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If you've been craving jolly cooperation in the original Dark Souls, now is the time to play

One of the best parts of a Dark Souls game is the social element. Reading messages scrawled by possibly helpful, possibly malicious players, taking on bosses with a co-op buddy, and of course, invading and repelling invaders. Sadly, like ev...   read

 
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Dark Souls is now playable on Xbox One

Dark Souls -- the first, not the third -- is the latest game to be added to Microsoft's ever-expanding list of backward compatible titles for the Xbox One. This is no surprise, as we've known for a month that this was the plan. But, th...   read

 
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Come grab a free copy of Dark Souls on PC!

Have you never played a Dark Souls game? Worried about being left behind when everyone gets their hands on Dark Souls III next month? Well, fear no more because the Golden Joysticks have got you covered. If you’re in the UK or the wid...   read

 
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Man beats Dark Souls without getting hit, immediately tries again

Dark Souls can be tough. Not that tough, but, still. And not to take away from the impressive runs wherein Dark Souls was beaten with mirrored controls or Donkey Konga bongos or a DDR pad or by way of a million different Twitch chat inputs....   read

 
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Praise the Moon: Dark Souls is coming to Xbox One via compatibility

Get it? Praise the moon? I am good at memes, right guys? In other Souls news, Namco Bandai has just unveiled that the original Dark Souls is going to be backward compatible on Xbox One by way of a bonus. As listed on Microsoft's UK site, if...   read

 
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Dark Souls is getting its own comic series

In the past, I’ve said that Dark Souls is my least favourite game of all time. However, it finally clicked for me last week and having now finished the first game I can say that while it certainly has its fair share of problems, I act...   read

 
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Twitch Plays Dark Souls has beaten Ornstein & Smough

Well this is embarrassing. Twitch Plays Dark Souls is officially now doing better in the game than I ever have. They’ve beaten what is considered by some to be the game’s most difficult boss: Ornstein & Smough. At first, it...   read

 
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What's your take on Twitch Plays Dark Souls, and its shift to cheating?

When Twitch Plays Dark Souls managed to get to the first boss of the game, there was quite the commotion. Sadly, it seems as if they just couldn't manage it amidst all the chaos, and thus, they decided to cheat. How did they cheat, exactly?...   read

 
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Twitch Plays Dark Souls managed to defeat the second boss

Twitch Plays Dark Souls had been a bit of a shambles right from the get go. Players spent days and days stuck in the very first section of the game, at which point the creator of the stream changed the rules and made the entire game almost...   read

 
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It only took 112 tries to beat Dark Souls' hardest boss with voice commands

Please save your hardest boss arguments for someone else, as Dark Souls isn't even hard anyways, as I have deftly proven a second time. To enough folks, Ornstein and Smough are pegged as toughest. The duo, "was responsible for 111 out of 4...   read

 
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Dark Souls franchise sells 8M copies

The Dark Souls franchise has sold over eight million copies worldwide, with more than 3.25 million copies sold on PC alone. Famitsu - reporting from a From Software presentation - confirmed the original Dark Souls game sold over 2.4 co...   read

 
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Play Dark Souls like a boss...literally

Dark Souls modder White Lord of DaTeHaCKs has created a mod that'll put you squarely in the shoes/hooves/claws/whatever of your favourite worst nightmare. The Darks Souls Boss Arena Mod "enhances the Debug Mode options for the ga...   read

 
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What is your favorite Souls series boss?

Yesterday, we talked about From Software Director Hidetaka Miyazaki's favorite boss fight from the Souls series. Interestingly enough it was the Old Monk from Demon's Souls, an encounter that blurred the line between a s...   read

 
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Guy beats Dark Souls with DK Bongos

That was a scary couple of minutes there while I dug through storage to confirm that, yes, my DK Bongos and copy of Donkey Konga have not vanished in recent years. My drum-whacking abilities have since dried up, though. Big mistake trying ...   read

 
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Dark Souls PC multiplayer no longer region locked

Region-free Dark Souls multiplayer, just the way we like it. From Software has issued an update on Steam that allows players to summon and invade one another regardless of where they live. While these cross-country connections aren't always...   read

 
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You defeated Games for Windows Live, Dark Souls Steam migration update out now

The long-time-coming update that replaces Games for Windows Live with Steamworks in Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC is out today. Full instructions on how to transfer your achievements and save data are over here, but here's the g...   read

 
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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 Souls was among ...   read

 
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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 functional on GFWL for...   read

 
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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 only works for...   read

 
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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 snippets. If yo...   read

 
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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 western markets,...   read

 
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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!   read

 
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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, the original re...   read

 
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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. Considering how that prev...   read

 
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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 downloadable as of today ...   read

 
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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 who follow Dark S...   read

 
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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 should prepare anoth...   read

 
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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; most people I k...   read

 
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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 along with som...   read

 
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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 release of Dark So...   read

 
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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 units in Europe an...   read

 
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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 miserable at this i...   read

 
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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 haven't received...   read

 
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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.  In order t...   read

 
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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 of my strength ...   read

 
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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 of writing), th...   read

 
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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 live on Xbox 360...   read

 
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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 new trailer makes...   read

 
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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 appreciated tw...   read

 
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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 those copies we...   read

 
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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 for those even...   read

 
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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 sense of explorati...   read

 
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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 picking up the game...   read

 
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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.] Today, Mash Tact...   read

 
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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 boss enemies. I ...   read

 
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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 Buy, Newegg and A...   read

 
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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 his powerful orch...   read

 
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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 at liberty to ...   read

 
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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 works on a patch...   read

 
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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' worlds with Black P...   read

 

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