• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Oct 6, 2009
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  1. Picolo
    Oct 30, 2009
    9
    Fantastic Game, but one you really need to invest in, it ain't a pick up and play, it takes hours to hone your skills ans startegies, but haven't enjoyed a game so much since vagrant story
  2. chrisJ
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Gamervision should go play some disney game or something! IF your a OLD SCHOOL HARD CORE GAMER! then you don't wana miss it. YES, this game takes the n00bs, chew them up and then spit them out. BUT so did the 1st Armored core game. Then they eventualy dumbed it down for all the n00bs and the end result was AC4 & FA. I hope Form Software NEVER makes that mistake again! This I a good Gamervision should go play some disney game or something! IF your a OLD SCHOOL HARD CORE GAMER! then you don't wana miss it. YES, this game takes the n00bs, chew them up and then spit them out. BUT so did the 1st Armored core game. Then they eventualy dumbed it down for all the n00bs and the end result was AC4 & FA. I hope Form Software NEVER makes that mistake again! This I a good game ... EVER ps3 owner should try it. Expand
  3. Ivan-
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Totally unforgiving, the whole design is about making the experience ever more difficult and convince you as a player that you're not good enough and you should pass (and go play more accessible games). The magic is that it works! I'm not patient at all with games but I feel like I have something to prove with Demon's Souls and I want to keep moving forward no matter how Totally unforgiving, the whole design is about making the experience ever more difficult and convince you as a player that you're not good enough and you should pass (and go play more accessible games). The magic is that it works! I'm not patient at all with games but I feel like I have something to prove with Demon's Souls and I want to keep moving forward no matter how slow or how long it takes me to get there. To be played with a different mindset, like one reviewer put it "Demon's Souls gives you an ultimatum; get good, or die. They just don't make many console games like this anymore." If you're ready to accept a ridiculous level of difficulty, if you're ready to replay the same bits over and over again and if you're in a mood for a medieval/ fantasy action RPG, go for it. But be warned, it's extreme and it's what makes it exceptional! I'm already thrilled and scared to play the game again. It directly enters my top list of favourite games! Even with flaws I want to give it a 10, not because it's perfect (it's not) but because it's fantastic and unique! Expand
  4. MagnificoG.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    This review may seem biased and only meant to upset the very low scores pansies are giving this game, and you'd be partially right to think that way. Except that Demon's Souls is truly a masterpiece just as it's also and adquired taste. The gameplay works and it's infinitely rewarding, the story not so much but the atmosphere this game has invites you to get lost (and This review may seem biased and only meant to upset the very low scores pansies are giving this game, and you'd be partially right to think that way. Except that Demon's Souls is truly a masterpiece just as it's also and adquired taste. The gameplay works and it's infinitely rewarding, the story not so much but the atmosphere this game has invites you to get lost (and stay lost) in a world inmmersive as no other you have played in years. Every different character you create will change the experience for you, and you will love to master every new approach each class and weapon/magic brings into it. Or maybe you won't, and that means you are pretty much a pansy (nevermind your "taste") but that's ok. Expand
  5. CoryM
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    This is one of the key reasons to buy a PS3. This is a top notch Action game with amazing environments, fantastic gameplay, and truly rewarding difficulty. When you die in this game, and you will die, you do not get frustrated and feel the game is cheap. You know why you died, and it almost always your own mistake. The levels are amazingly designed from a huge sprawling castle to a hope This is one of the key reasons to buy a PS3. This is a top notch Action game with amazing environments, fantastic gameplay, and truly rewarding difficulty. When you die in this game, and you will die, you do not get frustrated and feel the game is cheap. You know why you died, and it almost always your own mistake. The levels are amazingly designed from a huge sprawling castle to a hope draining prison guarded by brutal mind flayer guards. I cannot recommended this enough for anyone who enjoys fantasy themed games and does not mind a little difficulty. Expand
  6. CameronK.
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    This game is one of the best console Action RPG's this year. The game is built on an old school foundation of when you die you start all the way back at the beginning and loose all of your souls. Dieing though is usually the result of not being good enough to progress so your constantly learning and improving as the game goes on.
  7. jojoF.
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    Its amazing its brutal and relentless if you enjoy rpgs and your not one to get discouraged by failing this game is for you. the amount of perseverance needed is matched by none the combat is like nothing ive played before it blows oblivion away. Its in no way a game for the casual player you need to put time and alooot of effort into overcoming an enemy but when you do man it feels Its amazing its brutal and relentless if you enjoy rpgs and your not one to get discouraged by failing this game is for you. the amount of perseverance needed is matched by none the combat is like nothing ive played before it blows oblivion away. Its in no way a game for the casual player you need to put time and alooot of effort into overcoming an enemy but when you do man it feels awesome never played a game like it. Expand
  8. AndrewG.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    One of the best games of the year. It's a VERY challenging game but it also rewards you for you efforts. Has some very nice ideas for Online community and it will give you hours and hours worth of Dungeon Crawling. It's a must have game if you're a RPG fan, specially in this Generation of games where we've received so few good RPGs.
  9. ZuesZ.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Truly an amazing experience that fans of rpg games and action games will love. In fact this is a game I recommend every one to try. Its deep with a long adventure tons of story not to mention the amazing on-line system that makes this simple looking game turn in to a MMO. Seriously you will feel that this game is a MMO after you start playing it on-line. It really takes the experience to Truly an amazing experience that fans of rpg games and action games will love. In fact this is a game I recommend every one to try. Its deep with a long adventure tons of story not to mention the amazing on-line system that makes this simple looking game turn in to a MMO. Seriously you will feel that this game is a MMO after you start playing it on-line. It really takes the experience to a whole new level. I HIGHLY recommend this game to every one. If i could give this game a 11 I would. Expand
  10. joelf.
    Oct 9, 2009
    10
    This game is one of my 3 favorite playstation 3 exclusives, little big planet & pixeljunk monsters being the other 2. DS is of course nothing like those two, except that it's multiplayer. It pushes the action rpg genre to new heights, and is, for this action rpg lover, the most compelling game released on the system thus far. I think of it as a "shadow mmo", since you constantly see This game is one of my 3 favorite playstation 3 exclusives, little big planet & pixeljunk monsters being the other 2. DS is of course nothing like those two, except that it's multiplayer. It pushes the action rpg genre to new heights, and is, for this action rpg lover, the most compelling game released on the system thus far. I think of it as a "shadow mmo", since you constantly see other players, but you aren't always interacting with them. Expand
  11. MonkeyKungFu
    Jan 11, 2010
    9
    Fantastic game play with a truly innovative Multiplayer experience. Minor AI shortcomings keep this title from being as difficult as it should be, with several trivial bosses.
  12. ericu
    Jan 14, 2010
    10
    yes, it is a very challlenging game & you will die alot at first but .....what an awesome game i htink the challenge is what makes it fun...
  13. KostasI.
    Jan 21, 2010
    9
    I cant really even begin to express how much i love this game. Few games get developed as such these days and even fewer are getting sold but a name like ATLUS and FROM software is enough to apeal to the niche market of the -true- hardcore gamer. This is a game where everything matters, your movement and positioning matters, colision detection matters, badly judged attacks or parry skills I cant really even begin to express how much i love this game. Few games get developed as such these days and even fewer are getting sold but a name like ATLUS and FROM software is enough to apeal to the niche market of the -true- hardcore gamer. This is a game where everything matters, your movement and positioning matters, colision detection matters, badly judged attacks or parry skills matters, diyng GOD DAMN matters. This game will make "stat grinders" squeel in frustration and brand the game as "unforgivable" and "stupid" because the game will not make them the favour of going with their waters. If you consider yourself a hardcore gamer and enjoys a -true- challenge rather than the endless stat grindfest that other games have you going through then look no further than Demon's Souls. A dungeon crawler game to end all dungeon crawlers. Step into the game and love and every second of your (many) deaths or simply cry about your incompetence. Expand
  14. LudvikoN
    Jan 23, 2010
    10
    Extremely good game. Probably one of the best I ever played. No doubt the game of the year 09.
  15. JimT.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    One of my faves this gen (I own the 360 and PS3), haven't stopped playing it since purchased mid December so that means the likes of Unchartered, ACII, GTA LC stories and MW2 are getting overlooked at the moment. I have played those other games a bit (all Christmas presents) but I always find myself being drawn back to DS. I don't call myself a hardcore gamer and would normally One of my faves this gen (I own the 360 and PS3), haven't stopped playing it since purchased mid December so that means the likes of Unchartered, ACII, GTA LC stories and MW2 are getting overlooked at the moment. I have played those other games a bit (all Christmas presents) but I always find myself being drawn back to DS. I don't call myself a hardcore gamer and would normally become frustrated with endless deaths but this game is so special I keep coming back for more. No other game I've played in the last few years comes close in terms of rewarding gameplay and punishing a 'charging in' kind of attitude. You get to learn that slow progress is generally the key due to the fact that you restart the level and lose your collected souls if you die, which then makes you treat every enemy encounter with the respect it deserves. Quite simply, it's fantastic. I'm in the UK so had to import a US copy which is the first time I've ever had to do that as any other game I've wanted had been released over here, had to be done though is this game is that special. Expand
  16. JohnF
    Feb 11, 2010
    10
    This game is amazing. I have been a gamer for a long time and my main genres are RPG's, Racing, and Sandbox with some FPS and i gotta tell you this might be the greatest game ive ever played. The graphics are great, the story and backstory is pretty deep and the RPG elements are right there with the likes of oblivion. And for weaklings like MiKE and know how to play an RPG and level This game is amazing. I have been a gamer for a long time and my main genres are RPG's, Racing, and Sandbox with some FPS and i gotta tell you this might be the greatest game ive ever played. The graphics are great, the story and backstory is pretty deep and the RPG elements are right there with the likes of oblivion. And for weaklings like MiKE and know how to play an RPG and level up your character so the game is not so hard (except for that damn world 5-2 LOL) then you will be rewarded with a great game and a staple to next gen gaming and RPG's. With great graphics, story, custimization, and zelda type combat that is fun and simple at first and then very rewarding later this is the greatest next gen game ive ever played right over the likes of Twilight Princess, Infamous, Mass effect, and oblivion. Demon Souls is a masterpiece dont be scared like MiKE and try it out. Expand
  17. JT
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    This is what games should be like. Rewarding. There are too many games where you can just waltz in and kill everything. I dont understand why developers are making their player base stupid. Gaming used to be about skill. Now it seems like its just about items that make the game stupid simple.
  18. JoelO
    Nov 16, 2009
    9
    This game is by far an instant classic! Its the gaming experience I have been waiting for from this gen. Playing it made me feel like I was 14 again. Its so fun and engaging. The atmosphere is really immersive, and you really believe that your there. The online components are revolutionary and very creative. Immediately signing you in to the PSN when you start up, your level of player to This game is by far an instant classic! Its the gaming experience I have been waiting for from this gen. Playing it made me feel like I was 14 again. Its so fun and engaging. The atmosphere is really immersive, and you really believe that your there. The online components are revolutionary and very creative. Immediately signing you in to the PSN when you start up, your level of player to player interaction is unbelievable, and actually brought back memories of the old multiplayer Arcade days. Playing games like double dragon, or that Simpsons game when you were having trouble defeating a boss or a stage and someone would come up, place a quarter in and help you out. The ability to challenge players to duels also brings back memories of the old Street Fighter days. Its a really fun, and unique experience that shouldn't be missed. Its EXTREMELY difficult. But that's one of the reasons why I love it. Expand
  19. FarronS
    Oct 12, 2009
    10
    You will notice a trend with any low scores given to this title
  20. DanielT
    Oct 13, 2009
    10
    One of the most addicting and refreshing games of the year, it's hard to put down the controller. The World Tendency system and the online multiplayer will ensure that you never run out of things to do.
  21. BenjaminB
    Oct 13, 2009
    9
    This game is not so much "hard" as it is demanding. Demanding focus, patience, and detemination. It's a game that insists I take it seriously; instead of catering to my inherent laziness, Demon's Souls makes my every choice, every reaction, each corridor I travel valuable by the very fact that I have survived (up to that point!) it's incessant attempts to turn me back, keep This game is not so much "hard" as it is demanding. Demanding focus, patience, and detemination. It's a game that insists I take it seriously; instead of catering to my inherent laziness, Demon's Souls makes my every choice, every reaction, each corridor I travel valuable by the very fact that I have survived (up to that point!) it's incessant attempts to turn me back, keep me out, and make me sorry for even trying. This is not only a great game, it is an important game. (There is also plenty on the web in the way of FAQs, wikis & forums to make up for the lack of handholding in-game.) Expand
  22. JonathanK.
    Oct 14, 2009
    10
    Easily one of the best games I've played, not just on the system but in my entire life of gaming. In a time where the gaming industry has removed all the sharp edges from games, its nice to see at least one developer still realizes that gamers want a challenge to keep them coming back for more. Demon Souls offers probably the most rewarding and satisfying game experience I've Easily one of the best games I've played, not just on the system but in my entire life of gaming. In a time where the gaming industry has removed all the sharp edges from games, its nice to see at least one developer still realizes that gamers want a challenge to keep them coming back for more. Demon Souls offers probably the most rewarding and satisfying game experience I've had in a very long time. And no, it's not just stockholm syndrome, the game is excellent. The graphics are good, the art direction is top notch, character customization is staggering, allowing you to custom tailor your character to your play style, the world is as beautifully immersive as you could possibly ask for, there's near infinite replay value, and that's just scratching the surface of why this is a great game. Demon Soul's employs lots of new and innovative concepts that add new dimensions of depth to the experience, something that is absent from most mainstream games these days. I could sing this game praises all day, but nothing substitutes for simply playing it yourself. Ignore the cries of petulant, frustrated gamers and pick up a copy of this game for yourself. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Expand
  23. LouisD
    Nov 5, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is the only game released in the last 10+ years that has actually challenged me and required me to think about what I am going to do before I do it. The game is tough, but it is still possible to complete without a scratch if you know what you are doing. A combination that I haven't seen pulled off this well... ever before. Rating for game's difficulty / Demon's Souls is the only game released in the last 10+ years that has actually challenged me and required me to think about what I am going to do before I do it. The game is tough, but it is still possible to complete without a scratch if you know what you are doing. A combination that I haven't seen pulled off this well... ever before. Rating for game's difficulty / challenge: 10 The game has one of the coolest combination of environments and adversaries in any game that I have ever played. Even at higher levels and with many hours of experience I still feel goose bumps when a dark night notices me and raises his shield to run at me with a broadsword. Rating for visuals and atmosphere: 10 The game utilizes one of the most innovative ideas for multiplayer that has ever been implemented. The player driven notes system and the phantoms are the coolest idea I have seen. they force players to help each other while still allowing you to try and take out your frustrations on other players. Rating for innovations: 10 A must have for any hardcore gamer. Keyword: HARDCORE Expand
  24. TukkerI
    Oct 16, 2009
    9
    This game is an awesome challenge. Especially after the spoon feeding gamers have been receiving over the last couple of years. This game is a challenge - if you like to be challenged, if you like a dark desolate world, if you like unique multiplayer experiences then you owe it to yourself to check out Demon's Souls. The feeling of accomplishment you get after beating each section This game is an awesome challenge. Especially after the spoon feeding gamers have been receiving over the last couple of years. This game is a challenge - if you like to be challenged, if you like a dark desolate world, if you like unique multiplayer experiences then you owe it to yourself to check out Demon's Souls. The feeling of accomplishment you get after beating each section (boss) is second to none. I can't wait to finish Uncharted 2 so I can get back to Demon's Souls. Expand
  25. RastialM
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    Inmersive, magicall a really dep experience full of twists and silk smooth animations a mist have, a true jewel of this generation , on terms of gameplay is rewarding and challenging trully a masterpiece a opiece of art.
  26. RPGK
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    This game is beautiful, the mechanics are spot on, and the rewards are more than enough to give a player an advantage. All you low scoring noobs, including lamervision, need to stop expecting spoon fed games and learn how to play a man's game. Its not that difficult if you take the time to learn your opponent. Thanks to ATLUS for another excellent RPG.
  27. AzraelL
    Oct 16, 2009
    9
    Demons souls teaches you to think outside the box. You have to go into every stage and consider what you would do if you were really there. You can't use a halberd in a small hallway, and a mace might be a better weapon to use on a skeleton than a sword. If you think through each encounter instead of just rushing in and trying to hack your way through the levels then you'll come Demons souls teaches you to think outside the box. You have to go into every stage and consider what you would do if you were really there. You can't use a halberd in a small hallway, and a mace might be a better weapon to use on a skeleton than a sword. If you think through each encounter instead of just rushing in and trying to hack your way through the levels then you'll come out just fine. Also contrary to what others may have told you the enemies do get easier as you level up and improve your equipment through forging, It's not a game for the weak of heart so if you can't stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen. Expand
  28. Gauth
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    Best next-gen rpg game. Really innovative online function, great levels, great bosses, we want more shit like this one ! Congrats to From Software.
  29. RobL
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    Immense game. Just keeps you coming back for more and more. Best game have played for ages, refreshing and challenging compared to the easy mode games of recent times. I believe those giving it low scores may need to go back and play more easy mode games without a challenge that they can complete in one sitting, - and leave gems like this beauty to people that appreciate it.
  30. GregoB
    Oct 16, 2009
    9
    Do not listen to all of the crybabies about its difficulty and lack of this and that. It has a very diffrent design than most of your typical RPGs that make it so unique. All of the stuff people here are complaining about like lack of save points, no trading or selling, no respawns etc, it was made to be like that. The game punishes you for your incompetence and lack of patience. I can go Do not listen to all of the crybabies about its difficulty and lack of this and that. It has a very diffrent design than most of your typical RPGs that make it so unique. All of the stuff people here are complaining about like lack of save points, no trading or selling, no respawns etc, it was made to be like that. The game punishes you for your incompetence and lack of patience. I can go on and argue these points but its useless for people who cant take the challenge and understand the game. If your on the fence about getting Demon's Souls and are willing to jump into a challenge and a game like no other...purchase this game. Do not listen to the minority because they really just cannot take it. I know alot of gamers like them...this is not for them. Read Eurogamers review, one of the best breakdowns of this game. ( It was the review that sold me on it. As far as all of the great reviews, what's that saying, a million frenchman can't be wrong. Expand
  31. beldin
    Oct 17, 2009
    9
    This game is excellent. I don't understand why people cry about the game being so hard. It's NOT. You can beat the first level with a bit of patience in no time and once you learn the combat, and gain some soul levels and start finding better gear it's awesome. The graphics and sounds are great, the gameplay is fun, and the atmosphere is fantastic. This is like a modern This game is excellent. I don't understand why people cry about the game being so hard. It's NOT. You can beat the first level with a bit of patience in no time and once you learn the combat, and gain some soul levels and start finding better gear it's awesome. The graphics and sounds are great, the gameplay is fun, and the atmosphere is fantastic. This is like a modern Diablo & Zelda combined. The online play is unique and really cool. I highly recommend this game to all RPG/Adventure. Sure it's not perfect, there could be more RPG elements and more story, but playing the game you won't miss any of that. If you like a challenging game and want something unique, BUY this game. Expand
  32. RatChet
    Oct 17, 2009
    9
    Demon's Souls is like Groundhog Day where you can die as often and however you want without penalty. You only get past that day if you figure out how to best kill everything in the large, sprawling set. Exploration this way may seem like punishment to some gamers, but I found it thrillingly good that each weapon has a different mass, acceleration, and impact. Edges dull, armor Demon's Souls is like Groundhog Day where you can die as often and however you want without penalty. You only get past that day if you figure out how to best kill everything in the large, sprawling set. Exploration this way may seem like punishment to some gamers, but I found it thrillingly good that each weapon has a different mass, acceleration, and impact. Edges dull, armor cracks, bodies thud. Each shield deflects, absorbs, and parries differently. And each enemy required that I know them by risking death and knowing each turn and corridor. For gamers, it's a three-D Monster Hunter with a much faster battle system and faster reset when the Hermitaur takes you down. Unlike MH though, the collision detection and radius targeting is quite good, which means less cheap deaths and more precision in how you orient, move, & attack. Expand
  33. NikolaosP
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    This game is hard. And i know this may come as a surprise to some, but hey, this game is not for everyone! It is not an rpg in a traditional sense(well, no video game is a true rpg anyway) and probably it will be like nothing you've ever played before. This game is all about you against a destroyed kingdom, full of demons and monsters waiting to kill you. If this was a different This game is hard. And i know this may come as a surprise to some, but hey, this game is not for everyone! It is not an rpg in a traditional sense(well, no video game is a true rpg anyway) and probably it will be like nothing you've ever played before. This game is all about you against a destroyed kingdom, full of demons and monsters waiting to kill you. If this was a different game, you would be a "one man army" blasting at enemies with ease and only pause on how to defeat an enemy on certain boss fights. But Demon's Souls is not that kind of game! Instead we have an adventure where you have to be on your toes on every corner, think how to overcome every encounter! Its also non-linear. In the first level you will some Dragons and if you go charging at them, you will die. Is this difficult? Maybe. Is this logical? Yes! Other games have spoilt us. Made us think that you can defeat a collosal creature with some QTEs. This weaksauce game design is nowhere to be found on Demon's Souls. Instead it opts for a fair challenge, where the character is a tiny ray of light in the blackest darkness. And after many deaths, there comes the sense of immersion that you really are against immeasurable odds. I can't think of any other game that can claim the same. Expand
  34. KT
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls beat me in ways I could not have imagined. It took me to the grind house and went all out. Yes, the game is HARD and will not flinch in kicking your ass every time you get hasty, overconfident, lose focus and so on. The brave souls who are ready, able and willing to partake in a hardcore game with old school mechanics will find that this game is quite possibly one of Demon's Souls beat me in ways I could not have imagined. It took me to the grind house and went all out. Yes, the game is HARD and will not flinch in kicking your ass every time you get hasty, overconfident, lose focus and so on. The brave souls who are ready, able and willing to partake in a hardcore game with old school mechanics will find that this game is quite possibly one of the best, most unique, most rewarding and well thought out RPG's of all time. The rest of you immediately put the game down and STOP REVIEWING IT please! It's obviously not everyone's cup of tea, and I'm sick of seeing people rating it down because of their own lack of diligence. Expand
  35. jorgea
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    This game is truly great, but of course it's not for everyone, well, it is atlus, they kind of expecialized on publishing very niche games. I'm having a blast anyway, and yes it is a RPG, much more then Final Fantasy for an example, you create youi character from scratch, give him/her a name and chose it's class, and then it comes to the very deep leveling system, the only This game is truly great, but of course it's not for everyone, well, it is atlus, they kind of expecialized on publishing very niche games. I'm having a blast anyway, and yes it is a RPG, much more then Final Fantasy for an example, you create youi character from scratch, give him/her a name and chose it's class, and then it comes to the very deep leveling system, the only thing it lacks over a traditional RPG are the side quests. to whoever is up to the chalenge this game will render countles hours of immersive fun, you really fear for your life, taking care on every step . anyway if you consider yourself a true gamer you should at least try this, but if o your image of a hardore game is COD4, halo etc then you better stay away. Expand
  36. HF
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    I can't believe some people are having such difficulty with this game and rating it low you shouldn't rate a game low just because you suck at it. Demon's Souls is an incredible game and theirs no grinding involved at all I don't know what people are talking about. The game plays absolutely fantastic and if you die 99.9% of the time its entirely your own fault(I beat I can't believe some people are having such difficulty with this game and rating it low you shouldn't rate a game low just because you suck at it. Demon's Souls is an incredible game and theirs no grinding involved at all I don't know what people are talking about. The game plays absolutely fantastic and if you die 99.9% of the time its entirely your own fault(I beat it started as a hunter and only died 17 times). The level design is absolutely phenomenal as well especially so if your into dark fantasy. Expand
  37. GabrielJ
    Nov 8, 2009
    10
    This is a masterpiece, it shows that a great game can be put together with perfectly balanced PvP elements, a nice story, unforgiving but extremely rewarding experiences. NO ONE who owns a ps3 should miss this game. It´s rated as one of my best of all time ever since the 8 bits generation consoles.
  38. AnonymousMC
    Oct 18, 2009
    9
    It's surprising, the people whom decry this game as,quote,"difficult, repetitive" or, according to chilimac,:something which will kill you every few minutes(really?You must be very bad at this game sir).

    The only ground on which I may criticize this game on is that, indeed, is is not quite an RPG and is in fact more of an Action game, which is FINE.It calls itself an action game
    It's surprising, the people whom decry this game as,quote,"difficult, repetitive" or, according to chilimac,:something which will kill you every few minutes(really?You must be very bad at this game sir).

    The only ground on which I may criticize this game on is that, indeed, is is not quite an RPG and is in fact more of an Action game, which is FINE.It calls itself an action game anyway, with no particular in-game pretensions of being an epic role-playing adventure in the vein of RPG classics.

    Basically, you're playing the role of a person(whom is not yourself, of course) in this game.Ergo, this is a role-playing game.As to what extent this is an RPG, it's certainly more of an RPG in respect to other, if not all, console action games.

    Which is all well and fine.Demon's souls might not be an RPG epic that allows you to fully realise yourself in an epic world, but it has a decent and, in fact,'immersive' story which is nothing but helped by the enjoyable(read:just because there're not 100 hotkeys doesn't make it a button-masher,people-_-butyesitisalotsimplerthanmostPC RPGsnowshutup) gameplay and quite excellent artwork.

    All in all, this is a, and I stress, great game.Objectively speaking, it has an above-average story, great graphics(which ARE important to some extent in immersion, no offence to D&D), and very fun and, yes, somewhat simple(not to people who die every minute, but to ACTUAL i.e proper RPGs) gameplay.

    What's there to cry/moan/give horrible scores about?Any proper critic of this game could not possibly put in down just because there are better RPGs;it has its own strengths and its own individual "style" which does indeed work, and work well.
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  39. QQMoreplz
    Oct 18, 2009
    10
    You will find many people here who need to have their hands held as they play a game. If you are the kind of person who sees through their diatribe for what it is, weak-minded, feeble gamers' rants, then you're already on the right path. Demon's Souls is a great game that requires you to actually figure things out on your own. There is very little to no hand holding. The You will find many people here who need to have their hands held as they play a game. If you are the kind of person who sees through their diatribe for what it is, weak-minded, feeble gamers' rants, then you're already on the right path. Demon's Souls is a great game that requires you to actually figure things out on your own. There is very little to no hand holding. The game does have huge consequences, but this puts a lot of stress on risk:reward ratio which is the bread and butter of this game and honestly goes a long way in making the game that much more thrilling and exciting at every turn. Will you attempt to fight this boss, and risk losing all of your souls, with the tradeoff being that if you beat him, you'll get tons of more souls, and a special soul that can be used for a new, rare, and powerful item? You can call on the aid of other players (up to 3 others) if things are too difficult for you alone, and other players can invade your game; if you kill them you get all of their souls, if they kill you they get all of yours. All of these various dynamics add up to create a game that is extremely fun, requires skill and tact, and refuses to hold your hand along the way, putting you in the true role of an "adventurer" to the likes that most games could never begin to attempt. The game is difficult and for many this is too much. They like their games like they like their women, easy and thoughtless. That's great if you enjoy things that are dull, but personally, I like challenges and excitement. If you're the same way, you can't go wrong with this game. Expand
  40. AudU
    Oct 19, 2009
    9
    This game is brutal but only if you make it so. If you want to go in with guns ablazin' then this isn't the game for you. You're SUPPOSED to be a weak human fighting hordes of demons who are immensely stronger than you. Seriously just be smart about what you're doing in this game and it isn't as hard (though it is still very difficult) as most who rate this lowly This game is brutal but only if you make it so. If you want to go in with guns ablazin' then this isn't the game for you. You're SUPPOSED to be a weak human fighting hordes of demons who are immensely stronger than you. Seriously just be smart about what you're doing in this game and it isn't as hard (though it is still very difficult) as most who rate this lowly claim to be. This is one of the most addicting and fun games that I have played this year and I was nervous about the difficulty too. But if you're patient the rewards are great indeed. Again, THIS GAME IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Rent it if you're still not sure but definitely try it out if you have the chance. Expand
  41. EricS.
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    Easily the best game on the market for the ps3, they did a fantastic job of allowing some multiplayer and keeping that single player feel. endless hours of fun with this game.
  42. jacobh
    Nov 9, 2009
    10
    a lot of people have been giving this game bad ratings for simple reasons that usually you wouldn't care about. someone said they traded it in a DAY after only because it didnt have pause. give the game a chance, i know i did. at first i was thinking about what a waste of $60 this was, and now i cant stop playing. i love the difficulty, it makes you feel as if god is playing with a lot of people have been giving this game bad ratings for simple reasons that usually you wouldn't care about. someone said they traded it in a DAY after only because it didnt have pause. give the game a chance, i know i did. at first i was thinking about what a waste of $60 this was, and now i cant stop playing. i love the difficulty, it makes you feel as if god is playing with your heart, and that every move counts. mistakes lead to your death, making you think about what to do next. levels are excellent, each level is really different from each one, making you feel like you have to be ready for whats ahead, different enemies will be vulnerable to different weapons. this game definitely desrves this 10/10. i say again, give this game a chance! Expand
  43. EdwardM
    Oct 19, 2009
    9
    This game is not near as harsh as i thought it would be. The combat takes some skill yes, blocking, dodging and parrying attacks is an absolute necessity and it is part of what makes this game great. If i could describe this game in few words i would choose atmospheric, rewarding, deep, and overall addicting. If you are remotely interested in knights, dragons, demons, spells and yearn for This game is not near as harsh as i thought it would be. The combat takes some skill yes, blocking, dodging and parrying attacks is an absolute necessity and it is part of what makes this game great. If i could describe this game in few words i would choose atmospheric, rewarding, deep, and overall addicting. If you are remotely interested in knights, dragons, demons, spells and yearn for a challenging, serious Action RPG that goes back to what made RPGs a blast in the first place. This one's for you. I would like to not that though it is hard it is not impossible buy any means it really has the best learning curve i've any game this gen it is meticulously well balanced. Expand
  44. Seiska
    Oct 19, 2009
    9
    Simply one of the best games released in this generation. The controls are top notch and unlike many modern day games it forces the player to actually learn to play the game. The ones saying the game has "bad camera" or "bad combat system or lock-on system" are prime example of bad players. Take time to learn how the enemies attack and how to evade or defend against those attacks, what Simply one of the best games released in this generation. The controls are top notch and unlike many modern day games it forces the player to actually learn to play the game. The ones saying the game has "bad camera" or "bad combat system or lock-on system" are prime example of bad players. Take time to learn how the enemies attack and how to evade or defend against those attacks, what are their weaknesses, whats the best way to deal with different situations and Demon's Souls will reward you with great experiences and senses of achievement. If just aggressively run around knowing nothing about the level or about the enemies on the level you will die, and you will die a lot. But thats only for the difficulty, the game also offers a very deep combat system with a lot of ways for players to create a character they want to play. The environments are rich in both atmosphere and game play. There's not much story in the game but this is mainly because it lets the players to shape up their own story trough character creation and multiplayer features. Expand
  45. Matt
    Oct 19, 2009
    9
    Not for everyone. Bring your patients, persistence, determination and diligence. VERY addicting.
  46. MichaelE
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    One of the things I saw in the blurbs on this site frequently is how difficult this game is. I'm sure that this has turned some people off to the game, so let me use a different word: challenging. When something is challenging, it is inviting you to try it, and that's what this game is, it's an active invitation to give it a try. Another thing aspect of this challenging One of the things I saw in the blurbs on this site frequently is how difficult this game is. I'm sure that this has turned some people off to the game, so let me use a different word: challenging. When something is challenging, it is inviting you to try it, and that's what this game is, it's an active invitation to give it a try. Another thing aspect of this challenging game is it doesn't remain difficult, yet it remains challenging. You're going to die in this game, it's part of the game. You become a soul when you're dead and you have a few ways to get your body back. The first two I will mention are available for those with online capabilities enabled, and those are to either help a player of similar level defeat a demon or to kill a player of similar level as he attempts to conquer the level. The other ways are to kill a demon yourself or to use an item which brings you back (limited quantity of these items). The reason I distinguish this game as challenging is because it is consistently offering new ways to trip you up, which keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. The black phantom (player characters who can kill you) adds exhilaration to your grinding sessions (and may make you want to stay in soul form until boss fights) and the maps are uniquely satisfying to conquer. You will find yourself rejoicing every time you beat some mobs while other times you may scream in despair when you die to that poorly-placed hole in the ground which leads directly to your grave. This is a game that brings suspenseful (horror?) cinema to a home console and allows you to take part in it. It's open-ended, you can finish maps as you see fit, grind as much as you want to prepare for the next boss or zone, or you can spend your time fighting alongside or against other player characters. This is one of those gems of a game that actually feels like it's worth the asking price, in terms of hours you will put into it and satisfaction you will feel from every little encounter. Buy it! Expand
  47. peatearg
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    The game is really well balanced; the worlds are beautifully conceived, the combat is based on strategy above all else, and the game demands your awareness. If you have played older RPG's, this game really is not that difficult. I am not saying you won't die, you will die a lot; its not memory or twitch fighting as many will say, it is being smart and patient, many times your The game is really well balanced; the worlds are beautifully conceived, the combat is based on strategy above all else, and the game demands your awareness. If you have played older RPG's, this game really is not that difficult. I am not saying you won't die, you will die a lot; its not memory or twitch fighting as many will say, it is being smart and patient, many times your best performance on a level is your first play through, when you are most cautious. It may have repetitive elements, but the gameplay and combat is so well done that you enjoy soul-farming. Co-op with friends takes some coordination, but it is worth it. PvP is a great deal of fun, and you will find yourself invading other players' worlds over and over. The sound is extremely well done to the point where you can use another players' armor clanking as a beacon of their whereabouts. The Tendency system is also something worth reading about because it is a part of the larger complexity of the game. Also, the game is at least 120 hours long and there is a wealth of gameplay after that, including many things that unlock based on your tendency(evil/good) and levels will open new areas and enemies based on that tendency as well. Some try to say its not worth $60, but my friends played it and within a week both bought a PS3 and Demon's Souls, and I also bought another copy for my brother. We have all played the old generation of Western RPG's: Baldur's Gate, Fallout, Planescape, Diablo etc. and this game is truly worthy of being compared to them in their atmosphere and their difficulty. Expand
  48. ironman
    Oct 20, 2009
    9
    I'm not sure what chilimac is talking about with load screens after dying. I have yet to see a load screen after dying, let alone a lengthy one. Or even a lengthy load screen when moving between worlds. I couldn't give the game a 10 for one simple reason. When you die in a boss battle, the only place to get back your souls is in the trap that is the boss battle. So if you have I'm not sure what chilimac is talking about with load screens after dying. I have yet to see a load screen after dying, let alone a lengthy one. Or even a lengthy load screen when moving between worlds. I couldn't give the game a 10 for one simple reason. When you die in a boss battle, the only place to get back your souls is in the trap that is the boss battle. So if you have to go somewhere and shut the game off, that could be thousands of souls lost. All in all a great game, but a bit more attention paid to things like that would have made it amazing. Expand
  49. AMerk
    Oct 20, 2009
    9
    Brooding, muted, and down-right intimidating best describes this intriguing title. The game is not intended for the weak of heart. Demon's Souls will truly test your fortitude and ability throughout your playtime through it. This title is one of the few that really seperates the hardcore gamer from the rest of the pack. From Software should be commended for staying so true to a small Brooding, muted, and down-right intimidating best describes this intriguing title. The game is not intended for the weak of heart. Demon's Souls will truly test your fortitude and ability throughout your playtime through it. This title is one of the few that really seperates the hardcore gamer from the rest of the pack. From Software should be commended for staying so true to a small but extremely vocal and loyal niche. It is truly refreshing to see a title that doesn't try to compromise itself by introducing easy ways out, destroy it's atmosphere with silly quirks and storyline gaps, or running over the same game mechanics over and over again. The game runs uniquely on the triggers of the PS3 controller, a scheme which works flawlessly and the combat system of Demon's Souls has a depth to it that transcends hack and slash (a fairly poor generalization). The game is unrepentantly fair to players, and the reason for failure is your own inability. Not without its flaws however; the camera is finicky at times, there are some frame rate issues when the scenery gets busy, and the story isn't incredibly present or original (it is delightfully filled in if you look for it however). Yet Demon's Souls is easily one of the best titles of the year. Negativity in many user reviews truly attest to the power of this game to segregate the difference in gaming calibre. Expand
  50. Dave
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    Incredible level and enemy design, deeply immersive, difficult w/o ever feeling cheap -- what a spectacular game from FROM. The demons seem like they are really really trying to get you, which makes every success that much more sweet.
  51. RickB
    Oct 23, 2009
    10
    Do you ever get tired about the fact that games nowadays take you by the hand throughout the game? Here`s another one...only this one will take you by the hand and will lead you into certain death, over and over again. Gloomy, dark surroundings, magnificent enemies`, awesome bos battles and endless levels. Also the way the game uses the same currency for leveling-up, stocking up ammo and Do you ever get tired about the fact that games nowadays take you by the hand throughout the game? Here`s another one...only this one will take you by the hand and will lead you into certain death, over and over again. Gloomy, dark surroundings, magnificent enemies`, awesome bos battles and endless levels. Also the way the game uses the same currency for leveling-up, stocking up ammo and upgrading weapons will give dilemma`s throughout the game. Will you level up or will you upgrade that sword for additional fire damage to beat the next enemy? Definitely the best RPG of 2009, arguably the game with the highest difficulty and perhaps even a must-have for everybody who owns a ps3. Expand
  52. JayK
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is an extremely special and rare sort of game. The game is challenging but addictive; the fighting and gameplay is more thoughtful than action games and much more deep and satisfying than rpg games. I am generally too impatient and ill equipped for most challenging action games, but this one is so perfectly designed that time flew and I was kept glued the whole time. Demon's Souls is an extremely special and rare sort of game. The game is challenging but addictive; the fighting and gameplay is more thoughtful than action games and much more deep and satisfying than rpg games. I am generally too impatient and ill equipped for most challenging action games, but this one is so perfectly designed that time flew and I was kept glued the whole time. The trick is to know what you want to do; it's not like jumping platforms in Mega Man. It plays almost like a puzzle throughout. The sense of discovery and level design are among the best. Wonderful atmosphere and art, a serious Japanese style that is refreshingly different from either American or the common anime stylings. Multiple ways to play (with mages having it a bit easier, I think). One of my most favorite games ever. Do not miss this! Expand
  53. BrettD
    Dec 4, 2009
    9
    It would have got a 10 if it wasn't so damn difficult. I really enjoyed the innovative features of this game like the ability to have help during the levels from players online and the messages people post all over the place. I did beat the game but it took about 60 hours and I didn't get all the trophies to do that i had to play through a second time with increased difficulty It would have got a 10 if it wasn't so damn difficult. I really enjoyed the innovative features of this game like the ability to have help during the levels from players online and the messages people post all over the place. I did beat the game but it took about 60 hours and I didn't get all the trophies to do that i had to play through a second time with increased difficulty and it just kicked my ass the second time. It has an old school gaming mentality where if you die you have to start from the beginning of the level. You do open up short cuts though and this doesn't make you feel irritated. Expand
  54. JayA
    Oct 30, 2009
    10
    This is THE Game of the Year. It was completely passed over by the major gaming press and WOW did they blow it. While they were pushing the usual crap from the major distributors. Word of mouth has launched this game into the stratosphere as one of the greatest games to ever be released of any generation. The gaming press is back peddling to cover their neglected coverage. Don't This is THE Game of the Year. It was completely passed over by the major gaming press and WOW did they blow it. While they were pushing the usual crap from the major distributors. Word of mouth has launched this game into the stratosphere as one of the greatest games to ever be released of any generation. The gaming press is back peddling to cover their neglected coverage. Don't believe what they say about this being a niche title or too hard for most players. That's simply not true. This is a gorgeous game. The architecture and level design are fantastic. Enemies are unique and numerous., from the small lizard to the massive Dragons. It takes strategy and perseverance and is always challenging. Replay value is extremely high as different quests become available in the game depending on how you play the current adventure. I'm on my second play through and find myself thinking ... on the next play through I'm going to do a certain quest differently. There are no save points to fall back on if you make a mistake. Each time you play the game you need to have a plan of attack, a strategy in mind of how you are going to play. The levels are massive and intriguing. graphics are gorgeous and detailed. As you play through you can look back and see where you were 45 minutes ago and view the path you traveled to get where you are now. The aspects of the game are well thought out and allow the player to customize his/her character to suit their play style. I almost forgot the online aspect. Unique. to say the least. You can see ghost images of current players battling monsters you have defeated or are about to face. I don't know how many times I was shocked by a the ghost of another player when I thought the level was safe. Then the sudden feeling of relief, when you realize what you are seeing. The first time I was invaded by an online player they sent me flying off the edge of a cliff. I knew this was a possibility but was focused on the single player when it happened. I stood there dumbfounded as I was killed by a black phantom. When the anger and frustration of being killed wore off and I started the level from the beginning again I realized the genius of this and how well it is incorporated into the natural gameplay. Anything in the game can kill you, and will. This game has it all, gorgeous graphics, detailed enemies, character depth and development, online cooperative and competitive play, excellent architecture and hundreds of hours of gameplay. This is a complete game nothing is missing too hard or to easy. You get out of it exactly what you put in. The rewards are extremely satisfying. This is without a doubt THE Game of the Year. Expand
  55. Tom
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    First I'd like to include I played the Chinese/English localization that came out in February of this year and not the Western release. This game isn't for everyone, it's brutal and unforgiving but it's frail subtleties are what make this game so perversely pleasurable and rewarding. You will die, die, and die more times than you can count in any video you've First I'd like to include I played the Chinese/English localization that came out in February of this year and not the Western release. This game isn't for everyone, it's brutal and unforgiving but it's frail subtleties are what make this game so perversely pleasurable and rewarding. You will die, die, and die more times than you can count in any video you've played in this last decade but it's not the difficulty alone that makes this rewarding to play; the presentation of the game is spot on and so are the controls only even more complemented by the brilliant pacing and eerie atmosphere. If you don't mind yelling and screaming at your TV, give it a try. Expand
  56. ChristopherC.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Quite simply, anyone who is looking for a rewarding challenge will feel right at home with Demon's Souls. If you take it slow and use your head, the game may feel easier than other's have made it seem, but if you rush in swinging your sword around, it will feel like the hardest game you've ever played.
  57. Mark
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Amazing game, I love the challenge of it, it's not too hard yet enough to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. I hate games that are pushovers but also games that are just impossible. The Rpg elements are there, enough to make you think but not too much to turn away action oriented gamers. And there's plenty of action. The passive online aspects are great, very novel ideas Amazing game, I love the challenge of it, it's not too hard yet enough to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. I hate games that are pushovers but also games that are just impossible. The Rpg elements are there, enough to make you think but not too much to turn away action oriented gamers. And there's plenty of action. The passive online aspects are great, very novel ideas and you can join others games as friend or foe which changes things up. Overall a very well rounded RPG that I'm glad to have in my collection. Expand
  58. reinb
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    LOL @ Lamervision, you should not be reviewing games if you're a noob. Buy this game if you're up for a challenge It's very sim-like in it's approach to hack and slash games that is quite refreshing. Approach every situation with caution, and perseverance is a must. This game is made for the hardcore players in mind. It's not going to hold your hand for you. So LOL @ Lamervision, you should not be reviewing games if you're a noob. Buy this game if you're up for a challenge It's very sim-like in it's approach to hack and slash games that is quite refreshing. Approach every situation with caution, and perseverance is a must. This game is made for the hardcore players in mind. It's not going to hold your hand for you. So for those who have commitment issues or gets easily frustrated by games, stay away. Otherwise enjoy, what is simply the best RPG of this generation with incredible hauniting atmosphere. Expand
  59. BryanN.
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    Is Demon
  60. MJr.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Absolutely amazing game that blew me away. The depth is incredible, the art fantastic, and the game is so amazingly polished. If you like RPG's and action you owe it to yourself to play this game. I'm about 7 hours in and haven't died YET, but I can feel it coming soon and it's so morbidly exhilarating, you just can't put it into words. One of the best games Absolutely amazing game that blew me away. The depth is incredible, the art fantastic, and the game is so amazingly polished. If you like RPG's and action you owe it to yourself to play this game. I'm about 7 hours in and haven't died YET, but I can feel it coming soon and it's so morbidly exhilarating, you just can't put it into words. One of the best games I've played in YEARS. Expand
  61. CoryK.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is the light at the end of the tunnel. Games these hold the players hand from start to finish, worried about every punishing the player. What does Demon's Souls do? Not only does it punish you for every single mistake you make, it kicks you while you're down. You must play cautiously and smartly, otherwise you'll be left as a blood stain on the floor for Demon's Souls is the light at the end of the tunnel. Games these hold the players hand from start to finish, worried about every punishing the player. What does Demon's Souls do? Not only does it punish you for every single mistake you make, it kicks you while you're down. You must play cautiously and smartly, otherwise you'll be left as a blood stain on the floor for everyone to laugh at. Between the extremely smooth combat, excellent atmosphere and hundreds upon hundreds of hours of gameplay available, Demon's Souls easily ranks amongst the best games of this generation. Expand
  62. BaderA.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Just want to say that if you like games where you have to think and plan your steps and you love RPGs this game is for you , everything from lovely art direction to the tight gameplay mechanics will make you smile this is truly the next gen 8 bit game .
  63. S.AIK
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Disregard that Gamervision review. This game is for the Hardcore RPG player. Sadly it's a PS3 exclusive. No it's not really a bad thing, but that just means some people won't be able to play it. It's one of those games that really provides a unique experience as well as a crushing difficulty. But don't let that scare you away. It's only hard if you make it Disregard that Gamervision review. This game is for the Hardcore RPG player. Sadly it's a PS3 exclusive. No it's not really a bad thing, but that just means some people won't be able to play it. It's one of those games that really provides a unique experience as well as a crushing difficulty. But don't let that scare you away. It's only hard if you make it hard. Meaning, don't be impatient, don't forget to prepare yourself, and don't underestimate ANY enemy or you'll find yourself to a quick death. The game deserves a 10 through and through. Expand
  64. DerickS.
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is NOT for the faint of heart. if you die, its not the game, its your poor gaming skills. if you are victorious, its because you've sharpen your character to become a Fierce warrior the likes of which Boletaria has never seen. if you're just a casual gamer, this game might not be for you. but if thou possess a steely heart, this well designed, deeply engaging Demon's Souls is NOT for the faint of heart. if you die, its not the game, its your poor gaming skills. if you are victorious, its because you've sharpen your character to become a Fierce warrior the likes of which Boletaria has never seen. if you're just a casual gamer, this game might not be for you. but if thou possess a steely heart, this well designed, deeply engaging RPG will reward you by making you a LEGEND. Expand
  65. JudgeDredd
    Jan 22, 2010
    9
    This is an important game because it is doing the exact opposite to what mainstream games do. Instead of scaling the game to meet the player's skill level it forces the player to bring their skill level up to the level of the game. It goes against the whole notion of instant gratification that we become accustomed to nowadays in every other title out there. You need time to put into This is an important game because it is doing the exact opposite to what mainstream games do. Instead of scaling the game to meet the player's skill level it forces the player to bring their skill level up to the level of the game. It goes against the whole notion of instant gratification that we become accustomed to nowadays in every other title out there. You need time to put into this game to get it. It's not as unforgiving as many of the reviews have made out. It simply puts it up to you and you need to respond. You will die again and again but every time you respawn you will have a little more edge and you'll find yourself defeating enemies quicker and quicker. There is always a way through. The game is so finely balanced that if you die you know that it is your fault and not the game's. If you have the time and the will this game is more than worth it. Expand
  66. JoshL
    Oct 11, 2009
    10
    Emon's souls is easily the best game I've played all year and probably the best playing game I've played this gen(Not the best game this gen just best playing)its like back in the good old days when games where actually challenging but it was still your fault if you screwed up(except when you use the lock on system really close to edges though then it is kinda the games Emon's souls is easily the best game I've played all year and probably the best playing game I've played this gen(Not the best game this gen just best playing)its like back in the good old days when games where actually challenging but it was still your fault if you screwed up(except when you use the lock on system really close to edges though then it is kinda the games falt). The environments are all excellent looking and have fantastic art style(even if there a bit technically below par for a ps3 exclusive)and the creature design is great as well. overall its just an absolutely spectacular experience that anyone who's craving a challenge should pick up especially if you love dark themes. Expand
  67. AnonymousMC
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    best rpg of 2009 :D
  68. MarkW
    Nov 23, 2009
    10
    The game is hard and evil but the atmosphere is so compelling and real that its more like living a game than playing it. The monsters have an amazing variety of personalities and most of them are not hard to kill for the sake of being hard but instead they are very strategically placed and "smart". If you like dragons....this game sets a new standard.
  69. GH
    Oct 15, 2009
    9
    Brutally unforgiving yet highly addictive, DS's offers you a challenge unlike any other game. The key in this game is taking your time to get to know the playing field and anticipate what is coming which stand in stark contrast with the straightforward ARPG playing style. Sure, it's tough like hell, but it is always your own fault of taking on too many things at the same time. Brutally unforgiving yet highly addictive, DS's offers you a challenge unlike any other game. The key in this game is taking your time to get to know the playing field and anticipate what is coming which stand in stark contrast with the straightforward ARPG playing style. Sure, it's tough like hell, but it is always your own fault of taking on too many things at the same time. Patience gets you a long way. Another aspect I love about this game is that it plays on a player's greed; you always want more souls even though you could trade in the ones you gave against respectable upgrades. It's never the games fault that you decide to advance just a little bit farther... Grapically sound -although ragdoll physics are way over the top, this is a dark fantasy style game which will entice anybody tired of all the current games out there. If you have the patience to play this game, by all means buy it- I found it to be a breath of fresh air in today's gaming scene. If fantasy RPG's are not your thing, steer clear. Expand
  70. JeffJ
    Oct 16, 2009
    9
    The only way I could classify this game to another person would be a mix of Oblivion and Ninja Gaiden, it has the similar combat and fantasy style of Oblivion and the similar level design and difficulty of Ninja Gaiden. I imagine the people scoring it incredibly low are people who would give any difficult game a low score as well. Skill and patience are required for this. If you have The only way I could classify this game to another person would be a mix of Oblivion and Ninja Gaiden, it has the similar combat and fantasy style of Oblivion and the similar level design and difficulty of Ninja Gaiden. I imagine the people scoring it incredibly low are people who would give any difficult game a low score as well. Skill and patience are required for this. If you have neither, I suggest avoiding this game. Expand
  71. Karkarov
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    This game despite what many may say is an RPG, an ACTION RPG. Unlike most in the genre this game also requires skill, planning, and patience. To see the words button mashing and frequent restarts in the same sentence is no surprise as that is exactly the wrong way to approach the game. If you like a reasonable challenge, action, being rewarded as a player for learning encounters and This game despite what many may say is an RPG, an ACTION RPG. Unlike most in the genre this game also requires skill, planning, and patience. To see the words button mashing and frequent restarts in the same sentence is no surprise as that is exactly the wrong way to approach the game. If you like a reasonable challenge, action, being rewarded as a player for learning encounters and increasing in play skill... This is as good as it has ever been done. No you wont watch a 16 year old watch poetically in a 20 minute cut scene, no you will not be able to pause and issue orders to your 6 party members, but you will be able to experience a visceral and erwarding game that is hard but always fair. Not to mention enjoy a revolutionary new approach to online gaming that is highly fun and addictive. Demon's Souls isn't for everyone but for fans of true challenge and action RPG's it is the only must buy of 2009. Expand
  72. DavidH
    Oct 18, 2009
    10
    Demon Souls is the greatest rpg I have ever played. People that are focusing on how supposedly difficult this game is obviously haven't learned how to play it yet and are far too used to their hand being held through every game they play this day in age. There is a checkpoint system in Demon Souls actually.. You open up many shortcuts that make your return playthrough much easier to Demon Souls is the greatest rpg I have ever played. People that are focusing on how supposedly difficult this game is obviously haven't learned how to play it yet and are far too used to their hand being held through every game they play this day in age. There is a checkpoint system in Demon Souls actually.. You open up many shortcuts that make your return playthrough much easier to get to where you are meaning to go (or to find your blood-stain and reclaim your souls). The fact of the matter is that Demon Souls is a game meant to be taken seriously.. And once you give yourself over to it you will find and discover many things that will make your stay in Boletaria more and more enjoyable the more you play regardless of how "difficult" it is. The fact is that if you find Demon Souls to be TOO difficult, then you have yet to learn it's secrets and become a demon slayer. Also learn how to make full use of the multiplayer options because the game wants you to and it makes things much easier! Oh, and MAGIC IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! Do that and learn how to maintain your equipment and farm souls when necessary and you will find the most rewarding rpg to ever grace a console. Expand
  73. Kythegent
    Oct 18, 2009
    10
    You owe it to yourself to pick it up. Behind Uncharted 2, it has to be the top game thus far this fall, ranking above Batman or Halo 3: ODST. Obviously, different games, but Demon's Souls gives a better "experience," if you know what I mean. As far the much-talked about difficulty, it isn't nearly as bad as people would have you believe. You block and you use health items. You owe it to yourself to pick it up. Behind Uncharted 2, it has to be the top game thus far this fall, ranking above Batman or Halo 3: ODST. Obviously, different games, but Demon's Souls gives a better "experience," if you know what I mean. As far the much-talked about difficulty, it isn't nearly as bad as people would have you believe. You block and you use health items. It's really not that bad. The Ninja Gaiden series is more frustrating, in my opinion. Expand
  74. TobyB
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    All I can say is that I love this game. It gets in my head and I think about what I want to do next as I go to bed. THAT, to me, makes a great game. There is a wonderful feel to the game. I loved exploring a level for the first time, there is awonderful atmospheric feel to much of the worlds. As for the difficultly, yes, it is quite high but it is fair and, when you actually beat a boss All I can say is that I love this game. It gets in my head and I think about what I want to do next as I go to bed. THAT, to me, makes a great game. There is a wonderful feel to the game. I loved exploring a level for the first time, there is awonderful atmospheric feel to much of the worlds. As for the difficultly, yes, it is quite high but it is fair and, when you actually beat a boss or get past a tough part you actually have a reaction. Most games I played are soooooo easy, there is no feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction from progressing. Oh and the first time I was on a level in body form and someone invaded my world it just blew me away. A lot of the negative comments seem to be from people who are hardcore RPG players. I haven't played many...I just know I like this a lot. I haven't enjoyed a RPG this much since FF7 Uncharted 2 is sitting mostly unplayed since I enjoy Demons Souls so much right now. Expand
  75. Damion
    Oct 19, 2009
    9
    This game is so refreshing from the majority of titles that have come out thus far in this generation. True, the learning curve is pretty steep; but I don't see how so many are saying it's extremely hard? It is not a hack-n-slash type game at all, you must think before going in a room full of mobs. If not, you'll die fairly quickly. I can see how this game isn't for This game is so refreshing from the majority of titles that have come out thus far in this generation. True, the learning curve is pretty steep; but I don't see how so many are saying it's extremely hard? It is not a hack-n-slash type game at all, you must think before going in a room full of mobs. If not, you'll die fairly quickly. I can see how this game isn't for everyone. I don't consider myself a "hardcore" gamer, although I've been playing since Atari days. I enjoy a wide variety of games, and was unsure when I blindly bought this if I'd like it. I usually lose interest fairly quick if the game is too hard (usually being cheap); but playing Demon's Souls is not the case at all. Each time you do die, you realize what you did wrong and improve your style. tl;dr cliff notes: -It's challenging, in a fun way; not frustrating due to the game being cheap. -A fresh and unique game to play, not your typical generic shooter #423 that have over saturated the market this gen. -Also, online aspects are a nice addition and give the game even more replay value, as PVP is quite fun. Expand
  76. SebK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    Definitely game of the year for me. The much hyped difficulty gives the game a great atmosphere and it feels very rewarding to come out alive from a dungeon after a long journey.
  77. JDog
    Oct 21, 2009
    9
    This game is great. And for those of you able to accept it's degree of challenge, extremely addicting. One thing I've seen repeatedly in these reviews that I wholeheartedly aggree with is that it is not a game for the younger audience. The term "too hard" is thrown around a lot. There is a degree of satisfaction in going back through a level that killed you over and over and This game is great. And for those of you able to accept it's degree of challenge, extremely addicting. One thing I've seen repeatedly in these reviews that I wholeheartedly aggree with is that it is not a game for the younger audience. The term "too hard" is thrown around a lot. There is a degree of satisfaction in going back through a level that killed you over and over and "farming" it for souls, knowing that you've grown as a player since you first attempted it. Those 3-on-1 battles no longer seem such a challenge, even though you know 1 slip up could still mean death. The combat and damage system seem very realistic, and not since the days of Atari Pitfall has a hole in the ground been considered a "foe". As much as I love the game, a sometimes spotty camera and occasional difficulty targeting what I want to kill keeps this game sub-10 level. Expand
  78. BobbyRice2
    Dec 22, 2009
    10
    Hi there people, I see alot of people rating this low, and plenty high , I also see alot of biased votes for the ones giving high, I will be talking in a minute about the game, and I hope to do so in a way that is un-biased, as i've never played any of the developers games before, or atleast not any I can remember. I score this a 10, despite it's flaws - it does have them, it Hi there people, I see alot of people rating this low, and plenty high , I also see alot of biased votes for the ones giving high, I will be talking in a minute about the game, and I hope to do so in a way that is un-biased, as i've never played any of the developers games before, or atleast not any I can remember. I score this a 10, despite it's flaws - it does have them, it has alot of bad points, but for me, this has been an enjoyable 50 hours of play & i'm already on my 2nd play through in the 'nightmare' mode I suppose you could call it. This game truely is challenging, perhaps in the simplest of ways, but it is indeed a challenge - if you're into quite Linea Hack & Slash games with swords, shields & spells - but want one that is difficult, requires patience & will truely make your heart race through the fear of dying at times, a game that will definitely make you cautious to enter that boss room, one that will make you peak around every corner and walk steadily along to prevent being wiped out, then this is for you. Graphically, I find it okay - I don't have a HD television, so I don't know, i've seen videos that make it look quite great. I played the game near release so it was quite a fun time with all the messages on the floor, and other things - that was another thing I enjoyed alot - so I don't know how it will be now in terms of people communicating, or summoning others to your world, etc. It is a marvellous game, it is not your typical RPG , regardless of what fan-boys say. You do not get quests, nor do you really buy armor, anything you get - you find, and the money you get, you will spend on arrows mainly. Despite that, it's an extremely unique & original game, and does deserve a few hours of playing until you have the conclusion of whether you like it. The bad points are hm, let me think. I have had occasional lag whilst invading another players world, which has resulted in me dying to them - which is irritating, but I don't feel it matters all that much. I personally don't have many things to complain about with this game, it is difficult, and perhaps sometimes UNFAIR - but not in the way that - you will die, and feel cheated, if you die - you will feel like it was your fault, not the developers being abusive. Last point really, those saying about dying, losing souls, not being able to pause, etc. What do you expect, being able to pause a game where you can be invaded by another online player? And if you don't like losing souls, then play better, and you won't lose them in the first place. Got a PS3? Rent it, steal it, borrow it, buy it. Whatever, give this a few hours of your time, decide for yourselves if you like it, and don't let others influence you to make a firm decision before you know for yourself. Rated 10 as it's my opinion & I enjoyed every aspect of this game, even the dying - i've said to myself many times. 'Well played computer, well played'. Expand
  79. RageM.
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    Please do not let the steep difficulty dissuade you from playing this game. It's absolutely wonderful!!!! Is it hard?? Yes. Is it cheap? FAR FROM. Trust me i was initially hesitant to buy this game, but boy am i glad i did. The best game I've played all year hands down. Trumps Uncharted 2, MW 2, Borderlands or really anything anyone can throw at this game. I can't sing Please do not let the steep difficulty dissuade you from playing this game. It's absolutely wonderful!!!! Is it hard?? Yes. Is it cheap? FAR FROM. Trust me i was initially hesitant to buy this game, but boy am i glad i did. The best game I've played all year hands down. Trumps Uncharted 2, MW 2, Borderlands or really anything anyone can throw at this game. I can't sing enough praises for it. Innovative and beautiful. Wonderful action and RPG elements. A perfect score in my books. Check professional reviews. I'm not alone. Expand
  80. NickR
    Dec 24, 2009
    9
    A solid RPG, Demon's Souls will keep you hooked for a long time, although I feel that people are hyping the difficulty a bit too much. Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself to be a master at this game and some parts were worth a few deaths, but once you understand the best way to beat an enemy, you can creep through without a scratch. Other elements are just as superb A solid RPG, Demon's Souls will keep you hooked for a long time, although I feel that people are hyping the difficulty a bit too much. Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself to be a master at this game and some parts were worth a few deaths, but once you understand the best way to beat an enemy, you can creep through without a scratch. Other elements are just as superb as people have mentioned: major points for the fluid animation and art design. I'm four playthroughs into the game, and I can see my self doing at least four more. All in all, if you like a bit of a challenge and are a fan of RPGs, check it out. Expand
  81. EpyxA
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    As an old school gamer this was a welcome game and one that was a long time coming. I have read some negative reviews, whose only negative point seemed to be the lack of a story? Please remember not every RPG has to have a fantastic linear story...character development, freedom, skills, strategy are equally important in a great RPG. What the game lacks in story (which it should not be As an old school gamer this was a welcome game and one that was a long time coming. I have read some negative reviews, whose only negative point seemed to be the lack of a story? Please remember not every RPG has to have a fantastic linear story...character development, freedom, skills, strategy are equally important in a great RPG. What the game lacks in story (which it should not be punished for as the game is not about story) it makes up for with skill building difficulty and a feeling of accomplishment second to none. Finish a level and you truly feel like you were traversing the level and personally slew the boss demon. THAT to me is the true definition of pen and paper role playing. Taking a single role and becoming that role. Getting involved in other characters linear storylines is great fun at times (FFX etc) but just as those games shouldn't be punished for being story heavy and linear, DS should not be punished for it's lack of story because the sense of complete and palpable immersion makes up for it. Expand
  82. AllenS
    Oct 25, 2009
    10
    Wow, sleeper hit of 2009. I was a fan of the maximo series on PS1 because of its unforgiving nature and this is maximo x1000. The difficulty isn't what makes this game fantastic rather its a myriad of aspects. The gameplay and combat is extremely deep and satisfying, great multiplayer, level design, enemy design, customization. Basically this game demands a skilled player and if you Wow, sleeper hit of 2009. I was a fan of the maximo series on PS1 because of its unforgiving nature and this is maximo x1000. The difficulty isn't what makes this game fantastic rather its a myriad of aspects. The gameplay and combat is extremely deep and satisfying, great multiplayer, level design, enemy design, customization. Basically this game demands a skilled player and if you suck and want to be coddled you will hate this game. Clowns need not apply. For the rest of us you will find an incredibly deep game that is expertly crafted. This may be the best game I've ever played but let me talk about things the other reviews have not. When you die on a level, the game responds by reducing your health by 50% and making the enemies harder. The only way to resurrect is by defeating a major demon which is made more difficult since you are at half health. Living players can bring dead players into their game to help play. This is game is not very dynamic in that the enemies are always in the same place so you can gradually learn how each level works and so a level that took 5 hours to beat the first time can be completed in 10 minutes to a player that knows how it works. I could go on and on but if you love gaming and a challenge GET THIS GAME NOW. Expand
  83. HaileyR
    Oct 26, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is a game for only the most hardcore of gamers. The battles are brutal, the enemies are so difficult that even the low level grunts will kill you a hundred times over. Only truly skilled fans of classic RPG's should buy this game. The best way to describe it is like having bipolar disorder extreme highs followed lows. Any gamer wanting to test his metal should pick Demon's Souls is a game for only the most hardcore of gamers. The battles are brutal, the enemies are so difficult that even the low level grunts will kill you a hundred times over. Only truly skilled fans of classic RPG's should buy this game. The best way to describe it is like having bipolar disorder extreme highs followed lows. Any gamer wanting to test his metal should pick up this Playstation 3 exclusive. Expand
  84. JackB
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    This is one of the purest videogames I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Simply put, I'm hooked. This game is not hard, it is incredibly challenging though. I am still rather low level and have not had the pleasure/fear of the "Black Phantoms" yet, but i can't wait to crap my pants. Like Shadow of the Colossus, this game has a very distilled sense of mission (you This is one of the purest videogames I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Simply put, I'm hooked. This game is not hard, it is incredibly challenging though. I am still rather low level and have not had the pleasure/fear of the "Black Phantoms" yet, but i can't wait to crap my pants. Like Shadow of the Colossus, this game has a very distilled sense of mission (you can't get lost, just get farther) and a beautiful setting to explore. No expense was spared in the making of this game, and none should be spared in the purchasing of this game....BUY it new, not used, keep it forever. I know I will be adventuring in the Nexus for a loooong time to come. Expand
  85. Tony
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    Demon's Souls is extremely hard when you start out but once you start beating bosses and find a rhythm it is a perfect RPG for those gamers looking for a challenge.
  86. BradB
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    This game is deep and beautiful. I've been through it six times and still haven't experienced all it has to offer.
  87. DaveD
    Nov 15, 2009
    9
    Demon's Souls is a great game that requires a great deal of tact and skill to fully enjoy. You also have to understand that you WILL die constantly at certain parts of the game, especially near the beginning. If you stay patient with the game, you will begin to gain the necessary skills to advance. Also, you'll find valuable treasures and equipment that will help you stay alive. Demon's Souls is a great game that requires a great deal of tact and skill to fully enjoy. You also have to understand that you WILL die constantly at certain parts of the game, especially near the beginning. If you stay patient with the game, you will begin to gain the necessary skills to advance. Also, you'll find valuable treasures and equipment that will help you stay alive. Experimentation in this game is key. You will never be able to beat a level the first time you play it. You have to learn where the traps are, learn how to beat the new enemies, etc. The online feature is brilliant in this respect because it helps other gamers assist you directly or give you advice on how to advance through certain areas. This game is very polished and is quite fun to those that give it a chance Expand
  88. StevenA
    Nov 16, 2009
    9
    I've had this game for a week now and I still don't feel at home when I play it. There are so many things to get used to in the game. I am thankful that it is very challenging. Before I bought this game, I read a bunch of reviews. I couldn't find a SINGLE review that did NOT bring up the topic of how hard it was. I was getting worried. But I started playing. And you know I've had this game for a week now and I still don't feel at home when I play it. There are so many things to get used to in the game. I am thankful that it is very challenging. Before I bought this game, I read a bunch of reviews. I couldn't find a SINGLE review that did NOT bring up the topic of how hard it was. I was getting worried. But I started playing. And you know what? It's not that bad. It's not as hard as people are saying it is. It's definitely not for casual gamers or newcomers to Role-Playing games but I've been playing RPGs for a while now and I've beaten difficult games such as Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2 and Devil Mat Cry 3, so I'm used to these kinds of games. The challenge, the environment and the combat is what keeps me coming back. It's not unforgiving hard either. It's just strict. That's good, because it forces you to stay attentive and in turn, keeps you interested. I will admit that the music isn't up to par with music from other role playing games, such as Fable, Fallout or Final Fantasy and the voice acting is humerously bizarre. But that didn't bother me too much. I was so into the game to even care. The game reminds me of Lord of the Rings all the time and the environments and concept remind of Legend of Zelda. The only other downside is that the game doens't tell you which region to explore next after you beat a boss. Overall, I give Demon's Souls a 9 on 10 and recommend it as a game to buy. Is it worthy of sequel material? Definitely! Expand
  89. ScottP
    Dec 11, 2009
    10
    Best RPG this generation. Finally a game that was not dumbed down for mediocrre gamers. A great game from begining to end.
  90. TylerM
    Dec 17, 2009
    10
    Honestly, this game is the best game I've played in many years. It is so different than any game I have ever played and it is really really difficult. At the start of the game, I was getting very frustrated with having to repeat a whole level from start to finish. However, after playing for a while I realized you have to master the controls and know when to do certain things. For Honestly, this game is the best game I've played in many years. It is so different than any game I have ever played and it is really really difficult. At the start of the game, I was getting very frustrated with having to repeat a whole level from start to finish. However, after playing for a while I realized you have to master the controls and know when to do certain things. For example, the first level took me almost 2 hours to beat (and i consider myself a decent gamer) on my first play through with a ton of deaths. Later, I started a new character to play with a friend and beat the first level in 15-20 minutes with no deaths. It is a matter of mastering the right skills for the game and when you do, you will realize how amazing this game really is. I highly highly recommend this game and I would even say it is by far my game of the year (and i have beaten uncharted 2, assassin's creed 2, and mw2). Please try this game, you owe it to yourself. P.S.- This is my first review on here because i never cared about reviewing a game but people should know how good this game is. Expand
  91. GabsJ
    Dec 19, 2009
    10
    its a great game honestly i will admit that the story isnt the most compelling, but the combat is extremely satsifying as is the character development
  92. ChrisS
    Dec 28, 2009
    10
    This game is just awesome! When I started playing it I thought I sucked and didn't understand how it worked. I thought it was too hard, and I thought I wasn't supposed to die. Now 70 hours later I must say this game grabbed me by the balls and I love this awesome game. GOTY 2009!
  93. RiverV
    Dec 28, 2009
    10
    Game of the year, it´s the essence of videogame.
  94. Aug 28, 2010
    9
    Let it out first : this game is awesome........ if you take the time to play it like it should be and if you change your gamer reflexes gained from God of War and other smashers...
    Graphics : really good, not the best on PS3 but really enticing, especially if you want some western fantasy world (something we kind of miss since Oblivion, and Dragon Age didn't have enough originality in the
    Let it out first : this game is awesome........ if you take the time to play it like it should be and if you change your gamer reflexes gained from God of War and other smashers...
    Graphics : really good, not the best on PS3 but really enticing, especially if you want some western fantasy world (something we kind of miss since Oblivion, and Dragon Age didn't have enough originality in the art design)
    Sounds : really good too (go to The Tower level, those Octomagus with bells will creep you out of your mind), maybe some more epic music would have been nice at some key moments
    Gameplay : totally incredible... it's a hardcore game, so be prepared, that means you CANNOT go in, smash everybody and get out of the level after 15 minutes. You have to be patient, to slowly understand what you have to do, what should be the best way to pass this or that monster. But when you do, it's so rewarding you can't stop yourself to go on. It can be really frustrating at time, but only because it asks you to get better. You cannot play the whole game smashing the same button. You have to develop tactics, to understand what your character's can or cannot do. But the game is never unfair. When you die (and you die often) you know it's because you aren't good enough for this monster. You go to another level you couldn't pass before and you see your level is sufficient now.... and so on. Really rewarding but, as I said before, you must adapt to the way you must play it.
    Controls : absolutely no problem, smooth, precise, you'll never die because of them, only because of your own failure :)
    Online : mind-blowing! Yeah, a single-player RPG has a great online experience, let me explain how : when you are alive, you can call other players (that you don't know) in the form of blue ghosts to help you in a certain level. If you manage to kill the boss of that level, the ghost player will be resurrected in his own game. If you're dead, you can leave a message on the floor saying you're free to be summoned as a ghost by another player. Or you can invade another player's world as a Red Ghost to try and kill him, which will revive you too. Pure Genius. When you understand how it works, you really have a lot of fun with that system.
    Longevity : the game itself is long enough (it took me like 1,5 week to finish it, and playing it quite a lot each day), and you clearly want to play it again to see the (many) things you missed the first time you played it. So good points here too.
    Fun (because games are all about fun) : it will depend on your definition of fun in games. If difficulty really freaks you down, don't come near that game. But if beating some great challenges and getting really rewarded each time is your thing, don't hesitate one second.
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  95. Jun 15, 2013
    9
    A fantastic game capable of capturing the middle age's atmosphere like none other. It is brutal and it has its shortcomings (bad camera, a few cheap deaths) but it's overall a great experience, thanks also to an innovative and smart on line gaming system. A must have.
  96. LBC
    Sep 9, 2010
    9
    Demon's Souls delivers what many games nowadays simple cannot: bone-crushing, yet accessible levels of difficulty. Make no mistake: you will die a lot in this prickly dungeon crawler. However, you'll find that Demon's Souls is a highly rewarding game once you make it over that first hump and get a decent character going. And, while you do so, you are given a great degree of freedom toDemon's Souls delivers what many games nowadays simple cannot: bone-crushing, yet accessible levels of difficulty. Make no mistake: you will die a lot in this prickly dungeon crawler. However, you'll find that Demon's Souls is a highly rewarding game once you make it over that first hump and get a decent character going. And, while you do so, you are given a great degree of freedom to craft a character that is truly and uniquely yours. Atlus has done a wonderful job of creating a dark, high-fantasy world that just begs to be explored. This game is a must-buy for any PS3 owner looking for a well-polished (and extremely difficult) action / RPG experience. Expand
  97. Jan 14, 2011
    10
    Demon's Souls is not for everyone, it's hard to the point where you want to throw your controller at the wall. But that's okay! It's difficulty is overall rewarding, combat is fun and deep, and not to mention that your character can become anything you want he or she to be despite what you pick for a job class. The game IS hard, you can't just rush into a battle and expect to win but justDemon's Souls is not for everyone, it's hard to the point where you want to throw your controller at the wall. But that's okay! It's difficulty is overall rewarding, combat is fun and deep, and not to mention that your character can become anything you want he or she to be despite what you pick for a job class. The game IS hard, you can't just rush into a battle and expect to win but just constantly attacking. You need to know when to block, when to dodge, and the right time to attack or heal. The story is sort of non-existent here, but it's still a good ride through. Expand
  98. Sep 12, 2011
    10
    First I would like to say to everybody that had 8 hours to play this game at a time and managed to beat it . Congratulations. It doesn't mean you're skilled it means you are patient and also semi-retarded. This game is only hard because of the complete lack of a checkpoint system. If most games lacked a checkpoint system guess what? they'd be pretty difficult. This game is the exampleFirst I would like to say to everybody that had 8 hours to play this game at a time and managed to beat it . Congratulations. It doesn't mean you're skilled it means you are patient and also semi-retarded. This game is only hard because of the complete lack of a checkpoint system. If most games lacked a checkpoint system guess what? they'd be pretty difficult. This game is the example of poor game design.The game would be easy if it wasn't for that. So I can't stand it when people claim they are skilled. Patience is not a skill. If you have 100 hours to give to this game than by all means do it. I don't play games for a sense of accomplishment because frankly, that's kind of depressing. I play games to have fun and this game was not. That is all. Expand
  99. Sep 26, 2010
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best setting. Best design. Best game. I'm a casual player and this game little hard for me. Hard, but very realistic. If you like dark fantasy, cool design, medieval atmosphere, smart enemies and realistic gameplay - that's the best choice for you=) Expand
  100. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    This game is fantastic. I had played the game so much i started dreaming it! So I had to stop for a little while haha. The game is tough, but If your like me and want to triumph through it, then you will love the game to death. Buy it or rent it. It is truly worth every penny. Demon's Souls is amazing.
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 81 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
  1. Demon's Souls: Unbelievably hard and unbelievably satisfying at the same time. If you accomplish to get through your initial rage attacks, you will experience an outstanding action-RPG with a tense and dark atmosphere.
  2. 100
    Beyond the initial threat of difficulty there waits a remarkable combination of accessibility and challenge, of risk and reward, punishment and empowerment.
  3. It's stoic, uncompromising, difficult to get to know, but also deep, intriguingly disturbed and perversely rewarding. You can learn to love Demon's Souls like few other games in the world. But only if you're prepared to give yourself over to it. [JPN Import]