Lives up to the series, if not to the hype
Dark Souks 3 is a great game, as thoughtful and replayable as the earlier games in the series. These games are literally some of the most creative, challenging and enjoyable ever made, with a little tongue-in-cheek humor to boot, and quite literally the best take on multiplayer ive ever seen. As a conservative adult in my early 40s, with two younger children, I wanted to write a review mainly to counter the claims to violence. Not that violence isnt a major player -- truly, it is a major player, just not a 5 on a scale of 5, especially when we have M rated games like Mortal Kombat X that would warrant the same rating. Demon's Souls and Dark Souls 1 both registered an M rating, while Dark Souls 2 came away with a T rating. There was very little i could figure ever warranted M ratings for the first 2 except similar content that could be found in TV-14 televisions shows like CSI. The dark and foreboding, almost hopeless atmosphere I feel contributed to the severity of the game than anything, much more effective than its violence. The blood that spills can be turned off, but what does spill is far from graphic gore. However, Im also turned off by the mind thst says, "if you think yoyr kids can handle it, let them play it." Kids are impressiobavle by nature, and it takes a certain level of maturity to handle certain things thst may not even be apparent at first. One special weapon art does depict the ancient samurai practice of sepukku, which can be seen as a bit heavier a topic than "killing the bad guys," i.e. self mutilation, which i agree might come close to warranting an M, but just barely. I also understand that game ratings are comprised of more than just graphic content and consider psychological impacts based on mature subject matter, graphic or implied (mental abuse or anguish, innuendo, etc.), but from the beginning i felt the souls games did not warrant M ratings, and 3 is no different. The violence in these games do not bt themselves warrant an M, and there isnt enough of any other category to make up the difference. This is actually a positive thing in my book, showing that you dont need graphic sexuality, language or violence to effect a timeless classic.