Demon's Souls was released on PlayStation 3 in 2009, and graphically it was decent, nothing fancy. Journey to 2020 and Demon's Souls for the PlayStation 5 takes graphics to the next level and shows what next-gen consoles are truly capable of. It's truly breathtaking how the game has evolved and changed over the years. Now the atmosphere can be increased to the maximum and you can immerse yourself in the beautiful but extremely deadly world of Demon's Souls.
Demon's Souls PS5 Multiplayer
Demon's Souls on the PS5 features co-op and PvP multiplayer, but it doesn't work like a traditional multiplayer game; there is no matchmaking system or lobby to join. Instead, the multiplayer mechanic is entirely optional; if you want, you don't have to use it and can play the entire game solo. Although you must have a PS Plus subscription to play online, you cannot play with other people without it.
Multiplayer works differently depending on whether you want to play co-op or if you want to dive into PvP (Player vs. Player), as there's a huge difference between the two – as summoning is co-op and invasion is PvP. However, there are two different types of forms for a player, which modify the access to the form of multiplayer that you can use: Body Form and Soul Form.
Bodily form is when you are human; you have your full health bar; However, you revert to soul form each time you die, with your maximum health being halved. You can return to body form using certain items.
PvP and cooperation
In Body Form players you can access the cooperative aspect of Demon's Souls, as you can summon ghosts into your game, these can be NPCs if you are playing solo or other players wishing to help others players. These will always appear as white ghosts to show you that they are good and useful.
In Soul Form, players have access to the PvP side of things, where you can invade players' games and attempt to kill them. You should, at some point in your journey through Demon's Souls, pick up a Black Eye Stone; it's the stone you use to invade other people's games and wreak havoc. Invading ghosts are always red to show that they are hostile and can hurt you.
As a summoned or invading ghost, you have access to your weapons but only a limited amount of healing, and when you're dead you're kicked from the host's game. You don't lose anything, but you don't gain anything either.
Multiplayer has always been polished in the PlayStation 5 version of Demon's Souls, as it now supports up to 6 players online. This allows a host to summon 3 players in co-op, but it also means that 2 other players in PvP can invade you. Both sides of the multiplayer can happen at the same time.