Hi guys! Today I will talk about Demon’s Souls (2009). As always, the review will have four parts, firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).
Table of Contents
The story of Demon Souls is very interesting and it’s one of the best stories in souls games. Demon’s Soul has the storytelling approach that souls games are known for, meaning that you have to read item descriptions talk to all the NPCs and watch the environment carefully to understand what is going on.
Personally, I wasn’t invested in the story cause I didn’t find anything that would make me care about what is going on. I prefer character-driven games more than story-driven games, that’s one of the main reasons that Sekiro is my favorite FromSoftware game.
Demon’s Souls gameplay is what you would expect from a soulslike game. There are many classes for the player to choose from and a variety of weapons, armors, and abilities.
The combat is interesting though the AI of the enemies is dated which is logical if you think that the game was released more than 10 years ago.
The thing that sets apart this game from the other soulslike games is that there are no bonfires(checkpoints) in each area except the one you see when you first access a new area. This means that when you die you have to walk through the entire area from the beginning.
This makes the game a little daunting at first, especially if you played Dark Souls games previously since you aren’t used to this type of game design. Of course, there are shortcuts that you can unlock to traverse through the area faster, and also in contrast to other soulslike games, you have unlimited healing.
This needs some further explanation. What I mean when I say unlimited healing is that the grass(healing item’s name) that you use to heal, you can buy it from merchants and find some in the areas that you will visit. There is no limit to how much grass you can buy, but the downside is that you have to buy it if you want to be able to heal(there are other ways to heal like spells but this is the main healing item).
There is also a variety of enemies and bosses, and as I mentioned before the AI is dated but the bosses are all unique and interesting to fight against even if they aren’t as challenging as I would want them to be.
Finally, the game has a lot of replayability because there are a lot of classes to choose from and, enough co content to keep you occupied for many hours.
The visuals of Demon’s Souls are very dated as you would expect from a game that was released more than 10 years ago. Although the visuals look dated, I believe they are decent enough to not hinder the gameplay experience. When the remake gets released in November 2020, all these visual issues will be solved, but to be able to enjoy that game, you will need to buy a PS5.
As for the customization, there isn’t much besides changing your armor and weapons which all the other souls games have. The reason I don’t consider this true customization is because the stats change depending on the armor you wear. There isn’t any equipment transmogrification system, meaning that you aren’t able to change the appearance of any armor or weapon you have to the appearance of another weapon or armor you have gotten in the game and keep the item’s stats.
Let me summarize what you should remember from this article.
First, when it comes to the story, Demon’s Souls has a good story but personally, I prefer character-driven games. If you prefer story-driven games then I would surely recommend this game for the story.
Second, the game offers a lot of variety when it comes to weapons, armors, enemies, and bosses. The only bad thing is that the AI is dated and because of that it is easily exploitable.
Finally Demon’s Souls visuals are dated since it came out over 10 years ago and the customization is average.
General Rating: 8.2
That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you liked the game leave a comment down below and tell me what you liked the most about this game. See ya in the next article.
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