An iron giant, living ooze, skeletion warrior, and a lizard-thing that looks like a certain Metroid character’s distant cousin await in Dark Souls. From Software’s spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls has nearly 100 different monsters grinning at the thought of your death.
Similar to Demon’s Souls you can learn from other player’s mistakes by watching how they died. It’s possible to leave messages in Dark Souls too. Whether you trick players into walking in front of a boulder trap or help them is your choice.
While Dark Souls has multiplayer features, it is a single player game. The pacts you make determine whether players that cross your path are friends or foe. Beacon Fires are a gathering point for players in Dark Souls and you’ll visit those friendly spots often because these are also where you recover and re-spawn when you die.
Namco Bandai estimates Dark Souls has 60 hours of gameplay. You can start the quest sometime this fall when Namco Bandai Games America releases the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Japan gets Dark Souls in September and Europe has the game marked for October.