By: goukijones Oct 19, 2010 | 7 Comments
via @reipuerto originally posted on ... surprise Kotaku nubfarm. Demon's Souls, one of the hardest games ever made. BEATEN in under an hour. Are these videos tool assisted?
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You will get beat. A lot. And then some. Until you learned your lesson. And still come back for more.
Demon’s Souls is one of the MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED game of last year. Once this game was praised for unorthodox reasons, it kicked off and reminded us, the gamers, that games aren’t only meant to be enjoyed, but to be challenged in them too. Making the experience worth the purchase. The makes of Demon’s Souls, From Software, know how to make a game. They also published the Tenchu and Armored Core series too. And Atlus made a great investment of taking the publishing rights and releasing it here in North America. So let’s get started shall we?
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Story- You are in a corrupted Kingdom called Boletaria and the King is a selfish bastard and uses dark ritual to gain power. So heroes try to service the people but get destroyed in the process. There is a fantastic story behind this but the game’s narrative is lost. A shame because some the character you meet SEEM to have a bigger story than the main character! Seriously! It makes you think that you are really there to help them and finish their. But you also get your own place in the world. There is a character that helps you instead of killing you. Referred to as the Maiden in Black, and your source of leveling up, she helps you with your quest. And there are even some secrets of the story, you’ll wondering for a WHILE.
Gameplay- This game is at your control. Like InFamous, the controls are spot on. The only mistake is the player. You can block, roll, back step, put up your shield, swing weapon, swing weapon with two hands, light and heavy strikes with single and cast magic/miracles. You also have to watch your stamina bar. To “level up”, you use the game’s currency, demon’s souls, to increase your personal style of preference. On the out skirts of the game, you get to pick you class, not race, and ride with it. But after that, you can make a magicians with strong attack, and soldiers with strong magic. Weigh and inertia of your equipment do matter. Carry all that junk and you’re as slow as a cow. Pack light and you can use less stamina and maneuver much faster. The game is yours. The control is yours. It’s like more Zelda sword play. And you’ll die. More times than you can count too. Why? Because you’re reckless and you play too much Halo and Call of Duty. Those game hold your hand. Demon’s Souls will look at you fail and kick you while you are down too. Because not only dying means to reset the level from the beginning with EVERY enemy you killed, RESPAWN, but you lose your all-in-one currency too. Demon’s Souls takes you back to the old days. No training wheels here folks. You die because you are rash. You die because you got cocky. You die because you are careless. Slow and a steady wins the race here. There is a REAL tension here.
The gameplay also has “online” play offline play. What that means Jimmy is, you are always connected to PSN. And you will see ghost or Souls wondering around doing something in your world. Those are real players living in your game, doing something in that area. If you see blood stains on the floor, get ready for a blast. You get to view the last few seconds of that poor bastard that made the wrong move. They are your help. And you can leave writing on the wall and people will read it. If they “like” it, your health gets replenish because of your helpful deed. Else, nothing. You can even trick people into their own death…
Souls can also INVADE your game and try to kill you, if you‘re in human form. They are known as Black Phantom, and they crash your adventure and try to take your life so they can be revived in their world. But as human, you can summon White Phantom to help you fight back. As human form, you have full health, you can summon others but your footsteps are loud, yes, that matter! In Soul form, you health is reduced to half, you can invade/assist others games, and are quite!
If you progress the game while doing good deeds, in a sense of banishing the demons and not dying, the World’s Tendency will get brighter, making the game SLIGHTY easy. But if you die and invade others, the World gets darker and game get harder.
Sound- The game has an amazing orcastrated sound. The sounds of real drums and instruments make it better. The clash of swords and bow guns launching, arrows bouncing of your shield, fire, beast, and blood spatter, all sound superb!
Graphics- The game has a beautiful scenery. It will capture your attention, when you’re not looking at the game over screen time and time again. It is unfortunate that the came comes off as generic. The detail in deforming your ugly human is humorous. But hey, that’s what armor is for.
Over all- Buy it! It is an adventure WORTH taking. Not many games can deliver this kind of intensity and the sense of defeating a foe, is on par with beating a game. The DEEP mechanics are insane! Just to beat Demon’s Souls will require a talent that we as gamers lost, patience and perseverance! BUY IT twice because it’s a rare jewel.
Just listen to the beauty...
You mean to tell me this game is not back and forth, back and forth, trial and error? You’re on drugs.
I’ve read everything online about this game and how you are going to be either one way or the other about this game. You’re either gonna love it or hate it. I jumped in with an open mind and wanted to play this game. I did the character creation screen and with a hundred different faces to choose from and edit them all the way down the width of the chin is serious. I should have realized then this game is serious. The random face generator is pretty funny actually, especially if you just click the as a woman. I’ve never seen such ugly ass women in my life. Feminists have to be losing their minds over this. Then there’s a bar where you can change the face to manlier or more womanly … scary!
After I selected my class, Wanderer which is one of ten to choose from. I began the tutorial. All the fighting buttons are the triggers and easy to get used to. I kept getting the main action button confused with the heal button and the game would let me heal myself when I already have full health and waste a heal. This becomes a nightmare later on. (SPOILER) I died during the tutorial, oh wait I was supposed to.
I checked out the Nexus, which is the hub for weapons and storage and stuff, basically your home base. Once I figured out how to get out of there and fight the heat was on Jimmy! I get to the first world and I start climbing the steps and fighting demons. I died a few times and started to run low on heals. Then I realized it, I was dying, being sent back the ABSOLUTE beginning of the level all my heals were gone and all the souls I’ve collected. Frustration ensues. I got absolutely nowhere the first day.
So I started over so I could focus on saving all my heals and try to take my time with the game.
Rei Puerto says “You have to take your time, slow and steady wins the race.”
Yes, yes slow and steady ok. So I begin to take my time and kill enemies slowly and try to get through the game. I pick up a new sword, is it good, is it better than the one I have. I DON’T KNOW, the symbols for what the weapons and armor do are some encrypted hieroglyphic bullshit! I text Rei again and tell him I don’t know what the fuck is going on in this game.
He replies “I’m going to send you a voice message so you can hear the passion in my voice.” A few seconds later I get a monotone voice mail. “Ok so the trick with Demon’s Souls is you have understand the mechanics.”
Yes, yes! What the fuck are the mechanics?
I played a little bit more after that, figured out how to repair my weapons and armor, since I was taking such a beating. I don’t think day 3 will happen anytime soon, because Dragon Age: Origins is released today.
For some reason I couldn’t find this game at my local Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, and nobody has this game. Maybe because somebody else knows people would be returning this shit on the regular. Now … If you are hardcore JRPG Jimmy you need to check this out. I know people are enjoying this game. I just don’t think this a game for me.
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