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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: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 25, 2016
    90
    Ashes of Ariandel is the first of two DLC for the great Dark Souls III. This expansion is more of the same, and that is pretty good news for all fans. Must have if you enjoyed the main game.
  2. Oct 27, 2016
    80
    With Dark Souls' formidable reputation undisputed, other characteristics slip into transparency. Humor, long rumbling under the surface, receives a more stable focus in Ashes of Ariandel. Expectations are bent, defied, and destroyed in ways that are designed to simultaneously humiliate and impress series veterans. After five games and six pieces of downloadable content, it's hard to imagine a more suitable approach.
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    75
    The enchanted scenery could have been bigger, the story longer than roughly five to seven hours, but nonetheless Ashes of Ariandel is a good expansion.
  4. Oct 26, 2016
    70
    Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel is possibly the weakest of all the Souls-Borne expansions, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
  5. Oct 31, 2016
    70
    The final boss fight is challenging and worth the DLC, while the PvP arena will keep fans busy for some time, but ultimately the world of Ariandel is bleakly beautiful if unsatisfying.
  6. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2017
    65
    It saddens me to see the game that stole more of my time than I’m willing to admit turn into a self-parody. Ashes of Ariandel is like a covers playlist prepared by someone who has never heard the original recordings. Its only truly valuable moment is the wonderful last boss fight. [13/2016, p.48]
  7. Oct 27, 2016
    50
    Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel misses the mark. It fails to fill a large, fresh environment with tangible reasons to stay there any longer than a few hours, and although the new weapons and gear are some of the best in the game, you'll want to play about with them somewhere other than The Painted World.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Mar 21, 2017
    10
    Хорошее дополнение, очень понравилось.
    Очень жесткий основной босс, щекочет нервы и бросает серьезный вызов игроку!
    Хорошее дополнение, очень понравилось.
    Очень жесткий основной босс, щекочет нервы и бросает серьезный вызов игроку!
  2. Jan 30, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While the DLC was short, to me the world was immersive. I used a character that I had finished the Usurpation of Fire ending, so the characters actually referred to me as the Lord of Hollows. While making my way through the Corvian Settlement, I felt bad slaughtering the countless bird enemies. Although I didn't play the first game, I've heard this was a big nostalgia trip, and that would add even more. The weapons were pretty nice and I can't wait to start a sorcerer to try out the Onyx Blade (cause Sir Vilhelm was freaking awesome). The arena adds a nice amount of PvP (if you want it). While I felt the main game had a better story, I was pretty satisfied with Ashes of Ariandel. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2016
    9
    Very good expansion! Awesome new area, very beautiful. Interesting weapons and enemies, Millwood and Corvian Knights are the best. TwoVery good expansion! Awesome new area, very beautiful. Interesting weapons and enemies, Millwood and Corvian Knights are the best. Two wonderful boss, the final is very hard, harder than the Nameless King. For the full walkthrough you need 5 - 6 hours. Enjoy it, and good luck! Praise the Sun! Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2017
    7
    Ashes of Ariandel is a short but sweet expansion of Dark Souls 3. It delivers a fantastic final boss and has a wonderful world to explore, butAshes of Ariandel is a short but sweet expansion of Dark Souls 3. It delivers a fantastic final boss and has a wonderful world to explore, but it is so short in duration and content that it makes questioning the talent of Fromsoft all the more important. I can say in confidence that out of all the Souls' DLCs, this is by far the weakest. This does not mean it is bad, but it is a hard bargain to recommend if you are not a Souls fan or think $15 bucks is okay for this (which I will admit it is not). Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2016
    7
    It hurts me to give any Souls title less than a 9 or 10, but for hardcore fans this just won't be enough. I took my time, did everything, andIt hurts me to give any Souls title less than a 9 or 10, but for hardcore fans this just won't be enough. I took my time, did everything, and it still only took a couple hours. And while one of the boss fights is pretty great, the other one is mediocre at best. Bottom line is when a dev gives you such stellar DLC as Artorias and Old Hunters, the expectations will always be high. Here's hoping the last installment will be up to par. Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2019
    7
    I do not want to write a great review for this DLC. Just want to say that the location itself is pretty interesting. For the winter did manyI do not want to write a great review for this DLC. Just want to say that the location itself is pretty interesting. For the winter did many times in past games of the series. There are two bosses here, one boring and easy. The second interesting and very difficult. Personally, I liked this DLC less than Ringed City, but still I advise this DLC to those who liked the original game and want more. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2017
    3
    Oh dear... Lets hope from redeem themselves with their second DLC offering.
    Gone is the slow and steady methodical approach, learn the enemy
    Oh dear... Lets hope from redeem themselves with their second DLC offering.
    Gone is the slow and steady methodical approach, learn the enemy placements and attack patterns to progress, replaced instead by cheap and cheesy mob swamping, 6 enemies on screen at any given time, 3 enemies off screen that have an AOE attack that blankets your entire screen.

    This is not difficult. It does not add to the challenge, its just cheap. If this is what we can expect from the series going forward, then its time to lay it to rest.
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