Well, not really my first impression as I’m about 85 hours into it, but anyway, I like it. I like it a lot. But I’m not blown away. I think it looks great, to the extent that a depressing, monochrome game can, and it has the best melee gameplay of any From Software title not named Bloodborne. In all other respects, Dark Souls 3 falls a bit flat for me. In fact, the more I play it, the more I appreciate how good the oft maligned Dark Souls 2 was.
It’s not that DS3 is bad in any way. It just doesn’t live up to the legacy of its predecessors. The NPCs aren’t that interesting; the environments are lacking in variety and creativity; and the boss battles haven’t been particularly memorable. The Souls games are known for their difficulty, but equally important to me is the perpetual sense of wonder punctuated with truly awe-inspiring moments they provide. And in that regard, Dark Souls 3 has thus far failed to consistently deliver.