Dark Souls fans are trying to win $US10,000 by making videos attempting to explain the game's confusing narrative, and a few of them are pretty brilliant. The "My Dark Souls Story" contest, which concluded last night, is supposed to help explain Dark Souls 3 to a player who hasn't played the previous two games. As someone who has dumped hundreds of hours into the Souls games, I barely grasp what's happening because narrative has never been at the series' core.
(Fans who are deep into the mythology will probably argue with me on that one. I'm not saying Dark Souls doesn't contain interesting and moving stories, but they're purposely obtuse. It's not at the forefront.)
This confusion is what makes this contest particularly funny, and why I'm so impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the few I've scrolled through.
"Biography of the Chosen Undead: The Dark Souls Story", by Nerdy Inc., chose the mockumentary format, taking the storyline as historical fact.
"Embers" is a more serious affair, and appears to liberally use Valve's Source Filmmaker to create a more cinematic vibe than the games normally give off.
"Death Is The Beginning" has a similar vibe, but the original artwork is gorgeous, and actually comes across as a video you might see in the game.
The winner has not yet been announced.
Between this and the recently revealed opening for Dark Souls 3, my body is ready. Bring on life, bring on death. Most importantly, bring on Dark Souls 3.