Dark Souls - Demon's Souls Spiritual Successor

I have no idea what you mean by “better game”…better mechanics? Better crafting? Better bosses? Better level design?

For me it is sort of a tie between Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls as the supreme From Software expression…followed by Bloodborne.

Dark Souls 3 is fine, but it lacks its own soul. Everything it does has been done before…

Yeah I guess I should have explained what I meant. By better game I took Kolbex to mean the gamey parts of the game felt better. Like, the combat felt better, the loot felt better, the boss fights felt better. At least, that was my experience.

And by better game I didn’t mean I liked it more. My souls pantheon so far probably looks something like this:

Bloodborne, DS1, DS3, Sekiro, DS2.

Still working on Demon’s Souls, which I’m enjoying quite a bit, but when compared to the refinement of DS3, feels janky as hell.

Dark Souls might have been the significant cultural zeitgeist “everyone” shares but for me Demon’s Souls started it all. When I first played Dark Souls I was comparing it to Demon’s Souls.

When I finished it I was not sure it was necessarily better either. I was conflicted.

DS2 really made it easier to say finally, yeah this isn’t as good as the other two.

For me the Dark Souls “experience” will always be tied into my first play thru of DS1. The utter frustration I felt playing that game and then the wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you finally beat that boss. I had never played a game like that before. Sure other games had great fights but they all gave you saves and quick saves, you never lost anything when you died. You never had the learning curve required by DS1.

Once I had played and finally finished DS1 I had no worries that I couldn’t do DS2 and then DS3. Now I haven’t played Demon Souls or Bloodborne, although I can get the game and beg my daughter for the use of her PS4. I think that will happen soon.

I’m with you 100% here. The confidence boost I felt after DS1 was huge. It’s something I’ve carried with me through the rest of the souls games as well as other more difficult games.

It’s very much a feeling of “if I can do this, I can do anything.”

Sekiro is personally my biggest accomplishment, but I couldn’t have done it without cutting my teeth on DS1.

I sense a QT3 plays BB for October may be in the cards…

So the remastered version (which I guess is all you can buy now) was on sale for $3.99 on Steam yesterday. For that price I was willing to give it another try on my machine and hope some patch has solved the problem I was having.

Wow, that’s even cheaper than I got the Prepare to Die edition all those years ago (which was a whole $5).

Shit that’s an amazing price drop! I think I got it for like 30 back in march. Let us know how it runs!

We will see. I originally bought it at release, for $20 I think because I already owned the Prepare to Die Edition. But I only got about two hours in when the game continually froze up during the fight with the demon on the castle wall. Steam was very good about refunding my money. I only bought it this time because of the price and because maybe a patch had resolved the problem. I hadn’t figured on powering it up but maybe I will, since I should be able to see soon enough if it will run okay. At $3.99 I don’t figure to hassle them over a refund a second time.

I feel like a sucker for buying it for $8 now! :P

On the remaster I got to the part where I fought the rats and killed the metal pig. I think I got killed by the black knights in the next area, which was my first real death. And then I switched to Dark Souls 3.

You mean the Black Knight that is up on the tower. I don’t think I have ever been able to kill that guy when I first hit that point. I usually come back for him later. The damn pig is enough hassle at that point.

I just played back through that area – you can cheese that knight in the tower a little by fighting him on the spiral stairs – some of his attacks will whiff over your head and you can retaliate by hitting his feet. Getting the Drake Sword helps.

He doesn’t always follow you down the stairs but I have seen him come all the way down before. And yea, you need a weapon that does decent damage to him, with the Drake Sword probably being the best at that point. You could have the Claymore but you can’t have leveled it up yet.

I’ve killed him with the Drake Sword too, but that’s basically cheating ; )

I discovered easy mode in DS on the Switch. Took me maybe 20 arrows to hit the tail of the dragon to get the Drake Sword. The Balder Knights that were so dreadful in other playthroughs can now be one-shoted.
Also I used 1 alluring skull to lure the metal pig to kill itself in the fire.

So I reached the bell tower … waiting for summons. Not sure if I want to go alone. I hate the boss fights where you fight 2 bosses. Maybe I try once.

Use Solaire? He and a pine essence make that fight trivial.

Yea, lightening works great on almost every boss but especially the Gargoyles.

So out of curiosity I fired up the Remastered version I recently repurchased and was surprised by two things. One, the game I started more than a year ago was still there. It survived my giving the game back to Steam. And secondly, the reason I returned the game was fixed. I had not been able to get passed the Demon on the wall early in the game because it crashed continually during the fight. Now the fight went smoothly.

I hadn’t intended to actually play this now, but I may just continue. It will only get part of my attention though as in the afternoons my daughter and I are playing Borderlands 3.

I also got Bloodborne for my B-Day. So that is in my future, although I will have to use my daughters PS4 and TV to play it.

Skip Remastered for now and play Bloodborne. It’s Halloween, after all!

So today, on my 5th try, I defeated Ornstein and Smough. Even after playing the game so many times beating them is still one of my most satisfying moments in gaming. I imagine it’s because my first time playing the game I probably needed 40+ tries and a couple weeks to beat them.

I am playing DS1 in the mornings and playing Borderland 3 in the afternoon with my daughter. I think once we finish Borderlands 3 I am going to give Bloodborne a shot. I can only play it on her PS4 attached to the TV she uses, so my time will be limited.