Dark Soul 3 is about to release in the states. Developer FromSoftware and gaming jounalists claim it’s the most difficult edition in a game series infamous for its difficulty. The challenge accelerates when playing it in New Game Plus, or NG+, a mode unlocked after it has been beaten once.
Here are some of the features that make NG+ so challenging physically, psychologically, and emotionally:
- A CGI-rendered mom with a vacuum cleaner moves across the foreground, temporarily blocking your view.
- The Taurus Demon and his pack of hounds waits only inches behind every single fog gate.
- Dark Souls 3 deletes critical files, requiring you to get a programming degree to fix game-breaking bugs that prevent you from finishing it.
- Arbitrarily slowed down frame rates and load times.
- A fake pause feature appears, and using it corrupts save files.
- All DLC must be purchased through EA’s Origin store.
- After 100+ hours, the game pops up existential questions about how you’re spending your life.
- Failing to beat bosses within 3 tries results in your browser history and 9th-grade music playlist being published online.
- NPCs remind you that players who are way better than you beat the first Dark Souls with plastic guitars and bongos.
- A violent sect of sun-praisers populates the world and attacks you with religious zeal.
- Magic becomes spammier but is only useable by obnoxious 14-year-old invaders.
- Subliminal sound effects of running water play in the background, inducing the urge to get up and pee.
- An optional sub-world lets you in but does not let you out until you produce a Top-20 J-Pop song.
- A game developer dressed as Lautrec kidnaps your pets and gives you 24 hours to beat the game, or else!
- Now when you see flocks of dragons above a bridge, they actually attack.