Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC DVD)
- In box physical content: A stunning 150 page Art Book (featuring art from the new Artorias of the Abyss game content) Original Soundtrack CD DVD containing the complete behind the scenes video series Poster Postcards This edition will include an online match-making feature for co-op or player vs. player gameplay, allowing gamers to showcase their skills against other Dark Souls players around the world. Dark Souls’ dungeon crawling, dragon brawling, tension-filled action features fearsome enemy encounters in an complex world full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and powerful magic, while offering players the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the world of Lordran to save the land from darkness. With a massive, open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.
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Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls. The game is well known for its considerable difficulty but highly rewarding experience. It's coming to PC for the first time this Summer. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran where the player must stop the spread of darkness at all costs by facing and defeating the Dark Knight Artorias. New Bosses – Including Artorias of Abyss, Chimera of Tomb, and more PVP Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for co-op or PVP New Areas – Including Oolacile Tomb, Old Ruins and more New Enemies – Including Abyss Guard, Chained Prisoner and more New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough and more New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs
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This game is an amazing experience that no gamer should miss. It has made me feel like no other game. Yes, it's difficult, but it also rewarding, and more forgiving than you may think. Plus, the difficulty doesn't feel harsh, because the game is so much fun and so mesmerizing.
Don't be afraid to use the internet if you stumble. This is a tough game and I guarantee you the number of players' who did it all on their own is a fraction of those who haven't. Even with help finishing this game commands respect. A greater sin would be not finishing the game at all.
The European version is great: It comes with a poster of Artorias, postcards and an awesome artbook that details almost every suit and enemy in the game. Oh, and the epic soundtrack!
I only have one complaint about the game. I was a bit disappointed to find out that the game comes with an incomplete soundtrack. The Prepare to Die edition has new content, monsters, items, and bosses. None of the new music is on the soundtrack included with the game. It only includes the soundtrack for the original release.
This game is a badly ported console thing that is unplayable on a PC. Jesus Christ what is wrong with the developers? Don't they realize that is someone sees "for PC" they might actually buy it for a PC platform?
I have a rule concerning games: I load them and play them, I do not play software engineer. I do not spend hours on the net trying to make the damn things work. That is their job. My job is to provide a non-exotic, properly configured platform. Thats it.
This one loads then informs you that you can't save because you are not logged in (!?) Huh? You have to "log in" to Windows live or something? Is that it? Come on, this is 2015, next they are going to have me call a game counselor. I don't get it. This went out under Microsoft's name. You would think that there would be a bit of QC to be sure the stupid thing didn't look to slapped together. As it is you are instructed to press A to Start!!!
To those of you reading this, they took a console game and did the absolute bare minimum to make it run on a PC. Now, imagine the console commands. How does that translate to a keyboard? Who knows. I sure don't want to do their work for them.
Note added 1/3/15: I purchased this from Gameseek and they offered a refund promptly. Problem is that they are in the UK. The cost (that I had to pay) was $12 for shipping back this crummy game. The point here is that US purchasers should be very careful when making a purchase that might entail a return. Shipping is a killer and, in this case at least, one does not know until it is too late. Sorta crappy that this happened.
The camera is controlled by mouse steering, and is super sensitive on the lowest settings. The mouse also controls your attacks and target locking. The attacks project you in the direction you are facing which is often difficult to discern with the hyper sensitive camera spin. Movement and actual character facing are controlled by key movements (WASD). The camera never auto corrects to the character facing so in the midst of combat you are struggling to get your facing while aligning the camera angle and hopefully your attack wont project you past your target into a wall. Walking with this configuration is disorienting enough, fighting is ludicrous.
The key mapping (yes I realize that you can and should remap keys to suit yourself) is terrible. The in game instructions on how to perform tasks are given for an Xbox controller, not a keyboard. There were no instructions in the package that helped decipher this Xbox controller to keyboard riddle. I had to track it down online, and even these were incomplete and sometimes inaccurate.
I bought this because it was a highly rated and challenging game. I didn't expect being able to perform the simplest and most basic actions such as walking or saving a game to be those challenges.
The gameplay is great ,make sure you have a xbox controller for it though, I did all of the game using my keyboard(and beat the game I might add) Its a great game and not as hard as some say it is. :)
but the software itself was in great shape
that's why i stopped buying pc games a long time ago
i pirate them before they hit the store and my pockets
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I'm sure all of you must have read the Plot of Dark Souls somewhere, so let me cover what you should take from that plot:
In Dark Souls you start as a nobody, you're an undead, the lowest kind of creature in the land of the Gods, Lodran, but at some point you're given a chance to change that. Where you start the game you have no hope, all you can do is to sit and wait for the end of the World, but an unknown Knight gives you the key to escape that place and in his last words he asks you to carry his mission: to keep the flame of life alive.
But there's no such thing as a generic story in Dark Souls
At every single place of this game you'll be remembered of one thing for sure -you're in DANGER-, every corner has a trap or enemies waiting to ambush you, and don't think that, like many other games, there'll be lots of weak enemies you can simply one-shot with your sword and barely take any damage, in Dark Souls EVERY SINGLE enemy is a challenge, if you try to be the too brave you'll die, if you hesitate you'll die, if you're not careful you'll die, if you underestimate the situation you'll die and even if you do all those things YOU'LL STILL DIE.
But honestly, it's exactly because this game is so hard, because it punishes you so much, that the feeling of beating every enemy is so rewarding. The one thing I personally really respect in Dark Souls is the fact that it won't go easy on you, you'll really have to try your best in this game, enemies are extremely intimidating and you'll lose over and over again but I swear you'll feel like a real hero in the end, because even though you started powerless and with no objectives you faced all the unfair challenges imposed on you and WON.
Now, if you're really attentive to the details of the Lore Dark Souls becomes a lot more enjoyable. The narrator of the game only speaks at the beginning, the rest of the World story is something you must figure by yourself. Be wary that it's not an easy thing to do at all! Dark Souls Lore has minimalistic details so you'll have to pay attention to item descriptions and talk with the NPCs to actually understand what's going on. In fact, no one actually knows the whole story, you'll meet many mysterious characters that'll talk about mysterious events and all we can only speculate about, but from what you learn you'll realize how rich the lore is (caution: Prepare to Cry).
Gameplay is fantastic when played with an X-box controller (which I bought specifically for this game) and the story/boss/level aspect is captivating and never bores. If you're a graphics junkie, this isn't the game to get your fix from, but the graphics aren't bad - they're just not state of the art.
The fact that it is hard, without any difficulty settings, makes it only so much more rewarding when you finally are able to beat that boss or that level that you have been struggling on. However, I've never had to try more than about 15 times, whereas a typical boss would take you 5 tries.
The multiplayer aspect is also a lot of fun, plus this version comes with a nice artwork book, a poster and some postcards. An amazing buy for the overall price.
Very happy customer indeed!
The game design is very impressive, everything is connected to everything and there is a lot of things you can discover or do (you can kill almost any NPC, with sometimes, some massive consequences that will change a big part of the game (but not the end) ).
There is a new game plus mode that increases the difficulty every time you repeat it (until new game +6) and the overall difficulty is quite challenging, but not impossible, as you still have a level and can always grind a bit if you're stuck to become stronger to overcome the obstacles.
Much more satisfying than a linear game where you'e meant to win easily and everything is made to do so. Buy it, play it, enjoy it !