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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1.0 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Warning this gmae works very badly with a keyboard

wouldnt recommend bying unless you have a controller
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82.8 hrs
Posted: 31 August
A soothing adventure game set in the peaceful Kingdom of Lordran, from Firelink Shrine to the Depths you'll have an interesting world to explore as you come across its kind inhabitants who will help you learn of how this once great land came to fall. Experience places like; Sen's Fortress where you will feel safe and comforted by its many guards and defenses, the shining city of Anor Londo and the vibrant and cheerful Painted World of Ariamis. Meet the ever-helpful characters; the Bell Gargoyles (be careful one lies and one tells the truth), the Capra Demon (he's more friendly than he sounds), the Dragon Slayer Ornstein and his best friend Smough. Then, before you leave don't forget to gaze upon the wonderous creatures; the Moonlight Butterfly, the Gaping Dragon and the Great Grey Wolf Sif.

☼ Praise the Sun! ☼
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49.6 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Probably my favorite Souls game, and maybe one of my favorite games of all time. If you haven't played Dark Souls, you need to do it RIGHT NOW! This game is a masterpice.

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White T Poison
199.3 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Preeeeeeeeeeeeeeety good
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Surfing Retard
0.5 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Dark Souls is a very hard game From From Software and being the first one in the series was a hit as the "Edition" saids Prepare to Die Edition you will die alot but finishing off a boss or area is one of the best feelings I would recommend this game but I like the newest one in the series better (Dark Souls 3)
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142.8 hrs
Posted: 31 August
I love this game. I can't say much else. It kept me glued to my TV screen playing this game for weeks on end. I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun and yet challenging game.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Absolutely adored this game on the Xbox 360, but absolutely despised it on the PC. I played it for all of ten minutes, before I had to quit and request a refund. The game was capped at 30 FPS, the controls were atrocious (Keyboard and Mouse), and the default button mapping display, shows the original Xbox 360 controls.

Simply put, it's a sloppy, lazy port of a great game. Recommended to buy on a console, or just put the money you were going to pay for this towards Dark Souls 3 and/or it's upcoming DLC.

*And just to re-iterate, I'm not bashing the game. I loved it, way back on the Xbox, and I just recently got all the achievements for Dark Souls 3 on the PS4. I'm bashing the developers for not putting enough effort into bringing this gem to the PC.*
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665.6 hrs
Posted: 31 August
one of the great games of all times
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155.9 hrs
Posted: 31 August
Your first playthrough will be the worst experience ever. You'll get lost, destroyed by a certain NPC, and getting slapped in the face by every mob every few minutes. But after installing all the necessary fixes (DSFix, PVP Watchdog, and DSCM) and gettin' gud you'll find yourself running around naked with nothing but a broken sword, your new enemy is the camera.
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85.0 hrs
Posted: 31 August

and by ggwp i mean eat my ♥♥♥♥ fromsoft
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244 of 274 people (89%) found this review helpful
300 people found this review funny
178.2 hrs on record
Posted: 2 August
Easy, fun and casual game for all ages. I reccomend it to all.
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94 of 104 people (90%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: 4 August
"Welcome to Things Betwixt. How tough are ya?"

"How tough am I? How tough am I?! I just beat Dark Souls 1 this morning."

"Yeah, so?"

"With keyboard and mouse."

"Uh, right this way, sorry to keep you waiting."

Buy for bragging rights and near heart attacks.
(Frustration, rage and satisfaction included!)
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60 of 66 people (91%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
291.0 hrs on record
Posted: 9 August
woke up looking like a burnt chicken nugget.

fought a large-a ssed demon
fought a furry with an axe
fought two gargoyles with Sunbro
fought Pyrocynical 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 Pickachu and Snorlax
fought a crossdresser
pet a fluffy tail
fought an emo white dragon
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
fought a cripple who throws sand
fought a dude trying to cosplay a pirate ship
fought Lovecraft's rafiki
parried flaming santa claus to death

12/10 ruined my life
Prepare to Die, indeed.
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101 of 136 people (74%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: 18 August
RPG for kids: http://store.steampowered.com/app/72850/

RPG for Men: http://store.steampowered.com/app/211420/

Offended? Git Gud

Edit: I'm not beating up on ESV. I love it. Look at my games for proof, but this was a joke idea I couldn't pass up. Sorry, not sorry.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
230.2 hrs on record
Posted: 4 August
I'm hoping to catch some of the people that are coming from Dark Souls 3

If you're thinking about buying this game, I say go for it, but there are a few things you should know.
  • This game is sitting on the edge of unplayable without Durante's DSfix /http://www.nexusmods.com/darksouls/mods/19/? (API MOD)

  • The combat is slower, especially if you start the game with full armor.
  • It's not nearly as pretty as Dark Souls III, even with every mod out there.

This game was released in 2011, and it was highly innovative for that time, much like DS3 or Bloodborne is today.
Just keep in mind that you're playing a piece of Fromsoftware history, and with that, your expectations should be in the right place.

The lore is just as deep, the items are just as confusing, and the bosses are just as daunting.

I think I am finally retiring from this game now, and at the end of this week I will be flying to Japan to give Miyazaki the blowie he deserves.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
133.8 hrs on record
Posted: 13 August
DARK SOULS™: Prepare To Die™ Edition:
- You can make some bosses fall off into their. death.
- Alot of gorgeous views.
- Dumb bosses, even the last one.
- A weird looking snake that keeps on swallowing you.
- Alot of the things in the game keep on swallowing/licking/bitting/nomming and plain trying to eat you for some reason even a painting.
- Seeing a tail= Triggered. Must cut it off.
- Waifus.
- Artorias X Cairan.
- Praising the sun.
- Sun bro.
- Dragons.
- Annoying Necromancers.
- "From Softwear" : Let's force people to kill sif and he is a puppy. Thanks alot for that emotional critical hit.
- Quelaag has a cutie ponytail hair style.
- Ring the bells.
- Snorlax and pikachu.
- Demons.
- Gaints.
- Chests that can eat you.
- 10/10 would go NG+
- DARK SOULS™: Prepare To Cry™ Edition.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
119.1 hrs on record
Posted: 29 August
Poor guy lost soul trying to find a friends
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
90.9 hrs on record
Posted: 25 August
As far as the fun goes, it's the best game in Dark Souls series and one of the best games I played in general.

Things I liked the most:
- Amazing if not the best world design out there
- Breathtaking boss fights that can leave you both amazed and frustrated at times
- The whole combat mechanic is very well designed & developed
- Very deep lore. You can spend hours just reading what this game is all about
- One of the rare games with good Co-op
- High learning curve. Even after beating the whole game you will still find yourself learning/trying new stuff

Things you should look after:
- The graphics is bad, but this didn't affect the overall experience for me
- PC optimization is bad. During some boss fights FPS can get as low as 10.
- Literally unplayable without a controller (unless you are willing to try out some mods)

There is no reason to skip this game if you liked any other from Dark Souls series. The newcomers will have a hard time (that's how it goes with any other Souls game) but at the end it is definitely worth the struggle. You will hear someone saying Git Gud :)

If I have to rate this game, it would be 9/10 with optimization issues being the only downside.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
282.8 hrs on record
Posted: 30 August
tl;dr --> game good. game not hard. game punishing. you like punishing? get game.

This is a very poor port of a very good game.
Luckily there are a couple of fixes around that make it play like an actual pc game; check the pinned threads on the game's discussions to find everything you need.

By now you probably heard of Dark Souls only through statements like
"omg dis gaem is like so hard i died liek 50 times in teh tutoriel lol xd"
and thanks to that the sequels have been advertised with difficulty being the main attraction, but the game never really focuses on being hard for the sake of being hard: it just doesn't hold your hand, at all, and that's why it feels so good to overcome the obstacles the game throws at you, because from start to finish it is entirely your own victory... unless you read a walkthrough, then shame on you, you filthy casul.

So what can you expect from this game?

Well they don't call it the "Prepare To Die™ Edition" for nothing, lol

Prepare to die a lot, not because of the game, but because you suck at it; dying punishes you putting you back at the last bonfire you rested at, respawning all enemies, and taking away all your precious souls you have in possession at the time of death (you need those to level up). You have one chance to get them back at the spot you died at, but if you die again before recovering them, they're gone forever. But as long as you don't lose your experience, your patience and you don't give up, dying matters very little: no matter how many souls you lose, each time you go back you're stronger... not your character, but you as a player.

Prepare for an excellent combat system with a very good feel to the melee combat in particular, forget Skyrim and its hundreds of weapons that are all reskins of the same one, here weapons have all different movesets, range, properties... and most of all they still hit the enemy even if you don't point the crosshair at them (yes I'm still looking at Skirim smh); all attacks have an animation that you can't cancel (unless you get hit) so you're committed to every strike, you can't treat it like a hack'n'slash and start hacking'n'slashing left and right, that will get you killed fast.

Prepare to have no map... so you better remember how to get back to that door you skipped because you had no key to open it. You will almost never feel the need of a map however, thanks to the clever level design and the fact each area looks unique.

Prepare to have no story spoonfed to you... as in, little to no cutscenes showcasing big events. Nothing much happens in this "story" because the "story" already happened: all the epic fights, the shiny castles, the people smiling... they're all gone. You have no idea what happened when you arrive here, but you can piece together information from item descriptions and locations and NPC dialogues to get an idea of what it was like before and how it's come to this. Or, you can also not do it if you don't want, and complete the game without really knowing why... up to you.

Prepare for silence... only boss battles and a few very special places have music, and it's 100% Motoi Sakuraba goodness.

Prepare to be alone... but not quite... multiplayer works in a very interesting way, blending together singleplayer and multiplayer seamlessly. In short, coop is temporary and limited to an area, you can "summon" other players into your gameworld and fight together, until the area boss dies... or one of you dies.

Prepare for pvp... yes, in the same way you can summon players, other players can also enter your world without your consent, and really ruin your day. Before you get scared, don't worry, there are areas where multiplayer is restricted, and playing in hollow form will prevent any multiplayer interaction anywhere.

Prepare to hate the game at first... but expect to sooner or later fall in love with it... they all do in the end...

Prepare to Praise the Sun... you'll know when you meet him.
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