Dark Souls Thumbs Its Shadowy Nose At Casual Gaming
If there's one sore spot common to so many veteran gamers, it's that "mass appeal" video games have surged.
Many such titles are akin to the "summer blockbuster" movie (i.e., all flash, all stupidity, and no substance), and as a tangent to the argument, the long-time gamers toss in the fact that interactive experiences just keep getting easier.
I don't necessarily agree with the latter, but if there's one product that proves hardcore gaming remains popular amongst the core crowd, it's Dark Souls. Although we weren't quite as enamored with the game as other critics (due to some seemingly obvious mechanical issues), one thing is glaringly clear: only the hardcore will play and enjoy it; only the patient, the tactful, the dedicated; i.e., those who take their hobby relatively seriously. That's why the rewards are big and the satisfaction level is so high.
So Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and all the other shooters can own the top spots on the sales charts. That's fine. Still, top-quality productions tend to succeed in this industry and perhaps even more importantly, there are a few games left designed specifically for the hardcore gamer. Furthermore, those development teams that pay homage to the true-blue fan put a ton of effort into their work; they're gamers themselves, and they know exactly what the fans desire. So if there's any bitterness about how casual gaming has risen to dominance and the less-than-passionate gamers feel shortchanged, look at Dark Souls.
The accessibility is low. You'll take a lot of punishment. But you'll take some pride in knowing that you come from a generation when all video games had a "low accessibility," in that if you didn't sit there and practice for a while, you probably wouldn't get anywhere. It wasn't always fun and controllers suffered several beatings, but only a handful of people accomplished what you accomplished. Your sister who had barely played Pac-Man couldn't come in and play. She'd be hopelessly outmatched. You were one of the elite...and you can be again with Dark Souls.
Related Game(s): Dark Souls
10/6/2011 12:13:03 PM Ben Dutka