Video Game Review: Dark Souls III

By FromSoftware, Inc. / Bandai Namco Entertainment 

Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game where you play as an Unkindled whose goal is to find and return the five Lords of Cinder to their thrones at Firelink Shrine to link the flame again. You must travel through several different areas that have plenty to explore with secrets to find. You have to defeat tough bosses to continue your journey and you must make your way through different types of enemies. You could do side quests if you want to learn more about the characters and story that continue through the game.   


Something I enjoy about this game is the challenge. There are plenty of boss fights and the difficulty is pretty fun. I am a lot more engaged and immersed in the game as I try to win a boss fight, which is much more enjoyable to me than mindlessly hitting the same buttons again and again.  


I also like the options you have for the playstyle that fits you. You could go for strength, magic, agility, or many other options with different combinations. There is also a good amount of replay value because of this. You could start a “New Game Plus” with a different weapon or different build entirely and it could make the game a different experience from your first run. The game also gets more difficult if you start “New Game Plus”.  


Something I’m not a big fan of is that the story isn't just given to you. There aren't many cutscenes and you aren't given much explicitly. You have to look deeply to figure the story out, for example in the descriptions of weapons. I do think that it’s cool but at the same time, I have to search the lore online to understand instead of just playing the game because I wouldn’t be able to figure out a lot of the story on my own. 


Reviewed by Matthew W. 

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