Dark Souls 3 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dark Souls 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network GameSkinny Weekend Download: Console Tariffs, Canceled WoW Successor, New PUBG, More https://www.gameskinny.com/w3hpt/gameskinny-weekend-download-console-tariffs-canceled-wow-successor-new-pubg-more https://www.gameskinny.com/w3hpt/gameskinny-weekend-download-console-tariffs-canceled-wow-successor-new-pubg-more Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo teamed up with Sony and Microsoft in a rebuttal against the Trump Administration's proposed console tariffs, and PUBG Corp confirmed a new game in the franchise is in development. 

We also published a few fantastic reviews on games such as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Samurai Shodown, Steel Division 2, The Sinking City, and Crash Team Racing. Of course, we've got a handful of guides on many of the latest releases. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 

News

  • Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft Issue Formal Protest to Trump's China Tariffs
    The proposed console tariffs would disrupt supply chains and pass higher costs onto consumers, executives say, which would ultimately ripple outwards and harm the economy on the whole. Read more

  • Canceled WoW Successor Project Titan Dev Troubles Revealed at Gameslab
    Project Titan may have seemed a myth at one time, but its reveal and cancellation in 2014 left many wondering what happened. Read more

  • Niantic Makes It Easier to Get Spell Energy in New Wizards Unite Update
    Obtaining more Spell Energy from Inns and Challenges in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite just got a bit easier thanks to a new, feedback-driven update. Read more

  • Niantic Partnering with AT&T, Simon for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
    The first Wizards Unite real-world event has begun, offering additional rewards and special quests to entice you out of the house. Read more.

  • Riot Blocks League of Legends in Iran, Syria In Response to U.S. Sanctions
    Recent tensions between the U.S. and Iran are considered the primary cause for the block, with money concerns potentially being at the root of the decision. Read more

  • The Next PUBG Game Is in The Works, Headed by a New PUBG Studio
    New studio Striking Distance isn't developing a PUBG sequel; instead, it's set to be a completely new take on the series. Read more

  • WorldGaming Network Announces Second Annual Rocket League Championship
    The Rocket League WGN North American Championship kicks off online June 29. Read more

  • Epic Games Giving Employees a Two-Week Summer Holiday
    The Fortnite developer is granting a fortnight-long holiday to its employees but promises in-game issues will be addressed should they arise during this time. Read more

  • Tyler "Ninja" Blevins Won't be at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup
    Blevins failed to earn the necessary points during qualifying matches, but still maintains his status as a top Fortnite streamer — with all the pros and cons that entails. Read more.  

  • Full-Sized C64 Maxi Remake Gets Price and Release Date
    Retro Inc and Koch Media's full-sized Commodore 64 reboot features multiple ways to play, a built-in library of games, and even a fully functional keyboard. Read more

  • CastleMania Announces Release Date for N64 HDMI Accessory
    The retro craze shows no signs of slowing down, with the latest device being a plug-in that hooks your N64 up to a modern TV set and doubles the console's visual output. Read more

  • Pokemon Masters Introduces Real-Time Battles and Sync Pairings
    The upcoming Pokemon mobile game puts a new twist on classic battle mechanics, though there's still no firm release date. Read more

  • FFXIV Getting a Live-Action Television Adaptation
    Hivemind, the company behind Netflix's The Witcher adaptation, is working on the project and hopes to honor the franchise's legacy through exploring FFXIV's myriad themes, locations, and people. Read more

  • New Switch Model Processor Could Be Behind Mini and Pro Rumors
    Nvidia's Mariko chip could provide a range of improvements in keeping with the Switch Pro rumors we've heard so far. Read more

  • Nintendo Opens Door for N64, GCN Games on Switch Online
    Nintendo's Shuntaro Furukawa says the company is considering avenues for providing access to its classic games library. Read more

Reviews

  • Samurai Shodown Review: Unapologetically Old School
    Samurai Shodown is a throwback to arcade fighters and the series' first entry in a decade. It is solid without a lot of frills. Read more.
     
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review — A Masterful Symphony
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far. Read more

  • Steel Division 2 Review: A Bigger and Better War
    Steel Division 2 proves to be a much better game than its predecessor in terms of graphics and mechanics, even if it still needs to solve a few balancing problems before it can be called "definitive." Read more

  • Logitech G502 Lightspeed Review: Reinvigorating a Classic
    Logitech's recent knack for reviving old products with modern perks reaches its pinnacle with the G502 Lightspeed Wireless. Read more. 

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Nostalgic Joy Ride Needing Just One Repair
    When Crash Bandicoot wasn't jumping on crates of wumpa fruit and spin-attacking turtles and wizards, he was racing aliens around the track in a stylish buggy. Crash Team Racing (CTR) has long been regarded as one of the best kart racers of its time, if not of all-time. Read more

  • The Sinking City Review — Solve Crimes And Go Mad In This New Gold Standard For Lovecraft Games
    With a distinct lack of hand-holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games. Read more

Culture

  • We're Giving Away 5 PS4 Codes for Team Sonic Racing
    SEGA was awesome enough to give us 5 PS4 keys for Team Sonic Racing. Now, we're giving them to you! Read more

  • The Top 20 Minecraft 1.14.3 Seeds for July 2019
    No more unwanted raids in Minecraft 1.14! Now you can freely build your settlements in any of this month's top 1.14.3 Minecraft seeds. Read more.
     
  • Guy Plays Dark Souls 3 Using Nothing But Raw Meat
    This might be one of the most weirdly inventive ways anyone has played Dark Souls 3. Read more

  • E3 2019, Oculus Quest, & Chart-Toppers — How VR is Becoming Mainstream 
    2019 is huge for the world of virtual reality, here's a summary of how this once gimmicky platform is becoming less niche. Read more

  • Mario Kart Tour Needs to Course Correct on Course Correction
    Invisible walls and course correction threaten to sink what is an otherwise amazing mobile port. Read more

  • Game Developer Makes Andy's House From Toy Story in Far Cry 5
    The lovingly re-created scene is just one of four dozen custom-made Far Cry 5 maps. Read more

  • Dying Light 2 Preview: Making Decisions Matter In The Zombie Apocalypse
    Techland walked us through how important your decisions will be to the outcome of the world in Dying Light 2. Read more.

Guides

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Swimming Guide
    Learning how to swim in Bloodstained isn’t as simple as just getting in the water. Find out how to do it in our swimming guide. Read more

  • An Early Game Battlemage Build for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Learn how to build your own Battlemage to conquer the demon hordes in this guide for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Read more

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard Locations Guide
    A guide to every shard in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and which monsters drop them. Read more

  • Samurai Shodown Full Character Move List
    Master every technique in Samurai Shodown with our guide to every special move for the entire roster. Read more

  • How to Change Your Code Name in Wizards Unite
    Picked a riddikulus Code Name in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Here's the lowdown on whether you can change it. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite Greenhouses: How to Grow and Gather Ingredients
    Have a look at our Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Greenhouse guide and learn all about these useful buildings. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite: What Does The Spectrespecs Lens Do?
    Although it seems like this new lens should connect to the Spectrespecs challenge item, it's a lot less helpful than that. Read more

  • How To Use Dark Detectors in Harry Potter Wizards Unite
    Functioning like Pokemon Go's Lures, you can use Dark Detectors to increase spawn rates at Inns while grabbing your daily energy. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite Master Notes For All Potions
    With all these Master Notes in hand, you can brew potions much faster to tackle more dangerous threats escaped from the wizarding world! Read more

  • The Importance of Portkeys in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
    Want to know what Portmanteau are and why they are important? Read our Portkey guide to find out. Read more

  • Dota Underlords: The Best Heroes to Recruit in Any Match
    Dota Underlords is finally open to all players, and you can try it out using this guide to the best heroes in the game. Read more

  • Dota Underlords: The Best Items to Shoot For Every Match
    Find out which items will fit your heroes the most with the help of this best items list for Dota Underlords. Read more

  • The Sinking City Fast Travel Phone Booth Locations
    Need to get around the city without walking hundreds of miles? We show you every single phone booth in Oakmont for fast traveling between quests! Read more

  • The Sinking City Best Skills Guide
    Want to stay alive longer and keep your inventory full of shotgun shells and first aid kits? We show you the absolute best and most critical skills to pick in The Sinking City! Read more

  • The Sinking City Side Case And Main Quest Locations
    Looking for a specific case location in The Sinking City? We've listed out every single place you can visit in the city of Oakmont! Read more

  • The Sinking City Guide To Solving Cases And Finding Supplies
    Can't seem to find enough ammo to stay alive or track down the right clues to complete cases? We show you exactly what you need to do to thrive in The Sinking City! Read more

  • Risk of Rain 2: How to Unlock the New Character Rex
    A guide on how to unlock the new character, Rex, in Risk of Rain 2. Read more.

  • How to Beat Prince Wiggletail in World of Warcraft
    Here is the exact location and a couple of methods on how to beat Prince Wiggletail in Rise of Azshara, a new update of Battle for Azeroth. Read more

  • How To Receive All The Free Play Passes In Judgment
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  • How to Find Nargacuga in the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Beta
    Nargacuga's hidden in this round of MHW Iceborne beta testing. Here's how to take the guesswork out of finding it! Read more

Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. Be sure to check previous weeks for more content: 

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Why Dark Souls Is Still So Good, Six Years Later https://www.gameskinny.com/wnyc6/why-dark-souls-is-still-so-good-six-years-later https://www.gameskinny.com/wnyc6/why-dark-souls-is-still-so-good-six-years-later Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Colin "Ghost Panda" Mieczkowski

The Dark Souls series has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. It has wowed gamers with its unique worlds, intense boss battles, mysterious lore, and classic level-to-level gameplay. 

What's more, it has opened the door for some great sequels and inspired games of today like Nioh and Nier: Automata. Bloodborne, a spinoff game made by Dark Souls creators FromSoftware has also become an all-time great in its own right. 

But what is it about the first Dark Souls that still makes it such a great game almost a decade later? There a few reasons, so grab your swords, spears, and catalysts, and follow me as we explore this dark, magical world once again. 

Variety of Locations

 As you progress through Dark Souls, you see a lot of the usual sights of castles, knights, and dragons, but then things really start to change. These changes take effect when you enter the Darkroot Garden, one of the more beautiful and serene areas in the game.  

There, you take on several odd enemies, and once you're done with the main garden, you can head down the basin of the garden. In this location, you'll take on a hydra, which is a dragon with multiple heads.  

These two locations are when you really start to see the game change from your classic castle and knights tale into a world of total fantasy. From the garden, you never know what to expect the rest of the way because the locations vary so much. 

There are some creepy, dark places, but then there are beautiful places such as Anor Londo, the Painted World of Ariamis and Ash Lake. The way the game plays with your psyche is unreal. 

Just when you think you're in a safe, cozy spot, the game will take you to a dark and eerie place. Just remember to cherish every bonfire, as there aren't as many as in later installments of Dark Souls.  

The Difficulty of the Game 

The difficulty of the Dark Souls series became a trademark and was what helped make it so famous and successful. Obviously, as players began to get more comfortable with the game, they started to puff out their chests, and their heads blew up like hot-air balloons. 

That being said, at the time when it came out, the difficulty was unique. To state the obvious, the enemies could hit you very hard, and they were very intelligent with their movements. 

Nice job dodging that one enemy, but wait, he's going to change his attack pattern mid-movement to still hit you anyway. Not only that, your souls and humanities you earn will be gone after you die. 

You can still get your stuff back, but you shall be escorted back to your nearest bonfire first, good sir or madam. This means that you could be a world away from where you died, depending on how far you got. 

And finally, you won't be able to unlock the ability to warp between bonfires until later on in the game. This means that, if you have to go back to a certain area, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way: making the trek. 

Welcome to Dark Souls

The Classic Style of Gameplay 

One of the things that made Dark Souls so different from other games was the classic level-to-level gameplay. It took what you knew from old arcade games and brought it into a new generation of gaming. 

Go to level, beat level, defeat boss, move on to next location. It's one of the things you'll notice immediately when playing the series for the first time, and it's a concept we're all familiar with.  

It's almost like time travel. The differences obviously are the graphics, difficult enemies, specialized combat, and a lot more "Ahh!" and "Whoa!" 

So it's a game that old-school and current gamers can easily admire. I shall give you a blank piece a paper so you can write your love letter to FromSoftware. 

The Fascinating, Hidden Lore

The lore of Dark Souls has become a widely discussed topic amongst the dark fantasy gaming community. The fact that the game doesn't hold your hand through the "story" is one of the things that makes it awesome. 

They want you to figure out the story yourself. This is where the numerous items, armor, and weapons help immensely at piecing together the lore, bit by bit. 

Sure, you can always pull up YouTube videos and Reddit posts, but the descriptions of the various items can give you an ah-ha moment. It's great if you truly want to put the pieces of the puzzle together yourself. 

The game does an excellent job of giving you the tools to learn the story without them having to tell you the lore themselves. Much like a game like Journey, Dark Souls forever changed the way we view video game storytelling. 

The Online Experience

There is no game that has an online experience quite like Dark Souls. The game does an amazing job of incorporating other players' experience into your story mode without ruining it. 

Seeing messages on the ground written by other players gives you a great deal of guidance and is a great idea. Of course, you'll have some pranksters that will leave misleading messages. One example would be a message saying "jump" near a ledge (no, I did not write that message, and no, I did not jump). 

Also, when leaving messages down for others, it's always fun to see how many plus or negative ratings you get per message. The messages you could write weren't as detailed as they are in Dark Souls 3, but it was the introduction of a neat idea. 

Of course, there are the good old summon signs. You know that claustrophobic feeling you get when you realize that you can't defeat a boss and you're trapped, unable to advance the game?  

Well, have no fear, fellow undead is here. Having other players to help you get through certain areas helps to heal the massive wound you received after dying so much. This also keeps your sanity in check.  

Of course, you have to watch out for invaders if you haven't beaten the area boss yet. These dudes or dudettes will make your experience a pain if you aren't a skilled player yet. 

Overall, though, what makes the online gameplay for Dark Souls cool is that it merges both online and story into one lane. You're going to journey alone, but in reality, you aren't alone, as messages and jolly cooperators are there to help.  

Plus, it's just fun to play alongside other players. After beating the area boss, I always enjoy trying to help others in need. 

Once the boss is finished off, you will be rolling solo again just like that, and you can progress your story. The only downside is that if there is a certain enemy or mini-boss that you still want to beat, you will not be able to summon help because the area boss was beaten. 

Playing the role of helper is also an amazing way to rack up your souls. Keep fighting alongside fellow players, and you'll be leveling up in no time, as each boss rewards you handsomely. 

If you're a PvP player, then just keep those eyeballs glued to the ground for red summon signs. Be prepared for an epic duel. 

As a whole, the online rocks, and it changes the way we view a "story mode." 

The Epic Boss Battles 

 

This sorta goes back to the classic gameplay concept of boss-to-boss, and Dark Souls nails it. Certainly, Ornstein & Smough is a battle that comes to mind a lot, and they instantly became all-time great bosses.  

All of that hard work trying to reach Anor Londo ... you finally make it, and you were not disappointed by the epic boss battle (well, disappointed at the many times you died, but other than that, totally cool). 

The battle with Sif (pictured) is one of the more visually stunning boss battles ever. Not to mention that Sif is just one of the coolest bosses ever. A giant wolf wielding a sword? Epic.  

Overall, though, the game is littered with amazing and difficult bosses. Each one also fits perfectly into its respective area. 

When you enter into each area after figuring out the game's pattern, you might ask yourself, "I wonder who the boss is that protects this land?" Crossbreed Priscilla (pictured at the beginning of the article) is a great example of fitting into the area. 

Her all-white robe, hair, tail, as well as her mystique, plant her beautifully on the snowy canvas of the Painted World of Ariamis. Entering the painting, you knew the boss battle was going to be of "magical" proportions. 

The amazing thing is that each boss is so different from each other. It's almost as if you're playing two or maybe three separate games. Just when you think you know the type of boss you're about to battle, guess again. Some bosses might make you say, "OK, he/she isn't so bad," while others will make you scream out profanities. 

The boss battles are the juice in Dark Souls, and the reward for beating each one is always a treat. Not only are you advancing in the game, but you can also rock their gear and use their weapons. 

The game has taken the meaning of "boss" to a whole new level. Being a golf geek, I like to use this analogy: you can either "lay up" and play it safe by summoning a fellow chosen undead, or you can go for the target and take the boss head-on by yourself. 

The choice is yours, but don't be afraid to summon someone, as "jolly cooperation" is one of the pleasures of Dark Souls. 

The Introduction of Bonfires 

Ahh yes, one of the most iconic checkpoints in video game history, the first installment of Dark Souls introduced us to the bonfire. After so many intense battles, pressure moments, and deaths (especially falling off ledges), the bonfire was there to help us relieve stress and dry off our sweaty palms. 

When our gear and weapons were exhausted after being used so many times, we could rely on the bonfire to repair our stuff. When things needed upgrading, the burning coiled sword was there as well.  

In short, there may be nothing more iconic in Dark Souls than the bonfire, and it would always come through in the clutch in time of need (unless you're in New Londo Ruins -- then you're screwed).

Conclusion

Although we have seen the releases of Dark Souls 2 and 3, as well as Bloodborne, it's always fun to revisit the first game. It was an introduction to a brand-new way to play an RPG game, and it still keeps players coming back again and again.  

Some players may have worked backwards, and they're currently experiencing the joys of Dark Souls 1 for the first time. There's no doubt that they will get hooked like returning players. 

The game's design, combat, visually unique locations, and boss battles made it a special game. Who knows, some time down the road, we may be discussing how incredible Bloodborne was. 

But certainly, the first time that players complete Dark Souls may be an experience they never forget. 

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Looking Back: The Absolute Hardest Dark Souls Bosses of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/frld9/looking-back-the-absolute-hardest-dark-souls-bosses-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/frld9/looking-back-the-absolute-hardest-dark-souls-bosses-of-all-time Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 ReverendShmitty

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Soul of Cinder

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Dark Souls 3
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The final boss of Dark Souls 3, the Soul of Cinder is a fittingly difficult encounter.

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Starting off with a simple one-handed sword fight, he quickly begins adding movesets to his repertoire. Transforming his sword into a stave or catalyst, his fighting styles quickly raise the stakes.

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Fire magic, homing missiles, healing, and a dozen other abilities, the Soul of Cinder easily has the most extensive list of abilities in the game.

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And after his first health bar is depleted, he will heal himself and stop holding back. He becomes faster, hits harder, and can use a Sunlight Spear ability that has three different forms.

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His typical sword form can be dealt with as with Gwyn from the first Dark Souls but beware his ultimate combo. If caught in it, he can juggle the player with his blows then slam them into the ground with a fiery explosion. This single combo is enough to completely deplete a player's health if you aren't careful.

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Now you know the hardest Dark Souls bosses and what to expect, if you can get past the hair-pulling madness of dying over and over again long enough to defeat them, then you can take on anything. But if we have forgotten any of the hardest Souls bosses, let us know in the comments below!

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Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

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Dark Souls
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Just like those jerk Princes, you have to fight these guys two-on-one.

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Ornstein is incredibly fast and uses various lightning spells and spear attacks to destroy you from a distance. Smough is slow but incredibly strong, and can just absolutely crush you with his gigantic hammer. Combining them makes for a very solid balance of close and long range attacks to keep you on your toes.

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You must balance them, dancing back and forth and side to side, using the various pillars around for cover. And after a hard fought battle when one finally falls, they are absorbed by the other, making for a one-on-one with a now-buffed enemy.

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This also means that should you go back for a second play-through, you must kill them in the opposite order and face a different second phase battle in order to get both specific drops.

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Fortunately, you can summon Solaire of Astoria to help you even the odds.

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Nameless King

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Dark Souls 3
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Wanna fight a super powerful king?

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How about his wyvern?

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Okay. Now how about both at the same time?

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Blasting you with lightning spears while his steed bites at you and rains down fire from its maw, this guy is considered the toughest boss in all of Dark Souls 3 by a lot of folks. Just keeping your eye on them is a challenge in and of itself as they fly around you. 

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And once you manage to drop the beast, the King himself is still a deadly threat. He's both fast and strong with erratic movements that can be hard to predict. His lightning blast and lunge are both particularly powerful and can easily kill an unprepared player.

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Just make sure you're equipped with lightning resistant items.

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Smelter Demon

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Dark Souls 2
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An enormous hulk covered in flames and armor, this monster is entirely optional and you should probably avoid him.

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His gigantic sword puts Sephiroth's katana to shame and can reach across nearly the entire room, and once you whittle him down to half health, he covers the titanic blade in flames. Hell, even just standing close to him burns you, so get your damage in fast.

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And this guy's damage is insane. He can easily kill you in only a few hits, so be vigilant as you slowly pick his gigantic health pool apart.

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The Twin Princes

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Dark Souls 3
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Lorian, the elder Prince, despite being crippled, comes at you on his knees with sword in hand. You engage him and score a few hits when he suddenly teleports away. He charges his blade with holy energy and slams it into the ground, sending incredibly powerful light straight at you. Dodging your blows with teleports right to your blind spots and striking at you, the Prince does not fall easily.

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And when he finally does, Lothric, the slimy little younger Prince revives him and gangs up on you. Jerk.

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Lorian still attacks with his sword, teleporting around and coming at you from behind, but now with Lothric launching homing spells and soul spears. If that weren't annoying enough, he also revives Lorian anytime he is defeated, meaning you need to focus on the younger brother to end the fight.

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The Four Kings

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Dark Souls
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Trapped in a pitch-black void, a single King appears before you. You battle, exchanging blows, and just when you think you've won, a second appears. Then a third. Then a fourth. Then you die.

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They spawn in every 40 seconds until you're facing four Kings, giving you less than a minute to kill one before you become outnumbered. And with the four of them all wielding magic swords and homing missiles, it's all too easy to become overwhelmed if you can't slay them quickly enough.

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Wipe the blood off your screen, ladies and gentlemen, 'cause we're going to look back at some of the toughest bosses that ever stomped you flat, cut you in half, or incinerated your pitiful little soul. These are of course the Dark Souls bosses which made you rage, shout, and beat you down until you finally overcame them.

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But what was the first thought that popped into your head when you saw that image? Was it seething rage? Suffocating despair? Traumatic flashbacks that made you go numb?

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All of the above?

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Fantastic! Let's keep going and count down the hardest Dark Souls bosses to date.

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It won't be pretty, but if you can make it to the end, you just might have what it takes to go back and show them who is really the boss.

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10 Dark Souls 3 Cosplays That Will Make You Forget the Franchise is Ending https://www.gameskinny.com/c3dz0/10-dark-souls-3-cosplays-that-will-make-you-forget-the-franchise-is-ending https://www.gameskinny.com/c3dz0/10-dark-souls-3-cosplays-that-will-make-you-forget-the-franchise-is-ending Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:46:22 -0400 Glitchieetv

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Solaire

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Cosplayer: Mathiescosplay
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Knight Solaire is a knight of the sun. He can often be heard shouting "Praise the Sun" when players talk to him. Tasked with finding his own "sun," he became undead during his quest. A friendly character, Solaire will often be available to join the character for boss fights. Mathiescosplay nails Solaire's tunic, taking the time to make it appear worn and battle scarred. 

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What was your favorite Dark Souls 3 cosplay? Do you have any you want to add to list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Dark Sun Gwyndolin

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Cosplayer: Ladymoonshiner 
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Gwyndolin is the last born son of Lord Gwyn. Guarding his father's tomb, he is the only true deity remaining in Anor Londo. Raised as a daughter, he uses the illusion of Gwynevere to hide his appearance. Leader of the Blades of the Darkmoon Covenant, he does all he can to protect Captain Yorshka.

The costume created by Ladymoonshiner captures all the etheral qualities of Dark Sun Gwyndolin. The editing by Massimo Malvestio Photography helps bring to life that he is a deity. 

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Photography credit: Massimo Malvestio Photography

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Dancer of the Boreal Valley

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Cosplayer: ArashiCosplayowo 
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The Dance of the Boreal Valley is a boss in Dark Souls 3. A direct relative of Anor Londo royalty, she was forced to be a dancer when Pontiff Sulyvahn took over. Sent as a contingent of the Outrider Knights, the Pontiff's version of exile, she soon devolved into a bestial fighter.

Arashicosplayowo nails the feminine look of the Dancer of the Boreal Valley. Clad in blue and weathered armor, the golden embellishments and face cage make the character stand apart from other cosplays.

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Photography credit: Snapbackshot 

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Darkwraith

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Cosplayer: Gisulih 
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The darkwraiths were once proud knights of the Four Kings. Gaining power through the use of the Dark Hand, they became feared. Causing New Londo to be flooded just to keep their power at bay, they are often found lurking in Farron Keep.

Gisulih captures their darkness in her detailed darkwraith cosplay. Using foam to mirror the wraiths bony bodies, she is skeletal and scary.  

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Photography credit: Kyuu Eturaitti

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Black Knight

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Cosplayer: Silver Ice Dragon 
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Black Knights were once the Silver Knights of Lord Gwyn, traveling with him to the Kiln of the First Flame. Burned to ashes when Lord Gwyn linked the First Flame, their spirits still wander the Dark Souls world.

Silver Ice Dragon is a most impressive Black Knight. The armor is exquisitely crafted, the chainmail and weathering standing stark against the sunlight glinting off its surface. Wielding the Black Knight Glaive, she is ready to take down anyone who crosses her path. 

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Photography credit: Ashley Sowers

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Faraam Set

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Cosplayer: ExerbrangWorks 
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The Faraam set is the lightest set of armor in the Dark Souls world. Allowing for more movement during combat, its low weight makes it idle for builds revolving around stealth and dodging. ExerbrangWorks has faced many a foe in their armor -- but survived to stand watch.  

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Photography credit: NekoSandraCosplay 

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Fire Keeper

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Cosplayer: Ver1sa
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The Fire Keeper is a blind woman who tends the bonfire in Firelink Shrine. Never having lived in a world without fire, the simple prospect of it terrifies her. Ver1sa makes a stunning Fire Keeper. The attention to detail on the crown covering her eyes and the pattern on the dress are is astounding. The editing done by photographer Justmoolti helps to sell that she is really in Firelink Shrine, especially with the sparks floating around her.  

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Photography credit: Justmoolti

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Knight Artorias

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Cosplayer: Jung Ui Chel
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Knight Artorias drank of wolf's blood in order to battle against the Abyss more effectively. However, by the time the character meets him in Dark Souls 3, he has been corrupted, tainted by the void. No longer a fighter for good, Artorias is now surrounded by a dark aura.

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Jung Ui Chel makes a fantastic Artorias. The craftsmanship displayed and the attention to detail are mind blowing. It is almost as if Artorias has walked out of the game and into real life. 

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Jailer

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Cosplayer: Weeperblast
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The jailers are some of the only survivors of the Profaned Capital. Armed with branding irons and lanterns that emit a poisonous gas, they were recruited by Pontiff Sulyvahn to oversee the Dark Souls 3's labyrinthine jail. Channeling their creepy vibe, Weeperblast is ready to attack. Glowing eyes, long robes, branding iron, and lantern are all spot on when it comes to this cosplay.  

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Abyss Watcher

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Cosplayer: Zach7878 
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The abyss watchers were first formed to fight the Abyss. Partaking of wolf blood to be like Artorias, they each became part of the same shared soul. Radical in practice, their pointed helm became and ill-omen for those that saw them. Zach7878 nails the pointed helm, even including the ornate design that defines it. Wielding a great sword, this Abyss Watcher is ready for battle.

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Dark Souls has been a fan favorite for many years, starting with From Software's Demon's Souls in 2009. With its high level of difficulty, interesting and creative bosses, and love for the sun, fans have raged through hours of gameplay to experience Hidetaka Miyazaki's world.

But some aren't willing to let the series die. Cosplay is another way fans show their love for the series. What follows are 10 amazing cosplays ready to help you forget that the series is ending. Let's take a look. 

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Five Souls Bosses "The Ringed City" Needs to Beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

The Souls series is almost at an end. Since 2009 many of us have been subjected to death, death, and more death -- before embracing victory over the games’ gruelling bosses.

The second and final DLC of Dark Souls III is almost upon us, and after that, these landmark titles will be put to rest. With that in mind, “The Ringed City” needs to deliver something remarkable to end the series on a high. Most importantly, the bosses need to be fantastically brutal battles that will bring all of our skills (and patience) to their breaking point. To remind ourselves of what’s so great about this aspect of the series, we are going to take a look at a boss in Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III and Bloodborne that have us gripping the controller for dear life.

Old King Allant

Old King Allant, Demon's Souls

The often-forgotten predecessor of Dark Souls and Bloodborne harbours a final fight that requires precision timing and avoidance of an extremely deadly attack. The false king himself, a diabolical demon in disguise, will spare no expense in slicing you to pieces with his razor-sharp sword. His astute yet oddly creepy stance will keep anyone on edge, but the main reason to watch out for this one is because of an attack that has never been seen again in a Souls title.

If you’re unlucky enough, Allant will impale you and literally suck out your soul level, physically diminishing you of your strength. It’s a dastardly punishment for players but what it does is make this boss stand out as one of the first of the series to really hammer in the nature of the entire series.

Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

Dragonslayer Ornstein, Executioner Smough, Dark Souls

The gruesome twosome, the deadly duo, fatty and beanpole; whatever you want to name these characters, they will always remain as one of the most iconic and toughest bosses in Souls history. The knights of Gwyn and guardians of Gwynevere perfectly complement each other, requiring you be agile and fast against Ornstein, but extremely hardy and defensive against Smough.

If fighting against the two isn’t tricky enough, vanquishing an empowered Ornstein or Smough, due to the death of the other, is no easy task. Each of them will combine their own powers with that of their fallen comrade and become an entirely new boss all on their own, which makes for a test of endurance amongst much else. Once you enter the city of Anor Londo, be ready for lightning bolts, hammers to the face and merciless butt slams.

Fume Knight

Fume Knight, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls 2, Raime

The release of Dark Souls II saw a lot of criticism from fans, as it apparently didn’t possess the charm of the previous game. However, with the release of the DLC, players got their wish. The Fume Knight, also known as Raime, is a formidable foe. Wielding a longsword in one hand and humongous greatsword in the other, he will demand precise timing in order to even land a hit. If you unfortunately manage to be on the receiving end of any of these swords, you will seriously pay the price.

What the Fume Knight does more so than many other bosses in the series is force you learn the patterns of his attacks inside and out. Only after the quadrillionth attempt was I able to destroy him, but because of the never-ending deaths, the satisfaction gained from finally seeing him fall to his knees was something that will never be forgotten.

Ludwig the Accursed/Ludwig the Holy Blade

This monstrosity appears as a repulsive beast in his first phase, and he has the strength to match. His aggression persists throughout this part of the fight and as you struggle for a second of respite, he will scream and squeal at you as he bashes his deformed body into your face.

This intricately designed yet hideously vile form doesn’t last, though, as the second phase brings forth Ludwig’s true nature. With his Moonlight Greatsword in hand, Ludwig the Holy Blade grasps onto the tiny fragments of humanity he has left to destroy you. The glorious beams of light that radiate from the sword can sometimes feel impossible to dodge, but the game brilliantly causes the entire fight to be a dance between hunter and beast, as you whittle down the health of this tough yet undeniably enjoyable boss.

Nameless King

Nameless King, Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls III

The final game of the series didn’t shy away from memorable bosses either, far from it. The Nameless King, although optional, is a boss that every player of Dark Souls III will want to experience. Flying in on a giant storm drake, the odds immediately look bleak, but with perseverance the drake will fall and an even tougher fight will begin.

Fighting the Nameless King one-on-one is easily one of the most difficult challenges that Dark Souls III presents, but nonetheless it is hard to deny how fantastic the battle is. Rolling through his swipes, lunges and strikes looks brilliant but mastering this won’t come quickly. Due to his surprisingly large health pool, the Nameless King will require plenty of concentration before finally accepting defeat and bequeathing his soul to you.

As a fan of the series, how did you fare against each of these bosses? Are there any others that particularly stand out to you? Let’s hope “The Ringed City” will end this legendary franchise on a high and have us fighting some awe-inspiring bosses.

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5 Exclusive Features We Want in Final Fantasy 15's PC Release https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gv2/5-exclusive-features-we-want-in-final-fantasy-15s-pc-release https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gv2/5-exclusive-features-we-want-in-final-fantasy-15s-pc-release Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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Shadow of the Colossus - A Boss Battle Gauntlet
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The Shadow Of The Colossus was basically a beautifully made gauntlet of giant boss battles. The boss battles in Final Fantasy XV were definitely a stand out part of the game, with the multi layered strategies needed to take them down. The fights were an epic sight to behold and even more fun to participate in. Maybe an extra hard post-game gauntlet mode where you fight the bosses in sequence a higher level for bonuses and experience points to carry over onto a new game plus.

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The open world nature of Final Fantasy XV can allow for quite a bit of flexibility on a machine powerful enough to run the game at full spec with extra game modes and features like mod support the possibilities are endless. Square-Enix have been playing it smart lately and a port with worthwhile features are a good way to breathe extra life into the game on a different platform without making PC players feel short changed due to a long wait for the port. There could also be some hope that some of these features would eventually make it over to the console versions too in the way of DLC which again could add more longevity there too.

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What features would you like to see make it on the eventual PC version? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dark Souls 3 - Player VS Player Arena Mode
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The player vs player mode in Ashes of Ariandel DLC for Dark Souls 3 has proven to be a very popular addition for fans, and I think it would work especially well in Final Fantasy XV.

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It would like to see a similar mode where your characters are summoned to another plane of existence in a similar way to an Eidolon to do battle against another force of a similar nature. A mod that has proven very popular in Dark Souls 3 on the PC is the ability to do battle as one of the bosses you encounter in the game. Some of bosses in FFXV are huge so imagine the gargantuan battles of Godzilla sized proportions in an arena mode, it could be a great deal of fun.

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Tales of Berseria - Local and Online Co-Op Battles
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The drop in and drop out local multiplayer battle system in the Tales series has always been a great addition to the series. The ability for someone other than yourself to jump in and you in your battles without needing to commit to the story is a great idea -- I found it a great way to get my kids into the series without having to worry too much about the complexities of the story.

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This idea would lend itself well in a battle system as fun and fast paced as Final Fantasy XV. Both locally with a split screen option and online. An online mode could work as a means of getting more experience points and extra items from helping others that you can take back to your own game -- A gameplay mechanic that worked so well in the Souls series.

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Final Fantasy VIII - Triple Triad Card Game
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I would love to see an online or even an offline version of Triple Card Triad make return to the Final Fantasy universe. Or perhaps a mini game inspired by Gwent from The Witcher 3 which was so addictive and fun that it got its own game.

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I've always found the Triple Card Triad from Final Fantasy VIII to be both challenging and a fun side distraction from the main story, I remember becoming quite obsessive with it. I would love to see it implemented again in the FFXV as another way to get exclusive bonus items, recipes or weapons.

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Final Fantasy XV - Moogle Chocobo Carnival 
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This should be an easy one for Square-Enix to pull off. The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is completely wacky, tongue-in cheek and strange and that's a great thing because it's features like this that  epitomise what Final Fantasy is to a lot of fans.

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As a huge FInal Fantasy VII fan I loved the option to go The Golden Saucer when I felt like a break from the darkness that Sephiroth had began to unleash on the world. Which is why I think making the Moogle Chocobo Carnival a permanent edition to the PC version would be a good idea, rather than it being a timed event.

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Now that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has announced plans to work on an eventual PC version of the game. The director at Square-Enix has already announced ambitions to add mod support and custom quests and given that FFXV will be made to run on a high end machine, features like higher resolution graphics and faster and more consistent frame rates should be a given. As well as a complete package that includes all the DLC for the extra wait.

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PC gamers will have a while to wait though, and at least until after all the DLC and extra content has been patched in, so in the meantime I will speculate and list off some features seen in other Japanese RPG's that could make a good addition to the PC version of FFXV.

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Dark Souls' Final DLC will Bring an End to an Era https://www.gameskinny.com/n6pv1/dark-souls-final-dlc-will-bring-an-end-to-an-era https://www.gameskinny.com/n6pv1/dark-souls-final-dlc-will-bring-an-end-to-an-era Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:36:24 -0500 L.A. Skywalker

For years, the Dark Souls franchise has been a punishing trial for sadistic gamers across the globe. Since From Software's original release of Dark Souls in 2011 (excluding spiritual precursor Demon's Souls), the trilogy has taken many on a difficult ride through Gothic inspired worlds of macabre themes and grotesquely wonderful monsters.

Dark Souls is widely acclaimed as one of the more difficult yet rewarding series to touch the world of action-oriented RPG's, the Souls series has done its part in opening the eyes of game developers everywhere. Now, with the release of a second Dark Souls 3 DLC, titled The Ringed City, the Souls series will finally bring a close to an age of fire.

For those unaware, the Dark Souls series has always played prophetically with the themes of light and lark, largely in relation to fire being a central component in the bringing or vanquishing of life.  In the last installment of the franchise, the player is referred to as the "Ashen One," literally being born/reborn from the ashes in the opening scene of the game. As the player progresses, more and more lore is cryptically revealed through NPC's, item descriptions, and environmental clues. Depending on their character's actions, the player is left with a variety of end-game options, dictated completely on what to do with the fire that shapes the world. The importance of fire, both being ignited and extinguished, becomes more apparent as one progresses through the game.

In the first DLC of the third installment, titled Ashes of Ariandel, the player is transported to a "painted world," a cold place that acts as home for forlorn souls, intent on escaping Lothric (the world of Dark Souls 3). While the gameplay is punishing and the story remains engaging, the events and actions taken in this "painted" realm seem to have no bearing or impact on the overarching world in which it sits. As such, there is no sense of weight or finality, leaving some players sour. And even though this painted world was a beautifully crafted snowscape of challenges, it left the player wanting a more concrete ending to such a beloved series.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game's director, knew from its inception that there would be additional DLC, thus this lack of weight and finality was deemed justified. Here enters The Ringed City, From Software's final DLC for Dark Souls 3.

"The close of the age of fire," begins the recently released announcement trailer. The line is ominously narrated over a fading "Darksign," an in-game item that grants rebirth to those afflicted with (carrying) the item. The narration continues, mentioning The Ringed City as being "at [the] world's end. Past this heap of rubble."

What is interested to note is that when this last line is spoken, the scene presented is one of twisted and crumbling buildings, much like the environment of the Kiln of the First Flame (the final area of Dark Souls 3). There are striking similarities regarding this area and the environment teased in the announcement trailer. So, should these two environments be one and the same, there is a promising chance that The Ringed City may take place partially, if not entirely, in the world of Lothric. That hollow feeling (pun intended) left after Ashes of Ariandel may be satiated, as this time players won't be diving into "painted" alternate realms

It should also be noted that if The Ringed City has roots in the final area of Dark Souls 3, then accessing the DLC may require the player to follow a specific story line for a unique ending.

The trailer goes on to display a few unique monsters and weapons, a glimpse at a probable boss, and a rather large woman woefully embracing what appears to be the shell of a hatched egg. As with all announcement or teaser trailers From Software releases, so too come theories.

This woman, donning a white gown and simple circlet, is thought to possibly be Gertrude, a divine character that has yet to appear in the game, aside from snippets of lore. Other theories predict that she may be tied to Crossbreed Priscilla, an optional boss from Dark Souls, who has partial dragon parentage. This could also tie into the egg she is holding, as dragons are hatched from eggs in the series. Regardless of the theories, there is no surefire way to pin down her identity, nor the origin or importance of the hollow egg she holds.

Regardless of the verdict on The Ringed City, March 28th is set to be a bittersweet day for the Dark Souls community. Whether you were intent on stubbornly braving the trilogy alone or invading others to shove a dagger through a back, Dark Souls will remain a great example of teetering on the line between reward and punishment.

The Ringed City is set to be $14.99 at release, but only the bundled version is currently available at $24.99.  The bundle includes both DLC's and is available for purchase for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.

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The End of an Era: Dark Souls 3's Second DLC Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/9edaj/the-end-of-an-era-dark-souls-3s-second-dlc-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/9edaj/the-end-of-an-era-dark-souls-3s-second-dlc-announced Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:58:12 -0500 uniquecontent

Since the mixed reception for Ashes of Ariandel, the first DLC for Dark Souls 3, gamers have looked forward in hope that the second piece of DLC will end the game -- and the franchise -- with a bang. 

Details for the second and final DLC have now been confirmed, with The Ringed City set for release on March 28th at a cost of $14.99. 

As something of a Dark Souls fanatic, I can't wait, particularly after seeing some of enemy and boss hints in the new trailer: 

The description for The Ringed City also has me itching to return to this dark and beautiful world for a final time: 

At the close of the Age of Fire, as the world ends and all lands converge upon themselves, a lone adventurer descends into the madness of the earth and uncovers the secrets of the past. As players make their way to the fabled Ringed City they will encounter ancient beasts, a new cast of characters teetering on the edge of insanity, new armour, weapons, magic, and at the bottom of it all, a long lost city filled with new horrors for players to overcome.

As we expected however, this expansion will mark the end of an era -- and the final installment in the revolutionary and iconic Dark Souls franchise. So hopefully fans will be happy with everything included in the Ringed City DLC.

On top of confirming the DLC, Bandai Namco confirmed that a new release version of the game will also be available, including both sets of DLC. Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition will be released on April 21, 2017. 

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A Man Can Dream: 5 Games Perfect for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4bug/a-man-can-dream-5-games-perfect-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4bug/a-man-can-dream-5-games-perfect-for-the-nintendo-switch Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:01 -0500 Eric Adams

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So there you have it, my 5 games that will probably never come to the Switch. Would they be great on the system? Absolutely, but that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t make the decisions around here so bully. Sure, some have a better chance than others but you should take all of these as a dream scenario rather than a realistic one.

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The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, 2017. What games would you like to see come to the latest console by Nintendo? Let me know in the comments below!

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Dead By Daylight

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Chances of getting Switched: 5 percent
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Here we have the ultimate reach. I don’t think Dead By Daylight has a chance to come to PS4 and Xbox One, much less the Nintendo Switch, but the title of the article is A MAN CAN DREAM! Dead By Daylight is literally the game that was made for the Switch. Think about it, local multiplayer allows for up to 8 people to connect online. If that isn’t what Dead By Daylight was made for then I’m at a loss for words.

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Imagine you and some friends hanging out in a dark room playing Dead By Daylight on your own Switch. While the killer of the group is certainly having fun, the others can all freak out together so it’s great! I know it isn’t likely at all, but this game would be endlessly fun on the Switch.

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Edit: Dead By Daylight will be hitting PS4 and Xbox One in 2017...SO THINGS CAN HAPPEN PEOPLE!

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Fallout

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Chances of getting Switched: 50 percent
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I will be supporting Skyrim for the Switch by purchasing the game. I want Skyrim to do well for one reason, show Bethesda that your titles will sell well on the Switch. I am glad that the Switch has a game as big as Skyrim even if it is a port of a 5-year-old game. It’s still a big deal and Nintendo should treat it as such.

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The Fallout series is incredibly popular and, like the Dark Souls series, would be perfect on the go. If Bethesda sees potential gain and profits from Skyrim selling well on the console, then they will return to do business with Nintendo. If Skyrim does well, then Fallout on the Switch will be a possibility.

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Dark Souls 3 (or any Souls game for that matter)

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Chances of getting Switched: 25 percent
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It has been confirmed that Nintendo has a large list of developers helping them create content for the Switch. Among that list is From Software, the company responsible for the Dark Souls series of games. When the list of developers was revealed, all players of the Dark Souls Franchise revealed at the possible thought of Dark Souls on the go.

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Now, it’s important to note that developer support for the WiiU faded once the system launched and some may be cautious about that happening to the Switch. The Nintendo Switch will go over way better with the public than the WiiU did, but enough to merit a Dark Souls port? I don’t think so. Would love to see it happening but don’t get your hopes up.

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Final Fantasy XV

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Chances of getting Switched: 30 percent
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Other than Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata saying that he would like to make games for the Switch, there’s not much to go on here. There were some rumors for a remaster of a past game for the system, but we’ll believe it when we see it. There are also plenty of other Square Enix games slated for release for Switch this coming year, so it's not like the two companies are unfamiliar with one another. Reading what the director of the game had to say, it certainly seems as if it can be done then it will be done.

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However, Final Fantasy XV is a very demanding game in terms of graphics and it remains to be seen if the Switch can handle such a game. If Skyrim is coming, then a game like this surely seems possible. Right?

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Rocket League

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Chances of getting Switched: 50 percent
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Let’s start with THE perfect game for the Switch. Rocket league has been a major hit ever since it launched in the July of 2015. It has only grown bigger and bigger over time, and developer Psyonix has really created one of the best sports games ever with one of the quirkiest of ideas. So, since Rocket League spans across Xbox One, PS4, and PC, is there a chance it comes to Nintendo’s latest console?

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Since Rocket League is on 3 platforms, the hope is that it can come to a 4th. However, Nintendo needs to show it can handle online multiplayer with more stability than it has in the past. Fans of Nintendo don’t want a watered down Rocket League, they want the real thing. If it is at all possible and Nintendo creates a stable online service with the ability to play games such as Rocket League, then it will happen.

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Nintendo, having recently unveiled the Nintendo Switch launch details, has started to fill out the slate of games that will release in the first year. There are plenty of big games coming such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at launch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition in April, Splatoon 2 coming this summer and Super Mario Odyssey coming during the holiday season.

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However excited people may be, they will always look at the games list and think about that one game that they would love to see come to the Switch. While most of the games people are hoping for are extremely unlikely, some have a much better chance than others.

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Greatest RPG Buffs and Debuffs -- and Their Real World Counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/qpfuq/greatest-rpg-buffs-and-debuffs-and-their-real-world-counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/qpfuq/greatest-rpg-buffs-and-debuffs-and-their-real-world-counterparts Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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Buffs and debuffs are an integral part to pacing and difficulty of RPGs. Try to think back to your favorite playthroughs and what a difference these modifiers can make in the experience.

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What are your favorite status modifiers? Do you have any that made a game? Broke it? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Final Fantasy X - Focus
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While not the most glamorous choice from Lulu's moves list, stacking focus five times powered up her magic and made her quite a bit more durable. Opposite of a war cry or cheer, Lulu's buff was about looking in for power.

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Meditation is no joke. A recent shake down of old meditation studies (to verify that they were conducted true to the scientific method) still left several incredible findings unscathed.

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In some instances it can be as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety. Closer to Lulu's uses, meditation has been proven over and over to positively affect concentration.

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A recent case study, specific to concentration, showed participants sent to a meditation retreat performed significantly (eventually 10x) better on performance tests than the control group.

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Dark Souls 3 - Toxic
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Toxic and poison were nerfed in our newest installment of the Dark Souls franchise, but it is still the RPG to check out if you take DoT effects seriously. While poison is serious, Toxic can be devastating. The effect causes damage every second for 300 seconds.

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Poison and Toxic in Dark Souls can be caused by a variety of items, and poison in real life is no different.

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The history books are full of people poisoning entire armies with different plants and, more recently, chemical concoctions. This may be the one thing video games have to re-create more modestly, or a poison build would be the only way to go. 

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Three women serial killers of Ancient Rome, Locusta, Canidia and Martina, are rumored to have taken out several nobles and even emperors. They preferred nightshade, but were skilled with several types.

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Skyrim - Ataxia
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Comic by: Halorith

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Diseases in RPGs are often based on real life ailments. Why create something brand new when we have such a long list of ailments to choose from? It would be difficult to imagine anything worse than what humans already suffer with.

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For instance, Ataxia is actually a neurological symptom characterized by loss of control over voluntary movements. Those suffering from Ataxia may have trouble buttoning their shirts, using eating utensils or using a keyboard. This is closely aligned with Skyrim's Ataxia debuff, which lowers the player's pick pocketing and lock picking abilities.

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Real life Ataxia is caused by severe head trauma, often from car accidents, so it's easy to see how the Dragonborn might end up with the debuff.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - War Cry
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There's nothing better than letting out a battle cry before charging into your enemies in an RPG. Dragon Age: Inquisition's War Cry affords your warrior some more health to work with in the upcoming battle.

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A particularly well known battle cry came from the Ancient Grecian Phalanx. Directly before charging into battle, the Greek warriors would bang their shields and yell, “Alala!” or “Eleleu!” With thousands of hoplites crying out, the sound resembled a flock of birds. This served a dual purpose of sounding pretty terrifying and also invoking Apollo, to lay some sweet buffs on them right before battle.

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More likely, they were affecting their own adrenaline and pain tolerance. War cries have been proven to have uncanny effects in both of these areas, but without years of psychological case studies, a hoplite would likely think they were being blessed by Apollo.

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World of Warcraft - Polymorph
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The most iconic of all the debuffs, the CC to rule them all and sometimes the funniest thing to happen all battleground is a mage's polymorph spell, or "sheeping."

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History is riddled with tales of humans being turned into animals for the caster's convenience. The most famous of them all is a Brother's Grimm tale: "The Frog Prince." There are several replications of the tale, but the general idea remains the same. You never know if that's just another sheep, or a prince inconveniently polymorphed into one.

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A more literal interpretation of real life polymorphing and other video game shifting could be extracted from our views on evolution. Nothing quite this time efficient happens visibly, but on the nano level it's easy to see rapid morphing and mutating.

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Viruses are constantly evolving to survive, and the majority of changes occur to their appearance. The more a virus differs visually from it's predecessors the more likely it is to go unnoticed by pathogens and thus rapid evolution, or morphing.

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Status effects are a standard in RPGS and have been for some time. They can make or break a boss battle, grouping effort, or new dungeon attempt.

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Pulling from each category, here's a list of buffs and debuffs that really stand out in their respective games and some speculation on where the ideas for them came from.

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Beautiful Crowdfunded Prints Illustrate Our Favourite Weapons from Dark Souls https://www.gameskinny.com/0idgt/beautiful-crowdfunded-prints-illustrate-our-favourite-weapons-from-dark-souls https://www.gameskinny.com/0idgt/beautiful-crowdfunded-prints-illustrate-our-favourite-weapons-from-dark-souls Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:24:38 -0500 uniquecontent

The Dark Souls franchise (along with Demon Souls and Bloodborne) is one of the most beloved video game dynasties of the modern era. Challenging, frustrating, exhilarating, beautiful, and euphoria-inducing all in equal measures, Dark Souls I, II and III represent one of this generation's very best game trilogies, earning the franchise a veritable army of die-hard fans. 

I'm no different. I've been a fan of From Software's masterpiece franchise since I took an ill-advised wander into the catacombs right off the bat in the first Dark Souls, wondering how I was meant to get anywhere in this unapologetically obtuse and difficult game. Since then, I've become something of a Dark Souls fanatic, eagerly devouring every game and piece of DLC since then, including the PS4-exclusive and equally brilliant Bloodborne

It's not just games themselves either, I own all of the brilliant Design Works book, rare Japanese collectors editions, UK and US special editions, the soundtracks, maps and just about anything else I can get my hands on. I also recently purchased the Dark Souls: Beyond Death books from Third Editions (which I'm eagerly awaiting as it gets translated from the original French language).

Imagine my joy then when I stumbled across a new Kickstarter campaign, featuring beautiful custom illustrations of some of the most iconic weapons from the Dark Souls franchise. 

The Knight Set

 

The Greatsword Set

 

The Legendary Set

The main rewards are three limited edition sets of 12 5x5 art prints, including weapons such as the Claymore, Zweihander, Farron Greatsword, Pursuer Ultra Greatsword, and scores of others. On top of this, there's also ultra limited edition sets featuring Black Knight, Silver Knight and Heide Knight weapons. 

You get your hands on these prints until February 9th, when the campaign ends. Click here to visit Kickstarter and get your own limited edition prints! 

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Gift Guide: Wonderful Wall Art for the Gamer in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/9db9r/gift-guide-wonderful-wall-art-for-the-gamer-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/9db9r/gift-guide-wonderful-wall-art-for-the-gamer-in-your-life Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

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Large Skyrim Shield Solitude
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Price: $32.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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Buy it on: Etsy

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Looking for something unique to hook up on your wall? Try this! This is the sigil shield for Solitude in Skyrim! It measures about 8 inches in diameter and comes in different appearances.

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The seller is also selling the shields for every city in Skyrim, they also have a deal for a mix and match bundle, or all of them.

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The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Ruler of the Sky - Posters
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Price: $59.55 - $105.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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Buy it on: Etsy

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These are some neat little Skyrim panel art pieces featuring a dragon swooping over a beautiful valley in the rift, with a nice sunrise in the background too! These posters would also make a wonderful addition to your gaming room. You can get these with or without a frame and in multiple sizes, ranging from 9x15 - 11x7 with the frame, and 8.5x11 - 13x19 without the frame.

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Fus Ro Dah Skyrim Inspired Metal Sign
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Rating: 5/5 stars

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A cool handmade metal sign inscribed with the dragon shout "fus ro dah" from Skyrim, this sign is approximately 12.25" x 7.25". Who knows, perhaps you can knock a few people off their feet with this! But be warned, this is NOT stainless steel and can rust and can be sharp so be careful with it! 

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Skyrim World Rocks Winter Cold  Wall Scroll 
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Rating: 3/5 stars

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A nice 23.6" x 35.4" poster for Skyrim, which showcasing a breathtaking valley covered in snow, a perfect backdrop for your RPG adventures! You can even see Nord ruins in the background! This will be a nice addition to your gaming room.

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POSTUP Fallout Roll-Playing Video Game Hanging Wall Scroll 
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Price: $2.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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A 21.6" x 13.8" poster of Fallout, featuring the vault dweller and Dogmeat walking through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, is a nice piece that shows a healthy relationship between man and man's best friend -- even if it's in a hazardous environment! Perfect for the Fallout and dog lovers in your life. 

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Framed Gaming Poster
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Price: $59.99 - $64.99 or $5.99 (without a frame)

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This 36" x 24" poster features the main protagonists from each of the Assassin's Creed games, along with an awesome Animus themed backdrop! You can get this with many different colored frames as well.

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Final Fantasy 8 Crossover Minimalist Art Print 
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This is an amazing parody crossover painting featuring Squall's gunblade from Final Fantasy 8 and a bonfire from the Dark Souls series. That's an awesome flame worth admiring! You can get this in one of two sizes, either 14 x 8.5" or 17 x 11".

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Artorias Print Dark Souls Watercolor
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Spiff up your room with this Darks Souls Artorias painting! It has that awesome paint splatter look, as well as awesome color. You can get this painting in many different sizes, ranging from 5" x 7" -to 20" x 30". The seller also has a "Buy Two of the Same Size Get One Free Deal" going on right now. What's more, you can also get paintings of the Soul of Cinder and the Knight Solaire!

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Do you know someone who likes to play games but also appreciates really awesome art as well? Or, maybe you are this kind of person yourself, and want to see what's out there -- without having to do all the leg work.

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Either way, what are you waiting for? We've found some super awesome posters, prints and other types of wall decor that you can purchase this holiday to really spice up your gaming space! Take a look inside!

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The State of RPGs in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ouolu/the-state-of-rpgs-in-2016 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:34:36 -0500 Sergey_3847

Last year was huge for the RPG scene with such releases as The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. The year of 2016, on the other hand, has really only one AAA title worth talking about -- but there are plenty of smaller games that kept the fans of the genre glued to their computers.

There also have also been some solid expansions for some of 2015's titles coming out this year and just as many remastered versions of even older cult classics. What's more, the future of RPG gaming looks super exciting, as there are some huge releases coming up at the end of the year and the first half of 2017.

So it looks like there is much territory that needs to be covered here, and without any further ado, let’s begin the analysis.

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Dark Souls 3

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3 -- the last installment in a series of games that enriched the genre with precise mechanics, multifaceted progression system and hardcore bosses. And all this was encapsulated in a world of ever-growing gloom and doom.

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3.

From Software is not scared to pull out a series of games that has no clear story and that makes new players run away from their PCs or consoles after a few miserable deaths. You can't do anything but respect such a developer in the current state of the gaming industry. Hopefully, Hidetaka Miyazaki and co. will deliver some more goodness in the future, albeit perhaps not in the Souls series.

Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved

Another game worth mentioning here is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game has delivered exactly what it promised and there is really nothing to complain about. It builds upon every aspect of its predecessor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and adds greater scale, more freedom, infinitely interesting quests, weapons, stealth mechanics, and of course, better graphics.

The Technomancer

But before we move on, there is one more AAA title that cannot be ignored -- The Technomancer. It wasn’t received too well by the community, and understandably so. It was presented as a grandiose AAA project -- with the corresponding price tag too! -- but the final result was mediocre at best. Spiders Studios tried really hard this time, but the game just didn’t do it  for many gamers, either in terms of story and gameplay or graphics and animation.

The Remastered RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Skyrim: Special Edition

Talking about graphics -- here are some of the finest remasters of the year. This section must be launched with a discussion on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition, which has been both praised and cursed by fans, with many critics saying the game doesn’t need a remastered version on PC and that it already has tons of cosmetic mods available for free.

However, console players have been more than happy to lay their hands on this gem. And to be honest, Bethesda planned this version mostly as a present for owners of current-gen consoles, anyway. 

JRPGs to the Remastered Rescue

A few classic JRPGs, such as Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and Disgaea, have also been remastered and ported to PC for the rest of the world this year, with the latter having significantly improved textures and UI.

On top of that, all Final Fantasy fans could once again experience Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on their computers. The FF port was released on May 12, and finally implemented an auto-save feature, five game boosters, three parameter changes and the option to skip FMVs and Cinematics.

The Biggest RPG Sequels of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Final Fantasy XV

It took ten years for Square Enix to deliver one of the most anticipated sequels in the history of gaming -- Final Fantasy XV. Finally, on Nov. 29, Final Fantasy XV will be available worldwide. (However, some gamers have reported that it is already possible to find a copy in a few countries of the world, such as Peru. So beware of spoilers!)

Up to this point, Final Fantasy XV has had many different reactions, some of which have mentioned that it will ruin the franchise once and for all, while others have actually put some faith into it

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Although technically not a sequel, the “Blood and Wine” DLC for The Witcher 3 can easily be called a sequel because of its scope, secrets, quests and new NPCs, some of which are arguably the most diverse and interesting in the series. More than that, the developers have updated the game's UI and skill tree system. 

The Banner Saga 2

If you haven’t played the original Banner Saga from 2014 -- a small indie project started by the three former BioWare developers -- then you should halt before playing its sequel, Banner Saga 2, as they are tightly interconnected. The first game has already become a classic and the only thing that needs to be done is to finish the third one in the series – which will close the grand trilogy of the Vikings’ adventures.

Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear

Last but not least, we have to mention the brand new expansion for Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear. It unveils the mysteries behind the fight with Sarevok and the escape from the Irenicus Dungeon from the very first Baldur's Gate, released in 1998.

Siege of Dragonspear is a sort of bridge between the first two games, which is a really cool way of serving the old fans of the series, but completely confusing the new ones, thus evoking lots of unnecessary negative comments from the community -- that could’ve been easily avoided. Hopefully, the developers from BeamDog will try to redeem themselves next time with a completely new story that will satisfy both new and old players.

The Best Indie RPGs of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Tyranny

Many people have treated Tyranny from Obsidian Entertainment as an intermediate game that would fill the gap between Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2. However, little did they know that it turned out to be a truly great game. As a result, we now have an original title that allows you to turn to evil means in order to finish the campaign successfully It's refreshing to not have to save the world for the millionth time! 

Grim Dawn -- A Kickstarter Success Story

Early this year we could experience the results of another Kickstarter project success story -- Grim Dawn,  a game that clearly nods to the times of Diablo 2 and pays all respects to it. The classical RPG gameplay is supported by large locations full of secrets and dangerous traps. Give it a go and you will thank us later.

Darkest Dungeon

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever.

No mention of Darkest Dungeon yet? Yes, of course, we couldn’t forget about this little masterpiece – a game with a perfectly dark atmosphere and visual style. The game is full of unexpected events and the gameplay is at times so hardcore that you can't but gasp in frustration. Darkest Dungeon is a unique product on the market, so if you never had the chance to play it -- now is the time.

Stardew Valley

But enough with the dark and broody games -- let’s talk about Stardew Valley instead. Imagine that this little farming simulator with RPG elements competed against such giants like The Division and XCOM 2. But two months later, the game had over a million sales on Steam, which is mind-boggling for an indie project that had been developed by one person -- Eric Barone. Stardew Valley definitely has the bright future with all the upcoming updates and fan-made modifications.

Looking Ahead: The Future of the RPG Genre

RPGs of 2016

Mass Effect: Adromeda & Horizon: Zero Dawn

Two big games are currently nominated for the most anticipated RPGs of the year at The Game Awards 2016 -- Mass Effect: Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Let's look at Mass Effect first, undoubtedly the most recognizable brand here, since the other title is a brand new IP from the developers of the Killzone series.

Those who had the chance to play Mass Effect: Andromeda say that it is the best game in the series. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it probably would be wise not to jump aboard the hype train too soon, and instead just wait for another 4-5 months before the game is officially out.

But what about Horizon: Zero Dawn? This game is totally new territory for Guerilla Games. The developers have stated that they always wanted to make a game in an open world, but they never considered it as an RPG title. However, after a long period of testing, it turned out that all their ideas worked best exactly within the action RPG genre, and that’s what we all should expect from this new title… oh, and giant dinosaur robots, too.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

What other RPG games can’t do, Divinity: Original Sin 2 can. It’s the game that is proclaimed to be “the last hope of the RPG genre,” which may be a bit of an overstatement, but nevertheless, Larian Studios showed that they can do no wrong after the release of the first Original Sin. The newest installment of the franchise introduces a brand new co-op system, which sounds awesome, but the developers also promise a lot will return from the original, so there’s a lot to be expected here.

RPGs of 2016

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

South Park: The Fractured but Whole keeps getting delayed over and over again, and now the game that was originally planned for 2016, will only be released Spring 2017. Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that the new combat system developed for the sequel was inspired mostly by classic table-top role-playing games. Also, they said it will let you play as a girl character from now on, which is a really neat addition that, to be honest, should have been available in the first game, too.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Another highly anticipated RPG that keeps suffering from the constant delays is Kingdom Come: Deliverance -- it will be available Summer 2017. The developers promise 30 hours of gameplay for the main campaign, and an extra 100 hours for the rest of the side quests.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Lastly, the long-awaited Kickstarter project Torment: Tides of Numenera should be delivered early next year. The first mission of the game has been available at Steam Early Access since January 2016, and currently, the developers are adding a few final touches to it and some more quests, as well.

Conclusion

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever, showing that indie games can be just as good AAA titles. And apart from single-player RPGs, next year will be full of excellent massively-multiplayer releases, too, so don’t miss on those.

The only thing left is to find out what other projects we can expect from Hidetaka Miyazaki -- the definitive king of the RPG gaming. If one of them is going to be at least half as good as the Dark Souls series, then it will prove that he is a true master of his craft.

Other than that, let us know what RPG releases should have been mentioned in this article, and what games do you expect to see in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Gift Guide: Best Games to Buy from 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sqzyz/gift-guide-best-games-to-buy-from-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sqzyz/gift-guide-best-games-to-buy-from-2016 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

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Civilization VI
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $52.90

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Civilization VI may not have gotten the same overwhelmingly positive response from fans as its two most recent predecessors, but it's still a worthy entry in this phenomenal turn based strategy franchise.

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This title preserves the glorious presentation the series is known for with superb graphics and an equally brilliant score. More depth has been added to the gameplay than has been seen in any other Civilization title, and while that's great for veterans of the franchise, it may be a bit intimidating for newcomers. As such, I recommend this as a potential gift for fans of strategy games, be they real time or turn based, and fans of the Civilization series.

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Civilization VI is available on PC and Mac.

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Broforce
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Rating: 83/100

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Price: $14.99

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Buy It: Steam

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Do you like crazy, over the top action? Do you like the idea of blowing things up with your best friends? Are you a fan of classic run and gun games like Contra and Metal Slug? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then Broforce may just be the game for you.

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There really isn't anything too complex about this one. This is a game designed to just let you have a good time shooting things alongside three of your best mates, and be as "Manly" as humanly possible. The imagination that must have gone into creating Broforce must be commended above all else. After all, most of the designs in this game look like they're from the cover of a metal album.

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Broforce is available on PC, Mac, Linux, and PS4.

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Dark Souls 3
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $39.80

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Buy It: Amazon PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Dark Souls 3 may be the continuation of a series, but you shouldn't be turned away if you haven't played the other games, as the stories are unrelated. Nor should you be turned away by this game's incredible difficulty, as, much like its predecessors, it is an incredibly frustrating game at times. For while it may be hard, it's still incredibly satisfying to eventually overcome the hurdles put in your path.

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I started off with mentioning the two things which may make you, or someone you know, hesitant to play Dark Souls 3, because once you do sit down and play it, you'll realize it's one of the best action RPGs of this generation. It does everything the first two Dark Souls games did right, and just adds onto it.

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Dark Souls 3 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Oxenfree
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Rating: 79/100

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Steam, PS4

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 I've never played a game quite like Oxenfree. With the exception of its expansive decision based conversation system, it plays like a fairly standard adventure game. However, there's nothing standard about this title's story and atmosphere. Starting with the latter, the visuals are minimalistic and striking, and the OST, which is purchasable on its own for $9.99, is positively haunting.

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Both of these aspects contribute to the story, which manages to be both an homage to class 80's horror movies, as well as a deep insight into the nature of grief. For more details on the story, I highly recommend that, AFTER you play the game for yourself, you read the article I've linked to here. Oxenfree is far from being appealing to mainstream audiences, but fans of horror and philosophy will love this strange and wonderful experience.

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Oxenfree is available on Steam and PS4

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Stardew Valley
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Rating: 88/100

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Price: $14.99

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Buy It: Steam

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In complete honesty, this was not a game for me. However, for the many people I know who are fans of simulator games, this has been one of their favorite titles to come out in 2016. According to them, and the tens of thousands of fans who've reviewed the game on Steam, this is one of the all time great farming simulators.

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And part of the reason why players feel that way is because in addition to have crisp pixel art graphics and a smooth interface, you do so much more than just farming in Stardew Valley. There's mining, fishing, foraging, and even combat. For someone who just wants to escape from the stress of the real world, this indie title is perfect.

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Stardew Valley is available on Steam.

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Street Fighter V
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Rating: 77/100

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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Capcom isn't the most popular game developer and publisher these days, but that doesn't mean they don't still make great games. Street Fighter V was a bare bones game at launch, but even then, the core fighting mechanics were some of the best to ever grace the franchise. And since then, the released DLC has made the game a complete package, definitely worth your time.

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You shouldn't be getting this for someone just because they enjoy Super Smash Bros. though. While this game can be enjoyed casually, only dedicated fighting game fans will get the most out of it. It may have taken awhile, but Street Fighter V is now one of the best games on the fighting game scene.

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Street Fighter V is available on PS4.

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Owlboy
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $24.99

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Buy It: Steam

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Retro inspired games may be common, but Owlboy should most certainly not be lumped in with the rest. This game has been in development for almost a decade, and while people have been hoping Owlboy would be something special, no one could have anticipated how emotional an experience it is.

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With one of the best soundtracks to come from an indie platformer, due in part to being done with full orchestral music, solid, if not revolutionary gameplay, beautiful sprites, and a story which will make you laugh, cry, and feel genuine hatred, Owlboy can be enjoyed by anyone. If you know anyone who's a fan of either retro games or games with deep plots, this title will make a perfect gift.

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Owlboy is available on Steam.

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Pokemon: Sun & Moon

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Rating: 86/100

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Price: $39.82

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Buy It:  Amazon Sun, Moon

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Whether you know a long time Pokemon fan or someone who was introduced to the franchise through Pokemon Go, any owner of a 3DS will be happy to get the newest installment in the franchise as a gift.

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With over 100 new Pokemon, and a slew of new features, Sun and Moon have breathed new life into a franchise people have long decried as stale and repetitive. I'll be picking up Moon for myself soon, and I can't wait to play the latest game in my favorite RPG franchise.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are available for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Overwatch

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Rating: 91/100

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Price: $34.99

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Buy It: Amazon PS4, Xbox One, PC

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In terms of pure fun, there are few games which can match Overwatch. No, it doesn't have a story, that's left to external material like web shorts and comics. It doesn't have any sort of single player campaign, but it will be a long time before you become tired of the modes the game does have to offer.

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In addition to the addicting normal matches, which I'd dumped over 300 hours into, there are also the game's new modes, such as 1 on 1 matches, 3 on 3 elimination matches, and a variety of 6 on 6 matches with special rules.

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The game is bright, colorful, and its cast of characters are all incredibly diverse and lovable. Overwatch is my all time favorite FPS, and I can't recommend it enough.

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Overwatch is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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With the release of the Mini NES, it's clear that retro games are all the rage these days. However, when it comes to buying games as gifts for your friends and family, no one will be complaining about receiving one of the best games to come out in the past year.

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This Gift Guide will include indie games and AAA titles alike, so no matter what your price range is, you'll be able to get the people you care about some truly spectacular games. I haven't played all of these titles myself, -- I'm only one person -- but due to each game's popularity and reviews, they speak for themselves.

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All Ratings are based off of each game's Metacritic Score.

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Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel DLC is Officially Out https://www.gameskinny.com/gbl7g/dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc-is-officially-out https://www.gameskinny.com/gbl7g/dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc-is-officially-out Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:40:31 -0400 Lampstradamus

For those of you who were on the Dark Souls 3 train and were waiting for more, the first piece of DLC for the game is finally out, along with a launch trailer

The first DLC, titled Ashes of Ariandel, was reported to be out early on consoles but is now officially out on all platforms.

For those familiar with the first Dark Souls and its Painted World of Ariamis, the DLC takes place in the similar Painted World of Ariandel.

The DLC features new areas, new bosses, new weapons, new spells. and new armors for players to experience. The DLC also features a fan favorite feature for those who thrive on player on player action, a PvP arena.

Those of you who already have the DLC can access the Painted  World of Ariandel by going to the Cleansing Chapel bonfire in the Cathedral of the Deep and talking to an NPC located near the bonfire. 

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Dark Souls 3 DLC Guide: How to Unlock the Arena https://www.gameskinny.com/oivh5/dark-souls-3-dlc-guide-how-to-unlock-the-arena https://www.gameskinny.com/oivh5/dark-souls-3-dlc-guide-how-to-unlock-the-arena Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:28:53 -0400 Autumn Fish

Dark Souls 3's first DLC dropped this evening. Ashes of Ariandel offers a host of new weapons, armor, magic, enemies, and bosses for returning players. Oh and let's not forget arguably the most exciting and long-awaited feature: the Player versus Player (PvP) arena.

After downloading Dark Souls 3's new DLC, one thing struck me. I knew the arena was coming, but I had no idea how to access it. Well, it turns out you unlock it -- by beating the crap out of the first boss in Ashes of Ariandel.

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to unlock the arena -- every step of the way!

Ashes of Ariandel - How to Unlock the Arena

Begin by accessing the painted world by the Cleansing Chapel bonfire, in the Cathedral of the Deep. Follow the tunnel out of the cave and light you first bonfire. Hug the right cliff face, staying wary of enemies lurking in the blizzard. Eventually, snow will give out beneath you and you'll fall a short distance.

Head to your left and up the hill from here, careful to take out the creepy killer trees and dire wolves. Follow along a fairly linear path until you reach the second bonfire hidden in a cave in front of a large, rope bridge.

Run across the bridge to the other side and whack it, a la Catacombs of Carthus. Once the bridge stops shaking, it turns into a ladder you can slide down. Be sure you have your Silvercat Ring equipped for this next area.

Champion's Gravetender Greatwolf Dark Souls 3 DLC Ashes of Ariandel

Carefully drop down the exposed tree roots until you reach the bottom of the icy chasm. The third bonfire is nuzzled into the corner from the direction you just came from.

From the bonfire in the depths of the chasm, head out and hug the right wall. You'll come across an area filled with those red flowers you've seen everywhere, and a sort of monument in the middle. Prepare for a fight before dropping down.

Head into the monument to find the first boss of Ashes of Ariandel. Lower the Champion's Gravetender to around 30% health and he'll summon the Gravetender Greatwolf to join the fight. Finish them both off to receive the Champion's Bones (and his weapon, Valorheart).

Dark Souls 3 DLC Ashes of Ariandel Chapion's Bones Undead Match How to Unlock the Arena

Return to Firelink Shrine and burn the Chapion's Bones at the bonfire. This unlocks the Undead Match feature for the Firelink Shrine bonfire. And that's how to unlock the arena in Ashes of Ariandel.

You can queue up and wander away or simply stay yourself at the bonfire for consecutive matches. Of course, there is more than simply Dueling (1v1) in the arena. There's also 2-, 4-, or 6-player Brawls (Free for All), and even 2v2's and 3v3's.

What builds are you heading into Dark Souls 3's new arena with? I think I'll test out a healer build, myself -- for those 2v2's and 3v3's, of course! Join the Ashes of Ariandel discussion in the comments below.

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How to Access the Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/ipwec/how-to-access-the-dark-souls-iii-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/ipwec/how-to-access-the-dark-souls-iii-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:01:24 -0400 Jared Elliott

FromSoftware has a peculiar habit of making their DLCs difficult to access -- and Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel is set to continue this trend. The Souls tradition places DLC access points smack in the middle of the game, and they're usually carefully hidden to boot.

Fortunately for Dark Souls fans, the unexpected early release of Ashes of Ariandel for Xbox One last week allowed a few brave pioneers to find the gateway to Ariandel ahead of the rest of us. Thanks to these folks, the rest of us have been spared hours of frustration and aimless searching.

Today after 3:00 p.m. PDT for Steam users and 9:00 p.m. PDT for console users, Ashes of Ariandel will be accessible with the help of a new NPC who appears very close to the Cleansing Chapel bonfire. He can be found kneeling to the right of the nearby altar. If you aren't familiar with the bonfire by name, it is found in the building which serves as the central "shortcut hub" of the Cathedral of the Deep - you know, the fancy church with golden double doors and tons of smashable wooden chairs inside.

Speaking with this NPC will grant the player access to Ariandel automatically. But don't worry -- after lighting the first bonfire in Ariandel, the player can easily warp back and forth from the Painted World just like any other area.

While the Cathedral of the Deep is a relatively early-game area, newcomers to Dark Souls III should expect to invest a few hours of gameplay before the DLC content can be reached. For everyone else, "May the flames guide thee" through your journey through the mysterious and dangerous land of Ariandel!

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Everything There Is to Know About Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel https://www.gameskinny.com/h11eu/everything-there-is-to-know-about-dark-souls-iii-ashes-of-ariandel https://www.gameskinny.com/h11eu/everything-there-is-to-know-about-dark-souls-iii-ashes-of-ariandel Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Jared Elliott

Anyone who has played a game in the Dark Souls series knows that walking blindly into a new area usually means frustration and certain death. When Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC October 24, 2016, fans of the series will venture into the unknown territory of Ariandel with enemies and environments never seen before. In other words, the above-mentioned frustration and certain death is sure to be pervasive. But isn't that why we love Dark Souls in the first place?

To ease the passage of eager fans through snowy Ariandel, we've compiled everything we know about the DLC, so beware of spoilers! We'll also cover a few exciting gameplay updates coming to Dark Souls III alongside Ashes of Ariandel. Dark Souls fans can expect some seriously game-changing overhauls, both in the DLC and the main game. Trust us, you don't want to miss these.

The World of Ariandel

When developer From Software dropped the first Ashes of Ariandel trailer back in August, fans noted that the snowy landscape, rickety bridge, and single stone tower pictured above are reminiscent of a land familiar to some - the Painted World of Ariamis, an optional area initially discovered by only the most adventurous and keen-eyed players. If you have no idea what we're talking about, these insights into the trailer should fill you in.

When Director Hidetaka Miyazaki was asked last month whether Ariandel and the Painted World are one and the same, he revealed just enough to stir up some mystery:

[Ashes of Ariandel] is taking place in the Painted World, but it’s taking place in a different Painted World. However, there are some connections between this Painted World and the one from the original Dark Souls. The reason I decided to return to the Painted World is because it matches with the theme I’m trying to describe in the first DLC. Players should be able to understand the reason as they play the DLC."

Similarly to the Painted World of Ariamis in Dark Souls, the world of Ariandel will be separate and removed from the base game of Dark Souls III. Additionally, Miyazaki has implied that the DLC's in-game events will have no relevance to the main plot that unfolds in Lothric:

Ashes of Ariandel is independent from the base game ... The storyline and theme of the base game are pretty much concluded in the base game.

This may be rather disappointing. While the Painted World of Ariamis was geographically removed from Lordran in Dark Souls, the two worlds were inextricably linked by captivating lore elements. In the Painted World, the origins of Crossbreed Priscilla, the various occult items, the worship of Velka, and the painting itself are all tied to the outside world of Lordran. Since Dark Souls was released in 2011, fans have spent countless hours tying up loose ends and creating compelling theories surrounding the lore of the Painted World. It would be a shame to see this crucial element removed from the experience of Ariandel.

Whatever the content of the DLC may be, getting to Ariandel in the first place may pose a challenge for newcomers. Miyazaki has stated that the area will not be accessible early in the game:

Our approach to the DLC for Dark Souls 3 is allowing players to access the DLC once they reach a certain area of the base game  ... Once they reach that area, they always have access to the DLC. But that is definitely not at the very beginning of the game, because of the difficulty level.

The late-game DLC access point for Ashes of Ariandel is a From Software tradition. DLCs for the Souls series and Bloodborne are all accessible about halfway through the main game, for example, and they usually require a quick internet search to find at all. In the Dark Souls DLC, Artorias of the Abyss, the new content is discovered in an area that most players will never find - and if they're lucky, they already found the necessary item needed to spawn the DLC access point in that location.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing for fans, as mystery and exploration are critical aspects of the Souls-ian ethos. For others, however, this may prove frustrating. While purists may scoff, it's well-known that Google is your friend in world of Dark Souls.

The Enemies

The creatures and critters skulking around Ariandel are what we've come to expect from Miyazaki - they are varied and unique, and each is a showcase of From Software's brilliant design team. From monolithic, viking-esque warriors to silent, stalking wolf packs, Ashes of Ariandel tosses some undeniably cool additions into the Dark Souls enemy collection. Luckily, we got to see a few of them in action during the latest trailer (below). What exactly are those creepy things at 3:20?

If not the incredibly cool enemies or smothering atmosphere, the boss battles of the Dark Souls series are its most iconic characteristic. Ashes of Ariandel features exactly two of these - both of which, unfortunately, were spoiled in the trailer above. The first features an Ornstein-and-Smough-esque fight against two opponents - a mysterious warrior known as Gravetender a giant wolf, reminiscent of Sif, which is predictably named Greatwolf. One can't help but think of Knight Artorias and his companion Sif - but whether there is a connection between the worlds of Dark Souls and Dark Souls III remains to be seen.

The next boss fight appears to happen in two stages. First, the player must tackle a mysterious hooded woman who wields a scythe and bears a resemblance to Priscilla from the Painted World of Ariamis. She is quick on her feet, and feels more characteristic of a hunter in Bloodborne than other human-ish enemies encountered in Dark Souls III. We know for sure that she's a threat, but the question whether or not she has any connection to Priscilla is a different story. Sadly, we have to wait until October 25 to find out.

Next comes the grandpappy of all creepy bosses who like to wield giant bowls of lava. Theories abound of this giant creep's identity and origin, with guesses ranging from Allfather Lloyd to Velka, the Goddess of Sin and beyond. Although we can't discern its identity, we can glean from the trailer that this boss is somehow an important figure in its world. The hooded woman refers to it as "father," it appears to be chained to a throne-like chair, and it carries what is very similar to the Lordvessel. You won't have much time to think about the Lordvessel's presence in Ariandel, though, because Mr. Creep is going to smash you with it immediately.

The Arena

Ashes of Ariandel features a new multiplayer PvP area known as the Hollow Arena, which is similar in concept to the Battle of Stoicism in Dark Souls, but includes many new features to get excited about. The Hollow Arena will have two battle modes - Duel and Brawl. Duels are one-on-one fights which end when a player is killed in combat, whereas brawls use a more traditional deathmatch template. In other words, brawls can include up to six players - three per team - and each kill is a points. Whichever team has the most points at the end of a specified time limit wins the match.

The arena itself is a slightly-modified version of the Kiln of the First Flame in the main game for now, but it is rumored that new maps will be released in the future. It is unknown at this point whether a reward system will be included to incentivize victory, like the Forest Hunter covenant did in Dark Souls - though some would say that the souls of fallen enemies are reward enough.

The Patches

No, not that Patches. These patches are more predictable thanks to recently posted release notes, and much trustier. Okay, that's enough with Souls jokes. Levity aside, the updates scheduled for release alongside Ashes of Ariandel on October 25 will include all of the typical fare: bug fixes, microscopic balance tweaks, and the like. Some updates, however, are literally game-changing.

Reportedly, Sword Arts and even some basic attacks are due for an extreme makeover, with animations and overall functions expected to change for many weapons. That's right - the Sword Art gameplay element is going to be revamped entirely, and it's possible that you'll no longer have to swing the greatsword straight up and down like a ninny.

Most notably, poise will receive its long-overdue reconstruction to better match the superior poise system in the original Dark Souls. If you aren't in the know, "poise" is a value given to armor which determines how likely your character is to stagger from an enemy attack. In the Dark Souls poise system, heavy armor has high poise, which makes the player stagger less often. Likewise, light armor has low poise and allows for more staggering, but also allows for faster movement to evade attacks.

Much to the frustration of players everywhere, the poise system in Dark Souls III has existed in name only until now. In other words, heavy and light armors are equally terrible at preventing stagger, which eliminates the efficacy and practicality of using heavy weapons and armor. Thankfully, this will no longer be the case for long. 

You can check out the full list of patches on the Dark Souls wiki page.

Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Fan-Made Projects that Remind Us Why the Dark Souls Community Is So Amazing https://www.gameskinny.com/v2nck/5-fan-made-projects-that-remind-us-why-the-dark-souls-community-is-so-amazing https://www.gameskinny.com/v2nck/5-fan-made-projects-that-remind-us-why-the-dark-souls-community-is-so-amazing Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Seth Zulinski

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We're down to the last few logs to throw on the bonfire, Souls and Soulsettes. With Ashes of Ariandel releasing on October 25th, and only one announced DLC for Dark Souls 3 slated after that...it could be dark times ahead for the Souls community. (But in the meantime, why not try some awesome DS3 builds?)

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I believe we can make it through, though. Perseverance is what we do. It's who we are. Going on in the face of adversity is what this series has trained us for, what it has been about, since Day 1. We can survive -- with a little Jolly Cooperation. 

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With a community this massive and creative, we're sure we missed something though. So throw down a sign, and be sure to let us know some of your favorite things to have come from the Souls community. 

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The Players

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Lastly, one of the best things to ever emerge from the Dark Souls community is...well, the community. The dataminers, the lore finders, the blind/speed/challenge runners. The players themselves banding together against FROMSoftware's constant attempts to render us all Hollow -- and banding together to fix the problems FROM hasn't. 

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As we went over in our breakdown on Dark Souls 3's DLC Ashes of Ariandel Arena sneak peek (courtesy of Souls streamers), one of the problems that many Invaders, and Aldrich Faithful, and Watchdogs of Farron and even some Blue Sentinels and Darkmoon Blades found in DS3 was the staggering rate of "ganking".

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You zone into Anor Londo, see every monster conspicuously deceased, and manage to catch a glimpse of the Host of Embers waving as two of his friends beat you into the ground with Dragon's Teeth. 

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Enter the Bloodshades. They're a player-made, player-run "Covenant" built for one solitary purpose -- to make gankers pay the price. With their own uniform, naming conventions, build-guides, and even a covenant Discord channel, the Bloodshades were made by the Parry King himself, Peeve, but staffed by us. 

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Whether you embrace the edge or suffer some cringe at the thought, a unit that massive sprung up nearly overnight -- and it's all thanks to us. The players. The community itself. Where FROMSoft failed us (at least until the release of the Arena, hopefully), we prevailed.

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All it took was a little Quiet Resolve. 

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The Lorebrarians

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Despite some recent controversy regarding his content source, it's hard to argue that VaatiVidya isn't a colossal contributor to the content of the Souls community. 

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Bits of runs, constant speculation, trailer analysis, and deep dives into the lore of the Dark Souls series -- from blatant guessing to the well researched Prepare to Cry installments -- Vaati has it all when it comes to the lore.

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All this has landed Vaati as one of the top names in figuring out what, exactly, has been going on in Lordran, Drangleic, and Lothric while we're busy running about being a murderball of Weapon Arts and magic.

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The silky, smooth-jazz tones and warm velvet of Vaati's voice don't hurt, either -- though even those fall a little short of how good the SOULSONGs (a collaborative series between independent musicians and Vaati himself) are. 

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The Runners

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Of course, if fancifully exploring the deep world of the Dark Souls series isn't quite what you came to watch, the Runners have you covered. 

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If it's the blistering fast pace set by the Speedrunning community members like Nemz38, Distortion2 (both of whom have completed Dark Souls 3 in a little over a half an hour as of writing) and LobosJr, some of the timesaves and game-breaking exploits these players manage to find and utilize in an effort to shave every millisecond are almost as impressive as that time you managed to parry your first Black Knight swing.

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Of course, if you're looking for a methodical approach, you can always check out Challenge Runners like The EdgeLords -- a collection of some of the most invincible runners around that pride themselves on having completed many Souls games without taking even a single hit.

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While not as blazingly fast as the speedrun community, the Challenge runners are just as tense . Every move, every step that the likes of The_Happy_Hobb and Squillakilla take...each one spells the instant end of hours of work if so much as a stray rat attack lands. 

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Whether you want to see exactly how fast you can crush a Souls game, or how Dark a run can get with no armor, no shield, no bow, no magic, no death, no rolling, and no leveling...the Runners have done it. Twice. Blindfolded. With a Guitar Hero controller. 

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The Explorers

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It's hard to touch on just how awe-inspiring the community can be without what may be the real cornerstone behind the Dark Souls' success as a series -- the runs. Most notably, there's blind runs from people that are going to get brutally ReDeaded over. And over. And over. 

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While there's at least a handful of really thoughtful, appreciable approaches to the "Dark Souls blind run" library, few are as engaging as the (now pseudolegendary) (mis)adventures of a Let's Player known only as Kay. 

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Set against the grim murderfest that used to be considered accessible only to some form of grizzled gaming elite, what started as a joke from her boyfriend turned into a full-on fanbase that watched Kay out-think and outsmart her way through the Souls series so well that she wound up in You Died -- a book exploring both the world of Dark Souls and the community surrounding it. 

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Though she's currently on assumed hiatus mid-way through Dark Souls 3, you check out Kay's channel to find all of her intelligent commentary and in-depth exploration, with more than enough content to keep you watching until Ashes of Ariandel drops near the end of October. 

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The Creators

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Content creator ThePruld may not be Dark Souls specific, but his Italian YouTube channel has certainly put in more than its fair share of work when it comes to world of Lordran. Whether it's the heartwrenching yet motivating "We are the Souls" video backed by Christina Perri's "I Believe", or the comically absurd "When you go Dark Souls with your best mates", ThePruld has managed to make himself a place in the Souls community that slips just enough feels in between the insane misadventures of Lautrec, Solaire, Oscar, and friends to make it all worthwhile. 

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If you check out ThePruld's channel, be advised -- there is a little language and content which may be unsuitable for younger souls. 

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If there's one thing we've learned from the fearsome Dark Souls series, it's that sometimes things are just better together. With the first Dark Souls 3 DLC Ashes of Ariandel coming up fast, and what may be the final time we Link the First Flame (or, y'know, walk away and leave the world in perpetual Darkness) on the horizon, we've decided to take a moment to look back at not only the series itself, but the very best part about it -- the community. 

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Sure, it's hard to top the first time you ever stood victorious over Ornstein and Smough, finally snuffed the last embers of the Fume Knight, or stood toe-to-toe with the very Soul of Cinder. But some wins don't come with an 'Heir of Fire Destroyed' message. Some wins come from jolly cooperation -- from the community itself. Some wins are just existing and creating in these Dark times...

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...and we're here with 5 of the best things to ever come out of the Dark Souls community.    

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Warning: Amazing things ahead. 

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New Info Surfaces for Arena System, Weapons, Armor, and Spells in Dark Souls 3 Ashes of Ariandel DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/c4bok/new-info-surfaces-for-arena-system-weapons-armor-and-spells-in-dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/c4bok/new-info-surfaces-for-arena-system-weapons-armor-and-spells-in-dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:37:00 -0400 Seth Zulinski

Recently four notable Souls personalities (Peeve Peeverson, RBFrosty, Dreadedcone, and iSkys)  were invited to participate in an early access look at the upcoming Arena in Dark Souls 3's DLC Ashes of Ariandel (releasing on October 25th). And that also meant a preview into the weapons, armor, and spells that will be available.

But if watching the Father of Bloodshades' 20-minute exploration is a bit too long for your tastes, never fear -- the TL;DR is below. 

OBVIOUS WARNING: The content both in the video and below contain minor spoilers about the upcoming Arena system, as well as some arms and armor found in the DLC. 

So far, the released content has covered 3 new weapons, 2 new armor sets, a new shield, and a new spell -- though the stats and some of the Weapon Arts/special moves have been forcibly concealed. 

Weapons, Shields, and Spells

The Onyx Blade
Seen in trailers, this weapon may very well be the longest Greatsword in the game -- giving a little more reach to those horizontal GS swings we're all used to. While the Onyx Blade only reaches +5 (and is therefore unbuffable by outside means such as Resins or spells), it does sport a fairly strong Dark buff all on its own (with a cool buff animation to boot).
Valorheart 

The Gladius and Smallshield combination seen in some combat trailers, this fast little number takes a standard Straight Sword moveset perfect for infinite R1 spam and pairs it with a new "blocking leap" attack capable of covering a fair bit of ground while keeping your guard up. With a solid dashing thrust and a possibly-magic enhanced "guard break" action, you can be sure we're going to see plenty of this Sword and Board combo in upcoming PvP.

Even better, it's a paired item like Twinblades -- keeping your offhand free for any additional weapons you may want, but having the shield ready at a click of the 2-Hand button. 

The Follower Javelin

While the standard Spear moveset isn't anything to write home about, the Weapon Art certainly is. The Follower Javelin has a (thus far) unique Weapon Art that will launch the spear as a ranged projectile before returning to its owner's hand. Perfect for long range harassment, roll catches, and Estus stopping, the Follower Javelin packs a lot of punch in very little space. 

The Follower Shield

Intricate frontal design on a relatively large frame suggests this is something of a Medium shield, not quite Havel's but a far cry better at damage absorption than your favorite Buckler. Most interesting is its inclusion of the Weapon Art moveset rather than the traditionally favorable parry -- it seems almost built to be paired with some weapon that has a fun and infinite useable Weapon Art...but what weapon could that be? 

Frozen Weapon

Cast with what looks to be a stave/catalyst, this new Sorcerous weapon buff applies Frostbite to the chosen weapon -- opening up whole new worlds in terms of PvP endurance management and offense styles. Given how prominent "rolling forever" is in the current game, the ability to cripple enemy Endurance recovery is a welcome addition to the current roster of spell-based weapon buffs. 

Armor

Two new armor sets saw some screen time during the preview. There's the Follower Set, a fair mashup of leather and scale that looks to be in line with "medium armor" sets, and even sporting the traditional "kind of armor but not" fur topping found on Drang and Faraam-wear currently available. Unfortunately, the hat is ludicrous -- a long metal cone rising upwards that's more suited for joke-cosplay than our beloved Fashion Souls. 

Luckily, the Milwood set picks up much of the slack, offering players another shot at a heavier armor set that doesn't look like an oversized Archdeacon crammed into a tin can. Complete with a horned helm, furs, leathers, and a crest emblazoned on the chest piece, this set looks like the wrath of some ancient Norse god put into clothing -- perfect for your Dark Souls Odin cosplay, if you could find some sort of magic spear...

The Arena

The thing many of us are most anxious for in the upcoming Dark Souls 3 DLC, Ashes of Ariandel -- the Arena system finally returns to (and seemingly improves upon) the old PvP slaughterhouse of Dark Souls. For those of us who are getting a little tired of Invading in only to be met by three full Havel monsters lying in wait spamming "Welcome", the new system allows a bit more numerically fair engagements in Duels, 2v2s, 3v3s, and those iterations of a free for all, King of the Hill style Brawl mode. 

There were also selections for "Cooperative 2v2" and "Cooperative 3v3". While the invited players themselves couldn't quite figure it out, we're all leaning heavily towards this being a PvP bracket meant for players that wish to queue together, and wreak havoc on the Arena as a team rather than as a single Chosen Undead. 

For those of you afraid of the inevitable Estus chug, take heart . In many modes Estus seems to be disabled completely (and Ashen Estus severely limited). Others offer but a single sip of Sunny D, reclaimable only by doing most of the dirty work destroying an enemy phantom. 

While you can certainly let your colors fly with your Covenants equipped, there do not seem to be (at least by these videos) any Covenant rewards handed out for vanquishing your opponents. Sorry, Darkmoon brothers and sisters, it seems we're still going to have to get our severed ears the old fashioned way -- by cutting them from Silver Knights in Anor Londo.

Just as Gwyn intended. 

While there's still tons more weapons and spells to check out when Ashes of Ariandel releases on the 25th, this peek into the upcoming PvP addition of Dark Souls 3's DLC is a grossly incandescent ray of sunshine for the reds, blues, whites, yellows, pinks, and purples that have gotten a little tired of the pit in Anor Londo. 

In an age of eSports and competitive gaming, one of the most legendary game series of modern times has given a cutthroat PvP community an Arena. Will Ashes of Ariandel bring with it a burgeoning Dark Souls competitive scene? Only time will tell. 

Until then, though...charge that Dragonslayer's Swordspear, paint your Warden Twinblades rouge, praise the sun, and pass the ammunition. 

It's about to get bloody. 

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