That said, I wanted to draw some special attention to the impending shutdown of the Demon’s Souls servers, for any of my readers who’ve yet to play the game.
The short version is that, as of about 3 months from now (Feb 28th, 2018), all of the online servers for Demon’s Souls will be taken offline. The game will still function in single-player offline mode, but multiplayer (both cooperative and PvP) will be shut down, you won’t see the ghosts of other players wandering around or bloodstains where they died, and you won’t get to read the messages left by other players, generally saying things like “this is a safe spot to stand and shoot the boss with tons of arrows” or “there is hidden treasure directly below this point that looks like a bottomless drop to your death”.
Those latter types of messages are generally lies, btw.
Anyway. While the game will still WORK after next February, a lot of the charm is about to poof into the digital ether. If you have never played it, this would be an excellent time to buy it and push it right to the top of your backlog. Do not be put off by its notorious difficulty level, because it is hugely overstated. Just buy it (if you don’t already own it), start a new character, pick the “Royal” class (this gives you a spell that is almost a one-hit kill for all of the early enemies, and a ring that regenerates your mana), and give it a shot.
I originally gave the game a try just because it was super cheap on PSN and because I thought I’d get repeatedly killed and could get a funny blog post out of it, as I am not a super hard core pro video game guru and all of the online chatter around the Souls games implied that you needed to be a super hard core pro video game guru to succeed at them.
Then I wound up falling in love with it and playing through the entire game.
For the love of God, I play Hidden Object games. If I can beat Demon’s Souls, YOU CAN.