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Demon's Souls On Halloween: "The Old One's Power Grows"

...as if this game isn't hard enough.

Say you're too old for trick-or-treating and you're not really into the whole costume party scene. So for you, this weekend is just another weekend, and you might want to dive back into your favorite RPG, known as the fantastic Demon's Souls. Yeah, well, watch your damn back. Atlus has sent out a disturbing announcement to all you Boletarian warriors; it issues a warning to everyone who wishes to jump online. Please pay attention to Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales for Atlus:

"Early reports from the Kingdom of Boletaria indicate that the Old One's power grows. We've discovered that the nefarious Demon will seek to descend the land in pure blackness on All Hallow's Eve. His minions will be more powerful, but the rewards for those who seek to challenge them will be greater as well. We don't know how long this dark tendency will last, but we do advise those prone to controller-into-LCD syndrome to proceed carefully."

Atlus...From Software...you guys are a bunch of psychos. This game has already been the direct cause of painful controller death for thousands (I'm willing to bet), and you're gonna make it tougher on Halloween?! Well, maybe it's the start of a new trend; maybe more games will suddenly become crazy hard on October 31 every year. Now that we think about it, that could be pretty damn cool... But still. Just...woah.

10/29/2009 9:38:54 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (45 posts)

shaydey77
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:07:48 PM
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Sounds awesome. I really want to get this game but cant afford it right now...saving for COD instead.
Definitely will pick this up at some stage though!!

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King James
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:39:16 AM

Use Best Buy's deal. You missing out, bro.

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shaydey77
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 8:18:25 AM

I would most definitely dude but theres no best buys in Ireland.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:20:58 PM
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Great idea, and I'm getting the game, but not before Halloween. Hell even if I did I don't want to BEGIN at that difficulty!

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Victor321
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:25:51 PM

Amen, Man, Amen!

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fatelementality
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:31:36 PM
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*Slams money on the counter* "I'm out of the contest!"

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bearbobby
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 3:20:27 PM

So, you're no longer "Lord of the Manor" or "Master of your Domain?"

lol

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Alienange
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 6:14:59 PM

Thank you for that memory.

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:41:10 PM
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This was a very clever idea. I wonder if other games will start making special changes just for holidays or special occasions.

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fatelementality
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:27:58 PM

Ready 2 Rumble Boxing actually did that sort of thing. The characters and rings were decorated for Christmas, Halloween and a few more holidays. Something like that.

Last edited by fatelementality on 10/29/2009 11:28:11 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:28:12 AM

I liked the free Xmas costumes for Folklore.

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fatelementality
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 5:48:10 PM

You can't thumbs down a fact DICKHEADS!!!

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Scarecrow
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:45:40 PM
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Holy ****! :O

This game is such a gem!
I hope they update the game like this in the future too!

fun fun fun!

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Naztycuts
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:50:30 PM
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that is the most awesome/relevant thing i've ever heard of a dev doing. too bad i cut an artery, nerve, and tendon in my right wrist last friday during an accident at work. thus the poor capitalisation efforts, not to mention im posting from my dualshock3 controller. poor me im going to miss out on so much in the next 3-5 weeks! : (

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:29:10 AM

hence the name naztycuts?

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King James
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:37:53 AM

Worker's Comp, FTW!!

Last edited by King James on 10/30/2009 2:38:10 AM

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Alienange
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 6:16:35 PM

Man, making doughnuts is dangerous!

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Club80
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:53:20 PM
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I am loving this game more each day! I luv that they are doing this. It shows appreciation to us fans,and shows that not all publishers are pricks.

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ExhumeART
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:22:04 AM

You get an automatic thumbs up for your profile picture.

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Guest
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 9:35:15 AM

Someone gives a "thumbs-down" for a compliment about an AVATAR?

WTF?!

Nothing about it is offensive, stop the hate...

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sunspider13
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:59:39 PM
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"...we do advise those prone to controller-into-LCD syndrome to proceed carefully."
Wow, I've got to get this game soon.

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Jackyl
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:14:48 AM
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Excellent, I hope to have my copy delivered by tomorrow, which I picked up with Uncharted 2 and R&C ACIT, courtesy of BestBuy's buy one get one free deal.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:35:15 AM

Buy one get one free, huh? LOL

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King James
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:36:41 AM

I got my 3 games tuesday. But I'm thinking about exchanging Borderlands for something else, since I haven't opened it yet.

Decisions, Decisions.

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txgamer
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:22:26 AM
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I'm looking forward to this.I'm currently playing Demon's Souls. Thanks for the info. Good luck to all the other Demon's Souls player out there.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:40:07 AM
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Son of a...I can't even beat the False King on a non-Halloween day!

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JPBooch
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:41:21 AM

One of the hardest boss battles in the game. My knuckles were white beating him the first time. Once you get his timing down, he's manageable.....not by much.

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coverton341
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:58:11 AM

There is an extremely easy and cheap way to beat him if you just can't manage it any other way.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:18:14 PM

I won't give up being legitimate! I really really really want North Regalia. I will bring more souls!!!

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Banky A
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 1:42:14 AM
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lol sweet.

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King James
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:34:44 AM
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YESSSS. This is great news. I love this game. I just survived the Flamelurker (quick bastard) and I need to get strong for my 1st Archdemon fight. Maybe this Halloween difficultly will help me get more Souls to upgrade my player.

Demon's Souls is such a great game. We need more games like this. Games that r 4 gamers, ONLY.

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coverton341
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:57:27 AM

best place in the game to harvest souls is 4-2 right after the archstone. that's all I'm saying

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NiteKrawler
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:20:21 PM

Ironically, archdemons are the only enemies in the game that you can defeat with skill alone. They're more puzzles than anything. And yes, Flamelurker is an asshole.

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johnld
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 3:15:42 AM
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i like how game developers are now able to add things to games without downloading a patch...well a few devs i guess. I just downloaded and watched a behind the scenes video of uncharted 2 and naughty dog. they said they can change/add features, like weapon damage, game modes, and other stuff without the need to download a patch.

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coverton341
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:55:54 AM

Yeah as long as you are online then the need of a patch can be circumvented by having the programing done on the fly, just look at the store updates. You don't have to download a store patch because the information is running on Sony servers. Devs could all do this if they knew how/wanted to implement the ability.

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Kempy21
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 5:25:30 AM
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Is this for both versions or just North America?

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Jut420
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 7:32:59 AM
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That is one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Why has no one done this before? Talk about finding a way to get people to play. I can't wait to see how much they increase the difficulty I'll probably be playing all day. I haven't finished or even played the game because I stopped playing after Uncharted came out and the only other game I've been playing are Mag beta and Socom (I don't think I'll ever be able to stop playing Socom, it just never gets old, even after all these years)

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 8:21:52 AM
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more proof DS is one of the most innovative games this gen.

Game of the year.

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I_defenestrate
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:10:56 AM
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Oh. Darn. I'll be out of town and not able to play Demon's Souls on Halloween. Shucks. It's hard enough for me on NG+ anyway..I don't need to punish myself, thanks. Though I would like to see it. Damnit.

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coverton341
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:53:14 AM
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I am actually quite upset now that I am going to be in the Bay Area for the holiday. I am on NG+2 or 3 now and I just seem to be tanking through most of the game now and the upped difficulty sounds awesome.

Okay maybe I am not upset by missing this but it would have been neat to see just how much of a pain in the rear the higher difficulty is, and how much better the drops are. Always have next year I suppose.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 2:22:24 PM
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Poor people who get the game from someone for Halloween.

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Alienange
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 6:24:18 PM
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This is brilliant. Makes me want to buy this game.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:30:33 PM
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i just love this game, my whole leisure time has been with it since its release :O will see how dark the world tendency will turn into.

awesome post and awesome game!

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aaronisbla
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 12:04:52 AM
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sweet, this makes leveling up even more rewarding, since better drops happen in pure black along with more souls

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Jackyl
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 11:30:48 PM
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Not a good stay to start up with this game. I don't have anything to base it off of but the first level drops don't seem that great, however I couldn't seem to progress that far starting off as the Wanderer.

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