5-1 Valley Of Defilement
Actually, I kind like this level? It’s got a lot of fun secrets and as long as you know how not to fall off the level it’s not super hard to stay on the levels. I would go so far as to say it’s the best version of this level in all the Souls games. I also like the light rain effect and just how grimy everything looks. It’s a solid b+ for me.
The boss for this level is the Leechmonger, he is weak to fire so I have nothing to really say about him. He died too fast.
I really thought I would hate this level more but the next level is by far the worst in the game
5-2 Leechmonger Archstone
I hate this level. It is the worst version of the swamp level that everyone of these games has. You’re stuck in this swamp that poisons you and prevents you from rolling this suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. One or the other would be fine but unlike Dark Souls there’s not really enough islands in this to not be the worst which means that it’s just a constant slog. And to make it worse there’s bigger dreg like dudes who hit so hard that if you can’t roll away they are all but guaranteed to kill you if you can’t wear them down first. It’s a shame as the level has a fair few things going for it. It may actually be the largest level in a souls game in terms of space which is impressive if not also a huge problem. And it actually has some really eerie sights to see as well. Plus it’s the first appearance of the Moonlight Sword a weapon that I understand actually started in the Kings Field games which are the precursors to the Souls series
The Dirty Colossus is also weak to fire so… shrug emoji
5-3 Dirty Colossus Archstone
So, I should preface this with some context warnings for Suicide and Abortion. So the rest of this level will be under a summary which you are welcome to skip:
Maiden Astraea and Garl Of Vinland
So first the bad, I’m not huge on the whole swamp of aborted babies thing in regards to how it presents abortion as baby murder. It’s some conservative propaganda bullshit. Still like all things in these games it’s more implied then stated and they are as likely just unwanted children tossed into the swamp. None the less I’m not a huge fan of this aspect. I am however a big fan of the rest of it. I love the way it uses the maiden and her guardian trope, I love how when you finally kill either one of the pair the other just kills themselves to deny you the satisfaction. And the way Astrea chastises you for your greed as she does nothing but try to provide what comfort she can to the diseased and dying. It’s a highlight of the game and series and the music that plays is maybe the best in the whole game. I really do adore this fight previously stated issues aside
In this stage you can find a weapon called the plague nail. I remember it being a real pain in the ass in PVP but it’s still better the the Scrapping Spear which could almost literally make the game unplayable by breaking all of your gear. It’s bad
1-4 Penetrator Archstone
So this was the only level in the game I had not finished before this playthrough. It starts with three black phantoms (one of which is equipped with a Scrapping Spear so that’s fun) All of them are pretty tough and all of them died to Flamestorm as I hid behind a pillar. After this you get to the reason I never finished this game 8 years ago, the blue dragon of much arrow shooting at. You just sort of stand there, and fire arrows at it. For like, 10 minutes or so, and then go a little further and then the dragon starts breathing fire down a flight of stairs while Biorr “helps” by uh, well he sort of just fires a crossbow at the dragon for no damage while slowly roasting to death under the fire. Not the brightest bulb that one. The way you finally kill the dragon is by running under him and then just firing more arrows and or spells if you have the MP recovering Old Spice to cover it. It’s boring and kind of hard if you just want to get through the level. It sucks and is maybe the worst forced dragon encounter in the series. Still if you’re confidant and in your ability to either beat the boss or run past the dragon you can skip it but, good luck with that. And another CW for Suicide
After you get done with the Dragon Of Much Arrowing you find Mr Sad Knight The First Of Many To Come and he tells you he found his father who is now a demon and couldn’t bring himself to kill him. So instead he kills himself and respawns not far from there as a black phantom ready to kill you. It’s a grim moment in a game full of them
The False King
I had fought this boss a grand total of two times before this, like all the others he died in a few casts of Firestorm. Still it’s not an easy boss even then and I only get by on luck. He hits hard and fast and can even drain levels from you. Some will use this as a way to respec in this game as it allows you to repurchase levels after they have been drained though you still need to pay full price
This is more or less the last level of the game. It doesn’t really stand out a whole lot outside of that though. It’s thankfully short though so it has that going for it
The wrap up.
So after this you more or less go straight into the end game do not pass go. You go back to the Nexus, at which point the big statue in the center of the nexus drops and the path to the final area is open. You take The Maiden In Black’s hand and fall down into this beach like area surrounded by ruins as she calms The Old One, a sort of Miyazaki-esque (the other one not the Souls one) tree worm with birds flying through its branches and the ruins of some sort of structure in it. From there you enter the Old One and meet the True King Allant in a boss fight that isn’t really one. He’s just sort of a shambling mound that tells you something about how mankind just want to end it’s existence. It’s more or less the SMT ending as seen in Digital Devil Saga and Persona 3 and 4. After that you have a choice, Let The Maiden In Black lull the old one back to sleep and restore peace back to the world but with no knowledge of the Soul arts AKA magic as I understand it. or kill her and merge with The Old One and let the colorless fog consume the world into nothing. I was going to do the bad ending but I didn’t want to kill The Maiden In Black as she seems cool so there you go, that’s Demon’s Souls.
I never really got around to this but I have to say I really do love the Nexus. It feels weirdly homey for what is basically a magical prison designed to trap people into either saving or ending the world. All the NPCs ooze personalty and they all make their own little corners of the Nexus their own. It’s a place that always stands out in my mind
After four other game in this series and about a thousand hours of playtime this game is weirdly easy? It really does suck some of the fun out of it but had I gone with another build it’s like 50/50 if it would have really been doable with the way it handles some stuff
And That’s Demon’s Souls! Now for a brief, maybe very brief we shall see, break and then on to Dark Souls! Feel free to leave any question or comments and don’t forget to like share and subscribe!
EDIT After the fact
I forgot to talk about the Old Monk! It’s an interesting fight in that it takes advantage of the online functionality of the game to summon in another player for the fight! This fa after the fact however it doesn’t really work. You either get no one summoned in and fight a rather boring NPC battle, or a nightmare fight with someone who is still doing the PVP for an 8 year old game. It’s not really even a boss at this point. It does set up the weird yellow towel headwear that shows up in all other souls games (but not Bloodborne) that I now sort of wonder if it’s playing on some gross middle-eastern stereotypes