If the hundreds of news pieces haven’t given it away yet, a new Dark Souls game is on the horizon and we are quite excited to play it. Now most of us at VGU are seasoned Dark Souls fans, but many people will either be coming to Dark Souls III straight off the back of Bloodborne or coming in as brand new fans who want to finally see what all the fuss is about. While it may initially seem daunting and players constantly go on about its difficulty, it’s one of those games that will suddenly click with you after a few hours of play and you’ll hopefully understand why so many people rave about the series. To ease that transition and to demystify some of the more arcane elements of the series, we have composed an absolute starter guide to the franchise as a whole, to make those opening few hours that little bit easier. When we get access to Dark Souls III, we will also be doing a beginner’s guide for that so if you are looking for specific tips, just wait that little bit longer.

1. Don’t sweat the lore too much.

2. Picking a starting class and your build path.

3. Upgrading weapons and understanding scaling.

4. Knowing your defensive options.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

6. Embrace death.