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Dark Souls

by Namco Bandai
 Ages 16 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm ; 100 g
  • Release Date: 22 Dec 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,778 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Dark Souls, as I'm sure by now you've heard, is hard. Very hard. Right from the tutorial-free opening you're punished relentlessly, and every time you overcome a impossible enemy you can be sure something even more brutal awaits around the next corner. To this end I cannot recommend it to all gamers, especially if you've never played an action-RPG. However, those with patience and determination will find it an immensely rewarding experience.

The game drops you in at the deep end, starting with your character breaking out of an 'Undead Asylum'. Your encounters here initially seem difficult but pale in comparison to what waits for you ahead. Your travels will take you to many varied locations ranging from a castle and its vast grounds to underground swamps, and most of these environments look stunning. Sometimes the visuals can admittedly look a little rough around the edges, but the sheer scope of the game more than makes up for it. Unfortunately the frame rate suffers in larger areas, especially in 'Blighttown' where on more than one occasion it broke down to the point of being unplayable.

Everything takes place in one colossal world where if you can see a location then chances are at some point you can go there. The level design is mostly fantastic and often ingenious, with many of the worlds connecting with eachother to prevent the need for endless backtracking. This also means that one bonfire can sometimes serve as the starting point for several different sections of the game (the Firelink Shrine in particular is one you will be revisiting many times). These bonfires act as Dark Souls' checkpoint system and should you die you will be resurrected at the last one you visited.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the Sun 5 Sep 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Dark Souls may well be one of my favourite games of all time. It is competing with Super Castlevania 4 on the Snes, Eternal Darkness on the Gamecube and Renegade on the ZX Spectrum to give you an idea of what that means.

The environment is masterfully depicted and memorable for two distinct reasons. Firstly because it is so varied and bleak. Stone castles quickly give way to Tolkienesque caverns and lava pits. And you can go deeper and deeper and never seem to reach the edge of its world. In the beginning you have no idea where anything is or where you are going. There is no map and non player characters are deliberately obtuse and quite often mad. Secondly you really have to remember the levels to progress. Anyone who has played an old school MegaMan will know what this means. I've been killed in the Undead Burg (a very early level) enough times to know the exact location of each enemy. There are two next to the bonfire, one with an axe another with a crossbow, a third that jumps up the stairs, along the bridge there are the firebomb throwers...and so on. Now imagine how daunting a new area is when you know that it was only by committing enemies positions to memory that you made it through the last one? So it is part of the experience to shuffle forward through a new level with your shield at the ready, terrified of your own shadow.

Death has weight in this game. It could mean being sent back miles and the loss of tremendous amount of XP points. If you are careful in Dark Souls you will learn not to die but there is no handholding. To complete Dark Souls you almost have to study it and very much play by its rules. It cannot be overstated how much the sadistic difficultly makes the game a cohesive whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite game 12 Jun 2012
By Sam
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
not only is this game extremely cheep, but it is my (and many others) favourite game. in fact after completing this game more than twice and my disc broke I am buying it again!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Developer's will learn from this... 25 Feb 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played many RPG's in my time ranging from the surreal, the dark, the happy go lucky, and the downright brutal. Let me tell you that Dark Souls is certainly one of the best and most refreshing titles to grace the shop shelves in a long while.

If you're looking for a walk in the park picking daisies, please move on, Dark Souls will punish you and push you to the limits of your skill. Many are saying that it's one of the hardest game's out there, let me comfort you now and say it's not... These people are looking at the game in the wrong way, instead of raging and chewing on your controller after getting stabbed in the back by that enemy for the first time; look, observe and learn from your mistakes, do that and you'll stroll through most of the areas as you feel like a total badass. This is what the developers wanted, to create a game where the players themselves should put it to themselves to accomplish a task, in other words, they were sick of the grinding and monotony of most other rpg's as you flicked enemies on the nose and waltzed over the tops of their heads...

The Gameplay itself is a wonder to behold, the gameplay mechanics and features feel so fluid and dynamic, the seemless actions of all the weapons and moves you make really give you a sense of how much passion and soul has gone into this game, the best thing I think really is that...Just...Everything feels like it works, it's in the right place everytime and should warrant more praise than it's been receiving.

If you're still anxious about buying it, take it from me, you won't regret it! As long as you commit to the game it will treat you well.

10/10! Developers should take note of what this game has managed to achieve...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect!
The game arrived with a week to go, plus it was in excellent condition! Faultless! I am very happy with my purchase!
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer-Leonora Copley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
no instructions as instructed on screen
Published 1 month ago by Mr J Johal
5.0 out of 5 stars graet game
So hard but so fun love the detail in the game but man those bosses. The game came quickly and had little to no damage to the disc or case
Published 3 months ago by adam
5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT NOW
If you haven't played this game, you're really out of the loop. It's easily one of the most ground-breaking games of all time, and anyone who says they're "too scared to try it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Siw Elise Brinck-Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome game!
I love it to this day, but I'd reccomend getting the Prepare to die edition because of the included DLC, and bugfixes.
Published 13 months ago by VibrantFlame
3.0 out of 5 stars Fruatrating but worth it.
For the time you put into the game playing through the same combat sequences it can be fun, although it can get frustrating attempting long sessions.
Published 13 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game this generation
What can I say, this is by far the best game I have played since the days of the Super Nintendo. Its not stupidly easy like alot of games these days and provides an excellent... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr G
5.0 out of 5 stars Darks Souls Review
I Think it's important to start this review by saying that I am a casual gamer, I have spent the majority of my XBOX gaming career playing shooters and action games which have... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Aaron Sommerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars If at first you don't succeed...
I thought I should write another review for this game as I did buy it when it was released and reviewed it after a few days having traded it in and not enjoyed it at all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by TJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
A true masterpiece, one for the history books. Steer clear of the PC version though as the controls are terrible. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter
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