What you put in is what you get out,
This review is from: Dark Souls - Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Dark Souls is an action-RPG like not other, I would like to make it known before diving into the review that this is a very difficult game, possibly the hardest on the Xbox 360. You start your adventure in an asylum, here, yoou're given a very brief tutorial before kicked into the intimidating world, here, you're left to you're own devices. From Software have made a game where there is no hand-holding, you have to find your own way around the world and teach yourself to play it through experience (experiences that usually involve your character being killed). Thankfully, the game has a hardcore and dedicated community, player can leave messages in-game to assist one another, directing them to a good treasure chest that would have otherwise been missed, or warning them of an imminent boss battle with a giant and hideous creature.
You can also summon other players to help you in your quest to er... well, the plot is largely built around speculation, you get a few key facts about what's going on in the kingdom of Lordran (where the game is set), but that's it, this means that gamers who enjoy games for having a good plot may be disappointed, unless they're willing to read around the subject. The game's combat system is immensely deep, with hundred of combinations of almost every medieval weapon and shield you can think of, alongside magical abilities, you'll quickly learn how certain enemies behave, and you won't make it to the next bonfire (the game's take on checkpoints) until those attack patterns and styles are burned into your memory.
The final fifth star in the "fun" rating was omitted because at times, the game will not be fun, but From Software don't want it to be fun, they want to challenge you and at times, you'll find yourself "level grinding" to beat the next area, which does detract slightly from the pace and overall entertainment value of the game, but not by a particularly significant amount.
To conclude, Dark Souls is a brutally difficult and unforgiving game that forces you to learn, it's this fact that will probably determine whether this game is for you. The brave few that do learn the ropes and get a grasp of thing however, are sure to be treated to one of the most engrossing and compelling games of this generation. As the game's tagline states: "Prepare to die", lots and lots of times.