Dark Souls 3 Combat Picks Up The Pace To Match Bloodborne


One of the biggest jumps from the telltale From Software style of action-RPG in Bloodborne is the sense of pacing. Without a shield, dodge rolls and back slides needed to be as floaty as they were to both balance combat and to feel rewarding to the player. As much as I loved the game for that change, I still have deep respect and admiration for what Dark Souls brings to the table and am curious to hear how the series will respond. According to Edge Magazine, who spent time playing a preview build of Dark souls 3, some of its standard player maneuvers have been sped up a tick to creep towards Bloodborne speeds (although not reaching them).

"There are traces of Bloodborne in the [Dark Souls 3] combat, too. While the new hero is no Hunter, he certainly seems more agile than before. The backstep in particular has been sped up, and a longsword is swung more quickly too, with no apparent damage penalty (though enemy health bars – along with the entire HUD – have been disabled here, just as they were at last year’s Bloodborne unveiling)."

Other adjustments to the style of combat in Dark Souls 3 include the previously leaked details, including the Spin and Ready Stance mechanics, while help to change how players ready up for combat and overcome a variety of challenges different types of enemies bring. Additionally, the short bow will quickly chip away the health of mid-range enemies while strafing, bringing more movement to all types of players.

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While I’m glad to hear that Dark Souls 3 will pick up the pace a bit, I hope that From Software doesn’t go too overboard. Bloodborne is a simpler game than Dark Souls, with a more streamlined set of equipment that puts emphasis on input rather than overall output. Going back to a sword and board style of play may be an adjustment for From Soft fans, but going too much overboard in the opposite direction may muddy the waters. Fans at gamescom 2015 will get the first chance to see how it balances out in live action, so it shouldn’t be too long a wait.

Dark Souls 3 will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One early next year.

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