Demon’s Souls Impressions


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Overview

Awesome. Really awesome. This is the opposite of mass market accessibility. It’s punishing, easily frustrating, humorless, cryptic, hard to figure out, and definitely for a certain niche of gamer. But it’s spectacular. I would recommend this to any of the more patient players or RPG buffs out there.

Visuals

The preview footage left me with the impression of a very drab, empty, simple looking game. This isn’t something you would show off to a visitor to quickly dazzle them. However, when you are immersed into playing the game, the art style is absolutely awesome. This is far from generic cookie-cutter fantasy stuff and shows real artistic flair. Various items, monsters, and special scenery have some really wild and evocative designs that help draw you into the game and intensify the dark fantasy experience.

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How Frustrating?

As everyone has heard, the game is hard, it punishes you, and you will die a lot. And when you die, the entire level respawns, and you have to find your corpse (actually a blood stain) to reclaim your “souls” which are the game’s currency for buying/repairing/upgrading equipment and getting new skills. If you die before getting to your corpse, all your old souls are permanently gone and you will probably get frustrated. However, it’s not that bad. You keep all of your inventory and loot as well as anything you bought with your souls across deaths. Secondly, after you play through a section several times, you figure out the tricks and it gets much easier to beat.

Why is it Good?

The strict penalties combined with the non-traditional rule set and the game’s wildly bizarre art style and unique level setups lead to a real nervous excitement and wonder about exploring and discovering the game. This brings back memories of playing Dungeons & Dragons for the first time as a kid.

I may be overstating this game’s quality a bit. This isn’t a perfect game or anything, but it really does tap into some of that sense of wonder.

Learning Curve

Normally, learning how to play a game is a real annoying chore. It’s like studying a college textbook on material that is ridiculously useless. This game has a long steep learning curve with lots of weird rules that I had to read about on the Internet, but I was hooked and entertained right from the start.

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Action RPG

Yes, it’s an action RPG, but that genre label is generally associated with Diablo-clones, and this is a completely different style of game. Diablo and it’s clones are easy to get into relaxing and mind-numbing click-fests that deliver a constant stream of positive reinforcements and that’s not what this game is about at all. Also, the “action” mechanics are much more involved here than one would expect for the genre.

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Character Classes

You select a character class at the start, but this just determines your initial attributes and equipment set. From there, you can develop the character in any direction you want. There is a trophy room where you can see the characters that players beat the game with and it’s impressive to see the diversity of character build types that were successful.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


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  1. #1 by Lordincubus on October 12th, 2009

    I also enjoy this game. I am just finding it hard to be able to get time to play it.

  2. #2 by Kicks on October 12th, 2009 [ 774 Points ]

    I’m enjoying this game, but really have to set aside time to put into it. It isn’t something you can just pop in for 5-10 minutes because you’ll probably die a couple of times while learning the ropes and you’ll end up just wanting to put in even more time.

  3. #3 by hobbes on October 12th, 2009

    i want to at least try this game at some point, this and brutal legend are both games i want to play, hopefully demons souls will have a demo coming out for it

  4. #4 by sam sam on October 12th, 2009

    i LOVE this ggame i already beat it. i couldnt put it down. i havent felt this way for a game in a long time. the boss battles are amazing and you didnt touch on the online that much which in my opinion separates this game more than anything

  5. #5 by weatherman_ on October 13th, 2009

    Since picking this game up over the weekend, I feel I now understand what stockholm syndrome is all about. This game is tortuous. But it makes you want to beat it.

    Reminds me of playing Megaman.

  6. #6 by King32 on October 13th, 2009

    This game looks fantastic. Im not an RPG kinda gamer but i really wanna try this game. The only thing that looks disappointing to me is the gameplay. It looks pretty slow to have hack n slash type gameplay, but i could be wrong. But i wont b getting this game for a while, cuz i b playing uncharted 2 this friday, buying it with a new ps3 slim. Then Ratchet and Clank then MW 2 and also the GoW Collection, so demon souls wont get played by me for a while. If u played it already let me know how it is. Hope to see u all online playing uncharted 2.

  7. #7 by GamesOgre.net on October 13th, 2009

    This video game is on my wish list! I’ll be keeping an eye out for a used copy.

  8. #8 by A on October 18th, 2009

    Excellent game!

  9. #9 by Pariuri on January 8th, 2010

    wow! do you know if it also work on PS2? i think i’m in love :D

    I’m going to kill myself if it won’t work on PS2.


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