Demon's Souls Hands-on
- Posted September 23rd, 2009 at 19:33 EDT by Adam Dolge
- 26 Comments
Atlus released a new video walkthrough for its upcoming North American release of Demon’s Souls. In this latest video walkthrough, narrated by QA lead Richard Rodrigues, we see how the game’s online components play into the game as a whole.
The game is an action RPG with a few online features. We’ve had a chance to play through the game, and the online features, like the messages left behind from other players, truly offer assistance in this otherwise grueling title.
In addition to messages, players can interact with each other through co-op play and in a PvP sense – but, the majority of the online components act as a guide for the adventurous gamer. Bloodstains on the ground show red-ghostly video depictions of other player’s deaths, essentially showing you what to expect, and what not to do.
You’ll need these messages and bloodstained-death videos to help you through each level. Make no mistake, Demon’s Souls is not for the easily frustrated gamer. When first learning the game, you will die, a lot. Needless to say, this difficulty level offers a great mental reward when you accomplish various goals.
It seems too often that games are getting easier (or maybe, as the gaming community, we are getting better). While there are other games that certainly offer up an enormous challenge, what sets Demon’s Souls apart is that when you die (and you will die), you start each level from the beginning in soul form, fighting the same demons all over again. There are ways around this, like loading a game if you are falling to your death, but by and large, the game’s difficulty rests in how each level is replayed. You can expect to play a lot of the game in spirit form.
Once you’ve mastered the gameplay elements, and learned how each enemy fights, the game starts to open up into a rich action-RPG title unlike anything we’ve played recently. If you take away the online component of Demon’s Souls, the game is still a solid RPG (and a welcome addition to the PlayStation 3), but with the added online components, the game shines, and the usual stagnant world is filled with a great sense of community. But, make sure you watch out for fiendish gamers who want nothing more than to trick you.
Look for our review of Demon’s Souls coming soon, and look for the North American release of the title on October 6.
skinny_jr | Skinnyjr
- 2:34pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
- 2:36pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
Damn I wanted the first comment...awesome read though.
- 2:39pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
@2 c'mon man !!!!!
is this a definite no for Europe ?
- 2:59pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
I want this so bad. @3 they haven't announced anything yet and they may not, but if this was only coming to the UK I would take advantage of the region free situation and import. I love Sony so much for doing that.
- 3:03pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
I only Have blue , black and white stones in the chinese version
where is the red stone ?
- 3:15pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
Its a fantastic game,im playing it like a maniac.The game is deep and the online is great.
- 3:27pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
very dark style this game..
- 3:39pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
I can't wait! Two more weeks! :D
- 3:43pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
the game looks really good and I def. want it, but I'm worried I don't have the time to enjoy how deep it is =/
- 3:51pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
This is hands down one of the best games I've ever played. You all owe it to yourself's to pick this up day one.
- 3:58pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
damn i'm torn between Demon's Souls or Alpha Protocal.
- 5:53pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
@5: You unlock the red eye stone after getting the bad ending. It's rewarded in the new game+ after that ending.
- 7:04pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
thanks for the info
- 7:50pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
cant wait for this baby
- 8:31pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
- 8:46pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
Game looks sweet
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 8:49pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
Wow, this game looks very cool.
- 8:58pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
I'd really like to comment the part saying that maybe the gaming community got "better".
That's imho not true at all, most players that "join" the gaming community nowadays are so reliant on steady support by the game, that they would probably not even manage to succesfully finish a game that doesn't feature a tutorial, or a "smooth-you-in" first level. That was by no means usual back in the day. Nowadays ANY game without Auto-save is considered brutally hard.
- 9:08pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
oh this game has autosave
if you even use a herb it will save the game
so when you die after using all your herbs
you will begin the level with nothing (it happened to me >_<)
- 11:14pm EDT - September 23rd, 2009
Got have Demon Soul. This game looks intense, actually making me contemplate choosing this over Uncharted 2...but most likely not....I have considered it though. Ill be sure to pick this up when I get finished abusing UC2.
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