Including Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 marks the third Souls game in as many years. Dark Souls 2 was disappointing, so is Dark Souls 3 a return to form? Mostly.

Playing From Software’s Souls games used to feel like joining a private club. Now, nearly seven years after Demon’s Souls, the games are played by millions. It’d be impossible for Dark Souls 3 to have the same impact as previous games; it’s the nature of sequels. The latest game doesn’t reinvent the skeleton wheel, but it doesn’t need to. It’s not a triumph, nor a revelation. Dark Souls 3 is simply a very good Dark Souls game.

Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in which players are thrust into a gothic fantasy world and asked to survive against brutal odds. The narrative connects to the first two games, but story takes a backseat to action, so newcomers won’t feel totally lost. In Dark Souls 3, players travel to Lothric, a land of ash and decay. Your task is to defeat the Lords of Cinder, god-like creatures corrupted by power.

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