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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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  1. Negative: 72 out of 568
  1. 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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  2. Apr 9, 2022
    10
    Excellent game, full of great enemies, stunning art direction, incredible bosses, gorgeous arenas, unparalleled level design, wonderful music.
  3. Apr 29, 2022
    10
    DS is like bdsm. you experience the pain and pleasure at the same time. Soo good.
  4. Feb 24, 2020
    9
    Dark Souls 3 bildet als letzter Teil der Souls-Trilogie den krönenden Abschluss der berüchtigten RPG-Reihe von From Software. Als mit demDark Souls 3 bildet als letzter Teil der Souls-Trilogie den krönenden Abschluss der berüchtigten RPG-Reihe von From Software. Als mit dem Untod verfluchter "Unentfachter" kämpft man sich durch eine erbarmungslose Fantasy-Welt in der an jeder Ecke der Tod lauert. Dabei droht stets der Verlust der gesammelten Seelen. Highlights sind die epischen Bosskämpfe, die anspruchsvoll aber fair sind, sodass sich jeder Sieg wie ein Triumph anfühlt. Das Gameplay wird nur selten durch die Erzählung unterbrochen - stattdessen kann man die Lore des Spiels den Beschreibungen von Gegenständen, kurzen Dialogen mit NPCs, oder der Gestaltung der Welt entnehmen. Diese Fragmente ergeben mit der Zeit eine immer deutlichere Ahnung von der Welt von Dark Souls und dem Sinn der eigenen Bemühungen, die allerdings immer etwas kryptisch und interpretativ bleiben. Durch viele optionale Inhalte und verschiedene Spezialisierungen vom Ritter bis zum Zauberer hat das Spiel einen hohen Wiederspielwert. Dark Souls 3 schafft es ein einzigartiges Spielgefühl zu erschaffen, und verpackt es diesmal so elegant und visuell ansprechend wie keiner seiner Vorgänger. Insgesamt ist es ein anspruchsvolles Action-RPG das Hartnäckigkeit mit Genugtuung belohnt, und anstatt ihn an die Hand zu nehmen, den Spieler auch mal geradewegs in den Abgrund rennen lässt. Expand
  5. May 10, 2016
    9
    A really good finale to the series. It's got some of the most immersive and graphically impressive enviroments. The art design and sound areA really good finale to the series. It's got some of the most immersive and graphically impressive enviroments. The art design and sound are top notch. Enemy variety is well done, and the bosses are no longer all "dudes in armor". There is definitely more emphasis on learning the patterns of bosses this time around. If you're melee, it can sometimes be a bit frustrating to learn all of the telegraphs and time the corresponding roll. But it's all the more satisfying to be honest, because it was far too easy in previous games to just deck out with mass poise and a greatshield and cheese every boss. Another annoyance is how they continued Dark Souls 2 way of handling NPC's. And how most of them require little convincing to join you and remain in firelink for the majority of the time. Playing the ATM machine for the player's convenience. That was definitely better in DS1, where NPC's left Firelink at some point.

    It does however require a beefy system to get it to stick to 60fps. And especially on the CPU side. You'll have no qualms with an overclocked i5 and a GTX 970 / 980. But you will have issues with AMD FX CPU's and Radeon Graphics cards. Since those cards have more CPU overhead in the drivers, compounding the issue.

    I will be playing this again and again. And to all the whiny **** giving it a 1-4 because they can't appreciate having to put effort into a game, git gud.

    I will give it 9/10, for fromsoftware not really ironing out the performance (though personally I was able to play it flawlessly), some slight overuse of emphasis on rolling and the handling of NPC's. They are minor complaints, hence I'm not detracting much more.
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  6. 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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  7. Feb 12, 2021
    0
    ------------Grafica------------
    ☐Fotorealistico
    ☒Ottimo ☐Buona ☐Normale ☐Mediocre ☐Pessima ☐Pugno in un occhio
    ------------Grafica------------
    ☐Fotorealistico
    ☒Ottimo
    ☐Buona
    ☐Normale
    ☐Mediocre
    ☐Pessima
    ☐Pugno in un occhio
    ------------Sonoro------------
    ☒Epico
    ☐Ottimo
    ☐Buono
    ☐Normale
    ☐Mediocre
    ☐Pessimo
    ☐Il vicino che fa i lavori la domenica mattina è più gradevole
    ------------Gameplay------------
    ☒Super
    ☐Ottimo
    ☐Buono
    ☐Normale
    ☐Mediocre
    ☐Pessimo
    ☐Preferisco amputarmi le mani
    ------------Durata------------
    ☐Addio vita sociale
    ☒Longevo
    ☐Sulle 30 ore senza quest secondarie
    ☐Normale
    ☐Scarsa
    ☐Breve
    ☐Ho speso i miei soldi per questa roba?
    ------------Requisiti hardware------------
    ☐Mio padre è Bill Gates
    ☐Elevati
    ☐Buoni
    ☒Nella media
    ☐Bassi
    ☐Molto bassi
    ☐PC di fascia super bassa
    ------------Trama------------
    ☐Epica
    ☒Ottima
    ☐Buona
    ☐Normale
    ☐Mediocre
    ☐Pessima
    ☐Non mi ricordo nemmeno come si chiama il protagonista
    ------------Difficoltà------------
    ☐Gioco con il calendario dei santi accanto alla tastiera
    ☐Complesso ☐Solo se aumenti la difficoltà ☒Nella media ☐Facile ☐Molto Facile ☐Brava nonna, quelli si, sono i titoli di cosa. Lo hai finito. ------------Prezzo------------ ☐Inculata pazzesca ☐Troppo caro ☐Aspettate che lo mettano in saldo ☒Ci può stare ☐Quasi un affare ☐Un affare ☐E' gratis, che vuoi? ------------Bug------------ ☐Ma è il gioco definitivo o sto giocando un'alpha? ☐Ingiocabile ☐Buggato ☒Nella media ☐Qualche bug ogni tanto ☐Quasi nessuno ☐Liscio come l'olio
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