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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 for it so soon after the spectacular Bloodborne.

But this off-screen gameplay footage from Gamescom 2015 just looks great. Hallmarks of the series like the Estus Flask return, but you can definitely tell that the sequel's been influenced by the pace of the aforementioned spin-off, as dodge rolls appear to be a viable strategy again. It still looks hard, mind – one portion of the demo sees a dragon sweep in and set fire to, well, everything in its way.

The thing that's really sold us, though: the boss fight. The spindly looking enemy is a classic product of Hidetaka Miyazaki's twisted mind, but its name – Dancer of the Frigid Valley – is just absolutely fantastic. The game's due out in early 2016 on the PlayStation 4, and we can't wait.

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