I've almost finished Dark Souls (up to the final boss fight, just doing some other side stuff now), but I feel as though I've overloaded on Dark Souls and don't really feel up to doing a NG+ (perhaps later). I do kind of want to try out Demon's Souls, but am wondering if there were mechanics in Demon's Souls that sent people up the wall out of frustration that were fixed in Dark Souls?
How does it compare to the original Demon's Souls?
@adequatelyprepared: There are some mechanics that were changed in Dark Souls(encumbrance, the effects of humanity, and healing, for example), but really, they're just markers of being different over necessarily being worse. Going to Demon's Souls from Dark Souls is not a difficult transition, and you'll get used to its quirks in no time.
A lot of fans can probably give you a huge rundown of every difference, but you're better off just seeing it as a slightly different Souls game. It's actually more similar to Dark Souls than a lot of people think when they hear about it. Just give it a shot!
Prepare to be disappointed, if you want it to be the same game. I don't have any insight, but the arcade feel of the combating videos and the free to play nature of DD make me really skeptical. DD could still end up being good, but it'll probably be in ways other than Souls.
@adequatelyprepared: Combat wise its mostly the same. Although in Demons's souls there isn't a dropping attack nor can you jump. There is also the change that to heal you're actively using finite healing consumables instead of a flask with infinite refills. Other big changes are obviously the world tendency system also as far as I remember there are no covenants either in Demon's Souls.
On the bright side there are way more things you can do with the boss souls. You can create weapons or you can also trade boss souls for exclusive spells you can't get any other way to a specific NPC you can save later on.
Also, no checkpoints. You respawn at archstones and the only archstones that appear are new boss rooms when you kill a new boss.
Id give it a go but also keep in mind Dark Souls II is coming out and if you dont want to burn yourself out on souls games you might also want to wait until sometime in the summer. Play it though
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