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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Demon's Souls 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
Set in a dark, medieval fantasy world, you play a brave hero attempting to rid a ruined kingdom of evil monsters. Enemies are knights, dragons, phantoms, and demons. You choose your character from a knight, a barbarian, a thief, and a mage, each with its own starting equipment and abilities. As you progress you develop this and gain new weapons.
Play involves using your weapons and magical abilities to attack monsters and progress. 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 that you have to die to learn how to react in hostile environments, and have to have the will and belligerence to repeatedly face the same foes, slowly learning from mistakes. When you die you are teleported back to a bonfire where you last rested, which can mean considerable progress is lost.
The result is a game where the fun lies in the overcoming of seemingly impossible challenges. Honing your skill and ability until you're finally able to conquer each new foe is immensely satisfying.
You can play this game in the following styles:
13+ 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. Compared to later Souls games the enemies are easier to trick and you can collect unlimited number of healing herbs.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 39-year-olds play this game:
- 39-year-old: Ready For Potential Challenges
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
The 2020 remake on PlayStation 5 has two editions; the Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes extra cosmetic items and the game's soundtrack, and can be bought as an in-game purchase.
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