Forget all this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3 talk. For role-playing fans, the battle might be between Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim .

Thankfully, fans of the genre should have time for both, as the follow-up to the award-winning Demon's Souls will release on October 4, and Skyrim won't be ready until November 11. Of course, given the amount of time people may spend with Dark Souls , maybe there isn't enough time…

So what will the hardcore role-playing fans choose? These are very different experiences, although both will likely offer 100+ hours of gameplay for those who want it. Dark Souls will tax your combat and strategy abilities to the limit; it's a real-time, third-person adventure that builds upon the success of Demon's Souls . On the other hand, Skyrim features a gigantic open world ( Dark Souls isn't quite as open) and a first-person viewpoint. The style is different, and so is the progression.

There's little doubt that Skyrim will be the most popular, but that's hardly the intriguing question. MW3 is destined to trump BF3 on the sales charts, but that's not what gets headlines; it's a quality vs. quality battle. In that case, which of these RPGs will emerge victorious according to reviews? We'll let the RPG fans weigh in with their picks.

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Palpatations911
Palpatations911
9 years ago

Being a big fan of Demon's Souls, I'm not exactly sure I would group it's successor with other RPG's just because the gap between RPG and Action games can become blurred these days..

These days many action games have the same elements that RPG's have. I think a good example is Skill distribution, character growth, and an epic storyline – Each God of War game did a great job of that.. As did Darksiders, Demon's Souls and other games. Heck, you collect souls in Demon's Souls and distribute them to your skills much like you would in action games. Is inventory management the biggest difference between an Action game and an RPG game – Sometimes it seems that way to me.

Anyways, I think Dark Souls will be a better RPG than Skyrim just because I have owned 4 elder scrolls games and while they are fantastic and epic games, the enhancements between the games are minimal. There wasnt *that* many differences between Morrowind and Oblivion, for example. Of course, i'm merely speculating and I am interested to hear other peoples feedback and why.

One thing is for certain and that is that both games should present a very good value for gamers. Both games should be loaded with replayability.


Last edited by Palpatations911 on 7/28/2011 9:40:16 PM

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Yeah well there won't be that many differences between the gameplay of Dark Souls and Demon's Souls either. So what? We expect a certain similarity in each installment of our favorite franchise. It's what makes it our favorite.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

OT
Everyone vote for Nikokuni on level 5's facebook to get it localise.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Yay!!! go vote for NiNoKuni (PS3) @ Level-5 Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/LEVEL5IA


Last edited by Claire C on 7/28/2011 10:00:41 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Every RPG fan should be excited for NinoKuni.

If you haven't heard of it try looking up some gameplay videos of the PS3 version on YouTube.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Gladly sir, gladly.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Sadly I don't have nor want a Facebook account but I do want this game though.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

This guy is doing a live translation for Ni No Kuni. Makes me feel good about it possibly being localized.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt8vGFs-14A

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I voted for it! I also looked up videos and it looks good, loving the art as well it looks beautiful. 😀

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I can't speak too much for Dark Souls as of yet, I've played a level of Demon's Souls. I liked it. But as of right now, my money is one Skyrim. I love what Bethseda does with their stuff and I'm eager for more.

Cuetes
Cuetes
9 years ago

My time seems to be at a premium these days. So my time will be spent with Skyrim.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I pre-ordered BOTH!!

But if I had to choose it'd be Skyrim for sure.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

For me it's Skyrim.

Chelsea United
Chelsea United
9 years ago

Your dp is stupendous Ignitus.

La_Bete12
La_Bete12
9 years ago

Skyrim, definitely. It's gonna be taking over my life for months. 😀

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
9 years ago

I was able play Demon's Souls and I liked it. I'm just not too sure what will change and what will remain the same in Dark Souls for me to give it my vote. For the time being I will put my money on Skyrim based on Bethesda's track record with the past Elder Scrolls titles, but I'll reserve my judgement till I can play both.

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

My vote is for skyrim aswell.

Have you seen the graphics of both the video AND the gameplay? its effing stupendous. I'm not knocking on dark souls though, I'm sure it'll look fantastic too, but it just seems like to me that the fine folks at bethesda invested a lot of time in just how things look.

But my opinion could be veiwed as biased, as I own tec4 and demons souls, but havnt played much demons souls. Its on my list, but I've been imursed in wkc, so really thhats the only game that's been gettin play from me.

But yeah, skyrim.

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

My bad, that should read : teS4. Not tec4.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

I loved oblivion, but I loved demons souls more due to its ingenious co-op mechanic and challenging enemies. So I am going to have to side with dark souls

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
9 years ago

AHHHH TWO OF MY FAVE GAMES WERE OBLIVION AND DEMON SOULS. TOO HARD TOO PICKK

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

I'll pick Skyrim out of the two.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

One thing you said is absolutely true. They are very different experiences. As such, best rpg will go to Skyrim, but the winners are gamers.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

What's your avatar of? o.O

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Don't know the character, since I've never watched any of the series, but it's from the Anime: Bleach.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

It is Hollow Ichigo from Bleach. One would think a person with a Faye Valentine avatar would know.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Taste vary. I personally love Cowboy Bebop but I am not a huge fan of Bleach.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Sadly I haven't seen Bleach. It's one of those series I've been meaning to check out.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'm coming to the end of Claymore, very good series if you can get past the annoying amount of "narration" in battles. You know where they explain their moves to each other and stuff, I hate that, but otherwise recommend.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

I'm waiting for season 2 of High School of the Dead.

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

Cowboy Bebop is a fantastic anime. It's one that I watched while younger, then revisited here recently. Though I love Cowboy Bebop, I do not love all Anime. Bleach is just too time consuming. I love an a beginning, a middle, and an end to my shows thank you!

@World: Claymore is great, and you were right about the narration, but have you noticed the UNGODLY amount of crying? Good god, I've never seen so many eye droppings in my life.

@Geobaldi: How do you like High School Of the Dead? I thought about purchasing that but I'm on the fence.


Last edited by Codeez on 7/29/2011 4:00:16 AM

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

@Codeez
It was awesome in my opinion. Any zombie fan should enjoy it as it brings to mind the classics of old. You can watch it on the Hulu website to see what you think. One episode was enough for me to purchase it. The manga's, it's based on, are pretty good as well.

@sirbob6
Nice to see somebody else likes Hellsing 🙂


Last edited by Geobaldi on 7/29/2011 6:58:42 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Codeeze, there's some nice fan service in HoTD too 😉

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

Fan service ehh? Me like the fan service…Like it all up in my face. Thanks guys I think I'm going to buy it. Read into it a little and it sounds like my kind of show.

SoulController
SoulController
9 years ago

Im sure Ill love Skyrim but Im going with Dark Souls. Especially if co-op is anything like Demons Souls. One of the best online experiences this gen. They just need to make sure it supports a headset this time though.

Oh and btw for anyone who got frustrated with Demons Souls difficulty, co-op was your missing link.

JPBooch
JPBooch
9 years ago

That's like asking me to pick my favorite child. Here is room in my heart for both Seriously though, if you held a gun to my head and forced me to pick, I'd say that Dark Souls might be my favorite due to the intensity and worrying about three BP's invading my game. Although, I can see myself getting happily lost in Skyrim hunting the wildlife, finishing every quest and becoming the baddest kick ass dragon borne this side of Tamriel.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Got to go with Skyrim, couldn't pay me to play Dark Souls. Gaming should be more than mind rending frustration followed by a massive sense of accomplishment. That's what hitting on women is for.

JPBooch
JPBooch
9 years ago

Demon Souls and it's successor are more of an acquired taste. It gets much easier as you play it and become familiar with the world and how things work. DS is my all-time favorite game. Oblivion is second, not by much. But I understand your lack of enthusium for it. If RPG's are not for everyone, DS is an even further subset of that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

RPGs are my fave.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 7/28/2011 11:35:15 PM

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Dark Souls all the way.

Pre-ordered that baby today, I have put the suicide hotline back on speed dial and I am ready to put that baby into my PS3 come October 4.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Am I the only one here that would prefer Dark Souls over Skyrim? I never played the predecessors to Skyrim, so I don't know what the appeal is. It looks really nice but…I don't know.

Nevermind I see Sirbob is with me.


Last edited by cLoudou on 7/28/2011 11:27:02 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It's basically total fantasy RPG immersion in a giant world versus unique challenging third person action RPG.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

High Five!

JPBooch
JPBooch
9 years ago

*holds hand up looking for clap too* Though my choice wasn't as definitive. 🙂

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I'm more into Dark Fantasy like Demon's Souls, but I am also looking forward to Skyrim, I'm going to get both. It's the only way to be happy for me anyway. 😀

Shiva369
Shiva369
9 years ago

Yeah, I'm with you on that, cLoudou. I've preordered Dark Souls already.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Group hug!

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Dark Souls, Skyrim gonna be full of bugs on day one, wait til get patched properly.


Last edited by Oxvial on 7/28/2011 11:45:19 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'll be curious to see if it is buggy as well, you never know maybe Bethesda has listened and hired some playtesters.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Yeah, I didn't see a lot of bugs probably because I haven't payed attention to things but, I heard from someone that when you try to cure Vampirism in Oblivion that she wouldn't accept the blood grass (I think that's what it's called) And you would basically be screwed and become a vampire.

But my friend told me there is another way to cure it, you have to find a scroll that cures all diseases including Vampirism I don't remember where he said it is though.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

I think I'm leaning towards Dark Souls.