I loved Demon Souls, however I have to confess I did not actually finish it. I was about 90 hours into it and pretty close to the end when my PS3 died and I lost my save file. I did not have PSN+, if it was even around at the time. I got a new slim PS3, all my other game saves I had managed to transfer to my PSP Pro Duo stick but as anyone will know Demon's Souls is protected. I did start again but was too heartbroken to really get into it, I did not have the same armour at the start. My first game when I started the first area was having a pure white tendacy event and the gate at the side of the start was open and I got the armour from the building up the top of that area, Brushwood armour I believe. One day soon I will go in again.
Anyhows, strayed from the subject, Dark Souls. My impressions so far is that it an excellent game and in many ways is better than Demon Souls, in some ways it is worse. The world structure and how it links is excellent, and the bonfire system is good. I also liked the nexus as well though. So far I am in Anor Londor after 60 hours so I think I have made good progress, I am level 72 and started off as a warrior who began evolving into a battle-mage. When I got the Gold Hemmed Armour I only donned the jacket and skirt as my upgraded Elite Knight helmet and leather gauntlets +6 provided better protection than the gold hemmed equilvilents, at this point I really felt the evolution.
Negatives about Dark Souls are, firstly major downer on Blighttown. Firstly the slowdown is noticeable, though in itself not a major problem. My issue with Blighttown is the collision detection, being killed because my character can not walk over something which must be sticking out of the ground 1cm, also the camera can get awkward here.Not to forgetthose damned mossies, they really cause chaos to the auto-lock. I really loathed my first run through here, made worse by the fact I actually entered via the Firelink shrine side and did not need to fight my way up the the top to fight the boss but I did realise this, not till I reached the still locked sewer entrance. I also wondered what that key was for, and I must have walked past the door without noticing! I have since gone back and opened it. I cursed and swore as I fought my way back the first bonfire, down near the boss. The boss was easy enough as I could summon man-eater Mildred.
I have felt robbed of the sense of achievement a couple of tiimes, the first was the Taurus Demon. He had crushed me a few times and I went back, armed with firebombs and I felt I knew his patterns. I had him down to about five percent health with me on full with 3 Estus flasks left when he whacked me off the bridge to my death, he followed me over and I was credited with the kill but lost any drop he may have made. I did get the souls though, once I reclaimed them but I felt cheated from victory.
All in all though Dark Souls is an immense game, a real gem and I recommend it to anyone who can take a challenge.