Dark Souls trailer to player: “Screw you, you're going to be crap at Dark Souls”

From Software's Demon's Souls managed to make even the grizzled old warhorses of RPG gaming cry into their eyepatches and facial scars with its uncommonly demanding gameplay, so of course it stands to reason that for the spiritual successor – Dark Souls, which expands the series onto Xbox 360 come its October release – the company would promise “greatly increased difficulty.” Hell, even just following this new trailer is a bit of a challenge, with the game's satisfyingly moody visuals giving up little in the way of gameplay details beyond a fairly stark statement of your playing prospects.

This clip's official title, Bartholomew, comes from the backing track by Canadian saloon-rockers The Silent Comedy, which provides a nice change from the soaring orchestrals and wailing choirs usually mandatory within these sorts of clips (peep the title's Gamescom clip for plenty of both). Still, if this trailer has you expecting equal parts brooding dark fantasy, high-budget drama and a tendency to murder anyone damn-fool enough to press Start, it's probably done its job.

Aug 22, 2011


  • RedAppolyon - August 24, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    What song is that?
  • TheTrooper424 - August 23, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    This is going to be epic.
  • Marcunio88 - August 23, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Love the trailer. Love the music. Pretty sure I'm going to love the game too!
  • inconceivable - August 23, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    OK, that was a really cool trailer. I'm officially interested.
  • Shanetexas - August 23, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    It's one thing to be difficult, but the game also has to give off the impression that the player is in full control at all times, and not fighting the controls/camera/targeting. I wanted to love Demon Souls, but I found it too unforgiving. It's not that I don't like hard games, but games still have to be fun to play.
  • NanoElite666 - August 23, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Interesting choice of music to go with a game like this.
  • db1331 - August 23, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    That's a nice way of saying the music was terrible, which it was. Still not as bad as the Dragon Age/Manson trailer, or whatever the hell that godawful racket was in the Borderlands intro. Dark Souls seems to have fixed all my gripes about the first game though. If it weren't for all the amazing games just around the corner it would be a day one buy, but right now it's looking like a $20 special like the first game.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 23, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    You seem to hate everything.
  • db1331 - August 23, 2011 10 a.m.

    Nope, just bad stuff.
  • Channel4 - August 23, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    What were your gripes with the first game? The only changes I can see are that the world is bigger and they've removed world tendancy. Plus they've pledged to make it significantly harder, which means they'll be more annoying things like the dragons.
  • db1331 - August 23, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    The game was too dark. Not dark-scary, but dark-I can't see anything outside of my little light radius. I also hated breezing through a level for 30 minutes, then getting beat at your first attempt on a boss and having to spend another 30 minutes getting back to him. That's not difficult, that's tedious. Dark Souls looks to be well-lit and even colorful at times, and the bonfire system sounds like it might help cut out on a lot of pointless corpse runs.
  • NanoElite666 - August 24, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    It's not that I think it's bad necessarily, it's just not what I would expect for this game. But to each their own I suppose. I happened to think the music choice for Borderlands' intro fit with it pretty good, even though I don't care for the band that did the song otherwise.
  • Abolish - August 23, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    I can't wait for this game! After beating Demon's souls at least a dozen times and putting almost 200 hours into it I'm so pumped for this.
  • lordgodalming - August 23, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    Got the Plat trophy in Demon's Souls without ever touching multiplayer (not my thing). I really hope Dark Souls doesn't require co-op.
  • amesh321 - August 24, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    if your system was connected to the internet you might have done the multiplayer without ever knowing it ;P
  • BlackElement17 - August 23, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    I saw a Mind Flayer in there. This game is going to be impossible.
  • taokaka - August 23, 2011 5:34 a.m.

    Am I the only one that thinks of the ds game bleach:dark souls every time this game is mentioned?
  • kluivertus - August 23, 2011 10:46 a.m.

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  • Yaro - August 23, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    Currently practicing for Dark Souls. NG+ on Demon's souls is seriously messed up. Struggling with Maneater, dudes got so much HP. Cannot wait for DkS!!! =) Glad to see Gamesradar in the trailer.

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