Dark Souls – IGN Early Review
Dark Souls, the “spiritual successor” (not a direct sequel) to Demon’s Souls will be releasing on Tuesday, and IGN has posted an early review. No real surprises in the review, considering how difficult this game is expected to be. The franchise has always been known for pushing the limits of a gamer’s abilities with uncompromising gameplay that forces people to learn from mistakes. There is no hand-holding in this universe…you are alone, and will fight for every inch of progress you make with very little guidance, except from the occasional person you summon to help you in coop.
Sounds like the difficulty in this game has been ramped up again, perhaps to challenge the Demon’s Souls veterans. It was a PS3 exclusive originally, and with the new game making the jump to Xbox 360, I expect to hear all sorts of cries that “this game is broken!” from people trying it for the first time. However, folks, please remember, hard does not equal broken. Suck it up or go back to something easy, like COD 3 on Veteran.
Here’s a quote from the review that sums up just how hard you can expect to be kicked in the face. I advise everyone to read this closely and take the warnings seriously. As brilliant as the franchise is, their games are not for everyone:
There are frog-like sewer-dwelling creatures that can Curse you with their attacks, instantly reducing your health bar to half its former size; the only way to get cured is to visit a healer hidden deep within a dangerous ghost-populated area that’s a long, long journey away (or to buy an item from a vendor, if you’ve got enough souls).
Making your way through Dark Souls’ death-trap world with half a health bar is hard enough, but the Curse effect stacks – so if you get caught again, you’ll be down to a quarter of a health bar. A third time, you’ll be down to an eighth. I know one Dark Souls player who lost something like 10 hours trying to make it to a healer when everything in the world could kill him with one hit. There’s punishing, and then there’s unfair.
Still with me? Good. Then that means you’re probably up for at least attempting the challenge. To quote Han Solo, “then I’ll see you in Hell!”