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In the Kingdom of Lothric, the pilgrims go on their journey towards certain death... And then the Fire fades. The Lords of Cinder, fallen heroes who have linked the First Flame in the past, are now missing. And it is up to a lone Unkindled to hunt them down and bring them back to their thrones at Firelink Shrine...

Dark Souls III is the fourth entry in the Souls franchise (with Demon's Souls being the spiritual predecessor to the series). There are many references to the previous entries scattered throughout the game, such as old NPCs, familiar places and items, and so on.

The gameplay remains true to the series (particularly to the first Dark Souls game), despite also having clear influences from Bloodborne. The player starts the game by choosing one of the 10 available classes, being able to customize the appearance of the character to their liking. The flow of the game is clearly faster than the first Dark Souls game, though not as fast-paced as Bloodborne - there is still the need for planned out blocking and dodging, while waiting for your chance to counterattack. Also available is the regular host of weapons and armor to choose from, allowing for a very high level of replayability. The level design also remains true to the series, with several interconnected paths and secrets spread throughout. The covenant system is back along with the multiplayer mode, where players can interact in the same fashion as before, with invasions and co-op. One of the new additions to the game is the Weapon Arts system. This mechanic allows the player to have a specific stance for each of the weapons encountered in the game, being able to unleash a special movement with them by spending FP points (which are also used for casting magic, like in Demon’s Souls). This new system only adds to the depth of the game, paving the way for even more diverse character creation.


Dark Souls III Windows Some enemies are just not so easy to backstab, as I learned here.
Dark Souls III Xbox One One of the lords of cinder from the opening cut scene.
Dark Souls III Windows YEAH... just don't help yourself right now, if you know what I mean......
Dark Souls III Windows I love dogs, so this really made me sad. But life is about survival of the fittest...

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Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗靈魂III" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "黑暗之魂III" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "ダークソウル III" -- Japanese spelling
  • "다크 소울 III" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Critic Reviews

Anime News Network PlayStation 4 Apr 17, 2016 A 100 Xbox One Apr 04, 2016 19 out of 20 95
Softpedia Windows Apr 04, 2016 9.5 out of 10 95
Games Finder PlayStation 4 Jul 31, 2016 9 out of 10 90
TrueAchievements Xbox One Apr 11, 2016 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 4 Apr 05, 2016 90 out of 100 90
Videogameszone PlayStation 4 Apr 04, 2016 89 out of 100 89
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Apr 21, 2016 8.6 out of 10 86
The Jimquisition PlayStation 4 Apr 04, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Diehard GameFan PlayStation 4 Apr 07, 2016 Unscored Unscored


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