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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. Aug 12, 2014
    With nods to the previous games, it makes you wonder what else they have up their sleeve. Probably more genius, tucked up there like a spare hanky. Anyway, now for that 3/10. Oh, it’s too late. You’ve already bought it.
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    Crown of the Sunken King shows a side of the Dark Souls-universe we have never seen before. In stead of focusing on puzzles, this expansion makes you solve puzzles in a very Zelda-esque way. Of course there are still enough big bosses to fight through, but the level design is the star in this DLC.
  3. Jul 24, 2014
    Crown of the Sunken King's standout exploratory design and abundance of engaging enemy encounters make it a terrific adventure, though a hair short of being essential. Equally significant is that it succeeds at raising the stakes for the next installment.
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    Sunken King is a promising start to Dark Souls 2’s DLC: if From Software can build on it, and address the traversal issues of this pack, we could see some of the best moments in the series to date.
  5. Jul 25, 2014
    There are no standout battles - save, perhaps, for the grim final encounter - but the cumulative effect of its fights, puzzles and secrets is memorable.
  6. It may be tough, but Crown of the Sunken King delivers some of the series' best, most intricate level design so far. [Oct 2014, p.96]
  7. Jul 22, 2014
    Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King is not a "must have" add-on, but it does its job of delivering more Dark Souls.

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  1. Jul 25, 2014
    The new areas have some of the best level design in the whole game. The puzzles may not be amazing, but they are a welcome addition to the game. The two new main boss fights are challenging, and the last one especially is one of the best Souls fights. The optional third boss is designed for co-op and kinda lacks creativity, but still a fun challenge.
    There are some great moments when you will be reminded what a SOuls game is all about, either by NPC invasions or just getting lost and not knowing where to go next.
    If you explore everywhere, it will take you about 4 hours.
    My only real complaint is not enough weapons/armor.

    Highly recommended.
  2. Aug 19, 2014
    More Dark Souls 2, what else do you need to know?

    Cool addition to the backstory, the whole area is quite fun and challenging, and some fun
    new items and enemies. I would give it a 10 but two minor points- 1) Ascetically, its all kind of the "same" within itself. Obviously this was intended but I love the variety of areas in DS 2 and the whole Sunken King DLC doesn't change much in terms of look and feel throughout the experience. Also I felt it could have used a few more boss fights(I love seeing the crazy bosses they come up with in Dark Souls). Otherwise, if you like Dark Souls 2 then don't hesitate in buying, this will give you more of a good thing. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    An atmospheric and challenging addition to the game. The level design is excellent and the puzzle elements are a welcome addition to the DS formula. The new items and equipment won't cause too much fuss but the boss battles, though challenging if attempted individually, are a let down. It's worth a play but likely won't leave you with any memorable moments. Expand