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  • Summary: It all ended with one sword, ancient gods and endless deaths. In the beginning, there were Gods. Long imprisoned and forgotten in the Temples of the Citadel, they have syphoned the life essence from the world in their final act of vengeance. A lone Knight embarks upon a quest to slay theIt all ended with one sword, ancient gods and endless deaths. In the beginning, there were Gods. Long imprisoned and forgotten in the Temples of the Citadel, they have syphoned the life essence from the world in their final act of vengeance. A lone Knight embarks upon a quest to slay the Gods and restore the balance. One warrior. One sword. Against them all. Eldest Souls is a challenging “souls-like”, pixel-art boss-rush game. The Old Gods have long been imprisoned. Humanity has prospered. Great Kingdoms have arisen from the now forsaken temples of worship. But no longer…
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    The Old Gods: Slaying Gods is no easy task. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by brutal, challenging encounters, in which Only the most unrelenting will make it through. Dying world: Explore and discover the mysterious, ancient Citadel. Prison of the Old Gods, this monument of the Human’s triumph has long be forgotten, and something dark has taken root deep within its mazes. Progress & Adapt: Every encounter will the Old Gods will be a unique, new challenge. Claim their power, unlock various Talents and Abilities, and slay them all.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 6, 2021
    80
    With absolutely sublime pixel art, lively and enjoyable gameplay all of its own as well as a dozen successful bosses and a nice replayability, it's hard to fault Eldest Souls. If you like demanding action games, you are going to be served. Maybe a little too much. To be choosy, we can say that the Fallen Flag studio is sometimes a little too happy on the difficulty.
  2. Aug 24, 2021
    80
    Though it wears its overly obvious influences on its sleeve, Eldest Souls is an incredibly satisfying boss rush that still manages to set itself apart. Its brilliant combat is complimented by a smart skill system and some incredible pixel art. Designed with replayability in mind, it’s a little bit of a bummer that its impressive customization doesn’t really blossom until partway into your first playthrough. But one thing that’s there from the start is that feeling of immense glory after every hard-earned victory: Ceremoniously slumping onto the living room floor, clutching the carpet for dear life with one hand while exhaustedly flipping off the television with the other.
  3. Jul 30, 2021
    78
    If you’re looking for a 2D approach to the Souls series, this is a great choice. It is not perfect, by any means, but it is beautiful and challenging.
  4. 75
    Eldest Souls straddles the line between frustratingly difficult and overwhelmingly satisfying. I had to stop playing before bed because I’d have trouble sleeping from the nervous tension it caused. Whether that’s appealing or not is up to you, but for me I eventually found my way around to really digging Eldest Souls. I was slow to warm up to it, but now welcome it amongst the others in the genre like Furi or Titan Souls. It builds up gradually but the fun is found in the depth of combat customization, and there’s plenty if you’re up for the challenge.
  5. Jul 29, 2021
    70
    As lovers of the narrative aspect of Hidetaka Miyazaki's work rather than the high level of challenge regardless, we struggled to fall in love with Eldest Souls. Because, while trying in some way to mimic the fragmented writing cleared by From Software, this experiment fails to be evocative in the same way.
  6. Aug 12, 2021
    70
    While the overall world-building and customization options leave a lot to be desired, Eldest Souls is still a worthy game for Souls' fanatics despite its blatant flaws.
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  1. Aug 28, 2021
    9
    This game will beat you into the dirt, in a very satisfying way. I felt initially frustrated I couldn't ace bosses on my first go, but onceThis game will beat you into the dirt, in a very satisfying way. I felt initially frustrated I couldn't ace bosses on my first go, but once you figure out how to maximize your DPS it becomes more of a rhythm game in the vein of something like Sekiro.

    Also don't feel bad if you struggle, because the game only has about 8 or 9 bosses. I beat the entire game in an evening and frankly, after you get a few boss upgrades the rest of the fights become smooth sailing. I have yet to delve into the "new game+" feature but the game has a ton of potential in that regard. Every boss feels like a challenge, so there aren't any duds or easy ones, you will feel appropriately engaged immediately rolling into a new game+.

    Between the skill trees, optional quest tracks, and ramped up new game+ features, there is quite a bit of room to experiment with different playstyles and ability combos. And if you want to just beat the game once, it still is succinct and gratifying.
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  2. Aug 16, 2021
    8
    Eldest Souls is beautifully made, brutally (BRUTALLY!) challenging, and overall a thrill. The art style, soundtrack, and gameplay mechanicsEldest Souls is beautifully made, brutally (BRUTALLY!) challenging, and overall a thrill. The art style, soundtrack, and gameplay mechanics are all crafted with care and really sell this game for me. You will fight some bosses dozens of times before finally beating them, but their boss music tracks bump everytime so I wasn't even mad. But this game is HARD (it makes Souls games look like child's play). After the first two bosses, everything escalated quickly and I found myself dying as many times as it took me to beat Orphan of Kos from Bloodborne's DLC.
    Be prepared for a tough time from start to finish, but Eldest Souls just manages to keep me coming back for more.
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  3. Dec 17, 2021
    8
    For me, Eldest Souls is a bit of a pleasant surprise. You see, whenever I see any game that’s tough and is in any way implied to be a bit likeFor me, Eldest Souls is a bit of a pleasant surprise. You see, whenever I see any game that’s tough and is in any way implied to be a bit like Dark Souls, my interest level immediately drops. I can respect games that are inherently meant to be hard and, done properly, a solid boss rush title can be exhilarating and maddening all at once. More often than not, though, I’ve found games in this category to be hard for the wrong reasons. Whether it’s over-complicated or shoddy controls, sluggish movement or simply enemies who feel like damage sponges who bring little to no fun to the table, I often find games in the space to be sloppy and tedious. Eldest Souls, however, pretty quickly got its hooks in me and made me pretty happy. The much larger bosses you face are absolutely intimidating, and you won’t likely have a very easy time dispatching them, but the elements are all in place where almost every time you walk away knowing your loss was on you and your lack of execution. Throw in plenty of opportunities to upgrade your hero on different paths to help the play better suit your style and this is a title worth boss rushing to if you like a challenge.

    https://www.nindiespotlight.com/2021/07/mini-reviews-july-30th-edition-nintendo.html
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  4. Jan 2, 2022
    5
    Stupid camera, can't see character
    Bad development, i deleted this game because of this