IGN - 9.0
"Prepare to die. Over and over again."
The Telegraph - 5 Stars
"…no video game is quite so exciting or exhilarating."
- The Telegraph
GameSpot - 9.5
"You never know what is around the bend or what fate might befall you if you don't take care as you make your way through this extraordinarily challenging game."
Playstation Universe - 9.5
"When all is said and done, Dark Souls is an incredibly addictive game and those who embrace it will most certainly end up living it."
- Playstation Universe
EuroGamer - 9/10
"If you have the stomach for it - and can look past the game's initial, somewhat misleading disregard for you - Dark Souls offers dozens upon dozens of hours of hair-raising adventuring."
Metro - 9/10
"In it you'll have to work for your rewards it's true, but the game's not punishing you for its own amusement - it's trying to prove that the greatest pleasure comes as a result of the greatest effort."
Games TM - 9/10
"Dark Souls is a fine example of how great forethought and a less than tepid attitude towards taking risks pay dividends in the hands of real gamers."
- Games TM
EDGE - 9
"From Software's masterful open-world RPG stretches the limits of both risk and reward."
Official XBOX 360 Magazine - 9
"For a game that's sometimes frighteningly unfair, it's shocking just how compelling Dark Souls is."
- Official XBOX 360 Magazine
Joystiq - 4.5 Stars
"Hours of diligent, often frustrating work followed by a surprising, often spectacular payoff."
Game Informer - 8.75
"Dark Souls is without a doubt the hardest game I have ever played; that is its blessing, and that is its curse."
- Game Informer
Strategy Informer - 8.0
"…the only thing you really 'did' was want to play it, and for that it hates you so much it will do it's very best to kill you. Often."
- Strategy Informer
4players - 92%
"Unpredictable, thrilling, enigmatic. Dark Souls continues the genious tradition of its predecessor."
"Damn hard and endless motivating: a complex Action-RPG with unique game mechanics and a very open character development system, 88%"
- maniac.de (printversion), singleplayer review