Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition

released on Apr 21, 2017

The Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition delivers the complete Dark Souls III experience and includes the full game & all Season Pass content - Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City DLC expansions. Winner of 2017 DICE Awards for "RPG/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year" and the 2016 Golden Joystick Award's "Ultimate Game of the Year", Dark Souls III continues to push the boundaries with the latest chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series from director Hidetaka Miyazaki. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness with colossal enemies, expansive environments, and challenging and intense gameplay combat. As fires fade and the world falls into ruin, prepare yourself once more to Embrace The Darkness!

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Got really tired of fighting bosses by the end of this one.

Narrative: 4
Gameplay: 4.5
Graphics: 4.5
X-Factor: 3.5
Overall: 4

A strong follow on from the original Dark Souls (as of writing I haven't played 2). It increases the speed of gameplay and challenge to be a little closer to Bloodborne. This leads to some very exciting encounters, but at times felt far more punishing.
The levels are very well designed, although the world loses some of the connectivity of the original, and even Bloodborne. It follows on from the world and themes of the original in interesting ways, and has the most consistently excellent bosses in any From game I've played.
There's a lot to enjoy here, and I'm glad I played the original and then this. There's a nice continuity and finality to the world and characters it creates. I was a bit exhausted by the time I got to the Ringed City DLC, which cranks up the challenge to 11. It's a strong ending, but it is an ending. It left me satisfied but also ready to be done.

Review in progress:
An excellent game, but not perfect. The world design is a huge step down from Dark Souls 1. I really miss the interconnected levels and shortcuts. The experience is more consistent in quality compared to 1, but felt a bit less memorable to me (more so with the areas than the bosses). I prefer the slower and weightier combat of the original, but I seem to be in the minority here.

Slave Knight Gael is the best soulsborne boss of all time imo