#1 Posted by razzdrazz (64 posts) -

I began playing Demon's Souls years ago, but quit like a baby after the first boss. So, as I've been watching Load Our Last Souls, I've been eager to actually play it. Now, after picking it up again, I've beat a few levels and it's quickly becoming a favorite. Just beat 4-1 and totally cheesed Adjudicator with Soul Arrow.

How about everybody else?

#2 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3821 posts) -

I bought Demon Souls a few years back during one of the Black Friday sales but just never got around to it. I'm kinda intrigued now since they started streaming Dark Souls to jump in to it and see how different they are from each other.

#3 Edited by chrissedoff (2167 posts) -

nobody dude that game is older than dirt

#4 Posted by RonGalaxy (3269 posts) -

I played like 10 hours and just couldn't do it. The fact that you couldn't checkpoint until beating a boss was too frustrating. Dark Souls intrigues me because of the bonfire system

#5 Posted by crithon (3456 posts) -

I have about 3 hours into it, kinda want to play enough before I am ready for dark souls which I own on PC.

#6 Posted by TheHT (11812 posts) -

Pretty much all the bosses can be cheesed. It's both one of my favourite things about Demon's Souls, and also a knock against it. Story's cooler though.

#7 Posted by Vanick (332 posts) -

I beat it earlier this year when it was up for PS+ members. I played Dark Souls when it first came out so I was more prepared when I played Demon's Souls. I enjoyed them both but I think I had more fun playing Dark Souls.

#8 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (6004 posts) -

Not sure if I'll ever get to playing it, since Dark Souls 2 is coming out early next year and I still haven't entirely finished Dark Souls. Regardless, I think it'd be interesting to go back and check out eventually.

#9 Edited by sub_o (913 posts) -

I completed the game twice. Then jumped in again, hoping to get platinum, but I accidentally killed a merchant using God's Wrath, which seems to screw up the tendency that I need.

#10 Edited by Daneian (1251 posts) -

Just started my first run through last week.

Clearing out archdemons.


Onto DaSouls next.

#11 Edited by EveretteScott (1532 posts) -

nobody dude that game is older than dirt

I don't like you.

I still need to beat it, game's hard yo.

#12 Edited by razzdrazz (64 posts) -

@naru_joe93: @chrissedoff: Surprisingly, there are a lot of people I see playing the game. I've been invaded a few times and am constantly seeing other players. Who cares if it's from a couple years ago? 2009 isn't that long ago...

@naru_joe93, I like how the game is split into different levels. It splits everything into bite-sized chunks and makes the game easier to memorize/ exploit

#13 Posted by Asurastrike (2175 posts) -

I thought they had shut the online servers down last year, but I just googled it, and apparently they scrapped that idea.

#14 Posted by tread311 (357 posts) -

I finally finished Dark Souls back when Rorie started streaming it and have been thinking about going back and getting through Demon's Souls ever since. There is just so much to play and such little time to do it for me anymore that I might have to scrap it. Dark Souls II though, I'll be playing that for sure.

#15 Posted by SamStrife (1286 posts) -

I played like 10 hours and just couldn't do it. The fact that you couldn't checkpoint until beating a boss was too frustrating. Dark Souls intrigues me because of the bonfire system

The bonfire system that lets you checkpoint after each boss? You'd be surprised how similar they are with the check pointing system.

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#16 Posted by Sinusoidal (1810 posts) -

@naru_joe93 said:

I played like 10 hours and just couldn't do it. The fact that you couldn't checkpoint until beating a boss was too frustrating. Dark Souls intrigues me because of the bonfire system

The bonfire system that lets you checkpoint after each boss? You'd be surprised how similar they are with the check pointing system.

Haha! That's what I was thinking too. The Bonfires are basically the exact same thing as Archstones from Demon's Souls. If anything, traversing Dark Souls is less predictable and more frustrating at times. Especially late-game, even with the ability to warp to selected bonfires since so many can't be warped to, namely absolutely none in the entirety of The Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith, though there are a couple helpful shortcuts. Dark Souls also seems to rely on precarious footing to raise its difficulty level a little too often for my tastes. Basically every section starting with Sen's Fortress (itself being the most egregious example) onward has at least one section with itty-bitty, easy-to-fall-to-your-death walkways. Also, fuck the Crystal Caves.

#17 Posted by JCHenderson (128 posts) -

After 2 playthrough of Dark Souls I decided to have a crack at Demons Souls. Cant turn down free on PS+ Really enjoying it but the level sucking boss can go and make love to him self.

#18 Posted by SamStrife (1286 posts) -

@samstrife said:

@naru_joe93 said:

I played like 10 hours and just couldn't do it. The fact that you couldn't checkpoint until beating a boss was too frustrating. Dark Souls intrigues me because of the bonfire system

The bonfire system that lets you checkpoint after each boss? You'd be surprised how similar they are with the check pointing system.

Haha! That's what I was thinking too. The Bonfires are basically the exact same thing as Archstones from Demon's Souls. If anything, traversing Dark Souls is less predictable and more frustrating at times. Especially late-game, even with the ability to warp to selected bonfires since so many can't be warped to, namely absolutely none in the entirety of The Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith, though there are a couple helpful shortcuts. Dark Souls also seems to rely on precarious footing to raise its difficulty level a little too often for my tastes. Basically every section starting with Sen's Fortress (itself being the most egregious example) onward has at least one section with itty-bitty, easy-to-fall-to-your-death walkways. Also, fuck the Crystal Caves.

You're reminding me that I prefer Demon's Souls to Dark Souls by a fair bit.

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#19 Edited by development (2641 posts) -

I love killing adjudicator. He's the easiest boss, because his attacks are completely predictable and forecasted. He's actually easier melee than ranged. I love bosses or enemies in games that are just big meat bags you can wail on. Plus, you can sprint directly to him as your second boss and make tons of early souls. Not to mention the area directly after him is one of the best for PVP. Good luck on that section, by the way; it's one of the hardest.

#20 Edited by CptBedlam (4459 posts) -

@everettescott said:

@chrissedoff said:

nobody dude that game is older than dirt

I don't like you.

I still need to beat it, game's hard yo.

He's also wrong. Beat it a few weeks ago and the MP is still crowded. People are definitely still playing.

#21 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (1934 posts) -

I had a save game about 25 hours in that remained idle for years. A few months ago I decided to go back and finish it, a damn good game. I was actually surprised that the game actually still has a decent population of people playing. I remembered hearing years ago that they were going to shut down the servers, but I guess that never happened.

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#22 Edited by gkhan (489 posts) -

Yeah, just started recently, after it was free on PS+. I'm taking it slowly, a bit here and a bit there. It's challenging fun.

#23 Posted by jimmyfenix (3753 posts) -

Beat it a while ago hell of a game!!

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#24 Posted by Tarsier (1078 posts) -

i play it once in a while cause its free on ps3 with ps+

its fun but i like dark souls a lot more

#25 Posted by CitizenCoffeeCake (652 posts) -

I liked Demon's Souls quite a bit more than Dark Souls, it's been a while though so I can't explain why mostly I think the open worldy thing is just confusing and prefer the straightforward level selection. I cheesed the shit out of the final boss in Demon's Souls too, it was awesome. I should play it again.

#26 Posted by Demoskinos (15164 posts) -

I keep wanting to go back honestly Ive played through Dark Souls so many times but only Demon's Souls like once. I honestly forget what the levels are even like.

#27 Posted by handlas (2760 posts) -

The structure of Demon's Souls was definitely more appealing to me. Being more level based instead of a big open world where you I felt lost half the time. And it felt like there was much less having to go through the same areas over and over when you die.

Demon's Souls was free for Plus for a little while back so I'd assume some people picked it up then.

#28 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1821 posts) -

I'm currently playing, working on a Crescent Flamberge/Magic build. Resistances in that game seem way stronger or weaker than in Dark Souls. World two is a breeze with magic weapons, but if you run into any enemies with even the slightest bit of magic defense, you do no damage.

#29 Posted by mlarrabee (3064 posts) -

I tried getting into it when it was on sale a couple of months ago, after S-ranking Dark Souls, but the tweaks and fixes missing in the original made it really difficult to adapt. I need to just gut it out to SL 25; by then I'm sure I'll be hooked.

#30 Posted by James_ex_machina (899 posts) -

I picked up Dark Souls on clearance a while back and haven't played it yet. I really need to pop this in and see how hard it is. I'm probably not the type of gamer that wants to go through this much torture but I'll give it a try.

#31 Posted by Nasar7 (2809 posts) -

I still prefer Demon's to Dark. The world is much better realized, has better atmosphere, voice acting, more memorable characters. At no time are you unclear why you are undertaking the quest. Why you get enemies' souls when you kill them actually makes sense from an in-game standpoint. The ending is far better than Darks and really makes you look back on what you've done and question whether or not it was right. Prefer grass to estus. Prefer mana bar to set number of casts as it makes a pure mage character actually possible. You are not some Chosen One cliched bs, just a regular adventurer who, as the game hints, will most likely fail and the world will end. I could go on and on.

#32 Posted by Aetheldod (3736 posts) -

I just restarted it yesterday ... because I want to play more soul games but I just S-ranked Dark Souls , now going for DemonsĀ“Souls

#33 Edited by Miyuki (177 posts) -

Demon's souls is on sale on PSN right now for $14.99. I bought it on impulse, since I've never played any of the souls games, and after a few extremely frustrating hours I finally got started. Now I'm obsessed, and I finally see why everyone loves these games so much!

For those getting started, I found the LP by Kazamieras here to be really helpful - he explains the systems well, and it helped to get me through the initial learning curve. As someone who hasn't played an action rpg since Diablo II, I find the controls to be surprisingly intuitive. I figured I would play this game first, since everyone said to go for that before Dark Souls.

#34 Edited by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

I've long been thinking of going back to it and have with some intervals, but having to relearn that games upgrade system, which I never got a good grip on to begin with, has held me back several times.

There's also a bunch of changes made in Dark Souls that makes it hard going back. Having to deal with the inventory weight limit, only having the two rollspeeds, having to farm for grass and having to manage said grass that each recover a different amount, limited access to humanity/body restoring items. I also really like the "prepared spells" like system of Dark Souls and how it's balanced in uses, though I admit never having doven really deep into spellcasting in Demon's Souls (I was gonna, but again, hard to go back to).

There are a few levels and stuff I want to see again though so maybe I'll give it another, another try.

#35 Posted by IBurningStar (2190 posts) -

I started a new game up a couple days ago. Beat 1-1 and 1-2 and haven't had time to play since. :(

#36 Edited by RonGalaxy (3269 posts) -

@samstrife said:

@sinusoidal said:

@samstrife said:

@naru_joe93 said:

I played like 10 hours and just couldn't do it. The fact that you couldn't checkpoint until beating a boss was too frustrating. Dark Souls intrigues me because of the bonfire system

The bonfire system that lets you checkpoint after each boss? You'd be surprised how similar they are with the check pointing system.

Haha! That's what I was thinking too. The Bonfires are basically the exact same thing as Archstones from Demon's Souls. If anything, traversing Dark Souls is less predictable and more frustrating at times. Especially late-game, even with the ability to warp to selected bonfires since so many can't be warped to, namely absolutely none in the entirety of The Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith, though there are a couple helpful shortcuts. Dark Souls also seems to rely on precarious footing to raise its difficulty level a little too often for my tastes. Basically every section starting with Sen's Fortress (itself being the most egregious example) onward has at least one section with itty-bitty, easy-to-fall-to-your-death walkways. Also, fuck the Crystal Caves.

You're reminding me that I prefer Demon's Souls to Dark Souls by a fair bit.

the difference is that there are bon fires that aren't tied to bosses, there are ones just out there in the environment. If Im remembering correctly, archstones only became available after you beat a boss, which sucks because you constantly get shot to the beginning of a level if you keep losing. Whenever that happened I'd go to a different level, and after awhile I played all of them and just got bored with it

#37 Posted by Carryboy (749 posts) -

Yep started it a couple weeks back, so far have beaten 1-1,1-2,2-1.2-2.3-1.3-2,4-1,5-1

#38 Posted by pyrodactyl (2360 posts) -

Pro tip:

If you beat the butcher (first boss of the storm area) and the first 2 bosses of the mines (the Balrog looking thing is kinda hard but not impossible), craft the meat cleaver and the rest of the game is a cakewalk.

#39 Posted by Humanity (10120 posts) -

I really loved the atmosphere in Demons. The nexus is such a wonderfully haunting place - the music and Maiden in Black. Which is why I'm a bit disappointed that Dark Souls 2 is a straight sequel rather than something entirely new once again.

#40 Posted by pyrodactyl (2360 posts) -

@nasar7 said:

I still prefer Demon's to Dark. The world is much better realized, has better atmosphere, voice acting, more memorable characters. At no time are you unclear why you are undertaking the quest. Why you get enemies' souls when you kill them actually makes sense from an in-game standpoint. The ending is far better than Darks and really makes you look back on what you've done and question whether or not it was right. Prefer grass to estus. Prefer mana bar to set number of casts as it makes a pure mage character actually possible. You are not some Chosen One cliched bs, just a regular adventurer who, as the game hints, will most likely fail and the world will end. I could go on and on.

At least half the bosses in Demon's souls are easily exploitable and/or broken in some way. The world is also way less inspired with the disjointed hub design and the fact that 4 worlds only have 2 areas each is kind of disapointing. Finally, you can beat 4 of the 16 bosses, get the best weapon in the game and laugh your way through the rest.

Demon's souls was amazing in its day but Dark souls improved on it in every way possible.

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#42 Posted by Carlos1408 (1543 posts) -

I'm still busy trying to S-rank Dark Souls. Almost there, just missing the Knight's Honor achievement. I kind of want to play Demon's Souls again but I don't have a PS3 in England and I lent the copy of the game to a friend. I only completed the game once or twice I think. NG+ I only got as far as the Flame Lurker, man that guys is a bitch in NG+.

#43 Posted by fisk0 (4502 posts) -

I started playing it again after I got it for free on PS+. I already owned an imported copy, and was sad to find out that the saves aren't compatible between the two, but it's much easier to play now when I've got some experience with both Dark Souls and Dark Souls II.

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#44 Posted by DeF (4979 posts) -

Soon... soon! Vinny's streams really make me wanna jump in but real life stuff prevented me from dedicating time to it so far.

#45 Posted by Aegon (5843 posts) -

Maybe Vinny will play it between the Dark Souls games....or not. I think I want to give the game another try myself.