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    kjh131's Demon's Souls (PS3)

    [January 27, 2010 10:08:10 PM]
    During my second session of play through my opinion hasn't really changed. The game is still very addictive for a few hours at a time. Its unforgiving nature makes it hard to stick with it for very long before you want to take your remote and bash the dish to pieces.

    The art work is amazing when you are able to see it. Due to the majority of the playable area being dark, itís hard to see any details. This time around, though, I did get a chance to look at the back drop of the game and it is quite breathtaking.

    Having learned the controls better, I have found it easier to obtain demon souls in the earlier areas that I have already beaten but venturing into unexplored areas still involves a lot of running back to spend demon souls.

    Since I bought the game used, I still have a chance to take it back to Game Stop but I just can't bring myself to do it because for a few hours, I'm completely immersed in an addictive world with addictive game play.
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    [January 27, 2010 01:01:50 PM]
    During my time with Demon Souls I've come to the conclusion that the game is fun in short bursts. While certainly not for the faint of heart, the mechanics of the game are simple to understand. The controls will be familiar to anyone who is familiar with this type of game.

    In Demon Souls, you fight demons, gather their souls, and then use their souls as a form of currency. With this currency not only do you buy new gear and upgrade existing gear, but you also use this currency to increase the stats of your character. The cost to increase a stat increases with each stat point raised. It seems to me that the use of a single currency to do so much was a bit off. What makes it worse is that when you die, you lose all your souls and they remain at the site of your death. If you die before you get those souls, though, they are gone forever. This leads to a lot of back tracking so that you can spend your souls so you don't lose them. Multiple deaths in a row often led me to frustration and hour or two long breaks from the game.
    The level design in Demon Souls is very well thought out, though most of the finer details are missed due to the game being very dark throughout most of it. The portions of the levels that could be seen were very detailed and gave a sense of danger and foreboding which I believe the maker was going for.

    Despite the frustration revolving around losing precious Demon Souls all the time, there was definitely a feeling of flow while playing. The quick combat and drive to better my character would have me playing for several hours before I realized how long I had been playing.

    What is most interesting with this game is how it implements a multiplayer experience. Despite the fact that no other players ever joined my game (which is possible as either a partner or an adversary) I never felt alone. Players can leave messages written on the ground for other players. The messages can be warnings or even traps trying to trick the player into dying. The only real negative side to the messages is that they are predetermined. You choose a message such as "There is XXXXX ahead", then you fill in the XXXXX with a list of choices.

    All in all I would say this is a good game. Its unforgiving difficulty and extensive dependence upon one currency are quite daunting but it's definitely a game worth playing. Looking back, though, I probably wouldn't have paid full price for it, luckily I got it used.

    This entry has been edited 2 times. It was last edited on Jan 27th, 2010 at 13:05:17.

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    kjh131's Demon's Souls (PS3)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 24 January, 2010

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