This new Dark Souls is called “Hardcore”, which is what you need to be to survive the game’s delights as catalogued within.
“I remember the first time I died,” it begins. Me too! Not so many of the three hundred times since then, although certainly the one where I fell in a hole and was eaten by curse frogs. That was memorable. So memorable I deleted that save file.
Dark Souls is available now on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and is drawing critical praise along with a wave of snapped control pads and server overload on the many online guides, FAQ and Wiki pages springing up to fill a gaping, desperate need for help.