XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition

Last updated date: September 23, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition

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Overall Take

“Dark Souls II: The Fire Fades Edition” is the best overall fantasy game with familiar settings and characters, but incredible improvements. Access to two expansions and challenging enemies to battle keep players engaged and focused. With fantasy creatures and a stunning landscape, this favorite will keep you coming back for more. In our analysis of 147 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
255 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades brings us the adventure from last year with an added bonus. Not only do you get Dark Souls III, but you also get instant access to the two expansions: Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City.
- Nerd Reactor
The Demon Prince is a good fight, fielding two enemies at once that switch between aggressive and paced attacks, but the true gem here is Slave Knight Gael. He attacks quickly and often, but the way he attacks is what makes him such a challenge.
- PSU
May 26, 2017 | Full review
Dark Souls 3 and its DLC expansions are a brilliant and incredibly meaty slice of gaming. Freed from expectations as my first Dark Souls, I wasn’t troubled so much by the callbacks and unfinished plot threads, just appreciating Dark Souls 3 for what it was. And that is a very challenging, but satisfying, adventure - with deep combat and lots of freedom.
- Comiconverse
July 22, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The fight with the dragon, Darkeater Midir, is troublesome due to camera locking, but all dragon fights in this franchise have had that problem.
- PSU
May 26, 2017 | Full review
The world of Dark Souls 3 is huge and unforgiving. You will die many, many times, even standard enemies can easily kill you, deadly hazards and ambushes are commonplace.
- Comiconverse
July 22, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition delivers the complete Dark Souls III experience and includes the full game & all Season Pass content - Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City DLC expansions. Winner of 2017 DICE Awards for "RPG/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year" and the 2016 Golden Joystick Award's "Ultimate Game of the Year", Dark Souls III continues to push the boundaries with the latest chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series from director Hidetaka Miyazaki. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness with colossal enemies, expansive environments, and challenging and intense gameplay combat. As fires fade and the world falls into ruin, prepare yourself once more to Embrace The Darkness!

Overall Product Rankings

XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
1. XBOX ONE Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Warner Brothers Witcher 3
2. Warner Brothers Witcher 3
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
PS4 Shadows Die Twice
3. PS4 Shadows Die Twice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 28
Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
4. Bethesda Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
5. XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
6. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
7. XBOX ONE Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Gold Edition
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
8. XBOX ONE Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
9. Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
PS4 Secret of Mana
10. PS4 Secret of Mana
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 21

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DWYM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from a flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional gameplay broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

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