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Dark Souls  



Reviewed: 7/10: Good
( ps3 version reviewed )





10:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark S...

Jordan Devore




7:30 PM on 05.19.2014

Namco 'seeking avenues' to continue supporting Dark Souls on PC

Bandai Namco has provided an update on the future of Dark Souls PC, which uses Games for Windows Live -- a service that's believed to be shutting down in July -- for its online play. First, the game "will remain fully functio...

Jordan Devore




6:30 PM on 03.10.2014

How many times have you died in Dark Souls?

While we do our best to kill time on this final day before the console release of Dark Souls II, here's a fun little distraction: a website that tells you how many times you've died in Dark Souls. At the time of writing, this...

Jordan Devore




11:00 PM on 08.12.2013

The definitive Dark Souls trailer is fan-made

The story of Dark Souls can be glossed over if you aren't actively seeking it out. And even then, there's a lot of effort required on the part of players -- a lot of piecing together of seemingly disparate in-game text snipp...

Jordan Devore




3:00 PM on 06.14.2013

Sony executive loves Demon's Souls and wants to see more

Sony "dropped the ball" with Demon's Souls, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confessed to Polygon. After co-developing the acclaimed PlayStation 3 title with From Software, Sony declined to publish the game in w...

Kyle MacGregor




1:00 PM on 04.29.2013

Super Best Guide! Dark Souls

Another game they claim is hard, another game smashed by gaming pimp sorcerer Jim Sterling. Using just a few simple tricks and the power of intimidation, learn how to become a master Dark Souls player in this handy video!

Jim Sterling




4:00 AM on 04.12.2013

Dark Souls sold more than two million copies

At a recent conference in Japan, Eiichi Nakajima, From Software's Executive Director, announced sales figures for Dark Souls. Across all platforms, the notoriously merciless game sold 2,367,000 copies. According to Nakajima, ...

Brett Makedonski




6:00 PM on 11.02.2012

Dark Souls director tells the truth about the pendant

Did you pick the pendant as a starting gift in Dark Souls under the impression that it would, at some unknown later point, have either an impact on the story or a hidden gameplay use? I did on my first playthrough. Considerin...

Jordan Devore




9:00 PM on 10.23.2012

Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss is out now for consoles

If you were looking to grab the Artorias of the Abyss content for Dark Souls without having to rebuy the Prepare to Die Edition of the game, that option is now available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players. It's downloadab...

Jordan Devore




4:30 PM on 09.24.2012

Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss dated for consoles

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Editon, which launched on PC this August, had with it bonus content not available on consoles called Artorias of the Abyss which contained new items, bosses, and areas among other things. As most wh...

Harry Monogenis




7:00 PM on 09.07.2012

Namco: Dark Souls 'easy mode' quote was a mistranslation

Metro's interview with Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki resulted in a fascinating, surprisingly well-thought-out discussion about difficulty in games. The quote everyone fixated on -- "I am thinking about whether I shoul...

Jordan Devore




1:00 PM on 09.03.2012

Dark Souls director contemplating doing a new difficulty

Speaking to Metro, Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki said the reception to the game "was really a huge surprise" and that he "did not expect the success at all." For better or worse, From Software doesn't hold your hand; ...

Jordan Devore




8:00 AM on 06.01.2012

More details and a trailer for Dark Souls DLC

Yesterday, the word was out that Namco Bandai would be releasing a DLC expansion for Dark Souls entitled, "Artorias of the Abyss," arriving on consoles this winter. Today, a new trailer for the content has been released...

Conrad Zimmerman




10:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Dark Souls is getting Steam support and console DLC

Remember when Dark Souls was announced exclusively with Games for Windows Live support, and everyone went crazy? Well, as expected, there's good news for those passionate fans, as Namco Bandai has just confirmed the Steam rel...

Chris Carter




9:30 PM on 05.08.2012

Dark Souls sells 1.19 million copies across NA and Europe

It turns out that quite a lot of you were willing to give Dark Souls a chance. Far more than I would've imagined, that's for certain. According to Namco Bandai, From Software's challenging action-RPG has sold 1.19 million uni...

Jordan Devore




6:00 PM on 04.11.2012

Dark Souls PC uses GFWL, gamers mobilize to stop it

The above header image is what gamers' hopes and dreams likely saw when news emerged that Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition would be using Games For Windows Live, known throughout the land as a load of shit. If you feel mise...

Jim Sterling




11:00 AM on 04.09.2012

Praise the Sun! Dark Souls PC seemingly confirmed

Nice work, gamers. It seems Dark Souls will be getting a PC version, as revealed by German magazine PC Action. Don't let anyone tell you that rallying together on the Internet for a shared cause is a waste of time. While we h...

Jordan Devore




8:00 AM on 03.21.2012

Dark Souls news coming, PC port expected

A tantalizing new Dark Souls announcement is being teased, and the giddy mistresses of the Internet all in a dither. According to the game's official Facebook page, some news is on the way, and you can speed up the process.&n...

Jim Sterling




5:00 PM on 02.25.2012

Dark Souls strategy guide delivered straight to your PS3

I've still not played Dark Souls yet, the main reason being that I haven't even finished Demon's Souls. I could probably finish the rest in a weekend, but I simply get too exasperated with my own ineptitude that it takes all ...

Fraser Brown




10:00 AM on 01.09.2012

Dark Souls PC petition boasts over 48,000 signatures

Last week, we brought word of a petition asking Namco Bandai to release Dark Souls on PC. At last count, there were 13,000 signatures. Now, there are over 48,000 and the number keeps climbing. Just two hours ago (at the time ...

Jim Sterling




7:00 PM on 11.22.2011

That hefty Dark Souls patch has finally left Japan

Earlier this month, we heard about a significant patch for Dark Souls which addressed many minor criticisms as well as a number of important design issues. Well, it's finally ready for us non-Japanese players. Patch 1.05 is l...

Jordan Devore




10:00 PM on 11.08.2011

Dark Souls trailer advises you to 'prepare to die'

I have to say, just thinking about playing Dark Souls terrifies me. As someone who gets easily frustrated while playing videogames, the idea of Dark Souls' punishing gameplay seems like a recipe for an ulcer. However this ne...

Alasdair Duncan




10:00 PM on 11.02.2011

Praise the sun for this new Dark Souls patch

Many of us were pleasantly surprised to hear that 1.5 million copies of Dark Souls have been shipped worldwide. "Praise the sun," indeed. Following this bit of cheerfulness, there's patch 1.04 -- it's coming with some greatly...

Jordan Devore




8:40 AM on 11.02.2011

Dark Souls ships 1.5 million copies

From Software's Dark Souls seems to be doing pretty well, with Namco Bandai revealing that 1.5 million copies have shipped throughout the world. It's hardly Call of Duty numbers, but it's impressive for what it is! 40,000 of ...

Jim Sterling




10:30 PM on 10.25.2011

New trailer highlights the enemies of Dark Souls

How has Dark Souls been treating everyone? Last I asked, I was just near the end and have since started up a new game+. Getting revenge on the initial few hours' worth of enemies is immensely satisfying and actually makes up...

Jordan Devore




10:30 PM on 10.17.2011

Watch someone run through Dark Souls in under 90 minutes

It didn't take long at all for a post-worthy run of Dark Souls to make the rounds. Yeah, you might just want to save this for later (perhaps much later) if you aren't very far into the game yourself. At least for me, the sen...

Jordan Devore




11:30 PM on 10.13.2011

This Dark Souls trailer reaffirms why it's worth playing

Have you still not picked up Dark Souls? What gives? Go watch that trailer one more time. Go on, I'll be here waiting. Are you back? Good. I know that trailer got you excited; you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not pick...

Brett Zeidler




5:30 PM on 10.05.2011

Live show: Grinding souls on Mash Tactics

[Not sure what Mash Tactics is? I've included a classic highlight to show you just a glimpse of what you've been missing, you daft fool! You can see all of Destructoid's previously aired live shows in our archives.] T...

Bill Zoeker




6:35 PM on 10.04.2011

Review: Dark Souls

First, allow me to begin with a caveat; I have not completed Dark Souls. I have invested over 90 hours of play into the game, exploring the vast majority of its world and facing off against (if not defeating) many of the b...

Conrad Zimmerman




12:00 PM on 10.04.2011

Dark Souls might have a supply problem

It would appear that Namco Bandai may have been a little too conservative with its sales estimates for Dark Souls (review coming soon!), allegations mount around the Internet of retailers overselling their stock. Best Bu...

Jim Sterling




7:30 PM on 09.29.2011

Big names behind Dark Souls soundtrack

Demon's Souls featured what was arguably one of the best soundtracks of 2009, and after playing the demo build of Dark Souls at E3 this past June I was pretty certain I was hearing the return of composer Shinsuke Kida with hi...

Jayson Napolitano




3:00 PM on 09.28.2011

These things will kill you in Dark Souls

Namco Bandai has released this gorgeous trailer for Dark Souls, focused on some of the baddest enemies the game has to offer. I have faced against some of the beasts seen here as I play the game for review and, while I'm not...

Conrad Zimmerman




9:20 AM on 09.23.2011

Dark Souls has problematic online launch, fix coming

Dark Souls hit Japan this week, but it was far from a smooth launch. The game's been plagued with freezing issues, the whole thing tending to lock up once players go online. From Software has taken the servers down while it w...

Jim Sterling




1:00 PM on 09.21.2011

From Software has a surprise for early Dark Souls players

It seems From Software has a treat for those playing Dark Souls ahead of its September 22 release date in Japan: incredibly powerful enemies (even in the context of these games). Yup, they're apparently invading players' worl...

Jordan Devore




9:00 PM on 09.15.2011

From Software's full Dark Souls prologue

Rounding out the Dark Souls prologue series is the final clip, though for the sake of convenience, Namco Bandai has simply thrown them all together into one video. Enjoy, if you haven't imposed a media blackout on yourself. For everyone else who can't get enough, do check out Allistair's coverage of the first thirty minutes of Dark Souls from Tokyo Game Show.

Jordan Devore




8:00 PM on 09.14.2011

TGS: The first 30 minutes of Dark Souls

From Software are some real, tough dudes. Not in that they can kick my ass (probably), but in that their game design philosophy and dedication to their craft make other developers look like complete pants-pissing wimps. Th...

Allistair Pinsof




12:45 PM on 09.09.2011

Third Dark Souls prologue video brings the dragons

Yep, we're already on part three of the Dark Souls prologue series. Time sure does fly. I told myself I'd stop being the one to post these things, but this one has an army of dragons, and one of them gets its horn blown off by a lighting bolt. There was no turning it down, period. If you've missed out on the prior installments, click here and then here.

Jordan Devore




11:30 AM on 09.01.2011

Second Dark Souls prologue video is foreboding

The first prologue video for Dark Souls wasn't particularly interesting, but it did serve a point. Now, in part two, we can begin getting into the good stuff. We're shown a bunch of vile fiends who you probably wouldn't want to invite to your birthday party. The dude with the scraggly beard, in particular -- no, just no. It's almost a month until Dark Souls hits retail, guys. We can do this.

Jordan Devore




6:30 PM on 08.31.2011

Preview: Dark Souls

While many gamers’ attention this fall may be on a certain open-world action-RPG -- which is awesome according to Jim Sterling because it has "f*cking dragons" in it -- I myself can't be more excited for From Softw...

Wesley Ruscher




8:30 PM on 08.25.2011

Behind the torment: Dark Souls prologue video part one

This first in a series of prologue videos for Dark Souls tells us more about the birth of the game's world. Granted, there isn't a lot to talk about quite yet, but I am intrigued to see where these go. You know sh*t's about ...

Jordan Devore




1:15 PM on 08.22.2011

Dark Souls trailer: That wolf had a sword in its mouth!

I feel like we're seeing more or less the same stuff with these trailers, but it's Dark Souls, so none of us are complaining. This one has a sword-wielding wolf in it, and there's nothing about that scenario that's not 1) aw...

Jordan Devore




12:45 PM on 08.17.2011

Dark Souls brings skeletons, dragons, bug-things, YES!

Here's a new trailer and some cool screenshots for Dark Souls, full of so many jacked-up monsters that you won't be able to stop giggling in anticipation of some serious hardcore combat.  From dragons to gigantic bug cr...

Jim Sterling




11:15 AM on 08.15.2011

ESRB: Dark Souls has bird-people with buttocks

The ESRB has rated From Software's upcoming beauty Dark Souls, and as always, the rating does a fine job of making the game sound awesome. Among the delectable treats, we've been informed of multi-headed dragons, bodies on sp...

Jim Sterling




9:20 AM on 07.11.2011

Dark Souls screens coax sperm out of my jolly erection

I am at once giddily excited for and terrified about Dark Souls. I cannot wait to get into a another beautifully bleak world and have the limits of my patience strained. However, I also know this game will overtake my life an...

Jim Sterling




8:30 PM on 07.07.2011

You can make Dark Souls even more challenging for others

Those evil masterminds at From Software are giving Dark Souls players the ability to grief one another in a most dastardly fashion. It's in the game, so it's fair! Unless it happens to you, naturally. The Pyromancer can summo...

Jordan Devore




2:20 PM on 06.27.2011

Design a shield in the Dark Souls design contest

You're going to need a shield in Dark Souls, so why not have it be one of your own design? Namco Bandai is holding a shield design contest on their Facebook page from June 27th to July 28th.  Up to three design...

Dale North




4:00 AM on 06.16.2011

Design a Dark Souls shield to cower behind

If Dark Souls is anything like Demon's Souls (spoiler: it's a lot like Demon's Souls), you'll probably spend a lot of time cringing behind a shield, a flimsy piece of metal the only thing between you and untold horrors wait...

Josh Tolentino




9:40 AM on 06.03.2011

Dark Souls gets a Japanese date, fancy map and CD

Mmmmm. Delicious Dark Souls. I'm already excited. And scared. From Software's bigger, badder beast is coming our way, thanks to Namco Bandai. Japan gets a solid release date for the title: September 15th. It will be priced at...

Dale North








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