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Demon’s Souls (PS3)
Everyone always goes on about how frustratingly difficult Demon’s Souls is, but it’s actually just heaps of fun. Unless you are depressed, in which case you should probably avoid this game like I avoided taking on those two Black Phantoms at the beginning of 1-4 because they absolutely ruined all my gear.
The Feel: Trudging through the Valley of Defilement for the millionth time, death only one misstep away, killing about 50 mindless ferals who come at you with poisoned weapons, defeating the giant feral, then defeating the next one, then falling off a ledge just as you make it to the Leechmonger? Best day of my life!
The Common Enemies: Seriously, the first time that wicked-looking skeleton came rolling at me I was in allsorts. Then he sliced me up and I realised that I badly needed a better shield. Equally awesome, although less challenging in combat are the human-faced giant caterpillar thingies whose heads will become separated from their bodies kind of like a reverse lizard. I never tire of stabbing things in the guts with my spear. And the sound to accompany the killing blow? It gets me every time. Who says grinding isn’t fun? Because it is.
The Bosses: You know how most games bring in a new mechanic or gameplay style for a boss fight? Well, here you fight the dude just like you would any other guy, except now he is huge. As for the best of them, hmm… where do I start? It would have to be the Tower Knight. The first time I saw him I thought “Oh nuts” and then I was a red stain on the ground. Defeating the Flamelurker was easily the most intense gaming experience I have ever had; my housemate (who has zero gaming interest) lost her mind. And what about when the second Man-Eater shows up? Forget about it!
The Stupidity: The woman who levels you up is a classic. Her best line is “You seeketh soul power, do you not? Then touch the demon inside of me!” When you’re finished, she asks “Art thou done?” to which I reply “I art done.”
Online: Misery loves company, even if the company is trying to stick you.
Stuck: I have to face facts and say that I’m stuck, and that is sad because I am so keen to move on. Being a melee fighter definitely has its drawbacks, but is so much more fun than spamming the magical attacks.
You Regained Lost Souls: At the worst of times, this message fills the screen. Not cool. I guess you can always take comfort in the fact that you indeed regained lost souls.
Like I said, I am stuck and gearing up for another crack at it. I can’t wait to see what all the other bosses are like. Dirty Colossus? Sign me up! Demon’s Souls is so awesome, I can’t think of a better reason than this to buy a PS3. And yes, I have played MGS4. So awesome. Touch the demon inside yourself!
Reviewed by: Andrew Marty
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