Surviving a fight with a Dark Souls 3 boss isn't easy, but one gamer decides an impromptu boxing match with the game's first boss is all it will take to put the monster down.
For those gamers unfamiliar with the Dark Souls series, From Software's action-RPGs have made their name on containing some of the genre's most difficult fights - and that's just while dealing with the usual assortment of demons and possessed knights a character will run into organically as they progress from zone to zone. While Dark Souls 3 will certainly be a continuation of that philosophy, there's one thing seasoned veterans know heading into the newest iteration of the often punishing franchise, which is that the real battles begin when the music becomes a bit more epic and a boss is staring down their tiny, helpless warrior.
For some, however, even the incredibly taxing boss fights that characterize games like Dark Souls 3 isn't enough. In the video below, an enterprising Dark Souls 3 player named BR34K is shown beating down the game's first boss, Iudex Gundyr. Oddly enough, however, BR34K victimizes and ultimately defeats Gundyr with liberal dodges, the occasional potion, and just his fists.
Of course, these kinds of feats of strength are something that the fanbase of the Dark Souls series has thrived upon since the first game's release. Although BR34K's achievement is impressive in its own right, it wasn't that long ago that a gamer was beating Dark Souls' most difficult boss using only his voice. It will only be a matter of time until Dark Souls 3 sees similar attempts on bosses beyond the first, as those are typically "easy" when compared to the monsters that await players in the end-game.
Western gamers looking to one-up BR34K's showmanship might have to wait, though. Publisher Bandai Namco asked Dark Souls 3 players not to play the game early after it was discovered that some Xbox One users in North America and Europe were able to play Dark Souls 3 ahead of schedule due to its earlier Japanese release. That being said, however, there is no indication that those gamers who access the content they pre-ordered ahead of schedule will face any sort of punishment, and fans of the series will likely find it difficult to wait 2 more weeks when they have the option to play Dark Souls 3 right now.
Those who are waiting, whether by choice or because they can't access the content on their platform of choice, will have to make due with the impressive promotional campaign for Dark Souls 3 for a little while longer. While there's no advertising quite like glowing reviews of the gameplay, Bandai Namco's decision to promote Dark Souls 3 using incredibly hot chicken wings is one of the more clever ways a publisher has captured its game's essence in a real world marketing campaign. After spending hours trying to beat an early boss only to be rewarded by dying to a seemingly insignificant zombie two minutes after finally succeeding, twenty super hot chicken wings might even seem like a welcome break from the admittedly quite addictive punishment.
Are you impressed by BR34K's early Dark Souls 3 triumph? Have any feats of strength planned for yourself once the game is officially released? Let us know in the comments below.
Dark Souls 3 is available now in Japan, with a worldwide release date set for April 12, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.