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Demon's Souls (PS3)

Platform : PlayStation 3
4.3 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B003UBGS1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm ; 32 g
  • Release Date: 20 Aug. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,443 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Beautiful, compelling, and at times unforgiving, Demon's Souls is the hardcore RPG experience PS3 owners have been waiting for since the platform's launch. Revolutionary online features define your adventure like never before, presenting seamless interconnectivity that serves in every instance to enhance the single-player game. Unprecedented in its depth and subtlety, peerless in its relentlessly challenging gameplay, Demon's Souls is the ultimate action RPG.

KEYFEATURES - Ultimate hardcore RPG challenge - In this brutal land, death is inevitable, but not final. Combining the best features of an action game and RPG, you'll slice, smash, shoot, and cast magic against some of the most horrible, vicious enemies ever encountered. Are you strong enough to face up to the impossible and win? - Ground-breaking online capabilities - Network features go far beyond any previous RPG, allowing players to leave hints for each other, replay death scenes, cooperatively revive dead players, or invade and wreak havoc in another's game. Not merely an add-on feature, multiplayer options are vast, and uniquely focused on changing and intensifying the single player experience. - Freeform and flexible - The open-ended structure of the game means that there is no single path, but rather a wealth of options. Set your own pace and progress as you like. Build exactly the character you want by creating a detailed avatar, nurturing the right stats, and customizing your skills and equipment.

  • Combining the best features of an action game and RPG, you'll slice, smash, shoot, and cast magic against some of the most horrible, vicious enemies ever encountered
  • Network features go far beyond any previous RPG, allowing players to leave hints for each other, replay death scenes, cooperatively revive dead players, or invade and wreak havoc in another's game
  • Not merely an add-on feature, multiplayer options are


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It's hard to think of another game which is as innovative and yet old-school, so punishing and yet open-ended, so brief and yet expansive as Demon's Souls is. It has been called everything from the best PS3 game to the hardest RPG ever, and having now earned the Platinum trophy over 75-odd hours, I'm inclined to agree with all the praise that has been heaped on this wonderful game.

My single favourite aspect is the combat. There's nothing quite like clashing with a tough enemy with a tight defence, rebuffing their attacks whilst waiting for an opportune moment to counter or parry. There are literally dozens of weapons in the game, from rudimentary swords, bows, spears and so on through to mighty blades which cleave the sky in twain. That every foe can, at the outset, defeat you if you let your guard down adds to the tension and makes every single battle intense and fraught.

You collect souls from each enemy you defeat, and these can then be traded for upgrades, items and weapons. However, should you die, you're returned to the start of the level, all enemies respawn and you lose accumulated souls, which languish where you died, awaiting to be re-collected (until you die again, then they're gone). It's a perfect risk/reward system, and the game thrives on careful play and forward planning. Most levels aren't particularly big, but with the number of enemies populating them, they can easily each take over an hour to complete. Luckily the game autosaves continuously, so if you do need to switch off mid-level you can do so and return later with no punishment. Shortcuts are also available in most levels, so huge chunks can be cut out if necessary, and these are permanently unlocked once activated.
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Like many (I suspect) I came to Demon's Souls having first played and fallen in love with its successor, Dark Souls. Despite large differences, which generally reveal the earlier game's roughness, the two games share the same design values and evoke the same feelings.

If you've already been won over by Dark Souls, then you're probably only wondering whether Demon's Souls will quench your thirst for more of the same. It will.

If on the other hand you're coming to the series fresh, then it's important to know that it won't be a welcoming experience: I had to come back to Dark Souls twice after putting it down out of exhaustion and frustration before things started to click, and you'll probably find the same during your first playthrough of either game. I would say the difficulty is only one of two reasons why these games are for the hardcore; the second is that in order to give them the dedication they need, you have to *want* to be part of the club. You have to hate the idea that you're missing out on something special. You mustn't be comfortable with playing easy games that you can pick up, take your quick fix of escapism, and put down again. If that's why you play games, fine, but the Souls games aren't for you.

If on the other hand you're one of the former camp, you'll love these games once you learn how to play them: cautiously, with concentration, and your heart in your throat with the tension of it all. Dark Souls is, in my view, superior: the boss fights are better-designed and more challenging, the world layout is more intuitive and less frustrating without being too much easier, and it's more polished and more beautiful both mechanically and visually. That said, Demon's Souls delivers the same sensation - albeit in a rawer way - and will ultimately satisfy newcomers and veterans alike. Though surpassed by its successor, it's still one of the best games of this console generation.
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Without going into too much detail, Demon's Souls is by far one of the greatest games I have come across. Many months ago, I was a bit reluctant to buy it after having purchased many games in a short time span, but I was very glad when I finally purchased it.

The game is challenging, but not too challenging. Learning the ways of the enemy is key in helping you progress. Leveling up using souls you have collected can make you withstand more hits, carry more items, have increased stamina or cast more spells, but picking a base class at the start of the game doesn't limit you to what you can do.

Dying, will no doubt happen very often, but that isn't the end of the game. It actually helps you because it allows you to learn from your mistakes. If you die, you lose your souls, your means of leveling, your currency for trade, etc, but if you can manage to make it back to your blood stain, then you can reclaim the souls you lost. If you die on the journey to your blood stain though, you lose the last lot of souls you were trying to reclaim and drop any you had picked up on the way. You can however, travel to that last place to pick those up, collecting more souls along the way, but if you die, the cycle continues.

There are 5 worlds, but multiple levels within each and though I haven't had the game long, it is not linear, in the sense that you have to complete each world, from 1-5. You will need to play through World 1 - Level 1 and defeat the first boss, after which you are free to roam all of the other worlds in any order you please.
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