WIN! Demon’s Souls PS3 Black Phantom Edition

WIN! Demon’s Souls PS3 Black Phantom Edition

There are few games as brutally demanding as From Software’s Demon’s Souls, the PlayStation 3 exclusive RPG out this week. Which is why you’ll really earn it if you manage to win a copy.

UPDATE: This draw is now closed. A new draw opens Friday 11am.

Thanks to Namco Bandai, we have FIVE copies of Demon’s Souls on PS3 to give away this week. All five are Black Phantom Editions, too, containing the game, the CD soundtrack, a hardcover artbook and a strategy guide. We’re giving away one each day this week.

So how do you win?

Demon’s Souls takes an unusual approach to online play. You can use stones to jump into the games of other players to both help them and harass them. Players can also leave messages – advice, warnings, poetry and gibberish – etched into the game world for others to read.

We want you to write a message for your fellow competition entrants to read. Leave your message in the comments below by midnight tonight to be in the running to win. The wittiest and most creative messages will win.

As usual, no multiple entries please. But if you don’t win today, you can always enter tomorrow’s draw with a brand new message.

And Wednesday’s winner is… Grim, who message read:

“Wanted: two assistants to travel to a land clouded with fog and populated with undead and demons. This is not a joke!

The successful applicants will be: well armed, familiar with magicks, blue, able to work well in a team environment, deceased, supply their own green herbs and run slower from demons than myself.”

One very highly commended – ie. you so nearly won – goes to Thomas Lee for: “Hard to remove bloodstains? Try Demon Soul-vent.”

And shouts out to Jeremy Hore, SirJD, Topher, welbot, Thomas Fulton, Tomasz, Aussie_Foot, Andrew Burdusel and Bukake Kane (for sheer persistence).

[Terms and Conditions]


  • Dear Sir / Madam ,

    Compliments of the season. I would like to firstly send to you the best wishes of good health and success in your pursuits particularly through my proposal ascontained in this stone.

    My colleagues and I have identified quite a huge sum of these funds which are presently floating in the Central Bank of the Boletarian Palace ready for disbursement and would like to divert some of it for our own purposes. We have agreed to share the money to be transferred into your account, to the sum of U.S.$20,000,000.00 or 50 souls.

    We intend to effect the transfer within 10-14 working days from the date of receipt of the following information: Your company’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers. We will use your company’s name to apply for the payment and backdate the award of the contract to your company. We are looking forward to doing this transaction with you and we solicit for your utmost confidentiality in this transaction.

    Best regards,
    Old Monk.

  • Are you a shade of brown or grey? If so then welcome to an exciting opportunity in an exotic land! Other color palettes need not apply.

  • Your souls will be safe with me – for three easy payments of – this game is too hard – this game is unfair – #%@!% – plus freight

  • And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:

    And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:

    And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:

    And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:

    And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:

    And Thursday’s winner is… Dave(from the future), whose message was:


  • Materialise into the punishing world of Demon’s Souls, your sword wielded and shield raised, and prepare to…ROLL! Roll, roll, roll! This is your most powerful weapon! THERE’S A DEMON! QUICK, ROLL! Ha-ha! A giant blob monster! ROLL! Dragon! ROLL! Some planks of wood! Roll into the planks of wood! Satisfying! A door! Roll! What an entrance! A wall! ROLL! A mote of dust! ROLL! Eat dust…dust! Uh, The Old One! For the love of God, ROLL!

  • I have just returned from meeting King Allant XII in the Boletarian Palace. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there.

  • Woohoo! Thanks David! I knew riffing on that famous “Wanted: Companion for time travel” classified ad was a good idea 😉

  • Been ousted from office by Julia, the country seems to hate me, air hostess brought me the wrong meal AGAIN and I can’t beat this bloody level. Could this day get any worse?

  • Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.

    It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, the Nexus?

    Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that deep fog thing.

    That deep fog – thing. That deep fog – thing. Oh, well, here’s the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a “big deep fog thing!”

  • (Thanks for my Mr.Congeniality award for yesterday’s entry…have learnt my lesson).

    Ok today’s entry:

    Dear Sir/M,
    I am Mr.David Mark. an Auditor of a BANK OF THE NORTH INTERNATIONAL,ABUJA (FCT).
    I have the courage to Crave indulgence for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the future.
    Some years ago, an Australian Mining
    consultant/ contractor with the Nigeria National
    Petroleum Corporation, made a numbered time (fixed)deposit for twelve calendar months, valued
    $12M.USD (TWELVE MILLION US DOLLARS) in an account.
    On maturity,The bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
    After a month, The bank sent another reminder and finally his contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation wrote to inform the bank that he died without MAKING A WILL, and all attempts by the Australian Embassy to
    trace his next of kin was fruitless. I
    therefore, made further investigation and
    discovered that the beneficiary was an immigrant from Jamaica and only recently obtained an Australian citizenship. He did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank deposit paper work. This
    money total amount$12M.AUSD ( TWELVE MILLION AUS DOLLARS)is still sitting in my bank as a dormant Account.
    No one will ever come forward to claim it, and according to Nigerian Banking policy, after some years, the money will revert to the
    ownership of the Nigerian Government if the
    account owner is certified dead. This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in as the next of
    kin to beneficiary, and OPEN a Bank Account abroad to facilitate the transfer of this money. This is simple, all you have to do is to OPEN
    an account anywhere in the world and send me the details for me to arrange the proper money transfer paperwork, and facilitate the transfer.
    The money will then be paid into this Account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me, 35 %
    for you and 5% for expenses that might come up during transfer process. There is no risk at all, and all the paper work for this transaction will be done by me using my position and connections in the banks in Nigeria. This business transaction is guaranteed.And the first phase of the transfer will be ($4M.AUSD)FOUR MILLION DOLLARS as advised by our insider in the bank.
    If you are interested, please reply immediately through my personal email sending the following details:
    (1) Your Full Name/Address
    (2) Your Private
    Telephone/fax Number.
    Please observe the utmost confidentiality, and be
    rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest some of my share
    in your country. I look forward to your earliest reply.
    Kind Regards,
    Mr.Richard Cranium.

    • Oops, Ammended.
      Dear Sir/Madam,
      I am Mr.Richard Cranium, an Auditor of the BANK OF THE NORTH INTERNATIONAL,ABUJA (FCT).

  • Are you there, God? It’s me. I know I never paid too much attention in church, but I could really use some of that good stuff now. I’m…afraid. I’m afraid some weirdo’s got my soul and I don’t know what they’re doing to it! I just want it back. Please? I hope you can hear this.

  • The first entry was the resounding truth,
    the second, required a dedicated sleuth.
    Third was line ball,
    the margin so small,
    and forth was this rhyme you sodding uncouth!

  • > look
    It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
    > what is a grue?
    The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.

  • The Boletarian National Anthem

    Verse #1:

    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because
    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because
    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because
    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because
    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because
    This is the pain that doesn’t end
    It just goes on and on, my friends
    Some people went adventuring, regardless of the cost
    And they’ll continue ‘venturing forever, just because

    Verse #2:

    This is the pain that doesn’t end…

  • They promised a point to all of this madness. I should of known they meant the tip of a sword.

    Each day I rise and fall, retreat and push forth. Time stretches and folds, like my mind; my sanity.

    No matter how many I slay and step over while gathering their life within me, I sense that my own soul is a stringed puppet controlled by a sadistic master.

    There is no escape, no end…

  • Here pass careless people
    That call their souls their own;
    By the road I will loiter,
    Soon not idle or alone.

  • Hey mate, welcome to Bolaustralia. Watch out for drop demons and yowie-dragons in the billabongs.

    Because of Old Prime Minister Allant XI’s greed for prosperity and power, he muddled things up a bit and now the outskirts of our land are trapped in a “Deep Bog”, severing us from the neighbouring kingdoms.

    Find the Maiden in Red Hair, the mysterious sheila who will guide you on your journey.

    Hope you’ve played knifey-spooney before.

  • Todays Forecast:
    Low visibility in mountain districts.
    Scattered acid rain showers, with a top of 6.66 degrees. A freeze is coming.

  • You know i would actually try and warn you of the giant ass pounding knight up ahead but you wont believe me, so here’s some lube instead. Have fun.

  • D is for demonically delicious
    E is for eternal damnation
    M is for mutilated corpses
    O is for outrageous combat
    N is for no sleep for a week

    S is for slaughtering your enemies
    O is for other worldly experiences
    U is for the urine stain on your pants
    L is for labyrinthine passageways
    S is for succulent soul fragments

    Demon Souls its what you want it be and much much more.

  • Canesten-Nexus, Boletaria’s only reliable anti-fog ointment endorsed by the The Maiden in Black. Now available in your local supermarket, just don’t tell the Old One (Julia’s Gill-hard)!

  • .. ..-. | -.– — ..- | .–. .- .. -.. | — — .-. . | .- – – . -. – .. — -. | – — | -.– — ..- .-. | … ..- .-. .-. — ..- -. -.. .. -. –. … | –..– | | -.– — ..- | .–. .-. — -… .- -… .-.. -.– | .– — ..- .-.. -.. | -. — – | …. .- …- . | -.. .. . -.. | .— ..- … – | -. — .– | ..–.. !

  • Use an EX Focus to cancel out of big swings that normally wouldn’t ding. Use Ultra Move in case of emergency only.

  • You may want infinite lives for this next bit…

    Try using: Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-Square-Circle-Square-Circle-Start.

    For information on where the start button is on your controller or other hints, try calling the power gaming hotline. 1902-576-2-7529 (1902-LRN-2-PLAY).

    Calls cahrged at $2.50/minute. Parents or guardians permission required.

  • Demon Souls perhaps its wrong,
    I’ll type a verse to form a song,
    Fear the blue for here he comes,
    Don your armour1 – furry thumbs,
    Raging forth to score some nookie,
    The monster comes whose name is Cookie!

  • Be warned! The area ahead contains cows armed with halberds walking on their hind legs.

    They will say ‘moooo’.


  • See that awesome chasm up ahead? We’re planning a raid party in there now.

    Jump in!

    Soul required.
    Bodies optional.

  • Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see…
    What is your name?
    What is your quest?
    What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  • The internet filter will block you from playing this game guys, so don’t bother entering this competition.

  • “Logging on for a 5 hour dungeon – $15 a month
    Running around with an oversized sword, white hair and too many zippers on your Jacket – $90
    Play Oblivion over and over and over and over and over and over – Child’s Play
    Play a man’s game, Grow a neckbeard, Never leave basement: only guides for fellow adventurers – Priceless”

  • Ahh adventurer you’ve done well to make it here as a reward a poem I shall give to you

    Oh adventurer you’ve slain a many beasts
    enough for twenty feasts,

    You’ve explored this castle
    with the many horde caused a hassle,

    But one beast you’ve forgotten
    this one is sure to be rotten,

    you’ve played for two days straight
    now to face your fate,

    the beast i speak
    will give a great shriek,

    you’ve seen it before
    she started as a whore,

    that of course is your wife
    the love of your life,

    my last advice
    do not think twice,

    take her out out on a date
    be home around eight,

    for this game
    is surely to blame,

    For when your wife
    stabs you with a knife.

  • A broad sword, 350 souls, a new suit of armour, 1000 souls, being killed at the end of the level with 200000 and not reaching your bloodstain, bullshxt!

  • Just lost job…..

    Looking for free game to help combat loss of income and use up any excess time I now have on my hands.

  • Warning! Danger! Turn back now. Abandon all hope ye who enter. Here be dragons and so on…

    The floor ahead is slippery when wet.

  • The messages in demon souls aren’t really that long so I find the lengthy ones kind of unfitting. That one about “Soul-vent” was great though!

  • There once was a man from Boletaria,
    Who chased souls like a hungry bull terrier.
    This greed was his labour,
    and woke up the neighbour
    now his peasants grow increasingly rarer.

  • LOST! One witty competition entry for Kotaku!
    It’s small, cute and answers to the name of 勝者 (Shoosha). He loves sniffing prizes.
    If found, please contact welbot!

  • Dear Penthouse forum, I swear this is all true.
    I was feeling a little blue and drowning my sorrows when I was summoned by a buxom lady and her friends, they must have been twins since they were both blue!
    After the walk through the dangerous streets we came upon some big guy, he liked what he saw, and took it, so strong!
    He must of been into S&M since he pounded the crap outta us!
    It was the most intense 5-way I’ve ever had.
    I woke up later feeling sore and rather blue still, but I’d do it again!
    So I wait hoping the buxom lady will summon me for another night of hardcore fun.
    It was the closest I felt to being alive in a long time.

  • In front of you: A dangerous dragon
    To the side of you: Countless deadly traps
    Behind you: Hoards of mindless zombies

    In the end, no matter what you choose, you are totally screwed.

    This applies to Demon’s Souls as well

  • We interrupt this broadcast to bring you breaking news !!!!

    “Good evening fellow Demon’s, It’s Maiden Astraea here and we come to you with a schocking and frightening report!

    We’ve received reports here at UDTV of mysterious blue humans rampaging around Boletaria. Experts have identified them as HEROES! Under no circumstances are you to approach these “heroes”.

    According to witnesses they are armed with giant blue swords and some report blue and red fireballs!!!”

    “Reports have told stories of these humans being slain MULTIPLE TIMES, yet they keep coming back !!! We’re going live now to Adjucator on the ground, who is with Flame Lurker as we speak.

    “Hi Astraea, I’m here with Flame Lurker who claims to have come in contact with one of these so called heroes, now tell us exactly what happened Flame Lurker”.

    “Please please call me Gary, yeah one of the little bastards came in here about an hour ago and started throwing blue shit at me, so I f%^@ed him up with some fire, oh sorry can I say that on TV? Just one thing, how the hell did you get here from the Shrine of Storms? I mean you’re not exactly a spring chick…”

    “I think we’ll leave it there Gary, back to you Astraea”

    “There you have it folks, we at UDTV urge you to stay inside, lock your doors and under no circumstances confront the humans, unless you have no choice!”

    “Oh my GOD THIS JUST IN, KEEP YOUR GECKOS INSIDE shhhhhhh … crackle shhhhh…….

  • You got the touch
    You got the power

    When all hell’s breakin’ loose
    You’ll be riding the eye of the storm

    You got the heart
    You got the motion

    You know that when things get too tough
    You got the touch

    You’re fightin’ fire with fire
    You know you got the touch

    You’re at your best when when the road gets rough
    You’ve been put to the test, but it’s never enough

    You got the touch
    You got the power

    You got the touch
    You got the power

  • A young girl of the age of 12 once died in this area.
    She got lost and the demons got to her before we could find
    Repost this message and the girl won’t turn into a saber demon and rip you to shreds.
    Do you dare tempt fate?

  • When encountering competition, use logic. Post once to get one chance of winning. Post twice to get two chances.


    The demons of Boletaria will not stand for the unjust persecution we currently face!
    No longer should we have to disguise our faces because humans think we are “Giant hideous monsters” or because “They scare my children”

    We will show ourselves as we were made by the devil himself!

    No longer will humans be able to trade in our souls! We must stop them from using the very core of out being as a simple commodity!

    No longer shall we let our kin be hunted by so called “heroes” who mercilessly kill whole communities of our kind without even the slightest thought for the deceased and their families that still linger in this world.

    We are going to take a stand! We shall rise up and hunt the humans in the same way, let them see their loved ones cut down in front of them!

    From this moment forth we will bring death and pain to all who wish to oppress the demonic peoples of Boletaria!


  • Fool me once shame on you.
    Fool me twice shame on me.
    Fool me a third time…. I’ll be back tomorrow.

  • Advice? Tips? Concentrate on the task at hand, work through the problem with a clear mind, try a different approach if you don’t at first succeed and don’t write messages for random people to read in your own bloo…. *passes out*


    I don’t know what I’ve been told!
    I don’t know what I’ve been told!
    Sun’s still shinin’ but I feel cold!
    Sun’s still shinin’ but I feel cold!
    As much as I want Aussie goals!
    As much as I want Aussie goals!
    Is to win a copy of Demon’s Souls!
    Is to win a copy of Demon’s Souls!

    I was naked once and on the run!
    I was naked once and on the run!
    When a demon cut off my “unspoken”!…
    When a demon cut off my “unspoken”!…
    so this is my rifle, this is my gun!
    so this is my rifle, this is my gun!
    Both are for fighting, there is no pun!
    Both are for fighting, there is no pun!

  • Welcome to Skull Island! The place of relaxation!*

    *And by Skull, I mean Unspeakable Firebreathing Giant Undead Throat-choking Demons.

    And by Island, I mean Hell, which is conveniently on an uninhabited island – except for demons.

    And by relaxation, I mean pain. This will appeal to goths

    Phone 555-DEMON to book your tickets. Remember, eternal hell is just a dollar away!

  • Looking for work:
    Have experience in:
    leading large organisations,
    confident in front of large groups of people
    Kissing babies and shaking hands.
    Bovine excrement graphic design.

    Please contact me with any openings at

  • “Stop here. It’s not worth it. Just get up, turn the game off, put your shoes on, and go buy Lego Harry Potter”

  • You are here… To leave this area, follow the following instructions.

    Go south, down, north, north, north, east, up, east, east.

    That is North x3, if you do not go North three times you will die at the hands of the Giant Golem creature.

  • Demons can disguise themselves – they’re wolves in the skin of sheep! Trust NOTHING and NOBODY…well, I mean besides this message…

  • ——————-
    | Community Chest |
    | |
    | You Have Won |
    | In A |
    | COLLECT $10 |
    | |
    | From Friendly |
    | Dragon Ahead |

  • À la Adjudicarte


    1 Adjudicator
    1 Acid Cloud Spell
    1 Ignite Spell
    500 mgs of Fresh Spice
    1 Firebomb
    A large, non-adhesive cauldron
    Meat Cleaver
    Broken Floor Piece


    1) Flush the Adjudicator outside of his lovely home using Acid Cloud. Then proceed to tenderise him slowly with a Club, all while making sure that his blood doesn’t spurt out to the point that he loses texture.

    2) Once the Adjudicator has been thoroughly beaten, remove any necessary rewards from his personage and reposition his corpse nearby. Use an Ignite spell under the cauldron filled with condensated fog and leave to boil for 10-15 minutes.

    3) Using his own Meat Cleaver, hack the Adjudicator into bite-sized pieces. Refrain from using the tongue as it may cause suffocation when consumed. With the meat now in the boiling cauldron, release a Firebomb in to the mixture and quickly back away.

    4) Once the rotten smell of burning flesh is unbearable, slowly add 500mgs of Fresh Spice. Stir vigorously until the cauldron is bubbling. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes before consuming. Serve on broken floor piece.

    And there you have it. A meal straight from the Shrine of Storms to die for.

  • After a hard day of reaving souls, sorting loot and running toward certain death. Join your felow damned adventurers at the ‘Tail and Head’ the place to relax, down a few pints of ale, enjoy the mmusical entertainment* of “Soul Destroya” and swap stories of three headed goat-elf-frog-man deamon slaying.
    * entertainment may consume parts or all of you.

  • Welcome to Transcendental Travel.

    If you will just stand patiently for a few moments more, a Demon selected personally for you will be along to send you to the afterlife.

    Be advised, this is a non-smoking journey unless your Demon chooses to set you alight. The in-flight meal will be adventurer tartare in an iron shell.

    We thank you for choosing Trancendental Travel and we hope you have enjoyed your stay, put all your affairs in order and have an ironclad will.

    See you again soon.

  • Tired? Run down? Suffering eternal torment in the grip of unrelenting evil?
    Then try Demon’s Souls.
    Demon’s Souls. It Actually Works.

  • “You will never win. Only your blood will stain the Earth! Wait, what? You’re a Transformer? That’s cheating…”

  • “Trophy unlocked : Keep your eyes on the prize!”
    While reading this message you more then likely have been eviscerated in a cruel yet expected fashion. Next time don’t ignore those skeletal warriors creeping up on you!

  • Invading Black phantom glows bright red,
    If you see one make sure it is dead.
    As he will try to run,
    blocking your path and fun,
    This one message just had to be said.

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