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Dark Souls - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
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Dark Souls - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Beautifully crafted world with some incredibly designed monsters and its a HUGE game!
Disadvantages: Its extremely HARD!!!!
At first I wasn't 100% sure what Dark Souls was but my cousin told me everything I needed to know about the game which made me purchase the game. Dark Souls is an action adventure role playing game and is available for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls which was labelled one of the hardest games ever. Dark Souls was publsihed and developed by From Software and Namco Bandai Games. Dark Souls is possibly the hardest game I have ever played and definitely the most challenging. With a dark fantasy universe available to explore, countless traps scattered around the world, grotesque monsters and supremely powerful demons make Dark Souls one of the most challenging games so far to date.
The main plot of the game is okay. You pick your class at the beginning of the game which can be from several types such as a Knight, Pyromancer, Thief and many more. After that you pick how your character will look throughout the game. You are then thrust into a world of darkness, a mysterious world of demons. Its a place where humans with the Dark Ring are sent to succumb and transform into the living dead. You are soulless to start with and in order to regain your humanity you must reach the land of the living in this epic adventure for survival. Can you help your chosen character escape the deep depths of what seemingly resembles hell?
=== INCLUDED IN THE LIMITED EDITION ===
For the price of the limited edition I certainly couldn't complain. I don't think there is actually a normal version to this game and I'm pretty sure this limited edition is the only one available. It comes in a box the size of two Xbox 360 games and included in that is of course the game in a normal Xbox 360 case and there is also an art book which features drawings of demons and beasts from the game. Just inside the book at the front and back are two discs one is a behind the scenes look about the game and the other is a soundtrack which features 23 different music tracks from the game itself. Also included in the Xbox 360 case itself is a card which enables you to download exclusive content which includes a strategy guide and all you need to do is visit the web and enter the bonus content code to be able to receive it. Photos below to see what is with the limited edition.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Dark Souls features some of the most addictive gameplay ever. It reminds me of the Elder scrolls games but in a third person perspective and to be perfectly honest it works fantastically well with the dark fantasy world. In the game you can explore a lot of places but its NOT advised because the demons and other monsters are much stronger than you are. There are endless amounts of monsters in the game some big and some small but this doesn't mean the small ones are easier and the best thing to do is be prepared for the worst. You spend most the time on this game trying to find out the best way to kill certain creatures or bosses because it really is that hard. You also spend a lot of time dying but the good thing is that when you die it takes you back to your last bonfire. Bonfires are scattered throughout the world but are sometimes hard to find and these are used to rest and save your game. At the bonfires it saves automatically and replenishes lost health, stamina and it also replenishes certain items that you receive so many of. For example Estus flasks are used to heal your wounds and you only get a certain number of these but every time you rest at the bonfires they automatically get refilled again.
Each character is effective in their own way. You can create a male or female character depending what your preference is. Some characters are good with magic while some are better with attacking straight up. One of the best things about the game is when you equip something like armor you can actually see the character with that item or items on. There are endless amounts of different equipment in the game and they can all be very useful at the best of times. Another thing to remember is that the equipment isn't indestructible and most of it can be destroyed. Destroyed equipment is useless and must be discarded. However if you notice your equipment is getting weaker and on the verge of breaking then you can repair it with the right things. Weapons can also break as can shields and other items like rings. Your character can equip two weapons if you like. Certain weapons like a sword and small axe can be duel wielded as can many other weapons. You can also turn weapons into two handed weapons. In Dark Souls there are thousands of equipment, weapons and armor with each having different attributes and effects.
There are no end of places you visit in the game but nearly everywhere you visit is enemies. You barely do anything like side quests in the game or talking. You don't visit towns but there are shops scattered throughout. You can visit people such as blacksmiths or merchants but they are usually fairly well hidden. Instead of money on the game to buy things you actually use souls. Souls are collected every time you defeat a demon or any creature. The harder the monster the more souls you will receive when killing them. Souls can be spent on items, equipment and they can also be used to level up. There are a few bad points about the game which are things like you cant talk to people via headset when playing the game and that includes party chat or private chat. Its hard to actually play with friends via Xbox Live and most the times you will be playing with strangers. However one of the better things in the game is that you can write messages with a certain item for other gamers. These messages are then put where ever you write them and can result in bonus things for you if people like your messages. For example if there is a tough boss or enemy coming up then you can warn other gamers by putting a message saying tough enemy ahead. That way they can prepare for it. You can also warn them of other things like items, monsters or traps.
Leveling up is easy and all you need to do is collect souls and use them on a skill point to increase stats and your level. Overall Dark Souls is a fantastic game which has a lot to offer. I'm not a massive fan of how Xbox Live and online features work for the game but its not entirely important and the rest of the game is brilliant.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
Simply brilliant is the word to describe the graphics to Dark Souls. The bosses in the game have to get the first mention because not only are they absolutely massive they are also really beautifully detailed in every way. I have never seen any bosses look as good as they do in Dark Souls and they really do look amazing. The whole world is incredibly detailed in every aspect and it really looks astonishing. Its even better because I wasn't expecting much variety with the places you visit but there are actually a lot of different places with a wide range of variety. I was also impressed with how detailed the normal enemies looked. Overall the graphics are something special and are definitely one of the stand outs about the game.
The sound effects are also really good for Dark Souls with the brilliant soundtrack and the way the songs are brought into the game. I also love the way the bosses are brought into the game with the music getting increasingly fast. The way it changes is brilliant. Also the sound each creature makes is phenomenal and definitely brings the game to life. There are a couple of little niggles about the sound effects but its nothing major and overall I was very pleased with the way the sound effects worked for the game and its definitely another strong point.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
I cant stress how difficult the game is. I get slightly mad with this game because it is seriously the hardest game ever. You meet the first boss after 2 minutes of playing the game and it took me literally ages to kill the thing. The game has a few tricky jumping bits in but the most difficult parts are killing and surviving if you cant do either then your in serious trouble. Dark Souls is by far the hardest game and its even harder with all the secret items that you must find. Some items are needed to help the game a tiny bit easier and some of them are in ridiculous places. Everything else about the game is fairly easy and understandable.
The length of the game is brilliant. If you know where your going through the game your looking at around the 50 hours mark but for a first time playthrough it can last a staggering 100 hours maybe more. I think that is fantastic for a game of this genre. Most of the time is spent killing bosses or surprise surprise dying but the game will last a lifetime. The game can also be played numerous times and different bits can happen so the time overall is excellent.
=== ACHIEVEMENTS ===
Dark Souls achievements are about as difficult as the game itself. There are a total of 41 achievements and most of them are extremely hard to get or will take a long period of time to get. Some achievements are gathered as you play through the game and cant be missed but others can easily be missed. Some achievements require skill and determination whilst others require you to stick at it and grit it out. Killing certain enemies will achieve a couple of them. Also there are lots of secret achievements in the game that require patience because you might not be able to get them from one playthrough.
=== PROS ===
*A massive dark fantasy world to explore.
*Some absolutely HUGE bosses and a lot of different types of enemies.
*Lots of items which include lots of equipment and weapons including rare items!
*Beautifully detailed graphics and some fantastic sound effects.
*Its challenging and I always like a challenge plus the length of the game is great.
*Lots of freebies with the game which is always great!
=== CONS ===
*Extremely hard all the way throughout the game.
*Not an awful lot of bonfires to save your game and sometimes they can be hard to find.
*The game can become very frustrating at times and addictive.
*Not a massive fan of how Xbox Live works on this game.
*Always dying on it!
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Dark Souls is a great game and because its actually been challenging it has to go down as one of the best hack and slash action adventure role playing games I have ever played. It has so much to offer but if you don't like hard games then this must be avoided because that's exactly what it is. Dark Souls is definitely worth owning because of the beautiful graphics and all the stuff you get free with the game. I always try and get the limited edition versions of games because there is always stuff with them or some sort of bonuses.
I would recommend the game especially if your a massive fan of role playing games at their best because this is at its best. I would also recommend if you want a serious challenge and maybe something different because it offers both. Not a fan of hard games? then this is definitely one to avoid but other than that I would say its worth getting hold of even if its to sell months later because I think its going to be rare here in the UK.
I bought the game for a decent price of just under £38 which is really good for a limited edition game. I got it from ASDA and its actually selling for a little less there now. Other places price varies and Amazon have it for around £36. I do believe the price will sky rocket soon so probably better getting it before that happens. The game is a 16+ because of some strong language and violence throughout and its going to be a little too hard for younger gamers. Also the game manual is okay but the art book makes up for that because its fantastic.
One of the best games this year and I would give it a solid and much deserved 9/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987
Summary: One of the hardest action adventure role playing games so far to date!