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.
(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. Most of the problems with the new journey lie with the engine’s handling of the camera and collisions, which were also problems in the original game but are much more so here due to the new focus on tighter and more concentrated environments.
Excerpt: The bonfires in Dark Souls have always been special and yet our relationship to them can be fragile: although freed of their role in levelling up in the sequel, finding and lighting them is still something of a moment to savour, a chance to breathe. Yet it is easy to become blase about them if they are handed out.
Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King (PS3) - Review
30 July 2014
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?
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.
Excerpt: You might be thinking, "They are just getting around to Dark Souls II now? It's been out for a while..." In the interest of doing justice to the sequel to one of the last generation's best games, I wanted to make sure I saw and did it all before I sat down to type this all out. After hundreds of deaths, hours of heart-exploding tension and more monsters and equipment than you can shake a severed arm at, I'm finally finished with Dark Souls II.
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.