Reviewed by: Braden
Developed by: FromSoftware, Inc.
Published by: FromSoftware, Inc., BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Price: $14.99 (USD)
What is this game (DLC)?
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is the second and final DLC of Dark Souls III, and also marks the end of the Souls franchise. It takes place in the Ringed City (obviously) and is accessible either after clearing Ashes of Ariandel or once you beat the twin princes Lothric and Lorian. It is no pushover, as it expects you to have cleared Lothric Castle and in several cases even the Soul of Cinder boss fight, so be fully prepared to have your rear handed to you in many occasions. This DLC will include 4 total boss fights and one new covenant. Three bosses are required, and one is an optional side boss.
Summary / My Experiences
This segment is going to be a little out of the norm from other reviews I've written due to the fact that this is an expansion and not an entire game, so allow me to get that out of the way beforehand.
When I first jumped into the DLC, I wasn't too in awe. I mean, I was quite excited because hell yeah new Dark Souls content, but it was really just another part of the Kiln of the First Flame-esque area. Stick with me though, because that's not all this DLC is. It gets much much better once you clear this new area. Anyways, the area you enter is titled "The Dreg Heap". Here you are immediately introduced to a pilgrim NPC. I don't believe they played too big of a part, but I recommend talking to all the new characters you find anyway. You never know, because some could show up later in the adventure.
The DLC really picks up post-heap area, as frustrating as it may be. It'll lead up to an utterly jaw-dropping boss battle that you will surely remember for years to come. Eventually you come to the Ringed City, which only adds immense amount of gameplay. There are so many new weapons and armor sets and stuff to collect that you'll be returning for some time trying to get it all. Also, I want to hint at a certain enemy you've seen before that makes a comeback as a hint to another side boss you can encounter should you so choose.
As you make your way through the real Ringed City, you will want to be careful. Plenty of new, powerful enemies can be found here such as the Ringed Knights, the Executioners you've fought in the Dreg Heap, and a certain clan of beyblade miracle-casting turtle people. Also, 3 new bosses reside here for your pleasure. Well, pleasure or pain depending on how you look at it. I for one enjoyed beating each boss multiple times with friends in their saves, because goddamn were these some epic boss battles. The music scores were fan-freakin'-tastic, and the environments complimented the theme of each fight almost to a T. From Software really hit the nail on the head in delivering fans a stellar DLC.
Wrap Up and Score:
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is a fantastic piece of DLC and I can't think of a better way to send off the franchise and the fans than with a collection of massive encounters and terrifying situations. As someone who is newer to the Souls franchise, getting into it later than most, I am very very happy with what we've been given. I myself still have so much of the Souls series to complete, but those who started with Demon's Souls and ended with Dark Souls III were given a true masterpiece to enjoy one last time. The random summoning for boss fights can be a little off-putting when you're trying to join up with your buds, but everything else is absolutely fantastic. This DLC is easily a very nice 9.5/10. I highly recommend this for anybody who loves this franchise and wants a very satisfying end to it all.