Abyssal Pixels: I Hate Dark Souls
Quite the title huh? The idea bucket has run a little dry these past few weeks and at this present moment I’m still shaking after just finishing 1999 mode in BioShock Infinite. That’s a story for another day, but hot damn that was challenging. What I would like to talk about this week, ladies and gentlemen, is a specific game and how I despise it. Dark Souls. Now, I’m fully expecting a pile up from many a fanboy of the game and fully expect essays in the comment section regarding my opinion. Which is fine, I’m used to it already, but give me a moment to explain myself.
Dark Souls was one of those games that I really looked forward to. I’m an RPG fanatic and I’ve played pretty much every RPG of this generation, even the shitty ones. When I heard there was going to be a game that will challenge my RPG prowess, I was ecstatic beyond words. I literally scraped enough money together to buy the game and a few days later it was in my possession. I knew I was in for a tough time as many people over the wonderful InternetLand have often reminded me, but I accepted the challenge.
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I’m no stranger to challenge either. I have completed so many games on their highest difficulties that I have lost count and I’ve done some truly amazing feats in some games that only a small percentage of gamers have done. I was more than qualified for this game. As the great Reggie has once said: “My body is ready”. I got off to a moderately good start only dying a few times by means of traps and inexperience. Soon after I found myself at a graveyard filled with skeletons that just abolished me almost instantaneously. I knew the game was hard, but wasn’t this a bit too much? After struggling for a good 2 hours I finally learned that there is a hill to the side that I didn’t see before. I kicked myself for being such a dumb shit and continued on.
This is where things started going downhill. I was constantly dying and losing all my progress just by random attacks and stupid decisions and while annoying, I knew it was my own fault. I made fairly decent progress by going at an absolute snail’s pace and grinding levels like there was no tomorrow. Here’s where the main issue came in. I wasn’t enjoying myself. This felt like a chore to me. I felt like I was working. Sure, some of environments looked pretty and the enemies were well designed, but after so many hours of just work with minimal reward I wasn’t enjoying it whatsoever. There wasn’t much of a story at the time so I had no real incentive to continue on. After about 25 hours I finally called it. The infamous “fuck this shit”.
Now, almost everybody loves Dark Souls. I am literally the only person I know from social networks and forums that I belong to that doesn’t like this game. It has received universal praise from both critics and gamers alike. Dark Souls is fantastic. I’m not critiquing the game’s mechanics in any way like some gaming “journalists” do, but rather my own personal enjoyment. Mechanically the game was great. Everything worked well and the gameplay was fantastic, but I did not enjoy it. I personally did not enjoy it.
I see no fault with that. A game’s enjoyment depends on the gamer. If he does not enjoy it for reasons that are his own then that’s fine. There’s no need to shove opinions down his throat on why he is wrong and how he is a douchebag for daring to even say that the game is bad. There are two sides to this coin also. If you don’t like a game for your own personal reasons then don’t go to every comment thread you can find and start bashing the game for no particular reason whatsoever. There is critiquing and then there’s being an idiot. There’s no reason to call someone a “faggot” and a “cunt” just because you preferred Rapture to Columbia. That’s just your personal taste. If there are serious, noticeable problems with gameplay and story then go ahead and discuss those in a civilized manner.
We need to accept each other’s taste. Not everyone is going to like the games you like because you like them. And you’re not always going to enjoy the games that everyone loves. It’s just a fact of life really.