Summary: Take a look at the live streams, Let's Plays, and other online phenomena still surrounding Dark Souls -- released two-and-a-half years ago -- and it's easy to see that, despite its length and nearly inestimable depth, From Software's Demon's Souls sequel left fans wanting more.
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.
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...
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.
Summary: Pity we reviewers who had to struggle through Dark Souls II alone. While the game offers a substantial challenge regardless, there's no denying Dark Souls II's multiplayer modes can shift the scales in your favor.
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.
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...