Well here it is. The article you’ve all been waiting for. As some of you may be aware, I quite like the Souls series. I’ve espoused my love of it for the last few years, and every time a new title appears on the horizon, there’s a sense of such anticipation and excitement that it’s hard for me to shake off. Many people feel the absolute same too, it’s one of the few game series that’s earned its reputation as one of the greatest of all time. Exploring the haunted and decaying world is an absolute joy, and the sense of “I need to keep going” is something innate to video games since their inception. Dark Souls 3 is almost upon us. And I got to play it.
The demo I played showed me a relatively small area called the high wall of Lothric. I’ve been playing a lot of Bloodborne as of late, mostly to check out the DLC, but also to get me in the right mindset for Dark Souls 3. It’s incredible how different those games feel. It was an immediate sense of “oh yeah, this is Dark Souls” and not the more fast paced dodge/attack/dodge frenzy of Bloodborne. This was an astonishing reintroduction for me, seeing all the decrepit enemies and locations instantly transported me back to the world and that feeling of being a tiny element in this massive, expansive world is the same as it ever was. As I walked along the ruined ramparts, a dragon lands on a roof in the distance, swooping over me and announcing it’s presence with leathery beating wings. The game itself looks gorgeous, and I’ll be spending a lot of time just staring at the environments, picking out distant places I may end up exploring.
The sound and music were both top-notch too, still giving the same atmosphere of dread. When you enter a darkened room and there’s a silence that rings out, it heightens your nerves, puts you on edge as to what could be lurking beyond your sight. It envelops you, and it marries with the visuals to make the experience so rich and fulfilling, even the tiny segment I played. It was utterly astonishing, and I can’t wait to experience more.
Bring on April 12th. The souls will darken.