Excerpt: Avoid the icy grip of death. A lot of early Dark Souls II discussions centered on comparisons to the previous two entries in the series (including Demon's Souls ), but FromSoftware managed to regain some control of the post-release narrative with its DLC trilogy. While there are still people out there who lament the feeling that Dark Souls II doesn't quite live up to its predecessors, the recent downloadable content allows players to appreciate Dark Souls II as an...
Summary: " Crown of the Sunken King " made me excited for the rest of the DLC trilogy set to launch over the next couple of months. It's well thought out design and interesting enemies more than make up for a couple of rough spots that tested my patience, and I came away wholly satisfied about buying my way in to an all new wing of Drangleic's ever expanding world.
Excerpt: Visions of death, therefore try crying. Practice makes perfect, even in Dark Souls II . The Souls series reinforces the idea of improvement and player growth. I died plenty of times in my first playthrough of Dark Souls II , but now I can breeze through parts that previously tormented me. I guess From Software caught wind of that, because I'm being tormented yet again in the "Crown of the Sunken King" DLC.
Conclusion: Given Dark Souls II dropped both the original's light/dark dichotomy and its interconnected world structure, it allowed itself to be far more varied in locations, and now ranges from Gothic castles sinking into the lava, to underground pirates' dens, to thick, overgrown forts. In other words, the game makes full use of classic fantasy iconography while also presenting its own twists.
Conclusion: A fantastic sequel that lives up to its namesake, Dark Souls 2 is an action RPG that's challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
Pros: Overcoming difficulty provides a fantastic sense of achievement, Fascinating world that feels like a character all its own, New gameplay elements make the Dark Souls experience more convenient, but not easier
Excerpt: There are few games that challenge a gamer’s sanity, patience and skills more than the critically acclaimed Souls series by developer From Software. I learned this firsthand with the release of the original Dark Souls a few years ago, so when I heard they were making a sequel to an already legendarily hard game I was both intrigued and instantly filled with a certain level of anxiety at the thought of its release.