Demon's Souls (Series) Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters progress the story. The games are known for their difficulty and intentional frustration of the player.

They are set in a dark, medieval setting in a ruined kindgom. Enemies are knights, dragons, phantoms, and demons. You choose a class from knights, barbarians, thieves, and mages, each with its own starting equipment and abilities. As you progress you develop this and gain new weapons.

Central to the games is that you have to die to learn how to react in the hostile environments. Players have to have the will and belligerence to repeatedly face the same foes, to learn from mistakes. When you die you are teleported back to a bonfire where you last rested, which can mean considerable progress is lost.

The game also challenges the player to endure in battle. Long fights require attacks, blocking, or dodging that consume stamina. You must carefully manage this while also working to defeat your current foe.
  • Demon's Souls (2009) on PlayStation 3
  • Dark Souls (2010) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Dark Souls II (2014) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Dark Souls III (2016) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Dark Souls: Remastered (2018) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Demon's Souls (2020) remastered for PlayStation 5
Other games from the develop shared a similar approach to difficulty, perseverance and skill required:
  • Bloodborne (2015) on PlayStation 4
  • Shadows Die Twice (2010) on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
  • Elden Ring (Upcoming) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete. Time is for the first Demon's Souls, but all these games can take 100's of hours. Many never finish them because of the skill and patience required.
 
Players: You can play this with 6 players online. Although a single-player game, you can briefly see the actions of others as ghosts. Players can leave messages on the ground for each other to help or hinder. You can also summon up to 6 other players to play co-operatively for a while using special summoning signs.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 5.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Like the other games, Demon's Souls is rated PEGI 16 due to frequent moderate violence. The game features the use of a variety of medieval type weaponry that are used to kill the enemy characters. In use, the sword will deliver a killing blow in one or two strikes. Each strike will result in a splash of blood; the use of firebombs are prevalent throughout the game and when they explode they will emit a large plume of fire. Although the characters can be enveloped by the fire none suffer any visible damage from it. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Violence.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Colour Options

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

System Settings

PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @momoxmia



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