Atlus has kept us up-to-date concerning Demon's Souls , one of the PS3's best exclusive titles of the generation. And they have asked that we apprise you of a technical fact you may not be aware of:
When we were sent the trade demo for review, we were reminded that the servers we used would only be available for this testing/review phase; when the end of September rolled around, those servers would go bye-bye. Now, the North American online servers for the regular retail release of the game become active on the day of the game's release, which is October 6. Hence, if you somehow manage to snag yourself a copy before the street date, don't be surprised to see an error message when you try to log into the servers on the PSN. As Atlus was good enough to give us that trade demo – and it seems we're getting the Collectors Edition, too; wooo! – we figured we'd help 'em out and fill you in. Bear in mind that you don't necessarily need the online aspect to play Demon's Souls , but it can certainly help. Read our review for more information, but basically, when online, you can see the bloodstains of other players, catch the ghostly outlines of those players from time to time, read helpful messages scrawled on the ground by other players, and of course, team up and tackle some of the game's bigger challenges. Therefore, you'll certainly want to test out the multiplayer, but we just wanted to make it clear that it isn't necessary to complete your quest. …it would certainly alleviate some of that substantial pressure, though.
As the review also states, this is the RPG hardcore fans have been waiting for, so if you've got the guts to take on a truly challenging (yet highly rewarding) role-playing adventure, there's no better option than Demon's Souls .