Darks Souls 3: Insanely Difficult but Addicting

Darks Souls 3 was released in Singapore on the 12th of April 2016. This epic series has made a comeback with it’s 3rd installment. Fans and critics alike say Dark Souls 3 doesn’t just live up to the expectations of its predecessors, but improves upon it by miles. After getting a copy of Dark Souls 3 on PS4, I can’t help but agree. The intricate gameplay mechanics of Dark Souls 3 made it pretty addictive, once you figure out how to stop dying.

Brief History & Plot

Dark Souls 3 is not exactly a continuation of it’s predecessor, so newbies like me could jump right in. This game is set in the Kingdom of Lothric, whereby an undead soldier known as the Ashen One is asked to help the world avoid some kind of dystopian apocolypse that is coming due to the fight between fire and darkness. In this installment, you will be tasked tto destroy the Lords of Cinder. Eventually depending on the choices you make in this game, you can attain 4 different sorts of ending.

Gameplay

Dark Souls 3 is a 3rd person RPG game in which users can equip multiple items and improve their inventory on their quest to defeat the Lord of Cinders.

You are allowed to equip multiple items based on your class. There are 10 classes in Dark Souls 3 and each would allow you to equip different primary as well as secondary items. Of course you would need to level up your attributes accordingly.

The 10 classses are:

Class Level VGR ATT END VIT STR DEX INT Faith Luck
Assassin 10 10 14 11 10 10 14 11 9 10
Cleric 7 10 14 9 7 12 8 7 16 13
Deprived 1 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Herald 9 12 10 9 12 12 11 8 13 11
Knight 9 12 10 11 15 13 12 9 9 7
Mercenary 8 11 12 11 10 10 16 10 8 9
Pyromancer 8 11 12 10 8 12 9 14 14 7
Sorcerer 6 9 16 9 7 7 12 16 7 12
Thief 5 10 11 10 9 9 13 10 8 14
Warrior 7 14 6 12 11 16 9 8 9 11

Combat

Dark Souls 3 is a brutal slasher and it gets really gory at times. Well, hack and slash is part of the fun in Dark Souls of course.

The intricate combat mechanics make it fun to play, you have ranged weaponry and skills if you are a pyromancer or sorcerer but close quarters combat is always still fun to try out and get in close to the action.

You have 2 modes of attack, easy slashes(R1) and heavy attacks(R2). You can guard by using (L1) and use your secondary weapon skill too (L2). To avoid damage you must roll and jump backwards rhythmically so survive.

I cannot stress the importance of this because Dark Souls 3 is INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. Trust me, I spent around 45 minutes trying to kill a total of 6 enemies and 1 boss in the first prologue. I might be a noob in RPGs, but this game is sure difficult. Time your guards and attack well or else you won’t make it far.

Watch Playstation explain the mechanics here

Graphics and Navigation

Dark Souls 3 strikes a delicate balance between exploration and guidance. This is not really an open world adventure like Skyrim so you don’t navigate everywhere as you wish, but it is no Call of Duty where you run towards a marker. It’s pretty fun to run everywhere and slay ghouls but it’s intuitive enough so you don’t get frustrated from being lost. It’s already tough enough getting killed all the times. losing yourself in the map is not a trouble you need to think about.

The world is built really amazingly, graphics are really awesome compared to its predecessor. I really loved the dystopian feel of it, it felt grim, a little like Shadow of Mordor, but not so bleak that it puts the average gamer off.

Multiplayer

Dark Souls might look like a single player driven game but make no mistake the online play is what keeps players coming back.

There are lots of co-op missions you can partake with buddies. The difficulty of each challenge increases based on the number of party members. I generally feel that most online players communicate too little and hence, adds on to the difficulty of this game.

To defeat a difficult boss, teammates must show coordination and take turns to lure the attacker whilst the rest take a blow at the enemy. Hence, it’s much better off to party up with friends and not strangers.

Dark Soul’s PvP game play has changed since the previous installment, but ambushes are always fun to watch and execute.

Verdict

Dark Souls 3 is not for the faint-hearted. Who says video games can’t build resilience and determination? Without both these traits, a Dark Souls 3 player would be lost and despondent. If you persist long enough and push through the initial frustration, you will start to enjoy this blockbuster.

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