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Demon’s Souls – PS3 Review — October 31, 2016

Demon’s Souls – PS3 Review

My Demon’s Souls review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Challenging yet rewarding gameplay.
  • Fantastic atmosphere and level design.
  • Great enemies and bosses.

Cons

  • The confusing Tendency system.
  • The PS2-esque physics, seeming clunky at times.

Final Score: 9.5/10

All that Demon’s Souls is missing to make it a 10/10 is a tiny bit of polish. I think that’s what Dark Souls ends up being, and I wouldn’t be surprised if in the near future Dark Souls found its way to the list of Best Games Ever. Regardless, Demon’s Souls was a great 18 hour adventure for me, and I would recommend it to anyone, provided they can handle a bit of challenge.

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What’cha Playin’? 10/28/16 — October 28, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/28/16

I didn’t have a whole lot of time for it yesterday, but I still squeezed in a little bit of Demon’s Souls. I got to the next boss, and though I died, I do think I can beat him. (This is the boss of 2-2, by the way). I had a lot of school work, and as such, not a whole lot of time.

I did order the Skyrim: Special Edition, which releases today, but even though I chose release date shipping, I’ll be getting it on Monday. But that’s okay, this weekend may give me an opportunity to make a serious dent to Demon’s Souls. So we’ll see how it goes.

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What’cha Doin’? 10/27/16 — October 27, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/27/16

I’ve made a little bit of progress in Demon’s Souls; 2 more bosses defeated. I’m feeling pretty good about my adventure in it. I’m not having too much trouble, but I did lose 11,000 souls by falling to my death… Twice in a row… Ah well. I haven’t actually seen any content that is new to me yet; I’ve gotten this far in the past. So I’m as far as I can go in the first arch stone, I need to beat an Archdemon to continue, so I’m working on the second area now: the mines. I think I’m at 2-2.

I’ve also started rewatching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It’s one of my favorites and I plan on watching all of the Ghost in the Shell stuff, so it’s the next logical step. I have to say, episode 2 is fantastic, with the runaway tank. Seriously. A lot of the episodes are stand alone so you can watch them in more or less any order. I’m looking forward to watching more soon.

What’cha Playin’? 10/26/16 – Demon’s Souls — October 26, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 10/26/16 – Demon’s Souls

I’m giving Demon’s Souls another shot; I’ve never beaten it before, and I don’t remember getting too far in it. A few things throw me off about it. Firstly, the nonlinear route of where to go kind of confuses me. I’ve beaten Dark Souls once and Bloodborne numerous times, and the formula is pretty straightforward: Enter level, find a shortcut, beat boss, get new bonfire/lamp. In Demon’s Souls, levels are kind of like 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, etc., and you can’t really just do 1-1 through 1-4 and then move on to 2-1. I think you’re supposed to do 1-1, then 2-1, 3-1, etc. The levels are still all interconnected, but the difficulty ramps up in a way that I think is supposed to encourage trying different areas. This is really just a personal issue, I think, and I just need to figure out a good way of tackling it.

Next, I feel like the mechanics are a little wonky; kind of PS2-esque is what comes to mind. I guess I don’t feel real weight behind my attacks. Rolling doesn’t seem as effective as dodging in Bloodborne, and it’ll take me a bit of time to get used to fighting in a new, more defensive way. I also often end up doing that dumb forward + R1 attack all the time on accident, and it makes me get hit more often than I’d care for.

The last thing is “Demon’s Souls” saying it out loud is a mouthful. Go ahead and try saying it out loud a few times. I’ll wait. Done? Okay. This is just a silly little gripe that doesn’t actually mean anything to me, but it “Demon Souls” rolls off the tongue a little better.

But honestly, the game is really neat. I haven’t gotten far enough to give an honest opinion on the actual game itself, but back stabs and ripostes are satisfying, and the world and story are crazy interesting. As I get more comfortable with the controls and mechanics, I think I could really see myself loving the game, as I did with Dark Souls, and to a greater extent, Bloodborne.

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What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16 — April 25, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 4/25/16

This weekend was the weekend that I finally managed to finish my Salt and Sanctuary lore synopsis. My 87 page synopsis, The Drowned Tome, is available in PDF format for online reading or to download it and read it later. Click here to check it out!

With that finally finished, I think I’ve finally burnt myself out on Salt and Sanctuary. You see, that’s how I typically play games: I get really into one or two, and just play them to death until I get sick of them.

Since I’ve finished everything I really feel like finishing in Salt and Sanctuary, it means I can play other games again! So over the weekend I put some pretty good time into Guilty Gear: Xrd: Sign, a bit solo, a bit with my friends, and I made a bit more progress in Demon’s Souls. Also, yesterday, my friend and I chugged through Jet Grind Radio on Dreamcast, since we both love that game so much. It’s just a great game to pop into the DC and power through. It’s great.

I also made a silly video for Salt and Sanctuary. Just be aware that it has final boss spoilers, and is a huge reference to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Check it out here!

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What’cha Playin? 4/18/16 — April 18, 2016

What’cha Playin? 4/18/16

This weekend was fun-filled blast. It was my birthday on Friday, so, sorry for my lack of a post. It was a busy weekend. On Friday, I went to a hockey game, which is always fun in my book. On Saturday, I went to Medieval Times, which is kind of like an indoor Renaissance fair, but of Medieval times. When you first walk in, you’re assigned a table, and that table corresponds with one of the 6 sections, which in turn corresponds to one of the 6 colored knights. Prior to the show, you can walk around and buy all sorts of interest things, from real swords and shields to pewter statues and jester hats. There’s also an interesting torture museum, with replicas of many of the Medieval torture devices on display. Once you’re seated in your section, the show begins. The arena is split into two, with 3 seating sections on either side. Your server wench or serf explains that the three knights on your side of the arena are your allies, while the three on the opposite side are enemies. They put on a little story for you about the 6 brave knights from their 6 kingdoms in Spain, and they put on a how involving horse tricks, falconry, Medieval style games from a small tournament, like jousting hanging rings, full on jousting, and finally, armed combat. All the while, you’re being served a Medieval fare of food without utensils, like tomato bisque (never mind that tomatoes were indigenous to the Americas, it’s not like they had Pepsi back then either, after all), garlic bread, chicken (there are vegetarian options too), corn on the cob, a roasted potato, and an apple turnover with a side of coffee. It’s a lot of fun cheering for your knight and booing the opposition as you watch them participate and fight the other knights. If you’re a fan of the Medieval time period, I would highly recommend checking it out. Fun for the whole family.

In terms of video games, I played a bit of Salt and Sanctuary, as is the usual, and I started playing Demon’s Souls again, after receiving Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin from a friend as a birthday gift. I’ve only beaten Dark Souls and Bloodborne, so I need to catch up to get with Dark Souls III. I know that  Demon’s Souls is its own story and world, but that’s just the way I play games. My friends and I also played some Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, and picking it up again has made me excited for Guilty Gear Revelator, which is coming out the beginning of June. We also played a little bit of Street Fight III: Third Strike, which, for some reason, is not on my list of Best Games Ever… Hmm… I’ll have to fix that.

Lastly, I’m finally done collecting information from the item descriptions, NPC dialogues, and stories from the Tree of Skill in Salt and Sanctuary, so I’ve started putting that information together in a readable way, not unlike Redgrave’s The Paleblood Hunt, my inspiration. Look forward to my release of that information. Or don’t. It’s okay.

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