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  1. This PlayStation 5 remake is a blessing for those of us who traveled through Boletaria 11 years ago.
  2. Jan 11, 2021
    The latest game developed by Blue Point is the first real next gen title; one that will probably be the new benchmark for PS5 games for the time being.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2021
    Slay demons, grow your strength, and save the land of Boletaria once more in a faithful remake of a Souls classic. An incredible makeover with the original spirit kept intact provides a challenge unfit for the faint of heart, but the more rewarding for it. [Issue#308]
  4. Dec 14, 2020
    While the journey through Demon’s Souls is one that has resulted in much frustration and higher blood pressure than I would normally put myself through just to play a video game, it is a wonderful showcase of what the PS5 can do and the perfect game for those that want to challenge themselves. Combined with the impressive graphical quality and those incredibly fast loading speeds, you have the perfect fodder for the ‘onebro’ that secretly lives inside you.
  5. Dec 9, 2020
    The Demon’s Souls remake may flip perspectives on the Souls series once you’ve finished it. Instead of being a game that’s tough to go back to, its polish and refinement will make it hard to return to Lordran or Drangleic even if another game still ranks higher than Demon’s Souls. Completing the first playthrough is really just the start of Demon’s Souls, and with more replayability than ever before, it’s going to keep people dancing between the Archstones for a long time.
  6. Nov 30, 2020
    Demon’s Souls is an incredibly faithful and gorgeous remake of one of the greatest games of all time. Bluepoint pulled off something incredible, all while under the pressure of being a launch title for an entirely new generation of hardware. Demon’s Souls feels genuinely Next-Gen and is in no way held back by the bones of the PS3 version. Demon’s Souls is the perfect PS5 launch title and the definite From Software game. For long-time Souls players, Demon’s Souls feels like coming home. For new players, there has never been a better time or a better entry to find your way into the dark fantasy worlds that From Software creates.
  7. Nov 26, 2020
    While the idea of a Western studio completely reworking what is arguably FromSoftware’s most important title ever was initially worrying for many fans, what Bluepoint Games has accomplished with Demon’s Souls is something special. This is a game that honors its origins without being afraid to also modernize them, and though it might not offer enough modernization for some, this is probably the best balance between keeping what works and upgrading what didn’t that we could have gotten.
  8. Nov 25, 2020
    The Demon's Souls remake on PlayStation 5 is almost the exact same experience, gameplay-wise, as the 2009 PlayStation 3 original. And considering how great the original Demon's Souls was, the Demon's Souls remake on PS5 is an easy recommendation. Imagine one of the best and most influential games ever made, but with significantly improved graphics, and that sums up the Demon's Souls remake perfectly. It's the PlayStation 5's first must-have exclusive game, and it should leave fans very excited to see what developer Bluepoint Games decides to work on next.
  9. Nov 24, 2020
    The best looking console game I’ve ever played, and one that can easily stand toe-to-toe with the best the PC world has to offer — and I can play it on a big-screen from the comfort of my couch. Bluepoint knocked it out of the park so far the ball killed someone in a distant suburb.
  10. Nov 24, 2020
    Fans of the Souls genre will fall in love with Demon's Souls, and anyone who picks it up and manages to push through the fog of challenge will find a stunning world of danger and excitement to get lost in.
  11. Nov 23, 2020
    Though somewhat stylistically uneven, Demon’s Souls PS5 manages to capture the spirit of the original game. The experience is certainly not for everyone, but if you manage to get your head around its steep learning curve and obtuse mechanics, Demon’s Souls will give you a rewarding experience, seeped in an unrelenting and oppressive atmosphere that you will almost certainly never forget.
  12. Nov 23, 2020
    If you’re a seasoned Souls-like fan, then it’s worth picking up a PS5 just for Demon’s Souls. If not, I still recommend having your passport stamped in Boletaria, but know what you’re getting into beforehand and proceed with caution … and plenty of Moon Grass.
  13. Nov 20, 2020
    No longer soul of the lost, and withdrawn from its (PS3) vessel, Bluepoint has transformed a cult classic into a modern next-gen marvel.
  14. Nov 17, 2020
    Demon’s Souls is a masterpiece. Bluepoint Games has crafted a beautiful remake that embodies everything that made the original experience so special, maintaining all of its vital elements while building upon everything that matters. This can proudly join Breath of the Wild as one of the best launch games of all time.
  15. 100
    It's a game that deserves to be elevated beyond the jokes and seen as a genuine piece of video game art. I would be very interested if those who have come to the Souls series later will find the deliberately unpolished elements of this remake to be as appealing, but given that FromSoftware will almost certainly never touch the King's Field series again, for me, personally, this is as good as it's ever going to get. As a PlayStation 5 launch title, it's a fascinating example of something that is both deliberately old and a brilliant use of the console's very new hardware, and brought together, Demon's Souls is reason enough to own the console, all into itself.
  16. 100
    An absolute blueprint on how to remake a beloved title and meaningfully improve upon on it in ways that new cutting edge technologies make possible, Demon's Souls on PlayStation 5 is more than just the best launch game for any system in recent memory. Its re-emergence and digestible approach to its seemingly daunting challenge now opens the door once more to an all-new generation of PlayStation gamers to a kickstart a second coming for Souls subgenre. Demon's Souls is nothing less than a breathless triumph in every way.
  17. Nov 15, 2020
    The best thing about this wonderful remake is that it truly feels like a new "Souls" game, rather than an old one being brought back to life. The graphics are incredible, the music is wonderful and the kingdom of Boletaria was recreated beautifully by Bluepoint Games. If you managed to get a PS5, but still haven't played this game, you're wasting your time.
  18. Nov 15, 2020
    Teensy quibbles aside, it’s difficult to imagine how this Demon’s Souls remake could be any better. It looks great, it sounds even better, and it’s extremely respectful of the PS3 original, which has aged surprisingly well after all these years. This is an exceptional remake, and it’s exactly what Demon’s Souls deserves.
  19. Nov 15, 2020
    It’s hard to imagine a better version of this game. Bluepoint established itself as the master of the remake with Shadow Of The Colossus, but in Demon’s Souls, they’ve produced a launch game that’s going to be hard to beat for several years.
  20. Nov 13, 2020
    Bluepoint Games has proved itself once more, nailing Demon’s Souls with a remake on the same level as Shadow of the Colossus. At this point, I’d hand the developer the keys to everything. Let the studio make a 60fps Bloodborne. Give them Metal Gear Solid. Let’s have a Bluepoint Games Ico. Demon’s Souls is the best PS5 game you can play at launch, and I’m sure it will go down in history as one of the best launch titles of all time. The Old One has awoken and I hope this review feeds it more souls. It deserves a full belly.
  21. Feb 10, 2021
    I went in expecting the world out of the Demon’s Souls remake and it delivered me the galaxy. I don’t normally speak this highly of games, but this is the one exception. Absolutely every facet of the original has been enhanced and it has stood the test of time. Bluepoint has done an incredible job at not only reinvigorating an underappreciated gem, but also leveraging the new technologies afforded to them with Sony’s new system. While there are a couple of minor technical blemishes, they don’t take away from how good of an experience this game is and Bluepoint’s diligence as a developer will surely see these kinks ironed out. This game is a system seller.
  22. Dec 8, 2020
    Coming hot off the heels after Shadow of the Colossus and now with Demon’s Souls, Bluepoint Games have cemented their name as the best in the business when it comes to remaking beloved classics. Not only have they managed to capture and retain all the elements that made the original so great, they have brought it to the modern age as the absolute showcase title for a new generation of consoles.
  23. Dec 3, 2020
    Incredibly, the most impressive game at the start of the new generation is a niche Japanese game I had to import from France in 2010. If you have to try one Souls game, I would suggest making it Demon’s Souls.
  24. 95
    Game visuals might need overhauls every few years to stay relevant, but good game design is timeless. So is Demon's Souls.
  25. Nov 23, 2020
    Demon's Souls is the must-have PlayStation 5 exclusive as the showstopper of the launch lineup. It's so close to being a perfect 10. But some archaic mechanics left untouched, as well as questionable deluxe edition items giving an unfair head start, just prevent it from reaching that pinnacle. Nevertheless, if you want justification of why the PlayStation 5 is worth upgrading to at launch, look no further than Demon's Souls.
  26. Nov 20, 2020
    The most underappreciated Souls game is ready to take its place atop the pantheon. Demon’s Souls has always been one of From Software’s most intricate, atmospheric, and satisfyingly-challenging games and Bluepoint’s technically-impeccable remake elevates it to a new level with beautiful, fluid visuals and an assortment of smart gameplay tweaks. All From Software fans need this game, and even those who have struggled with their games should consider giving it a try. Once you start playing Demon’s Souls you’ll be hard-pressed to exorcise the game from your PS5.
  27. Nov 19, 2020
    New graphics and sound design aside, it’s still Demon’s Souls. And even after a decade and many Souls games now on the shelf, Demon’s Souls core is absolutely rock solid. With all the layers subsequent games added stripped away… wow. It speaks volumes about how well-designed From Software’s first take was. Swings are strategic. Dodge rolling is a survivor’s essence. Knowing when and how to engage each enemy is just as important as your stats. New motion-captured animations only add to the beautiful dance of death on display. You’ll sweat as hard here as you did the first time and you’ll be pissed when you die but ecstatic about your triumphs.
  28. Nov 19, 2020
    This remake is the perfect excuse to revisit or discover for the first time a work that strengthened the video game industry a decade ago.
  29. Nov 18, 2020
    An epic remake for an epic game. Bluepoint Games did a spectacular job bringing back this huge classic. The best way to begin the PS5's cycle.
  30. Nov 16, 2020
    Bluepoint Games and From Software are among the best in the business, and we're fortunate to have their strengths coalesce in such a stellar remake. This console generation is less than a week old, but something tells me we're still going to be raving about Demon's Souls when it comes to a close.
  31. Nov 16, 2020
    This is one of the best remakes ever made –a perfect example of how to bring a game back, and a reason to buy a PS5.
  32. Nov 14, 2020
    If you need a challenge that is less forgiving than the Dark Souls’ series, then you want Demon’s Souls. Bluepoint Games brings the very essence of the original 2009 title with this remastered version, upgrades the experience with PS5 hardware, and makes the game more terrifying.
  33. Nov 15, 2020
    Demon's Souls Remake is one of the best launch games that any new generation has ever experienced. However, we would have liked it even more if the DualSense's technology implementation was even deeper, given that at times it is barely noticeable. Nonetheless, Demon's Souls Remake is an impressive videogame due to both its longevity and possibilities. It is a work with almost no flaws whatsoever, born more than 10 years ago and back better than ever thanks to the PS5.
  34. Nov 23, 2020
    Although the gameplay of the original Demon's Souls isn't out of date in 2020, Bluepoint still did a perfect remake job. It's not only because the remake version looks like a next-gen blockbuster, but also because it plays more smoothly than before. If you love souls-like games, you really should buy PS5 as soon as possible to enjoy it.
  35. Nov 12, 2020
    For newcomers, Demon’s Souls will be the first exploration into the duality of despair and triumph, and hopefully go on to become a starting point for new Souls fans. For veterans, it’s a homage to an experiment that kicked off a fantastic genre. Either way, it’s wonderful that the nascent ethers from the original classic have coalesced and given us this delightful treat.
  36. Nov 19, 2020
    This game is every new-gen console's dream: an essential exclusive. Demon's Souls is a wonderful presentation for PlayStation 5, given that it honors a two generations in the past cult jewel and powers it with the new hardware possibilities.
  37. Nov 16, 2020
    A game that faithfully and fairly accurately recreates all that is good about the original, while at the same time feeling current. It feels next-gen.
  38. Dec 28, 2020
    An excellent remake, which takes full advantage of the technology of PlayStation 5 to release the catalog of the new Sony console and offers its community the possibility of reliving a masterpiece.
  39. Nov 19, 2020
    Nothing less than a splendid, relentlessly sadomasochistic bout of déjà vu that lasts for more than 40 hours at a time.
  40. CD-Action
    Jun 9, 2021
    It’s a perfect remake and I think the only people who might be disappointed with it are… the die-hard FromSoftware fans. You see, the new Demon’s Souls shows clearly how much Miyazaki’s games have evolved throughout the years. The Dark Souls series simply does everything better. The remake looks like a prototype in comparison, while still being way ahead of other developers’ achievements in this genre. [01/2021, p.46]
  41. Mar 29, 2021
    Overall, Demon’s Souls is still the most interesting and varied game in the Souls series. This remake not only looks lovely on the PlayStation 5 but is also a joy to play with all the tweaks and improvements that have been introduced. Now if only people would look past its supposed difficulty and see its carefully crafted intricacy instead.
  42. Feb 5, 2021
    Bug fixes, clever DualSense support, and truly stunning graphics turn this iconic PS3 title into the PS5's standout must-play. Whether you're a veteran or new to the world of Boletaria, you won't want to miss this special game.
  43. Dec 17, 2020
    The remake of Demon's Souls is PS5's first great exclusive and it offers to a certain part of the public the possibility of enjoying a sensational experience that, probably, they had missed when it came out in 2009.
  44. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 14, 2020
    Even old Demon’s Souls hats will find plenty new to marvel at in this faithful and stunning recreation that showcases just why PS5 is so impressive. [Issue#183, p.83]
  45. Dec 14, 2020
    It’s still an amazingly stubborn classic, one that manages to feel individualistic even now. It doesn’t do everything right, but the remake proves the bones of the original game are still strong and relevant today. Like all of FromSoftware’s latest games, Demon’s Souls gets under your skin with a combination of abject aggravation followed by glorious elation. It’s currently the best reason to own a PlayStation 5, and will likely still be an easy recommendation when we start thinking about PlayStation 6.
  46. Dec 10, 2020
    While the balance between punishment and reward feels a bit extreme, the satisfaction you get when finally beating a difficult boss is unmatched. Even so many years after its original release, this “theme park of death” is still as great as it always was. While faithful to the original, sudden invasions from other players can interrupt the flow of the game, which is something I had hoped to see the remake improve on.
  47. Dec 8, 2020
    This is what a remake should look like. The audio-visuals are stunning, the respect to the original game is palpable. When it comes to remasters of your favourite games, you should only ever wish for Bluepoint Games to make them.
  48. Dec 4, 2020
    Demon’s Souls is an excellent game; I’m not the first person to tell you that in the last ten years. Bluepoint’s remake here on PS5 is also in line with the studio’s previous work, which is to say that it’s immaculate. If you already own Sony’s next-gen hardware, this is very much its killer app thus far. I implore you to make this your first Soulslike if you’ve never set foot into the genre before.
  49. Edge Magazine
    Dec 3, 2020
    Scrape away all the new bits, though, and crucially the magic is still there, the imagination and ingenuity within level and boss design as potent as ever. If you're experiencing it now for the first time, we're rooting for you at every step. Umbasa, as they say. [Issue#353, p.108]
  50. Dec 3, 2020
    Demon's Souls marks an important step for the video game industry as a whole, whilie Bluepoint Games developers yet again shows their immense care towards some truly cult classics. If you like the Souls series, or just looking forward to dive deep into medieval fantasy filled with dragons, demons, and knights, don't miss out on this masterpiece of a game.
  51. Nov 30, 2020
    Revisiting Demon’s Souls in this fancy new package was some of the most fun I’ve had all year. The return to Boletaria was a pleasant reminder of just how good the game is, and the influx of new players makes it the current definitive choice for someone looking to get into the series. There’s a certain boldness to releasing the game relatively functionally the same so that a whole new generation of people can experience just how weird it is. While the facelift can cause some dissonance, most will experience a beautiful action RPG with some of the most tightly-designed levels and a bevy of different ways to approach the game. It may not be a brand new game, but even all these years later there still isn’t anything else quite like it.
  52. 90
    Demon's Souls for PS5 is a stunning remake of the game that kick started a new genre. Some of the mechanics have been improved upon since but the experimental nature of it all creates some incredible highs. Of course it goes without saying that it's gorgeous and makes fantastic use of the PS5's unique features as well.
  53. Demon's Souls has managed to be a satisfying game in all aspects. With its revamped graphics, it fully embraces players who want to play again and who have not experienced it before.
  54. Nov 27, 2020
    A gorgeous, lovely remake of the original, this new Demon’s Souls versions is the perfect gateway for new players to the soulsborne genre.
  55. Nov 26, 2020
    If you wish to see what your new console can do, this is the game to get; it provides the most whimper for your buck.
  56. Nov 25, 2020
    Demon’s Souls is an unrelenting blast from the past, reforged with numerous quality of life changes and looking better than ever thanks to the PS5 hardware that gives this old-gen classic a true next-gen update.
  57. Nov 25, 2020
    Demon's Souls is still as mysterious and inimitable as before, no matter how many walkthroughs have appeared since then.
  58. 90
    Demon’s Souls on PS5 is a brand new vision of a classic, one that captured the hearts, minds, and frustrations of many a player more than ten years ago. Bluepoint retains its pedigree of respecting the original while making the new update seem wholly fresh. If you missed Demon’s Souls the first time around, or maybe if you just want to relive some old traumas, the PS5 remake is an excellent archstone to pass through for newcomers and Boletarian veterans alike. Who knew that one of the best PS5 launch titles would come from recapturing the lightning in a bottle that struck back in 2009? You may have died again, but Demon’s Souls lives on thanks to Bluepoint and the PS5.
  59. Nov 24, 2020
    Regardless of my qualms with how Bluepoint handled the boss themes, I believe this is a tremendous remake of Demon’s Souls. It plays exceptionally now that its framerake is silky smooth and is one of the most visually sublime games today. This is one of the best launch titles I’ve seen, and I’ll certainly be coming back to it again and again. If this is a small glimpse of what I can expect to see in the future of this generation of games, I’m ecstatic.
  60. Demon’s Souls isn’t likely to convert many new players to this kind of game design, but fans of gruelling but gratifying game experiences are in for a treat.
  61. Nov 23, 2020
    Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience. Indeed, the return of such an indelible classic on the PlayStation 5 is perhaps more than fans could have ever hoped for.
  62. Nov 20, 2020
    An unforgiving, unrelenting classic reborn for a new generation, Demon's Souls is no more accessible now than it was back in 2010 (though the frame rate is much better). If you've ever been the slightest bit curious about the Souls series then you can revisit ground zero in all its glory, making for one of the best PlayStation launch titles of all time.
  63. Nov 19, 2020
    With a ton of replayability, a haunting and beautiful world, and satisfying gameplay, the PS5’s first exclusive hits it out of the park. Bluepoint did an excellent job updating Demon’s Souls to feature modern graphics and quality of life fixes without stripping anything away from the original. After how well this and Shadow of the Colossus turned out, I can’t wait to see which classic the studio tackles next.
  64. Nov 19, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  65. Nov 19, 2020
    Demon's Souls on PS5 leads the launch of a next-generation console while lovingly respecting the original work of 2009. One of the best remakes of all time.
  66. 90
    Parts brutal and beautiful, Demon's Souls on the PlayStation 5 is the definitive way to play this modern-day classic.
  67. Nov 19, 2020
    Demon's Souls may be a remake form a game released in 2009, but it's clearly the only game currently available that offers visuals that truly feel next gen. Moreover it's a very good remake of an already awesome game, a must buy if you have a PS5.
  68. Nov 19, 2020
    Demon's Souls is an amazing game to show off that the PS5 is a graphical powerhouse. The mechanics from the original are intact, just like the grim and mysterious atmosphere. This might be the best launch game on the PlayStation 5.
  69. Nov 18, 2020
    My love for the original Demon’s Souls hasn’t changed with the introduction of the remake. Like Scholar of the First Sin, the remake stands alongside the original - both can be enjoyed in their own unique ways and do different things well. Since Bluepoint largely kept the base game intact, the changes in the remake are mainly quality of life improvements and aesthetic design differences. Most gamers will find a lot to love in the new Demon’s Souls. I'm excited that more people will get to experience this wonderful game.
  70. Nov 18, 2020
    Demon's Souls Remastered kicks off a new generation of console games with a bang. This recreation of FromSoftware's original Souls game is nothing short of stunning, though at times a bit too faithful. Despite some rough edges the experience still holds up well, and reaches all new heights thanks to Bluepoint's amazing attention to detail.
  71. Nov 18, 2020
    In a game that's about making smart decisions rather than having the best equipment, the Demon's Souls remake, as a product, ultimately has both. Bluepoint's processes of marrying the old and new have resulted in a truly stunning effort, making a decade-old critical darling a bona-fide system seller in 2020. Truly a remarkable feat, this should be picked up by anybody buying a PlayStation 5 whether you've played the original or not, and is a must-have for early adopters.
  72. Nov 17, 2020
    The Demon's Souls is a gorgeous technical powerhouse. Fans may differ on stylistic aesthetic choices, but the core game remains the same challenging and precise experience. It's a perfect way to begin a new console generation for the core gaming set, and an all-time classic you will beg your friends to play.
  73. Nov 16, 2020
    Bluepoint’s team had the unenviable task of remaking an 11-year-old game with a cult following and making it look – and play – the part of being the very first game developed from the ground up for this current generation of consoles. And that’s exactly what they did. Demon’s Souls is breathtakingly gorgeous and plays significantly better than it did on the PS3, not only thanks to the graphical power of the PlayStation 5, but because of smart quality-of-life changes and light touches that modernize some frustrating aspects of the original, without ever sacrificing the relentless challenge, puzzle-infused boss battles, and style that made it such a landmark game in the first place.
  74. Nov 16, 2020
    The name "Demon's Souls” comes with a lot of expectations, and Bluepoint has proven once again that they’re more than capable of carefully modernizing these beloved games without losing what made them special in the process. Demon's Souls on the PS5 is one of the finest examples of a remake out there thanks to its stunning visuals, great music, and numerous quality of life improvements. Most importantly, all the aspects that made the original such a classic like it's mysterious world, tight combat, and vicious bosses are painstakingly preserved. Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran, Demon's Souls is a journey worth taking and it’s an outstanding title to have out alongside the PlayStation 5’s launch.
  75. Nov 16, 2020
    It's hard not to end up adoring this remake of Demon's Souls, as Bluepoint Games manages to give body and immersive potential to the base game.
  76. Nov 16, 2020
    Demon’s Souls is the game to get a PlayStation 5 for and arguably the best launch title in the last couple of decades.
  77. Nov 16, 2020
    Demon’s Souls manages to do everything it needs to do, and this remake is a testament to just how good of a game the original was, that all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and still be nothing less than fantastic.
  78. Nov 16, 2020
    A fantastic remake of one of the most influential games of recent history, with stunning visuals and improved technical features that make it easier and less frustrating to play for everyone.
  79. Nov 16, 2020
    A remake that captured the soul essence of the original, presented in a revamped look that demonstrates the potential of the Playstation 5.
  80. 90
    Demon's Soul is without a doubt one of the strongest PS5 launch titles, providing one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences. Bluepoint's treatment, although controversial, is immaculate and represents the best way to experience the classic that started it all.
  81. 90
    Bluepoint Games’ remake of Demon’s Souls maintains a few of the original’s less-than-ideal quirks, but its breathtakingly gorgeous visuals and updated gameplay make it a prodigious accomplishment nonetheless.
  82. Nov 13, 2020
    Quirks aside, Bluepoint's remake is an unmitigated success. It is a technical tour de force and a true showpiece for the PS5 and the power of Sony's next-generation console. But, more importantly, it's also a creative marvel coming from a studio that is clearly showing the world it has its own voice. Bluepoint has taken From Software's original game and expressed it in a richer and fuller way, and in doing so given me something I thought was impossible: the opportunity to relive the experience of falling in love with Souls games for the first time.
  83. Nov 13, 2020
    Demon's Souls was eagerly awaited for this PlayStation 5 launch and we are not disappointed, as the game has clearly already established itself as a major title in the PlayStation catalog. This next-gen version takes up all the basics of its first release and revisits the graphics and the optimization without adding new content. It is a stunning remake. We quickly forgot the somewhat rigid mechanics of the genre and let ourselves be carried away by the adventure. The Bluepoint teams have simply brought back to life a masterpiece that didn't have the success it deserved a decade ago.
  84. Nov 13, 2020
    This milestone of action roleplaying games didn’t lose any of its fascination, while receving a new audiovisual presence with this excellent epic. An awesome modernized epic.
  85. Nov 13, 2020
    Demon’s Souls PS5 returns to the difficult strategic combat of the original and maintains its resolve in forcing players to figure things out on their own. Graphically, the remake offers a stellar reimagining of the 2009 classic while delivering a bittersweet audio experience. As a launch title for the PlayStation 5, Demon’s Souls has something to offer both Soulsborne veterans who want to see an old favorite shine and newcomers looking for a gritty, sometimes disheartening experience that demands perseverance.
  86. Nov 13, 2020
    It's ironic that the real killer-application of this new generation of consoles is a remake. On the other hand, Demon's Souls is a masterpiece in pure FromSoftware fashion, and Bluepoint Games are absolute masters at their craft. The result of this equation couldn't have been anything less than a must play.
  87. Nov 16, 2020
    A great self-denial is required to cross the kingdom of King Allant, but the adventure in the mists of Boletaria is one of those literally unforgettable, imperfect and for this very reason unmatched.
  88. Nov 16, 2020
    Demons' Souls is probably the most respectful remake we've ever seen: the core is the same, but the game finally looks like a real next-gen opera that enhances a true pillar of the genre.
  89. Nov 15, 2020
    A remake of stellar quality that could have been a masterpiece with a bit of bravery on Bluepoint's side.
  90. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 25, 2020
    In 11 years that separate the original Demon’s Souls and its remake, Souls game formula didn’t change much – but it definitely hasn’t gone stale. [Issue#250, page 46]
  91. Dec 4, 2020
    Lovingly remade and adapted to our day and age, this classic title is a must-buy for every PS5-owner. It still feels a bit dated, at times... but don’t let that spoil your fun.
  92. Nov 30, 2020
    Demon’s Souls 2020 is a gorgeous game that holds up thanks to a lovingly recreation and some helpful quality of life improvements. Although it oftentimes feels like it’s afraid to change too much lest it incur the wrath of the original game’s cult following which makes it less impactful, this stellar remaster is still a must-play for any PS5 owner.
  93. Nov 19, 2020
    For fans of the original, there will be no problem facing the original Demon's Souls, hard and pure in an aesthetically sumptuous context, damn vivid even in the disturbing rottenness that surrounds it, while for others it may be difficult to swallow an extremely mechanical title, which has exactly the same flaws it had in 2009, especially on the artificial intelligence side. However, the experience remains fascinating, thanks above all to a masterful level design, galvanizing as well as terrifying, that dictates the rhythm of a role-playing experience that is certainly solid and violent.
  94. Nov 14, 2020
    Demon's Souls is an excellent game whether you're new to the franchise, have only played the Dark Souls games, or are a fan of the original. However, if you fit in the latter group like I do then you may be disappointed by its less visceral yet admittedly gorgeous world.
  95. Nov 24, 2020
    Demon's Souls is a dazzlingly beautiful launch game, a decent Souls-like game and a technically powerful, but content-wise shallow remake. And I say that despite… no, BECAUSE I love it so much.
  96. Nov 30, 2020
    Demon's Souls is the perfect example of how new hardware can take an existing game to the next level. The aesthetics are top notch and the horsepower of the Playstation 5 makes the world more engaging. But above all, the super-fast loading times help to balance an already ultra-difficult combat system. For those who are up to the challenge, Demon's Souls is the absolute best Sony's new machine has to offer.
  97. Nov 20, 2020
    As far as an action-RPG goes, Demon’s Souls is as tough, but rewarding as I’d expect a Soulborne game would be. Bluepoint did an incredible job of pulling this 2009 title into 2020 and giving all the gloss and polish the PlayStation 5 can wring out of it while still playing perfectly smooth and mostly free of loading. The combat feels tight and impactful, the area selection is delightful, and the character customization looks better than ever even by current Soulsborne standards. Smoothing out inventory systems and adding some more secrets is also a delightful plus. Even so, I just wish Bluepoint had gone all the way in inviting some improvements into the game’s archaic systems. Grinding items in a Soulsborne is just annoying and not being able to sell anything kills me inside. But if you can get past those things, Demon’s Souls is mostly on point as a high-quality upgrade to one of the foundations of this genre’s legacy.
  98. Nov 18, 2020
    Demon's Souls PS5 is an amazing remake. Technically, it's almost perfect, visually jaw-dropping. On the gameplay side, it's almost the same game as twelve years ago. We can regret that some improvements seen in Dark Souls or Bloodborne are not part of the journey, but if you need one game for you PS5 or are tempted by discovering the Souls series, you can't miss it.
  99. Nov 19, 2020
    There's no question in my mind that some elements could have been improved upon without negatively impacting the overall experience, and the blind pursuit of flawless recreation comes at what I feel is a heavy cost. You will find no better looking or better running game than Demon's Souls with the launch of the new consoles. But I think you will find no worse (From designed) Souls game.
  100. Nov 20, 2020
    While you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your time with this title, FromSoftware has definitely refined and improved on the design and mechanics in the more recent released Souls games. Without a doubt Bluepoint Games has delivered a brilliant remaster of a niche game that not a lot of people had the chance to play originally. Demon’s Souls is worth checking out on the PS5. But if you’re looking to see what makes FromSoftware so amazing at what they do, you’re going to find a better overall experience in one of their newer titles like Dark Souls III, Bloodborne, or Sekrio: Shadows Die Twice.
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  1. Nov 13, 2020
    Also, gosh, it's nice to only wait about eight seconds after a brutal death for the game to load your next life, instead of two whole minutes. That's just one of many ways Bluepoint makes the die-and-retry reality of a Souls-like so much easier to savor on a new console like PlayStation 5. If you own one, and you've got the patience and stomach for challenge, don't hesitate to purchase this remastered classic.
  2. Nov 16, 2020
    There's friction between the original and this lavish remake, but this is a scintillating launch title that shows off the PS5's strengths. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Nov 12, 2020
    Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 5 is very much the Demon’s Souls you remember from PlayStation 3. It doesn’t miss a beat, nailing the same melancholy atmosphere and compelling gameplay that would eventually spawn fellow instant-classics like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. While there were bound to be a few aspects that could have been more faithful to the original, PlayStation 5’s Demon’s Souls remake stands out as an incredibly fun way to revisit the cursed land of Boletaria. It’s creepy. It’s gloomy. You’ll get invaded by laggy assholes near the end of a long level and have to do the whole thing over again. It feels like coming home.
  4. Nov 12, 2020
    PlayStation 5 owners are getting something unprecedented: one of the best video games of all time transformed into one of the best-looking games ever.
  5. Nov 19, 2020
    They’ve preserved the warts with the same loving care that they’ve lavished on the core gameplay, which remains solidly satisfying even as it’s used in service of frequent gotchas or nasty tricks. Yes, the levels are too long. Yes, the game’s consumable healing items lack the elegance of Dark Souls’ self-replenishing estus. Yes, the trick with the boss that just keeps respawning until you go kill the innocuous zombie standing on her balcony a billion miles away is unimaginable horseshit. But also, yes: That sense of running through the labyrinths of a demented, cackling dungeon master, daring you to stay alive ahead of rolling boulders and tricksy ambushes—while unseen friends leave you messages warning you away from the worst of the deathtraps—is still alive and well.
  6. Nov 12, 2020
    But damn if this doesn't feel like Demon's Souls, an accomplishment in and of itself that feels like a magic trick. Part of what happens when you revisit an older game is having to confront the reality of the time it was developed in, realizing your imagination had been filling in serious nostalgia gaps. How you felt was informing your too-rosy remembrance of what it looked like. Here, Bluepoint tries to bridge that gap with an updated presentation that makes Demon's Souls truly feel like a 2020 game worthy of being a next-generation launch title. [Opening Hours impressions]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 3500 Ratings

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  1. Nov 13, 2020
    Overall very "whatever" remake. Ironically it feels like there's absolutely no SOUL in this game that's supposed to be part of SOULS SERIES. IOverall very "whatever" remake. Ironically it feels like there's absolutely no SOUL in this game that's supposed to be part of SOULS SERIES. I would say wait for sale, but i would rather more recommend original. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2020
    Extremely weak entry into souls franchise. Other than graphics and fps boost, it has nothing special to offer.
  3. Nov 13, 2020
    In my honest opinion it's not worth it. There's so many other games that actually need remake. This one is perfectly playable on ps3. PS5In my honest opinion it's not worth it. There's so many other games that actually need remake. This one is perfectly playable on ps3. PS5 starts out super weak, spiderman dlc and remake of not that old game? Come on. I have killed two bosses so far and it's just same. I have original as well and i rather play that. Full Review »