Gamers are in for a big surprise in DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin. An unforgettable journey awaits you in a breathtaking world where each dark corner and unexpected encounter will test your resolve. Go beyond what you thought was possible and discover incredible challenge and intense emotional reward. Whether you’ve previously played DARK SOULS™ II, or are new to the award-winning franchise, you are in for an entirely different experience with this exclusive, “Director’s Cut” version of the game.
The definitive edition of DARK SOULS™ II. DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin includes all the DARK SOULS™ II content released to-date in one package and much more!
A brand new experience and challenge. Enemy placement has been overhauled, resulting in a completely different play dynamic than experienced before. The safe zones that some players remembered are no longer safe! A new NPC invader called Forlorn will also play a key role in changing the gameplay experience. Hardened players will have to forget everything they thought they knew about DARK SOULS™ II.
Online play has been enhanced with the addition of a special item to regulate souls acquired in battle - it’s now possible to match up more consistently online. The number of players who can participate in an online session has also been increased, from 4 to 6 people, completely changing the online play dynamic.
DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin brings the franchise’s renowned obscurity & gripping gameplay to a new level. Join the dark journey and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and unrelenting challenge.
DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin & ©2015 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. / ©2011-2015 FromSoftware, Inc.
This game is amazing! Yes its hard and it doesn't hold you're hand but once you start figuring it out it is one of the most satisfying games you will play. I only just started playing about a month ago and I'm kicking myself for not trying it earlier.
Dark Souls II is, like Dark Souls before it, (in)famous for its difficulty. Beating a boss, no, just actually surviving long enough to get to a checkpoint is a challenge and makes you feel like a boss, as well as relieved, when it is all over. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin plays a lot like Dark Souls. There are plenty of new armors, weapons, and items to find and use, but none of them will ever make you feel overpowered due to how intentionally underpowered you are in the game. Even if you have dumped hundreds of hours into the game, levelled up your character, and upgraded your weapons and armor, you will still find even the enemies in the beginning to be a challenge and able to kill you quite easily if you mess up. You have to take the game slowly in order to survive, and even then most of the game is trial and error, memorizing enemy and trap placement, perfecting fighting strategies. It is all extremely slow and tedious and most definitely not for everybody, but if you persist it will all feel worth it. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is one of the most challenging games in existence. If you are not willing to devote hundreds of hours just trying to figure out how to get to the first boss without dying and then spending countless more working your way back to the boss because you lost on your first try, avoid Dark Souls II. And Dark Souls. And Demon Souls and Bloodbourne. Play something else and keep your sanity.
If you are a sadist, pick up this game, because you will be torturing yourself for hours and hours. The graphics and audio are okay, but it's not the most important part of the game. The story is engaging and so is the actual gameplay. Learning the game mechanics takes a bit of time, but once you get it, you will enjoy and appreciate the combat. Also, please note that this game MUST be played with a controller. If you don't have one, don't even bother.
I haven't played other DS titles, so this was my first foray into the world and gameplay. It is hard, really hard. I spent a lot of time dying and cursing, but eventually slogged my way through. The graphics are stunning. Sounds could use a bit more work, especially the soundtrack, which is nonexistent in many areas. The storyline was basically as vague and implicit as it gets, so finishing the game was more of a relief (not to die . . . again) than a sense of accomplishment.
As much as i love Dark Souls 1, I have to admit i really do enjoy Dark Souls 2. Scholar of the first sin is my preferred version as I did start with it before I played the normal DS2, even still both are great games. The graphics are stunning, bosses are tense, enemies are challenging, and the multiplayer is great. One thing i love about the franchise is the rich lore, and how it is delivered. The lore is not something that is just handed too you and forced to hear over and over again, but instead hidden withing item descriptions, small detail on objects, enemies and boss behavior, etc., making it a fun and challenging experience to find out more about who i just killed instead of just kill so i can move on. The multiplayer if a fun experience in the Souls franchise, and this is no exception. An improvement in this version is the moving of a key item for both PvE and PvP from late into the game, too right after the first area. The item lets you infuse weapons so you can have a fire long-sword or a dark dagger. As such you can now get into the quest to find the best equipment for your play stile a lot sooner. All in all a great game, better then DS1 in my book and hopefully DS3 will be as good if not better.
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