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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel

24 October 2016
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Snow = Painted. Huh.
Apparently, the Japanese word for cold, snowy, or something along those lines was mistranslated in the FromSoft offices as "painted". It made sense in the first Dark Souls because you travel to a snowy world through a giant painting. In this case, the Painted World of Ariandel is another snowy place in Dark Souls, so the painted aspect doesn't make any sense. Was the original title for Cainhurst Castle the "Painted World of Gothic Castle?"

All jokes aside, the setting of the first Dark Souls III DLC extension is a snowy world called the Painted World of Ariandel. It's one big area covered in snow with tons of alarmingly grotesque creatures that seem like they are praying for death. The land is filled with dilapidated architecture and is subject to many avalanches. At the end of this area, you unlock the DLC's boss fight near the beginning of the area. There is only one area in this DLC and there is only one boss. It's a fairly large area with quite a grand boss, but they've got some nerve charging full price for DLC with only one area and only one boss. I'm convinced that they were concerned that they couldn't charge what they wanted for this DLC pack with this minimal amount of content, so they decided to pad everything.

This is especially the case for the boss, Friede. She's a hard enough foe as it is, but her fight has three phases with three separate health bars, four if you count the gank boss second phase with Ariandel. It is the ultimate Dark Souls endurance boss and it is one of the most exhausting parts in the franchise. Unfortunately, it isn't the gratifying type of exhaustion. It makes me think that FromSoft implemented this challenge at the end of the DLC so people wouldn't complain about it being too short.

Overall, this DLC pack is fine because it's more content from a game that I already like. The cynic in me is the one who feels cheated by the length of it and the boss is inexcusably long.
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Lifeless DLC
As much as I love DS3, I was completely disheartened by how lifeless this DLC was. A lifeless white desert with enemies either awkwardly clumped together or too far apart, no sense of where to generally go because the map goes in any direction it feels like, and DS2 tier enemies.

Look, I'm not saying the Sister Friede wasn't an amazing boss fight. It was easily one of the best fights in the game, which is probably why the rating isn't lower, but in all honesty, I genuinely don't feel like going back to do this boss fight purely because of how boring and dull getting there is.

And that optional boss is a joke, and by a joke I mean broken and irritating to fight.

4/10
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Solid DLC
Ashes of Ariandel seems to have received a lot of flak when it was first release, and its understandable if we consider that its a relatively short area that takes about 2 to 3 hours to beat, and people felt that it was asking too much. Well i only recently played it, grabbed it in the season pass for the game, so i guess that my thought is also distorted since it came cheaper to me, but i had a good time in here.

Its on par with the standard set by the areas of the main game, with a very bleak mood, and you always feel like the odds are stacked against you given how many hordes it throws at you.. The bosses present are also memorable, and it adds a lot of new weapons and spells that add build diversity to the game.

I have some reservations in the way that it tries too hard for Dark Souls 1 nostalgia, and how at times some of its level design feels unfair, but these are issues i take with the base game as a whole. Its very easy to recommend to someone who enjoyed the base game.
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Mixed Bag
Level design isn’t that great . The Champion isn’t very fun to fight either. But Sister Friede is an incredible boss.
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already reviewed dark souls 3 further down the list. this is just focused on DLC playthrough.

Ashes of Ariandel

big open snowy battlefield new enemies like big wolves and viking warriors. fun level design and entertaining new fights and scenario's. there are new items that i genuinely got excited to find, but overall they're not too amazing. the graphics and world design is beautiful. some really difficult sections as usual. there are sections where it seems you can choose multiple paths, lots of branching options, interesting scenery and villages to explore.

the bosses: champion gravetender is kind of shit, its just Sif and some NPC humans to fight. not much to say. its Sif from dark souls 1. Sister fride is a really fun fight, with amazing cinematic and moving dialogue. it's similar to ornstein and smough in that its 2 vs 1. its a really intense fight, and sister firede has amazing ninja mechanics that are fun to learn and master. the has multiple stages and eventually turns into blackflame friede. Really hard, but fair. and satisfying in the end.

a short, well added bonus to dark souls 3.

7/10
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I finally got a chance to play the Dark Souls III DLC, which is funny because its been over 2 years since I beat Dark Souls III. I just had no interest in buying them for this game since I didn't really like Dark Souls III as much and heard the DLC's for this game weren't as good as the previous games. So I eventually was able to get a hold of the Fire Fade's edition from my library with the DLC and beat both these. Ashes is the weaker of the DLC, and I'll even go as far as say its the weakest Souls DLC ever put out. Its basically just one big forest area of ashes, that looks more like snow. The enemies consist of generic knight/viking guys and wolves. There are only 2 bosses in this DLC and it can be beaten in around 5 or 6 hours. There are only 2 major areas in this DLC to explore and none of them are particularly big, in fact, this feels more like a side area you would have seen in another Souls game, that's how small it is.

I guess I should just get to the bosses, since the areas or enemies just aren't unique or interesting enough to talk about. The first boss is a generic guy, who is not much tougher than a NPC invader, who summons a giant wolf when you get him down to half health. The Wolf is just a pushover, it feels like a buffed regular enemy and he has nothing on Sif. So its essentially just a lore fodder boss. The other boss is just frustrating, she's a priestess with a scythe who has 3 separate phases, the first is her unbuffed where she just does basic attacks and combos, the second she summons a giant guy who has a pot of fire he smashes at you, the 3rd phase she buffs into a super aggressive asshole who just spams attacks at you and gives you no breathing room. I was playing as a strength build and my weapon was just way to slow for this style, she would just get too many cheap hits in and I couldn't defend myself. I had to actually summon to beat her in this form, something I never needed to do for any other bosses in the Souls series. She honestly felt more like the type of boss suited for Bloodborne.

So overall, this DLC is just a letdown. Its not terrible, it has some okay design, and the Sister Friede boss definitely is among the top 5 most challenging Soul's bosses. But what we get is just an average designed area that doesn't have too much to explore, new enemies who don't really stand out design wise, no new interesting NPCs, and 1 lore fodder boss who is a pushover, and another boss who just drags out too long and is almost unbeatable with certain types of builds. Hell even if Friede started off in phase 3 and that was the entire boss fight, I still wouldn't care much for this DLC, it just feels like complete filler and adds nothing interesting. When I played all the Dark Souls 2 DLCs and Bloodborne's I felt they all added significant content and great bosses, this on the other hand doesn't add anything essential and the only redeeming quality is Friede adds more challenge than any boss in the core DS III core game offered, but Friede really isn't a fun challenge unless you are a build with a fast attacking weapon.
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  • remyxx_ 2022-08-04 17:17:57.35829+00
    15 dollars for a boss with a bonus area
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    • okayfrog 2023-06-06 04:17:03.11787+00
      just don't pay $15 or it then... ?
    • ricopomelo 2023-06-14 20:09:55.674034+00
      fire fades
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  • ac_church 2022-11-06 17:23:01.480398+00
    really hard to tell with Souls if an area is stressful, depressing and anxiety-inducing in a good or in a bad way lol. aesthetically this is great, but i really struggle for motivation to go through wolf-infested zones again and again
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  • dontwannaknow 2023-02-15 02:28:19.852762+00
    the hate actually comes from the cost of content and not the actual content itself
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  • Stabbed 2023-09-10 08:51:06.102757+00
    this is one of my favorite levels in the game ngl
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  • Bender161 2023-10-10 20:25:07.052708+00
    peak dark souls
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  • white_calx 2023-10-26 10:39:33.172788+00
    this is great if u love gank 😁 but sister friede single-handedly saves this, perhaps one of the best bosses from has ever made
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  • Raylight 2024-01-01 18:44:39.288879+00
    5/5 boss, 1/5 area
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    • ThrashingFairy 2024-03-23 07:41:53.757961+00
      The area isn't that bad, at least it's not the Frigid Outskirts.
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  • altertide0 2024-05-28 13:33:25.653161+00
    Most of the beginning area is mediocre (big open spaces have rarely been exciting in this series imo), but afterwards it's easily on par with the base game. Similarly, just like in the base game, there are quite a few ganks, but they mostly feel fair (if you are vastly outnumbered, it's by weak enemies). Finally, in a quintessential DS3 fashion, the price to pay for getting to fight one fantastic boss is another pretty bad one (fortunately, optional).

    Also, unless you run through the levels, the DLC is definitely gonna take you longer than the 3h some claim. In my case, it took around 6-8h, but I always tend to explore levels thoroughly. The DLC does feel short though, for which I blame rather awkward structuring -- it is never really told to you how exactly and where you're supposed to achieve your main goal, so when you do, it doesn't carry the weight it's supposed to. My final complaint is that for an end game area, the enemies drop very few souls, making fighting them literally unrewarding.
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