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Demon's Souls (PlayStation 3)

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Description

In the land of Boletaria, the Old King Allant wakened the Old One, a terrible demon that was sealed away below the Nexus eons ago. Now a colourless fog is unleashing the demons and terrorizing mankind. Only one lone hero can save Boletaria from its doom.

Demon's Souls is an action role-playing game where the player can choose from a wide variety of starting classes, including hunters, knights, soldiers, priests and magicians. The objective is to proceed through five worlds and defeat the demon bosses at the end of each level. Killing enemies will give the player souls, the game's currency. These can be traded in for weapons, spells, miracles, items and equipment or to upgrade the player's stats at the Nexus, the world's central hub.

During combat, the player has to watch the protagonist's stamina bar, which decreases with physical movements like attacking, evading or blocking. Death does not end the game: once the hero dies he respawns in soul form. This means that his health is reduced, but he can do more damage against foes. Every time the protagonist dies he loses all the collected souls. However, these can be regained by touching the spot where the character lost his life.

The game features an online portion, where it is possible to observe other players playing the game in "alternate universes", running around the level as white phantoms. Places where players died are marked and can be viewed as a replay, to warn the player of imminent danger. It is also possible to leave messages about dangers like strong enemies or traps on the ground, which can be read by other players. With the use of special items, it is also possible to play cooperatively with other players or invade their worlds to kill them.

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Demon's Souls PlayStation 3 Buying and upgrading weapons and armor.
Demon's Souls PlayStation 3 Editing your character's appearance.
Demon's Souls PlayStation 3 Tougher enemies will block your attacks so you'll have to be resourceful.
Demon's Souls PlayStation 3 Inventory screen.

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The Press Says

HonestGamers Oct 05, 2009 10 out of 10 100
1UP Oct 12, 2009 A 100
RPGamer Oct, 2009 5 out of 5 100
Gamernode Oct 06, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Oct 08, 2009 9.4 out of 10 94
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 25, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Digital Chumps Sep 30, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
The A.V. Club Oct 19, 2009 B 75
RPGDreamers 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamervision Sep 25, 2009 6 out of 10 60

Forums

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Why so difficult? 9 Adzuken (702)
Feb 20, 2011

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Demon's Souls appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • G4
    • 2009 - Best Gameplay Innovation (for its multiplayer component)
  • GamePro
    • 2009 - Biggest Surprise
  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Game
    • 2009 - Best Role-Playing Game
    • 2009 - Best Original Game Mechanic
    • 2009 - Best Boss Fights (Readers' Choice)
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Tough Love Award
  • GameTrailers
    • 2009 - Best Role-Playing Game
    • 2009 - Best New IP (Intellectual Property)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Role-Playing Game
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Role-Playing Game (Readers' Choice)

Related Web Sites

  • Demon's Souls Wiki (A fan-driven wiki devoted to the game. Includes information such as localization differences, walkthroughs, character builds, items and weapons and more.)
  • PS3trophies.org trophy guide (PS3trophies.org's trophy guide for Demon's Souls)
robotriot (8637) added Demon's Souls (PlayStation 3) on Oct 22, 2009