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Old 10-16-2009, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone here try Demon's Souls?

I been reading reviews about it and am really close to coughing up the dough for it. it's blending of multiplayer sounds really innovative and fun, and as a veteran of ghosts n' goblins and other 8 bit gems, i can appreciate a "start the level over" twist blended with the classes and upgrades of a rpg.

anyone try it yet? im especially curious about the classes. do they do a good job of making them unique and fun to play in different ways? and how have you fared when you get attacked by another players "shadow"?
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I read and watched the video review on IGN

sounds like it's a very challenging game, but that admission makes me want to rent it before I buy it, simply because as he says, it's not for everyone.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I want it bad! The only place in my town that sells games though is walmart and they dont have it...it sounds like an amazing amazing game that I must have! I like the whole idea that not everyone should be allowed to beat the game just because they bought it, it should require skill. It hearkens back to the days of Contra and the likes.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would try it if I could find it. I've been to all 5 Gamestops in my town, both walmarts, best buy, both targets, and none of them have it or expect it anytime soon. Toyrus, walmart, and target don't even carry it.

I'm not sure that I'd like it if it's too hard. I like hard games, but I hate games that are hard because they're cheap, and it sounds like this game may be on the line of that.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have this on my Gamefly, but I probably won't get to play it for a little while. I like that it's a challenging game. The last game that kicked the shit out of me was Ninja Gaiden 2.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It's number 1 on my gamefly list, but like Eso said, I doubt I'll get it quickly, and I just don't have the cash right now to buy it. A friend of mine has it, and loves it. I plan on going over there to check it out (and possibly borrow it once he finishes it) but haven't had the chance yet..
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I absolutely love it so far! I finally beat level 1-1 and it's a blast! Frustrating at times because one mistake and you're dead and lose all your souls. But if you can survive back to the spot you died you can get those souls back.

I haven't found the difficulty to be cheap in any way. It just takes skill and planning.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That games looks awesome, I wonder if they'll port it to anything else (don't have a PS3, crap!).
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think this is going to be on my wish list... looks awesome
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That games looks awesome, I wonder if they'll port it to anything else (don't have a PS3, crap!).
from my understanding, it's exclusive.
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok so I don't know how good of a "review" I can write for a game that took me 4 hours just to get past the 1st level, but here goes.

I read other reviews before I picked this up, claiming it to be a very difficult game and... well, thats all most of them really seemed to focus on. I consider myself a "skilled" gamer to a medium degree. The kinda guy that can pass games in a rental, sometimes even a day, or weekend.

So I put the game in, loaded it up and gave it my undivided attention for the next several hours.
The story is your generic "oh crap the world is doomed, we need a hero" variety. Apparently your good king type fellow has disturbed powers beyond mortal comprehension and awakened a great evil demon which engulfed the land in a colorless fog.. Come to find later, this event has happened before and destroyed half the world before. Anyways, they need a hero, so ta-da. for 59.99$ and a PS3 you too can be a hero!
The game is set in what I guess would be a fantasy medieval setting. The inclusion of big swords, plate armor, and magic casting kinda give it away. Oh right and the big dragon in the intro movie.

Character Creation: I kind of have a conundrum with this. It's a very powerful tool with all sorts of great ways to change your head shape/facial features/coloration. Then I choose my class and pick "Knight" and all I see at this point is a walking suit of plate armor.

Not sure exactly what to make of the fact that I spent time making my very own special super secret misshapen head just to slap a shiny helmet on so bad guys don't stab me in the face.

At this point I start my game and it puts me in to a tutorial level. I basically violated anyone that came my way. Mindless ghouls of sorts. Thinking to myself that the difficulty seemed over-hyped thus far.

You'll come to notice there are doorways that have fog that you cannot see through, and you have the option of passing through these with hitting the X button. Basically it asks you "are you sure you want to step thru here?"

Well... yeah? it's the only door that this tutorial is offering me at the moment that I haven't been through!

I step through and instantly realize. I. Am. So. Fucked.
There is a giant... thing, in front of me. It can only be described as a cross between a gremlin on steroids, and jabba the hutt with 3 glowy orbs instead of eyes, and some wannabe gargoyle wings.
Oh did I mention he's armed with a cleaver the size of my Hyundai?

I put my shield up in a meager attempt to stop the moving vehicle from splattering me against the brick wall. I was in the middle of frantic negotiations with the video game gods for the infusion of luck I needed to beat him, but then I found myself missing a head, thus, Death #1

Apparently he's beatable if you're insane, and by insane, meaning willing to sit through character creation and run the tutorial over and over for repeated attempts to kill him without getting hit even once. I looked on youtube and watched someone beat him, only to have the Dragon outside personally falcon punch him to death.

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= insane person.

So you're not supposed to live ok? No living allowed, you must die, the game insists on it for it's plot. You die and get sent to some hub called the nexus, a bunch of lost souls who need to get back to their bodies n whatnot.

what follows is "the real game"

Where everything wants to kill you, badly.

Of course I'm completely humbled by the fact that this game just violated my face with an axe the size of my car.

The entire premise of the 1st level apparently is to get inside the giant gate that's in front of you. Obviously you can't just walk in the front door. so you wind up clearing thru the towers to each side till you find the switch and get the door open to the 1st boss.

I died a few times, mostly to my own stupidity and lack of control mastery. Falling off the wall to my doom or blowing myself up by stabbing powder kegs (hey it was in my way, don't judge)
I died a few times to some "Indiana Jones meets a giant boulder but was wearing plate armor instead of a fedora" episodes. Actually, that would make a good movie. Ring me up hollywood.

Actually beat the 1st boss without any hassle, 1st boss could be summed up as "The Blob" meets "300" Basically a giant black slime covered in shields with giant spears that get all stabby on you.

Insert clever "This is SPARTAAAAA" reference here? nah.

this 30 minute level took me about 4 hours to clear due to my wonderful knack for getting lost and dying in far off sections of the level that I'd have to back track to to retrieve my precious souls

now i'm in level 1-2 and i've been ultra cautious thus far. Trying to avoid any sneak attacks.

Now in my mind, I'm thinking "oh hey, sneaky stealthy types are usually small and quiet right?"

hold that thought.

The multiplayer aspect of this game is always present, you're going to see blood stains on the ground that you can "touch" (srsly, who the hell would go and touch some strange random blood laying on the ground? who cares, its a game right?) this triggers a replay of the last few seconds of another players life leading to their death. You don't see what killed them, only them.

I see these, I touch them, most of them just seem like the person is really bad at this game and like to do stuff like stab power kegs and walk of ledges....


....


oh yeah.


anyways this particular replay shows some poor soul flying half way across the screen like he just got hit by a car. I start having flashbacks to my tutorial induced death at the hands of jabba the gremlihutt. But I don't see anything, no dudes, no gremlins, no giants.


I took a step forward.

No one expects the spanish inquisition.

No one expects a eleventy billion pound dragon to stomp them on the head either.

Death #9ish?

Yeah so I can't help but laugh really. Knowing someone is going to touch my blood and see me go flying across their screen and then they will also inch forward cautiously to their doom.

I took 3 attempts at the boss of 1-2 before I wrapped up my game session. He basically kills me in one hit, that's all I need to give it a rest.

I have this on a rental but it's clear to me I'm going to have to buy it to get anywhere of note.

I felt like writing about a game, not often that I do that. I thought it was a lot of hype and I was brainwashed in to believing that dying in a game would be fun, but it kinda is. I mean you'll be turning it off in frustration I'm sure but it'll have you thinking about how to overcome that challenge when you aren't playing it.

Another thing is that the level design is amazing. How many games have you played where you rush through the level with little to no resistance, and never see it again, or those open world games where you just go on forever. How well do you have them memorized? The upside of this game being hard and making you learn from your mistakes, is that while you'll be slightly annoyed at having to clear through the level again, you will remember it. Every little detail and art asset that the design team worked on will emblazon it's mark upon your memory. It's a testament to how well designed the levels are when you're on your umpteenth clear and you're not gouging your own eyes out. It makes beating it so much more satisfying too.

Having poked around a bit on youtube, it's clear to me that there is a major depth to this game for those willing to go there, and apparently after you beat it, some extra modes for the truly hardcore, that raises the difficulty each time you die.

I may just have to buy this game.

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Old 10-23-2009, 07:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Great read Shauk. This game seems awesome. I'd buy this, but I think I'm going to hold out until Gamefly sends it and just get Uncharted 2 today instead.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have played this game all weekend... and I share the testament above... a really hard, gamers game. Seriously, you need skills for even the most basic of levels. You need to figure out tips and tricks to killing things. Like the big dragon that tries to kill you in 1-2, you can use a bow and about 100 arrows to bring it down and get some good items that you can't even use till you've levelled up enough. Until you're in the next level of progression 2-1, all the while you'll have some half goblin miners having you suck them off because you need piercing weapons.

Did I mention that some people leave some idiotic hints... and as said above... all I'm thinking about it playing it some more, trying new things and finally getting those goblin miners to suck me. I'm addicted to this game... damn those bastard who made this game so damn good.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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