Dark Souls Screenshots look eerily familiar

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#1 Posted by benjaebe (2871 posts) -

Not entirely surprising considering this is basically Demons Souls II but without the Sony-owned name, but as far as artstyle and general design goes it looks nearly identical to Demons Souls. First screenshots came out - would've added them to the gallery, but they're watermarked.

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#2 Posted by Skald (4430 posts) -

Interesting. I don't have a lot else to say until I get my copy of Demon's Souls in the mail. 
 
The Dragon looks pretty mean though.

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#3 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

yes! Screenshots! Today is a good day! It's nice to see that old Fluted Helm back. It looks identical to Demon's Souls but with more color.

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#4 Posted by august (4038 posts) -

That has to be the second biggest rat I've ever seen.

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#5 Posted by FesteringNeon (2276 posts) -

This is a gooood thing :)

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#6 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (851 posts) -

Wait so this is basically Demon's Souls for the 360? Fuck yes. 

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#7 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1493 posts) -

So now the blue phantoms are white. Maybe, this time around the black phantoms will actually be black.  =]

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#8 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

Nothing strange about it.

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#9 Posted by RobotHamster (4250 posts) -

Is it made by Capcom?

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#10 Edited by xyzygy (10595 posts) -
@RobotHamster said:

" Is it made by Capcom? "

From Software, foolish! 
 
Although it's essentially a 3D Mega Man with heavy RPG elements mixed with hack and slash gameplay with light shooter mechanics in a medieval fantasy world. 
 
So actually it's nothing like Mega Man
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#11 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2038 posts) -
@august said:
" That has to be the second biggest rat I've ever seen. "
references
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#12 Posted by RobotHamster (4250 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" @RobotHamster said:
" Is it made by Capcom? "
From Software, foolish! "
Opps didn't realize that, I thought it was just a Demon Souls clone.  And I was just using Capcom since they've done that sort of thing recently.  
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#14 Posted by fwylo (3571 posts) -

Someone cut off the watermarks.

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#15 Posted by iGaboru (247 posts) -

Man, this looks amazingly Demon's Soulish to not realise it! I can't wait for it!

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#16 Posted by onarum (2974 posts) -

I don't have a problem with that, imo Demon's Souls wasn't a crysis, but it looked pretty enough.

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#17 Posted by floodiastus (1288 posts) -

I dont get the comparison screens, which ones are demon souls and which are not?

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#18 Posted by Azteck (7416 posts) -

I thought this was a Demon's Soul spin-off.

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#19 Posted by Icemael (6860 posts) -

Great monster designs. Demon's Souls made my top ten last year -- if this follow-up is as good as it looks and sounds, it'll probably have a decent shot at making this year's top five.

@floodiastus said: 

" I dont get the comparison screens, which ones are demon souls and which are not? "

None of the screenshots are from Demon's Souls.  
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#20 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice?

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#21 Posted by Timing (635 posts) -

These look great. I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of the forest.
 
Here's some monster and location artwork.





         
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#22 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1493 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
Most of the armor and weapons in DS are historical.  Sony doesn't have copyright on fluted armor, chain mail or generic medieval weapons.
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#23 Posted by Icemael (6860 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
For what? Using the same theme? The same types of weapons? A similar name? If you could sue and/or stop a company from releasing a game because of stuff like that, only about seven games would actually be released every year.

Hell, if that was the case, the owners of the Indiana Jones brand could probably sue Naughty Dog.
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#24 Edited by xyzygy (10595 posts) -
Dragons with insect wings... I'm sold 
 
@teh_pwnzorer
said:

" @xyzygy said:

" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
Most of the armor and weapons in DS are historical.  Sony doesn't have copyright on fluted armor, chain mail or generic medieval weapons. "
Yeah I never thought of it like that I guess. You can't really copyright an Uchigatana :P
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#25 Posted by Turambar (7996 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
"Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
That sounds very likely.
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#26 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1493 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" @teh_pwnzorer said:
" @xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
Most of the armor and weapons in DS are historical.  Sony doesn't have copyright on fluted armor, chain mail or generic medieval weapons. "
Yeah I never thought of it like that I guess. You can't really copyright an Uchigatana :P "
The fluted armor on the DS box is from the early Renaissance.  Check this out: 
 
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#27 Edited by Seppli (11232 posts) -

Nice - here's me hoping for splatter and gore. Would elevate the game sooo much.
 
Perfect contender for strategic dismemberment Dead Space style... just with melee weapons instead of future mining tools.

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#28 Posted by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -
@Timing said:
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What the fuck is that!?
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#29 Posted by BabyChooChoo (6560 posts) -

They're taking out Soul Tendency.
 
This is already a much, much better game.

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#30 Posted by Killroycantkill (1596 posts) -

I really hope they keep it as hard as the last game was. That was the main part of the game that I found fun, also they need to fix some of the storage stuff just make it more user friendly. OH or even some sort of monster hunt mode that you can go on with your friends.

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#31 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -
@teh_pwnzorer said:
" @xyzygy said:
" @teh_pwnzorer said:
" @xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
Most of the armor and weapons in DS are historical.  Sony doesn't have copyright on fluted armor, chain mail or generic medieval weapons. "
Yeah I never thought of it like that I guess. You can't really copyright an Uchigatana :P "
The fluted armor on the DS box is from the early Renaissance.  Check this out: 
 
"
Whoa that is epic. They literally just took all that old armor and modeled it. Awesome. Do you know if the Gloom and Brushwood armor is based off history?
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#32 Posted by Stete (782 posts) -

Looks like a more colourful Demon's Souls. Sweet.

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#33 Posted by Nasar7 (3210 posts) -

Wow, from what I'd heard they were making it sound like a different type of game but those screenshots look like straight up Demon's Souls II.

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#34 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1493 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" @teh_pwnzorer said:
" @xyzygy said:
" @teh_pwnzorer said:
" @xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
Most of the armor and weapons in DS are historical.  Sony doesn't have copyright on fluted armor, chain mail or generic medieval weapons. "
Yeah I never thought of it like that I guess. You can't really copyright an Uchigatana :P "
The fluted armor on the DS box is from the early Renaissance.  Check this out: 
 
"
Whoa that is epic. They literally just took all that old armor and modeled it. Awesome. Do you know if the Gloom and Brushwood armor is based off history? "
Those seem more specific to the DS universe, but the Brushwood armour looks like stylized Roman or Greek armour, especially the helmet and the "skirt." 
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#35 Posted by Nasar7 (3210 posts) -
@teh_pwnzorer: I agree about the Brushwood set and the Gloom armor is just based off Gothic style armor.
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#36 Posted by Vorbis (2762 posts) -

A more open worldy DS is exactly what I wanted. Great it's going multiplat too, more exposure.

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#37 Posted by iGaboru (247 posts) -

I can't think of any other game that can get me as hyped as I am right now after just one video!

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#38 Posted by Fierrze (202 posts) -

Those screenies are pretty awesome. One of my most wanted games this year!

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#39 Posted by Jeffsekai (7159 posts) -

So what are the screen shots of Im confused.

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#40 Posted by luce (4056 posts) -

  

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#41 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1972 posts) -

I still haven't played the first game but the sequel does look interesting and it's on the 360 which is cool.

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#42 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

thats pretty cool

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#43 Posted by Fierrze (202 posts) -

Thanks for the heads up on the trailer. Can't wait for the full game!

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#44 Posted by ajamafalous (13403 posts) -
@RobotHamster said:
" @xyzygy said:
" @RobotHamster said:
" Is it made by Capcom? "
From Software, foolish! "
Opps didn't realize that, I thought it was just a Demon Souls clone.   And I was just using Capcom since they've done that sort of thing recently.   "
Boom.
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#45 Posted by IamTerics (724 posts) -

Looks cool. I Should really finish Demon's souls.

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#46 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

I am so glad this will be out this year.  So glad.

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#47 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -

I hope it's harder than Demon's Souls.

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#48 Posted by mordukai (8481 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" I don't get how From can get away with this though. Can't they be stopped from making this multiplatform just by the freaking art assets? I mean the armor and weapons like like they're literally out of Demon's Souls. Unless Sony owns absolutely nothing but the name, couldn't From be treading on thin ice? "
You I've spoken to a mod on the Demon's Souls wiki web site and he says that Dark Souls for all intent and purposes is Demon's Souls 2 with a different name. He said Sony only owns the Demon's Souls name but not the IP. Seems odd. What a miss Sony. THen agin no one really expect this game to be received the way it did. Sony missed the boat on this one. This game could have potential system seller but ohh well. At least xbox only gamers will get to enjoy it too, right? Share the love and the fucking frustration...LOL 
 
OHH NO. I just realized. An update version of Maneater. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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#49 Posted by benjaebe (2871 posts) -
I think that's mainly because they were just the publisher, and even then only in Japan. No one wanted to pick it up for an NA or EU release until Atlus and Namco Bandai decided to. From Software has always owned the IP, as far as I know.
 
@Mordukai said:
He said Sony only owns the Demon's Souls name but not the IP. Seems odd. What a miss Sony. THen agin no one really expect this game to be received the way it did. Sony missed the boat on this one.
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#50 Posted by Gargantuan (1905 posts) -

Nice Rodent of unusual size.
 
I'm very excited about Dark Souls and I'll definitely buy it day one. Demon's Souls has a very nice look and feel and Dark Souls looks awesome.

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