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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 layEmbark 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: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 22, 2014
    90
    The content of The Crown of the Sunken King seems small in comparison to the Artorias expansion for the original game, but with two other pieces coming to expand upon things (and the promise of additional secrets when all three have been cleared), I can’t wait to die again.
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    90
    From Software went above and beyond with their Crown of the Sunken King DLC: invest in its tiny asking price, and you may find yourself getting just as much time out of it as you would a $60 game.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 25, 2014
    90
    Satisfying add-on to a great game, with interesting bosses. [Oct 2014]
  4. Jul 22, 2014
    85
    Even when it's frustrating, Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King balances out its rough patches with a sense of unbridled satisfaction. It's a perfect example of the interplay between tension and relief that the Souls series has become famous for. Crown of the Sunken King may be an optional expansion, but it transcends its own status.
  5. Aug 13, 2014
    80
    While there were certain aspects of this DLC that felt rushed or outright lazy, the content addition for it felt just right.
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    80
    The hunt for the crown is a great addition with lots of secrets and puzzles to uncover.
  7. Jul 22, 2014
    60
    A competent but unsurprising slice of downloadable content that features a solid challenge and plenty of content, but too little in the way of new ideas.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    4 hours atmosphere in Dark Souls is far more than 30 hours of kitsch in Divinity:Origin of Sin. 10/10 again. DLC is harder than the original4 hours atmosphere in Dark Souls is far more than 30 hours of kitsch in Divinity:Origin of Sin. 10/10 again. DLC is harder than the original game. Best DLC since Artorias of the Abyss. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Much better than the first, so so good! Bosses are relatively easier than the first dlc's, but the items on offer for exploring dlc areMuch better than the first, so so good! Bosses are relatively easier than the first dlc's, but the items on offer for exploring dlc are excellent. Recommended. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2014
    9
    This is how DLC should be done. In some ways its even beeter than the rest of the game! Unpredictable enemies with variety of tactics.This is how DLC should be done. In some ways its even beeter than the rest of the game! Unpredictable enemies with variety of tactics. Interactive environments and brilliant level design where everything is interconnected like the first Dark Souls and also, 4 to 10 hours of gameplay with 2 very challenging bosses. For 9€ it is well worth it and I bet you will be visiting the new areas quite often for farming, adding even further playtime. Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    While the value of 10€ for just about 3 additional hours of DS2 gameplay in one new location might be very questionable (should have been theWhile the value of 10€ for just about 3 additional hours of DS2 gameplay in one new location might be very questionable (should have been the price for the full trilogy) and some of it's content is kinda lacking (3 lazy bosses, lots of samey grey/green corridors, not much new story here and no new dialog npcs whatsoever.) It's still a very nice addition to the original DS2, that I enjoyed playing through. Complex level design full of environmental puzzles, few nice surprises (ghost knights) and decent amount of challenge in places. The fight with 3 npcs might have been a lazy boss design, but still pretty challenging, especially in solo. Elana felt weak and boring no matter how many times i tried and the final fight with the dragon was a standard Souls-Dragon battle experience, not much new here, but not bad. On the bright side, the highlight of this DLC for me was the fight with Jester Thomas, which introduced nice addition of gestures for npc invaders, so enjoy his mocking gestures after he fries you to death during his pyro barbecue party. Even friendly npc phantoms are now bowing to you after a good boss fight if they survive. In terms of online play, this place was packed, I have been invaded about 10 times just before reaching the second bonfire, so get ready. Most Souls fans should be happy with this little DLC addition, but don't expect anything like Artorias DLC for the original DS, in terms of story, setting, or epic boss battles, Crown of the Sunken King doesn't come even close, but it's still well worth playing through and raises the anticipation for another two parts of the trilogy. 7/10 Expand
  5. Jan 28, 2017
    7
    Crown of the Sunken King is set in an underground city far below the Black Gulch, tainted by a toxic mist that killed almost all of itsCrown of the Sunken King is set in an underground city far below the Black Gulch, tainted by a toxic mist that killed almost all of its inhabitants except for the Sunken King's loyal warriors, who guard their kingdom's most sacred treasure with an otherworldly resolve. The player is tasked with traversing the Mayan-inspired architecture of Shulva, the Sanctum City, and uncover the secret that wiped out their civilization.

    Crown of the Iron King is a return to form in some ways, since its level design, enemy placement, and location of items closely resembles that of the first game. The Sanctum City is built like a maze, where platforms could go up and down, and an area could be reached from multiple entrances. Shulva is littered with valuable ores and rare treasures hidden in plain sight, where the only way to reach them is to navigate winding walkways and perilous paths; those familiar with the design of Oolacile Township will see the comparison with the city of Shulva.

    Compared to Brume Tower and Frozen Eleum Loyce, Shulva features more unique enemies who extend their roles beyond the grunt and the occasional caster: the Sanctum Soldiers has very high poise, uses longbows and poison arrows at long range, and could emit poison mist from their bodies; the spirit-like Sanctum Knights cannot be harmed by any form of attack, unless the player finds a statue associated with the knight and destroys it, rendering the invincible enemy vulnerable once again. There are also the Corrosive Egg Insects who could create a cloud of corrosive acid, and prefers to fight in a group - a common trait shared by all of the enemies in this DLC.

    Lore-wise, this DLC is my favorite of the Lost Crowns trilogy. Shulva, the Sanctum City is an interesting place, because the ancient people who resided there built the city around their sacred treasure. It shows us a glimpse of life before the kingdom of Drangleic, when people used to have all of these crazy ideas, and worship anything that is bigger than them.

    Overall, a good DLC that features a lot of content.

    And there you have it.
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  6. Aug 18, 2014
    6
    Buy this if you are a Souls hardcore fan, if not you aren't missing much.
    Aesthetically speaking the DLC is good, great environments, enemies
    Buy this if you are a Souls hardcore fan, if not you aren't missing much.
    Aesthetically speaking the DLC is good, great environments, enemies design, atmosphere, etc. the level design of Shulva, the new setting is good, it contains switches, and small puzzles.
    ¿What's the downside? Is way to short, at least to me the playthrough only lasted 3 hours, ok I skiped an optional boss but it only added 20 minutes to the overall experience.
    I know that a lot of playtime doesn't necesariy means that a DLC is good, the problem with Sunken king is that is short because the general map of the expansion is small itself, there are 4 areas: shulva, the main hub, dragon sanctum, dragon rest and the cave of the dead, unfortunately the last two (rest and cave) aren't even open areas, they are just boss arenas so there's no exploration at all in these locations, and the other two remaining areas (sanctum and shulva) aren't that big to begin with, I think that the lost bastille is bigger than the whole DLC map and that's a letdown. Like I said the areas are well designed but you'll be blasting through them not because they are very easy or linear because they aren't large at all.
    Also the Boss battles are a bit dissapoiting there are only 3 of them and you face the mandatory bosses literally at the end of the DLC when you are done with one you face the next one right away. Sure those bosses are well design but I felt that setting and ending really anti-climatic.
    And the optional Boss just sucks, is no diferent from a NPC battle.
    And lastly I hope the next 2 DLC's of the crown trilogy really step up in terms of content because the first chapter while not bad, it wasn't great or memorable it just was OK.
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  7. Jul 24, 2014
    0
    Some of the worst DLC ever, go take notes from Obsidian on how to do DLC. New Vegas had epic DLC (especially Old World Blues) and Mask of TheSome of the worst DLC ever, go take notes from Obsidian on how to do DLC. New Vegas had epic DLC (especially Old World Blues) and Mask of The Betrayer for NWN2. Now that is how you do DLC or an expansion!

    This right here is 3 hours of lazy crap. Go buy Divinity or Wasteland 2 instead, MUCH better rpg's.
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