Dark Souls 3

Now that you know what the stats do, it’s time to create a character. In Dark Souls games, this process has a great deal of bearing on your first hour or two of play, but the choices you make only have limited relevance after that. Instead of being locked into a character class, you’re merely deciding on a gender, visual appearance, and a starting set of attributes that you can modify to a g...

Character attributes are very important in Dark Souls III. You use Souls to improve your attributes throughout the game, and that is how you are able to deal more damage, survive stronger enemy attacks, use better equipment, and wield the best spells. Read on to learn what all of these attributes do so that you can start planning what you want to do with your character. The sections ahead talk ...

Now we’re getting into the thick of it. This chapter is where the game comes alive. We’ll cover combat, movement, evasive tricks, creation your character, and improving them over time.

Movement The left analog stick controls your movement. Normally, you turn and then move in whichever direction you push. Press back on the stick to move toward the camera, left to strafe left, and so on. Turn your camera to make it easier to see where you’re going, or keep it focused on something specific if you’re trying to dodge ranged attacks or watch an incoming enemy. It’s possible ...

The HUD shows you many things about your character, so you never have to look far to receive a wealth of information. Your character stays in the center of the screen, and you have control of the camera to look around. In the upper corner, you have bars for your health (in red), your FPs (in blue), and your Stamina (in green). These fill or deplete depending on the actions you take, and that le...

If you’re experienced with the series, it shouldn’t be hard to pick up the controller and get back into Dark Souls III. The system has a few changes from the earlier titles, but the general feel of the game and most of the commands are similar. You can probably skip this chapter unless you have any questions or want to re-familiarize yourself with all of the controls in the game. New playe...

Dark Souls games tell their story without resorting to exposition or lengthy dialogue. Instead, they allow the player to uncover tidbits about the world indirectly. Item text descriptions and engaging your foes while getting brief glimpses into their motivations are all that you get. For some players, the history of the world will remain a mystery despite multiple playthroughs. It isn’t this...