- Demon Souls
- Dark Souls
- Dark Souls II
- Dark Souls III
I mean Austin mentioned in the Podcast and I couldn’t find a Thread, so let the DS2 bashing begin. But seriously. The obvious answer is DS1 and if I have to pick its probably that but I actually spent way more time and have a real soft spot for DS2. The vast majority of the criticism for that game seems to be mainly that it ditched the interconnected world. Which seemed to be a timing thing, having to scrap the game they had been making half way through development, to start over. But it did give the feeling that you were travelling great distances to different kingdoms at different times, that wouldn’t have worked if you were just walking through an interconnected level. Something DS3 does and seems to get away with through some lore gymnastics. Dark Souls III misses out on my list based on the fact that everything that’s great about it is built off of all the other games.
And then there’s Demon Souls, which would probably be my favourite if it wasn’t for the performance issues that it has on the PS3. I find it really hard to play with the lower frame rates, but some of the ambience Tower of Latria and Valley of Defilement is never matched again in the series. I would love a remaster of this, though that is not going to happen.
And finally Bloodborne, which I have spent probably the most time with. It almost doesn’t belong in a best Dark Souls discussion because what makes it so great is what it does differently to Dark Souls. But seeing as it was no doubt going to come up may as well though it in aswell. It take on Lovecraft is fantastic, I had never really read or looked into much Lovecraft before but the way it interwove those ideas into the story. The turn it takes half way through the game is fantastic. Combat is fantastic, Level Design and Enviroment Design is possibly the best in an Dark Souls game. The question though is is it a Dark Souls game or something else ?