Every game in the Souls series is a gem in any gamer’s collection. Replayability is the most promising aspect of the game. The choice to play alone, with or against others, and the intertwining of PvP and PvE is a refreshing, malleable format for games. Most gamers, if not all of us, love multiple choices and options to pick from while we play through the next world we submerge ourselves into. In Dark Souls 3, these choices and options are readily available and so are your friends, as well as your enemies.
A few months ago, I completed my NG+7 cycle and the platinum trophy on the PlayStation 4 for DS3 was mine! Other big and small titles grabbed my attention since then and DS3 was a memorable experience on my shelf. I thought I completed everything possible in the game; I even created a second character with intentions on a completely different build and play-style than my first. I never saw the second journey through though. Until a week ago!
The Journey Begins (Again)
My new friend, Jeremy, got online one day last week and I saw him playing Dark Souls 3. Flashbacks of grueling, but rewarding journeys through diverse, unique areas, and facing intelligent, difficult enemies raced in my head. I immediately put in DS3 and proceeded to play with him. I learned of his “noob” status in the Souls series as he asked question after question. We spent the first few minutes going over the menus, stats and weapon/armor relationships, different builds and play-styles, and other important mechanics. From Software does not provide players with in-depth tutorials about these components of the game, they just throw you into the fire! Jeremy soon felt the heat. Although it took some time explaining and teaching Jeremy about the mechanics and menus, it was a fun, rewarding experience for both of us; our journey had just begun.
For the first week, we laughed, yelled (it’s normal), and prevailed against invading dark spirits (other players). Bosses towered over us, and hordes of enemies rushed us, but we pushed through. We saved each other’s lives in split-second decisions, while in the heat of action. Our journey is far from finished, but we are having fun and learning simultaneously.
The Game: Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 is full of options and choices for players of every category. If you like to play alone or only with friends/company, DS3 allows you to play however you like. Each time you complete the main story line (a NG+ cycle), the enemies and bosses grow stronger. Items also adopt stronger effects and new locations. The changes to the actual game are not wide in variety, because it is the player’s choices and actions that change the experience. The beautiful environments, the challenging enemies, and promises of incredible loot bring players back every time. Considering the latter, the immeasurable possibilities one can experience either with friends or alone are the most satisfying.
Play or Nay?
Dark Souls 3 offers a memorable experience, and almost unlimited options to players. The replay-ability is extremely high and sucks any type of gamer into its grasp. I found the replay-ability to be higher while playing with friends, but this is personal opinion. Anybody with any preference can pick this game up and play it multiple times through. If you haven’t already played this title, go out and give it a try. You may never put it down.