Parents' Guide to

Demon's Souls

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brilliant, extremely difficult, violent RPG in bleak world.

Game PlayStation 3 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+


Demon’s Souls is an amazing game. It is very well designed and is truly beautiful. It is sort of violent, but it’s really not that bad. There’s blood, but not that much. Some of the women’s outfits are a bit revealing, but not really. I love it. It’s one of my very favorite games.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+

Just a little bit difficult.....

The game is very dark and has minimal blood but the only real reason not to let your kids play it is they may break your TV when they throw the controller at the screen. I have played 3 hours and have not beaten the first level.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (12):

It's not easy. This extraordinary sleeper hit features a short, wham-bam tutorial and a challenging, dungeon crawler experience from the first fight onward. The steep difficulty level itself (you die miserably a lot), makes it an adults-only game and the massive amounts of sword killing, spurting blood, and fleshy gore seals its mature rating. (However, the bloodletting can be turned off.) Dying a lot yields a harder level when you try again. You can't even pause in this masochistic hardcore gamer's delight. It's ingenious nonetheless. Besides a massive world to explore and many classes of characters to try, the fascinating online mode lets previous players leave messages of warning to help for you. You can also beg others to help you defeat an ugly boss in this, the most difficult game ever created for the PS3. Bravo.

Online interaction: By joining you, friends can help you beat a boss online. Players can leave helpful messages. But people can also steal your game, too. There is no ability to text or use audio in the online mode, so there should be no fear of four letter words or worse.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: October 5, 2009
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Violence, Blood
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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