Demon Souls / Dark Souls / Bloodborne / Sekiro - Where do I start?

Kill3r7

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Oct 25, 2017
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Bloodborne. It is the one that is most similar to traditional action games and the most accessible. It is the one that unlocked the souls series for me. Not the first souls game I owned but the first game where the formula clicked for me.
 

RvinP

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Oct 28, 2017
449
I'd watch myself play in the following order..

Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin
Bloodborne
Dark Souls 3
Sekiro
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,285
Ireland
Going by accessibility and overall hardness, I'd recommend this order:

  • Bloodborne
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dark Souls
  • Demons Souls
  • Dark Souls II
  • Sekiro
It's out of sequence in the Dark Souls games but still, I think that's the best way to experience them if you want to go from easiest to toughest.
 
Nov 4, 2017
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Bloodborne is easily the best, but Dark Souls is super important and should be played. I would play Dark Souls before BB, as Dark Souls can feel a little rough around the edges at times and the quality in level design tanks in the second half (but comes good in the end). I bounced off DS2, am about a third of the way through Sekiro I think and DS3 is in my backlog.

With that in mind... I'd just say play in release order.
 

Prat

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Jan 9, 2018
64
1. Dark Souls Remaster
2. Bloodborne
3. Sekiro

If you wanna keep going:
4. Dark Souls 3
5. Dark Souls 2 Scholar
6. Wait for Demon Souls Remaster

(My favorite is Bloodborne though...)
 

OGM_Madness

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Dec 3, 2019
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Advice: Use wikis and guides as a last resort. One of the most critical and enjoyable things about the games is punishment and reward. If you got stuck on a boss, don‘t be afraid to take a break and clear your mind. If you read a guide then you won’t feel the joy of overcoming the challenge, trust me on this one.
I disagree with this advice. Although Wikis and Guides could take away from the discovery that is the game itself, I recommend checking them out to better understand some of the very obscure elements of the game. So, my suggestion is that you should try and use a spoiler-free guide. Try to not spoil the game, but complement the game. Don't take as gospel all the suggestions in a wiki or guide, there's more than one way to skin a cat! Likewise, don't take as gospel all the suggestions on these threads, at the end of the day, it's best to just grab your boots by the strap and start somewhere. Anywhere you start is great. Take solace in that the games are vaguely or not connected at all, so just play and enjoy the ride, and don't forget to ask around if you get stuck!
 

jcs

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Aug 7, 2018
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4 pages in so very late but I will put in a vote for Bloodborne. Bloodborne forces the player to play aggressively in a smart way - you can't hide behind a shield. You have to attack, dodge, and trigger visceral attacks all with your weapons.

This play style makes the rest of the games more fun (e.g. learn to parry in DS instead of hiding behind your shield the whole time).
 

Voke

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Oct 28, 2017
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Play Bloodborne first. Then Sekiro. If you really love this type of shit tackle the Dark Souls trilogy in order
 

Dysun

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Oct 25, 2017
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Miami
I played the series out of order and it was still great. Something like DS1 > BB > DeS > DS3 > Sekiro

Just play whichever one catches your interest.
 
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Broddity

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Sep 7, 2018
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Thank you all again for your input. If nothing else it's pretty clear I've totally ignored an important set of games.

What do we think about this?

Because honestly reading all of your thoughts, I was thinking of starting with Dark Souls 1 (not owning a PS3 and being able to play Demon Souls) - but this might cause me to wait and see. I'd rather go back to the beginning and see the evolution, I think, if there's a nice modern-friendly remaster a year or so away.

Worth waiting for confirmation, or should I get on with my life?
 

Sadnarav

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Nov 6, 2019
216
Thank you all again for your input. If nothing else it's pretty clear I've totally ignored an important set of games.

What do we think about this?

Because honestly reading all of your thoughts, I was thinking of starting with Dark Souls 1 (not owning a PS3 and being able to play Demon Souls) - but this might cause me to wait and see. I'd rather go back to the beginning and see the evolution, I think, if there's a nice modern-friendly remaster a year or so away.

Worth waiting for confirmation, or should I get on with my life?
If the Demon's Souls Remaster is true, it's almost an year away. By then you could finished the whole series. I think you should move on. Start with Dark Souls Remaster and go have the gaming time of your life. Also don't skip Dark Souls 2
 

Kr1spy

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Oct 28, 2017
160
I started with Demon's Souls a few years ago and then got stuck like 6 hours in. A month later, I began Dark Souls and got 20 hours in before my PS3 died and I couldn't get the save data back.

A few years later, I started and then completed Bloodborne. I really loved Bloodborne and it got me hooked on the series.

This year, I decided to go back and start Demon's Souls from the beginning and actually complete it. It took me a month but I did it. A month ago, I finished Dark Souls Remastered and now I'm 40 hours into Dark Souls 2: SOTFS. The Souls series is now one of my all-time favorite series.

My suggestion would be to start with Dark Souls and, if you really like it, play through Dark Souls 2, then Bloodborne, and then Dark Souls 3.
 

DNgamers

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Oct 25, 2017
277
Germany
Thank you all again for your input. If nothing else it's pretty clear I've totally ignored an important set of games.

What do we think about this?

Because honestly reading all of your thoughts, I was thinking of starting with Dark Souls 1 (not owning a PS3 and being able to play Demon Souls) - but this might cause me to wait and see. I'd rather go back to the beginning and see the evolution, I think, if there's a nice modern-friendly remaster a year or so away.

Worth waiting for confirmation, or should I get on with my life?
You absolutely can't go wrong with Dark Souls 1 first! You can save Demon's Souls and Dark Souls 2: Scholar of The First Sin for later, they are good games!

If I were you and knew what I know now while still being able to play them blind (makes no sense, I know) I'd say:

DS1
Bloodborne
Sekiro
DS3

...And you've got the best of the best. The only Souls game that's a quasi-sequel in the series is DS3 to DS1, btw.