Excerpt: Like I said in my review for Dark Souls II DLC #2 - Crown of the Old Iron King , these reviews are crazy late. Why? Back when these reviews would have been relevant and current, Dark Souls II had finally beaten me. I'd hit a point that I just couldn't seem to get past and I put the game down in favor of less frustrating fare.
Excerpt: Didn't this come out, like, a long time ago? Yes, the second DLC for Dark Souls II - Crown of the Old Iron King - did come out last year and this review is late. Real late. That is because Dark Souls II, I'm sad to report, finally beat me. The game, which carries its difficulty like a badge of honor, pushed me too far last October, so this review hasn't been at the top of my list.
Summary: Crown of the Ivory King represents the final, snowy chapter in From Software’s planned Lost Crown trilogy of Dark Souls 2 DLC. However, it also marks the first occasion I’ve returned to Drangleic since defeating the Queen Regent and completing the main game. I’ve been enthralled by the Souls games from the moment I first got my hands on an imported copy of Demon’s Souls, but the allure of the franchise has, for me, diminished incrementally with each instalment.
Excerpt: Firstly, I know you've probably bought this and played it, or at least played most of it. I said in the Crown of the Sunken King review, the score here means little in terms of your buying decision.
Pros: Eleum Loyce is beautiful., New incentives to explore., A fine end to the series.
Cons: Difficulty is even more extreme., Some enemies seem almost unfair., No more Dark Souls 2.
Excerpt: After a robust main game and two great DLC chapters, Crown of the Ivory King, the third and final part of the trilogy, seems to go out of its way to catch you off guard. While it absolutely relies on a core foundation, its best moments are arrestingly creative. As a whole, Crown of the Ivory King is a worthy send-off, further establishing Dark Souls II as one of the most captivating games of the year.
Summary: Eleum Loyce, the setting of Dark Souls II: Crown of the Ivory King, is the first location in a Souls game that I would want to visit. Ignoring the cursed creatures who want nothing better than to kill me, the unreachable frozen expanse in the horizon renews my craving for a Nordic vacation or a wintery trek through a frosted New England forest.
Pros: A fitting finale as one could ever hope from Dark Souls II, The snowy landscapes of Eleum Loyce are worthy of a full game, Dark Souls II still manages to tease the brain, Cursed and enchanted tigers enhance the otherworldly atmosphere
Summary: FROM continues to surprise and amaze with the direction it is taking with the DLC. The Crown of the Iron King is a must have purchase for any fan. With beautiful graphics and haunting sound, you would be daft to not take the trek up Brume.
Summary: While Dark Souls II brought me back to that special place that I found with Demon's Souls in many ways, the first DLC pack, Crown of the Sunken King , didn't go far enough with its concepts. It's really hard to give us a worthwhile add-on with Artorias of the Abyss looming over it, but the second pack, Crown of the Old Iron King , does a much better job of distilling the Souls experience.
Excerpt: The first piece of Dark Souls II DLC delivered a lot of what we love about the series. It featured complex environments, unpredictable enemies, and vicious boss fights. Compared to Crown of the Old Iron King, however, part one just feels like a warm up. As a whole, it’s Dark Souls II at its absolute best. One of the first things you’ll encounter is an enormous chain connecting the entrance of the DLC to Brume Tower, where you’ll be spending most of your time.