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    Demon's Souls Review

    Demon’s Souls
    by Nagflar


    Basic Information:
    Developer: From Software
    Publisher: Atlus
    North American Release Date: 10/6/2009
    European Release Date: 6/25/2010
    Trophies: 1 5 5 27


    Overview

    Demon’s Souls is an action-RPG by developer From Software that is also the spiritual successor to King’s Field. It lets one take control of a very customizable character so (s)he can slay demons and save the land or become all-powerful.

    Gameplay

    Demon’s Souls starts with the player customizing his character. You may choose a gender, its appearance, class and name, the most important of those being the class. There are 10 classes available, each one differing in stats and combat styles. The classes are Soldier, Knight, Hunter, Priest, Magician, Wanderer, Barbarian, Thief, Temple Knight and Royalty. As previously mentioned, each one has different styles of play, so you may choose the one that suits you the most.

    The game’s perspective is in third-person view, which allows one to examine the area and come to appreciate the beautiful (and horrible) landscapes, and even to prepare before attacking an enemy or group of enemies. The controls are easy to learn and, to a degree, easy to master (meaning it kind of has an easy learning curve). When in battle, your character might sometimes look slow and clumsy or very fast and agile, but it all depends on the armor and equipment you choose to use.


    Customization allows you to look as cool as you want with your armor. Although not as cool as this boss, you can still look damn awesome.

    Battles are entertaining and fluid and you find yourself thinking before charging in, for the game rarely forgives recklessness and is known for having a kind of high difficulty level. They also become much more complex when fighting bosses or tougher enemies and having more than one way of fighting them (like bows, swords, spells), which makes the gameplay much more dynamic and makes one want to play through it again to try a different style and class.

    The game features Demon Souls (or simply souls) as a currency/leveling item, which you get by defeating foes. With it, you can upgrade, buy and repair items, and also level up your character’s statistics, which in turn, increases your character’s Soul Level. Whenever you die, there’ll be a bloodstain left that will contain all your souls and you may then touch to get them back. When you start the game, you are in what’s known as Body Form, which you’ll keep until you die. When that happens, you are transformed into Soul Form and your health is halved, but it increases your strength (albeit not so much). In order to get your Body Form back, you’ll then need to either use a special item, or kill one of the bosses (a Demon more powerful than the rest, if it isn’t obvious already).

    Singleplayer

    The story focuses on a kingdom named Boletaria and how its king, King Allant XII suddenly decided he wanted more power (as usual), so he started harnessing the power of souls. All this obviously led to an “ancient being of evil” to awaken and take over, cursing the land with a deep, colorless fog, from which demons start to pop out and begin to slaughter everyone just to take their souls. As the colorless fog keeps spreading, neighboring kingdoms begin to fear they are next, so warriors across the land begin to go to Boletaria, to either become heroes or to harness the power of the souls and become more powerful.

    This is where you come in: You are one of the many that went to Boletaria and wishes to either become a hero or to become all-powerful. As you enter Boletaria through the deep, colorless fog, you find yourself getting horribly murdered 5-10 minutes later by a fat and gigantic demon. After that, you are transported to the Nexus, where you find the Maiden in Black, who tells you what to do in order to become either a hero or an all-powerful being.


    This is your character getting killed at the beginning.

    Overall, the story isn’t anything very special and there’s very little character development due to all the customization it gives the player, but it serves its purpose of giving your character a meaning and a goal.

    Multiplayer

    Demon’s Souls multiplayer is a very interesting one, and this is why.

    As you walk throughout Boletaria, you might see some wandering souls, which happen to be other players in their own world. By this, you may see them take different paths or find secret pathways, among other things. You will also find bloodstains scattered all over the place, and when you interact with them, they’ll display the way another player died, which helps you sometimes (for you know what to expect and what not to do). You can also leave hints/tips/warnings so other players don’t have to suffer what you did.

    Now, that is just one aspect of the multiplayer, which consists of no interaction between the players, but here is the other one.

    By using different colored stones, you may offer your help while in Soul Form to another player who is in your same level range and get summoned by him to his world as a Blue Phantom. A Blue Phantom looks just the same but is covered in a deep blue aura (hence the name). When the Blue Phantom and the other player kill a boss, the Blue Phantom will then get back to his Body Form and then he and the other player will rate each other depending on how well they played (or how much they like each other). Blue Phantoms are a good way of beating a level whenever you find it too hard to beat (which will happen a lot to some people). It also helps that you can summon two Blue Phantoms.


    As you can see, Blue Phantoms can aid you when taking down big enemies.

    If you are someone who doesn’t like to help others but to fuck them over, you may then use another type of stone and invade them, which will get you summoned to a random guy’s world as a Black Phantom (that is actually covered in a red aura). If the Black Phantom kills the player, he will then take his body form and return to his world. If the player kills the Black Phantom, he’ll get a nice amount of souls depending on the Phantom’s Soul level.

    Technical

    Demon’s Souls is a beautiful game. Not only it looks great (especially in HD), but it also sounds and feels amazing. When you first enter Boletaria, you’ll find yourself amazed by how well it looks and how feels. The developers really hit a home run with this one, for everything feels alive and shows how a dark fantasy world in an RPG should look: eery, creepy, terrifying, and exhilarating.

    Trophies


    The game features some easy trophies for killing every boss, and it also features some annoying trophies like upgrading to the max with a certain item, obtaining every unique weapon, every ring and learning every spell/miracle. While it seems kind of tough and will take you a few playthroughs, its difficulty is really overrated considering how you could summon Blue Phantoms to fight the enemies for you and to drop you their items.

    While this is a great platinum to have, it’s awesomeness has been lowered a lot as time goes by.

    Closing Thoughts

    The game is one of the best RPGs to grace the PS3 in the last years. It is not only addicting and challenging, but it plays and feels great. It is a game every PS3 owner should play at least once.

    Gameplay: 9/10
    Easy to understand and to a degree, master. It can be very complex and hard at times, though.

    Singleplayer: 8/10
    Nothing special, but it serves its purpose.

    Multiplayer: 10/10
    One of the most interesting and fun multiplayer modes out there.

    Technical: 9/10
    From did a great job and polished this as much as they could, making it a near-perfect experience performance-wise.

    Overall: 9/10
    Last edited by Nagflar; 12-19-2013 at 12:37 AM.

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    Nice review, . Really sums up the game. Just know I originially posted on it, and then site melt. Happy to see them mostly all restored. Fixing some of my old reviews now myself. .

    Great work dude!!! Though everything should be 10/10 . Just a biased Nero Opinion.

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    Agree with Nero. But awesome review other wise. Demons Souls FTW!!!

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    So pumped to start this game!! Heard so many good things about it and all the things i read on here make me even more pumped to play it!

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    love this game, so good

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    Great review, but 9/10 gets you invaded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Helyx View Post
    Great review, but 9/10 gets you invaded.
    Well, too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagflar View Post
    Well, too bad.
    Yes, it will be bad...see ya in the Shrine of Storms.


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