Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play this year. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?
User reviews: Very Positive (33,175 reviews)
Release Date: 23 Aug, 2012

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"Not an exceedingly great PC port, but its still incredible and mods can easily fix its issues."

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
406 of 421 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
588.6 hrs on record
Posted: 21 March
I'd recommend this game under one condition: Take the advice in the title, and prepare yourself. Death is not failure, but it is common.

First, a bit of background: Coming into this game, and having never touched either it or a controller before, I actively disliked a lot about it. I hated the Vancian cast limits placed on the magic (still do, in fact; I'd prefer nerfed magic and a bloody mana bar). I also expected to be able to play it immediately, but instead was advised to get DSFix (no, seriously, get it immediately) to ensure that it worked well the first time around. I had to buy a controller just to PLAY the game, since the M&K combo didn't work out. The only reason I even got the game was that a friend wanted me to try it, and it wasn't all that expensive. All in all, I was more than ready to hate this game and everything about it.

And then I actually PLAYED the game.

And it's amazing.

Let's ignore the setting for a minute, because it's awesome on its own. Let's ignore the depth of the lore, and the subtlety behind it, for the same reasons. Let's look at the combat, and the exploration, and the GAMEPLAY of the game. I have never seen a game so dedicated to making it YOUR FAULT when you die. It's not that hard to take about ten extra seconds and think it out before charging in, and if you do that, you instantly double your chances of survival. Trying out a weapon and learning its quirks BEFORE fighting the enemy is absolutely vital, so that you know how to time your hits. The attacks the enemies use are, for the most part, very easy to read if you just WAIT a minute and figure it out. It's not hard to figure out which enemies are tough enough that you should just leave them alone for a while, and if you attacked them, it's on your head. Once you understand the basic mechanics, the game becomes downright refreshing.

I don't know about you, but I hate it when I die in a game and it WASN'T my fault. I need to be able to see where I screwed up, and fix it. This is the game that lets you do that, and if you're not willing to do so, of COURSE the game is super hard. Of COURSE you're getting punished. If you're not willing to learn and get good, you deserve punishment.

In summary, though, this game is not for casuls. This game is for the player who is willing to accept constructive criticism both from the game and from the player base. This game is a trial by (bon)fire, and passing through will temper you into a better gamer, and possibly a better person. Git gud, stay warm, praise the sun, and kill the dogs first. Good luck out there, and don't you dare go Hollow.
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364 of 409 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.1 hrs on record
Posted: 5 April
This land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind
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535 of 667 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
298.5 hrs on record
Posted: 5 April
It's like Dark Souls 2 except it's good.
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153 of 188 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
170.9 hrs on record
Posted: 26 April

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Praise The Sun!
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84 of 93 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
142.4 hrs on record
Posted: 17 June
Dark Souls is like pizza, it's hot, everyone likes it, everyone knows that there is such a thing, it's going to burn your gum if you eat it too fast, so you must use your brain to use some sort of a strategy and when you're finished, you want more, because it has every ingridient that would make a good pizza. Pizza/10

Would die for pizza
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