Ashes of Ariandel may be short, but it’s fantastic. Read on to find out what I think of it.
This is one of those DLCs that just oozes quality. The DLC is on the shorter side, but the amount of quality, and lore thrown in there is nothing short of fantastic in my opinion. Ashes of Ariandel is my new favorite area to play through in Dark Souls III and I didn’t really have a problem with it’s length because of how good it is.
From Software really delivered with this DLC. The boss fights are what stuck out the most to me when it was the other way around in vanilla experience. A simple one on one duel turned into a deadly battle of dodge the big ass wolf while trying not to get stabbed in the face by the guy in front of me. I also really liked how that wolf, that totally reminded me of Sif by the way, and it took me about four tries to beat them.
Every time I thought I had them beat that fucking wolf would do something that I didn’t expect it to do. Navigating through the new village was also a lot of fun. I loved seeing how corrupted everything had became in the painted world. There’s a lot of throwbacks to the old painted world in Dark Souls 1 too which led me to believe that maybe this new world was just created over that old one. We even have a fight with a invader in the exact same spot that we fought Priscilla in Dark Souls 1.
There’s also a bunch of new loot to be found here. I got to collect three new armor sets, four weapons, and three spells. I was really disappointed in the spells because I don’t really see myself using any of them regularly with my sorcerer. I’m still going to spam crystal soul spear, and soul greatsword in the majority of my fights. The new ice spell is really cool though. There’s even a arena, that I’ll probably never get around to participating in, that’ll keep all of the hardcore pvp crowd busy for awhile too.
The new enemies are cool too. They’re also tougher than your regular Dark Souls III enemies. Especially those big ass knights that roam certain areas in the game. Those guys can fuck your day up if you get too reckless while fighting them.
The highlight of this DLC is the final boss area. From Solftware really outdid themselves here by giving us the best boss fight in the Souls series in my opinion. Sister Friede has three, yes I said three, phases! That fight was spectacular and it’s one of the best boss fights I’ve ever had in any game.
Ashes of Ariandel doesn’t deserve the negative reviews it’s getting on Steam because of it’s short length. Quality>length any day for me and that’s exactly what we got here. Pure quality from one of the best game developers in the business. I’m really looking forward to the next piece of DLC that releases for Dark Souls III. I should have never doubted From Software and I’ll make sure I don’t do it again.