Demon's Souls on PS3 effectively started a new genre of video game. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I didn't get it. Games during that period were rarely difficult. The industry was broadening due to the success of games that broke through to the mainstream (e.g. Wii Sports, Call of Duty), and accessibility had to be part of your alchemy if you wanted to reach large audiences. Times have changed a little. Games aren't afraid to be hard. We owe Demon's Souls a lot of the credit for this. Demon's Souls came out of nowhere and dared you to turn it off, and even if you did, you still respected it. There was something so deliberate and fair in it's punishments that demanded respect.
So, that's what I remember then, but Bluepoint has shown me something new about this game. I knew the moment to moment gameplay was fine-tuned, but I didn't realize how perfectly paced the level progression was. Every new section tests your abilities in a new way. Every new area requires you to scrape at the walls of your comfort with the game mechanics until you find a new path. And that's when the magic lives.
Wow, Bluepoint really outdid themselves. This was an absolutely incredible game that has become one of my new favorites. It was an absolute pleasure to experience this for the first time on PS5. This was the first Souls game that I have completed, and now I am going to try my best to go back to the other games and finally play them!