The third and final part of the Dark Souls trilogy launches today. Dark Souls diehards will have no doubt secured their copy already – some lucky souls received their pre-orders on Saturday – but newcomers caught in belated Dark Souls hype may be in two minds about making a purchase.
Word has it that although Dark Souls II remains the easiest in the series, relatively speaking, this third instalment has a slightly more helpful opening.
We wouldnâ€™t worry too much about being thrown in the deep end, though. Partly because thatâ€™s what the game is all about, but also because itâ€™s one of those games with an incredibly strong community – fans are always eager to lend words of advice.
Reviews suggest there are a few unfair boss battles and some minor technical hiccups, but other than this itâ€™s very close to perfection.
Take a look for yourself:
‘Essential’ – Eurogamer: “Is it the finest Souls game yet? I don’t know; it might be. I can say this, though: Dark Souls 3 is a fabulous game, and a fitting conclusion to the greatest trilogy of modern times”
5/5 – The Telegraph: “It is one of the most fascinating games youâ€™ll play this year, or any other, a high-profile game that still dares to go against the grain despite its ever growing popularity”
9.5 – Arcade Sushi: “If Dark Souls III is the final visit to this series, then it is the apex the series deserves and certainly one of the most worthwhile adventures weâ€™ve embarked on in a long time”
9.5 – IGN: “While not all the risky changes land as neatly as others, Dark Souls 3 is a powerful journey and the sequel the series truly deserves”
9.25 – GameInformer: “If youâ€™ve never played the series, this is a great place to begin, offering a bit more direction in the early game before opening up. If youâ€™ve already played the series, you can feel confident that From Software hasnâ€™t lost its touch”
9.0 – God is a Geek: “Dark Souls 3 is yet another example of how worlds should be built: interlocking, beautiful, and interesting. The combat feels quick and fresh, and despite a few bosses that feel unfair, it’s a glorious return to form for the series”
9/10 – The Metro: “A fitting end to the Dark Souls trilogy, that eventually overcomes the feeling of overfamiliarity with some daring new features and classic boss battles”
9/10 – GameSpew: “It looks amazing, sounds amazing, plays amazing; the only things that let it down are the minor technical issues and perhaps the sometimes inconsistent difficulty level”
8.5 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “Sporting a wonderful environment full of color, suffering, death, and a small amount of hope, fans can expect to sink several dozen, if not hundreds, of hours into the game, if they havenâ€™t already”
9/10 (PC), 8/10 (PS4) – The Jimquisition: “No game series comes close to doing what Dark Souls does, and Dark Souls III has done it again. Itâ€™s an undead favorite”
8/10 – GameSpot: “This is the essence of Dark Souls III: periods of doubt, followed by great reward. The journey may be rocky, but there’s a throne waiting at the end”
7.0 – Polygon: “Do you play for the joy and stress of exploring dangerous, intricately crafted places full of hidden elements and endless side paths? Then I suspect you’ll join me in being a little let down with the direction this sequel has gone in”