Over the weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington, gamers had an opportunity to get a hold of some footage from some highly anticipated games. One of those games included From Software’s Dark Souls III. The gameplay footage that a lot of gamers have been itching to see is of the ghostly Frost Knight.
YouTuber CoolGinger managed to upload some clips from Dark Souls III while attending PAX Prime, and we get a look at the Frost Knight, as well as some footage of the two-handed sword mechanics, some sword and boarding, as well as a few of the scrub monsters that are not to be taken lightly. Check it out below.
My First fight with the Frost Knight.
In this game, you die a lot… a whole lot.
The IGN footage wasn’t much better, showcasing the player-character getting royally stomped from one end of the map to the other. The biggest reason most people kept dying was because they would run, gather up a horde of undead mobs and then would find themselves backed into a corner trying to fend them off. It was pretty silly, but also easy to see how so many players would keep repeatedly dying using that same tactic over and over again.
The second video from CoolGinger, however, focuses more on the slinky antics of the armored Frost Knight. He doesn’t last long against the knight but we at least get to see a bit more of him in action. Check it out below.
My second fight with the frost knight
The Frost Knight makes quick work of him with those wide-sweeping attacks and his very nimble, spider-like movements. The bosses in this third game will likely be a real joy to combat. I also feel as if this game really stepped it up following some stiff competition from Deck13 with Lords of the Fallen. But as showcased in the video below, proper timing and a bit of patience enabled the player to take down the Frost Knight.
I killed the frost knight!
The combat in Dark Souls III looks vastly improved over what we saw in Dark Souls II. The swinging, the attacks, the blocks and the parries are all far more refined so it requires a lot of precision and timing to out-fight, out-maneuver and outlast opponents. Also, you can see how the improved animations and frame-rate make a huge difference in how smooth the combat plays out.
I sort of wish we could have seen more footage of someone with better footwork and defenses, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers, eh?
Dark Souls III is due out in 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. You can keep track of the game by paying a visit to the official Dark Souls website.
[Update:] On Twitter user Karo pointed out that the game has undergone a slight change with its parry and dodge system. Riposte and parries now share with weapon arts — so some weapons, like those small arm shields, will allow you to parry and mount counter-attacks while dual-wielded weapons will have special arts attached to the left-trigger, as described in the button layout in the image below. It means you’ll have to really pick and choose how you load out your character and what weapons best fit your play-style.