Anyone who follows the Dark Souls and Demon Souls communities knows that the gamers that play those games are, well, a little off. Subjecting oneself to the type of punishment the Souls games can deliver is masochistic and will oftentimes turn gamers into stubborn hermits.
Even so, there’s something to be said for how satisfying it is to finish a game like Dark Souls. Even Bloodborne, a game that many Souls fans labeled as “too casual” and “easy,” poses enough of a challenge that players will feel a sense of accomplishment when they best a big boss.
However, within the Dark Souls fan community is a subset of gamers who like to create their own, new challenges for the game. These players have already experienced all that From Software’s base game could offer, but rather than move on to something else they design new ways to experience Dark Souls.
One gamer, for example, has now taken up the challenge of trying to beat Dark Souls while the screen is flipped upside down. That means all movements are reversed and the detail in the environments is harder to make out.
The Dark Souls player in question is Lobos Jr, who has made a name for himself within the Dark Souls challenge community. Some may recognize Lobos as the guy who tried to beat portions of Dark Souls while blindfolded – a feat that unfortunately proved too impossible to complete. Sure, a retro game like Mike Tyson’s Punch Out can be beat blindfolded, but when there is modern AI involved and it’s a Souls game, then players will need all of their senses to make it through alive.
That being said, it doesn’t seem like having those senses slightly impaired makes much of a difference, as Lobos is able to fell many of Dark Souls’ early bosses with minimal trouble. Here is a guy who knows Dark Souls in and out, so it doesn’t appear as if playing the game upside down will do much to sway him. That being said, Lobos still has a long way to go before he completes the entire game, and players can follow his exploits over on Twitch.
Dark Souls may be four years old, but people like Lobos prove that the From Software fan base is still going strong. Rather than wait for a new game these players would rather re-experience the old games in completely new ways. However, those who are looking forward to Dark Souls 3 won’t have to wait too long to play it.
What is the craziest fanmade challenge you’ve ever tried to complete in Dark Souls? Do you find feats like these impressive?