So…I have taken the plunge into challenging world of Dark Souls 2. Yes I broke the promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any last gen games once I got my PS4. I held off for as long as I could but I finally decided to pull the trigger on Dark Souls 2. As some of you may know, the PS3 is actually not in the man cave anymore as it’s spot has replaced by the PS4. I subsequently moved the PS3 up to the spare room upstairs just in case I had the itch to do any gaming while up there. Well I did, and Dark Souls 2 has filled that void.
In truth, I am not sure if I can really call this article a “first impressions” as I’ve already put in about 20 hours into the game. It would be unfair to give First Impressions of Dark Souls 2 after just a few hours because it’s basically lots of your own death and wandering around not knowing what the fuck is going on. That sums it up right there. I can’t exactly call this a Full Review either since I am nowhere near finished the game. Let’s call this a mid game or ongoing impressions article.
The game is incredibly deep
At first glance Dark Souls 2 simply looks like a monster type button masher. However, you’ll learn fairly quickly that playing this way will only result in failure. Fighting enemies actually requires a lot of strategy and patience. Ultimately, patience is key to your success. There’s very little guidance on what and where to go in the Dark Souls 2 world. You basically wander around exploring and figuring things out. I really won’t give away much here but souls are the currency in this world. As you kill enemies you earn soul points. The stronger the enemy, the greater number of souls you get. You then use the souls to spend on things like leveling up your character, or buy things like weapons and armour. If you die, you lose all your souls you have collected and they are dropped at the spot where you died. When you respawn, you have to get back to that same spot to get retrieve them. The kicker is, that if you die en route, your shit out of luck and lose all those souls permanently.
There’s also tons of RPG elements, weapons, skills, and other components to your character that you have to take into consideration. Your play style and fighting preference dictates how you allocate your skills, what weapons you use and your offensive and defensive actions. I find myself having to look up lots of things to understand more and more about the game. Google is your friend as there’s no shortage guides, wikis, and videos online at your disposal.
I’d recommend that you not rely too much on how to do everything as the whole point of the game is to explore but at the same time, don’t be afraid to look for help if you need it. There’s lots of noob or beginner guides out there that will give you some hints or insights on how to approach the game and also set your starting characters out.
Do not play this game if you have anger problems
My level of cursing and anger is at an all time high when playing Dark Souls 2. Just ask my wife. There are times where I want to smash my controller and punch a hole in the wall. This happens over and over again and will continue to happen. This game is fucking hard, especially for new players like me. Yet I still want to keep playing it. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of finally passing a level or beating a boss. Or maybe I am just a sado masochistic. Either way, there’s this certain point in the game where things kind of clicked for me where you don’t want to stop playing no matter how frustrated you are. It might when you finally beat your very first boss, or happen to find that hidden treasure or cool ass weapon.
The Boss Battles are Bad Ass
See screenshot. Enough said. These are the kind of boss fights that you have to look forward to.
The Old Guy in Me Says
Is it worth it to get into the world of Dark Souls? It’s really up to the individual but I think it’s worth a try. If you are the kind of gamer that doesn’t have time for RPG games, then this isn’t the game for you. If you are the type of gamer who gets pissed easily, then this is definitely not the game for you. It’s a very challenging game that doesn’t have any type of hand holding or tips to help you out. It’s all up to you.
You are either going to love it or hate it. Perhaps both. For me, I think the game is amazing. There’s something about it that just keeps me wanting to play more despite the brutality and rage inducing moments. I am really taking my time with this one as I anticipate it’ll take me as least 6 months to finish it based on how much game time I can dedicate to it. And that’s okay for me and exactly what I had planned for. Highly recommended if you want to torture yourself 🙂