Boozehound wrote:So I was wondering, is it worth getting now that Dark Souls is out? What are the differences between the two, and is the online aspect still active?
I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
For the first question, absolutely yes.
As to the differences, there are actually a good number of differences. World Tendency is the first major one. In Demon's Souls, certain actions you take will alter the level so that the enemies become easier or tougher. Basically, doing "bad" things such as killing friendly NPCs or dying while in Human Form, will make the level harder, but doing "good" things such as killing bosses or black phantoms will make the level easier.
Second difference is that Demon's Souls isn't open-world and has less emphasis on exploration than Dark Souls. You navigate via a HUB world and a level select system.
Some smaller differences are that weapons don't have unique movesets (Moonlight Greatsword behaves exactly the same as a Claymore, for instance), weapon upgrading is a little less streamlined, armor can't be upgraded, there is no medium roll (the 'less than 50%' roll is the same as Dark Souls's Fast Roll), and boss souls can also be used to learn spells.
I can't really speak for the online aspect, since every time I try to go online nowadays with Demon's Souls it for some reason seems to cut me off from the rest of the players after ~15 minutes of playing :|