About a week ago I had an idea for a Dark Souls Let’s Play that got me pretty jazzed. I mentioned the idea in passing on Twitter, and the response was favorable, so… I’ve decided to make it happen! And on the 3 year anniversary of the game no less!
Please check out the above intro.
Here’s the basic idea: a Dark Souls newbie (in this case: Sarah) directs a veteran (in this case: me) through the game up to when the credits roll. The veteran can’t offer any input on where to go or what to do — the newbie has to figure it out (mostly) on their own.
So what led me to this idea? Well, more so than any game I can think of, an understanding of Dark Souls’ open world can shorten the game dramatically. Rather, I want to capture the lost feeling players have when starting with a fresh set of eyes. You could say that the real Dark Souls starts here.
There are a few other rules to streamline things:
- To keep things educational, I’ll be taking the reigns when it comes to fighting and the nitty gritty of our character’s build. Each episode will begin with an update to what I’ve done with the character’s build and why. As you can probably tell from the intro, we’ve already recorded the first episode and our character is a Thief.
- We’re implementing a tip system, in which the newbie can request one tip, the veteran can offer one tip, and the audience can be asked to provide advice — once each per episode.
I’m thinking this will become a series, so we’ve created an umbrella term for all future Kotowari LPs that will follow: Asobee. This is a play on the Japanese word for play: 遊ぶ (asobu). Clever, eh?
That’s pretty much it, look forward to the series rolling out every Friday starting next week!