Before you delve into the world of Demon's Souls you are tasked with creating your very own character. There are a vast amount of customization options for you to choose from, each of which allows you to edit everything from facial features through to body size and age. There are a number of classes to pick from too, including Soldier, Knight, Hunter, Priest, Magician, Thief and Temple Knight.
Each one suits a different set of play styles, depending on how you want to approach the game. For example, a Thief is great at surprise attacks and performing devastating critical hits during a parry. On the other hand, the Magician has only a small weapon; and is generally not the best character to choose if you plan on a lot of hand-to-hand combat.
Once you've selected your combatant, you're ready to journey to Boletaria. A word of warning: from here on in, Demon's Souls becomes incredibly tough. With that in mind, it's worth planning every single one of your attacks meticulously. Charging into battle against an opponent will most likely get you killed. What's interesting about Demon's Souls is what happens to you when you die. When slain, you are transported to the Nexus realm in soul form and must either defeat a major demon or find and use a Stone of Ephemeral Eyes in order to regain your body.
There are a vast amount of upgrades available to you throughout the game too. Everything from your armour through to your weapons can be tweaked to your desire. However, upgrading weaponry requires souls that are gained by killing enemies, so be sure to have enough when the time comes. Over time your weapon will wear down so be sure to monitor this is because a blunt sword or damaged shield can be costly in later, tougher missions.
Demon's Souls certainly presents a challenge unlike any other game on PlayStation 3, although a little bit of perseverance and planning, the rewards are huge, especially when you defeat one of the game's gargantuan bosses!