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.
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. S
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.
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...
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.
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.
Summary: The worlds of the Souls games have consistently excelled in conveying a sense of history. There's the impression that their castles and other fortifications have changed ownership by various invaders many times over.
Pros: Feels like a natural extension of the main game, Rich in implied history, Environments are inspired by reality but still seem otherworldly, Abundant in challenging and enjoyable combat
Conclusion: Boasting some of the best combat in the series, Crown of the Old Iron King is an intriguing and immersive odyssey. Though less visually impressive than Crown of the Sunken King, this second DLC installment rewards strategic planning more fully than any other episode in the series.
Pros: Great combat, Plenty of surprises, Wonderful challenge
(PlayStation 3) Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King
The Entertainment Depot
8 August 2014
Summary: Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King marks the beginning of what looks to be a great side story, complete with increased explorative elements, interactive environments, and sense of adventure.