Dark Souls III Review

Just how violent is Dark Souls III?

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

439 days ago

Violent. Bloody, but not insanely gory.

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Violence is the key mechanic of this game. Everything is dead, although everything still moves. If you don't kill it again, something or somebody else will. It's not very gory, though.

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Would you read more of Dark Souls III's lore outside the game?

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

438 days ago

Words cannot describe how you much should look into Dark Souls' lore. Play the game for yourself first before you do so, of course. It will feel so much better.

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Play the game, read the ingame lore bits, read other people's interpretations, play the game again, read more, think more, watch more. The endless Dark Souls cycle.

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Is Dark Souls III cheerful or depressing?

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

438 days ago

Depressing. Lore-wise and style-wise.

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

It's grim, dark and sad. I don't find it depressing, the premise of the game is sad emptiness, I'd find an overabundance of comic relief depressing.

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Does magic in Dark Souls III feel powerful?

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

438 days ago

I have not played a Sorcerer/Faith build, so I cannot say.

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Magic in DS3 is not DS1's cheat mode and it isn't DS2's steamroller coaster either. Magic is powerful, but one must master it first. On the other hand, magic always feels very powerful, when it's inflicted upon you.

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How many times have you died so far in Dark Souls III?

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

438 days ago

Many times, but I haven't kept track. The difficulty isn't as insane as everyone says. Once you get a grip on the mechanics, it can be a fun, but still challenging, experience.

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

You mean, like, in the last hour?

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Is Dark Souls III grindy?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

There are four levels of grind in Dark Souls 3:

1. The playthrough: You run through the game and only stop to level up, if you keep dying to the same enemies. Once you realize, that you need to build up player skills, you'll stop farming levels. You just play the game.

2. There is a weapon leveling system, that can or cannot be a cause of grind. If you just upgrade everything you find, then you'll grind forever. If you just upgrade the stuff you really use, then you should be fine with what the game gives you.

3. If you encounter an enemy that gives you a piece of a specific armor set, then you might want to kill a few of them to get all four pieces. That's usually rather quick. There are items in the game, that increase your loot chance.

4. There are a number of quest items, you usually need 30 of each for the respective "quests", that give you unique rewards. Those are usually obtained by playing online (either co-op or pvp, depends on the quest). Those items can also be farmed offline, but that's an adventure for those, who love to grind the same enemies over and over again.

npc_5.0 (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

438 days ago

Not at all. On my first playthrough, I didn't have to grind a single time to get through the game.

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How fair are loot drops in Dark Souls III?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Weapon/Armor/Basic consumables: Drop all the time. You only need one of each weapon/armor most of the time.

Materials for the weapon upgrade system: Low level stuff is not a problem, endgame stuff is rather rare or cannot be looted, just found as an item in the world.

Covenant items: See you next year. Don't give up, Skeleton!

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Does Dark Souls III allow for a good range of character builds?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Yes. There are a dozen weapon types, from small to huge, from sharp to blunt, shields, bows, large bows, cross bows and three types of magic. Although you can pick a starting class, those classes are only relevant for flavor, min/maxing or to help you get on track with your build.

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Would you buy at full price or wait for a Dark Souls III sale?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

If you have that kind of money, don't hesitate. The game is on sale rather often, though.

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How good are the graphics in Dark Souls III?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

The game is very pretty.

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How good are the sounds in Dark Souls III?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

1. It sounds good.
2. Sound source localization works very well on stereo and surround sound.
3. The voice overs are nice.

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How does Dark Souls III run on your PC?

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

Laptop:
i7-4810MQ
GTX 970m (Optimus)
32 GiB Crucial Ballisitx RAM
No performance difference between SSD and HDD.

The game approaches 60 fps when set to High (second highest preset). Stable 60 can be achieved by turning of AA (it doesn't do much anyway) and reducing SSAO and shadows.

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Why do gamers keep coming back to Dark Souls III

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BaltasarOnMeth (after 3 days 23 hours play time)

303 days ago

No two playthroughs are identical, there are mutually exclusive NPC story lines, some of them have multiple outcomes. The wide range of character builds is interesting. I really haven't mastered the game yet. I can play classic Resident Evil in my sleep, but I have to quit Dark Souls when I'm slightly tired.