Dark souls Vs. Skyrim

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Which one do you prefer? I know its not entirely fare to compare them, as they aimed to do different things but they do share similar qualities: exploration, telling a story through the environment, and a living breathing world

Eh, it really depends on what I'm in the mood to play. If I want npc interaction and structured quests, I go with Skyrim. If I want intense, methodical action in a lonely and dangerous world, I go with Dark Souls. Bethesda and From Software both did excellent work with their own formulae, rough edges notwithstanding.

I can't decide, I CAN'T DECIDE. I think it's because they're so different. On paper they sound very similar, but they couldn't be further from each other.

Well i wouldnt say dark souls was set in a "living and breathing world". Your character and all others are dead. Exploring SOME version of hell.

EDIT: To answer your question, dark souls. Feels more focused to me. Which i like, too much empty in skyrim.

Skyrim has a much better world if you ask me and better NPC interactions. As well as more varied game play. Dark souls is a game I play if I am bored of everything else I don't think I have finished it yet. Overall I would say Skyrim.

Do we need this shit again? We had literally the same around the time they released and even though both classify as wRPGs and are so in the same genre I won't compare them.

TES V: Skyrim is a game with a big focus on exploration and total freedom. Player skill, depth and difficulty comes last. Dark Souls is the opposite, though it might have "freedom" and exploration, from everything I heard it has a set path you need to follow (aka first boss, second boss etc). But it stands out through difficulty and heavy emphasis of the player skill.

TheKasp:
Do we need this shit again? We had literally the same around the time they released and even though both classify as wRPGs and are so in the same genre I won't compare them.

The OP's just asking for personal preference, not mechanical analysis. Chill.

Dark souls . But only if you like challenging games . They are hard to compare but honestly i had more fun with dark souls . Sure skyrim had more freedom , but sometimes too much freedom is a bad thing . Plus i prefered the atmosphee of dark souls . It was pretty and dark at the same time .

Skyrim. One of The main reasons I play videogames is for exploration, and Skyrim focuses more on that. I still completely adore Dark Souls, though.

Depends on whether you prefer psychotically difficult action JRPGs or hiking sims with RPG elements.

Skyrim when you feel like exploring, Dark Souls when you feel like fighting a boss, GTA when you feel like running over hookers, Mario when you feel like doing shrooms with a hairy Italian plumber...

Considering that Skyrim is the one that people shouted about how many hours it took away from them and Dark Souls was the one I ended up putting more time into and I'm STILL not done with it, I'm going with Dark Souls. Also the combat feels like its more than just run up to the guy and hack away.

Dark Souls. At least the combat is pretty good. Skyrim really falls flat in the combat and story (writing/characters/dialogs) department. The only thing it has going for it is pretty scenery/exploration and open ended-ness of it. But without decent combat to back that up, even that feels un-fulfilling.

I would have to go with Dark Souls. There is only two things that Skyrim is good for. One of them is if you want to play a hiking simulator and other is if you are in need of a coaster.

Dark Souls on the other hand is pretty much the embodiment of everything that I like about games. The combat, gameplay, bosses, environment, everything was just amazing. The only problem I had with it if you want a challenge you have to wait till ng+.

Despite having only a few NPCs, Dark Souls feels much more alive than Skyrim. The game feels much more well executed, but that's probably because none of the content is randomly generated. They both have a great amount of choice when it comes to combat, but Dark Souls actually feels fulfilling and fun while Skyrim falls on its face.

Defense:
The game feels much more well executed, but that's probably because none of the content is randomly generated.

Hey, man, don't judge random content based on Skyrim :D

Dark Souls. I sunk a lot of time into both, but Dark Souls had the best gameplay of any game I played last year.

Dark souls by far. Skyrim is the usual Bethesda shit.

I will probably prefer Dark Souls.

I need good atmosphere in my games and atmosphere is something Skyrim lacks.

Dark Souls. I loved faffing about in Skyrim, but it's just plain soulless in more than one way. The world huge, with lots to do, but nothing I do seems to matter a damn thing.

Dark Souls because Skyrim isn't very well made. The npcs are creepy, the dungeons are all the same and the combat is rubbish. Dark Souls has okay combat and well designed levels but doesn't have much of a story (though this doesn't bother me) and is a bit unfair.
Fittingly, my captcha was "foul play" which sums up my feelings of some parts of Dark souls.

Skyrim mainly because of the giant hidden story full of mind-fuckery the ES series has that most people will never know about.

Sithis = Lorkhan = Akatosh = Talos
Spaceships
Time Traveling War Fractals
Robots from the 9th Era
Gods fusing into other gods to become new gods that are really just older gods

ES has some great lore, they just never outright state it in the game because its so weird

SajuukKhar:
Skyrim mainly because of the giant hidden story full of mind-fuckery the ES series has that most people will never know about.

Sithis = Lorkhan = Akatosh = Talos
Spaceships
Time Traveling War Fractals
Robots from the 9th Era
Gods fusing into other gods to become new gods that are really just older gods

ES has some great lore, they just never outright state it in the game because its so weird

Dark Souls does that too. The average player may read a book or item description here and there, but then a dedicated player reads everything, pieces it together, and blows your mind.

Skyrim because

A: Skyrim feels alive and breathing compared to dark souls death and not breathing
B: TES already has some amazing lore that I love
C: It's huge
D: DRAGONS and FUS RO DA

I don't think they can really be compared as they're aiming for different things, but I personally prefer Dark Souls. Its online components offer far more replayability (I have the console version of Skyrim, so no mods) and the lore is more interesting and better presented in my opinion.

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Dark Souls does that too. The average player may read a book or item description here and there, but then a dedicated player reads everything, pieces it together, and blows your mind.

Does Dark souls have gods that are schizophrenic, suffer from multiple personality disorder, with each personality becoming its own being that fights amongst themselves?

As a note to the above all the gods in ES are doing that, while being 100% dead.

SajuukKhar:

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Dark Souls does that too. The average player may read a book or item description here and there, but then a dedicated player reads everything, pieces it together, and blows your mind.

Does Dark souls have gods that are schizophrenic, suffer from multiple personality disorder, with each personality becoming its own being that fights amongst themselves?

As a note to the above all the gods in ES are doing that, while being 100% dead.

I was just pointing out that both games have tons of lore buried in them and most players never realize what they are passing up.

Sense I started the thread I might as well give my opinion: Dark souls. I like skyrim, but I never seem to pick it up. It doesn't help that I don't have the free time that I once did, and that I can barely play games while school is breathing down my neck (PHD don't earn themselves)

Dark Souls, mostly because of it's relatively focused, Metroidvania styled world. Certainly isn't nearly as big as Skyrim, but each area is unique with its own particular quirks and enemies. While it's better than Oblivion in that regard, the dungeons in Skyrim get repetitive after awhile due to the lack of variety in tilesets/assets. Dark Souls doesn't have that aimlessness that always gets to me in TES games. The combat is also way more satisfying to me in Dark Souls, trying out different builds is a lot of the fun.

Das Boot:
Dark Souls on the other hand is pretty much the embodiment of everything that I like about games. The combat, gameplay, bosses, environment, everything was just amazing. The only problem I had with it if you want a challenge you have to wait till ng+.

Really? NG+ was easier then the first time for me because I already knew the enemies and had the upgraded weapons, I don't see how it can be harder (Capra Demon can be a bitch but even in the first playthrough he fucks everyone that gets in that room)

RedEyesBlackGamer:
I was just pointing out that both games have tons of lore buried in them and most players never realize what they are passing up.

Well... most RPGs do. My point was mainly about the absurdity of the ES background lore.

Vivec turned his johnson into a spear named milk-taker that he used to kill a bunch of demon things. It is also one of if not the most powerful weapons ever made.

SajuukKhar:

RedEyesBlackGamer:
I was just pointing out that both games have tons of lore buried in them and most players never realize what they are passing up.

Well... most RPGs do.

My point was mainly about the absurdity of the ES background lore.

Vivec turned his johnson into a spear named milk-taker that he used to kill a bunch of demon things.

Eh, I prefer how ambiguous Dark Souls' lore is. Finding Velka's Rapier in the Painted World is the perfect example.

Eh. There's more stuff to do in Skyrim, and I keep going back to it for a 'I'm bored game', but I love Dark Souls combat, world, weirdness and creepy factor, alongside it's old school approach. Different beasts here.

I can casually play Skyrim just to do something to kill time or while listening to the radio.

Dark Souls I have to invest time and energy into playing. It's not really a casual game.

Dark Souls is a better concentrated experience, there's a lot more to that game in terms of combat mechanics and the multiplayer is a unique and well implemented experience, so I'd say Dark Souls is the better game to 'play'.

Skyrim is the better roleplaying game, i.e. creating your own character, playing them like a person, creating their motivations and choosing their role in the world etc, it's a lot more diluted than Dark Souls in terms of combat, but it makes up for it with how immersive the world is.

That's not to say that Dark Souls doesn't have an interesting world, it does, it has great atmosphere. But after playing the game for so many hours, the world is actually tiny compared to Skyrim.

It's funny, I remember first playing Dark Souls and feeling so overwhelmed by the world, it seemed huge, but once you've been everywhere, you realise just how well FromSoftware managed to make so little seem like so much.

Dark souls by far. It just feels more complete, as a gaming experience.

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