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  • Summary: Embark on a journey to reclaim a crown that Drangleic's King Vendrick once owned. This perilous quest will lead you through an entirely different world within the Dark Souls II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern. It is said that one of the ancient crowns lay buried deep within these dark caverns; but surely such a valued item cannot sit unguarded. Explore in search of a crown that holds the strength of lords from times long past. Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 1, 2014
    91
    Crown of the Sunken King adds a decent gameplay expansion, a good challenge and an awesome final battle at the edge of the abyss, in the borders of the possible.
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    90
    To take a game that was supposedly complete and yet seamlessly expand it in such a way is laudable, and overall, this is a bravura performance.
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    89
    It's worth taking the plunge to find the crown of the Sunken King.
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    80
    Hearkening back to the original Dark Souls, the expansion is impressively intricate, challenging and extremely fulfilling.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    80
    Crown of the Sunken King is an intense DLC: the new area is well designed, the three bosses are hard to beat, and the new items interesting.
  6. Jul 29, 2014
    80
    Smart and cruel level design for this DLC, closer to the first Dark Soul's atmosphere than the second one. Fans will for sure love it.
  7. Jul 29, 2014
    70
    A notable addition to Drangleic's world map, but only truly advisable for die hard fans of the original game.

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  1. Jul 24, 2014
    8
    I'm almost finished with DLC - and I feel I got my money's worth. Level mechanics are great...you'll have some "AHA!" moments where you think you're lost, find a switch, and discovered a shortcut. I'm impressed with the difficulty - i thought my level 340 toon would blow through this, but I feel like the challenge is just right. In short I died. A lot.

    I wish they combined all 3 DLC's instead of releasing them monthly. Even though I got my 10 bucks worth - I will be moving on to other games soon and I doubt I'll be playing Dark Souls 2 by end of September. (even though I spent almost 500 hours on dark souls 2).
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  2. Jul 24, 2014
    7
    Personally, I would have preferred FROM to combine the 3 DLC installments into a $20-$30 package and release that. As it is, the DLC feels a little too short with only 3 bosses a short run from each other, but at least there is a couple of cool new items.

    I think the best thing about it is the new level mechanics. There are puzzles that have to be solved with hidden switches throughout the DLC.
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  3. Jul 28, 2014
    6
    I finished the DLC on release day in about 3-4 hours on NG++++ and after collecting every item ( farming that priestess head piece) I'd say about 6-7 hours.
    The DLC has very nice level design and is the nicest design level in the whole game. This is how a level in Dark Souls should be designed..
    The bosses were fun to fight even though 2/3 of them were lazily designed..
    There are a few new consumable items, there is a new spell,miracle and a hex, there are no new pyromancies..
    There is also a cool looking sword but is pretty much useless as a main weapon. There is also a new mace that posions you everytime you swing, new crossbow and repeating crossbow...
    The armor is decent, I actually use one of these armors (except the head piece) because it offers high defense for medium weight and has decrease fall damage.. Pretty good set..
    There are also two weapons you can craft from boss souls that are okay but I'm pretty sure the majority of people would not use them as their main weapon..

    I was pretty let down with the lore of this DLC, not really explaining much and I had high hopes for finding out some things about The Rotten or Pharros but nothing like that was in the DLC..
    There are no new NPCs that you can talk to, which was also a let down.. You can talk to Vendrick in the the crypt but he doesn't say too much, and I believe he is only there for the people who will buy all 3 DLCs..
    You can now buy an item that was in the DLC from Melentia, she will restock this item and only carry 3 of them on her at a time, until you warp out of the area and then warp back, she will sell more of them at a higher price...
    The enemies in the DLC were cool in my opinion but they have very high poise but are easy to backstab or parry.

    I gave the original game a perfect score when it came out, but after playing it again and again I realized that it was not a perfect score and didn't live up to the first game.
    The DLC is better designed than the rest of the game but it's too short and probably should of been sold with all 3 DLCs in 1 pack.
    There is no reason to buy this DLC immediately you my as well wait until all of them come out.
    I really hope when all of them come out that it is on par with AotA but that will be very hard to do..
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