Dark Souls III: The Ringed City
Gorgeous but empty, challenging but not always fair, The Ringed City is a weak reflection of the series' best traits.
Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City has found a way to revisit the past without a cheap reliance on nostalgia, wrapping up the story of Dark Souls in a way that will be satisfying for fans who enjoy digging into the rich lore the series has been building for the last few years. But you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of the Souls series to appreciate the satisfying twists and turns of this short, but exciting adventure, with its abundance of haunting, secret-filled locales and terrifying boss fights.
As satisfying an ending as Dark Souls was ever going to get, with some shocking story revelations and memorable boss battles.
The Ringed City is a well-executed conclusion for the revered Dark Souls series.
If The Ringed City really is the end of Souls, it manages to hang its head high with the rest of the series. From Demon's to Dark III we have more than enough macabre settings to pore over in the years to come. They aren't all created equal, and some of them aren't even created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, but I'll remember each and every one of them for as long as I live. It's been a wild ride.
While Ashes of Ariandel created skepticism where there otherwise wouldn't have been, rest assured that The Ringed City is the genuine article and gives Dark Souls III the send-off it deserves.
A piece of DLC that for fans will signal closure for the lore and single-player offerings – for the time being at least. It has some of the best moments that the franchise has to offer, some not-so great moments, and indeed some throwbacks to key parts of the series. Until the time comes when Hidetaka Miyazaki wishes to return to this beloved franchise, this heralds the season finale with much more confidence than the previous DLC. Praise the Sun!
The Ringed City is a very good DLC for Dark Souls 3, far better than the previous one, Ashes of Ariandel.
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The Ringed City DLC is a mixture of things, unfairly difficult in the beginning, it opens up and delivers a thematically fitting end to the series of the whole. Great boss fights as well as a new PvP mechanic elevate it above the previous DLC.
Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City is a worthy finale for this game and the series in general. Taking every trick that they've learned over the course of the series and seemingly packing them into one final journey, The Ringed City is sure to please if you're into the masochistic nature of the series.