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On King's Field IV: The Ancient City, and its relationship to the Souls franchise

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Article by Matt S (premium article).

I almost wish the Souls series never happened. I say “almost” because I am a massive fan of those series and I am ultimately glad that they exist, but it’s a bitter sweet relationship that I have with the series, because the Souls series replaced From Software’s brilliant King’s Field franchise, and those games, especially the fourth and final, are some of my favourites of all time.

The “spiritual sequels” to the King’s Field series certainly worked from a critical and business perspective. Dark Souls III is inarguably a AAA-quality title, and where King’s Field IV was utterly panned by the critics, these games can’t do wrong with that same audience.

But I do wonder, if From Software were to release King’s Field IV as one of those upscaled PlayStation 2 titles on the PlayStation 4, would people look at it in a different light? Is King's Field IV: The Ancient City potentially the most under appreciated classic game that has ever been developed? Almost forgotten, and with a Metacritic average of just 60, I actually think that’s quite possible.

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On King's Field IV: The Ancient City, and its relationship to the Souls franchise
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