Dark Souls 3 recently enjoyed a stress test that gave numerous players the opportunity to experience From Software's return to the franchise. A lot of videos have surfaced since of YouTubers enjoying their time with the latest installment, and I have to say that the game looks like a lot of fun. After all, this title has already managed to make me ashamed of my actions!
Looking at the history of this series and the game's that have borrowed from its design, we have Demon's Souls in 2009, Dark Souls in 2011, Dark Souls 2 in 2014, Bloodborne in 2015, and now Dark Souls 3 in 2016. We're seeing yearly installments now if you really count Bloodborne as a Souls game, but is this diluting the power of the series?
Dark Souls 3 - Do We Need A Break From This Style Of Gameplay?
I think everyone is instantly impressed by the gameplay of From Software's series upon picking up any of the games. There's something totally unique about their execution, atmosphere, and design. No other series can really match what they achieve. But for those of us who've been playing these games since Demon's Souls, are yearly release dates affecting our connection with the games? Or are we simply too devoted to notice right now?
Thanks to Bloodborne earlier this year - which is actually my nomination for Game of the Year - the Souls series saw new life breathed into it following what some considered to be a weak installment, Dark Souls 2 (which I do actually really like). There's nothing quite like experiencing your first Souls game from start to finish, and some are wondering whether that sensation is slowly disappearing with all of these new additions from Hidetaka Miyazaki and his team. How do you feel?
Personally, even though I hate franchises and recycled projects, there's something about this series that keeps me coming back with feverous delight. I don't get hyped for many projects, but Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne before it were, and are, exceptions. From Software are masterful when it comes to creating an engaging landscape. The challenges that their AI present and the engaging combat never fail to compel me to keep playing.
I've replayed all of these games - something I don't do with any other franchise. I'm dangerously addicted, and even though I acknowledge that From Software are perhaps milking this formula a little too much right now, I'm too captivated to care. Bring on Dark Souls 3, bring on Bloodborne's DLC, and bring on Bloodborne 2, and Dark Souls 4...am I alone?