Wayne Santos writes: "From Software is back with the spiritual successor to one of the hardest games to hit the scene in years. Demons Soul’s made a splash both in Japan and in the West through sheer word of mouth and glowing reviews from the media. Two years later, Dark Souls is here, and it brings with it the same sense of accomplishment, excitement, brutality—and yes, genuine rage at times, with a gaming experience that is neither for the casual nor the faint-hearted. Many have claimed that this new game makes the original look like a McDonald’s children’s birthday party. But the truth is, the same old beast is beating under that bigger exterior, and it’s still just as addictive and rewarding as ever, even if the sheen of discovery has worn off some."