Dark souls is the best video game ever with it’s deep combact, intricate level design, and world wide popularity. FromSoftware developed this action video game and Namco Banzai Games published it.
Dark souls was released for PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. Dark souls is the game where players assume the role of a cursed undead character who begins a pilgrimage to discover the fate of their kind, it takes place in a fictional kingdom of Lordan.
Talking about the game difficulty, there is mixed reviews. Some praise for the challenges it provides while others criticize for being unforgiving. While the PC version of the game was well received, critics is for the technical issues.
The game had received world wide lore that by April 2013, the game had sold over two million copies and a sequel, Dark souls 2, was released in 2014. The remastered version will be released in May 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
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Dark souls is the action video game based on third person. The main aim is exploration. past mistakes encourage the player to proceed with caution, find areas to explore and learn. The open end area with continuous exploration, connected with a central hub makes the game easy to play. Players can travel from areas to areas and explore various path they wish, though there are some restrictions to unlock certain areas.
Bonfires are the special healing points for the players. While resting players can level up and perform other key functions. You will find Bonefires all over the place and serves as a checkpoints for each level. Resting help players to heal and restore healing charges but all other enemies like bosses, mini bosses and specific characters are likely to respawn.
Forms of play: Dark souls 3
Another special characteristic of this game is humanity. Players can play in two forms both in human as well as hollow form. But to need assistance from others players, the player should be in human form.
Whenever a player dies he returns to a hollow form and can only be transformed to human form by consuming an item called humanity. While in human form the player is subjected to invasions by other players and NPC’s who seek to restore their humanity by killing players.
Moreover, players can restore humanity in many ways and if no humanity is available, players are still progressed in hollow form. Death in the form of humanity or hollowness results in loss of all carried souls and humanity, but players revive as hollows at their most recent bonfire with one chance at returning to where they died to recover all lost souls and humanity. To restore the souls and humanity accrued the player should reach their blood stains before dying.
Communication between players are easy but limited. Beside special gestures, communication is also possible by special orange soapstones, which allows players to write limited messages that can be read by others in the same area.
Non playable characters are seen throughout the game journey. These characters just add to the plot of the game but are not compulsory to engage with. But these special characters are able to assist players if player choose to engage with them.
Dark Souls 3 Rings:
Rings are the most important weapon or equipment in Dark souls 3. Players may equip up to 4 rings at once and they each grant specific benefits. Rings are available in more powerful iterations that appear with the +1, +2 or +3 suffixes.
There are total 116 no. of dark souls 3 rings throughout the play. The variation of the rings are follow:
- 9 DLC Rings (8 of which are +3 and 1 Chillbite Ring)
- 1 (+3) Ring
- 16 (+2) Rings
- 20 (+1) Rings
- 70 (+0/Regular)
These levelled rings are only found in NG+ and beyond. Upon playing ring of any variation can be obtained. Whether, if, a ring is missed by a player in first playthrough or second or third playthrough it can still be obtained from following playthrough. That means you can achieve the dark souls 3 rings in any playthrough and you do not need to have all the rings on you at once. However, player should always put the ring into the item box via bonfire.
Dark souls 3- All rings.
1- Life ring:
This ring can raise the HP to a maximum level up to 8.5%.
It is a burial gift during character creation. You can bought it from the shrine handmaid in the firelink shrine for 1500 souls after acquiring the dream-chasers ashes.
+ 1 version(NG+): Located in undead settlement behind siegward where the battle to fight the demon is to take place.
+ 2 version( NG+): Head outside from the back exit from the dark room take right and the ring is on the corpse.
+ 3 version (NG++): backside of holy king lothrics throne the ring is in untended graves.
2- Sun Princess Ring:
Sun Princess ring is a light warm ring that can increase the HP at the rate of 2 HP/sec.
After Aldrich’s boss room, You can find the ring in gwnynevere’s chamber
3- Estus Ring:
This ring will help your estus to rehabilitate more health.
This ring requires tower key for 20,000 souls and is located at the bottom of the tower on the left of the firelink shrine. After entering into the tower, go towards elevator. Instead of getting up, look at the beneath, you will find the estus ring. Be careful to jump, the ring will be your.
4- Ashen estus ring:
The special feature of this ring allows to recover all the FP for 30 or lower values of attunement in a single charge.
Found in the unattended grave. The ring is in the coffin and the corvians surround the coffin.
5- Cloranthy ring:
Found in an undead settlement.
+ 1 version (NG+): Locate it behind the pedestal with the ring of the suns first born.
+ 2 version ( NG++): From the first road of sacrifices bonfire, heading to the wagon with the two corvians drop down the ledge to find the ring.
+ 3 version (the ringed city): Take the lift down, look for the side passage, drop down the statue of Gwyn to find the ring.
6- Havel’s ring:
Havel’s ring is named after the First Lord, Havel the Rock. it can enhance the maximum Equip Load by 19%.
+ 1 version(NG+): The ring is to the right of the twinkling dragon torso stone.
+ 2 version ( NG++): The ring is on the wooden beam below the prison tower.
+ 3 version (the ranged city): The ring is on the ledges above the swamp tower.
7- Ring of favour:
The ring is near defeat sulyvhans beasts near archdeacon McDonnell.
+ 1 version( NG+): You will find it at the upstairs in the room of pontiff Sullivan.
+ 2 version(NG++): Located in the cathedral of the deep. From the cleansing chapel bonfire, turn left and climb the ladder behind the tower. Then go to the top of the chapel. The ring is behind the hollow with a giant axe.
+ 3 version(the dreg heap): Just after destroying the bonfire you will find a large root in the swamp, there will find the ring on a corpse.
8- Prisoners chain:
The portion of prisoners chain increases the player’s defence stat by adding 15 virtual levels. This ring also increases the vitality.
You can find Prisoners chain by using the soul of champion gundyr.
9- Ring of steel:
Arena of an ancient wyvern is the location of the ring of steel
+ 1 version(NG+): After unlocking the tower by the key, you will find the ring at the unattended graves behind the tower.
+ 2 version (NG++): To the left of the abyss watchers bonfire there is a bridge. A large skeleton, carrying a sword and shield, defends the bridge. Now down to the left there is a pillar. Now drop down from the bridge to the pillar to find the ring.
10- Magic stone plate ring:
Stone plates are the symbols of the true knight. You can find it in the Consumed King’s garden.
+1 Version (NG+): Make a right from bonfire where there is basilisks, you will find the ring.
+2 Version (NG++): Start from the Profaned Capital Bonfire. Take the ladder down into the tower and head through the hole in the wall. From there, turn right and go down the stairs. The ring is at the end of the stairs, on the edge of a cliff.
11- Flame stoneplate ring:
You can find it on a corpse hanging at a tree overlooking the entrance of the tower with the giant in it at Undead Settlement (the same area where you enter the cage to join the Mound Makers).
+1 Version (NG+): In the toxic area in the profaned capital, climb a buildings ladder until you see a hole in your right. Look down and the ring is on the corpse.
+2 Version (NG++): Located in the Demon Ruins. From the Old King’s Anti-chamber bonfire, go down the immediate stairs and follow the path until you come to a fork in the path. Left will be an illusionary wall where there will be a Black Knight fighting a Ghru. The ring will be on a corpse near a wall, along with a Black Knight Sword.
12-Thunder stone plate ring:
From the second bonfire, go outside the area. Near the wooden scaffold there is a ladder which leads to the ring
+1 Version (NG+): Players can find it near the Carthus Milking, among the many pots in the Catacombs of Carthus.
+2 Version (NG++): You will find it before the Dragonslayer Armour Boss in Lothric Castle. Before the boss fight, there’s a door lit by torches. Proceed through the door and up the stairs. Turn left through another door then left again to find a hole in the stone railing. Drop down to the ledge below and turn right. Follow the ledge to find this ring.
13- Dark stone plate ring:
In Anor Londo, following the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire, Irithyllian Slaves in an area beneath the Deacons casting Fireball guard the ring.
+1 Version (NG+): Next to the White Wyvern, after fighting the pus of man, there is a room with a mimic and a doorway out to a balcony. Just at the right side of the balcony, you will find the ring.
+2 Version (NG++): After crossing the bridge guarded by 3 Ghru enemies, you can find a dilapidated wall to your left. In front of the wall there is a flame. You need to extinguish the flame to reach the Abyss Watchers. The ring is behind this wall, you’ll need to roll through some crucifixes to reach it.
14- Speckled stone plate ring-
Found on a corpse in Smouldering Lake, behind a destructible wall on the other side from which you enter.
+1 Version (NG+): The ring is in the arena where you found the first ravenous crystal lizard.
15- Blood bite ring:
Beside the dilapidated bridge bonfire a large hat will drop the ring.
+1 version(NG+) : You will find the ring in front of the ballista.
Some other dark souls 3 rings:
16- Poisonbite ring :
Find behind the ravenous crystal lizard near cathedral of the deep.
+ 1 version(NG+): beside the white brich tree there is a well hidden in a corner and there is the ring on a corpse behind the well.
17- Cursebite ring:
Find the ring in the profaned capital.
18- fleshbite ring:
You will find it in the corner of the clawed curses.
+ 1 version(NG+): Heading down to the roof before descending the ladder, you can find the ring on a corpse.
19- Knights ring-
This ring is found near the sunlight shrine, lothric castle.
20- Hunters ring-
Before the stairs to the prince lothric the ring is at the top of the tower.
21- scholar ring-
You will find the ring in the middle of the room where the crystal mini boss ends up.
This ring is sold and dropped by shrine handmaid in untended graves, even if you have already purchased it from her.
23- saints ring-
You can buy the ring from Irina of carim.
24- deep ring-
it is in a tower outside cathedral of the deep.
25- Darkmoon ring-
it is a covenant rank 1 reward.
26- Young dragon crest ring-
orbeck of vinheim will give the ring.
27- Bellowing dragon crest ring-
Heading into a large room from the irithyll dungeon by opening the gate with Jailbreakers key, the ring is on the rock.
28- Great swamp ring-
The great crab will drop the ring.
29- witch ring-
After destroying the rope bridge and continuing to the left of the bonfire, the ring is on a corpse.
30- mornes ring-
The ring is under the bridge of 1st and 2nd road of sacrifices.
31- ring of the suns-
The ring is in the irithyll of the boreal valley.
32- Leo ring-
The ring is on a chest on the second floor of the room with gwnyneveres painting.
33- wolf ring-
Watch dogs of farron.
+ 1version (NG+): the ring is in a corpse.
+ 2version(NG++): the ring is in the cenentry of ash, behind the golden door.
+ 3 version( the ringed city): dropped by seeker of the spurned.
34- hawk ring-
it is dropped from the giant of the undead settlement.
35- hornet ring-
You will find it in the untended graves, behind a guard.
To acquire all the rings and all variations is a great achievement. You will find the basic version of each ring in first playthrough, +1 version in the second playthrough and lastly, +2 and +3 versions in the third playthrough.
All the rings from previous playthroughs are available in subsequent playthrough so there is no chance for the player to miss out anything that didn’t get by going to the next playthrough.
In addition, players can trade the rings between them. so, if you have a friend who has a ring that you are missing and if they drop it for you, it will count toward the achievement.
So, Dark Souls 3 is not at all typical it is more like a Planescape and other fantasies where Gods and other powerful creatures populate many realms.
In conclusion, the mystery and esoteric delivery of story through item descriptions and overall aesthetic of souls make it the best video game ever to play.