I'll be honest here, I am totally gay for Demon's Souls. This is one of those games that is a perfect blend of everything I like. Great atmosphere, compelling story, fun combat and absolute ball-crushing difficulty. You know you're in for a rough go when the game shows your character DEAD right on the freaking box!
So what is this game about? Basically it's a third-person action RPG with a sort of dark medieval fantasy setting. The story is that the king of Boletaria found out that he could become super powerful by using the magic of souls. He became so mad with power that he made a real prick move and woke up an ancient slumbering demon called The Old One. Not cool.
Now hordes of demons have been unleashed and the kingdom surrounded by a wicked fog. Anyone who ventures in never returns. That's where you come in. Because you're a sturdy adventurer with testicles the size of coconuts, you decide to go there and kick some demon ASS!
Things start off pretty easy, with the tutorial taking it slow and holding your hand. You feel good, confident. Then as you reach the end, suddenly it lets go and *SLAP!!!!* YOU LIKE THAT??! THIS IS HOW IT'S GONNA BE, BEEYOTCH!
And it never lets up. The game makes it clear that it wants you dead. And you will die, a lot. Any enemy in the game can paste you in a couple of hits. If you expect to button mash your way through, it will eat your nuts for breakfast. There's pitfalls, traps, spikes, black phantoms and so much more.
"Wah wah wah, that doesn't sound fair!" you cry. Well you're wrong, you baby. One thing that's great about the game is that it's tough but fair. There is a solution to everything. Unlike Ninja Gaiden or other games that require super quick reflexes, Demon's Souls is all about technique. Roll! Dodge! Block! Parry! Riposte! You must master all of these to survive. Slip up and you're dog meat.
The game does an excellent job of keeping you coming back for more. When you finally figure out how to beat a boss or enemy it's super rewarding. You might feel totally hopeless at first, but after a few tries when it suddenly clicks it's an amazing feeling. When you beat the game you will feel like a complete unholy bad ass.
Like NES games of old, Demon's Souls is out to get you. You will need to use everything at your disposal to win. Hints left by other players, talking to your friends, looking up stuff on the internet and resorting to a few dirty tactics are all fair game. If that sounds good to you, give it a look. Just ask yourself this question. Are you a bad enough dude to save Boletaria?