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Round Up: Prepare to Die Reading These Dark Souls II Reviews

Posted by Sammy Barker

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It’s times like these when that stash of spare DualShock 3s may come in handy. Bandai Namco is preparing to release sinister sequel Dark Souls II into the wild this week, and that means that a handful of media outlets have already worked their way through the controller snappingly challenging campaign. Our poor Nathan Michalik is currently still sparring with the impossible release, so while you wait for his definitive verdict, check out some of these early reviews. - 10/10

Dark Souls 2 is a refined, slicker version of what I consider to be the greatest video game ever made, and it is a title we’ll be finding more and more about post-release as its genius is fully uncovered.

CVG - 10/10

Whether or not you come to believe that this is better than its predecessor will likely depend on how blindly you accepted the former game's faults. Dark Souls 2 irons out those flaws, and its world expands in ways that fans won't expect, but will undoubtedly appreciate. Its layers of depth, and colossal scope for challenge, community and discovery, is a gaming event of such impact it'll be referred to time and time again for years to come. - 5/5

Dark Souls II provides the best of both worlds: an admirable sequel for series veterans, and a perfect jumping-on point for gamers who've shied away from From Software's RPG brand until now. And if you're afraid of the series' tough-as-nails reputation, From has made sinking into Souls addiction a much more effortless process. You just have to let Dark Souls II break you first.

EDGE - 9/10

Dark Souls II is, foremost, a game made for Souls players. It is a game that asks everything of you and gives so much back, keeping its cards close to its chest, and revealing them only to those prepared to die and die again. It is made to be played for hundreds, if not thousands, of hours as you try new builds, explore PVP and experiment with covenants, all the while slowly peeling back the layers of its lore. Some of its ideas work better than others, and Drangleic is no match for Lordran’s intricate design, but Dark Souls II is, like its predecessors, brilliant, beautiful, and absolutely essential. - 9/10

Overall, Dark Souls 2 probably isn't quite the same masterpiece Dark Souls is, but then neither is anything else, and the fact it comes so close is remarkable. From Software has delivered on its goal of opening the game up a bit to more daunted players without breaking the heart of Souls, and Drangleic belongs in the same conversation as Lordran for any number of reasons - but this is still an iterative sequel, so many of the old routines and patterns of discovery inevitably sparkle a little less the second time around.

Have you got the gaming fortitude to make your way through Dark Souls II, or will you be spending your time with something a little more accessible? Stab us in the stomach 10,000 times via the comments section below.

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User Comments (12)



get2sammyb said:

Incredible scores. I'd still rather chew on a bucket of rusty nails than play this, though.



finmilligan said:

I shall be preparing to die very shortly. Dark Souls is one of my favourite games ever. The way the narrative unfolds, the environments, the level design - all of them make it such a memorable game.



Scollurio said:

You're missing out bro. A friend of mine gifted me Dark Souls Prepare to Die edition just to "force" me to play with him. I was reluctant at first, didn't want to spend so much time on grinding through the game. Boy I am amazed and totally hooked now. One of the very best games I have ever played so I am sure the second one (which I will wait for the rumored PS4 port further down the line) is brilliant as well.

Every action of you has meaning as it can mean absolute victory or a measly death. Yes I know, on paper it sounds like "This game is so hard its unfair and wastes my time" but in reality, its rewarding as a game can be, never unfair and I like to compare it to "Everquest" and "Gran Turismo", also 2 games that can be very hard to master and very punishing, both I love to death so it only fits.

Seriously folks, step up to your fear, learn the game, don't rely on your onscreen character getting better, similar to Monster Hunter (which is HARDER compared to dark souls at least in my book) its the PLAYER that mainly has to improve to make progress. Im so glad that the really "hardcore" games are slowly coming back.

This was long, kudos to anyone who read it till here.



Bliquid said:

@Scollurio : sorry for double posting, we wrote at the same time.
Yes, i agree with you, MH is more "difficult" because even if you think of knowing what to do, it is unpredictable.
DS series are all about caution and perfecting performance, the apex of the trial and error concept. With the first two i had, for the first time in my gaming career, the feeling of total freedom of approach, and that i was in charge of my own experience. Likw if the elements are all there, and it's up to you to use them how and when you like. Even the storytelling, which i consider the best to date, videogame-wise.
And that rewarding feeling, when you overcome an obstacle...
No game can compare, for me.



charlesnarles said:

@Scollurio Demon's Souls kicked my Monster Hunting ass. Red Khezus are no problem, but I can't beat a DS level to save my life. Looks like another I'll have to pick up soon. Video gaming is an expensive hobby...



banacheck said:

I love Dark Souls/Demon's Souls & cannot wait for Dark Souls II, Demon's Souls/Dark Souls was a game changer & you can see that by influence this game has had on other game's. Excellent reviews.



GraveLordXD said:

Another masterpiece, like I didn't already know.
In 30 minutes I will be leaving to get my copy and won't be on push square or anywhere else for months good bye for now folks



Shaolin said:

@get2sammyb I agree with you as I'm not a big fan of all the spells and such like but just out of interest what is it that you're not keen on?



ToddlerNaruto said:

I'm still new to the Souls games myself, i haven't played Demon's, Dark, or Dark II.

I'm hoping to play them eventually though, just need the extra money.

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