Demon's Souls User Review
The game in question is of course Demon Souls. Now you may be asking why someone may want to do a user review on a game thats nearly a year old. Well that would be a fair question and because I live in the UK the answer is simple. Its only just arrived on these shores.
So with that in mind if your reading this you maybe asking "why do i want to read another review". That too is a simple enough question to answer, the game is simply brilliant and more gamers out there need to know from a gamers perspective just how brilliant this game really is.
So whats Demon souls all about?, well the premise for the story is actually pretty simple and more importantly accessible. The Northern Land of Boletaria has been swept over with a mysterious fog and all communication and life has ceased coming in or out of the area. Many hero's have traveled to unravel the mystery but no have returned. So with this in mind you yourself decide to go and find out what the mystery is all about.
I'll stop there with setting the scene because it's something that no matter how much you describe the start of the game the terror when you first get there is something that really has to be experienced. Which kind of sums demon souls up quite nicely. Its an interesting experience that requires some thinking, risk reward and some down right balls if your going to get the best of it.
Many reviews have mention the difficulty which may or may not turn people off the game and thats a shame really because the game really isnt as difficult as you might think. Its more brutal than difficult. It challenges you to think, to be aware of your surroundings to solve puzzle elements that are not slap bang in your face.
Sure you will die alot, you may even kick the chair but the reward and satisfaction of figuring something after you have died a 100+ times is what really makes this game enjoyable.
I do urge people though if your trying this game out for the first time be patient with it. The patience will reward you in the long term with a very tight control scheme and combat mechanic. The story will slowly draw you in and make you want to discover the mysterys ahead. The items and weapons systems will reward you with awesome weapons should you want to grind areas for the materials and in some cases will actually sucker you into being a sadomasichist as it forces you to play through the game multiple times while slowly amping the difficulty.
And thats where the Demon Souls package really excels itself. The game has replayability in abundance. For example on your first play through you may find a simple approach to say, dealing with a boss. However on your NG+ even with your exsisting equiment etc the boss becomes somewhat hard. So the approach you took the first time was simple but now you have to rethink that approach as the Boss will now cease to be a push over.
So hopefully the above has given you insight into the story arc and the gameplay mechanic which is something that FROM SOFTWARE have really nailed with this title but there are other important factors when deciding wether or not to purchase this game.
Graphic's wise this game is not exactly competing with GOW3 or Uncharted 2 for that matter but to be honest,it's not trying to. The layouts ands areas you travel around are varied have a certain gothic charm to them with out trying to dazzle you. There are some nice set pieces involving dragons with only the occasional framerate slow down. But its not enough to deter you from the "holy S*** thats huge, lets kill it" feeling.
It is also worth mentioning the online component which is actually one of the this reasons i've had a keen interest in game since it's debut last year in japan. First of all theres co-op for up to four people who you can summon into your game wether it be random strangers or friends who are close by to your summoning message. There is however no voice chat but its all the better for not including it as it means instead of trash talking peoples mums and tea bagging each other it means you are forced to concentrate on the job in hand and work together as a team.
There is also a competetive element to the online multiplayer to. If you need a certain item, material etc but theres no available in your world. Storm into someone elses game kill them and take it.aying
Playing multilayer on Demons souls is really a truly unique experience and there are many other features i could go on about all day like the messaging system etc but its just one of those things you have to take the plunge and try.
So hopefully i've wet your appetites and given you some idea of Demon Soul unique experience and for me that the point i'm trying to make. When you think of role playing game you get immersed in the story regardless of the combat, graphics etc but very few RPG's can claim to be an all round entertaining fun package that does every element to a high standard.
So step forward Demon Souls, by far the best RPG game this generation. Good graphics (check),great game play(check), re-playability (check), uniqueness (check), fun online functions and multi-player (check).
So if your still reading this far, why haven't you gone and bought this game yet it's by far one of the best RPG's this gen and certainly up there with the top exclusives such as GOW3 and Uncharted 2.
If you happen to get the black phantom edition, it is worth mentioning that it comes with a soundtrack CD, art book, strategy guide for no extra cost.
So if my first ever review has not sold you on it, check out the package next time you walk into a game shop as you may find the reward of buying the game will be well worth risking the money on buying it.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.