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  • Summary: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin includes the 3 previously released DLC packs - Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the ivory King - along with additional features. All versions of the game include the following features (Existing Dark Souls II ownersDark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin includes the 3 previously released DLC packs - Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the ivory King - along with additional features. All versions of the game include the following features (Existing Dark Souls II owners will receive a patch to implement these elements): Additional NPCs added for an enhanced story experience. Parameter adjustments for improved game balance. Augmented item descriptions. Improved online matchmaking functionality. [Bandai Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Jun 2, 2015
    100
    The changes have made this edition slightly more difficult, but the core of the game remains true to the superb game design of the original.
  2. Apr 6, 2015
    91
    If you’re coming from the PC version of the game, Scholar of the First Sin is a bit less enticing. But if you’ve only experienced the Xbox 360 or PS3 version, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin certainly comes off as a definitive version worth checking out.
  3. Apr 7, 2015
    90
    Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin is the definitive version of a masterpiece. Surprising for veterans yet deceptively welcoming to newcomers, this rebalanced remaster proves as deeply impressive as it is brutally compelling.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 20, 2015
    90
    Never played Dark Souls II? This is essential, even with Bloodborne out. [May 2015, p.92]
  5. Apr 2, 2015
    88
    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is the perfect option for someone who's never played Dark Souls 2, or at least the 3 DLC's, but if you have already played it, the graphic improvements are not enough to make you play it again on the new consoles.
  6. 85
    If you haven’t played the original or you were stopped a bit short the first time around, Scholar of the First Sin is the perfect excuse to come back and try your hand at the experience again. The new additions and visual upgrades make this the best version to play the game on.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 12, 2015
    60
    The “ultimate edition” adjustments could be a part of a larger patch. Dark Souls II changes dynamics and sweeps out some frustrating issues but still remains the weakest part of the series. [Issue#252]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 126
  2. Negative: 17 out of 126
  1. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    Amazing game. Even if you played vanilla DS2 the changes in this one will make you feel a new experience. I would love a remaster of DS1 butAmazing game. Even if you played vanilla DS2 the changes in this one will make you feel a new experience. I would love a remaster of DS1 but this one doesn't disappoint,. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. CONTAINS SPOILERS: Dark Souls II Scholars of the first sin is definitely a great journey... not only into the story, but into skills as well. It is important to use Your souls to 1, fortify Your weapon and gear, 2, update Your character, 3, learn from Your own mistakes with each death You die, 4, find the right gear and weapons and especially find and use the right rings (especially the ring that blocks hollowing on 75% is the most important thing in the game). Each time You die in a boss fight makes You crave to kill that bastard more and more until You beat him (hello smelter demon... ;) ). Some parts seem hard at first but when You choose the right approach You will really be surprised how the game is easy to play (take those buggers one by one ;) ) Expand
  3. May 1, 2015
    10
    It's the first 'Souls' I play and I am having a really nice time with this game.

    Graphics are not top-notch for a PS4, right, but that's
    It's the first 'Souls' I play and I am having a really nice time with this game.

    Graphics are not top-notch for a PS4, right, but that's not the main Gem of this title. The atmosphere, unforgiving gameplay and great online features are extremely well made.

    I strongly recommend it!
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  4. Jun 5, 2018
    8
    DARK SOULS II: SCHOLAR OF THE FIRST SIN is not as good as Dark Souls' series first game, but it is a great game that brings the sameDARK SOULS II: SCHOLAR OF THE FIRST SIN is not as good as Dark Souls' series first game, but it is a great game that brings the same challenging difficulty of the first game, better graphics, the epic soundtrack of Souls' series and multiplayer online mode still good. The game is easy at my sight, it becames harder when you play the DLC content, then you will have some of epic boss battles ! Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2015
    8
    Dark souls 2 is an amazing but very challenging game. It looks very nice and has great gameplay. The game can be very unfair in parts withDark souls 2 is an amazing but very challenging game. It looks very nice and has great gameplay. The game can be very unfair in parts with problems with hit boxes and you may need to look on YouTube for some parts but definitely worth the buy Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2017
    7
    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of The First Sin is a solid and good Souls game. As fan of Souls series and playing all but Demon Souls, this is easilyDark Souls 2: Scholar of The First Sin is a solid and good Souls game. As fan of Souls series and playing all but Demon Souls, this is easily the weakest Souls game. The remastered and updated version fixed only a bit of what went wrong with original version and had a few problems that still came through that desperately needed fixing more. Combat against players can result in poor lagging and poor hit boxes, resulting in frustrating situations that could put off most players. The boss roster is over saturated with generic bosses and while a few good ones exist, there are just a sheer size of bad or mediocre ones to blanket it almost entirely. The game's base was decent overall, but with the well done Crown DLCs added in it brings up the experience to not make it as generic. It's hard to give this score because I do like Dark Souls 2, but it soaked in plenty of problems that were only partially fixed by the SoTS version. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2019
    0
    I still dont get how people like this game. Its horrible. Get DS3, DSR or BB. DS2 is a dumpster fire.

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