Quit pricking your eyelids with rusty nails – a much more masochistic pastime demands your attention. Sony has teamed up with From Software to launch a beta for Dark Souls II on the PlayStation 3, and all that you need to do to participate is register your interest on the PlayStation Store. European readers will find a special ticket available to download now – just complete the free transaction and you’ll be in the running to test out the game.

Of course, if you’re looking for something a little less taxing, you may want to try starving yourself for a few weeks, or freezing yourself in a block of ice David Blaine style. We’re pretty sure that those would be much more palatable pursuits than banging your head against gaming’s most unforgiving franchise.

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]