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Dark Souls (2011) is a fighting game with an emphasis on precise timing and extreme difficulty. You navigate through labyrinthine ruins and ancient kingdoms, defeating monsters with your weapons and magic. A spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, it takes the difficulty of that game and pairs it with a mythological fantasy story and worldbuilding to make for a novel and weighty adventure.

In a dark fantasy world, four deities have defeated the dragons to usher in the Age of Fire. Now though, humanity has become cursed with a disease that brings the dead back to life until eventually, nothing remains. You play one such undead hero and must ascend to the realm of the Gods to fulfil an ancient prophecy, either dooming or saving your race.

Play involves moving through each area by defeating enemies. You choose your character from one of ten classes, each with different strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. As you progress you slowly level up and choose new skills and improvements to your stats. Combat is intentionally very difficult, requiring you to parry and dodge at just the right time and carefully look for openings to attack. Central to the game is dying to learn how to react in hostile environments and having the resilience and belligerence to repeatedly face the same foes, slowly learning from mistakes.

The result is a game that combines immense combat hurdles with a high-stakes fantasy story and rich worldbuilding to create an experience that derives its fun both from the satisfaction of beating each new challenge and from witnessing the grand story unfold.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dark Souls 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure and Fighting game with Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Although a single-player game, players can leave messages on the ground for each other to help or hinder. You can also summon up to 3 other players to play co-operatively and fight each other competitively for a while using special summoning signs. The multiplayer component was disabled on PC in 2022.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 80 hours to complete. Many players may never even finish this game because of its difficulty, but those that do typically take around 40-50 hours to do so.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for 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.
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.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is very hard and requires perfect reactions and reflexes, as well as determination and persistence in the face of overwhelming challenge. You very regularly die and have to start fights again when you do.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Dark Souls usually costs £32.99 to £34.99.


Steam Store PC £34.99

Dark Souls: Remastered

XBox Store Xbox One £32.99
Switch Store Switch £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/09/2011, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting (Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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