Haven't played Demon Souls yet. Dark Souls seems to be addicting but yet again I stopped playing because I got frustrated by a damn half hp curse. Well, good luck for that Platinum trophy though, its not gonna be easy.
I've been playing Demon's Souls for the past week and I'm loving every minute of it. This is my second time playing the game since my first experience of it is not a very good one. I couldn't get a grasp of the game at first because it doesn't hold your hand which at that time frustrates the living sh*t out of me. After dying multiple times at the hand of the Old Hero boss with my first character, I gave up on the game and put it out to pasture.
When I heard the news that the developers will shut down the servers at the end of May, I gave it another shot to see if I can persevere through the game without frustrating myself all over again. After watching multiple Let's Play videos on Youtube, reading the official wiki site of it and finding the right character build for me, I started playing the game from the start with a new character (Royalty character to be exact). At first the game reminded me immediately of how harsh it is specially if you're going into a new world and you're unprepared. One thing I like about this genre is that it teaches you to be methodical and patient at the same time which I very much lack on my first playthrough. You have to carefully analyze the situation, study the enemy movements, find ways to kill them without losing HP, learning how to conserve your resources and many more. It's a different kind of RPG that gives the players the option on how to tackle on things which is good since linearity in a game can sometime bore the casual games (like myself) easily. Also, it's after you finish the game that the real Demon's Souls starts since the game already difficult nature will increase by tenfold. I'm on New Game+ right now and it's giving me the challenge that normally would piss me off already but since I passed the initiation stage, I'm all prepared for it specially when other players invade your world. The multiplayer aspect of Demon's Souls is one of the most unique portion of the game in my opinion. Again you need to prepare yourself at anytime because if someone invades your world and you're not ready, you'll definitely die in their hands (you can only be invaded if you're in Body form and you can invade other players if in Soul Form).
Every gamer should give this game a chance. It's rough on you at first but be patient with it, learn the game's pros and cons, be methodical with every situation and most importantly have fun with it! If I would rate this game, I'll give a 9/10. I just hope that the community will not stop supporting this game so that the developers wouldn't shutdown the servers and also to give those other gamers that hadn't tried this game a chance to experience something out of the ordinary. I'll never stop playing this game until I got the Platinum trophy of it!