The PS4 version of Dark Souls III was primarily tested for the purpose of this review.
This review will undoubtedly spoil many aspects of Dark Souls 3 (and 1, 2 and Bloodborne now that I mention it). If you just want a general synopsis of my thoughts skip to the conclusion and the score on the bottom. Herein lies spoilers!As with most of Hidetaka Miyazaki’s work, Dark Souls 3 tells a vague story, one that you can choose to ignore completely if you prefer. Is it set after Dark Souls 1? It’s hard to tell the timeline in the setting of Lothric, whether it’s after the new age of fire or in the midst of the dark ages.
Your character is not unhollowed but rather unkindled ash (taking a sort of reverse position from bonfires), tasked to defeat and chain the Lords of Cinder to their thrones at Firelink Shrine to supposedly link the fire once again. It is this line in the opening cinematic that most alludes to this taking place BEFORE Dark Souls 1: