The third installment in the exciting, dark fantasy series, Dark Souls 3 is a masterful combination of storytelling and action. This Dark Souls 3 review peels away the layers of the most important aspects of the game from the characters to the actual storyline. By the end of it, we hope we can help anyone still wondering whether or not they should give Dark Souls 3 a try come to a decision.
|Type of game:||3rd person, action, RPG|
|Multiplayer/Co-Op:||Co-op with up to 9 players in a single session|
|Total Play Time:||43 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core i5 2500 3.3GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti / ATI Radeon HD 6870
RAM: 8 GB RAM DDR3
OS: Windows 7 64-bit or newer
HDD Space: 20GB
|Price Range||$24-$98 (Standard, Deluxe, Collector’s Editions)|
The World of Dark Souls 3
As we look into the world of Dark Souls 3, we examine the characters, the story and atmosphere around them, and any accompanying DLC that may or may not enhance it all. As for the ratings for Dark Souls 3, the game has received critical acclaim. Metacritic Dark Souls 3 reviews have given it the following ratings: 89/100 (PC), 89/100 (PS4), and 87/100 (XONE).
Atmosphere & Location
In this first part of our Dark Souls 3 review, we will be looking the atmosphere and universe. Dark Souls 3 introduces scenery that is just as haunting as the previous two games in the franchise. The developers drove home the sense of “ash” throughout the game, adding to the overall atmosphere.
What is interesting concerning the influences behind the game design are the combat mechanisms compared to the previous games. Combat has certainly improved thanks to the introduction of weapon arts. For instance, you should take a look at the bow and arrow. Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki went on record saying how they felt inspired by The Lord of the Rings character Legolas for improving the draw speed.
Although we appreciate the new weapon and combat features in the design, we feel we must address the location as a whole. It is certainly pleasant to look at, but at the same time, it can become a bit too familiar to the previous games. The scale of the map is what falls victim to this more often. Nevertheless, the dark environment is a staple for this series, one that readily sucks you into the world.
Keeping up with the usual tradition for the series, the protagonist has changed from the previous game. Now, So, in this part of our Dark Souls 3 review, we will discuss Dark Souls 3 characters.
In this installment, you have taken the role of The Ashen One. According to the prolog, The Ashen One once attempted to link the fire at some point in time, yet failed to do so as they were too weak. Instead, they were burnt to ash, hence the name. Once they awakened, they began their journey to defeat the other Lords of Cinder in an attempt to end both the cycle of the First Flame as well as the curse of the undead for good.
There are a number of different characters and companions that you will meet during your adventures. Some of them are new, while others you may recognize if you have played previous editions of the series. There are plenty of dialogue options that you can go through if you want to expand your connection to companions and the world itself.
We have to touch on the remarkable voice work here. It truly does bring each character to life, making it practically impossible not to form connections with everyone you meet, which is exactly what you want an RPG to do. More so, the emotional acting truly stings if you make specific choices that can cost the lives of certain people.
Although there are quite a lot of things to do in Dark Souls 3, the main purpose of the game is to send the Lords of Cinder back to their thrones in order to successfully link the flame. Before you can do that, however, you get the chance to embark on several other quests thanks to the many characters you meet across your journey. Also, there are boss fights that spring up every now and again. Some are tough, others we felt were a bit lacking.
The quests for NPCs are a bit similar to previous games in that there can be multiple objectives, many of which are not made clear until you continue on adventuring. As we mentioned before, people can die. You can fail missions as easily as you can succeed in them. All of it depends on your choices. There are plenty of moral dilemmas surrounding the gameplay here, which is why the storyline is so compelling. One choice is not necessarily better than another choice.
Just as likely, there are a number of different endings to choose from depending on the choices you make. The other games had a couple of endings, but Dark Souls 3 gives you four separate ones. Some appear a bit anticlimactic to us, but they still give you the chance to mold your story the way you see fit in addition to increasing the replay value of it to see the difference in endings.
DLC & Expansion Packs
You can purchase a number of different DLCs for Dark Souls 3, and we feel that just about all of them will be worth investing in. Each DLC will offer you a variety of things from additional weapons, locations to visit, enemies and bosses to fight, etc. Some will offer more than others, and some came in the form of episodes that you had to purchase at different times. Those episodes should now be available for purchase altogether.
Regardless of the specifics that they offer, each provides some additional playtime to the game. The ones with the boss fights offer some excellent challenges, more so than some of the boss fights in the main game. That is why we feel that the DLCs could have been a bit longer. To us at least, they ended far too quickly.
Dark Souls 3 takes the action and dark, gritty storytelling from the previous games to a different level. There are challenging levels and fights, a versatile weapon system that’s fun to play with, and quest lines that force you to weigh your decisions. Sure, the map could be better, as could the overall design, but Dark Souls 3 is still a satisfying and exciting journey.
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