Dark Souls II
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Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, Dark Souls™ II is the highly anticipated sequel to the gruelling 2011 breakout hit Dark Souls™. The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated imaginations of gamers worldwide with incredible challenge and intense emotional reward.
Dark Souls™ II brings the franchise’s renowned obscurity & gripping gameplay innovations to both single and multiplayer experiences.
Join the dark journey and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and the unrelenting challenge that only FROM SOFTWARE can deliver.
Go Beyond Death: dare yourself to engage against intense gameplay in a vast world powered by an all new engine that leaps graphics, sound & fx forward like never before
A labyrinth of monsters & bosses: immerse yourself into mind-bending environments filled with new twisted monsters and deadly bosses that could only come from the imagination of from software
Sensory assault: a wide range of threats will prey on human senses & phobias - auditory hallucinations, vertigo, acrophobia, etc
Deeper and darker: more intricate customization options provide weapons and armor tailoring to player style
Evolved multiplayer: updated multiplayer system enables improved online interaction to bring forward cooperative & competitive play
Refined gameplay: Dark Souls™ II features fluid motion-capture animations, upgraded combat system, a vastly expanded suite of characters, deeper customization options, new weapons, armor abilities, and balanced player progression system
The Perfect Storm of Hardcore Challenge and Actiondownphoenix | March 29, 2015 | See all downphoenix's reviews »
The Souls series has been an award winning series of games, and the highest point arguably has been with Dark Souls 2, or it certainly is for the PC release at least. The first Dark Souls game is infamous for the poor job with porting the game, having a fixed rendering resolution, virtually no graphics settings, and very poor mouse/keyboard controls, as well as performance issues.
These issues are thankfully gone with Dark Souls 2, and to make up for their mistakes, this game shines its best on PC, with a large gamut of graphics settings, 1080p (or higher) rendering, and 60+FPS, though playing with a controller is still the best way to go. Also you do have a pretty active community with the game here, from the regular PVP and so on, with net code that is improved from the past releases.
Some Souls veterans will dismiss Dark Souls 2 due to being the easiest of the series, and it is hard to argue that, it certainly is the most approachable in the series. However, a newcomer to the series will have just as hard of a time with this one as the others, they just would be more likely to pick up on the mechanics quicker, since From has done a better job of explaining things and haven't took as many important modifiers to leave players experimenting and taking their chances to figure it out.
Souls veterans will of course have an easier game since this isn't their first rodeo. The improved New Game + features aim to fix that. There is a covenant you can join which will automatically increase the difficulty of everything by one NG+ ranking if it happens to not be challenging enough for you, and it also turns off your ability to get assistance in Co-op. There are also consumable items that can permanently increase the difficulty of an area near a bonfire by one NG+ ranking, and these items can be stacked multiple times, allowing you to fight in areas that are several NG+s above what your core game is at, this can lead to instant kills and such abound even from the most basic of enemies.
The pacing and design of the game has been fine tuned to a laser precise degree. Everything you encounter in this game has its place, the designs of the levels and even minor things like the placement of enemies have a logic to them that is not encountered in even most AAA games. Though the goal and progression within the game is somewhat linear, there are so many ways to play and hone your skills and character that nobody will be having the same play experience.
Also the multiplayer is some of the best to ever come out of an action RPG. The past games in the series as well as the latest Bloodborne have unique ways of utilizing online play, though they sometimes shy away from it, and restrict it. In DS2, it is celebrated and encouraged. The game offers very few restrictions on the online features, and the restrictions there are are consistent with the rules of the game as well as the game world. It also allows more options to play with friends than the others, including voice chat capabilities if you so desire (and they are entirely optional if you don't). Also there are some covenants dedicated exclusively to PVP, so there is never a shortage of PVP for those looking for it, so you'll be much less likely to be ganked by a high level player while trying to learn the game.
There is a reason that From Software went from an obscure Japanese developer to a powerhouse that make their competitors tremble at their feet and command their respect. The games in the Souls franchise is why.
UninspiredSleeze | March 29, 2015 | See all Sleeze's reviews »
Dark souls 2 is a decent game at its core, but i felt very underwhelmed by the whole thing and a little let down. In dark souls 1 the areas all flowed together, whereas dark souls 2 everything felt a little out of place and the areas were very forgettable.
The main feeling i was left with in this game is that the developers tried very hard to make a 'difficult game', but in the process of this, they left out the charm that made dark souls 1 so perfect. If you're a fan of the souls series it is worth picking up, but don't get your hopes up for another amazing experience like DaS1, you'll likely be disappointed.
Probably the most challenging and rewarding game of 2014.emetalce | March 12, 2015 | See all emetalce's reviews »
From the get go this game pissed me off, threw a bunch of crap at me and didn't tell me where to go. I was starting to question why I spent 40$ on the game but as time progressed and countless souls lost, the game had taught you to play smart and defensive. In no time at all I was at the last boss with a buddy and then it was done like that.
The visuals of this game however were nothing impressive and if you had half a mind, you would have been running gedesato to enhance what should have been there from the start.
In short I would say that if you are looking for a challenge with not a see through story, I would pick this game up. It may not be as hard as the first one, but it is a whole lot less clunkier and the 60fps addition was a nice touch.
Want a Challenge?DeadlyKrueger | March 10, 2015 | See all DeadlyKrueger's reviews »
Do you like dying in video games? Do you like a deep lore? Do you like raging so much that you might break something? If you said yes, you need dark souls. if you said no...you need dark souls! There is no way around it, Dark Souls 2 is awesome! It's a challenging rpg that takes a different approach to combat. Instead of having a hack n slash, turn based or even a "dark knight button pressing" style (Cant remember what that is called). Dark Souls 2 takes patience to learn and patience to master. It's not challenging in a sense it throws a lot of enemies at you, it really doesn't The most I've fought is maybe 10 rats, besides that no more than 5. Bosses don't even have a lot of health. It' just hard to describe. There are a lot of hit detection issues and some will say that's why it's challenging, you'll dye by either a cheap camera system or bad hit detection.
Either way it's fun to play, nice rage simulator! I highly recommend Dark Souls 2, or any of the "souls" games to anyone looking for something fun and different
100+ hours worthjakewalle | March 6, 2015 | See all jakewalle's reviews »
If you want a game that truly challenges you you should try this game out. After you've finished dark souls 2 you'll want to play the first one, but I must say you should play the second one before the first one because the second one is easier in many ways compared to the first one. The game itself is fantastic. Most of the enemies rarely go in the exact same way as they use to and the bosses will suprice you a lot compared to other games. If you want a challenge go for it! Ive spent a 100+ hours in it so far (including the dlcs)