Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play this year. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?
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Release Date: 23 Aug, 2012

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Microsoft Xbox Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.

Buy Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition


About This Game

New Content for PC
Dark Souls™: Prepare to Die™ Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran. Sent back to the past, player will discover the story when Knight Artorias still lives.
  • New Bosses – Including Black Dragon, Sanctuary Guardian, Artorias of the Abyss.
  • PVP Arena & Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for players to play 1vs1, 2vs2 and 4 player battle royal.
  • New Areas – Including Oolacile Township, Oolacile Sanctuary, Royal Wood, Battle of Stoicism which is the training ground for online PVP battles.
  • New Enemies – Including Wooden scarecrows, Chained Prisoner, Stone Knight.
  • New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough, Elizabeth (keeper of the sanctuary).
  • New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs

The Story

Dark Souls is the new action role-playing game from the developers who brought you Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware. Dark Souls will have many familiar features: A dark fantasy universe, tense dungeon crawling, fearsome enemy encounters and unique online interactions. Dark Souls is a spiritual successor to Demon’s, not a sequel. Prepare for a new, despair-inducing world, with a vast, fully-explorable horizon and vertically-oriented landforms. Prepare for a new, mysterious story, centered around the the world of Lodran, but most of all, prepare to die. You will face countless murderous traps, countless darkly grotesque mobs and several gargantuan, supremely powerful demons and dragons bosses. You must learn from death to persist through this unforgiving world. And you aren’t alone. Dark Souls allows the spirits of other players to show up in your world, so you can learn from their deaths and they can learn from yours. You can also summon players into your world to co-op adventure, or invade other's worlds to PVP battle. New to Dark Souls are Bonfires, which serve as check points as you fight your way through this epic adventure. While rested at Bonfires, your health and magic replenish but at a cost, all mobs respawn. Beware: There is no place in Dark Souls that is truly safe. With days of game play and an even more punishing difficulty level, Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play this year. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?

Key Features:

  • Extremely Deep, Dark & Difficult – Unforgiving in its punishment, yet rewarding for the determined – learn to strategize freely and conquer seemingly impossible challenges.
  • Fully Seamless World – Explore a completely integrated world of dark fantasy where dungeons and areas are seamlessly intertwined, with great height.
  • Mastery Earns Progression – Contains 60 hours of gameplay, with nearly 100 uniquely despair-inducing monsters & an incredibly nuanced RPG systems including: weaponry, armor, miracles, faith, and more. Player success depends on their eventual mastery of how and when to use the magic spells, choice of armor, the number of weapons, the types of weapons, and the moves attached to the weapons.
  • Network Play – Players may cross paths with one another, invading each other for PVP battles, or to play co-op and take on giant boss encounters as a team.
  • Flexible Character Development & Role Play – As the player progresses, they must carefully choose which of their character’s abilities to enhance as this will determine their progression style.
  • Community – See other real players and empathize with their journey, learn from seeing how others died, find and leave messages for your fellow players; helping them or leading them into death.
  • Symbolic of Life & Hope – The Bonfire is an important feature in Dark Souls for many reasons. Though in gameplay it serves as a health and magic recovery and a progression check point, it also happens to be the one place in the dark world where players can find a fleeting moment of warmth and calm.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 GHz+ or AMD Phenom II X2 545 3.0 GHz+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 4GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 9800 GTX+ or ATI Radeon HD 4870+
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct Sound Compatible
    • Additional: Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
654 of 692 people (95%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
63.1 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December, 2015
I was always afraid to play dark souls. I've heard the horror stories, I've heard of people spending hours on a boss, I've heard of people raging and almost quiting the game. And I went through all of that. And I'm glad I did, because I experienced one of the best games I've ever played. And dispite looking at guides and getting help, I'm proud that I was able to beat the game.

I could go on about what the game is and what it does, but lets be honest, everyone whose played games before has heard of this game. I'm basically writing this for the people who where in my shoes before I played it. If your worried about the difficulty, about getting upset at the game, you will. Its almost a guarentee. You will have to look up guides to figure out what you're supposed to do next, but the games level design and combat more than make up for the frustrations of the game. And after you realize that death in this game isn't a punishment, but more of a learning experience, you stop getting so frustrating and you realize that you have to learn how the world works. There are definitely some frustrating elements that I think are way too unfair, but the game makes up for it with the combat and level design.

I think everyone should play this game through at least the first 3 bosses. If you decide it isn't for you after that, that is prefectly fine. But a lot of people play for an hour, die, and say it was too frustrated. And admittedly I did that for a long time. But if you give this game a fair chance, I think you'll realize that it really isn't as frustrating and hard as people think.

Dark Souls turned me from thinking it was a frustrating mess of a game to being one of the best games I've ever played, and I'll definitely play it again at some point. You owe it to yourself to give a fair shot to one of the best games of last generation.

Buy At Full Price
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2,074 of 2,315 people (90%) found this review helpful
2,757 people found this review funny
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2015
Relaxing game, suitable for everyone.
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656 of 726 people (90%) found this review helpful
812 people found this review funny
259.9 hrs on record
Posted: 21 February
Before I played Dark Souls:
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After I played Dark Souls:
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595 of 657 people (91%) found this review helpful
488 people found this review funny
2,193.3 hrs on record
Posted: 27 January
2000 hours with keyboard and mouse what am I doing
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1,355 of 1,549 people (87%) found this review helpful
1,363 people found this review funny
239.4 hrs on record
Posted: 20 December, 2015
woke up looking like a piece of bacon.

fought a large-a ssed demon
fought a furry with an axe
fought two gargoyles with Sunbro
fought ANOTHER furry with two dogs
fought Gaming's Second Largest V agina™
fought a japanese spider fetishist's wet dream
didn't fight the golem. let tarkus tank it.
got double penetrated by Drake and Josh
fought a crossdresser
pet a fluffy tail
fought an albino dragon with sociopathic tendencies
fought a skeleton made of skeletons
"fought" pinwheel. he literally goes down in three hits.
fought four tall guys
fought the large-a ssed demon ON FIRE
fought a centipede ON FIRE
fought a screaming man ON FIRE
fought groot
got pulled back in time by a giant hand
fought a goat lion scorpion.....eagle...thing?
had a meaningful conversation with a mushroom
saw a huge man aimbot black spyro
fought black spyro (i havent beaten him yet if you want to help me please message me)
fought a cripple who throws sand
fought a dude trying to cosplay a pirate ship
got invaded like 7 times, only won 2 of them
fought Lovecraft's rafiki
parried flaming santa claus to death

10/10 ruined my life
Prepare to Die, indeed.
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