The True Demon's Souls starts here!
: GAME BEAT
Set 1: Trial By Fire
(Tutorial and 1-1)
Set 2: "You Filthy, Rotten Bastards"
Set 3: Transmogrified Sprites
Set 4: A Genuine Dungeon Crawl
Set 5: Hot Streak
Set 6: Rock the Dragon
Set 7: Boned
Set 8: C-C-COMBO BREAKER
(5 fucking 2)
Set 9: Demons Don't Fear the Reaper
Set 10: Precious Demon Soul
Set 11: Heart and Soul
Set 12: Gloom and Misery Everywhere
Set 13: Just Plain Mean
Set 14: Easy, Easy, Easy
Set 15: Minister, Invader, Penetrator
Set 16: Long Live the King
This is my Let's Play of Demon's Souls, a game that is as hard as it is great. And some say Demon's Souls is the hardest game to come out in 2009. I will be playing through the game to show off its many unique features, including the online components.
The Game In Brief
Demon's Souls is set in the land of Boletaria. An ancient evil is threatening to destroy the world and you must stop it from happening yadda yadda yadda. You don't play Demon's Souls for its story. This is an Action RPG at the genre's finest. You go through dungeons, beat bosses, and once you clear all the levels you face the final boss and beat the game.
The trick is, this game is rather difficult. It wants you to die, and you will most likely end up dead one way or another. The problem with dying is that not only does it send you back to the last checkpoint (i.e. at the beginning of a level), you become a ghost with less hit points than normal. You also lose all of your experience/currency (souls) and can only get them back by running to your death spot.
You can read up on the PA's thread of the game here
The game is kind of unforgiving, to say the least. But that's not all.
If you play online, you will still mostly be playing by yourself, but you can see white phantoms fading in and out of your game. These are other players playing at the same time you are, fighting in their own game. Blood stains will be spattered on the ground; interacting with them shows a red ghost running to its death. Those are spots where other players have died, giving hints as to what dangers lurk ahead.
The Layout and Your Involvement
Sometimes you will see blue signs on the ground. These are Soul Signs left by other players. Interacting with them will summon the other player into your game as a blue phantom. If you beat a level with this phantom he will be resurrected in his own world.
Players don't need to just play cooperatively with you. If they use a certain item, they can invade your world and try to kill you; this also resurrects them.
I will be using the online dynamics in the Let's Play. I will both summon and be summoned by other players, and I will fend off Black Phantoms invading my world (or die trying).
The Worlds and Their Difficulty
This will be a video Let's Play, and I will be using a mix of voiceovers from both while playing the game and after a playthrough. I will being doing a good amount of editing through boring parts or parts I have already played. This won't be a blind run which is probably a good thing for this game.
Each set is one "level" (see below) of the game; this is usually about an hour of material, though length can vary wildly.
The videos will be uploaded in 720p resolution (it takes some time for them to process though). Watch them in HD!
Demon's Souls features a New Game+, and if I can get through the first playthrough quickly enough, I will also play the NG+ in this LP; the second playthrough changes things around enough to merit going through the grisly environments again. No guarantees on the New Game + through.
Last but not least, I want to involve you all in the playthrough, so I will be doing something slightly weird.
After finishing the first level, the Demon's Souls opens up. There are 5 worlds (as seen in the picture above), and each world has three levels (exception being world 1 with four levels). You have to beat the levels in consecutive order, but you can choose which world to play through, even between levels.
Instead of choosing which levels to play myself, I am going to do a crazy shenanigan and let you decide what I play! Vote on what order in which I play the levels. You can vote on just the next level or on the what order I play the rest of the game (I would honestly prefer you do the latter).
If things get too hard, I may very well go into a level that wasn't voted on, but I will always beat the bosses in order.
The voting is over; the game is beat. I'm proud to say I didn't go into a level out-of-sequence
There are five worlds in Demon's Souls, each with their own unique theme and level of difficulty.
World 1: Boletarian Palace
A huge stone castle in the heart of the northern kingdom of Boletaria. Hungry soldiers whose souls have been stolen by demons attack trespassers, and terrible dragons nest there.
Boletaria is a world populated mostly by human soldiers of varying equipment and capabilities.
Most enemies use only Physical attacks, with some Flame attacks thrown in to keep you alert (fire sword dreglings, firebomb soldiers, Official's flame attacks, some exploding barrels, and, oh yes, DRAGONS). You will encounter no magic damage in the world, except from bosses.
This world is a giant castle, and you have to be 1-1 in order to open up the other worlds. Also, access to 1-3 is blocked until you beat the final boss of another world. Level 1-4 is probably the hardest area in the game and intended to be the last place you visit. Difficulty:
1-1 is necessary, 1-2 is easy, 1-3 is moderate, 1-4 is OMGWTF, HE TOOK MY LEVELS.
World 2: Stonefang Tunnels
City of the burrowers, keepers of the huge tunnel. Most of the stubborn excavators who supported the soldiers of Boletaria had their souls taken. Lacking their own will, they mindlessly continue working.
Stonefang is an easy world for planning equipment strategy since almost all the enemies have similar attacks and weaknesses.
This world is probably the easiest of the five, but does have a particularly nasty boss in the second level. It's all about fire and tunnels and lava. Difficulty:
2-1 is easy, 2-2 has a hard boss, 2-3 has the easiest final boss of any world.
World 3: Tower of Latria
Latria, land of the Queen's ivory tower. An old man took revenge on the Queen by locking her family in a prison with inhuman guards. All that escapes the place are the prisoners' cries.
Besides Physical attacks, you will encounter several enemies which will use potent ranged Magic attacks, and also some which will Poison you. There are no sources of Flame attacks here.
One of the creepiest places in the game, and also one of the harder ones. Very difficult for beginners. Difficulty:
3-1 is the trickiest first level of a world. 3-2 is no picnic and has the hardest boss(es) in the game. 3-3 has the coolest use of the online component in the game.
World 4: Shrine of Storms
The island shrine of the Shadowmen, who worship storms & mourn the dead. Here, the Storm Beasts fly above and the souls of the dead inhabit empty skeletons to move about freely.
This is a challenging location with a lot of risk, but also a lot of reward. There are some very nice treasures and drops here, and the souls earned is quite high relative to enemies in other worlds.
This is probably the toughest area to start out in, but also the best place to farm souls. The enemies here are a pain the in the ass sometimes. BLACK PHANTOMS LOVE THIS WORLD. Difficulty:
4-1 is possibly hardest area for beginners (easy boss though). 4-2 is worse than 4-1 (easy boss though). 4-3 cuts out the hard level and just has the easy boss (really cool fight though).
World 5: Valley of Defilement
This damp valley is the resting place of those who have been thrown away. Overtaken by poison and plague, the dwellers attack anyone who wanders into the valley hoping to offer soul to the woman who showed compassion.
The environment is as much a challenge as the enemies. All of 5-1 is traversing platforms to descend along both sides of a deep rift, where falling is of course, deadly. Most of 5-2 is a poison swamp, where you get poisoned just to say 'thanks for stopping in', and also you cannot roll and can only sprint at low speed although enemies move freely. Part of 5-3 is a plague swamp, because they wanted to give you something to hate more than the poison.
Oh boy, people really hate this world. It looks vile, hits you with plague and poison, and the second level is a giant, poisonous swamp. I think it is better than world 4, but it definitely a mean area. Difficulty:
5-1 has a crap-ton of pitfalls but easy enemies. 5-2 has a poisonous swamp and is one of the most hated areas in the game. 5-3 is just a boss fight but what a fight!