There is a new killer in town and it is named Dark Souls 3. One of the most interesting challenges that I have gone through recently is to perform 10 push-ups for every time you die in game. Yeah, right! That would likely lead to your death in a couple of days in real life. But, this has been the crux of the Dark Souls Saga. Intricate, albeit vague lore, awesome graphics, and difficult but rewarding gameplay with a steep learning curve. These are just some of the things which also define Dark Souls 3.
Enter Lothric, a converging place for the lands of the Lords of Cinder. The pilgrims fail to die and the world itself is in a dying cycle. But, since it is a Dark Souls game even the most careful observers may fail to understand what exactly is going on in the story. There are elements from the previous games as well — as the third installment tries to bring all the arcs together and tie them in a master stroke. Dark Souls 3 is cryptic nonetheless and requires some effort to understand, and as much as I would like to tell you about the story, it is part of the adventure and has to be experienced first-hand.
You will of course start from selecting your class and making your character. For the first time I would personally suggest starting with a stronger class base, as it would definitely help. But, if you are familiar with the gameplay and have patience to boot, you can choose from any of the 10 character classes. It may take you more time, but the gameplay will feel fresh. I started with a Pyromancer, but after being defeated a couple of times by the very first boss, JudexGundyr, reverted to my old favorite warrior class. Needless, to say it wasn’t much of an improvement. On the other hand, the good thing is that Dark Souls 3 rewards intelligent gameplay. If you are ready to spend some time to understand the underlying boss attack patterns, you will get through.
The weapons are awesome, and the dual wielding system is very interesting addition to say the least. It takes some time to master, as people more geared towards parrying will find it difficult to adapt to the great sword and a dagger combo. If you find that a combination is not working for you, then you can always switch to an old favorite. Almost everyone has at some point just rushed to the bonfire without engaging enemy AI. While I am not proud of it, it is a bit of a necessity in a game like Dark Souls 3. Get short of this game from Forward and use coupons to save.
So, is Dark Souls 3 worth it? It is definitely one of the best games in the Horror Hack n Slash RPG genre. If you think Bloodborne was good, then you will definitely love this even more. From Software have brought together many of the best elements from across their Souls Saga. Just don’t expect it to be an easy pie and you will do just fine.