Windows Central regularly streams Xbox One games on Twitch every weekend, giving our audience a chance to see a variety of games in action, chat with each other, and interact with our gaming staff. The games we stream have usually been released to market, but sometimes we get to look at big titles ahead of launch.

Tonight we took a first look at Dark Souls III from Bandai Namco, the final game in an action-RPG series renowned for its decaying beauty and soul-crushing difficulty. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the hour-long video replay!

Dark Souls III

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The Dark Souls series is renowned for its gothic atmosphere and challenging gameplay. Last year, an enhanced version of the second game arrived on Xbox One as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Now Xbox One finally gets a Dark Souls game built from the ground up for new-gen consoles with Dark Souls III!

Players begin Dark Souls III in the traditional way, by creating their own custom character. This time, our hero is a freshly risen undead warrior known as the Ashen One. The series-wide conflict between the forces of light and dark has finally reached a culmination, with the fate of the world in the balance. Will the Ashen One be able to defeat the Lords of Cinder and avert the looming apocalypse?

Like all Dark Souls games, every battle can bring sudden death to our hero. Players must constantly remain alert, watching every enemy and dodging or attacking at the right intervals. Dark Souls III is more approachable than past games though, as players no longer suffer a reduction in health after dying. Other improvements include weapon-specific attacks, more detailed graphics, and vastly improved loading times. Yes!!!

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Dark Souls III takes place in a beautifully decaying world in which every corner promises new dangers. Watch us play through the opening hour of Dark Souls III for the very first time, and find out whether the challenge truly crushes souls! And don't miss our detailed first impressions for more insights.

Dark Souls III arrives on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam this Tuesday, April 12. Grab the Day One Edition for special bonuses like the full game soundtrack!

The Contest

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We streamed Dark Souls III for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 8 prize codes:

  • 1 $25 Xbox Gift Card code
  • 5 $10 Xbox Gift Card codes
  • 1 Alan Wake Xbox 360/Xbox One game code – Donated by Paul Acevedo!
  • 1 Gears of War 3 Xbox 360/Xbox One game code – Donated by Jack Neill!

See contest winners at the end of this story.

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Future streams

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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • Saturday, April 16 and 23: To be announced
  • Saturday, April 30: Arslan: The Warriors of Legend from Koei Tecmo – A $60 value!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.


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These winners survived our Dark Souls III stream without losing their souls.

$25 Xbox Gift Card code

  • Graxiplon

$10 Xbox Gift Card codes

  • Thesnapplecap
  • Dakrkplayer2
  • Waltbobrowski
  • Co0lzzz
  • Capoxd22

Alan Wake Xbox 360/Xbox One game code – Donated by Paul Acevedo!

  • Formologic23

Gears of War 3 Xbox 360/Xbox One game code – Donated by Jack Neill!

  • Ballenight

Tonight's prizes provided by Mobile Nations, Paul Acevedo, and Jack Neill. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!