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Watch the first half hour of Dark Souls 3

If you haven't seen our big feature yet, you may have missed the good news: We've played a lot of Dark Souls 3 already. Like, four hours of it. We're not allowed to share all of our footage from that playthrough, but we can let you sneak a peek at the first 30 minutes of the game.

To maximize what we could show you, we cut out the opening cinematic, since that's already been released. This footage covers character creation, the tutorial area, the first boss fight and stumbling into Firelink Shrine, Dark Souls 3's new hub area. It also ends, appropriately, on our first death during the playthrough.

If you're looking for more info, check out our lengthy feature on Dark Souls 3. You can also see more footage of the game, including a montage of our favorite moments from the first four hours and an explainer for the new FP system, on our YouTube playlist.