The much-anticipated new game in the Dark Souls franchise lands today and it is getting rave reviews across the globe.
For those of you in need of a quick plot recap on Dark Souls I and II: the action is set in the Kingdom of Lothric, where an undead warrior known as the Ashen One (that’s you) is tasked to prevent an oncoming apocalypse brought about by the endless conflict between the forces of Light and Dark. The only means to avert this event is with the destruction of the Lords of Cinder, previous heroes who have linked the First Flame across the ages.
All clear? Great.
The game came out in Japan late last month, where the PlayStation 4 version sold over 200,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. It is released worldwide today and looks set to emulate that success on a global scale.
Here’s a round up of some of the reviews the new game has been getting:
Chloi Rad of IGN awarded the game a 9.5 out of 10, stating, “If Dark Souls 3 truly is the last in the series as we know it, then it’s a worthy send-off.”
Rich Stanton of Eurogamer rated the game as “essential,” adding that “Dark Souls 3 is a fabulous game” and was “a fitting conclusion” to the series.
Steven Strom of Ars Technica wrote that he thought the title still had the “smooth and impressive rendering of the series’ signature style” and some of “the best boss fights in any Souls game.”
Erik Kain on Forbes.com says, “The game is simply wonderful… Dark Souls III does everything really, really well. It is the best-looking Souls game hands-down. It’s built with care and attention to detail, and all its systems work flawlessly... The music is absolutely gorgeous throughout. I listen to it while I drive. Gives me shivers.”
And Cris Leary wrote in Metro: “It’s good. Very good. I will try to avoid spoilers and if you can go into the game ‘blind’ you will enjoy it even more. I almost squealed in delight with the first boss.”
Now you too can get on with the serious business of staving your enemies' heads in with a double handed longsword. So what are you waiting for?