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Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition [Online Game Code]

by Namco Bandai
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
Mature Steam
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews) 85 / 100

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  • Extremely Deep, Dark & Difficult - Unforgiving in its punishment, yet rewarding for the determined - learn to strategize freely and conquer seemingly impossible challenges.
  • Fully Seamless World - Explore a completely integrated world of dark fantasy where dungeons and areas are seamlessly intertwined, with great height.
  • Network Play - Players may cross paths with one another, invading each other for PVP battles, or to play co-op and take on giant boss encounters as a team.
  • Flexible Character Development & Role Play - As the player progresses, they must carefully choose which of their character?s abilities to enhance as this will determine their progression style.
  • Community - See other real players and empathize with their journey, learn from seeing how others died, find and leave messages for your fellow players; helping them or leading them into death.
  • NOTE: The use of this game requires additional hardware, specifically a PC-compatible game controller. Several of our customers have reported incompatibility with standard input devices like keyboard and mouse.

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  • Online Code: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B00917DBUE
  • Release Date: August 23, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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NOTE: The use of this game requires additional hardware, specifically a PC-compatible game controller. Several of our customers have reported incompatibility with standard input devices like keyboard and mouse. Our tech team recommends the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.

Dark Souls
is the new action role-playing game from the developers who brought you Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware. Dark Souls will have many familiar features: A dark fantasy universe, tense dungeon crawling, fearsome enemy encounters and unique online interactions. Dark Souls is a spiritual successor to Demon’s, not a sequel.

Prepare for a new, despair-inducing world, with a vast, fully-explorable horizon and vertically-oriented landforms. Prepare for a new, mysterious story, centered around the the world of Lodran, but most of all, prepare to die. You will face countless murderous traps, countless darkly grotesque mobs and several gargantuan, supremely powerful demons and dragons bosses. You must learn from death to persist through this unforgiving world. And you aren’t alone. Dark Souls allows the spirits of other players to show up in your world, so you can learn from their deaths and they can learn from yours. You can also summon players into your world to co-op adventure, or invade other's worlds to PVP battle.

New to Dark Souls are Bonfires, which serve as check points as you fight your way through this epic adventure. While rested at Bonfires, your health and magic replenish but at a cost, all mobs respawn. Beware: There is no place in Dark Souls that is truly safe. With days of game play and an even more punishing difficulty level, Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play this year. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?

  • New Bosses – Including Black Dragon, Sanctuary Guardian, Artorias of the Abyss.
  • New Areas – Including Oolacile Township, Oolacile Sanctuary, Royal Wood, and more.
  • New Enemies – Including Wooden Scarecrows, Chained Prisoner, Stone Knight, and more.
  • New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough, Elizabeth (keeper of the sanctuary), and more.
  • New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 GHz+ or AMD Phenom II X2 545 3.0 GHz+
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 8 GB
Video Card: GeForce 9800 GTX+ or ATI Radeon HD 4870+
Additional Info: Steam account and Games for Windows Live required for game activation and installation

Product Description

Beware: There is no place in Dark Souls that is truly safe. With days of game play and an even more punishing difficulty level, Dark Souls will be the most deeply challenging game you play. Can you live through a million deaths and earn your legacy?

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158 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Game, just don't let it crush you October 28, 2012
Two things first:
1) if you play this on PC, do not forget to find DSFix, an open-source fan-made patch to improve the game's visuals. This will remove almost all complaints about the game.
2) get a controller. I recommend a Wired (USB) Xbox 360 Gamepad, available here on Amazon for ~$20.

Now to the game:
Dark Souls is amazing. That's simply a fact. You will want to quit after your first play session. Don't. Take a break, maybe a night off, and then come back to it with a level head. The game is designed to have many different solutions to any give problem, but if you keep trying the only one you immediately see, and failing, you'll be very mad very fast. So, don't do that. Pace yourself. Look for alternative paths. Try different approaches (sneaking, sprinting, rolling, jumping, shield up, 2H weapon at the ready...). Whatever you do, don't give up after only a few hours. The real payoff in this game is your own successes.

The stress of the boss fights and PvP gives a stronger rush than any other game I've encountered in nearly a decade. It is so satisfying to win a challenging (and generally *fair*) fight.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone. While it is unforgiving, at its core, the game is very consistent, so not too difficult. It will teach you to practice. It will show you the sweet rewards from perseverance.

Don't give up and go hollow. You have this chance to show the world that your soul is yours, and that you are alive.
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227 of 274 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood Port August 26, 2012
I actually want to clear up a couple things first before I started the actual review

*FromSoftware came out months ago, informing everyone that this game is designed for and has to be played with a game controller. NOT mouse/WASD. If you play the game, it's extremely easy to see why.

*FromSoftware are console(!!!!!) developers, with no experience with the pc. The reason why it took so long for the port to happen was because FS openingly said it couldn't be done, that they had no idea how to do it.

*FromSoftware said they knew if they did do it, it would be terrible, and they wouldn't make the production money back. It wasn't until YOU, pc gamers, got together and started a petition, expecting about 10,000 signatures. Instead, you gathered 92,000+

*To make up for the bad port, FromSoftware threw in hours of extra content. Just for the heck of it.

*If you read any professional review from people who have been keeping up with the production, you'll see that the port had come out much better than we were warned about. From people who had no idea how to work with a pc and openenly stated it would have bad graphics and terrible frame rate. It still turned out better.

*They ARE letting players mod. And knowing the modder community, this game is about to get even more awesome

As for the actual review, what is there to say? It's the best rpg ever made. The art design is incredible with interesting monsters, depth to the gameplay, immersive level design, awesome gear, and incredibly challenging. And when I say challenging, I mean harder than any game you have ever played. And the sense of self-accomplishment when you beat these bosses can't even touched by any other game. It's a literal adrenaline rush.
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Lazy or Easily Frustrated October 11, 2012
By V. Sun
Dark Souls isn't kidding when it comes to surviving and figuring out the best method to overcoming a situation (i.e. dungeons, bosses, tough enemies, item obtainment, etc.). I pre-ordered this game due to the high recommendation of a close friend of mine, who had played the PS3 version of it and also bought the PC version to experience the new expansion. While I had my doubts about how gritty and difficult parts of this game would be, I definitely did learn a lot in the first hours than I had in any other PC game.

Unlike other games that give you a fairly good tutorial to ease you into gameplay, DS doesn't baby you. Much of this game is either learning on your own or watching another player (in co-op). Annnd practice, practice, practice. Per the advice of a great gamer, study/learn your enemies/bosses and survive. Don't get discouraged if each death feels like a setback since each win will feel like several hurdles conquered.

Though there are people who claim that this is a terrible port, I find it quite satisfying. I'm very comfortable with playing my PC games (including MMOs) with a keyboard and mouse, but I highly recommend a controller (Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows) since DS is a port version from a console and inputs are better registered with it. For those who are adamant on using a keyboard and mouse set-up, there are online solutions to help improve/fix the default programming of the two.

DS isn't a game that is easily rushed, even in first playthrough. Expect to die often and become a better gamer for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to die and die again
Excellent game if you can get by the initial learning curve. Most of the difficulty comes from learning the game mechanics and actually remembering them. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Firefly
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect game if your on vocation
Dark souls will push you to your breaking at time and kick you in the but till you learn from your mistakes , if you don't learn from your mistake then expect to die .... Read more
Published 1 day ago by James R. McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars DAK SOULS
MOTHA FRACKING DAK SOULS SO GOOD SO GOD LEMMIE TELL YA BOUT THIS GAME. IT'S A MOTHER FRACKING GOOD GAME. IT'S MOTHA FRACING DAK SULS
Published 5 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Since i saw this game i ask for his review and nobody said that this game sucks, unlike they told me to buy this game right away
Published 9 days ago by Jesus
2.0 out of 5 stars The game itself is nice, but...
Amazon is unclear on how to download it. The help section states nothing about having to download the game through Steam, and I had to call Amazon to find that out. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
if your not into hardcore games with zombies and monsters this isnt for you but if you want a challenge then you must have this game.
Published 13 days ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop. Help me.
The most abusive relationship I have ever been in has been with this video game. Even my ex has nothing on Dark Souls. I love it. I hate it. I can't stop. Help me. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brian B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best $7 I've ever spent
I bought this when it was only 7 dollars.

It is seriously the most addicting game ever. The game was very difficult from the beginning but I knew that coming in. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever made!
This is the best game ever created... Seriously... Play it , no words can describe how perfect this game is !
Published 23 days ago by Orgios
1.0 out of 5 stars Scammed
Windows Live shut down so I couldn't play it after a week. Ripped me off, they didn't even attempt to make it clear when I bought it.
Published 27 days ago by Cayden
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