There's no arguing that the Dark Souls series has mastered the action RPG genre (though The Witcher 3 is a good alternative with a better story). How does Dark Souls 3 match up to the other games in the series? Well, it certainly surpasses the somewhat shonky Dark Souls 2, but Bloodborne is another matter, standing tall with its coherent, strange and sickly Cthulhian world, and subtle story. Dark Souls 3 must bow its head to its Playstation predecessor - but should be proud that it manages to be a gruelling, challenging adventure, pushing endlessly through horror and weirdness.
Dark Souls III is a game that harnesses nostalgia masterfully. Thereís no doubt that this is a game thatís as much love letter to fans as anything else. Thereís a bit more exposition, tons of familiar faces and nods to the original game, and a sense that weíre travelling back to a place we havenít been in a long time. Thereís a sadness to this adventure, but also a kind of joy.