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New Demon's Souls Review Gains Attention Of RPG Fans

As everyone already knows, the upcoming list of PlayStation 3 exclusives is most impressive. But it appears we need to add one more name to the assembly of promising PS3-only titles, and believe it or not, it's an RPG that isn't called White Knight Chronicles.

No, it's Demon's Souls, an action/RPG that first intrigued us late last year when early details began to surface. Now, the first review - from Famitsu - handed out a set of mixed scores: 9, 7, 7, and 6. This didn't help to bring the game into the limelight, but today, another Japanese review is flying across the Internet and role-playing fans are taking notice. Dengeki's analysis is far more positive, as Sony's exclusive title landed a 95 and three 85s. To us, this means two things: 1. it ought to be a huge seller in Japan, as White Knight Chronicles has done exceedingly well with similar Famitsu scores and lesser Dengeki scores, and 2. we may really have the spiritual successor to the likes of Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath. We've been waiting on a quality hack 'n slash D&D-type RPG since the mediocre Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom launched with the PS3 back in late 2006. And remember, the game in question should be far more engrossing and dynamic; it could be absolutely epic in terms of scale and immersion.

Demon's Souls launches next week in Japan, and after this latest analysis, we're going to keep a careful eye on this one. We still want WKC, of course, but Demon's Souls is a very different animal, and it would be a much appreciated addition to the PS3's library.

1/28/2009 Ben Dutka

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GoldenShadow
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 12:54:21 PM
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Thanks for the info, I will do some research on the game. Any good RPG that comes to the PS3 is worth looking at.

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whooka
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:10:59 PM
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This is good news indeed. Love them hack n' slash/action rpg's, esp isometric view jokers like baldur's gate, etc. so hoping any that come out for PS3 in the future aren't FPS style(i.e. Elder Scrolls Oblivion...yeccch!)I'm seriously considering investing in a new laptop just to play the new Diablo game when it arrives for PC since there's really nothing like that for PS3.

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Robochic
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:16:47 PM
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Sounds good to me especially if its anything like Baldurs gate loved those games. thanks for the update Ben, we need good info on RPG's lately, Squares not giving it to us LOL.

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LCF
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 3:47:42 AM

It's because S-E been doing the nasty with microsoft.

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Shatterday
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:22:30 PM
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Well gosh... not only am I stoked on WKC, but now this as well!

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Naga
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:24:12 PM
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Release in Europe please we beg of you .. please before June before we fall into the darkness of Akron

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Jordahn
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:36:18 PM
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I'm looking forward to this. I hope all JRPG's and WRPG's get great sales for the sake of the RPG genre.

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crapreviews
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:39:05 PM
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I was wondering what happen to this game. You heard nothing about it for so long. Thought maybe they gave up on it. Good to see it's being released. Now the real question is, is it coming to NA?

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LCF
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 2:02:59 PM
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This and WarDevil had a very low profile over the years.However both these games along with Darksiders (also with low profile) are on my hit list to have. 2009 is looking to be a great year for console gamers.

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coverton341
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 2:06:02 PM
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I have had an eye out for this one since I heard about it and now I can't wait I loves me some dungeon crawlers and if it is anything like CoN count me in

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 3:05:44 PM
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Been following this game for a while

It looks good! It reminds me of FFXII(instant love for me).

So yeah can't wait!

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Orvisman
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 3:21:06 PM
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This is From Software's spiritual successor to its King's Field on the PS2.

It is an action role-playing game that seems to be somewhere between Devil May Cry and Diablo.

I'm definitely importing this!

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Ed_Wayne
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 3:27:20 PM
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Awesome. Can't wait. I love games like this.

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SmileyGrenades
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:00:14 PM
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I bought that piece of crap called Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom for like 69.99.... worst full-price purchase EVER, next to Armored Core 4.

On a happier not, I'm really looking forward to these new rpg's. I'm sure everyone else (most) here have been hanging on tight through the recent JRPG drought, and hopefully this delivers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:36:20 PM

***Looks at poster with kitty that says "Hang in there baby"***

Yeah, been hangin on a long time just white-knuckling it over here.

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rell
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:26:56 PM
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Finally theres more light shining over the ps3.

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Kevadu
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:29:30 PM
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There's already a "spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate" on the horizon. It's called Dragon Age: Origins, and while it's no exclusive it will be coming to the PS3. That's a game worth being excited about.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:37:47 PM
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Blast my infernal brain for being unable to grasp Japanese. WKC will tide me over though, I've been watching this title with glazed eyes and mixed reviews don't scare me.

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isaya85
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 6:24:54 PM
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Is there anymore trailers of this game I only saw one


PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

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opsdaddy
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 8:05:26 PM
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Wow, if those screenshots are any indicator, I think this might be a winner, indeed. Thanks for the update, Ben, I will be tracking this one...

@WorldEndsWithMe: I'm with you. I've never been driven away by mixed/mediocre RPG reviews, because frankly, most reviewers (present company excluded) don't understand or appreciate them or the people who play them. For those of us who do, PLEASE, PLEASE vote with your wallets/pocketbooks so other great titles don't go the way of Valkyria Chronicles. If we do not buy RPGs, they will not develop RPGs--it's THAT simple.

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shindelion
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 8:27:33 PM
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This is indeed good news Ben. I thought Sony would leave out the rpg guys like ourselves and do more shooters. I'm still playing my old rpgs now with Star Ocean 2 for PSP. I'll be looking forward to new PS3 rpgs. Still hope Star Ocean 4 will come to PS3 ( a bit off topic, but what do you guys think? will Sqaure give it to us?) still looking forward for this one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:44:27 PM

For SO4 I think they will stick to the "no plans for PS3" as per their contract with M$ for timed exclusivity. But when it runs out they will announce it for us. It's a dog eat dog world and money gets priority over fans.

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Qubex
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 8:34:21 PM
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Just realised something; this proves to me Joshua is here to cause trouble and antagonise us Ps3 owners... whenever there is news about exclusives or the like (in most cases anyway), he seems to not post comments or battle it out in hostile airspace... proves (to me anyway), he doesn't care too much about the Ps3 and where it is heading, nor have a real interest in purchasing one... I brought this up because a person who would be really interested in furthering his/her knowledge on the platform, or to be constructively critical... would still take the time to discuss points or show knowledge with regards to these types of exclusives... unless he cares less for RPG's etc... but I see the trend anyways! Does anyone else!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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NightHawk17
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:56:12 PM

you make a good point

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:46:04 PM

Yes, he only posts in battlefront discussions.

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Orvisman
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 9:06:18 AM

I've been writing about this for weeks now. Challenging Joshua at every chance I get. He rarely ever responds to me.

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Bill_Clinton_
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 8:40:44 PM
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they been putting out bits and pieces about this game for the last year or so... an the last trailer they release look pretty good but i plan on picking up both demon souls and wkc..

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godsman
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:42:42 PM
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Been watching out for Demon Soul but havent heard anything about it for a while, thought it would release next year. that was a surprise.

While we are still the RPG topic. Anyone know if Tales of Vesperia is coming to the PS3? What about The Last Remnant?

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NightHawk17
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:55:49 PM

They're coming, we just gotta wait

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