It should come as no surprise that Dark Souls 3 is a ridiculously-detailed game. From Software has crafted one of the deepest, most brutally-difficult action-RPG experiences in recent memory, and on top of that, every aspect of the game has been polished to a mirror sheen.
As with the other games in the series, it can also take some serious digging to get a handle on everything Dark Souls 3 has to offer.
As such, we've played quite a lot of Dark Souls 3 over the past few weeks ... but what does that mean for you? Well, it means that we've covered everything from combat to character classes to boss battles to the player's home base — and now, we've compiled all of our coverage from the game's launch in one convenient spot!
SPOILER WARNING BELOW
We'll touch on a few of the game's main bosses (including the final battle), so if you're determined to go into Dark Souls 3 blind, bookmark this article and come back when you need some help.
Before we get into Dark Souls 3 proper, let's take a look back at the first entry in the series — and why it's still so popular today, despite the fact that it's got a reputation for beating players into the dirt.
Comparing the different Dark Souls games is tough, especially considering the third entry in the series only just launched. That being said, it's easy to see just how far the franchise has come in just a few short years — so, which one is the best?
We've said it once, we'll say it again: Dark Souls 3 does not hold your hand. Most of the time, that's half the fun ... but when it comes to creating the character you'll be playing with for the next 60 hours, it can be a bit frustrating. Our guide breaks down the game's character creation system so you can build the character that fits your playstyle.
Combat in Dark Souls 3 can seem simple at first — what's so complicated about a sword and a shield? However, that's just on the surface, and our guide covers everything from the classic kick to the brand new Weapon Arts. Even if you're a returning fan, it's worth a look — this isn't the same Dark Souls you played all those years ago.
Firelink Shrine is easily the most important location in the game, especially considering it's the only place where players can level up and improve their gear. Obviously, it pays to know who's who and where to find them — our guide covers all of the Firelink Shrine's permanent residents and exactly how they'll help you on your quest.
Just because he's the first boss in the game doesn't mean he's a pushover: Iudex Gundyr is meant to be the final test before players enter the game proper. As such, new players might find themselves in a bit of trouble — which is where our guide on how to beat him comes in.
Anyone who's played Bloodborne will remember the Blood-Starved Beast ... and just how annoying she could be. Well, Vordt of the Boreal Valley is a callback to that exact fight ... though, with our video guide on your side, putting down this armored hulk shouldn't be too much trouble.
You may think that taking down a giant, living tree would be easy — but this is Dark Souls, and nothing is ever easy. The Curse-Rotted Greatwood is the first boss that feels like a puzzle and a boss fight rolled into one — and our guide will help you make short work of it.
It doesn't matter how good you think you are: the final boss of Dark Souls 3 will absolutely annihilate you. We've mentioned it before, but it took us roughly six hours just to take him down — hopefully, with our in-depth video guide, you won't have nearly as much trouble with him.
It's not enough that Dark Souls 3 features some of the toughest bosses in the series to date, but From Software had to go and hide a number of them away. Just finding these foes can be an absolute nightmare ... which is exactly why we made a guide revealing all of their locations and how to get there.
Siegward's easily one of the best NPCs in Dark Souls III, but his quest is about as backwards as they come. It's not just about summoning him for a fight or two - be prepared to explore every inch of the map just trying to find him. Or, you could simply use our handy guide and figure out the Onion Knight's questline the easy way!
It's a Souls game, and you know that can only mean one thing: at some point, when you least expect it, Patches is bound to make an appearance. Dark Souls III definitely comes through on that front...but, much like Siegward's quest, you'll have to do some digging to unlock Patches' wares.
Dark Souls has always had its fair share of glitches, but you'd be hard-pressed to find something quite so ... revealing.
A quick warning: the butt glitch features, somewhat unsurprisingly, butts. It's probably not the best sort of thing to look at if, say, you're at work.
Of course, this is just the start: we'll continue to cover Dark Souls 3 as the community unearths its secrets, so make sure to check back often for more info!