How it differs, and how it stays the same
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the next project by the excellent FromSoftware, a studio you'll know quite intimately from your time spent dying repeatedly in Dark Souls or Bloodborne. You might have noticed we said 'project' rather than 'action RPG' – that was on purpose, because Sekiro isn't exactly an...
Wants to create fresh experiences
Ever wondered why Bandai Namco has started to milk the Dark Souls series? It looks like its relationship with developer FromSoftware may be over, as the studio moves to pastures new. Speaking with VG247 at Gamescom 2018 this week, communications director Yasuhiro Kitao said that the studio plans to make “a variety...
Update: Price and availability confirmed
If you’ve never played any of the Dark Souls games before, then Bandai Namco is preparing a three disc PlayStation 4 trilogy that will get you up to speed. The compilation, due out on 19th October, will include Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and Dark Souls III: The Fire...
He's a big fan
Super Seducer developer and star Richard La Ruina's a big fan of FromSoftware's games, apparently. Speaking to Game Industry in a rather revealing interview, La Ruina says that he and his wife Kate, who's producing Super Seducer 2, "really like FromSoftware games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls". "We'd love to make something like...
But you can download it now
Dark Souls Remastered for PS4 is releasing on 25th May, but you'll get the chance to play it even sooner than that. Bandai Namco has announced the details for the game's pre-launch network test, which will be available to download for all. The beta, which is primarily a stress test for the multiplayer servers, takes...
But it's nothing amazing
The first footage of Dark Souls Remastered running on the PlayStation 4 Pro has hit the web, and it’s looking perfectly adequate. Running in 4K at 60 frames-per-second on Sony’s supercharged system, the title’s looking tight, with improved lighting and textures pushing it above its PlayStation 3 counterpart. To be...
Test your mettle
Dark Souls Remastered is heading to PS4 on 25th May, as we know, but FromSoftware announced yesterday that it will be holding a network test ahead of launch. There are currently no details about the test, but we'd imagine it'll take place next month, probably over the course of a weekend. We also don't know whether the network...
That's one big bundle
Hot off the heels of the Dark Souls Remastered announcement, Bandai Namco has revealed that it's bringing a Dark Souls Trilogy bundle to PlayStation 4 exclusively. It's only confirmed for Japan right now, so we'll be keeping an eye out for a Western release. It launches on the 24th May in the Land of the Rising Sun. The bundle...
The Dark Souls of remasters
Yep, Dark Souls Remastered is indeed real, and it's coming to PlayStation 4 this summer. Still considered to be the best title in the Souls series by many, the original adventure will have its resolution bumped up to 1080p. On PS4 Pro, it'll support 4K at 60 frames per second. The press release doesn't mention whether the...
According to Kotaku, at least
A new report has surfaced on Kotaku this morning that claims Dark Souls Remastered will be announced later today for PS4. Citing "multiple sources, both in development and retail", the report says the announcement is due to be made a few hours after the hotly anticipated Nintendo Direct. Apparently, the remaster will...
Prepare to dine
We all know that video game difficulty has become synonymous with Dark Souls, so it was no surprise to see tough-as-nails Xbox and PC platformer Cuphead labelled the “Dark Souls” of sidescrollers. But what if From Software’s famous action RPG franchise really was rendered in the style of a 1930s, rubber hose cartoon? This...
Burn out brightly
If this really is the end of the Dark Souls franchise, then let's hope that The Ringed City goes out with the bang. The final DLC expansion for Dark Souls III is set to release next week, and you can watch its moody launch trailer above. Will you be whipping out your armour one last time?
In before 'Bloodborne'
Dark Souls III's getting fresh content in the form of The Ringed City imminently, and From Software has released the patch notes for an update coming to the PlayStation 4 later this week. And among improvements to the PvP portion of the game and a bunch of bug fixes is the promise of "increased framerate for gameplay on the...
Escape from the city
Dark Souls III's second and final expansion is out late next month on the 28th March. It features a harrowing journey through The Ringed City, which, judging by this newly released gameplay video, looks like an especially intriguing setting. Here's hoping that the DLC has more to offer than the disappointingly shallow Ashes of...
Praise the sun
We weren't overly enamoured with Dark Souls III's first expansion pack, but hopefully The Ringed City can rectify things. The second major add-on is set to release on 28th March for the PlayStation 4, and is packed with familiar imagery of faraway castles and colossal beasts. Will you be psyching yourself up for this date with...
To die for
Is this winning streak that From Software's on ever going to end? Just when we thought that we were done with Dark Souls III, it's only gone and raked us back in with this Ashes of Ariandel trailer. As is to be expected from the Japanese developer, this looks like a proper expansion, complete with a new frigid environment and fearsome...
Prepare to buy?
Dark Souls III's first DLC is called Ashes of Ariandel, the official PlayStation Twitter account has somehow managed to leak. The logo was grabbed by Shacknews before being removed, with additional details appearing in the latest issue of Famitsu, as translated by Japanese blog Hachima. So far we know t
May the good blood guide you?
From Software, the Japanese studio behind the Dark Souls games, currently has three new titles in production. That's according to Hidetaka Miyazaki, who was speaking ahead of E3 2016 with 4Gamer.net. According to a translation of the interview, one of these titles is a dark fantasy action role-playing game similar to...
Praise the sun
How did you get on with Dark Souls III this weekend, readers? We prayed to the Orphan of Kos for help besting the Abyss Watchers, and he responded in kind. We're kinda worried we're going to be whisked away by a giant slug to a Cthulhu-esque nightmare realm in return, however. It was probably worth it – we got a Silver Trophy for...
Blood and souls
If you didn't read my Soapbox about the subtleties of the Souls series then… Well, shame on you! The good news is that I've made a video so you can watch me chat about everything that makes FromSoftware's franchise special – and it's embedded above. Now, back to that battle against the Abyss Watchers I traipse… 457th time...
The secret in the souls
Who would have guessed that FromSoftware would go on to make a dent on the global game development scene when it dropped Demon's Souls? A seemingly inconspicuous title upon release, it spawned a game formula that has evolved and enthralled more and more with its sophisticated sequels. The games test your resolve with a blend...
Blood, ash, and eternity
Right, it's time to settle this once and for all. Maybe. Dark Souls III has been out for about a week now on PlayStation 4 - at least here in the West - so we're going to assume that many of you have put a decent amount of time into this supposed final entry. With that in mind, we want you to tell us what your favourite...
You're not dead yet
Already feeling the Dark Souls III boss blues? Well, we're here to turn that frown upside down, as we've teamed up with Numskull to giveaway a couple of officially licensed goods that should brighten your day. Praise the sun, and all that. What have we got, then? First up is a rather rad Knight tee in your chosen size, which...
Surprise! Dark Souls III is out now. We won't belabour the point too much, because you probably want to get stuck in, but here's the game's launch trailer just in case you wanted to watch it. To be fair, it's a decent clip that should get your hype flowing. We rather liked the game, awarding it a 9/10 in our review. Boom!
Ashes to ashes
Dark Souls II was a tremendous video game – so good in fact that we happily played through it twice thanks to a timely HD remaster – but for some Souls fans, something wasn't quite right. It lacked the focus of the sublime original it was argued, and when it came to finding a scapegoat, such critics didn't have to look far...
In this industry, there are times when you have to sit back and correctly manage your expectations. As a general rule, we find that keeping our expectations low is usually the best course of action - just look at Sony's E3 2015 press conference. We were convinced that we'd be bombarded with third-party trailers and PlayStation...
PS4 version has "clear advantages"
Always sparking off a hot topic, our pals over at Digital Foundry have put the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Dark Souls III side by side, and according to the respected publication, the game performs a fair bit better on Sony's console. Apparently, the PS4 edition manages to maintain a solid 30 frames per...
The beginning of the end
Before you start, yes, we know that everyone's peeved with regards to Bandai Namco's frankly mental Dark Souls III release schedule, but we're trying our best to keep things positive here, lest we go mad waiting for what some have called the best Souls game in the series. With that in mind, we'd like to direct your...
Importing the accursed
You want to play Dark Souls III, we want to play Dark Souls III – everyone wants to play friggin' Dark Souls III. Unfortunately, publisher Bandai Namco has forgotten that we live in an age of the Internet, and has decided to release the game in Japan – weeks ahead of its Western launch. What a bloody ball ache that is, eh?...
Curse your contemptuous release dates
Hnnngh. Dark Souls III is out imminently in Japan, but we have to wait until we can play From Software's latest and greatest. And this launch trailer won't ease your pain, as it spotlights everything that's great about the series: the archaic language (seriously, where else do you hear the word 'accursed' these...
Or are you chicken?
It's often said that fans of the Dark Souls series are masochists, but going 18 rounds with Ornstein is one thing – and eating 20 of Meat Liquor's hot wings is another. Sony and Bandai Namco have teamed up with the Brit gourmet food establishment to giveaway exclusive Dark Souls III 'I Survived' shirts to all those who can...
Are we getting no respite today? Hot on the heels of the fantastic Uncharted 4: A Thief's End story trailer, Bandai Namco has deployed this desperately moody Dark Souls III clip, which is backed by a macabre cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors'. This is a proper miserable little trailer, we've got to be honest. But doesn't it look...
Who wants to pay for unannounced DLC?
In addition to being utterly fantastic games, there's a rebellious streak to the Souls series that makes it so appealing. We described Bloodborne as the "anti-AAA" in our Game of the Year article on the PlayStation 4 exclusive, and that applies to the franchise as a whole really; it's utterly uninterested in...
Barking up the wrong tree
Done with Ludwig, The Holy Blade in Bloodborne? Well, you won't have to wait long to get your next From Software fix, as Bandai Namco has confirmed that Dark Souls III will die again and again and again starting 12th April in Europe and North America. The publisher revealed the date alongside a new trailer, which is just...
Lord of Tinder
You're going to need to grind for some spare cash if you fancy buying Dark Souls III's leaked Prestige Edition, as a United Arab Emirates retailer has listed it for 1,799 UAE dirham – or roughly $490. The set includes a copy of the game in a metal case, three iron patches, a cloth map, a hardcover art book, a copy of the soundtrack,...
Dead and merry
Want to get an early taste of Dark Souls III on the PlayStation 4? There's good news for you masochistic individuals, then, as Bandai Namco is requesting registrations for an upcoming server stress test. Hapless victims have until 15:00PM BST on 4th October to show some interest, though signing up will not guarantee access by any...
Western date supposedly incoming
From Software's got its hands bloody and confirmed that Dark Souls III will be releasing in its native Japan on the 24th March next year. The gloomy role-playing game was originally slated for a vague 'early 2016' launch, so the official date comes as no real surprise. But what about the title's Western release?...
Dead to rights
And all it took was a quick glimpse of off-screen gameplay to sell Push Square Towers on the forthcoming Dark Souls III. We've been up-and-down on this sequel since its announcement at E3 2015; the prospect of a third entry in From Software's oft-frustrating franchise is exciting, of course, but we weren't sure whether we were ready...
Dark Souls fans will already know what to expect from Dark Souls 3, and as such, the action role-playing game's new trailer is probably exactly as you'd imagine it to be. Featuring plenty of gothic imagery and big bloody monsters, it's 100 per cent From Software. It's the gameplay that's the real draw of this clip, though, even if it...
Prepare to die
Dark Souls III is perhaps launching a little too soon after the excellent Bloodborne. While we're certainly looking forward to the sequel, we can't help but feel that From Software's teetering dangerously close to franchise fatigue at this point – there have been a lot of these types of titles in a pretty short span of time...
Insert pun about dying here
The Dark Souls series isn't for the faint of heart - you all know that by now - but that hasn't stopped the series from racking up over 8.5 million sales. From Software's deadly franchise first appeared on the PlayStation 3, with the first game being a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls - which is still quite...
Dark Souls III has been outed, and it's heading to PlayStation 4 next year. We've already been gifted with the game's first trailer earlier today, but if you're eager to see the title's unsurprisingly eerie world in more detail, then look no further than these high resolution screenshots. Showcasing foggy urban districts, dark passageways,...
Please, punish us
As expected, Dark Souls III has been officially announced. The breaking news comes courtesy of - ahem - the Xbox E3 presser, though don't worry, it's not an Xbox exclusive and we'll still be able to get our puny little arses whipped just as badly as our Xbox brethren. There's no solid release date right now, but the teaser did...
Don't you just love the panic that E3 brings? Adding yet another cock-up to the already gigantic list of cock-ups that have already occurred this year, Bandai Namco posted an automated YouTube tweet, which essentially confirms that Dark Souls III exists. Snapped up just in time by Twitter user Sayem Ahmed, the rogue tweet was promptly...
Three's the deadly number
When it rains, it pours – but for the poor public relations people at Bandai Namco, the unannounced Dark Souls III is weathering some monsoon-like leaks. After being outed last week, Rooster Teeth unveiled a bunch of artwork and screenshots over the weekend. And now
Bodies will be burned
To report on the rumour or not to report on the rumour – that is the question. Screenshots of Dark Souls III, a game which we first heard about earlier in the week, have apparently leaked – but they've stemmed from the same source as that god-awful Silent Hill
Knight to know you
Your skin may still be pale following Bloodborne's punishing campaign, but sources have told VG247 that Dark Souls III will be announced at E3 2015 next month. The sequel – which may debut during Sony's press conference – will apparently be directed by creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, which is a surprise consid
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is already darn well hard enough on the PlayStation 4, but a weapon degradation bug makes it even more impenetrable. For those out of the loop, here's why From Software's quality assurance team is currently hanging its head in shame: gear degrades based on frames, and because the studio's...
Back from the dead
Not too long ago, we asked you if there were any more games that you'd like to see remastered on the PlayStation 4, and quite a few of you said that with the right technical upgrades, you'd love to see a bunch of titles make the next-gen jump. You lot will be happy to know, then, that Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is...
While Street Fighter IV may hold the championship belt for confusing re-releases, the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 update Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin seems like a strong contender. If your head is spinning pondering whether you should upgrade, however, don't worry, as we have you covered in a handy guide...
Break out the Estus Flasks
Although the masochistic action RPG may not appeal to all, Dark Souls II was a commendable success met with critical acclaim earlier this year, and we were among those who adored its rewarding yet tough gameplay and immersive world. There were some graphical and performance issues on the PlayStation 3 version, though, and...
It does look gorgeous, though
If trudging all the way through Dark Souls II wasn't enough pain for you, and you feel the burning desire to indulge in yet more masochistic torture, never fear, as new details have emerged regarding From Software's plans for the title's DLC. Most notably, the developer released a slew of screenshots for the first part...
For immediate release
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The curse of the dark
"Your flesh will decay. Your mind will fade. But you won't ever die." These wise words of wisdom are offered in the latest Dark Souls II trailer. While the first two afflictions may haunt you after a five hour session with the unforgiving sequel, though, we can't guarantee the latter. Still, if you weren't eager to lay your...
As a cursed individual banished to Drangleic, it’s your goal to collect the requisite souls required to prevent yourself from becoming a hollow while learning about the mysteries that surround you. This may be a sequel to Dark Souls, but it exists very much in a realm of its own, and doesn’t rely too heavily on the series’...
It’s times like these when that stash of spare DualShock 3s may come in handy. Bandai Namco is preparing to release sinister sequel Dark Souls II into the wild this week, and that means that a handful of media outlets have already worked their way through the controller snappingly challenging campaign. Our poor Nathan Michalik is...
Rise from the dead
Some fan tributes are truly inspired, but we're not sure what invoked this blast from the past. The fiendishly difficult Dark Souls II has received an 80s action makeover with a cheesy trailer to boot. Our undead hero follows in the footsteps of former action icons like Rambo, as he battles against the hordes of evil. With...
The Souls series is not for the faint-hearted. Constant deaths, insane difficulty spikes, and an ever present sense of doom are just a handful of reasons behind the brand’s success among a growing niche of brave gamers. Somehow, developer From Software has managed to make its once masochistic franchise a bit of a blockbuster, and with...
Prepare to die
For the uninitiated, Dark Souls is a role playing adventure series so devilish in design and fiendish in difficulty that it can only be properly appreciated by masochists. The next game in the rage-inducing franchise, set to release in March, features a larger overworld and a slightly rejigged combat syste
We've never understood the fascination with speed-runs
Apparently the draw is all about pushing a game beyond its defined boundaries. That's all well and good for a game like Super Mario 64, but when you're talking about Dark Souls — notably one of the most challenging games ever released — you're clearly clinically insane. Embedded after the jump is the first video in a seven part series..
For the first time in many years, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 has not debuted at the top of the UK sales charts
Far from it in fact, the game only managed to scrape into fifth position during its debut week, a disappointing entry considering Konami's significantly stepped up its game this year. FIFA 12 couldn't hold onto the top-spot this week, displaced by Forza 4 which debuted in first..
We told you FIFA 12 would hold onto the top of the UK sales charts for a good number of weeks
Not even an onslaught of new releases — RAGE and Dark Souls no less — could push the soccer sim from its perch, with both titles finishing second and third respectively. Elsewhere, there was room for Resistance 3 to re-emerge in the top-ten, while usual favourites Zumba Fitness and LEGO Pirates Of The..
PlayStation software took slots in four of the top five selling Japanese games this week, with PSP title Legend Of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki taking the top-spot
It was followed by Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends on PS3 and last week's front-runner Dark Souls. Sadly hardware was down across the board, with PS3 filling the second spot at 30k and PSP just behind at 25k. The full chart's after the jump..
Sony's announced that it will be holding the first round of the FIFA Interactive World Cup at a PlayStation Access event in Manchester this week
Players will get the opportunity to compete from Thursday through Saturday in addition to getting their hands on a bunch of other unreleased PS3 games. Games outside of FIFA 12 include Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Battlefield 3, Assassin's Creed:..
Dark Souls topped the Japanese sales charts this week, shifting a monstrous 279,567 copies
We're starting to wonder if Sony regrets not pushing Demon's Souls harder worldwide now, with success pretty much guaranteed in the West too. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a similarly strong opening, scooping up the second, 14th and 20th spots. EA's Shadows Of The Damned wasn't so..
From Software has announced it's preparing a patch to fix online issues in the Japanese version of Dark Souls
A number of Japanese players have been reporting freezing issues since the game's release yesterday. From Software said it has isolated the issue and will release a patch in the coming days. Until then, From has suspended the online component of the game. [Thanks Andriasang]
This is great
According to Japanese blog Esuteru, those picking up illegitimate pre-release copies of Dark Souls are set to get punished by overpowered, maximum level Black Phantoms which developer From Software is dropping into the game-world. The irony is whether players will even notice the retribution. After all, those picking up the sequel to Demon's Souls are probably expecting to die lots.
If you're near Birmingham and fancy playing some PlayStation 3 titles before they launch, Sony's sent us a reminder to let you know that tickets are still available for the event over the weekend
The free show includes hands-on time with upcoming titles such as Resistance 3, The Team ICO Collection, LittleBigPlanet 2: Move Pack and Medieval Moves: Deadmunds Quest. For masochists, there's also Dark..
We'd be excited for Dark Souls if we knew we had the patience to play it
Seriously, From Software's GamesCom trailer is super-exciting, showcasing enormous monsters and a visceral brutality that's unmatched by any other game (outside of maybe God Of War). But then we think back to our time with Demon's Souls and we totally get put off. Indeed, this is one October release that we think we'll..
Hats off to Namco Bandai for doing this whole "we'll-reward-you-for-preordering-our-game" malarkey right
Instead of offloading GameStop with a bunch of download codes for a new piece of ankle armour, Namco Bandai's upgrading all preorders for the upcoming Dark Souls to the collector's edition. Indeed, instead of charging $100 for additional crap no-one wants, they're giving it away for free —..
Namco Bandai's released a new trailer for Dark Souls -- the spiritual successor to PlayStation 3 cult-hit Demon's Souls
The teaser trailer shows very much more of the same, including gigantic bosses, infuriating deaths and that horrible medieval art aesthetic that people genuinely seem to like. [Puts on flame retardant jacket - Ed]. Namco Bandai's holding a big press event in Dubai (!!!) over..
Ok, are we wrong for thinking things are getting a little shady here? Maybe the Sony Defence Force inside of us is taking over, but From Software's Dark Souls just looks
.. shady. When people said "it's the spiritual successor Demon's Souls", we were like, "alright, cool, it won't be exactly the same". But it is. In fact the only reason it isn't is because Sony owns the..
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