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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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.
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Art_Vandelay
( 56.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Best souls game to date. I don't know how many time I've played through it and I still come back and play through it a few times a year. Wish they had a vsync option in game as the screen tearing gets on my nerves at this point. That's literally my only complaint. In short, buy it. (played it mostly on ps3 but now I have a gaming pc and bought it again.)
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Big Ty
( 66.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
10/10

it's really good
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Ninja Consultant
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
After being disappointed by Dark Souls 3 I decided to come back to the original. I got 1 shot by Havel because I forgot poise actually does something and mindlessly mashing R1 to stunlock him to death doesn't work.

It's great to be back!
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이다윤
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
look mom im dead
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Roer
( 162.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
First of all,stop buying this game if you don't have a controller.I feel like everyone buys it so that they can complain that the game pc port is garbage.

Second of all,this game is not called Barbie world.This game isn't called friendly souls.This game isn't called nice souls.It's called Dark Souls.You are a nobody in this game.That's why it's so hard.You are an undead like everyone else.You are cursed.Everyone thinks you're gonna quit.The first person you encounter,oscar of astora(the knight with the key),he's friendly.You know what happens to him.He fu*king dies and becomes hollow.The second time you find him he wants you dead.The tutorial is a boss.Not a simple one also(he's pretty simple actually but u kno..)

You get to firelink shrine.A nobody.You're not the first one to come there.Many great undeads haven't done much.Well you are different.You are the chosen one.How do you know that.You beat a ♥♥♥♥ ton of enemies,rats,hollows,demon frogs,poisonous flies,everything.You are slashed,beaten to death,smashed by a boulder,thrown off the cliff.You want a reward for that?You won't get any reward.You are an undead.Why should you get a reward.You're a nobody.Oh you rung the bells of awakening.So what.Patches will still try to kill you if you are a cleric,Artorias is still sucked by the abyss,Sif will still try to kill you even if you saved him,Ciaran will still hate humans.You think you are different.Well you are.I know i've told you that you aren't.You are different.After you will have finished the game twice(ng and ng+) you will feel like a hero.You will have so much knowledge.You will know every enemy pattern,every boss pattern,every weakness,every useful item location,every ember location,every place to farm for titanites and souls,everything.Only then you will be the chosen undead.Only then you will feel like you've been rewarded.

This game won't give you trinkets and compliments and thanks,this game gives you a great lore and knowledge.
Well Roer what can i do with knowledge?It's not like it's useful to me or anything.
No it's not but when you will stop playing this game and come back after sever years of playing casual games you will say,''hey,i know how to beat this guy really easily,hey i know where to get that from,hey i know the full story of the game''

How many games do you know like this?How many games can make you feel like you are a true hero?In some games you are a small dude that fights super big dudes right?But do you feel like you are the hero that the game proclaims you are?
This game won't tell you that you are a legend or that people will talk about you after you die.

SPOILER ALERT:-at the end you can choose to kill yourself so that lordran can be still ruled by the gods of fire or sumthing like that.You,a dark soul,a part of the pygmy,you will slay tons of enemies so that the old god can still rule the place.
Or you can start a new era,a dark one,where you will eventually mean nothing because dark times aren't meant for praying to heroes or gods.-

I tell you,the''add to cart'' button is up there not down here.So why are you reading all this nonsense anyway.Get a controller get the game and have a jolly bad time.But at least you know you are a hero.

Or not.
Praise the sun
And hope for a jolly co-operation
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CLee
( 88.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Worth every painful ♥♥♥ rape by Dunkstien and Slamough.




P.S, Welcome to the jam
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OG_Nick
( 154.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Dark Souls. This game popped up in my interests rather recently and not knowing anything about it, I jumped in to a very confusing, albeit beautiful, world. What do I do? Where do I go? Why do I keep dying? The first 8 or so hours were very frustrating with little progress. Why did I keep playing? And then I beat the first true boss. I had figured it out.

Once this game clicks for you (and it will eventually) all of the praise heaped on this game makes sense. Slowly, the story of the world comes together through the sparse dialog, the enigmatic item descriptions, and the geography of the world around you. You begin to understand the game mechanics more and more intuitively to build a powerful character, in any way you wish. The combat becomes more nuanced as you place your character where you need and perform the action you need to perform. Confidence builds as you progress through the games, kept in check by the excellent boss fights though the game.

Yes, the game loses some polish towards the end, but i can forgive this as the rest of the game and the ending are a true treat.

I adore this game, as well as its two sequels. It is up there with the best games I have ever played and I encourage anyone to give it a try. Don't let the general consensus that this game is brutally hard scare you from it. It is certainly challenging, but very fair (save for a few small issues late game). Its difficulty due mostly to it not telling you how to play it. Learn the game, and it rewards you. I promise.
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supersonic29
( 44.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
Good video Game
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Sanik
( 42.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
best game eva 9/11
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699 of 815 people (86%) found this review helpful
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489.8 hrs on record
Posted: 2 June
The purchase button is at the top of the page, buddy.
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35.5 hrs on record
Posted: 16 June
>Be Me
>Sees dark souls on sale
>Buys it without question
>Make a joke character
>Expecting a start like skyrim
>Actually it was more like oblivion
>Also you're dead before you even start the game
>Break out of zombie prison
>First person I see
>Dead
>Second person I see
>DEAD
>Third person I see
>Nah I let him live
>Already there's a save point
>"Ok this game doesn't seem so hard"
>Walks into obvious boss room
>"Hey where's the-"
>A literal ♥♥♥♥ing demon drops from the ceiling and curbstomps me
>spends 10 minutes trying to kill it
>On 40th death I notice there was an exit
>ffs
>Come back with proper gear
>Still die instantly
>repeat the last two for like an hour
>I finally win
>"Okay that was a pretty good game not much story but-"
>Realize that was the tutorial level
>10/10 game of the year 201X

In all seriousness this game is a blast. Definitely recommended
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725 of 878 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
104.2 hrs on record
Posted: 7 June
This game is Nito. It really made my friends and me Gwyn. It Taurus apart, but we kept asking for Smough; it was a Ceaseless Discharge. It did a good job to Manus up, so we didn't blame Quelaag. It's Artoriasly hard, but it's not that bad once you Sif through it. It left Ornstein on my life. Just know you're getting into a Bed of Chaos.

Did you Seath what I did there? (Capra)
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53.4 hrs on record
Posted: 13 June
I wanted a game to beat me like my dad did. This was it.
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Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: 25 June
This game is:
10% luck,
20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will,
5% pleasure,
50% pain,
100% reason to roll away
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286 of 398 people (72%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
86.9 hrs on record
Posted: 11 June
Kids play Assassin's Creed
Boys play Skyrim
Men play Dark Souls
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143 of 188 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: 17 June
Before I played:
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NOT REALLY, i almost broke my keyboard and punched a screen...
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
111.8 hrs on record
Posted: 25 June
The porting is bad;
Frame rate is low;
No Mouse support;
Keyboard control sucks...

And all can be solved with mods.
You are a PC gamer after all. Get used to it.
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: 23 June
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33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 June
There is a word for ports like this but I cannot repeat it here. I can however say with all confidence that it was ported to PC by a blithering idiot.
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