Over the weekend, I managed to play through all of Dark Souls III’s new downloadable content (DLC), Ashes of Ariandel with a friend. The two of us went in knowing the mixed reviews it has gotten but still decided to go in with an open mind, and I think it is safe to say that there was no disappointment.
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It starts off in the Cathedral of the Deep by talking to a man named Gaol who hands you a piece of a painting. This takes you to Araindel, which takes place in a cold, dark, and infested area of mountainous places and ruins of a town passed. It leads you from side snowy fields with wolves to a tower of guardians long passed all the way to a village long gone with infestations.
This new DLC includes many things, new weapons, shields, armor and equipment are evenly balanced and fits into the game very well. New enemies offer special thought to handle certain situations of danger and offers lots of fun to fight against. The area itself seems interesting with twists and turns, and also being large and enclosed areas at the same time. The area makes you feel like you are in an open spotlight with walls all around. The snow makes it harder by limiting visibility and camouflaged enemies that are even harder to detect.
The DLC also adds a new Person vs Person (PvP) arena and matchmaking system for those who love fighting against other players for fun. It sets up a matchmaking arena that allows many different types of combat to happen, duels, 2v2, 4v4, etc. There is also the option of entering a special code if you want to host a private fighting match with you friends. Some gameplay styles restrict some activities like healing which gives more of a challenge.
One certain criticism that can be made however is that the DLC is short. Not only that, but it also does not utilize the new enemies all that much. The new enemies felt special, not only because they had to skills that I had to think to fight against, but also because there were not many of them which made them feel like miniature boss fights.
Overall, I would give Ashes of Ariandel a 7.5~8/10. Ashes of Ariandel are for those who want a short challenge yet something that offers new creative ways of fighting and adventuring. Ashes of Ariandel is out now and can be purchased for 15,800 KRW.