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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21 October

Dark Souls: Prepare to die Edition migration from Games for windows Live to Steam

We're pleased to announce that next month it will be possible for players to migrate their Dark Souls: Prepare to Die games, saves and achievements from the Games for Windows Live platform to Steam.

-Games for Windows Live users will be able to redeem their Games for Windows Live Tokens on Steam to get Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition at no additional cost. (To find your Games for Windows Live Token, please head to the support webpage: http://bngames.eu/DarksoulsGFWLtokens)
-In the month of November, there will be a period by which Games for Windows Live Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition users will be able to transfer their Save Data (characters + progress) and Achievements over to their Steam accounts.
-Players will still be able to use their Games for Windows Live Tokens to redeem the Steam version of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition at no additional cost even after the migration period ends; but game Save Data and Achievements transfer functions may not be available.
-Games for Windows Live Rankings will not be transferred to Steam.
The specific migration start and end dates will be available soon; however the migration period will begin sometime in November 2014 with more specific dates to come.

We will be sharing more information soon regarding the migration process soon, so stay tuned!

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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: 8GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 9800 GTX+ or ATI Radeon HD 4870+
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct Sound Compatible
    • Additional: Online play requires software installation of and log-in to Games For Windows - LIVE, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
86.7 hrs on record
This game is absolutely incredible, the satisfaction you get from overcoming the powerful bosses and challenges in this game is a feeling you probably won't find anywhere else.
Posted: 17 October
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Dark Souls is hard.
Your going to die. Alot.
But please, dont be afraid.
Dont run in fear, like so many others do.
Instead, stay.
Try another way.
Again. And again. And again.
And finally, you shall win, and the beast you once feared called Dark Souls, will bend to your knees.
Because once you tamed the beast, there are few other things in the gaming industry that can give you the same feeling of excitement, euphoria, and joy like Dark Souls can.

And oh, didnt i mention your going to die alot?
Posted: 6 October
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Relaxing casul fun for everyone.

Posted: 6 October
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
435.0 hrs on record
"I couldn't make a bad game if I tried." - Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of Dark Souls.

Well! What is it?
Posted: 26 September
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
The problem is not to defeat the boss, the problem is to rush the zone and get to the boss with enough Estus Flasks!

This game is wonderful, and i've played it for only 16-17h. I was a noob like you when i first bought it, i was worried like you are that it was going to be extremely brutal and frustrating, but it isn't for me. Well, it has been for the first 5-6 hours, when i actually thought: "why have i installed this game, why? It's terrible, it sucks; why should i use a controller, it's not fair; why the ♥♥♥♥ should i download mods for it to play at the ♥♥♥♥ing 60 fps and 1080p?".In those first hours i kept dying also to the worst skeletons of the tutorial, but going ahead with it it became understandable what the game wanted me to do: learn from my silly mistakes and make up a strategy on my own. The combat system is the best i've tried in my life, and it became understandable the difficoulty from the developers to create good keyboard keys to reproduce it. You'll have to block at a right timing, attack at the right timing, fall back at the right timing and dodge the hit AT THE RIGHT TIMING. You fail at one of these? You're dead, simple as that. The IA is very very clever, but it's not OP at all, you just need to ask yourself "what does this boss want me to do?" and you'll get it, after 20-40 times you try it. I actually found myself dying at the same boss for more than 20 times, but each time was better, untill i finally understood WHAT i was doing wrong. The good thing is that after these 20 times i wasn't bored at all, because the possibilities you have during a fight are infinite, and you'll never get tired of trying them all out!

The comparison between DS and Skyrim is stupid imho: they are both epic for what they have to offer. Skyrim for its great graphics, open world, storyline, quests, MODS and a lot more; while DS for its difficoulty, replayability, combats and strategy. What is really missing on DS are strange mods like skyrims (that couldn't even be isntalled without DSfix!).

I have to admit that having to install DSfix and other graphic mods to make it AT LEAST enjoyable at 1080p and 60fps is baaahd, but come on, you'll have to work on it 20 minutes to enjoy your gameplay for ever!

Come on, little newbie, buy it, enjoy it and remember to NEVER EVER look on the internet cheap ways to defeat bosses, you'll feel soooo bad after having done that, trust me! :)
Posted: 12 October
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
104.0 hrs on record
So challenging game!
I stuck on the very first boss: Games for Windows Live.
Posted: 21 October
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
125.2 hrs on record
i got backstabbed by a naked man with a club and then he proceeded to throw ♥♥♥♥ at me until i died of toxin.

Posted: 1 October
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
337.0 hrs on record
This game changed my life.
The combat system is FAR superior to other action RPGs.
This is a modern classic.
It is, however, a broken PC port. You MUST install DSFIX in order to play the game with a decent experience.
It's locked to 30 FPS.
If you're frustrated with the poor quality of this pc port, try Dark Souls II. It's a native PC game, not a port, and it runs great.

However, you should still play the first Dark Souls. It's an unique experience. Even with all the bugs and glitches and locked FPS.

WARNING: You will never be able to play games with a ♥♥♥♥ty combat system EVER AGAIN.

Also, big fathers.
Posted: 4 October
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Absolutely amazing game, however it is flawed by the dead community and poorly optimized PC port. Despite this, one can still play, albeit with a reduced experience of the game's fantastic multiplayer aspects.
Posted: 12 October
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
456.1 hrs on record
Be wary of Reviews...
Posted: 18 October
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
when it comes to game titles there has never been such a truth worthy title than darksouls. when playing this game you really do have to prepare to die. however it is still one of the most addicting games ever i mean beside pokemon. Why is Dark Souls so addictive? We play and we die. We die and we die some more. Just when we think we're out of danger, we die. Right when we start the game, we die. There's a lot of dying in Dark Souls; the PC re-release is even called the "Prepare to Die Edition!" Any normal person would have abandoned this frustration a long time ago...so why can't we?
It's because when we're not dying, Dark Souls is an excellent action RPG. Building our character is great, the dangerous world we're fighting in is fun to explore, and when we do actually finish the quest without dying, the satisfaction is unmatched. Yes, sometimes you make us want to bash our heads against the wall...but we love you Dark Souls. Don't ever change.
Posted: 20 October
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
117.1 hrs on record
This game isn't that hard. Don't be a pusscake.
Posted: 25 September
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
152.3 hrs on record
Don't get greedy. This is the golden rule of Dark Souls, and the key to your success or failure playing it.

Story-wise, the game is deceptively simple. At first appearance there is little information given, you are told almost nothing and given a surprisingly large world to fight in. But this is what a lot of people love about Dark Souls - you get out of it what you put into it. Dig a little bit below the surface and there is actually a vast lore with tons of information, detective work and speculation for you to piece together if you are perceptive and observant. Item descriptions tell an entire world's worth of details, occasional lines of NPC small talk reveal facts that can expand the lore by surprising amounts, details in the landscape give inferences to greater world events. The only times you are directly told something important you can be sure as hell the tellers have an angle they are pushing and it probably isn't the full picture.

World design-wise, you have a surprisingly large stage to explore and, most importantly, it *feels* like you are exploring a massive land in a fading world rather than a set of different levels. Just about everywhere in the game is interconnected and criss-crosses with other areas in some way, you can walk from one area to another and then look back and see exactly where you came from and look forwards and know you'll eventually get there (and sometimes even see tiny orange player messages in the distance, which is a nice touch). The shortcuts exemplify this, it genuinely feels like everything is one large castle.

Mechanics-wise, see the first sentence. This is a game of patience and cat-and-mouse baiting. Lure enemies into one-on-one combat, don't get flanked, learn when to tank and when to evade, plan your attack movements, use everything and anything to your advantage. Death has little meaning as everything lost on death can be infinitely regained, so it becomes a learning mechanism rather than a punishment. Sometimes the lesson may be 'go elsewhere' or 'try a different method.'

Character building can vary greatly. Do you want to be a heavy knight with a massive weapon, or a dexterous archer, or a tactical mage? The beginning class choice is essentially meaningless in the long run, it just determines what gear you start with and gives you some stats you'd have even with a different class (eg you'll probably end up putting some points into faith so for the heal miracle regardless of your build). You can effectively beat the game with almost any playstyle or build, though some are definitely easier than others.

Use humanity at a bonfire to un-hollow yourself and you can summon other players to help you fight areas and bosses at the risk of being invaded and killed by someone else. There are also NPCs who can be summoned and even invade you, which is nice if you're offline, though there are sometimes conditions for summoning them such as them having been in the previous boss fight or them invading you and defeating them.

There are some spots it suffers from poor design, let's be honest. These are generally not so much in terms of enemies or player options but in terms of terrain and meshes - the Great Hollow is a good example of this, sometimes you will go flying down and to the side to your death because god forbid you touched the wrong angled mesh despite having had an apparently clear angle to your destination. The Bed of Chaos is especially obnoxious with this, but the less said about that the better. The Painted World doesn't mesh with the rest of the game very well, it's more or less where the devs put half-finished ideas that they didn't want to throw out, which is a pity because information on the stage itself and boss are very interesting but rather undeveloped and could have been expanded on much more (I was especially disappointed that I couldn't return the doll to its owner). Most of the game has excellent level design, however, the exceptions to this are only exceptions and not the rule.

I am not skilled enough at pvp to really go into it, look elsewhere for an analysis on that. I will say that in my experience pvp has been annoyingly full of longer-range bleed weapons and little else in terms of variety, lag is also very much present and will lead to you missing when you clearly connected and getting hit or backstabbed when you were clear across the area.

All in all, brilliant game that you will probably quit the first time you play it then come back to much later and eventually enjoy. Takes time to 'get it' which can be considered both a major weakness of it and a massive strength to it. Just about every bit of progress you've made (both in-game and in understanding/learning the game) is a result of your own effort and accomplishment, very little is given to you so again you get out of it what you put into it.

Note that due to the devs self-admittedly being inexperienced at PC porting, there are some native issues. These are mostly fixed by getting DSfix and configuring it for whatever needs to be tweaked for your setup.
Posted: 18 October
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
The game wants you dead constantly.

Best RPG what i ever played.
Many armors and weapons.
Interesting characters and story.
Very good soundtrack.
Your own game style.
Sometimes monsters have not hitbox.
Not for CASUALS!
Posted: 25 September
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Dark Souls can only be described as a sweet and wonderful, chill and easy going third person action game. It really is the definition of RPG and... Nah just kidding, all I gotta say is: be prepared to die... A LOT.
Posted: 6 October
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
122.2 hrs on record
Unplayable piece of garbage!
Actually, this is one of the most frustratingly enjoyable pieces of video game art that there ever was!
If you have an xbox-360 controller, you are all set! To die, and die, and RAGE, then die some more and somewhere inbetween come out feeling like the biggest(little) BADASS in all of Lordran! If this game isn't in your library, then I feel bad for you.

Seriously, an AWFUL game!
Keep in mind, the game requires skill, patience and persistence... Once you have mastered the controls and other key aspects of the game you will FALL IN LOVE!!!!!! It's truly a MASTERPIECE!
POS <-- (piece of poo)
Seriously, buy this game! Complete this game(multiple times?)! Full price or NOT, Get it now!
-sigh- Wish i'd never played :/
Posted: 13 October
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Welcome to take a challenge at a dark world full of dangerous enemies. First let me ask you a couple of questions.

1. Do you think that nowdays games offer you minor challenge, and the gaming feels like you're being pulled towards the goal with a rope?
2. Do you really want to know how it feels to defeat a boss or a tough enemy?

Then you're at the right place! This game isn't anywhere near what most games are. Survival, tactics, locations etc. are ALL things you just have to figure it out yourself. The game won't show you any ways where to go or what enemies you are capable of killing at the time. This makes the game famous as it is and of course really interesting. It's always great to look for better equipment and try them out to find, which style suits you the best.

Game offers players some great replay value, as it has a new game + feature. This makes the game even more challenging and you can try to play with different equipment this time. After completion, you can start new game ++, and so on, making the game even more difficult.

Overall I'd like to say that if you're a player who seeks challenge and that real winning feel after bosses, enemies and survival in the world, you really have to get this game! Go there, and show them what you've got!
Posted: 13 October
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
This game isnt really that hard, idk why so many people think it is.
Posted: 6 October
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.5 hrs on record
I am really enjoying the atmosphere in this game, gritty and melancholic. It reminds me of games from the good old days. 100% recommendation to buy
Posted: 21 October
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
328.7 hrs on record
Oh, Dark Souls...

This is one of those games that I have trouble expressing my opinion on it.
I've played Demon's Souls previous to playing Dark Souls, so when I got this one I kind of knew what to expect from it... How wrong was I!
I expected a great game, not an excellent one! This game is by far one of the best games I've ever played, hands down.

Right, the review.
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition is a masterpiece.
Everything about this game is beautiful, the levels, the enemies, the weapons, the combat, the magnificent multiplayer, the lore (if you care about it), and much more!
So many secrets lie within the huge world of Dark Souls, you'll spend dozens of hours just to complete your first playthrough, not to mention that there is a new difficulty level each time you complete the game, to a cap of 7!
You'll also, uhm... DIE A LOT!
But that's only if you deserved it - if you're not good enough or are not approaching your enemies carefully, you will get punished for sure!

You can create your own character, name it and change the looks of it. Then you get to choose a class a some starting gear.
In this game you'll also meet NPC's, some of which have their own paths and objectives, and you can deal with those how you see fit.
Did you just meet with some guy and he seemed friendly? Why not joining forces? Or maybe you met with the son of the devil, you'll probably want to keep your distance. Or, just kill them all. No boundaries, right?

I won't go into much more of a detail, because the very first time I played this game I walked in completely blind and climbed my way up through some difficult situations, had to explore and learn how things worked by myself, and I loved every bit of it! So I won't spoil you the surprises.

Basically, if you're into RPG's with real time combat, where the story revolves around you (not some character made up by the developers), then this game is a must!
It's a very unique game (not counting the other Souls games) within its genre. But it has a VERY BIG PROBLEM called Games For Windows Live. But if you have no issue with that, go ahead!

Also, this game was meant to be played with a controller (since it's a PC port from consoles), so if you're having trouble using a PS3 controller, check out my tutorial about it on my profile.
Posted: 26 September
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