One of the best RPGs of this generation
Stick it to the man
In a game that so regularly frustrates, Black Phantoms are insult heaped upon injury. But, just like all the game's other enemies, they can be defeated. And they serve to remind you that perseverance isn't enough in Demon's Souls, only perfection will do.
It makes you feel you've been nothing but a spectator in other RPGs, as you cut an omnipotent swathe through their worlds, with death cheapened to mere inconvenience. Demon's Souls' greatest success is in breathing new life into death, to afford it real consequence once more, and to make the player fear it above all else.
And what more fitting reward for finally completing Demon's Souls than the chance to replay it through on a higher difficulty setting. But if that doesn't wet your sadomasochistic appetite, then how about the rumour that the game can be played through seven or eight times, each time with the difficulty raised by a further 20%?
As dodgy as they come
Demon's Souls is one of the best RPGs of this generation and one of the best reasons to own a PS3. It comes highly recommended not despite its difficulty, but because of it. No other current-gen game can rival the severity of its test or the feeling of accomplishment in its mastery.
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I loved level 2-1, the prison. One of the scariest levels in the whole game.
This game took well over 100 hours of my life - until RDR forced me to hang up my sword for a while. I've still got my US version at home... so perhaps one day I'll return. :)
It's not that hard, especially once you get the timing down for bosses and the harder enemies. If anything, it reminds me of those bullet hell shooters of old where timing and skill was everything.
The worst place has to be the swamp area filled with poison and decay, easiest being world 4 with the storm beasts and skeletons. I highly recommend a bow and arrow there.
...exactly that sort of mad fanboy comment when Barbarian came out; oh, it has to be played in the C64, the Spectrum version is rubbish.
Well, yes. But as the Spectrum version still came with a poster of Maria Whitaker, it wasn't entirely without merit...
Another one in a long chain of killer PS3-only exclusives that make all the other consoles look very last-gen indeed.
Sony's investment in studios rather than short-term exclusivity bribes is now seriously paying off. Anyone that considers themselves a gamer clearly needs to own a PS3.