Dark Souls 3 is one of those games that we all have a hate love relationship with. If you have played the first two, you are well aware of what I am talking about. This is a gamer series that not only tests you patience, but also you willingness to learn. That means that you will spend lots of time, learning and figuring out enemies attack patterns and making adjustments to your own game play.
You will start the game by creating your own unique character. Down from the way he looks to the way he plays. That means you can essentially turn any player build into whatever character type that you would like. Each character class will have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, but all will find ease with some enemies as opposed to other. For example, if your playing with a warrior / tank build and find a couple of bosses rather easy, ranged thief, or sorcery type builds will not, and vice versa. The different ways to upgrade your character are key in the success rate of Dark Souls 3 and the game will not make it easy for you.
If you are familiar with From Software’s previous release “Bloodborn” you will feel right at home with Dark Souls 3. The gameplay is very similar and shares similarities with enemies and gameplay mechanics. The boss battles are UN-forgiving and that is the beauty of the game. As quickly as the game is to BREAK you down, it is quick to build you right back up upon completion of a zone. That sigh of relief and joy from completing a boss battle is overwhelming and you get a huge sense of accomplishment that you long to discuss with your friends.
Graphically the game is beautiful. Dark and with some of the best lighting effects I have seen in recent months. The bosses look extremely detailed and the worlds that they fight in are very complimentary. Very few stutters, and frame-rate issues, although we have noticed a few, more so when playing in the games unique multiplayer setting.
Dark Souls 3, as stated before does feature multiplayer in a couple of different ways. You can either PVP, which requires you to jump into other people worlds and fight for loot and souls, all the while as they try to advance in their current levels. You can also co-op with up to 3 additional people. This would require a special item that is sold in the safe area of the game, but can be used to summon up to three additional friends to your world to help you wither with the level, or boss battle. The kicker is, if the host player dies at any time, the group is disbanded and will have to start over. This makes keeping the game host alive while doing battle. Keep in mind that while in co-op mode, other can invade your world, up to 4 at one given time, so be wary of outside travelers.
Combat is very fluid and has four slots that can be switched as quick as you press the button. Equipment and items will become abundant as the game goes forward, and the game does a very good job of spacing. Between checkpoints that you can spawn back at called Bonfires. Some may be harder to find than others, which kind of forces you to look around but overall they are spaced very well.
Dark Souls 3 is the game that we have wanted since the completion of Dark Souls 2 and fans of the series will not be disappointing. I found myself many times going back to it even after saying “I am done with this game”! That accomplishment feeling you get upon beating that boss is fantastic and leads you into wanting to play more and more. This will keep attentions for quite a while and I mean that by playing more than one play-through.