think it's hard to compare the 2 games although DS seems to give a MUCH deeper experience with more varied combat. adding to it the fact that you have to worry about losing huge amounts of souls and i'd have to say DS is a more difficult game)

there is so much stuff to use (and apply) for different fighting strategies. the combat is so's not mindless attacking. that will just get you killed. literally, every step could be your last - and as you get more souls - the intensity builds due to the possibility of losing them!!
then there's the bloodstains and ability to leave messages. before i started the game, i thought these features would be cheesy.....but not now! they're useful, innovative features. i can't believe nobody has thought to do this before.
i loved KZ2 and batman:AA. UC2 and ratchet will undoubtedly be fantastic experiences; but, demon souls can hang with these games. the look may not be near as good and the difficulty may put off some people, but it's a very intense game.when your health is dwindling and you have very few healing aids left........those 2,000 souls your carrying start getting heavy! i've found myself taking a step........looking in every direction.......taking a'll develop the "1000 yard stare" in this game really fast.

sorry to gush so much......this game has left me very impressed.

JoySticksFTW3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

I was talking to a blacksmith in the Nexus and my finger slipped and accidentally smack him in the head.

He got pissed and wanted to fight me! Balled up his fists and everything

I thought "Oh God! Noooo! I can't loose this blacksmith! All this farming for nothing?! I'm gonna have to start over!!! F*******CK!!"

But then I zone out of the Nexus and back in to see if he was still pissed. But he was just sitting there like normal and I could still fix and upgrade my gear.

Oh Thank you, God!

Whewwwww, dodged a big heaping pile of arse-rape and tears right there. My chest is still tight!

And I still can't stop playing! WTF. It's too much fun :D

P.S.I hope this game sells well. It's such an amazing experience.

calis3300d ago

My brother is in the USA at the mo. I asked him to get it for me. I was iffy on getting it because of how hard it would be but I've decided to give it a go.

presto7173300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

Bubbles man. That cracked me up soooo bad. Totally made my day.

If you read this,

What class are you? Do you focus on melee or magic? (This question is open to all)

I play as Knight. Melee ftw.

Lifendz3300d ago

but after reading this review I've decided to hold off on 2K and rent Demon's Souls.

My first console was an NES. I remember a time where there were some games you just didn't beat. Top Gun anyone? I remember struggling to get past a part in TMNT for NES when I realized you could just walk over a gap that looked like you had to jump over. The point is I remember a time where games were almost a developer's way of torturing the consumer. And, in some sick way, I kinda miss it.

So I'll give Demon's Souls a shot. Maybe I'll buy it...maybe not. But after all the positive reviews I think I sorta have to at least check it out.

Arnon3300d ago


My Deluxe Edition from Amazon comes in the mail tomorrow!


chaosatom3300d ago

Talk about two AAA games in one month!

Sarcasm3300d ago

"Talk about two AAA games in one month! "

It's going to be 3. Ratchet & Clank Future ACIT. The final chapter of the future saga.

JoySticksFTW3300d ago

I started as Royal to get past 1-1 quicker, but I'm going towards a Thief build.

Was originally going to go for the strategy guide's Assassin build, but with a low Vitality I get slaughtered if I miss one parry. So I can only imagine what it's going to be like if I intentionally lower my health even more when I eventually get the Clever Rat ring

For those who may not know, the Cleve Rat ring boosts damage output when you only have 30% health or lower left. With the right equipment, it's possible to kill most demons (not bosses) with one or two hits or shots, so I hear. But the trade off is you can get one-shot yourself.

I try to snipe or back-stab first, then melee, and use magic as support

Consoldtobots3300d ago

this game is so good I bought 2 copies to play coop with my son and he can't stop talking about it now. Best bosses I've seen in the last 5 years.

NeoSprtacus3300d ago


I just did the exact same thing, geez, all I was doing was sitting up and I tapped R2 with my leg and hit the blacksmith. Far too easy for that to happen, I am glad you said it didn't stay or I'd be freakin out too...

leyego3300d ago

i loved the flexibility in DS when it came to choosing weapons.

if u guys got the free time, equip a shield on both hands and run around sheild bashing guys.

on another note. dual weild is over rated.

ShadowCK3299d ago

Don't like IGN's reviews.

GameTrailers are alot more reliable.

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alphakennybody3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

too bad this game is ignored by many rpg fans since M2 and DA:origins is coming soon, I can't wait to get my copy of demon's soul.Kinda short on penny's, lost my treasures back on that cursed island.

IcyJoker1873300d ago

Ahhh, Haters owned, Another AAA for the Ps3, Rachet is up next.

Haloreacharound3300d ago


back to the rrod box I guess

chaosatom3300d ago

It's better to play a AAA game on a non-rrod console. :)

The Killer3300d ago

to bad is not going to the 360 direction.

Defectiv3_Detectiv33300d ago

I just think its funny how this is a brand new review yet it is nowhere on their main page, I can find a link to the Afrika review but not this! Way to support PS3 users IGN.

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Chris Hansen3300d ago

Killzone 2 (91%)
MLB 09: The Show (90%)
inFamous (85%)
Demon's Souls (90%)
Uncharted 2 (97%)
Ratchet & Clank 6 (??%)

Isn't it just great to own a PlayStation 3?

STICKzophrenic3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

You know what's even better? owning PS3 AND Xbox 360.


Someone here told me Demon's Souls is challenging, but not as challenging as Ninja Gaiden II. I beat NGII, so I'm seriously considering picking up this game, or at least putting it on my Christmas list. I'll have plenty to keep me busy until then with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, GTAIV:TBoGT and Modern Warfare 2.

Christmas is looking like I'll be getting a couple out of the following: Demon's Souls, Assassin's Creed II, Dragon Age: Origins and God of War Collections.


Looks like 11 fanboys read my post, and only three true gamers.


Is this the Gamer Zone or the Open Zone?

SnuggleBandit3300d ago

so i'm missing out on Ballad of gay Tony...whoo hoo!!!

TheBand1t3300d ago

Ninja Gaiden II and Demon's Souls are two different kinds of challenging. NG focuses alot on reflexes and quick thinking, Demon's Souls promotes a slower pace and for you to carefully think about what you're gonna do next.

STICKzophrenic3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

The Ballad of Gay Tony looks like it will be awesome. Sorry you're going to miss it. I wish it was on PS3 so that everyone could play it, same as Lost and Damned.

There's also Forza III, but I'm not into racing games that much.

Next year will be awesome with Mass Effect II, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Alan Wake, Halo: Reach, Fable III and probably many others. There weren't a ton of exclusives for 360 this year, but so what? Not every year can be jam packed with great exclusives. It's better that way. I've already spent a lot of money on games this year, and I'm poised to spend a good amount more for the holiday releases.



I know they're different types of challenging, but NGII is probably the most challenging game I've played.

JonnyBigBoss3300d ago

I'm having to skip a few games. That has never happened before...

TheHater3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

Xbox 360 1010
Mass Effect (Getting this)
Fable 3 (getting this)
Another Halo (Depend)
Gears of War 3 <<< We know it coming next year (Hate Gears of War)
Splinter Cell: Conviction (Not a fan)
Alan Wake (Don't interest me)

Compare to
PS3 2010
MAG (getting this)
WKC (getting this)
God of War 3 (getting this)
GT5 (getting this)
Resistance <<< We know it coming (getting this)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International <<<Meh, but it going to have more content than the xbox 360 version (F this game)
Agent (Don't know enough)
The Agency (getting this)
DC Universe (getting this)
Heavy Rain (getting this)
ModNation Racer (getting this)

I know I left out a lot of games for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, but these are going to be the most hype.

STICKzophrenic3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

I'm not here to compare exclusive lists, I merely made a comment that it's great to own both consoles, and of course a fanboy feels the need to take a jab at what games are releasing for 360 this year. The fact is, if you own both consoles, there's no reason to care what exclusives are coming out because you can get them all if you so choose. I just had to state that there are more games for 360 this year than just Gay Tony and that next year will be great as well, especially if you're a dual console owner.

Play games, not consoles.

TheHater3300d ago

"Play games, not consoles."

Couldn't agree more

Sarcasm3300d ago

It's great to own both consoles and all, but man I'm so glad I have a PS3 for Demon's Souls.

It's already ranking to be one of my top 5 games ever. It's just so rewarding.

And I disagree with the NG2 comparison.

I always say, NG2 is "cheap" not "Challenging." What's so challenging about getting attacked by 5 ninja's with guns while 2 of them are shooting un-dodgeable projectiles at you. It's such a frustrating experience.

DS on the other hand, requires you to think about what you're going to do. Pay attention to the environments. Pay attention to the messages. But you also have to understand the enemies' patterns and attacks. And there's so many different kinds of enemies it keeps things refreshing. And yes you can die often, but every death is the consequence of being impatient, lack of planning etc. It's not the enemies fault. Yes there are some tough enemies, but they can all be defeated.

With that said, I think every single hardcore RPG gamer whether 360 or PS3 or PC should somehow try to play this game. Borrow a PS3, steal one (okay maybe not that), rent a PS3, play at a friend's house, open a PS3 kiosk at walmart and put in Demon's Souls, ANYTHING.

It has to be EXPERIENCED. Words alone cannot tell what Demon's Souls is about. After reading the 20 or so Reviews on the game you still don't know DS until you've played it.

/happy rant

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STICKzophrenic3300d ago

LMFAO...kid I'm married and I just dropped $200 to take my wife to a concert. Owning both consoles ain't sh*t. Quit crying because your weekly allowance isn't enough to own both consoles and all the games for each.

WildArmed3300d ago (Edited 3300d ago )

actually DS is alot harder then NG II =/

I dont know why would u even say that.

I love Ninja giande Black (by FAR the hardest ninja gaiden), but DS is still harder.

Anywayz, Its great to be a ps360pc gamer \

btw I feel sorry for anyone that thinks every year a console doesn't have to have nice exclusives.
Exclusives are the reason why i still love gaming.
Most multi plats are generic, and dont take advantage of either console's abilities.

I love exclusives.. my 60 game lib consists of mostly ps3/360 exclusives. With a few multiplats here and there.

Sayai jin3300d ago

@STICKzophrenic - It's nice to see another multi console owner! Yeah, I decided few years ago right before this generation of gaming started that their would be a rich and deep library games and tech released on each console. So I planned on getting all 3 consoles. I have purchased all the current consoles and have had a blast. I do not worry which games are exclusive, because if I want it I can go out and pick it up. I do understand that not everyone can afford to own multiple consoles. People on this site like taking jabs at each other, but man there is too many good games to bicker about. If a person prefers the 360 or a PS3 or Wii that's great, but to take shots or talk crap about another console or it's fan's is a different...well to each there own.

On topic...Great review!!! This game is shaping up to be stellar. Someone above me said it was like Oblivion on crack. I love enjoyed Oblivion so I look forward to this game. Man the only problem I have is that I get behind on games, because still trying to catch up games from lasy holiday season. Hell, sometimes I start to get on track then I will see my MGS4, Fallout, GeOW, etc and start to play those.

Game on...

Consoldtobots3300d ago

@ stickzophrenic

you're getting disagrees because you ARE OFF TOPIC. No one cares that you own both consoles because this isn't a thread about multi-console ownership, so in a sense you are trolling. stick to the topic at hand.

ceedubya93300d ago

I guarantee you that that is not the reason why he is getting disagrees.

His original response was to Chris Hansen, who stated it was a great time to won a PS3 while listing some PS3 exclusives. Although there is nothing wrong with Chris's post, besides the one mention of DS in his list, you could argue that it was off topic as well, if you want to get technical.

I'd be willing to bet money that if PS3 and PC were mentioned instead of of the 360, the disagrees would be a lot less.

Regardless of that, seeing as how this is a thread for DS, there really should be no mention of the 360, although his intentions were okay.

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The_Devil_Hunter3300d ago

I've been overlooking this game ever since they announced it. I might need to change that.

AllShallPerish3300d ago

Same here but i will look into it seems like a really good game.