Wondering if it's really required. I'm way backed up on games as it is and Dark Souls is a long game even for super serious gamers who play a lot every day. I did not play Demon's Souls, either. I figure there's a prominent online integration component which will have waned for Dark Souls, but will be fresh at launch and some time after for DS2, and Demon's Souls is a particular kind of game that sets you to pulling out your hair, Dark Souls, more hair out, I may as well just shave my head and go after Dark Souls 2 without worrying about the predecessors. Not that they're not worthy games, but my gaming time being what it is, it would probably take me many months to get through Dark Souls and I don't have that kind of time, not before DS2 comes out.