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Demon Souls. One Of The Hardest Games Available?

Reviewing: From Software Demon Souls  |  Rating:
By Justin Dabrow on
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Gaming Games Hardest Souls One

Try again? Those were the words that echoed through my head as my character died for the 88th time. Seriously, the 88th. This is because Demon's Souls is a game that will not let you win on any type of easy difficulty for one solid reason. There is only one difficulty and it's not easy.

Your character can be a royal, knight, soldier, thief and so forth. Each has their own abilities from magic to sword fighting. Early on, these abilities are very weak and in order to strengthen them you must first beat part one of the first level. Once you have done that you need souls to level your character. Souls are easy to come by when you kill enemies, but not easy to keep. When, and not if, you die, your character loses all of his/her souls, starts from the beginning of the level and has half health. The only way to regain full health is to find and fight the level boss and come out alive.

The enemies are fast and/or if they are not fast they are deadly. They seem to pop up at the worst possible times and have a habit of killing your character fast. Though the enemies are wonderfully varied, from skeletons to dragons and even mind flayers, they are not to be taken lightly by any means. Some can counter your attacks and while you are able to counter theirs, they seem to know it and try to stop you. Each level's enemies are a different difficulty and require a different strategy and or weapon to defeat.

The levels themselves are interesting and far-flung. Castles, palaces, mines and long forgotten ruins are all settings for eye-catching details and eerie feelings. While the graphics are not top-notch, they do their job nicely during gameplay and are very well done during cut scenes.

Controls are fairly straight forward and do not pose any real problems. As always you can change them if you wish, but be careful you don't overdo it. Using magic requires more button pushing than other games, but it isn't too difficult to figure out.

The story itself is laid out all at the beginning, for the most part, and involves you traveling to different realms to free the lands from the demons that have taken over. While more story would be a plus, it is enough to get you through the game without confusion.

In conclusion, if you have the time and the patience, then Demon's Souls will satisfy you completely. If you don't have the time or patience, give it a try, but don't linger on it if you find yourself stuck at one point or another. Despite the difficulty, games similar to Demon's Souls should be created and released. It offers a free roam and fight ability that not many RPGs have. So if you're ready for a challenge, and a welcome one at that, then Demon's Souls just might be the game for you.