In a sentence that will surprise no one, I absolutely love Dark Souls. It is my most played game of...ever. On PC alone, I have put in 120 hours, after putting in nearly 200 on XBox. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot compared to people who really like games like Civ 5 or Skyrim, but for me, that is some serious dedication. So basically, I know a thing or two about the game, and hold it near and dear. With that, I wanted to talk about the preorder bonuses that everyone has been ranting and raving about, and why they don’t matter. At all.
1. The Game Isn’t About Your Gear
I saw a lot of people say things along the lines of ‘but then people who pre ordered will have better gear to invade people with’. Have you never played Dark Souls online? So many times I would make it to the Parish to be invaded by a player in full dragon form with a +5 lightning weapon. The only time where this is a valid argument is if you played the game on the midnight release for the first four hours. After that, you are going to have low level players with high level gear griefing those who know less about the game. The speculation is that the pre order weapons will have less scalability into the mid game, which means that you should replace them after maybe four or five hours. The good weapons will probably be maybe twelve hours in before someone figures it out? After a week, there will be a guide on how to rush to the most overpowered weapon at level one, just to invade people at the start of the game. There will be videos. There will be indictments. There will be Dark Souls.
4.Accessibility Doesn’t Suck and There is Some Custom Difficulty
I’ll go ahead and say it. I believe it. The first Dark Souls could have used some improvement. Especially to make it more accessible. You can’t play at the highest level until you understand equipment burdens, poise, and stability. It could have stood to teach you more about kindling and reinforcing weapons. Trying to beat the gargoyles with a +0 halberd and 5 estus was not fun for me. The game was torture. But it was pretty, and it was different, so I wanted to keep going with it. If items like the pre order ones let people get a little bit further in than they would otherwise, if it lets them get hooked into the game, then so much the better. On top of that, this in no way affects how you get to play the game. If you want to start with a slightly worse weapon and impose some more strict guidelines, you have that ability! I have been doing it since about playthrough 3, because otherwise the game is too easy, and too much the same. Or you could go Diablo on it and beat the ‘too easy’ version and go straight to NG+. Or run and get yourself cursed early. Turn off the HUD. The game doesn’t hurt for challenge if you look for it.
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