Dark Souls Beyond the Grave Volume 2 Review
Author: Damien Mecheri, Sylvain Romieu
Publisher: Third Editions
Release: 17th December 2018
A Digital Copy was provided by Third Editions
I like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, I like them a whole lot. So, Third Editions’ first Beyond the Grave book turned out to be a really great read to dive deeper into the
This volume takes a deep look at the remaining two games: Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3. On the one hand, those two are my favourite titles from this series/genre, making me pretty excited for this book. On the other hand, I wasn´t sure how much new info I could actually gather from it, since they´re also the titles I know the most about. Unfortunately, that´s exactly what happened to a certain degree. While the introduction to the Bloodborne part is once again fantastic, offering interesting insight about the development and details I didn´t know, the huge lore analysis isn´t really worth its dozens of pages, if you´re familiar with it.
Naturally this was also the case with the previous one, however, I don´t consider Bloodborne´s characters or sections the true blood of its experience or worthwhile on their own. The fates of the Healing Church or Gerhman may be sad or fascinating at first but only because they´re deeply rooted in a world so reliant on dark themes, horror and symbolism. The book focuses on characterizing every single entitity in a detailed fashion though, especially early on, so what one ends up with are pages focusing on the purely written story. This time though, Bloodborne is a game that needs a different treatment, since its actual plot or characters are only partially fascinating for anyone already familiar with the series.
In short, I wished for a bigger focus on the atmosphere, which is often a bit too
In contrast, this approach works way better for Dark Souls 3, since, as I already mentioned, it offers some actually really interesting subplots and characters, that tackle more diverse themes and revolve around more diverse topics than blood and horror. As a result, I felt like there were way
Additionally, the whole presentation is once again top-notch. Despite the fact I only got to check out the digital version, it was immediately clear how much time was spent on the design of this whole thing. Similar to the first book, the second volume is divided into several chapters and sections, each featuring illustrations fitting to the discussed game and topic at the beginning and end. Combined with the great translation, able to construct the imaginary scenes and characters through words, an aspect I already loved in Beyond the Grave 1, it´s definitely a beautiful thing to have physical and digital.
In conclusion, Dark Souls Beyond the Grave Volume 2 is once again a really, really well-done book about two of my favourite games. It may not offer tons of new informations for anyone already familiar with every last detail and focuses a bit too much on the more uninteresting sides of Bloodborne but is still a very worthwhile experience. Especially since it´s one of the only books going into those two titles in such depth, while looking and sounding so beautiful, it´s pretty much another lengthy love-letter to the franchise any fan can identify with.