The Joys and Terrors of Playing 'Dark Souls 3' With Other People

The Joys and Terrors of Playing ‘Dark Souls 3’ With Other People

The first time I played Demon’s Souls, the original game in From Software’s now-famous Souls series, I beat the whole game solo. That’s the best way to familiarize yourself with the games’ totally unique worlds: by throwing yourself against them until they click. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s another way to play Dark Souls 3: you can summon other players into your world to help you, and leave yourself open to attack by malicious invaders. The methods and mechanics are complex and unfriendly, but it’s worth it to learn the ropes. Playing Dark Souls 3 with other players doesn’t just make it easier—it changes the game entirely. Dark Souls 3 can be punishingly difficult, but play it long enough and the game becomes predictable. Enemies are always in the same place, and their attacks never vary, each one a wind-up soldier that sputters and fails in the end. By the time you’ve defeated them all a dozen times they’re just another part of the setting, same as the vines…

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