Demon’s Souls (2020)

It ultimately feels redemptive to make significant progress in Bluepoint Games’ 2020 rendition of Demon’s Souls when I consider that in 2009, a younger version of me gave up in disgust in the original’s first level. This is not to say this shinier Demon’s Souls is sanitized in any way, mind you, as even the game’s most timid enemies brutally punish minor mistakes. It deftly marries deliberate, fluid combat with esoteric mechanics and lore and I cannot emphasize enough how much the PlayStation 5 controller’s haptic feedback enhances the former. I’m thrilled it is now playable on a modern platform.

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