Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss Review

By Spencer Pressly on November 5, 2012

When it comes to the difficulty of titles released this generation, the Demon's/Dark Souls games continue to stand out. It's enabled the franchise to develop a huge cult following who are always looking for a new challenge, something which the new "Artorias of the Abyss" downloadable content will surely provide. It's been on the horizon for a while, as it was packed in with the Prepare to Die edition of Dark Souls on the PC, but now console gamers can finally explore the deadly new land of Oolacile.

While most may not think that there is much story in Dark Souls, you will find that there's plenty to discover, you just have to delve deeper into the game to find it. Still, calling the story minimalist would be an understatement and with the download content, From Software decided to stay close to this form of storytelling.

Artorias Of The Abyss shows you the story of Knight Artorias. By the end of the new quest you are presented with a story that is rather intriguing, as opposed to something that will blow you away. It's not necessarily a bad thing though as it's there for people to enjoy should they wish to. Otherwise, the main reason to keep playing is still there - defeating the numerous enemies and bosses.

Dark Souls has some rather awesome bosses that can pose some definite problems until you find a solid strategy. And with Artorias of the Abyss, there are plenty more added. At first four new bosses may not sound like a lot, but these are some of the hardest enemies you will come across in the entire game. But that's a good thing. This game is all about being tested, and it's the knowledge that they can be beaten that kept you coming back to Dark Souls and will keep you coming back to Artorias of the Abyss.

Even starting the new content is itself a challenge. After you download the expansion there is no sign that shows you have even downloaded the new content. You can continue play your game as normal, but there are no different menu options or clues anywhere. This may leave some feeling ripped off, as you actually have to do something to unlock it, but that's the whole point of the game - exploration. Many will just find themselves turning to Google in order to find out how to access the content, but there is a sense of pride to be found in just stumbling across it by yourself.

Once the game literally pulls you into the land of Oolacile, you are introduced to a wide variety of new areas. These new lands offer a nice amount of variety compared to the visuals of the lands you will have become rather familiar with, after surviving for countless hours of hell already. The new enemies are equally appealing to the senses and will keep you on your toes for the 10-15 hours of new content offered.

Acting as a very firm stop-gap for those waiting for a brand new entry in the "Souls" series, Artorias of the Abyss should offer more than enough content to please any die hard fan of getting horrifically murdered time after time. You can really tell that From Software knows how to give the fans what they want. The asking price is a perfect fit for this massive expansion and depending on how soon you can pick this up, this is a must buy in every way.

Final Thoughts

After almost a year or rumours, the additional content for Dark Souls has arrived in the form of the Artorias of the Abyss expansion. In a game that originally had absolutely zero plans for any future content, this expansion finds a nice way to fit into the already content heavy experience. There are new items, enemies, bosses, and an interesting Player vs Player feature that ends up breathing life into one of 2011's biggest hits. There is no doubt that after picking up Dark Souls again for Artorias of the Abyss, you will be praising the sun all over again.

Hours of new content to explore.
Discovering the new content on your own.
The joy from taking down a boss (finally).
Falling off ledges.
Convoluted PVP.
Losing all of your souls for good.
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