Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King (PS3) - Review
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: Dark Souls II is easily one of my favorite games of 2014 and when, after many many attempts, I was finally successful in completing the main story, I couldn't wait for my next taste of the Souls franchise. Fast forward just four months and I've already gotten my wish, in the form of a series of DLC episodes starting off with Crown of the Sunken King . Is this new trial everything a Souls fan could ask for or is it too little too soon after the main game's release?
Summary: 2014 has been very good to me, but Dark Souls II is one of my favorite games of the year. Many debates have raged on as to whether or not it's as exceptional as its predecessor ( Demon's Souls is better than both), but having played it prior to launch without any hints or guides, I heartily enjoyed getting lost in its labyrinthine tunnels and deadly arenas.
Conclusion: If you’re new to the series and want to know what the fuss is, you’d do well to consider what kind of game it is before checking it out. It’s a game where you’ll spend a good deal of time banging your head against a brick wall, and the question is which will break first: the brick wall or you. It’s a game that you can come to love like no other, but it’s also a game that you can come to hate like no other too.
Excerpt: Dark Souls, a name in gaming known for its exceedingly difficult gameplay, is guaranteed to frustrate players as much as it entertains. The first thing that you need to know about Dark Souls II is that you will fail and you will fail often. Those that are easily discouraged should play a different game. But for those that are up to the challenge, Dark Souls II provides an unusual amount of well-deserved satisfaction.
Summary: Dark Souls II continues the series’ tradition of providing a challenging, satisfying adventure in a foreboding world filled with danger. While not adding exponentially to the formula, aside from a few concessions towards toning down some of the more tedious aspects of its predecessor, the core experience shines as one of the most rewarding in gaming.
Conclusion: Is Dark Souls II an easier game? Most definitely not. The game is just as mysterious and obtuse as before and puts the onus on the player to figure it all out. Therefore, players fond of the rich and complex challenge of From Software’s games are going to get the most out of it. To those, I say that Dark Souls II gives more of what you’ve enjoyed from the last two games.