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...
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...
Summary: It all started with Demon Souls, a formidable and unforgiving beast, on the Playstation 3. Unfortunately it was a game I had very little exposure too but generated a lot of interest around the hardcore gaming water cooler.
Summary: The " Dark Souls II " team had a daunting lineage to live up to, and under new leadership too. It's nothing short of incredible, then, that they have not only delivered a game worthy of the Souls name, but a truly worthwhile entry.
Conclusion: A grand sequel and one that adds to the impressive nature of the first game immensely. It looks better and offers a smoother passage for newcomers, while still retaining the wonderful ability to kill you in a heartbeat.
Conclusion: Dark Souls II is a smart, massive, and incredibly rewarding sequel. It’s crammed with deep systems, tense encounters, and enough clever multiplayer and New Game Plus elements to make me want to restart the second I saw the end credits.
Pros: Rewarding challenge, Tough but fair combat, Great enemy design, Smart multiplayer
Pros: +Familiar yet refined and satisfying gameplay, +Great level design, +Fantastic art direction, +Varied enemies and environments, +Hours upon hours of gameplay, +It never gets old, +Great sound design that adds to the empowering gameplay
Cons: -Buggy AI, -Disappointingly "safe" at times, -Presentation is a little lacking