Dark Souls III

44 critics

Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
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Lee BradleyApr 09, 2016
The Dark Souls games remain a high-water mark for the action RPG. Uncompromising, occasionally infuriating, yet constantly rewarding for those with the correct level of patience and dedication, Dark Souls III is a fitting end to a fantastic trilogy.
Chloi RadApr 04, 2016
Weapon arts allow stylish and versatile new moves without tarnishing the purity of the combat system. Lothric’s awe-inspiring locations provide visually stunning arenas for rigorous exploration and fierce face-offs with hosts of deadly enemies and even deadlier bosses. While not all the risky changes land as neatly as others, Dark Souls 3 is a powerful journey and the sequel the series truly deserves.
Jim SterlingApr 04, 2016
Any player who’s been through this mill is prepared to die, but once more, that fantastic beacon of hope urging players to press forward and overcome each obstacle is shining as bright as ever. Because that’s what Dark Souls is all about – perishing, persevering, and prevailing. No game series comes close to doing what Dark Souls does, and Dark Souls III has done it again. It’s an undead favorite.
Mollie L PattersonApr 12, 2016
While it’s still impossible on a personal level for me to admit that any of Dark Souls’ siblings could better it, when taken as a whole, complete experience, Dark Souls III may be the best chapter of the Souls series that From Software has crafted. A fitting way to end, if that will indeed be the fate of the franchise.
Sean EngemannApr 04, 2016
Devout followers of the Souls series will immediately discover that Dark Souls III is in many respects more of the same, and the majority of them couldn't be happier with that judgment.
Easy AlliesApr 04, 2016
Philip KollarApr 04, 2016
At this point, most Souls players know what they're looking for in a new entry. Your personal expectations for the series will play a key part in your enjoyment of Dark Souls 3. If you play these games for the intense, controller-clenching combat and the excitement of invading other players' worlds, then there's a lot here to keep you busy and happy. But in so many important ways — its world design, its pacing, the technology powering it — Dark Souls 3 falls short of the mark.
Daniel TackApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls III successfully replicates the winning formula of the Souls series, a wondrous combination of majestic boss battles, incredible layered environments full of secrets, and precise combat that can make other action RPGs difficult to play once you’ve mastered the art. If you’ve never played the series, this is a great place to begin, offering a bit more direction in the early game before opening up.
Edwin Evans-ThirlwellApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls used to feel like a gigantic trap. Dark Souls 3, for better and for worse, feels like home. The third in the trilogy is bewitching while it lasts, but may not leave you wanting more.
T.J. DenzerApr 08, 2016
If Dark Souls III is the final visit to this series, then it is the apex the series deserves and certainly one of the most worthwhile adventures we’ve embarked on in a long time.
Gavin GreeneApr 14, 2016
We have the zenith of the Souls formula, and that is mostly a good thing. Dark Souls 3 is the most elegant distillation of the “demanding but not impossible” style first put forth in Demon’s Souls. And the return of the mana bar brings the greatest degree of play-style experimentation the series has had. Add to that From’s finally stable-at-launch multiplayer servers, and Dark Souls 3 is the most complete feeling Souls experience in the franchise.
Alex DonaldsonApr 12, 2016
Dark Souls 3 is a successful mechanical and thematic culmination of the series, skillfully blending together the best elements from each entry for an excellent series finale, even if it isn't the freshest feeling experience. There's of course minor areas of design that don't stand quite as tall as the rest of the game and this console port has lesser but still acceptable performance compared to the PC version, but Dark Souls 3 remains excellent and comes highly recommended even with its minor performance caveats on console.
Steven BurnsApr 04, 2016
Even if Dark Souls 3 doesn't inspire awe, then, the superb combat goes some way to making up for it. It never hits the heights of Bloodborne or the original Dark Souls, but then not a lot does.Dark Souls 3 relies too much on former glories to reach the heights of Bloodborne or the original Dark Souls, but that doesn't stop it being another superb adventure.
Austin WalkerApr 12, 2016
Thankfully, the console versions fare much better in terms of stability. On PS4, it runs at least as smooth as Bloodborne did and with much faster load times (with the trade-off of occasionally slow-loading textures.) On Xbox One, Dark Souls III runs at a noticeably choppier frame rate and a slightly lower resolution than the PS4 build, but it's still very a playable and stable and solid port of the game.
Mike MahardyApr 04, 2016
There are several possible endings to Dark Souls III, and although most are anticlimactic, they drive home the loneliness of the paths we took. The old lords have abandoned their posts, and in the hunt to usurp them, we descend into those dark valleys, and climb those imposing peaks. This is the essence of Dark Souls III: periods of doubt, followed by great reward. The journey may be rocky, but there's a throne waiting at the end.
Nick TanApr 06, 2016
Through climactic boss fights, bewitchingly forsaken landscapes, and heightened combat, Dark Souls III meets the lofty expectations of the Soulsborne series. Even with minor issues with linearity, framerate, and the originality of level design, Dark Souls III is an outstanding send-off for a seminal trilogy that has influenced and legitimized difficulty in games with unapologetic force. Its undying flames will be felt forevermore.
gamesTMApr 22, 2016
Refined combat, excellent creature and world design and frequent shout-outs to series highlights make this, in many ways, the best of the lot. If this is indeed how Dark Souls dies, at least we can take solace in the fact that From had the foresight to spend all its hard-earned souls on upgrades before the series bit the dust.
Philip Lauritz PoulsenApr 04, 2016
From Software has done a great job cherry-picking the best elements from its previous efforts, resulting in the best overall game experience. This is evident in the increased pace of combat (recognised from Bloodborne), but also the well known Fast Travel system that was added in Dark Souls II, allowing you to travel between bonfires without returning to the hub every time.
GameCentralApr 04, 2016
But no matter where you place it in your own personal hierarchy this is still an exceptionally well crafted and supremely entertaining video game. Where the series goes from here no one but Miyazaki knows, but if Dark Souls III does nothing else it confirms him as one of modern gaming’s most talented creators.
Dave IrwinApr 05, 2016
With so much hidden within the many halls, caverns, and even graveyards of Dark Souls III, it’s a wonder that From Software is able to cram so much into an intensely difficult experience. While I was unable to experience the online portion of the game at this time, the amount of covenants you are able to join indicates that a lot of the kinds of multiplayer shenanigans that usually happens when other players get involved.
Damien McFerranApr 12, 2016
The company's Souls series has a near-flawless track record and after the cult nature of Demon's Souls has thankfully found a large and receptive mainstream audience – not bad for a franchise which delights in being obtuse and hair-pulling tricky in equal measure. Dark Souls III is arguably the most accomplished entry yet, refining the core mechanics and cunningly utilizing next-generation hardware to excellent effect.
Gabriel JonesDec 27, 2016
All of the praise that Dark Souls III receives is well deserved, because it gets most of everything right. However, it never strays from the established formula. This is something most gamers are willing to ignore, just because the formula is excellent. Although it's great that the Dark Souls series can retire on a high note, it's a shame that its crown has gone unchallenged. Hopefully that will change in the future. Videogame companies in competition with one another helps to bring out the best in them.
Adam CookApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls 3 is yet another example of how worlds should be built: interlocking, beautiful, and interesting. The combat feels quick and fresh, and despite a few bosses that feel unfair, it's a glorious return to form for the series.
Brendan QuinnApr 26, 2016
Dark Souls III is a victim of its own success, in that because it got nearly everything right the first time around, there wasn’t much to improve on or alter. Changing things too much would piss off fans of the series, but adding too little would come off as lazy and cheap. Fortunately for players, the latest (and perhaps, but probably not) and last entry in the beloved series treads a fine line of accommodating both areas.
Neil BoltApr 06, 2016
Few titles this generation will match the purity of Dark Souls III as a game. This is as brutal, exhilarating, and compelling as the series has ever been, but it is also laden with the heavy burden of expectation that its heritage brings. Significant, yet minor improvements are made to the established formula, and nostalgia is warmly embraced a little too often, yet this still doesn’t prevent Dark Souls III from being a fine game.
Salva FernándezApr 04, 2016
Pocos títulos pueden aseverar ser tan redondos como este Dark Souls 3. No está exento de algunos problemas técnicos, y probablemente algunas modificaciones en ciertas mecánicas no gustarán a todo el mundo. Pero de la misma manera que habrá gente que considerará que el primer Dark Souls es insuperable, no serán pocos los que a partir de ahora mencionarán como Obra Maestra a Dark Souls 3.
Juan GarciaApr 04, 2016
Un gran título que es el colofón perfecto a una serie que ha cambiado la forma de entender los videojuegos en los últimos años. Dark Souls 3 evoluciona todas las propuestas de From Software en sus últimos lanzamientos y va más allá, con un juego tan completo y difícil como detallado.
Álvaro AlonsoApr 04, 2016
Pero sobre todo, es encomiable que aun después de cinco juegos, y tratándose de una aventura cuya base nos sabemos mejor que la palma de la mano, consiga sorprender de la forma que lo hace. Porque Dark Souls III sorprende, y mucho. Los elementos que han hecho grande a la saga se han pulido y perfeccionado hasta alcanzar un grado difícil de superar.
Carlos LeivaApr 04, 2016
El año pasado el estudio nos sorprendió a todos con Bloodborne, su primer juego para la nueva generación de consolas y en exclusiva para Sony y su PlayStation 4, una aventura con una ambientación muy diferente y un enfoque mucho más directo y agresivo que nos enamoró por completo. Poseía todas las virtudes de los mejores Souls, pero la fórmula tenía las suficientes diferencias como para que se sintiera como algo distinto y fresco.
Alejandro PascualApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls III es el último esfuerzo de una fórmula refinada hasta el máximo posible. Uno de los juegos más trabajados e importantes de lo que va de año, que marcará un antes y un después en la historia de un tipo de videojuego. Si eres amante de la saga, no hace falta decir más. FromSoftware ha vuelto a crear una obra para el recuerdo, que no olvidaremos ni siendo huecos.
Jonas GösslingApr 04, 2016
Mein größter Kritikpunkt an Dark Souls 3 ist, dass er sich nichts wirklich Neues traut. Ist das schlimm? Auf keinen Fall. Immerhin ist das Spielprinzip bewährt und wird hier dank der höheren Geschwindigkeit nahe der Perfektion getrieben. Trotzdem hätte ich mir grade von der Levelgestaltung mehr erhofft. Jedes Gebiet habe ich irgendwie schon einmal in einem der Vorgänger gesehen.
Jörg LuiblApr 05, 2016
Die Welt sieht nicht nur fantastisch aus, ihr Aufbau und die Verknüpfungen sowie Abkürzungen erinnern angenehm an das erste Dark Souls - auch wenn es etwas zu viel Komfort gibt, was Teleports, Reparaturen und Leuchtfeuerdistanzen betrifft. Aber hinzu kommen wichtige frische Impulse: Aus künstlerischer Sicht lässt hier und da der apokalyptische Horror eines Bloodborne grüßen, die erzählerischen Leitmotive Asche, Glut und Feuer sorgen aber für genug eigenständigen Charakter.
Jonathan BushleApr 04, 2016
Le level design est excellent, le gameplay soigné aux petits oignons, la direction artistique grandiose et les graphismes de qualité. Malgré quelques petits soucis techniques à déplorer, ce jeu est assurément l'un des meilleurs "Souls", et même, sans hésitation, déjà l'un des meilleurs jeux de 2016.
Benoît ReinierMar 31, 2016
Chaque volet a beau disposer d’un ou plusieurs aspects légèrement plus aboutis, aucun ne parvient à exceller dans tous les domaines avec autant de maîtrise. La remise à plat du système de combat, le travail réalisé sur les animations, la folie des décors, l’audace de la mise en scène, l’immense rejouabilité, le bilan technique enfin acceptable ou encore la bande originale sublime sont autant d’éléments qui font de Dark Souls III un chef d’oeuvre. Tout simplement.
Laurely BirbaApr 07, 2016
S’adjoindre les services de trois compagnons peut s’avérer utile pour terrasser un boss coriace, un mot de passe pouvant être créé afin de ne jouer qu’avec des amis. Quant au PvP, il reste de mise et c’est toujours aussi grisant d’aller pourrir la partie d’un autre joueur, d’autant que les règlements de compte se déroule sans le moindre accroc majeur. En somme, tout est parfaitement huilé.
André HenriquesApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls III excede todas as expectativas com grandiosos confrontos, um mundo soberbo e uma jogabilidade ímpar. O regresso de Miyazaki extingue os terrores de Drangleic, contemplando os fãs com lufadas de nostalgia, lembrando o porquê de se estar disposto a morrer vezes e vezes sem conta, naquele que poderá vir a ser para muitos o melhor título da série.
Massimo ReinaApr 10, 2016
Seguendo gli stilemi imposti dai suoi predecessori, il gioco pone le sue basi su un elevato livello di sfida, su una direzione artistica ispirata e su un senso di progressione ostica ma ben calibrata, corroborati da un sistema di combattimento più fluido e dinamico, elementi capaci da soli di spingere in secondo piano i difetti, alcuni dei quali ormai "storici", che tra l'altro non sono così pesanti da pregiudicarne più di tanto la fruibilità e la bellezza del titolo.
Gianluca LoggiaApr 04, 2016
Dark Souls III è al contempo un gioco mozzafiato per i fan e una grande occasione per i nuovi arrivati. I primi potranno godere di uno dei migliori episodi della saga, in grado di districarsi magistralmente tra meravigliosi omaggi ai suoi predecessori e un fantastico equilibrio di varietà, senso di progresso e grado di sfida. Direzione artistica e level design sono ai massimi livelli, e cancellano la potenziale delusione per un mancato world design alla Lordran.
Сергей ЦилюрикApr 12, 2016
Она делает акцент на верных вещах, она учится на опыте предшественниц, она предлагает то, что многим играм не по силам. Это долгое, напряженное и захватывающее путешествие по ярким и запоминающимся местам. Это замечательный, красивый и по-настоящему трехмерный мир, исследовать который крайне интересно. Это все растущие в сложности сражения, заставляющие действовать внимательнее, проворнее, хитрее.
Reinoud SchaatsbergenApr 11, 2016
Hoe je het ook wendt of keert, Dark Souls is en blijft de beste actie/RPG-reeks. Dark Souls 3 is de snelste qua combat, de mooiste qua graphics en de meest diverse door de nieuwe Weapon-Arts. Ook het level-ontwerp is fantastisch, maar voelt iets te vergevend door het grote aantal bonfires. Ondanks dat is Dark Souls 3 een genot van begin tot eind en is precies hoe deze reeks hoort te eindigen.
Jimmy KemkesApr 11, 2016
Dark Souls 3 voelt fris en vestigt zich met gemak als beste en meest uitgebreide game van de franchise, en plaatst zichzelf daarnaast ook nog in het rijtje als een van de sterkste games van het jaar. Weet waar je aan begint, want Dark Souls 3 is niet goed voor je gezondheid! Prepare to die!
Piotrek WardachMay 19, 2016
Jeśli rzeczywiście Dark Souls 3 jest ostatnim w serii, to jest niewątpliwie jej godnym zwieńczeniem. Na wiele sposobów jest listem miłosnym adresowanym do wszystkich, którzy ukochali te gry w przeszłości. Być może nawet stawia za bardzo na nostalgię, jednocześnie nie wprowadzając za wiele nowego. Pomimo niesamowitości całego świata, nie mogłem oprzeć się wrażeniu, że część jego krain wygląda podejrzanie znajomo.
Oliver ThulinApr 04, 2016
Sedan är jag inte lika förälskad i hur världen i Dark Souls III ser ut som jag var i Bloodborne-designen, som kändes mycket mer inspirerad. För mig är spelet på det stora hela inte lika obönhörligt fängslande som Bloodborne var. Det var ett spel som jag inte kunde sluta tänka på när jag inte spelade det och Dark Souls III lyckas helt enkelt inte leva upp till det. Det bjuder inte på många överraskningar, utan är som sagt mer av samma.
Kajsa LundquistApr 12, 2016
Med utmanande bossstrider, vackra miljöer och kreativa vapen kommer Dark Souls 3 inte göra dig besviken. Kameran är fortfarande irriterande, men förstör inte upplevelsen allt för mycket. Du kommer dö, många gånger, men när du väl vinner kommer även du bli fast.