While the game does look truly beautiful and has a great system for leveling up (done, once more, at bonfires), where you get to choose which aspects of your character to improve (which in turn affects what you can wield). The title falls down a little with its physics. For instance, take a swing at a huge rock wall and it's entirely possible that your weapon will, just because there's a problem with the coding, go through the wall just enough to destroy a box on the other side. That is a problem and a frustration, but it's a frustration greatly overshadowed by the fact that the entire game is frustrating from start to finish.
Dark Souls isn't a game you will necessarily enjoy playing. However, every time you beat a boss you will find yourself feeling such a huge sense of accomplishment and wonder that you'll keep going, and every time you die you'll still feel the need to keep going so that you can get back at whatever foul creature from hell ended your life. It is an wonderful, epic, horrible, awful, game, and an experience not to be missed.
Dark Souls is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Violence. This game can also be found on Xbox 360.