GamesRadar+ readers and Golden Joystick Awards viewers crowned Dark Souls as the GOAT. Here's why
The sprawling, interconnected world of Lordran is the star of the Dark Souls show. Its meticulous blueprint weaves from its highest peaks to its lowest troughs with effortless continuity.
Claiming the scalp of one of those iconic bosses – seeing it vanish in a blaze of light, watching the words VICTORY ACHIEVED appear – is one of the most euphoric feelings in any game ever.
Death is often the result of your own failings – be that a mistimed parry or a poorly-executed offensive advance. Within Lordran, you're often your own worst enemy.
Dark Souls is the OG. It spawned its own genre, with scores of lesser Souls-likes trying to capture the magic of the original. Everything from its unqiue slant on permadeath to the hack-slash-and-roll mechanics have been copied.
We'll be talking about the genre-defining masterpiece for decades. In Dark Souls, we're told that history repeats itself. But in reality, there will likely never be a game quite like it again.
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