Parents' Guide to

Demon's Souls (2020)

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Fantasy tale is bloody and punishing but rewards resolve.

Game PlayStation 5 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Great remake

Demon’s souls is an amazing game and it teaches you that no matter how hard something might be you can do it with practice 10/10 great soulsborne game

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 6+

Pretty difficult, but very rewarding and entertaining experience

This is one of the best games I've ever played. Also, it's not inappropriate as commonsense will lead you to believe. The violence looks pretty fake and the blood is minimal. I think this game is perfect for kids 6+ and definitely shouldn't be rate M 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It may be based on a game that originally launched in 2009, but this remake feels current in every way that matters. For starters, Demon's Souls is one of the prettiest games you can play on PlayStation 5 at launch. It delivers stunningly detailed medieval-style environments built with bricks and wood and stone that make you want to reach into the screen to feel their textures. And it has an enhanced score and soundtrack that makes excellent use of PlayStation 5's 3D Audio technology, giving players invaluable, potentially life-saving audio cues as to the locations of off-screen enemies. It also does cool stuff with Sony's PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, using haptic feedback to give players a more authentic feel for what it's like for solid metal blades to bang off of other weapons, armor, and obstacles. There's nothing about the way this remake looks, sounds, or feels that would suggest it's based on a much older game.

The real magic, though, is in the combat mechanics, which really haven't changed much at all, despite some tweaks to enemy intelligence and strategy. Success in battle still depends on careful observation of enemies, a gradually acquired mastery of timing for each weapon and shield, and, above all, a willingness to endure defeat. The penalties of losing in battle can be severe, costing you time and souls. But with each defeat, you'll also learn a little more about your enemies, the world, and what to try next time. And it's this fear of death and defeat that makes the action so immersive and compelling. It takes courage to push forward into the unknown or, worse, towards an awesomely powerful boss who has already defeated you, knowing what you might sacrifice if your hero should perish. It's not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but older players who feel up to a true challenge and don't mind a bit of nerve-wracking tension will find what they seek in this exemplary remake of Demon's Souls.

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