Late to the Party: Dark Souls 3

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Reviewed on: PC (Steam)

I’m a huge Dark Souls fan. It is easily one of my favorite games ever. I was immensely disappointed by Dark Souls 2. The subpar gameplay, worse than expected graphics, boring characters, and how they handled Scholar of the First Sin all left me unsatisfied and feeling used. So I had very mixed feelings about Dark Souls 3. A war of the hopefulness of what could be and bitterness of what happened last time pulled at my heart every time I thought about it. I wanted it to be good, but I wasn’t sure they could recreate the things I really loved about the first game in a way that made it seem familiar and new at the same time.

After it launched, I paid close attention to make sure there wasn’t a repeat of the events of Dark Souls 2. When Dark Souls 3 did the remarkable thing of being the same game they pitched, I broke down and got it. I bought new parts to upgrade my computer and paid full price for the game just a few weeks after launch. Continue reading “Late to the Party: Dark Souls 3”

Games on the Throne: Dark Lands

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 What is it?

Dark Land is a side-scrolling runner where you jump over or slide under traps and obstacles as well as attack and defend against various monsters. It is basically Dark Souls meets Happy Wheels. You earn (or purchase) gems and spend them to upgrade your health, attack, and agility (though I still don’t know what upgrading your agility does).

Pros:

  • It has both set levels that increase in difficulty and skill required as well as a survival mode where you run and fight for as long as you can.
  • The bosses are fun and challenging.
  • The game play is difficult but it requires skill more than luck.
  • It’s free, there are no ads, and it’s not pay to win.

 

Cons:

  • While I like the survival mode more than the normal levels, they get redundant too quickly.
  • It requires two hands to play, and you have to hold the device sideways.
  • Precision movements + well-hidden traps = unexpected clenching.

 

Conclusion:

I played Dark Lands a lot, but after a while, it was to prove to myself that I could beat the level rather than playing it for enjoyment. If the Dark Souls x Happy Wheels pitch doesn’t sell you, don’t feel bad skipping this one. If that comparison does interest you at all, definitely give it a download.

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