From Software was a company I was in no way familiar with prior to 2011's Dark Souls. Having randomly picked up a copy of the game - which I had never heard of by the way - and suddenly being thrown into a world of incredible depth and insane tension was an unforgettable experience. Dark Souls is one of the most satisfying games I've ever played, and though I think Demon's Souls and Dark Souls 2 did some things better, it's still my favourite in the series.
Perhaps the Souls series is kind of like hearing the original version of a song you love - any cover you hear afterwards seems to be lacking in some way. But when it came to Bloodborne's release date earlier this year, I couldn't comprehend how From took the layout of the Souls series and managed to improve upon its mechanics in a dark, gothic setting. Bloodborne is a masterpiece, and seeing as I still find myself playing it for the third time in between The Witcher 3, perhaps that's why I'm more excited for its expansion DLC than I am for Dark Souls 3.
The Bloodborne Expansion DLC vs Dark Souls 3
In many ways, From Software improve upon the series as it progresses. I didn't think Dark Souls 2 had as powerful an atmosphere as the first Dark Souls, or Demon's Souls for that matter, and I directly attribute this fact to the change of director. Hidetaka Miyazaki, is an astounding director and his story of becoming the head of From is an inspiration for any aspiring game designers. The worlds and formulas that he has crafted has risen From Software to an internationally successful company - one that throws out a successful AAA title almost every year.
While I do consider Dark Souls to be a better game, [Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin](tag:2768294) is actually one of the best games that you can get on the XBOX One or PS4. The additional areas and new enemy placements are invigorating and it does feel like playing a new Souls game all over again. But Bloodborne has me so captivated at the moment, that regardless of my intense excitement for Dark Souls 3, I can't help but want more from that promised DLC expansion.
Which From Software Release Date Are You More Excited For?
I see a lot of complaints about the Souls series becoming too much of a franchise, with games coming out almost every two years now. But if a series is actually getting better with each instalment and shows no signs of becoming boring - why complain? I can't wait to see a demonstration of Dark Souls 3 at E3 and hopefully the Bloodborne DLC expansion along with it! But where do your loyalties lie?
What was the first Souls game that you played? Or was Bloodborne your first entry in to the minds of From Software? Do you think the series is becoming too much of annual-thing, with Dark Souls 3 slated for an early 2016 release date? Let us know what you think in the comments below! We know what we might get from this DLC - but what do you want from it?