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  • Summary: Developed by Japanese developer FromSoftware, DARK SOULS III is the latest chapter in the DARK SOULS series with its trademark sword and sorcery combat and rewarding action RPG gameplay. Players travel across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge andDeveloped by Japanese developer FromSoftware, DARK SOULS III is the latest chapter in the DARK SOULS series with its trademark sword and sorcery combat and rewarding action RPG gameplay. Players travel across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge and deep RPG gameplay as they search for a way to survive the coming apocalypse. Expand
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  1. Positive: 54 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 18, 2016
    100
    Regardless of the absolute score, we have some complaints. We would like to have more imagination, courage and new content. DSIII is rather a superb compilation of previous games from the series. If you are a novice, it can be seen as an advantage. [Issue#263]
  2. Apr 10, 2016
    99
    Dark Souls 3 completes the epic trilogy in the best way possible. It manages to be fresh and simultaneously so familiar. So, embrace the darkness and when you emerge victorious you can proudly shout to the heavens: Praise the Sun!
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    94
    Sprawling level design, thrilling combat, and masterful indirect storytelling make Dark Souls 3 the best Dark Souls yet.
  4. Apr 3, 2016
    90
    Despite the odd issues I ran into with the game, be it performance related, or gameplay related (mobs of enemies don’t always make a game harder FromSoftware), Dark Souls 3 is a gargantuan step up from Dark Souls 2 in terms of design...From Software has included a lot for players to mess around with, and between the various armor sets, locations, weapons and enemies to get acquainted with, Dark Souls 3 is one behemoth of a game that could stand at the top of the entire series in terms of quality.
  5. 90
    Devout followers of the Souls series will immediately discover that Dark Souls III is in many respects more of the same, and the majority of them couldn't be happier with that judgment.
  6. May 3, 2016
    85
    In most games there is a simple pleasure of success that accompanies them. The payoff for Dark Souls isn't guaranteed, but goes somewhat deeper than that. It feels a little more like genuine accomplishment, found in small does along the way and promised in large measure when you finally find yourself skilled at this wonderfully unique little corner of the gaming world.
  7. Apr 4, 2016
    70
    Dark Souls III nails much of what made the first two in the series so special, but its world and enemies are unusually drab.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 300
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    The best game ever along with Bloodborne. Thats it! You don't need other informations. Just play it!!!
  2. May 25, 2016
    10
    a stunning end to the greatest gaming trilogy of the generation. To say anything specific would spoil the game. if you have played 1,2 and ora stunning end to the greatest gaming trilogy of the generation. To say anything specific would spoil the game. if you have played 1,2 and or Bloodborne then you will know that this is required gaming. everyone else should pick them all up. As long as you are prepared to "relearn" how to play games then this will be the most rewarding gaming experience of your life. However, if you are the "power fantasy" gamer who prefers to hit x until everything dies then you will hate this with a passion.

    The thinking mans action game personified!

    One last point, to all the people who have given the game 0 out of 10. What the Hell is wrong with you? even if you don't like the game, it still functions perfectly and has very little in the way of bugs. 0 out of 10 should be reserved for broken messes that don't work ( ride to hell, Big rigs etc ).
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  3. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    Yes, it is not such a phenomenon as the first one, and, seriously, it can't stand to that masterpiece.
    But still this game just absorbed
    Yes, it is not such a phenomenon as the first one, and, seriously, it can't stand to that masterpiece.
    But still this game just absorbed everything great about Demon Souls, Dark Souls 1&2, Bloodbourne and there is nothing wrong with it, because it's a quintessence of Hidetaka Miyazaki's ingenious creativity.
    The stortelling, characters, foes, gameplay, f*cking legendary atmosphere... Thanks, Hidetaka. I'm sorry that this is the end of those game series. Looking forward for your future creations.
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  4. Feb 16, 2018
    9
    Dark Souls II made a significant number of missteps which brought the experience to it's knees. Thankfully, Dark Souls III is a return toDark Souls II made a significant number of missteps which brought the experience to it's knees. Thankfully, Dark Souls III is a return to form. It looks, feels and plays just like the first game and avoids the second games problems such as shoddy enemy placement and sloppy hitboxes. Dark Souls III is every bit as good as the first and while it isn't my personal favorite in the series, it's certainly a wonderful continuation of the first games brilliance and comes wholeheartedly recommended to anybody who enjoyed Dark Souls. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2017
    8
    I'll start with some background on my experience with this series. Four or five years after Dark Souls 1 came out I bought it on PC andI'll start with some background on my experience with this series. Four or five years after Dark Souls 1 came out I bought it on PC and absolutely hated it. My main problems with the game were that it was disgusting to look at due to terribly dated graphics combined with a world that uses only variations of grey and brown, the combat was slow and just felt off, and the game was so, so difficult. It was nothing but a frustrating experience and I thought I was done with this series forever.

    However, I decided a year after Dark Souls 3 came out to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

    Pros:
    The game is gorgeous. It may not have the graphical fidelity of a game like Crysis 3 but it's good enough that the wonderful art style can carry the visuals of the game on its own.

    The combat is much faster, more responsive, and enjoyable than what I experienced in Dark Souls 1.

    The difficulty is just right. So long as you take each death as a learning experience you will not find this game to be too difficult or too frustrating. It is challenging but all the tools you need to beat the game are given to you -- you just have to learn to use them. This makes for a very rewarding experience.

    The game strikes a very nice balance of linearity and exploration. It actually made me realize that I don't necessarily like a perfectly open world in my RPGs as the total freedom usually causes a lack of direction that can make for a lot of boring moments as you try to find something to do.

    Amazing enemy variety. Every time you make it to a new area in the game there is a whole new world of enemies to fight. They're all very well designed visually and really do fight like a new enemy instead of a reskin of something you saw 10 hours back. This was, to me, one of the most impressive things about the game.

    Lots of unique weapons, spells, etc. that all can change the way you approach combat.

    Very little need to ever stop and manage your inventory.

    The game is pretty long. So far I've put in 60 hours. I haven't finished it yet but I think I'm getting close to finishing the base game.

    Cons:
    Too little explanation of what certain NPCs, items, etc do. You can very, very easily miss important quests if you don't spend some time on the wiki. However, I think the game is generally more enjoyable the less you research it on the wiki so it's a bit of a catch-22. I would recommend looking up some things though. For instance, you'll want to look up how to initiate co-op since it's fairly unintuitive but can be really useful for overcoming bosses that you're having trouble with.

    PvP is stupidly difficult. At this point people have figured out all sorts of wacky builds that are just hellish to go up against and make for a very unenjoyable time. I'd largely recommend ignoring PvP altogether unless you are very good at the game, have achieved a high level, and done a lot of research into optimal PvP builds. Otherwise you're just going to be throwing yourself into a meat grinder repeatedly.

    Some stuttering on the PC version. Generally it's not a huge issue but it can be frustrating when it occurs at tense moments in a fight.

    A controller is basically required to play this game.

    Verdict:
    Overall, this is a challenging, and for that reason rewarding, experience that I think many can enjoy so long as they have patience and aren't easily frustrated. Don't let the super hardcore "git good" types that dominate the online forums push you away from this game. The only masochistic portion of this game is PvP which is only a minuscule portion of the game and can be forgone completely.
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  6. Dec 10, 2018
    7
    Первый дарк который я играл кое-как. Все на месте, ига нормальная, но как-то "обычно".Первый дарк который я играл кое-как. Все на месте, ига нормальная, но как-то "обычно".
  7. Mar 15, 2017
    0
    capolavoro from software indubbiamente il miliore della serie sotto tutti gli aspetti tranne per le armature non potenziabili purtroppocapolavoro from software indubbiamente il miliore della serie sotto tutti gli aspetti tranne per le armature non potenziabili purtroppo qualsiasi armatura metti i danni che prendi sembrano non cambiare quasi per il resto il gioco è un must have Expand

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