Game Theory: We SOLVED Dark Souls 3! + Dark Souls Giveaway

  • Published: 26 March 2017
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    Dark Souls is, without question, my favorite modern gaming franchise. But doing a theory on these games requires an IMMENSE amount of explanation since every element of Dark Souls lore is hidden in things like item descriptions and design details. So today, I'm reviewing the entire Dark Souls story and setting up the pieces to unlock these games' greatest mystery -- who are you playing as in Dark Souls 3? Because when you actually put the puzzle pieces together, your character ISN'T just a nameless protagonist, but rather DOES have a lore behind him...but it's going to take a LONG time to get there. So apologies for the 2-parter, but in order to make sure everyone understands what's going on when I start getting deeper into Dark Souls Lore, I had to make sure we all had a solid understanding of the main plot and characters! And to make it better -- there's a giveaway! Huzzah!

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  • The Game Theorists
    The Game Theorists   3 years back

    Dear Angry Commenters:

    1. I didn't delete VaatiVidya's comment. I NEVER delete comments. YouTube refreshes comment threads all the time to show more recent ones. His is probably buried in the 55,000 others the video has.

    2. Sorry we showed Patches' head on Siegward. The editors do a lot of Google Image searching, especially for franchises they're not as familiar with, and while I thought it was weird to see Siegward's face (I didn't remember it from my playthroughs and was something that, as I was giving notes gave me a red flag), I had forgotten that Patches steals his armor and didn't fully check it out. But one minor mistake like that shouldn't discount the theory, undermine my enthusiasm for this franchise, or prompt the rage you guys are sending.

    3. Yes, a lot of this is basic -- but I can't assume people know ANYTHING about Dark Souls and I want everyone to appreciate the lore of the series. The next episode gets REALLY deep, so I had to start everyone on the same level so next week's follow-up will make sense.

    • FcGlitching76
      FcGlitching76  4 months back

      Mat, ya shouldnt have to explain things that's simple like this. Comments get buried in popular videos, common sense. Not everyone, hell, not many people completely understand the lore of dark souls. Not as common sense as the last one but anyone that has played or seen anything about dark souls should know 1 it's a hard game and 2 the lore is deep and buried and hard to uncover. Three, you made a mistake big deal, you don't need to apologize for making a small mistake while making content and entertainment for your fans. Fans shouldnt complain about the amazing content you make. This is all coming from someone who enjoyed sans is ness btw.

    • Juggled Lotus
      Juggled Lotus  5 months back

      The story of Dark Souls is more than anything else the story of the Nameless King or rather it follows in his footsteps. This is mostly true for ds2 and if you analyze that enough then you'll start seeing connections in ds3 like Nameless at some point was welcomed back into the Royal family. Another piece is he didn't want to stick around so he went off to his boss area. We can assume his coming back either resulted in the knights who hunted dragons in Lothric or when they stopped and befriended the Dragons/wyverns/drakes. OR he came back and left when they started riding the dragons because those were not real dragons they were corpses animated by those dark humanity beasts we don't get much info about. So the motives of Nameless are kinda convoluted but from what ot looks like he's the only 1 left representing the Light of Gwyn. What with all other royalty either dead, missing, or just not doing their part. So Nameless is off on his own because everything everywhere else is darkness and/or creatures/servants of darkness. Not enough good mortals to bother with anymore so no reason to be among any of that. Especially as his power fades with the flame.

    • ParryMeGundyr
      ParryMeGundyr  6 months back

      don't worry m8 Dark souls lore is pretty hard to get, I used to think segward was patches on my first playthrough and I think everyone did because questlines are a bit weird.

    • Galaxy 9Radio
      Galaxy 9Radio  6 months back

      My guy, this is the darksouls fandom. Like most fandoms imagine babies with the ability to talk.

  • Sonic Ocean
    Sonic Ocean  1 days back

    Uhmmmm the guy under the helmet for siegward is patches lmao he was just wearing siegwards armor

    • Commander Neptunia
      Commander Neptunia  1 days back

      11:58 #notmysiegward

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        I thought Hawkwood being a "deserter" was just misleading wording on part of From Software. They use misleading wording or loose translation on purpose to throw us off sometimes. I think this because, from my understanding; Hawkwood (rather than desertion) was exiled from the Abyss Watchers because he preferred to use a shield in combat, which is quite different and rather frowned upon by the Abyss Watchers. His sword may also have something to do with this, but I don't quite understand why it would because the bastard sword he uses is still a greatsword. I actually don't know why he uses the bastard sword seeing as it is inferior to the Abyss Watcher Greatsword. Maybe is has to with the weapon art and the parrying dagger when wielding with both hands. Or maybe he cast his sword on the throne with the others as a sign of respect, shame, resignation, etc... I really don't know. I'm just kinda speculating. let me know what you think.

        • Wade Wilson
          Wade Wilson  3 days back

          I Think this video would be better if you had first hand knowledge, it seems like you skimmed things from other peoples videos and made a best guess video..

          • WeeZy .f
            WeeZy .f  3 days back

            I didn't get anything at all

            • Wezty
              Wezty  3 days back

              where is the next part to this?

              • carlostensei
                carlostensei  5 days back

                A like for high school matpat

                • AsrielTakenOver
                  AsrielTakenOver  1 weeks back

                  saying that 99 percent of players wont know any of the story in nonsense, vaati is super popular and dark souls lore is what he does

                  • SchwamiLPD
                    SchwamiLPD  1 days back

                    While that might be true quite honestly there are alot fewer people knowing or playing The Souls Series than other Games Mat covers and even fewer that actually take an interest in the Lore and specifically search out lore videos. It took me a good while to learn about Vaati when I started playing Dark souls every day.

                • xKeatonKingx
                  xKeatonKingx  1 weeks back

                  MatPat get your get your get hour head In the game

                  • Dz3ngara
                    Dz3ngara  1 weeks back

                    dude you took 5 minutes to start talking about the topic.

                    • Otaku24
                      Otaku24  2 weeks back

                      4:30 ( anyone else getting attack on titan vibes from that castle?)

                      • Otaku24
                        Otaku24  2 weeks back

                        Also Siegward of Catarina looks like the guy from the stonks memes.

                    • Peanut Butter
                      Peanut Butter  2 weeks back

                      you said in a comment that one mistake as minor as showing patches instead of siegward in the video isnt deserving of the ammount of rage as you are getting for it.... do you not know how much rage i hold for patches? id do escort missions with npcs slightly slower then my walk speed for a year straight if it meant knowing patches was burning in hell. im not gonna give hate. but. people despise patches, and to show him when talking about siegward will make people's blood boil on principle.

                      • DK4Z
                        DK4Z  2 weeks back

                        What if the third knight that helps you in the Abyss Watchers fight is actually Hawkwood the Deserter

                        • Keith Brewster
                          Keith Brewster  2 weeks back

                          I think he is no hero

                          • jefthereaper
                            jefthereaper  2 weeks back

                            Thing I don't get, where did "humanity" come from and where did humans come from?

                            I mean if we are supposed to believe that the first "humans" just kinda found the flames that made them human, does that not mean that all of humanity was hollow to begin with?
                            and if they were, where the heck did they even come from?

                            • Gaudium Felidae
                              Gaudium Felidae  2 weeks back

                              If he had so much to talk about dark souls why didn't he made more videos and second why did he had 3 min pretalk of a 15 min video. More dark souls theories pls

                              • vinnydon
                                vinnydon  2 weeks back

                                So when's part 2 coming cause that was fucked

                                • Pinafores & Pinwheels
                                  Pinafores & Pinwheels  2 weeks back

                                  I I

                                  • TheDunestyler
                                    TheDunestyler  2 weeks back

                                    you forgot something in the first step:
                                    the first thing Gwen did was, to bind Humanity to the flame, so that the Dark Soul within man may feed the flame.
                                    The Ringed City is the place where you see the armors of the knights have a dark sigil, which feed upon their souls to feed the fire.

                                    • TheDunestyler
                                      TheDunestyler  2 weeks back

                                      do NOT praise the sun!
                                      the gods have enslaved Humanity!
                                      kill the gods!

                                      • Joshua Hardin
                                        Joshua Hardin  3 weeks back


                                        matpat: S Q A D A L A

                                        • SkateDE1
                                          SkateDE1  3 weeks back

                                          Incredible! Love this theory

                                          • michael rooney
                                            michael rooney  3 weeks back

                                            your character is the prince's father?

                                            • dashy donut
                                              dashy donut  3 weeks back

                                              I would like to point out darksouls 2 is not basically the same as one its about the throne of want and the war of giants more than the fire the fire is more of an after thought to me anyway

                                              • Bacon Sir
                                                Bacon Sir  3 weeks back

                                                Damn Mat really just put himself side-by-side next to lore master Vaati

                                                • King K
                                                  King K  3 weeks back

                                                  "Praise the sun!" Escanor?!

                                                  • Keepitmello430 YT
                                                    Keepitmello430 YT  4 weeks back

                                                    Is it Jimmy Fallon?

                                                    • Ranzomiser gamer
                                                      Ranzomiser gamer  4 weeks back

                                                      ( )

                                                      • No Sleep
                                                        No Sleep  4 weeks back

                                                        Why did he stab the ground?

                                                        • Agent Wolf PL
                                                          Agent Wolf PL  4 weeks back

                                                          play through two hundred and thirty, I know the lore I know why and you seem to have skipped so many key pieces that it hardly looks like you've begun to unravel the mystery.

                                                          • Alexander Hahn
                                                            Alexander Hahn  4 weeks back

                                                            Video starts at 4:00

                                                          • The naughty Doctor
                                                            The naughty Doctor  1 months back

                                                            I accidently killed the deserter

                                                            • Dominick Montrose
                                                              Dominick Montrose  1 months back

                                                              I think he is a guard of the lothric prince

                                                              • Curbside Kid56
                                                                Curbside Kid56  1 months back

                                                                Just so you know you can summon hawkward also you dont summon sigward you complete his quest line so hes free to help you fight the giant i mean at what point there does the player summon him, you walk in and then sigward walks in also it happens when your hollow anyone who played it for 5 mins knows this, that you cant summon spirts unless your embered up as in the reason your not finding white sigils or gold sigils is cause 1 not looking on the ground or
                                                                2 your not embered up or
                                                                3 your offline cause your afraid of the gankers

                                                                • chairs or standing ufos
                                                                  chairs or standing ufos  1 months back

                                                                  Um that’s patches the unbreakable

                                                                  • Sans 77
                                                                    Sans 77  1 months back

                                                                    14:27 you mixed up the lords and npcs

                                                                    • Just Random BOI
                                                                      Just Random BOI  1 months back

                                                                      Was it just me of did anybody else try to kill hawkwood because you saw he had a cool sword and got killed

                                                                      • Vitor Prentice
                                                                        Vitor Prentice  2 months back

                                                                        could be a member of lorian and his brother's fam maybe he was pissed that they didnt carry out the legacy

                                                                        • Creative Central
                                                                          Creative Central  2 months back

                                                                          I love Dark Souls can’t wait to play the remastered version

                                                                        • sean gleason
                                                                          sean gleason  2 months back

                                                                          i thought the unkindled were all the ashes of all the people that failed. sort of like a hive mind being, someone who had no identity because they were many people....thus creating our character that we can customize.

                                                                          • Ben Grundy
                                                                            Ben Grundy  2 months back

                                                                            siegward wields a zwiehander not a stormruler

                                                                            • Liam The Shura
                                                                              Liam The Shura  2 months back

                                                                              12:41 lmao Patches=Siegward

                                                                              • Loremaster Dasmodeus
                                                                                Loremaster Dasmodeus  2 months back

                                                                                Fire the editor. Like now.

                                                                                • the milk your dad was gonna get

                                                                                  Haha I like the meat gear solid reference

                                                                                  • Ygopro Maroc
                                                                                    Ygopro Maroc  2 months back

                                                                                    I understand now this video honestly explains better than Vati

                                                                                    • kuuhaku 「」
                                                                                      kuuhaku 「」  2 months back

                                                                                      He is escanor

                                                                                      *PRAISE THE SUN!*

                                                                                      • Chaos
                                                                                        Chaos  2 months back

                                                                                        you forgot demon souls