Hey Giant Bombers. I'm a huge fan of fantasy and RPGs. I can only get one game every few months and Dark Souls has been recently weighing on my mind. What do you guys think. Should I pick up Dark Souls or something a little easier like Darksiders. Ill be playing on the 360.
Maybe you could rent them to check them out? They're both fantastic games! For me, Dark Souls is bar far the better game. But a lot of people don't get on with it. Some people just plain hate it but I also know friends who've bought it and said "yeah it's really good" but just never played it beyond the opening areas. Darksiders 2 is really good, you can't go wrong with it. But, if you like it and really get into it, you might just adore Dark Souls. Dark Souls is available for around £25 pre-owned in the UK now, so maybe you can spend a couple of quids on a rental first just to be sure.
You should be able to get it for a descent price now. It is a hard game, but also a satisfying one. I recommend not to read any builds or guide. It is an "old" game in mechanics, you need to figure out how to get pass certain passageways and beat certain bosses on your own.
Only refer to guides and YouTube videos when you are about tO tear out your hair.
I say go for it. I've been slowly working on Dark Souls on and off for months now, picking it up from time to time and playing a bit more. It's a great "slow burn" game, and if you really want to be obsessive and go for all the achievements (I'm not, but hey) it's apparently 200-300 hours of game.
Also, enough people are still playing that (if you play on-line) the multiplayer bits are still good. There are still messages, invasions, people to invade, all that...
Just a little bit of advice: be gentle (I mean to your controllers, keyboard, mouse or whatever you use to play the game). I've lost millions of souls and humanities simply because of a silly misstep (and more than once I must add). Otherwise, go for it. It's the kind of game that you only see once every couple of years.
If it looks interesting to you, go for it. Demon's souls is only around $20 now, so not like it's a big loss if you hate it. Don't spend too much time thinking or reading about it, because you never really know if you don't try it for yourself and the more you read about it the more your expectations will sway to one direction or the other and the game will ultimately be disappointing to you.
@brophdog: When people ask me this question my first response is always "Do you like Dungeons and Dragons?" The reason I ask this first is because Dark Souls is in my opinion the closest a video game has gotten to that table top game. My rational for that is in Dark Souls regardless of your level ANYTHING can take you out if you screw up the "encounter" and to me that's its greatest strength.
Dark souls is not as hard a most people make it out to be. Given how many references there are out there it is easy to figure out how the games various systems work, however I will admit the game can be punishing at times but its never unfair.
Lastly here is my favorite Dark Souls story. After playing the game for a few hours and killing the first two major bosses a new area opened up. In my head I was felling like I could take on anything at that point, so I ventured into the new area. With my first steps in I triggered a trap that hit my char in the face with three arrows, then two guards game down and proceeded to beat the holy hell out of me. It was as if the was saying "know your place".
That is Dark Souls, and you should play it.