In the recent months, my patience has been wearing out. Other PS3 owners certainly must have felt it� �I bought a Sony console, where the hell are my new high-quality role-playing games?!� Yes, I�ve played through the wonderful Fallout 3, but that�s a year ago already. The last title I purchased in an attempt to become addicted to a console RPG was Cross Edge, and let me tell you my expectations weren�t met. This is probably a rant better left for its own blog post, but I�ll just say I�ve had my fill of slow, overly complicated battle systems, especially when it�s the only thing a game has to offer.
When would I get to be happy again with my PS3? Looking at top sales charts, all I could see was shovelware, family-friendly games; not an ounce of new, not an ounce of challenge. I prayed for a new release that would surprise me, that would make me sit on the edge of my chair for dozens of hours. When I fell into despair, a few moments after I abandoned my console and subscribed once again to WoW, Atlus pushed the cookie jar off the fridge and sent it crashing onto my head. From Software had baked a new, savoury cookie!
This is one of the things that please me most about this game: there�s no �one way� to go for all situations, everything is consistent and realistically balanced. It�s a brutal logic that will certainly anger someone who was looking for a game where he could kick ass like Chuck Norris with swords. This is certainly also going to hurt Demon�s Souls sales, but I for one welcome the change in my challenge-less gaming life. This game is, as VG Cats so vehemently expressed, for old-school gamers who killed the robot masters and saved the f@#%& princess.
Demon�s Souls make no compromise. You learn from your mistakes and other players�, via the warnings they engrave on the ground and their bloodstains that show the last seconds before their trespass. As you advance cautiously in the worlds of Boletaria, you know that other players are also sitting tight in their living rooms. You can even witness their ghosts fight unknown foes ahead of you, warning you briefly of the cost of carelessness. There is a sense of being surrounded by the other people playing this game, yet this is mostly a single player experience. It�s a groundbreaking first in the industry, I believe, and to me the game�s originality of concept and consistency of execution just screams �Atlus�. I must say I�m at a point where I�ll buy any game they release simply because I will be certain it�s AAA material.
Yes, I�m blinded by passionate love. I LOVE YOU ATLUS!
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