Review by Q_Sensei
"Drink up! It's made of humans!"
Here you have a game with probably the most boring video game story presentation known to man. It opens up with a monotone voice drolling out the names of NPCs that have no meaning to you yet, then it plops you into the game's tutorial without any real explanation for why you're there.
It doesn't matter why you're there though, this is the RPG Mega Man, and it's awesome.
Demon's Soul's strength is definitely not in its story, though if you're okay with poor presentation as far as the cutscenes go, there are plenty of parts where it "shows" you story that make for some interesting ideas.
It's the gameplay that you came for though, and Demon's Souls does something very important to give it an A+ in the rewarding department.
In this game you collect souls which are represented by a numeric value. If you die, you lose all the souls you haven't spent, and you have to find where you died and pick them back up. If you die again while going to retrieve your hard earned souls, you lose everything.
On top of that if you're in your body when you die (you can play as a spiritual self), the level you were in gets shifted one step toward darkness, and it becomes more difficult as a result.
Suddenly the stakes are higher... you can't just charge into things... The game itself isn't actually that difficult; like games like Mega Man, you benefit from knowing what's coming. If you DON'T know what's coming though, you're going to be on your toes, peeking around corners, and carefully traversing caverns. This game is incredibly immersive because of its punishing nature. You feel like the character is you, and you're going to lose it all if you die.
The on-line aspect serves to make this even more entertaining. You have notes that other players have left to try and warn you of what's coming - it helps a lot. You also have the even more helpful bloodstains of other players, which if you touch them you can see a shadow of how that player died. You might find yourself laughing at yourself if you follow the blood ghost only to die in the same manner they did.
In addition, the on-line allows you to assist other players in their quest, or allows you to summon other players to help you. The on-line also allows other players to invade you, and it's the most exciting thing when that happens, especially when you already have two helpers following you.
If you're the type who hates being punished in a game, you're probably not going to like this title. But if you're up for a challenge where the stakes are high, Demon's Souls is well made, very polished, and incredibly rewarding experience
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/28/11
Game Release: Demon's Souls (US, 10/06/09)
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