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This Brutal Demon's Souls Boss Has Stopped Over 400,000 Players

It's no secret that "Demon's Souls" is one of the hardest games (even though it almost had an easy mode). When the game was brought to the PlayStation 5, there were a few major ways that it differed from the original, which wasn't too surprising considering it was an official remake. However, what is surprising is that one boss has stopped over 400,000 players from continuing the game. The boss in question is none other than Phalanx, the first boss in the game.

Twitter user MelonSaurus shared the statistic, doing some quick math once they realized that only 70% of users had the Phalanx trophy on the PlayStation 5 remake. He used that percentage along with another tweet from the popular gaming Twitter persona Nibel, who said that "Demon's Souls" has sold 1.4 million copies on the PS5, to come up with the number.

The idea that 420,000 people, 30% of players, couldn't even finish the first boss should give gamers an idea of just how difficult "Demon's Souls" is if they've never played the games. For players that spent $70 on the game and couldn't get past Phalanx, there's actually a pretty easy way to get past the first major boss — the monster is weak to fire, which players can pick up early in the game.

Players had a lot to say about the idea that 30% of players couldn't claim the Phalanx trophy, debating if it was actually an important detail or not.

Fans weren't impressed with the numbers

One fan pointed out that 34% of people managed the beat the final boss, which is actually quite impressive — that means almost half the players that beat the first boss went on to beat the entire game.

One fan commented that Phalanx is actually a simple boss to beat, while others were blown away to see that 420,000 people spent $70 on the game just to give up at the first boss. Eventually, this conversation turned toward the Xbox GamePass, and gamers speculated that many people enjoy GamePass for its ability to let players "try out" games. After all, why dish out a hefty price for a game that you might never play past the tutorial? While this was about "Demon's Souls," the argument over GamePass and game difficulty hit home for some.

If you're one of the people who never made it past Phalanx, don't feel too bad — you've got about 30% of the player base by your side.