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3 Reasons you should fear Demon's Souls (and one reason why you shouldn't)


Demon's Souls has been hailed as a modern hardcore classic. A game so hard that awaiting it's arrival is akin to sitting on death row. Demon's Souls has already killed thousands of players, possibly millions if you consider the asian release. So besides that, why should you, the gamer who has yet to try Demon Souls, be afraid? Read on as I answer that very question. (minor gameplay spoilers)

1. There is no pause function.

If you need to get up to pee and you're not in the Nexus, you'd better hope that the "safe" spot you think you've found is actually safe. Because if there is a wandering enemy just ahead that you don't know about, you're going to come back from the bathroom and find yourself at the beginning of the level.

Phone ringing in the middle of battle? Pick it up and you're probably dead. Just saying.

2. There are enemies in the very beginning of the game that you cannot beat.

The red knight in 1-1 is already infamous but I see very few people talking about the end of the tutorial, where a giant demon takes you out in one, maybe two hits. I've heard he is as mortal as any demon but I don't think it's possible without new game+, either way, good fucking luck.

3. It has Dragons in it.

And they're big, and in the first level, and they breathe fire. Don't fuck with them unless you have a bow or long range spell of some sort. Unless of course you're trying to trick them into frying up a bunch of enemy soldiers. That's always fun.

So why should you muster up your courage and buy this terrifying piece of software?

Well, besides the amazing art direction and production values, the game is simply fun to play. Yes it's hardcore, yes you're going to die a lot. It took me two hours to beat 1-1. I probably died ten or more times. The going was tough and the going was slow. But I enjoyed every second of it. Learning from your mistakes and developing strategies, not to mention trying new character classes to find the one that suits you best is all very rewarding. Once you find your niche, you'll blow through sections that initially seemed tough to you. In other words, the game is tough, but beatable, go buy it.
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About DaedHead8one of us since 8:06 PM on 12.18.2006

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My name is Sean McLoughlin and I've been sent from the futurepast to march with my fellow robots to victory. For Niero!

My favorite games can be numerous (as I'm sure is true of most here at Dtoid), but my all time favorites are Final Fantasy VI, Diablo II, Bioshock, Braid, Demon's Souls and Metal Gear Solid. I never rent games and I rarely trade in or sell the games I buy so I have a pretty massive game collection. For the sake of space I'll just tell you to check out my Backloggery account which I have linked below.

I'm a video game designer and an RPI graduate with a degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences. When I'm not working with my development group Darkroom Games or gaming you can probably find me reading a science fiction/fantasy novel. My favorite authors are George RR Martin, Terry Brooks, Garth Nix and Terry Goodkind. I'm also a big fan of movies, my all time favorite movie/director is Reservoir Dogs/Tarantino. I love Professional Wrestling, Y2J SAVE US! My favorite band is obviously The Grateful Dead although my musical tastes are quite varied. I listen to everything from Modest Mouse to Wu-Tang Clan.

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