How Dark Souls Perfected Difficulty in Video Games

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  1. CircleToonsHD

    CircleToonsHDΠριν 5 μήνες

    OH AND BTW! This video doesn't include anything about Demon Souls, mostly because I still haven't been able to get a PS5 and I'm assuming I have to perform a dark ritual to even play one, so it didn't feel right talking about it. I'm sure the new Demon Souls fits my feelings towards the entire genre, but I figured I'd explain why I never mentioned it. MAN DO I WANNA PLAY DEMON SOULS THO :'(

  2. Roseane Bacelar

    Roseane BacelarΠριν 10 ημέρες


  3. _Ethereum _

    _Ethereum _Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Buy a ps3

  4. VaultHunter Astral

    VaultHunter AstralΠριν 14 ημέρες

    @Foxyman 8123 I didn't like cuphead not really my style

  5. Dark Raven

    Dark RavenΠριν 14 ημέρες

    @Foxyman 8123 oof

  6. Foxyman 8123

    Foxyman 8123Πριν 14 ημέρες

    @Dark Raven idk who I would

  7. Akmal Ibrahim

    Akmal IbrahimΠριν 2 ώρες

    Dark Souls for me really is just trial and error. Not that much skill is needed, instead what the game demands from you is observation skills and pattern memorization skills. Someone put it succintly about the bosses' difficulty: "Dark Souls bosses are hard until they're not" By which he means that they seem hard at first but once you've learned their attack patterns, weaknesses you can exploit and attacks you need to avoid, they become easy to handle. All you need then is an average gaming skills to hit them when you can and dodge/parry when you should. Most people who die more than 20 times trying to beat a boss is because they didn't learn the attacks and how to counter them. They keep doing the same shit expecting different results. What some call as "banging my head against the wall". Sometimes it works, but it tends to leave you frustrated. But if you go into a boss battle trying to learn about the boss' whole mechanics, you'll find it gets easier after a few tries, and once you find that one moment that you know you can exploit, they suddenly become much easier. At this point, it just takes patience to draw out that exploitable moment. Sometimes it'll feel like you're cheesing the boss though doing this but it won't take you more than 10 tries. Another person says this which pretty much is the same concept: "Each boss is trying to teach you something" That's why Dark Souls difficulty is great. It doesn't feel bullshit. Each boss/enemy has a weakness or two. You just have to find out what it is.

  8. Joe Kurr

    Joe KurrΠριν 13 ώρες

    What you never played Sonic 2 as a kid?

  9. Tulzscha

    TulzschaΠριν 14 ώρες

    I never thought I would like these games, I only played Bloodborne because someone highly recommended it to me and mentioned the Lovecraftian Horror (I'm such a sucker for that stuff). Now they're my favorite games of all time. And yes the difficulty is perfect; I would argue they're not even that hard, they just take some getting used to. Playing any Souls game without ever having played one before is like playing a new genre for the first time, it takes a while to fully understand the mechanics and how everything works - but with enough practice comes mastery and you can take out bosses you've never seen before with some patience and knowledge of the core fundamentals to the games. Which is also why so many people struggled with Sekiro, even in the world of Souls games it's a different beast entirely and takes some getting used to but in this case a lot of people had a particular mindset going in that made it even more difficult to get a solid grasp on the game's mechanics. There are difficulty settings though, they're just hidden. You can grind levels, summon help, or look up strats to make it easier, or place restrictions on yourself to make it harder. Sekiro even has a bell you can ring to just make everything more difficult. Regardless a game designed with a specific level of difficulty in mind imo will always be superior to a game with a half dozen different settings, it makes for a much more balanced experience. I think what gamers appreciate most about these games though is how they don't hold your hand. The first Dark Souls in particular just dumps you in the world with multiple paths to take of varying difficulty and it's entirely up to you to figure it out, and because it's so open you can do some really cheesy things early on which so few games allow. You can also just miss some things entirely and never know about them until you hear about it from someone else. It might seem stupidly difficult because you didn't know you weren't supposed to go to the catacombs first but that's just one of the game's ways of explaining how important exploration is, it heavily encourages and rewards exploration and paying attention which is just one more of the many fantastic things about Souls games.

  10. Gaming Bro

    Gaming BroΠριν 18 ώρες

    I am goddamn playing dark souls.

  11. Gingeryon

    GingeryonΠριν ημέρα

    next talk about dead cells

  12. Enzo Crespin

    Enzo CrespinΠριν ημέρα

    Imo Sekiro is hard, but fair (except the Demon of hatred), while the Souls games are just BS from start to finish. Dunno about Bloodborne though.

  13. HEH

    HEHΠριν ημέρα

    2:48 i aö the only one who finds this epic ?

  14. Andrew Healis

    Andrew HealisΠριν ημέρα

    I’m honestly the same. I jumped into the Souls series in mid 2020 with DS3 and it’s my favorite game currently. I started off a noob like everyone else. But I came in with the understanding that I will die and that’s how I will learn. My friend guided me through some of the areas to find secret fog walls and whatnot. We’d get invaded and I started to hate invasions. Someone twinked out with endgame gear would just come in and decimate me. I didn’t understand the game mechanics very well, let alone what the counter to that was. But I pressed on. Then I encountered a Black Knight while playing on my own (the one in Farron). First time beating it, I got his shield. My friend told me Black Knights are fairly difficult enemies to beat. So from that point forward, I farmed the Black Knight. I learned its attack patterns, eventually I killed it enough to get its full set of armor. It felt so good learning to master one of the harder enemies in the game, and that greatly improved my gameplay afterwards. After eventually beating the game, I started to play completely solo instead of partially. I got invaded and started to understand latency more. I learned what the “meta” weapons were, but I just stuck to what matched the Cosplay build or whatever weapons I just liked to use. I started to invade other people, but I’d be the kind of invader I’d want to see. If I see a new player, for instance, I’d drop 10-20 Embers for them and guide them to the next bonfire (if they weren’t already near one) before bowing and fighting them. On the one hand, I shouldn’t kill them because they’re still new, but they still have to learn to beat invaders the hard way just as I did. I just like to give them Embers so it’s not a total loss for them. I get my covenant reward, they get a bunch of Embers. But when I find seasoned players or ones with twinked out gear? I go all out. I really enjoy invasions, especially when they’re even matches. Losing an even match with a player is much more fun than just getting mauled by 4 password-summoned phantoms. Beating those ganks is a whole other level of enjoyment, but I still prefer the 1 v 1s. Later on, I got my older brother into DS3. He had played DS1 when he was younger, but never really played anything else in the Souls series. I became his guide to DS3. Now we’re both close to the same level of skill, he still needs to polish his PvP a bit, but we’re both competent players in our own rights. It’s a wonderful feeling. Come this month, I got Gold in the Undead Arena and I got every achievement in the game. I felt like this game has run its course in the meantime, so I decided to move on to another game. I just picked up DS1 with a friend of mine and we’re both going into the game blind. He’s never played a Souls game before, only a Souls-like games. I know a little bit about DS1 but not nearly enough to push me through the game like a cakewalk. I’m loving the series and it’s only getting better for me.

  15. gedas stakenas

    gedas stakenasΠριν ημέρα

    Dead by daylight is better than dark souls

  16. WolkeStreit

    WolkeStreitΠριν ημέρα

    @CircleToonsHD Find and play the spiritual origin of DS. King's Field. Find it. Play it.

  17. me_1

    me_1Πριν ημέρα

    Ive beaten the first 3 bosses 1rst try in the third game

  18. This is content

    This is contentΠριν ημέρα

    Beat super meat boy

  19. Pengine

    PengineΠριν ημέρα

    I feel like terraria has a mix of Artificially Increased Numbers and Ridiculous AI buffs, New attacks, different challenges added, etc. For most enemies they just add more numbers, but for bosses, don't even get me STARTED on JUST the first few bosses, on expert mode the first main boss you fight (The Eye of Cthulhu) gains an extra attack in the second phase that's more deadly the lower the health is (A powerful dash attack) The Evil bosses (Brain of Cthulhu and Eater of Worlds) Have new deadly attacks, powerful spore things for the Eater of worlds and illusions for the brain of cthulhu, skeletron has flying skulls that's only goal is to make the fight a No-Hit Bullet hell, the queen bee just goes faster and has more difficulty, all the while adding new boss drops and powerful items to add to your collection, while everything has more health, defense, and damage That's just 4 bosses of the 20+ in the game

  20. Happyslayer9

    Happyslayer9Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I'm in the final boss of dark souls 3 main campaine and still haven't won I've died 30 times Though it did take me 3 weeks to kill abyss watchers And who else thought the giant boss was easy once you got your hands on the tornado sword

  21. Brandon H

    Brandon HΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This is probably the best way I've heard the "difficulty" of dark souls described. I've heard it referred to as "artificial" or "punishes you just for playing" when those tags more accurately describe games with actual difficulty sliders that just ramp up health and reduce damage. The most recent example for me being Outriders on max World Tier.

  22. Kirby is done with your bs

    Kirby is done with your bsΠριν 2 ημέρες

    2:07 DS2: Sotfs

  23. mr dogebear

    mr dogebearΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Pov: me and hollow knight

  24. strapalonian

    strapalonianΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This is probably not a popular opinion, but the satisfaction that comes after beating a DS boss for me is only partly because I finally mastered it, the other half is that the pain is over. It's definitely a problem with me as well, but these games bring the worst out of me. I'm going through the trilogy right now because I love everything about them except replaying the same thing 20 times like I'm a time loop hell, but I'm definitely never gonna replay them.

  25. Danielle O'Bryant

    Danielle O'BryantΠριν 2 ημέρες



    NICKVSPΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Have you tryed hypixel skyblock? Yes dont SPEAK TO ME XD

  27. Shadow

    ShadowΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The first thing that came to mind when he mentioned the difficulty sliders was Mister Freezes fight in Batman Arkham City. The harder the difficulty, the more stealth take downs you had to use against him because he would adapt and make sure you couldn't use the same move twice. That was one of my favorite fights in the Arkham game series.

  28. skeletalmixer101

    skeletalmixer101Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Borderlands sucks with mayhem levels. It fluctuates too much

  29. Aiden Allen

    Aiden AllenΠριν 3 ημέρες

    0:52 my man has a broadsword and gold hemmed armor

  30. Pawel Scout

    Pawel ScoutΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Try playing Remenant from the Ashes, is an Souls-Like Coop Shooter

  31. Sporkinstien

    SporkinstienΠριν 3 ημέρες

    *looks at my 3k+ hours in ds3 alone* Welcome to the shitshow

  32. Jacob Norman

    Jacob NormanΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Sounds like I need to pick up Dark Souls again

  33. colleen norton

    colleen nortonΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I know how you did a big rant about how difficulty sliders are bad but I think there is a game you should really try that actually makes it so the game is harder without just making even a normal enemy at Titan in health it’s called Jedi fallen order it’s very good you should try it and a large amount of its community keeps comparing it to to dark souls you might not get the same feeling from this game is dark souls but it’s still really fun game you should try it

  34. willie william

    willie williamΠριν 3 ημέρες

    8 year old Kids like the game becuse you can make a custom charater

  35. Sonja Michalowski

    Sonja MichalowskiΠριν 4 ημέρες

    When I think of difficulty I hear Sans laughing at my dead body....

  36. Mark Price

    Mark PriceΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I just got into the dark soul....but I'm 4 years too late

  37. Nerfed Geometry Cerbereus Pro

    Nerfed Geometry Cerbereus ProΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Dark Souls codinv for the developers feel like: Hardcore, extra buffs, better dodging, better minions instead of the minions that die quickly and are dumb. Then just more coding and raging and getting paid alot then all of a sudden, Dark Souls: Collection, and Dark Souls: The Rage, and some more time raging, Hard Souls

  38. Ok Guys

    Ok GuysΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Dark souls hurt me

  39. Cody Justin Fannin

    Cody Justin FanninΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I feel that dark souls would be fun as hell because I love pattern based games

  40. David Weisleder Shacalo

    David Weisleder ShacaloΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I played dark souls beat it but after 3 years of being an addict when I beat it I cried because I thought this chapter of my life was ending but then I realized more games were out and even more were coming and I thought. No it is only the beginning

  41. DrillLRD8

    DrillLRD8Πριν 5 ημέρες

    "Having an 8 year old call you a gagglef*uck" I bet we've all had that experience

  42. Asta.

    Asta.Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I want a cod player to try to beat pontiff first try lmao

  43. Rokuzo

    RokuzoΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Bruh, if he can beat moonlight butterfly he's golden

  44. Umbertold

    UmbertoldΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Hey. You're singing pretty cool.


    STINKY ONIONΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I've played a lot of games and this year was the year I touched Dark souls and I fell in love with it almost immediately so this video really connected with me

  46. Country Roads

    Country RoadsΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Cuphead= hard, Dark Souls= hard, easy, and just right

  47. Alireza Akhavan

    Alireza AkhavanΠριν 6 ημέρες

    "The incredibly unique enemy design" shows a berserk reference.

  48. Iconic Fire

    Iconic FireΠριν 6 ημέρες

    When someone gets dark souls for their first video game “ Gangsters paradise starts playing” fighting 1st boss “sad meloncholy music plays”

  49. Bass-D C

    Bass-D CΠριν 6 ημέρες

    You mean spawning in more enemies, reducing your healthbar and increasing the enemies healthbar through heals and other mechanics is a cheap way to fabricate "dificulty"? *Looks at Dark Souls 2* *Dark Souls 2 looks down ashamed* Yeah. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID!

  50. Shadows Inc.

    Shadows Inc.Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Congrats! I'm happy you've finally found the light, in the "Dark".

  51. Demomaniac Tf2

    Demomaniac Tf2Πριν 6 ημέρες

    4:37 Cuphead: DID YOU FORGET ABOUT ME!!??

  52. Quisquiliarum

    QuisquiliarumΠριν 6 ημέρες


  53. Anthony Ortiz

    Anthony OrtizΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Dude that fucking first minute had me laughing

  54. orange thing

    orange thingΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I just started replaying this Is gud

  55. jack wright

    jack wrightΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Dating is the dark souls of my life.

  56. Joao Brito

    Joao BritoΠριν 6 ημέρες

    You could make a video about hollow knight, how the game introductions are done right, how the free dlcs and new content are done right how the game makes you feel good after every new discover.

  57. Solaire Souls

    Solaire SoulsΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I had a friend who finally played it and boy did he realise how hard it was and me and my other friend gave him souls so he could get to 120 and he still was struggling 24 7 and he is then like wait what new game are you on and when I tell I'm Ng+ 8 or 9 I think he finally realised that I'm good at gaming.

  58. Brian Anthony Cullen

    Brian Anthony CullenΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Dark souls was the perfect game for lockdowns

  59. Dewey

    DeweyΠριν 7 ημέρες

    NGL, the PDP controllers from walmart aren't bad at all man.

  60. Deimos The protagonist

    Deimos The protagonistΠριν 7 ημέρες

    This is basically you don’t kill clown clown kills you. *that’s totally not a madness combat reference.*

  61. Roan Ranger

    Roan RangerΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Dark souls is hard but have you ever played halo 2 on legendary with all 💀s on

  62. Layne Crist

    Layne CristΠριν 7 ημέρες

    I’ve been playing darts souls remaster for the last couple days I’ve been stuck on the fucking second boss for hours

  63. Javier Garcia

    Javier GarciaΠριν 8 ημέρες


  64. Iroh

    IrohΠριν 8 ημέρες

    2:30 Yeah ok, tell that to FF14 folks

  65. monsoon

    monsoonΠριν 8 ημέρες

    something about this man casually swearing, it fits his voice so well and it’s satisfying.

  66. Gothsuki I

    Gothsuki IΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Tip for people who want to play a difficult game: DONT PLAY DARKSOULS or any game related to it. Mainly because it does difficultly so well that any other difficult game is worse. For example I recently played Nioh 2 and it was terrible because unlike the difficulty in darksouls it has a lot of moments that are just unfair and not difficult in the right way.

  67. Hoodie animations

    Hoodie animationsΠριν 8 ημέρες

    I reccomend Little Nightmares

  68. Raoul 9753

    Raoul 9753Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Thanks, I feel enough like a weak loser who has to fight for everything in real life... when I play games, I want to feel like a hero.

  69. UmbralTanuki

    UmbralTanukiΠριν 8 ημέρες

    *Wait till you try Code Vein.*

  70. Coffee by the Dozen

    Coffee by the DozenΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Cmon you SOB I said no more catnip! Lmao

  71. Xtana Gaming

    Xtana GamingΠριν 9 ημέρες

    In dark souls, the difficulty is permanently stuck on *"FUCK YOU!"* most accurate description I've ever heard

  72. zmeyagosho

    zmeyagoshoΠριν 9 ημέρες

    at 5:00 "... the next, I don't know... this fuckin thing" :D :D :D yeah, when I stumbled on first of these, I thought "mm, a frog? really? how is this scary?" and then BOOM - insta-death :D :D :D

  73. Smube

    SmubeΠριν 9 ημέρες

    When getting my ps5 the first thing I did was play bloodborne I sucked really bad at it then after getting near the end I was like wow I can do this then I was speedrunning newgame plus like it was nothing and it was honestly the best experience of my gaming career I even got the plat trophy just cause I could

  74. Nhat Tran

    Nhat TranΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Another day. Another hollow waiting for Elden Ring.

  75. mike

    mikeΠριν 9 ημέρες

    I liked nioh 2 more

  76. mike

    mikeΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Although dark souls is really good to but I'm the type of guy thats like really cool abilities so dark souls was fun but not as fun as nioh 2 but I do say dark souls bosses are really cool

  77. Deffocate

    DeffocateΠριν 9 ημέρες

    I've platinumed it 3 years ago when my ps3 was fixed

  78. Tucker Whitson

    Tucker WhitsonΠριν 9 ημέρες

    It’s forever stuck on F U C K Y O U

  79. downstorm Jose

    downstorm JoseΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I feel identified with this video, great job. I always questioned my brother and it wasnt until Demon Soul for the PS5 then Dark Souls remastered in December 2020. I am hooked, i finished Demon Souls, Dark Souls 1, 2 and now 3.

  80. Henry N. White

    Henry N. WhiteΠριν 10 ημέρες

    "Like any moment you can die" "Never had this on any other game" Well, guess i play games the wrong way

  81. Jakecaru 17

    Jakecaru 17Πριν 10 ημέρες


  82. Joshua Jackson

    Joshua JacksonΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Bruh you gotta play Nioh and Nioh 2 then, probably the best souls-like game that isn't by fromsoft, with Code Vein in a close 3rd.

  83. Tiny

    TinyΠριν 10 ημέρες

    I’m late to this video, but I have to say that my experience finally beating Midir in Dark Souls 3 on NG+3 was THE BEST feeling ever. Died around 250 something times before doing it. Never got around to attempting it on further new games.

  84. Ganon Central

    Ganon CentralΠριν 10 ημέρες

    my message to everybody who hates dark souls, 2:50

  85. The Video Game Archive

    The Video Game ArchiveΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Great video ahead

  86. Nakkipatukka 123

    Nakkipatukka 123Πριν 10 ημέρες

    I thinkthe difficulty comes from the learning curve that some players just don't want to beat.

  87. Dapur Kome

    Dapur KomeΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Bought my first souls game (bloodborne) on january.. after finishing it went to play a different game after that.. and thats when i realized that those games didnt give me the edge that bloodborne gave me.. i sold 3 out of 5 games that i owned.. then i found Nioh.. played it and i enjoyed it!! Its like a curse!!

  88. A. Khaos Narine

    A. Khaos NarineΠριν 10 ημέρες

    You should try Nioh and Nioh 2.

  89. Og pukas

    Og pukasΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Dark eater midir still kills me like 50 times

  90. One Of none

    One Of noneΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Bloodborne sucked me in and now I am a souls born junkie

  91. AJ Jenkins

    AJ JenkinsΠριν 10 ημέρες

    2:48 heres the meme

  92. Glitchtrap Gamer

    Glitchtrap GamerΠριν 11 ημέρες

    In ds3

  93. Glitchtrap Gamer

    Glitchtrap GamerΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I beat the game 3 times with dlc

  94. Glitchtrap Gamer

    Glitchtrap GamerΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Bro I'm pretty good in dark souls

  95. Hakkerskaldyri

    HakkerskaldyriΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Ive played dark souls remastered so much that I can speedrun the game flawlessly in my head while on a car ride or on a flight

  96. Nathan Fisher

    Nathan FisherΠριν 11 ημέρες

    We all know sorcery is easy mode

  97. i accidentally made this account

    i accidentally made this accountΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I have a feeling you would really like Hollow Knight

  98. _Ethereum _

    _Ethereum _Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Back in my day we had two not three

  99. Shawn Pike

    Shawn PikeΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Play cup head that might change your mind a little

  100. Raidiance

    RaidianceΠριν 12 ημέρες

    I think he should of said: if you want fifa I've got 20.... and its such a shit game

  101. City Watch Guard

    City Watch GuardΠριν 12 ημέρες

    I kinda felt that an old mobile game called infinity blade did this, and that it was fucking hard and i got the shivers when I was close to beating the final boss and when I did I basked in the glory, then it got easier and easier and I was able to predict the moves and counter them easily.

  102. Cynical

    CynicalΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Cough Bloodborne cough cough Never heard you mention it once so i assume you didnt play it cause od that xbox one controller.

  103. solaire the SUNNY :D

    solaire the SUNNY :DΠριν 12 ημέρες

    c a s u l 😒 👇 👕 👇 ☠ 👖 ☠️

  104. ProfessorGames

    ProfessorGamesΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Yeah I remember quitting dark souls 1 after losing my souls after like 2 hours of farming. I was just triggering the drake on the bridge, it was horrible. I came back though because I wanted to prove I could beat it and it’s great. It really does change how you perceive difficulty in other games like when I played Remnant ashes whatever the heck, I put it on the hardest difficulty and then just dropped it because it was annoying and I refused to lower the difficulty. Nowadays there’s like 2 companies that make a game and I will always buy their product without hesitation and Fromsoftware is one of them.

  105. Benny Grondin

    Benny GrondinΠριν 13 ημέρες

    play hollow knight it's like 2D Dark souls

  106. Bandino

    BandinoΠριν 13 ημέρες


  107. Dinga Maggots

    Dinga MaggotsΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Серия Дарк соул не подразумевалось как ж#падробильная игра, она просто наказывает за те прочеты которые вы делаете.