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Dark Souls...Again.

So much stuff has come may way this last few weeks. The Steam sale, combined with a shitload of preorders and some other titles on top of that has kept me insanely busy. But the game I am playing more than anything else is Dark Souls.

There are probably one too many blogs on the internet gushing about this game, but after jumping into it for a second time, on PC now as opposed to PS3, I just can't think of enough good things to say. It is the first open world game I have played that truly feels like a real place.

Despite the upcoming sequel, I think it's important for people to give Dark Souls a try. For me, it was a game changing experience, one that transformed my expectations of a genre I had long felt was becoming stale in many respects. I was one of the few people out there who was completely disenchanted by the likes of Skyrim and Dragon Age, both being journeys that were dissimilar to others, but familiar in comparison to their predecessors. That isn't to say I thought either of them were bad; I just wanted something new, something different, and Dark Souls delivered where no other game has. And nearly two years after playing it for the first time on Playstation, and stopping due to a growling lack of access to that console, I am finally back in the game, this time with my full attention given on the PC. And my opinion of the game hasn't changed; I am actually even more fond of it now than I was back then.

A superb game, and hopefully, a superb franchise once the second one finally hits store shelves. I am skeptical it can live up to the original just because a part of the appeal for me is the uniqueness of the play style overall. This will be the third visit to the Souls game "system", and I think you can only strike gold so many times before your ax starts to chip and the experience becomes stale. But for what it's worth, Dark Souls will always stand out to me as one of the best games I have ever had the pleasure of playing, and no amount of botched sequels can tarnish that.
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About TheManchildone of us since 2:03 PM on 08.10.2011


I am an aging man with starving children. I write blogs about video games. My favorite system is the Game Boy. I have three of them in my house; one in the shitter, one by my computer, and one in my pocket.

My aspiration in life is to not die. Runner up is writing and creating random bullshit related to my only hobby, which is games. I guess I read books too. But nobody cares about OLD MAN hobbies like that, so get outta town, GRANDPA!

My favorite game is Ecco the Dolphin. I like to speedrun it because it makes me feel like a big man, except when the credits run, which is where I usually reflect sadly upon the rest of my life. I love dick jokes and farts. Dickfarts.

I want to write for Destructoid some day, but the staff here are too smart to hire me. I need to find a clever way to trick a legitimate enthusiast site to pay me a small amount of money to do something for them or I can never happy.

But even then, I probably still won't be happy.

Such is life.

PSN ID:Phosisthedolphin
Steam ID:joeldavidpeterson


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