Dark Souls 3 – Release Date and First-Hand Review

Published: 8 March 2016Updated: 2 May 2023

The third iteration to the horribly difficult but extremely fun Dark Souls franchise, Dark Souls 3, will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 24 of this year in Japan. Those in Europe will have to wait for the game’s release on the 12th of April of the same year before they can get a copy of the title.

Dark Souls 3 - Release Date and First-Hand Review

What to Expect From Dark Souls 3

If there is one thing Dark Souls is known for, it is for giving players extreme difficulty right off the bat, and this aspect continues on within Dark Souls 3. For those who are new to the title, no this is not the kind of difficult that you would get from taking on Yiazmat and its 50-million hit point in Final Fantasy XII, nor is the kind of difficult when you take on the various monsters from the Monster Hunter universe. In Dark Souls, the difficulty is so unforgiving that those with weak tempers may just want to stay away from the game right off the bat, and this continues on with the third title in the franchise.

Think about this – when you make your way towards the second boss for the game, the first time that you reach him would probably be your tenth death already. Furthermore, should you die on said boss, you would have to make your way back to him and battle it out once more with the baddies that have blocked your way before.

But behind this brutally difficult RPG lies a meticulously crafted game. The 3rd Dark Souls title has been deliberately designed to keep players, especially completionists, busy at every turn. The gameplay may be quite old-school as far as modern games go, but the game teaches you how to learn and improve on your skills and not just rely on your character’s level or equipment. There is joy in looking at enemy attack patterns and there is much fun in searching every nook and cranny inside a map to reap the ultimate rewards.

As with the first and second installments of the game, Dark Souls 3 lets players experience death, more death, and some more death after that. Each of those deaths has the possibility to undo hours of meticulous work. But for some who would still stride on to completing every aspect of the game, your patience and utmost perseverance will be duly rewarded.

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