Dark Souls and DLC, what's not to like?
Dark Souls III is one of the toughest games around for the PlayStation 4. It wouldn’t be a Dark Souls game if it weren’t a game that makes you think it’s really hard. The first DLC, Ashes of Ariandel fits that to a T and by the looks of it, is really, really hard. Let’s get right into it!
For starters, the DLC is meant to be an end of game addition, judging by how tough it is, this description is a perfect fit. You need a good combo of attacks/armor/powers to get through this DLC. If you don’t it’s going to be a long day.
Danger lurks in every corner of the painted world of Ariandel. It’s very hard to see in this snow/ice world since the snow is either falling off the mountain or being knocked off by something.
There are all kinds of enemies you need to look out for. From large groups of wolves to demon tree monsters, Ariandel has all kinds of issues to worry about. There is another group of Viking-like demons that attack you with large hammers so you’ll have to keep an eye out for them.
As I mentioned before, it’s hard to see because of the snow and visibility becomes an issue because of the snow falling. It’s hard to tell where to go next and you could walk right into an ambush because of the snow falling. You won’t want to be jumped because enemies here have strong attacks!
Some benefits from taking the time out to search everywhere in Ariandel is being able to get some of the stronger weapons out there. These weapons will look familiar because some of the enemies in the level will try to kill you with the same weapons. It could be the difference from winning and dying later in Ariandel!
There is all kinds of stuff to find in Ariandel as well as quite a few mini boss fights. There is also a massive boss fight that takes place there. Three parts to the battle, each more challenging than the last.
The battle takes place against Sister Friede and her father, Ariandel. It starts off pretty simple with Friede attacking you but after she falls, her father steps in. Two against one doesn’t seem fair but fair fights have never stopped Dark Souls before. You need to take down father and daughter before you fight Friede one more time, complete with dark powers.
This is one of the toughest boss battles around so it fits in perfectly with DLC that is meant for the end of the game. It adds more challenging mini bosses and a tough area to traverse. You can also get your hands on the scythe that Friede used or a whip for battle. I would go with the scythe because it looks badass, that’s why.
I’m giving the Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel DLC for the PS4 an 9/10. I would like to thanks Bandai Namco for the Review code.
Score: 9 / 10