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The gaming landscape has changed a lot since I first plopped into a pre-release version of Demon's Souls and soloed my way through its campaign. What was once a niche dungeon crawler in the same vein as King's Field became an inescapable worldwide phenomenon by the time Dark Souls wrapped, and you probably haven't been to a convention where at least one person wasn't wearing a "Praise the Sun" shirt.
It's worked out rather well for both publisher Namco Bandai and developer From Software, so much so that they're now mining into their seven-year history together with a remaster of the original Dark Souls, the start of their partnership. Coincidentally, it's also one of the best places to start if you've never tinkered with the series.