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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: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  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. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. Jul 15, 2020
    7
    DARK SOULS III: ASHES OF ARIANDEL
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  6. Oct 27, 2016
    6
    Mediocre at best. This should be a free patch, not paid DLC. This add-on offers not much entertainment and though 1 of the bosses is somewhatMediocre at best. This should be a free patch, not paid DLC. This add-on offers not much entertainment and though 1 of the bosses is somewhat difficult - its not worth your money. Basically this dlc have 1 boss (second is just fruitless I can't call him a DS boss) which is fking similar to Lady Maria from Bloodbourne DLC. Even couple of her attacks are the same.

    Altogether DLC doesn't add much to the table and that is the real problem there. Yeah the pvp arena is fun for an hour. But it comes nowhere near invasions. It doesn't have any random factor, no surroundings etc. (well it has pillars, but no corners, pits and that stuff)

    New weapons are just meh.

    Well now all we can do is wait for the next dlc in hope it will deliver at least something.

    Last words: It took me 2.10 to complete the DLC though I wasted 1.10 on the last boss. NO TROPHIES FFS
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  7. May 15, 2020
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ridiculously short and with a awful final boss. Not that it is impossibly hard but has 3 phases where if you die on the final one (and you will!) you’ll have to go through the 3 phases over and over again. Why? To artificially extend the time of the DLC since otherwise you would complete it in 20 minutes. Worst dlc from ever did. By far. Expand

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