Dark Souls 3 Xbox One Review
Let me just start off by saying this game is ridiculously difficult.
Prepare yourself to die numerous times, do not let the rage take over.
I’ve gone back to this game recently, worst mistake I ever made, but in a good way.
It takes up a lot of your time, before I knew it I was cancelling family events to down the next boss.
At the very start, the game eases you into a false sense of security, you seem to be put up against mobs that take one swing of your sword to kill.
But if like me you love to explore, early on you take a right turn and get literally ambushed by what I can only call a crystal ice giant.
Rolling towards you at an extremely high speed, you know your options are limited, stand and fight, or run away like the little girl I was.
There are tons of links on Youtube explaining how to “glitch” this foe, making him roll towards you at high velocity, only to plunge off the nearest cliff whilst you stand there in all of your glory, feels good man’.
First Boss – Ludex Gundyr
I’d made it, and by made it, I mean to the first boss, how pathetic. Ludex Gundyr is the first boss you’ll encounter, pretty early on I might add. You get thrown into madness right off the bat.
Now, this game pretty much forces you to roll like hell, dodge like hell and back the hell off almost constantly. There is no “quick route”. If you started off with a shield, use it.
Use it constantly, his first phase is easy. It gets you used to the games mechanics, you’ll soon learn you can’t just stand there and take his hits, you’ll be in a body bag as soon as you step into the arena.
Take your time, edge in, wait for him to make his move, then step back out. I won’t spoil all the details, but make sure you enjoy his second phase!
The Journey Onwards
After downing ludex, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, you can do anything now right? Wrong. The game starts to gradually get more and more difficult now, you know, like a game should do.
You step into a new world, you look over the cliff, you gaze in awe at the scenery Bandai Namco has delivered. Surrounded by mountains, I quickly had a new fear of heights looking over the edge.
I’d been reading helpful messages on the floor, they are everywhere.
I approached the cliff where a lovely message had been left for me from an extremely thoughtful player, stating “Treasure Ahead” Like an absolute idiot, I fell to my death following the instructions.
It very obvious very quickly that not all messages were helpful, get used to it though, this is Dark Souls 3.
The game itself up to this point had me captivated, It was amazing. I bought this game for £45, but if you think about it, you’d spend that on a day out somewhere, this game will have you playing for months, presuming this is your first attempt at it.
I refused to look for any tips, whats the point until you truly believe you don’t have the capability. The graphics as stated… pretty good. I’d have expected a little more If I’m honest.
I am playing this on the Xbox One currently, yet, I don’t think they were too bad. The gameplay itself is what makes the game, It’s worth adding that the controls feel extremely fluid.
There is an auto lock-on feature which I would definitely recommend using, makes this nightmare seem a little less impossible.
You’ll end up here after ludex, I tend to spend a lot of time here, upgrading flasks and buying much-needed items.
You’ll meet some helpful NPC’s, it’s here you’ll be able to level your character and upgrade your attributes.
I started with the “Knight Class” so I started levelling my strength and vigor stats to basically stay alive that little bit longer.
For goodness sake whatever you do, DO NOT kill the Blacksmith. Same story again, don’t do everything the messages on the floor state, you’ll end up resetting half way through the game, or farming enough souls to pay off your sins.
I love that about the game though, you take risks, they either pay off well, or they make your game irrepairable, amazing odds eh’?
So by this point I’m a few hours in, I’ve currently gotten to boss five of nineteen and had an absolute riot getting there.
I’ve had my ups and my downs, I even shed a tear when I was one hit away from downing the Crystal Sage, I got greedy and tried to rush through.
Even though this game was released 3 years ago, It’s definitely up there with the best.
I can’t say I’ve been this interested in a game like Dark Souls 3 and been this captivated since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2.
If you have countless hours free and just fancy investing your time into something where you feel a sense of accomplishment after killing a single enemy, this is the game for you.
By now I’m sure you can tell I literally have nothing bad to say about Dark Souls 3, well, except for the fact that it’s stupidly hard.
I’ve written this review for the soul purpose (get it?) of getting anyone who wants a challenge to face this game.
The game isn’t expensive anymore, the price has dropped dramatically, I’ve listed it here for you to have a look at.
But all-in-all I will continue to play this now until I eventually finish it, well, atleast until my long awaited Cyberpunk 2077 is released, I presume that’s the date they release it!
I should have just about finished dark souls by then.
Get this game and make sure you have enough time to play before sitting down, it’ll take a LOT of deaths to get to get used to all the mobs attacks.