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  • Summary: Journey to the snowy world of Ariandel and encounter new areas, bosses, enemies, weapons, armor set, magic spells and more. Will you accept the challenge and embrace the darkness once more?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 2, 2016
    80
    This full-fledged expansion is no less than amazing and has delivered on many occasions through it’s addictingly raw gameplay.
  2. Oct 27, 2016
    80
    From Software once again serves up a solid piece of DLC with Ashes of Ariandel, even if it is a tad short. It's full of beautiful vistas and interesting levels, and the boss fight at the end is a good challenge for high-level players. But those looking for something new and innovative are apt to be disappointed, as this is all familiar territory for the series. Still, From Software's execution is strong in this first piece of Dark Souls 3 DLC.
  3. Oct 27, 2016
    78
    New World Order prepares the ground for the last two episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series, by telling us a different story of the Dark Knight where the Wayne family is not as we always thought.
  4. Oct 27, 2016
    70
    While Ashes of Ariandel is ultimately a safe addition to Dark Souls III, it's convincingly satisfying; the risk of death at any moment is as likely as finding a new piece of practical gear or the discovery of an unexplored path. Just don't expect any areas as memorable as those in the main game or revelatory moments that substantially expands the lore.
  5. Nov 9, 2016
    70
    Ashes of Ariandel attempts to tackle too many things at once, and loses focus. There are few negatives about the expansion in itself, it just doesn't have enough content. FROM had the potential to make a great expansion to the series, but put its efforts into developing the wrong aspect of the game.
  6. Nov 3, 2016
    70
    The bare-bones PvP arena offers a fleeting blast of adrenaline and the painted world's gorgeous wintry landscapes are enchantingly brutal, yet as a whole, Dark Souls 3's first expansion colours within deeply worn lines and falls short of FromSoftware's illustrious history of unforgettable, industry-leading DLC.
  7. Nov 22, 2016
    50
    Dark Souls 3 was a wonderful coda for the series, revisiting the best parts of Soulsborne while skillfully buffing over the pieces that didn’t work. Still, the Souls tricks and tropes that have become hallmarks are no longer groundbreaking, and there isn’t much left for Souls proper to achieve. As such, the run-of-the-mill quality of the experience offered here just doesn’t cut it anymore. While I still hold some hope that the second (and final) piece of DLC will be more substantial, Ashes of Ariandel illustrates exactly why Souls needs to end for the foreseeable future.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 30, 2016
    10
    Real score 9,5/10. Great expansion. It took me 4-5 hours to fully complete the single player collecting all items and defeating all enemiesReal score 9,5/10. Great expansion. It took me 4-5 hours to fully complete the single player collecting all items and defeating all enemies with a level 193 character on NG++. After that I'm left with the PVP arena and 2 bossfights that are a lot of fun in co-op. The new weapons are brilliant and original. The game has great atmosphere, top notch level design and interesting, challenging new enemies. I can full heartedly recommend this DLC. It's not long, but the content is great! Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2016
    8
    This dark souls 3 dlc offered some really unique locations but everything at first glance feels small. There are many different alternateThis dark souls 3 dlc offered some really unique locations but everything at first glance feels small. There are many different alternate routes you could have easily missed and it definitely feels a bit more open than the base game.

    There are some cool new enemies and weapons but nothing can really top your current equipment if you have already finished the game.

    The bosses are good. Do not watch the trailers or any gameplays of it or it will kinda spoil the experience. There is one that really stands out than the other but both fights were entertaining. OST wise it's awesome, just what you expect from any DS OST!

    PVP feature is a cool side feature....

    As a DS fan from playing all the games, it's definitely disappointing if you compare it to the other dlcs.
    The scale of this dlc just feels "small" and compare to the other dlcs, it can't get the theme of it right.
    Even the crowns dlc from ds2 got the theme and scale right.
    I took it more as something from the base game than a actual expansion.

    Now triple A games now a days are just not doing too great with expansions except for like Witcher 3. I feel like it definitely meets what we call DLC in these years. I didn't expect too much from reading the reviews of other people but I think this DLC is good.

    As a souls fan I would give this more like a 7/10
    But if you just turn your brain off and let it be just a dlc then its more like 7.5
    I hope expansion 2 will deliver the single player experience we truly wanted.
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  3. Oct 25, 2016
    8
    As a big fan of dark souls I was pretty annoyed by the rating of the positive reviews that dark souls 3 had. It is a good game but its hard toAs a big fan of dark souls I was pretty annoyed by the rating of the positive reviews that dark souls 3 had. It is a good game but its hard to explain how the third chapter(despite a few good moments) had no soul and just seem like a big fan service without much purpose, without originality.
    The problem with this DLC it is one and only: It is too short. Once you accept that it should be a bigger experience believe me, it is far more original and exciting than the base game. I can only imagine how much better( at least for me) the main game would be if every area of the game had the kind of sense of exploration and ambience this DLC delivered.
    As a pvp addicted I was very disappointed with the weapons on base game: you had 14 straight swords, for example, and almost the same move set/skill for every single one: "Of course I'm gonna use the one with ridiculous damage and life regen!"
    A lot were just impossible to play with, like daggers (Brigand twindaggers, yes I'll spam parry you after the first attack for sure) and almost all katanas. But I can assure you of this: each single weapon of this DLC its original and unique. Something that should have been done to every weapon on base game and probably wasn't done because of how hard would be game balancing (let's get this right, this is not an excuse for not doing it so ok?Just work it out FROM).
    The pvp arena, if you play a lot of pvp like me, works pretty well and there's not much to be said.
    I just wish I could give this a ten, it got so many good things going for it, things that I was missing from the base game but, for now, I stand in hope that the next DLC will deliver a bigger experience with the same care for level design and originality I see here.
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  4. Oct 30, 2016
    7
    So, this is the worst DLC ever made by From Soft and only for the greatest boss of all souls series games (and cool new weapons), this DLC isSo, this is the worst DLC ever made by From Soft and only for the greatest boss of all souls series games (and cool new weapons), this DLC is having 7/10 from me . That's almost all, that a usual player should know. If you are the ultra nerd with 2k hours in three first games, I have something special to tell you...

    This DLC is super easy, and you should buy it only for the Arena and a bunch of amazing new unbalanced weapons.
    Looking forward to the next DLC, I hope it will be better.
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  5. Oct 27, 2016
    6
    Positive;
    - New Mode Arena
    - Final Boss - Some New Weapons and Armor Sets - Three Titanite Slab :) Negative - 2/3 hours gameplay :( -
    Positive;
    - New Mode Arena
    - Final Boss
    - Some New Weapons and Armor Sets
    - Three Titanite Slab :)

    Negative
    - 2/3 hours gameplay :(
    - Everywhere has same
    - Unbalanced enemies
    - No new staff

    Wait second DLC :((
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  6. Nov 25, 2016
    6
    It looked promising, but after 2 hours, i was done. i found the final boss room, i had done everything else, and i was just sad, i was soIt looked promising, but after 2 hours, i was done. i found the final boss room, i had done everything else, and i was just sad, i was so exited to turn this game back on, but after all the things i got in the new dlc, i just thought: well, im never going to use this stuff now, because the game is over agin... 2 hours on a dlc this long after launch, is a **** joke Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2018
    2
    In terms of map and enemy design aswell as balance this is the worst FromSoftware game content ever created.
    PS - I originally had it at a 5
    In terms of map and enemy design aswell as balance this is the worst FromSoftware game content ever created.
    PS - I originally had it at a 5 but due to the stupidly unbalanced millwood knights in the tower this gets a 2.
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