Dark Souls 3 is a bit of a strange beast for newcomers. The lore and setting is essentially relient on knowing on a LOT of the backstory that was covered in Dark Souls 1 (with some thematic elements attached to 2), but the core gameplay system is easily the most approachable and fun in the series. With that said, let’s explore Lothric as beginners, as here are some tips that will make your harrowing journey a little bit more manageable.
Landing critical hits in the forms of parries and backstabs are absolutely essential, now moreso than ever. Unfortunately From has mixed up the variety of enemies and included a few that are actually impervious to backstabs. This is countered by the somewhat more forgiving and more open hitboxes that can trigger backstabs in most enemies, making the combat experience exhilarating, strategic and of course, challenging.
The art of the parry is something you can easily go most of the game without using, but nailing the timing is absolutely satisfying on many levels, especially parrying and unleashing a huge counter attack on bigger enemies, including bosses. While you can finish the game without ever using the parry system, it’s still a great combat style to practice. Revisiting starting areas later on is a perfect way to learn the parry system on enemies without dying over and over again.