Dark Souls III

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The epic, critically acclaimed series from Hidetaka Miyazaki and FROMSOFTWARE, Dark Souls, returns for the third installment and it boasts to be bigger, better and even more immersive than the earlier offerings.  

The Game

Screenshot_2_1453968696The First Flame, the catalyst for the Age of Fire in Lothric, is dying out.  The time of rising from the bonfire at your death to live a life that is unnatural, is fast coming to a close.  With the now inevitable end to the Age of Fire fast approached the Age of Dark.  

The only way to avoid the looming apocalypse is to link the fire, prolong the First Flame with the souls of heroes and great lords.  When the bell chimes to signify the coming end of the First Flame,  the Lords of Cinder will abandon their thrones, a warrior arises called the Ashen One and takes the helm doing all he can to stop the Dark from taking hold.

The Ashen One faces trials and tribulations as he has to search out the Lords who abandoned their thrones.  He must then defeat them in combat and return their ashes to the Firelink Shrine.  From there they will journey to the ruin of the Kiln of the First Flame where they must face the Soul of Cinder.

Defeat of the Soul of Cinder will lead to one of four possible endings, all choices throughout the game are considered, so the road traveled must be one that is considered.

Gameplay & World

008_1456754016A third person action role playing game, Dark Souls III is a game filled with a vast array of weaponry including Greatswords, fire bombs, bow and arrows to name but a few, as well as allowing the player to protect themselves with shields.  There is also the option to wield magic throughout the game, adding another aspect to this fantasy realm that you quickly become immersed into.  Enemies throughout Dark Souls III come in many shapes and forms, each with their own abilities that you will need to overcome to move on.

Editions

Apocalypse Edition

  • Game
  • Metal Case
  • Official Soundtrack

Collector’s Edition

  • Game
  • Red Knight Figurine
  • A4 DARK SOULS Trilogy hardcover artbook
  • Metal Case
  • Official Soundtrack (CD)
  • 3 x Iron on Patches
  • Cloth Game Map
  • Exclusive Box

Prestige Edition

  • Game
  • A numbered 40c, preium Lord of Conder hand-painted polystone resin figureine
  • A4 DARK SOULS Trilogy hardback artbook
  • Metal Case
  • Official Soundtrack (CD)
  • 3 x Iron on Patches
  • Cloth Game Map

Our Verdict

001_1456753972The game is set among breathtaking scenery and the plot itself is inviting, exactly what the fans of RPGs look for.  We have to say though that this is possibly one of the hardest games that has ever found its way into our Xbox.  It is harder that the days of finding save points, or having no save points, it beggers belief at just how difficult it can be.  Having said that, the game is one that will grab your attention and refuse to relinquish its grip without a fight.

4 out of 5

 

 

About Author

Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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