In the DS106 assignment bank, I found an interesting assignment which asked me to redesign “untruthful” game covers or titles of games. I immediately thought of a few games which have confusing and misleading titles. In the end, I decided on the infamous Dark Souls series.
At first glance, this game appears to be set in medieval times where you play as the protagonist, a knight. The “dark” in Dark Souls may be a reference to the dark ages and “souls” may reference the lives that were lost during this time to famine, war and the bubonic plague.
What is it about this game cover that’s so misleading?
The game actually does have historical aspects with the weapons, armor, and architecture. However, it literally has nothing to do with knights or the Middle Ages. It’s a game that is deliberate in making the player die. There are items that are set for the sole purpose of baiting the player into
taking and dying to a monster around the corner, or a large fall. Players who have played this game reference throwing their controller due to the frustration the game brings.
For the redesign, I decided on something that would immediately spark fear for the player. I chose one of the more memorable bosses, Ornstein and Smough, who many players have had troubles with in the past. The title would be rewritten to something more fitting. Here is the result.
FromSoftware – Souls video game series