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The Dark Souls Letters Part 2: Gaping Darkroot

Gaping Dragon

The original Dark Souls was my least favorite game in the venerable Souls series by a pretty wide margin. The reasons are numerous, but in a nutshell I just wanted to be done with it by the time I got to Gwyn. I was so aggravated that I skipped the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, which is regarded by many as the high point of the entire series. Being as obsessively completionist as I am about these games, I have to go back and take care of it before Dark Souls 3’s final expansion is released. I turned to GameCritics’ resident Dark Souls apologist Mike Suskie for guidance and counsel. The latest portion of our correspondence is below, with more updates to come as I progress through the game. Enjoy!

Part 1


The Dwarves Review

Coming Up Short

HIGH Boindil’s impromptu minecart massacre.

LOW The battle system is frequently a confusing mess.

WTF Auto-pathing that makes characters occasionally leap to their deaths.


Paladins Preview

 

Free-to-play games have boomed to unprecedented levels of quality over the past couple of years. It’s hardly even a gamble that starting one will be time well spent at this point — it’s just a matter of deciding which game is the most worthy of sinking a boatload of hours into. Whether you’re a MOBA fan, an MMO connoisseur, or an FPS master, there’s something out there for everyone, all at the low, low price of … well, free.


This Is Not A Review: Aurion, Legacy Of The Kori-Odan

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, developed by Kiro’o Games and published by Plug In Digital. Tested on Steam.


Question To Readers: Do You Want To See PR Releases?

Hey all, Brad here… Quick question.

If you’re reading this then I’m guessing you’re at least a semi-frequent visitor to GameCritics. While the site is now 100% ad-free and will remain that way, as editor, I get a ton of PR emails and announcements for upcoming games.

In general we don’t post these, but I figured it might be a good time to revisit the issue and get some reader feedback. As someone who comes to the site, are you interested in seeing simple, press-release style announcements about future titles?


Let It Die Second Opinion

Free-To-Slay HIGH The gameplay loop is incredibly addicting. LOW Getting one-shotted by Haters twice my level. WTF The prices of some items in the PSN store…    There’s a lot to be said for simplicity of design and a focus on core ideas. I played an absurd number of games […]

The Dark Souls Letters, Part 1

Gaping Dragon

The original Dark Souls was my least favorite game in the venerable Souls series by a pretty wide margin. The reasons are numerous, but in a nutshell I just wanted to be done with it by the time I got to Gwyn. I was so aggravated that I skipped the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, which is regarded by many as the high point of the entire series. Being as obsessively completionist as I am about these games, I have to go back and take care of it before Dark Souls 3’s final expansion is released. I turned to GameCritics’ resident Dark Souls apologist Mike Suskie for guidance and counsel. The beginning of our correspondence is below, with more updates to come as I progress through the game. Enjoy!


Verdun Review

Home By Christmas

HIGH Disappearing into the trees and picking off a dozen soldiers before anyone knew where I was.

LOW Getting spawn-camped three lives in a row.

WTF The devs just didn’t bother putting in a ‘wearing gas mask’ version of the AI models.