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  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 but this one doesn't disappoint,.
  2. May 23, 2017
    8
    Great environments and a huge amount of content makes exploring the world of dark souls II very fun and rewarding, but the combat is some what sluggish, kind of like your moving in water. Dark souls 3 and bloodborne are both superior in terms of combat and dark souls has the best level design so in this amazing series dark souls II is a mediocre game but in the grand scheme of things thisGreat environments and a huge amount of content makes exploring the world of dark souls II very fun and rewarding, but the combat is some what sluggish, kind of like your moving in water. Dark souls 3 and bloodborne are both superior in terms of combat and dark souls has the best level design so in this amazing series dark souls II is a mediocre game but in the grand scheme of things this is a great game that will challenge you more than pretty much any other game out there. Be sure to pick this up but play the other ones before this one. 8,5/10 Expand
  3. Mar 9, 2017
    8
    The Souls games hold a very strong spot in my heart as they are now sitting towards the top of my favorite games of all time. So without further adieu my thoughts. Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin is my third run through of Dark Souls 2 and it was just as fun as the first time. The game is different enough with enemy placements that I feel it isn't just another port though that isThe Souls games hold a very strong spot in my heart as they are now sitting towards the top of my favorite games of all time. So without further adieu my thoughts. Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin is my third run through of Dark Souls 2 and it was just as fun as the first time. The game is different enough with enemy placements that I feel it isn't just another port though that is what it is. To me Dark Souls 2 is a little weaker than Dark Souls 1 and 3 but that doesn't mean it is a bad game. Many improvements were made with the mechanics and combat but the overall design of the world and enemies is a tad bit slacking compared to the others but if you are looking to jumping into the Souls series be sure not to skip over this one. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2018
    8
    This version of the game doesn't have much additions in relation of the playstation 3 one, it isn't a remastered or a remake, but they did changed a few things here. The enemies are repositioned, so as some items, i could say that it is worthy if you liked the game in the first launching, this version contain all the DLC's, and the three one's that they launched are great, some even sayThis version of the game doesn't have much additions in relation of the playstation 3 one, it isn't a remastered or a remake, but they did changed a few things here. The enemies are repositioned, so as some items, i could say that it is worthy if you liked the game in the first launching, this version contain all the DLC's, and the three one's that they launched are great, some even say that the three combined are better than the game, i'm not sure about that, but surely it is great, the best bosses are there, the most memorable ones are there, so if you never played the dlc's before, go after this version because it is certainly worth. 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 with problems with hit boxes and you may need to look on YouTube for some parts but definitely worth the buy
  6. May 22, 2015
    10
    This game is incredible! I haven't touched Bloodborne since Scholar was released.

    I really disliked DS2 when it first came out but after 115 hours of Scholar, I'm completely converted. I think this is now, not only the best game by From that I have played, it is probably the best RPG I've ever experienced too. The variety of armour, weapons, spells, miracles, hexes and pyromancies
    This game is incredible! I haven't touched Bloodborne since Scholar was released.

    I really disliked DS2 when it first came out but after 115 hours of Scholar, I'm completely converted. I think this is now, not only the best game by From that I have played, it is probably the best RPG I've ever experienced too.

    The variety of armour, weapons, spells, miracles, hexes and pyromancies is staggering. Each is unique, beautifully designed and useful in the game. The story is fantastically deep and ties in with that of the previous game, if you know how to interpret it (see the Vaadividya YouTube channel and the Fextralife wiki for help with that).

    There are around 40 boss fights in the game - it's huge!!! Furthermore, the world of Dranleic now actually looks beautiful too. And of course, the replayability is limitless as you can try to collect items only available in New Game +, experiment with different builds and enjoy online combat.

    This game is now a masterpiece and I would recommend it to all lovers of RPGs anywhere. Even if you were initially disappointed when it was first released, you really should love this new iteration of DS2.

    p.s. I read in a review by another player that the controls are sluggish and jerky. The point is that your character changes dependant on the weight of the gear they are carrying and what their physical attributes are. I have found the controls to be practically perfect throughout.
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  7. May 2, 2015
    8
    I said if they had done something to fix Soul Memory and provided players with the means to cap characters I would change my review. Well I had to wait for an expansion but yeah I'm just happy to have it. The Souls series is by far my favorite game series of all time. Yes, even surpassing my favorites Fallout and Witcher. I was a bigger fan of Demon Souls and Dark Souls, looking past theI said if they had done something to fix Soul Memory and provided players with the means to cap characters I would change my review. Well I had to wait for an expansion but yeah I'm just happy to have it. The Souls series is by far my favorite game series of all time. Yes, even surpassing my favorites Fallout and Witcher. I was a bigger fan of Demon Souls and Dark Souls, looking past the framerate issues Dark Souls was still a gem of perfection in the action adventure genre. No game ever came close to that sense of fear, exploration, reward and challenge the Soul series provided. Not since Devil May Cry 3 have I taken a game seriously.

    I find myself going to DkS2 wikis and inputting my character builds I make, interacting with the fanbase to discuss PvP strategies and even creating walkthroughs. Because it's simply fun, I enjoy making builds and debating on strategies, because this game warrants that kind of attention. It's like Dungeon and Dragon level of dedication and character classes. You make characters and face REAL danger. If you don't pay attention to what you're leveling up, you can easily ruin an entire playthough and be stuck with a bad character. But when you get that character right, and you put your knowledge behind it you can accomplish things that will actually make other players envy you. This game rewards you for taking it seriously and actually putting in work to become better.

    You will not reach the higher ranks of the Brotherhood of Blood covenant through some exploits or cheats. You must defeat 500 players, if you lose in a duel it will remove a point. That is some serious dedication, but you will be rewarded with a special character color when summoned as well as a powerful fire spell. The bright red glow of your character tells others you've accomplished one of the game's most difficult task. Defeating bosses and beating the game while in the Company of Champions covenant is hard, but other players will prove to be your most challenging foe. And to say you've reached 500 kills in PvP is a bragging right not many people will have.

    It blends single player and multiplayer like no other game before it. You could be breezing through an area only to be invaded by another player, or having a seriously difficult time getting through an area and summon a helpful co-op ally to aid you. Should you both kill a boss and accomplish your goal you'll both be rewarded.

    Immersion in Dark Souls 2 is second to nothing. This game will really make you feel like you're the one in danger. You'll be traveling down a dark hallway, low on health and supplies, too far away from your last bonfire to give up and you've never been to this location before. Your touch makes an outline of a shadow up ahead and you stop dead in tracks to observe. A normal foe? Or your next death? Getting to close will trigger a fight you might not be prepared for, but you inch forward trying to make out the enemy that lays beyond the glow of your torch. You have two choices; sneak up and attack the enemy as quick as possible, or head back to reclaim your health. Both choices have their consequences for the enemy may claim your life, but the bonfire will respawn the enemies before it. This is where the game truly shines.

    Combat is beyond anything I've ever seen. Two hand a weapon, one hand weapon one hand shield, bows, staffs, flame casting, whips, swords, greatswords, axes, hammers, claws, fist weapons, spears, halbreds, katanas, twinblades, curved blades, dual wielding weapons, chimes and daggers. So many different types of weapons, so many weapon choices for each category. And you choice what you'll wield. You make your character to use what's best for you. My Ninja Sorcerer Assassin couldn't be anymore awesome if I tried. Katana duel wielding a staff... that's just the surface ,too. The combat requires practice. Strategy and thought will be your great tools. No one button combos, you have a multitude of attacks to use. Rolling weak attack, back dash attack, running attack, parry attack, backstabs, strong attacks and jump attacks. You must study an enemy's attacks before fighting them, running into battle with no knowledge of your enemy and wildly swinging attacks will get you killed. In PvP you must size up the player and see if they have a pattern to their strategies you can use to get in for a hit.

    Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin fixes a lot of issues in the first edition. This allows players to focus much more on the game, rather than stare at their Soul Memory forever worried of going over their level up. I can't recommend this game enough. It's an action adventure RPG we've been waiting for. It's an homage to classic retro games and their brutal difficulty. It's an immersive experience. It's... DARK SOULS BABY! Get in there!

    (Oh right uhm, there's new stuff in SotFS. Torches are actually more important now to see. SM was changed. They've added in new monsters in areas. They've made the game look and run better!)
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  8. May 24, 2015
    10
    Don't expect to pick up a Souls game and think it's going to be an easy ride. FromSoftware do not hold your hand nor do they wrap you cotton wool. What they do is submerge you in some of the most imaginative, challenging and rewarding worlds you will ever encounter.

    If your a new-comer to the series then your in for a treat with this game, patience is key, so don't fret if you die a
    Don't expect to pick up a Souls game and think it's going to be an easy ride. FromSoftware do not hold your hand nor do they wrap you cotton wool. What they do is submerge you in some of the most imaginative, challenging and rewarding worlds you will ever encounter.

    If your a new-comer to the series then your in for a treat with this game, patience is key, so don't fret if you die a lot; believe me it's all part of the experience.

    For the Souls veterans you will appreciate the enhanced gameplay the next gen has to offer and the different layout in some places is an extra bonus.

    Feeling fresh and nostalgic at the same time, with the added DLC to explore and conquer as well DS2:SOTFS is well worth the £40.
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  9. Apr 16, 2015
    10
    I loved Dark Souls 2 when it first arrived a year ago, and even though it clearly had faults (too much in it and a very scant plot) there was also the genius parts to it: the game was hard already, but by the player's own decision to take-on tasks non-essential to the plot it suddenly became tougher and the new game+ additions were by far the most rewarding of all the 'Souls games so far.I loved Dark Souls 2 when it first arrived a year ago, and even though it clearly had faults (too much in it and a very scant plot) there was also the genius parts to it: the game was hard already, but by the player's own decision to take-on tasks non-essential to the plot it suddenly became tougher and the new game+ additions were by far the most rewarding of all the 'Souls games so far.

    I don't think I really need to explain myself - I loved Dark Souls 2 upon its arrival, and spent too many hours playing it.

    A year-on from the PS3 version I played, I now have indulged in the PS4 version. For the uninitiated, here are the additions:

    -60 frames per second 1080P graphics.
    -The whole game has been reworked, with more plot, new characters, enemies shifted across the spectrum of the whole game, and gameplay has been given a major overhaul.
    -Up to 6 players (online players and NPC's) in a single summoning session.

    The graphics are lovely and smooth, in fact they are better than the PC version of last year!! Yes, the game is a year old (and it has aged a little in terms of graphics) but trust me, the enhancements do work and it just looks about the best it can. The sound has not changed, but it didn't need to and its the same awesome music combined with the breathtaking sound effects that are the norm for FROM soft.

    In terms of gameplay, to say this is tougher than the first Dark Souls 2 incarnation is perhaps not fair - 'different' is certainly a fairer term. Enemies haven't been just 'swapped around' to try and mix things up, they've been intelligently placed, meaning that whereas seasoned players cannot be complacent, newcomers will enjoy the experience a great deal too. Of particular note is the fact that certain events are not easily reachable now and you will have to work for them (but please note, its dealt with fairly). Coupled with the new strains of the plot, this makes for a very compulsive experience.

    I've kept this review short as I've reviewed it once and this time I'd like to express the following: this is well-worth the purchase if you enjoyed it first time around as much as I did, or if you feel like a challenge. The changes effectively null-out the complaints from last time and coupled with the overhaul of presentation and gameplay, make for a severely addictive game.

    On the PS4, Scholar of the First Sin is arguably the best remaster you can buy currently and more than worth the price of admission (or re-admission). Buy this as well as Bloodborne, and be prepared to lose yourself!!
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  10. Jun 23, 2015
    8
    I'm going to get strait to the chase, I'm a sucker for hard games, if one pops up my first reaction is usually challenge accepted.
    The game that started this was dark souls 2.
    Gameplay wise it's a great game the combat is unique in it's difficulty and in the fact that it keeps you coming back despite how much it can frustrate you. The combat is easily the most fun part of the game.
    I'm going to get strait to the chase, I'm a sucker for hard games, if one pops up my first reaction is usually challenge accepted.
    The game that started this was dark souls 2.

    Gameplay wise it's a great game the combat is unique in it's difficulty and in the fact that it keeps you coming back despite how much it can frustrate you. The combat is easily the most fun part of the game.

    Graphics are nothing spectacular but they are good. Not much else to say in this department.

    Atmosphere is amazing. There is a constant feel of despair in the world which coincides with the plot. The same plot that needs a dedicated group of people working full time to properly figure out. So if you're looking to story, it's a very good one, but you might not even be able to tell till you look it up.

    Final verdict; 8 out of 10.
    Why eight out of ten you ask when all my reviews are 10s. Because I stick to reviewing games that I truly enjoy not that are definitively good. Dark souls 2 is marred by strange design choices and obtuse and unexplained plot devices. They game will often leave you lost and force you to look up a guide. It pains me to say it but Dark souls 2 is not an amazing game. It was good enough to be the only game in years that I've played through more than once but it simply is not a 10.

    For the the hardcore gamer this is your Meca. It is a game you must play and that you will land up in many favorite games lists.
    For the normal gamer this is a frustrating mess that will undoubtably put a fair number of you off gaming.
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  11. Mar 3, 2016
    10
    Dark Souls 2 is an amazing game. Awesome gameplay. Huge open world. Every Ps4 gamer should have this game. Although it can be VERY CHALLENGING you will surely LOVE IT.
    Only drawback : 100% Addictive
  12. Jul 5, 2019
    8
    Despite the negative reception and reputation this game has garnered, it is a severely underrated Dark Souls game, and game in general (That said, DS1 is better in my opinion). Admittedly, it did take some time for the game to grow on me, as at the start i just felt that the environment. (forest of the fallen giants) was a bit bland and The Last Giant was an easy boss, but after theDespite the negative reception and reputation this game has garnered, it is a severely underrated Dark Souls game, and game in general (That said, DS1 is better in my opinion). Admittedly, it did take some time for the game to grow on me, as at the start i just felt that the environment. (forest of the fallen giants) was a bit bland and The Last Giant was an easy boss, but after the Pursuer boss i really started to like the game. For one, i really liked the gem system which went hand in hand with the flask system. I enjoyed the length of the game, and made the game feel like a massive adventure-more of an adventure than DS1 (sorry for the unpopular opinion), the DLC was superb, and the difficulty of the levels and the enemies in general was really challenging without being gamebreaking. There are some negatives though which irritated my though. One was the difficulty of the bosses. Most of the bosses in the base game were far too easy-in fact most of them were. The smelter demon, the darklurker, the pursuer and the ancient dragon are an exception to this rule. The enemy cpu's at times were sometimes broken, and didn't act how they should. There wasn't any memorable npc characters like the first game, and the level design at times wasn't very intuitive, and sometimes i got lost. Those faults still don't ruin the game for me in my eyes. and i think this game is definetly worth playing. Expand
  13. Apr 7, 2015
    8
    "DARK SOULS II:Scholar of the First Sin" is one of the few successful remastered games for next gen consoles and if you haven't experienced this masterpiece on PS3, then you SHOULD do it on PS4. you're gonna have a lot of good memories after you beat the game, and after that you're gonna wanna replay over & over again.
  14. 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 not the main Gem of this title. The atmosphere, unforgiving gameplay and great online features are extremely well made.

    I strongly recommend it!
  15. Oct 28, 2015
    8
    This game is good, but very frustrating at start.
    Bosses aren't so impressive and you charterer feels clumsy.
    When you play it more, it's addictive. DS II was one of the best remaster on PS4.
    Don't miss it, because if you aren't played Dark Souls (original) you'll gonna be hard times with Dark Souls III.
  16. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    This is a really good reason to play Dark Souls II again. You have to buy this game, especially if you missed out on the the Lost Crowns DLC. And don't worry about having to play through everything again because the enemy placement has changed so the whole game feels different. The best part is the remastered graphics which look absolutely stunning on new gen consoles.
  17. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    The fact that From Software made some major, yet subtle changes to the enemy and item locations from the original version of Dark Souls 2, Scholar of the First Sin is an absolute blast even for returning players.
  18. Apr 9, 2015
    9
    Ds2:SFS is visually impressive because it has improved texture quality as well as runs at 60fps. The developers also changed a lot of enemy placements and added a few new items and NPC so its not quite a carbon copy of the first game. It is harder than the original. Pick it up if you missed the original release, and if you are a fan of the franchise and has finished Bloodborne, it mightDs2:SFS is visually impressive because it has improved texture quality as well as runs at 60fps. The developers also changed a lot of enemy placements and added a few new items and NPC so its not quite a carbon copy of the first game. It is harder than the original. Pick it up if you missed the original release, and if you are a fan of the franchise and has finished Bloodborne, it might still be worth playing. Expand
  19. Apr 11, 2015
    10
    if you want perfection,good graphic engine and tactical gameplay...you can do fast roll to....buy ds2 HD
    you want better graphics
    but with a lot of frame rate and a faster gameplay,but with a lot of problems....buy bloodborn...simple as that

    darck souls 2 HD is old but is perfection....bloodbor in new gen....but is sometimes,a mess...

    adios,have fun
  20. Apr 11, 2015
    10
    Game now days have way too much hand holding and are too easy. If you want a game that is punishingly difficult like the nostalgic games in the past, DS2 is the game for you. For anyone that is not familiar with the Souls series games, here's how the gameplay works; You kill an enemy, and collect their souls. Souls are used to level up, buy/upgrade gears, and sometimes used to cast spell.Game now days have way too much hand holding and are too easy. If you want a game that is punishingly difficult like the nostalgic games in the past, DS2 is the game for you. For anyone that is not familiar with the Souls series games, here's how the gameplay works; You kill an enemy, and collect their souls. Souls are used to level up, buy/upgrade gears, and sometimes used to cast spell. When you die you lose all the souls you have collected so far. You can go retrieve it, but die along the way you lose them permanently. There's no auto health recovery, no pause button, and not retry on the boss. All the enemies respawn when you die or use bonfires(which are the ONLY ways to have checkpoints, btw), and you have to kill them again

    You WILL rage. You WILL scream. You WILL throw your controller. But it'll get you just enough to make you want to try again. Every areas are very tempting to explore. Each bosses fights are unique and leaves players amazing sense of accomplishments when slain. The World of DS2 is full of rich lore. Every item and gears have their own story.

    Conclusion: If you want a game that will bring out the hardcore nature deep within you, this is the game for you.
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  21. Apr 9, 2015
    9
    I know everyone is complaining about the weapon durability issue and while it does call for some adjustment to playstyle I would just like to chime in and say that it adds to the gameplay. It boils down to the fact that usually in a souls game you end up with 1 or 2 weapons that you use consistently pretty much ignoring everything else. With weapons being broken after 15-30 enemiesI know everyone is complaining about the weapon durability issue and while it does call for some adjustment to playstyle I would just like to chime in and say that it adds to the gameplay. It boils down to the fact that usually in a souls game you end up with 1 or 2 weapons that you use consistently pretty much ignoring everything else. With weapons being broken after 15-30 enemies (depending) you are forced to branch out and keep a few on hand. I think it adds a little flavor.

    As for the rest of the game: graphics are great, 60 FPS is cool, new enemy placements made it fresh for me (500+ hours in first release). It's Dark Souls you either love it or hate it. Im going 9 cause nothing is perfect and DS2 had issues all of its own.
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  22. Apr 10, 2015
    9
    the good:
    it made by FROM SOFTWARE
    its a "souls" game
    super smooth

    the bad:
    it has taken over my life. if i am not playing it i am reading, talking or thinking about it.
  23. Apr 9, 2015
    8
    This remaster is not without it's share of problems. The durability bug that makes weapons crumble after defeating a few enemies is a bug I had not experienced in my original play through. In saying that, this is my only real major gripe with Scholar of the First Sin. The already large ( some might even say bloated ) DSII package is increased with the 3 DLC packages as well as remixedThis remaster is not without it's share of problems. The durability bug that makes weapons crumble after defeating a few enemies is a bug I had not experienced in my original play through. In saying that, this is my only real major gripe with Scholar of the First Sin. The already large ( some might even say bloated ) DSII package is increased with the 3 DLC packages as well as remixed enemy design ( which to be fair makes a hard game harder, especially if this is your first time with a Soul's game) graphical improvements and much better co-op functionality with a increase to the number of players who can join your game.

    Overall it's easy to say that this is the definitive DSII package but it's a shame that the durability bug tarnishes an otherwise great RPG that only suffers from its association with Miyazaki's incredible Demon's, Dark and Bloodborne games.

    Pros
    +Huge amount of world to explore and content.
    +Wealth of weaponry and character choice. You can be a close range brute or spell slinger. Or both.
    +Good combat, slow and methodical
    +Improved Co-Op functionaltiy

    Cons
    -Durability Issue is a pain. Hopefully patched soon.
    -Remixed enemy positions not ideal for new players.
    -Hitboxes for player character are still huge resulting in dodging an attack still registers the HP damage.

    Final thoughts
    It would have been nice to have the choice of playing the remixed version as well as the classic version. Apart from that if you're hankering for more punishing action after Bloodborne or want to venture into a grim dark fantasy then DSII is the game for you.
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  24. Apr 17, 2015
    9
    This game is an epic strategic tactical stat heavy dungeon crawler. It has it own unique style and mechanics compared to other dungeon crawlers and its an aquired taste that i find delicious.It runs way better than the souls games on ps3 and that was my main complaint with those.Plenty of game time and replay.It has its downfalls, mainly if you dont like it youll hate it type of game.AndThis game is an epic strategic tactical stat heavy dungeon crawler. It has it own unique style and mechanics compared to other dungeon crawlers and its an aquired taste that i find delicious.It runs way better than the souls games on ps3 and that was my main complaint with those.Plenty of game time and replay.It has its downfalls, mainly if you dont like it youll hate it type of game.And for the people about it being a cash grab, why would you buy it again unless you like it? This is 1 game you get a run for your money and your moneys worth, however would only recommend for hardcore dungeon crawler rpgers that want a unique game or gamers that aren't gona have a rage stroke. This is the first time ive bought this game and its chalk full of content for the price. Dont buy it twice unless its twice as nice. Expand
  25. Aug 1, 2016
    8
    I have to say this isn’t the master piece I was kind of expecting, BUT it is still a quite good game.
    Graphics are all right, which is fine considering the game wasn’t originally conceived in the next gen consoles. It is; however, very good and amazing on an artistic level, some locations are “wow”. The gameplay is also quite awesome in terms of mechanics. These are quite simple, but the
    I have to say this isn’t the master piece I was kind of expecting, BUT it is still a quite good game.
    Graphics are all right, which is fine considering the game wasn’t originally conceived in the next gen consoles. It is; however, very good and amazing on an artistic level, some locations are “wow”. The gameplay is also quite awesome in terms of mechanics. These are quite simple, but the game itself is not very forgiving so you have to be careful or you’ll die. The difficulty is just right for me, although I understand it might be a little bit too much for some people. I, personally think is just the right difficulty and it achieves a lot more than just making the game “hard”. I think the fact that you have to be careful because you can die in any moment makes you think about how you approach enemies, which is nice for a change, as in most games you can basically just dive in the middle of a mob move a sword around a bit and be fine. I also think it adds to the atmosphere of the game; you are in a cursed, gloomy land. Hell! you should feel a bit tense about walking around in a place like that and the difficulty level achieves that, it gives you that tiny bit of extra tension you need, it makes you feel this cursed land is actually threatening and that you shouldn’t be there. The design of both dungeons and bosses is superb, it does not feel linear at all nor too overwhelming, and it is quite clever how they make you go back or retrace some times. Bosses are kind of easy compared to the dungeons itself which is funny and unexpected, but they all give you a decent challenge.

    The main criticism I have for this game is that I feel, being the game infamous (or famous) for being hard, the developers have tried too hard to make everything hard. I don’t have a problem with the enemies being hard, as a matter of fact I like it, but some design decisions seem just annoying to me. An example of this is the fact that the game throws you in the middle of nowhere giving you absolutely no clue about how the skills and stats work. Some people say it is part of the “dark souls experience”, I just think it is annoying and does not contribute to anything good. I respect those who like that, but me, personally, I don’t want to spend hours trying to guess what giving points to a specific stat does, potentially realising after X hours of game that I’ve been giving points to the wrong stat (yes, you can reset them I know, but still…). Finally, I feel there is an awesome lore behind this game but again, the way it is given to the player, although smart it is not very well designed in my opinion. Basically, this lore is very very very scattered and normally is given in very small chunks of info. I don’t dislike the fact that it lets a bit of room for interpretation, for example just by looking at the environment in a significant room you can theorise about how something happened. However, I think the basic lore could be given to the player a bit more digested, e.g. finding a kind of long document explaining something and, maybe, make the document hard to find rather than splitting it into 20 pieces of which you may find only 13. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to give the lore like that, I just feel it could be better managed to find some kind of middle ground; the way it is at the moment made me feel a terrible lack of context at some points which is a shame because the deps obviously made a fantastic work with this universe.

    Anyway, this is a really good game and it is excellent, but for it is not masterpiece because of some of the stuff I mention above. For those complaining/worried about the difficulty, I’d like to say that if you play it with a friend (being one of you a tank) the game will be like 1000 times easier, more even if you summon npcs (which you can do in almost all the bosses). This makes the game a lot more accessible to those who don’t want to die that much.
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  26. May 26, 2016
    9
    Although it may not look like dark souls, I assure you, it is. brutal difficulty, myriad of weapons and armor, and a strong cult following all still maintain in this sequal to the dark souls masterpiece. As far as how it handles and combat, it still keeps the same hack-n-slash play-style that its always had. The emphasis on blocking over dodging is still there, and a similar structure isAlthough it may not look like dark souls, I assure you, it is. brutal difficulty, myriad of weapons and armor, and a strong cult following all still maintain in this sequal to the dark souls masterpiece. As far as how it handles and combat, it still keeps the same hack-n-slash play-style that its always had. The emphasis on blocking over dodging is still there, and a similar structure is upheld. Dark souls takes place in a different world with different and unique enemies and npc's, and the world design is as fantastic as ever. One thing that limits the exploratory foundation of the game, and something that was increased in this game that was not so prevalent in the original is fast travel. Fast travel is allowed right out of the gates in dark souls 2, and also allows you to teleport to any and all bonfires that you have discovered. I feel that this somewhat lessens the difficulty and fragments the incredible world design. Speaking of difficulty, dark souls 2 has plenty of it, but one feature in particular seems to push the difficulty to a level that seems almost unfair instead of just plain hard. Every time you die, your overall health bar goes down. Meaning that every time you die, you have less health than you did the life before. This feature will continue to affect you until it has drained your health bar down to half. That's, admittedly too far. The only way to counter this is to use a human effigy, which is like a humanity in the original DS. The problem with that is that, until much later in the game, human effigies a frickin hard to come by. Nonetheless, The early game bosses are significantly easier than in the original dark souls, so you should be able to make out of the first area with relative ease.

    The final verdict of dark souls 2 for me is that it doesn't necessarily capture the look or feel of dark souls souls, but it does capture the essence. That means that everything you loved from the original, as far as mechanics is concerned, returns in DS2. That being said, new features are also added like teleporting and loss of health on death. Some new mechanics are debatably good and others are arguably too much. As far as PvP is concerned, it's still the same laggy mess that it was in DS, but that didn't effect my grade of the game because it's not something I've ever cared for.
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  27. Mar 9, 2016
    8
    i would buy this game if you love a challenge and you love a good fun adventure i wouldn't say the graphics are great but they aren't terrible. If you buy this game yo will definitely get your moneys worth great game
  28. Mar 10, 2017
    10
    I Fukkin luv this game!!! Sure the first one is better but this remaster is awesome! It doesn't make the game look all that much better but it runs like silk it is so damn smooth! Bloodborne and dark Souls 3 wich I also love is not dat smooth.
  29. Mar 18, 2017
    9
    This has to be one of my favorite games of all time. It was my first time playing the Dark Souls series as I hadn't tried the first game.

    I am not a fan of how the weapons wear down over time, but it is manageable.
  30. XV_
    Apr 24, 2018
    8
    A great game, doesn't have the heart and the soul of the first one but is not by any means a bad game. Although I think this one is kind of unfair with the lesser enemies (attack animation resets almost instantly) and also you need to grind a lot or at least more than the original.

    The included DLC has the the most difficult battles, that said, they seemed they were designed to be
    A great game, doesn't have the heart and the soul of the first one but is not by any means a bad game. Although I think this one is kind of unfair with the lesser enemies (attack animation resets almost instantly) and also you need to grind a lot or at least more than the original.

    The included DLC has the the most difficult battles, that said, they seemed they were designed to be completed by a party, otherwise it will take a long long time (I was at lvl 170+ and my damage was a joke compared to theirs), its important if you want to solo this game.
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  31. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    This is the best part of Dark Souls for me. Game is so huge with all dlc. Have never being bored even 1 second.
    Strongly recommend to people who like chalanges !
  32. Apr 7, 2015
    9
    Easily one of the best remastered games for PS4/XboxObe. After going through BloodBorne for 45 hours playing Dark Souls II for the second time is just full of joy. I have to say it feels fresh, the textures and lightings are much better than PS3, enemy placement and some items placement have been changed, there are tweaks and improvements around every corner and all together they have madeEasily one of the best remastered games for PS4/XboxObe. After going through BloodBorne for 45 hours playing Dark Souls II for the second time is just full of joy. I have to say it feels fresh, the textures and lightings are much better than PS3, enemy placement and some items placement have been changed, there are tweaks and improvements around every corner and all together they have made Dark Souls II experience a fresh one. Aside of the brutal and fast nature of BB I have always liked the tactical battles in DS2 and its depth in RPG, there are tones of weapons and items to collects, tones of armors, magics and so on.
    Most importantly DS2 features Lost Crowns DLC, adding a good amount of gameplay ( around 15-20 hours max ) and as well as up2 6 player coop is another good addition to this package.
    With over 60 hours of gameplay, 40 boss to kill, additional story scope, new enemy placements, lots of other improvements i should say this is a must if you even played DS2 before.
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  33. Apr 7, 2015
    9
    Love this game. Can't quite understand why people can't seem to tell if they're in the PC forum of the PS4 forum as it makes perfect sense complaining about the PC version and it's history rather than mentioning the PS4 version.
  34. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    The best game from 2014 is even better now. There are still some locations that are not designed that well but the really beautiful places like heides tower of flame or majula make up for those few let downs. The gameplay is even more amazing in full hd with 60 fps and I like that they changed the enemy placement and added some challenge. Great atmosphere, rewarding gameplay and tons ofThe best game from 2014 is even better now. There are still some locations that are not designed that well but the really beautiful places like heides tower of flame or majula make up for those few let downs. The gameplay is even more amazing in full hd with 60 fps and I like that they changed the enemy placement and added some challenge. Great atmosphere, rewarding gameplay and tons of things to do. This is not a game for everyone, but everyone should try it out and give it a chance. Some will burn in anguish, some will praise the sun! Expand
  35. Apr 9, 2015
    9
    Theres something for new and old players, definitely enough content to enjoy replaying this game through a few times again. I definitely recommend it.
  36. May 28, 2015
    10
    Harder, better and stronger.
    This game is masterpiece and the remaster is the best Fromsoftware has to offer.
    Many hours of gameplay, online and offline, harder fights and a bigger and more complex game than the glorious Bloodborne.
  37. May 21, 2015
    10
    Dark Souls 2 is challenging, fun, and addictive. Boss fights are already a thrill as it is, but with the challenge that comes with DS2 bosses I'm always put at the edge of my seat! I have already played 50+ hours of this game and I'm not even close to being done with it yet. The combat is slow at first but as you advance, get better weapons and upgrades and level up, it begins to speed up.Dark Souls 2 is challenging, fun, and addictive. Boss fights are already a thrill as it is, but with the challenge that comes with DS2 bosses I'm always put at the edge of my seat! I have already played 50+ hours of this game and I'm not even close to being done with it yet. The combat is slow at first but as you advance, get better weapons and upgrades and level up, it begins to speed up. Would recommend this game to any one who loves a little bit of a challenge. PvP is fun, Having friends or randoms come and help you with boss fights is really fun as well. Great game 10/10. Expand
  38. Jan 13, 2016
    10
    I just write to compensate for the f*ckheads that punctuate with 0s games that haven't even played. Regarding the game, I've just played for 20 hours but I'm already in love. Awesome exploration, great designs and fun combat. It's also true that characters are shallow and the cutscenes awkward but it's really a great RPG. Truly unique and gorgeous! :)
  39. Apr 18, 2016
    8
    Dark souls 2 took me a long time of thinking to decide if I should buy it or not. As a huge fan of DS1 and after that, an avid Bloodborne player, I chose to give a chance to From Software and get this game. I've never felt so mixed about a game. I had to play it for over 10 hours to start liking it, so, I almost hated it before I could really enjoy. The combat mechanics are clumsy and theDark souls 2 took me a long time of thinking to decide if I should buy it or not. As a huge fan of DS1 and after that, an avid Bloodborne player, I chose to give a chance to From Software and get this game. I've never felt so mixed about a game. I had to play it for over 10 hours to start liking it, so, I almost hated it before I could really enjoy. The combat mechanics are clumsy and the detection is the worst part of it. Sometimes you just wanna throw the game away, but then, the reward... God this game feels so good when you you are able to forgive about the poor developed mechanics. The history is immersive, as every game of the series. You get addicted to the early hated mechanics and you start to enjoy the game. I regret nothing. Expand
  40. Aug 26, 2015
    9
    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 owners will receive a patch to implement these elements): Additional NPCs added for an enhanced storyDark 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
  41. Jan 2, 2016
    10
    Why people saying this game is bad or not Bloodborne , ofc its not same game different play style, first off all this game is for people who like challenge and specific type of gameplay , for years i was avoiding dark souls series , but after i try Dark souls 1 , i just LOVE IT :) Dark souls 2 its amazing especial Scholar of the first sin , more enemys , more challenging and DLC all inWhy people saying this game is bad or not Bloodborne , ofc its not same game different play style, first off all this game is for people who like challenge and specific type of gameplay , for years i was avoiding dark souls series , but after i try Dark souls 1 , i just LOVE IT :) Dark souls 2 its amazing especial Scholar of the first sin , more enemys , more challenging and DLC all in one box :) Try and then LOVE it or LEAVE it :)
    if people say this game is not fair then remember one thing "its DARK SOULS" whole beauty of this game coz its not fair :D
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  42. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    Played Bloodborne, beat it several times, Thought i'd try DS2 before i moved on to Darksouls 3, I Havnt beat it yet but so far, I am not disappointed to say the least, 30+ hours into it so far. Amazing game overall, can't wait for DS3! :D
  43. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    If you were dissapointed in Bloodborne, hopefully this will help you put your faith back into From Software. This game isn't Mayazaki but perhaps that's a good thing since he hasn't done anything that great since Dark Souls. This is easily the most assessable of all From Software's titles and a good start. It has all of the armor sets and weapons from the first game plus a slew of newIf you were dissapointed in Bloodborne, hopefully this will help you put your faith back into From Software. This game isn't Mayazaki but perhaps that's a good thing since he hasn't done anything that great since Dark Souls. This is easily the most assessable of all From Software's titles and a good start. It has all of the armor sets and weapons from the first game plus a slew of new ones, beautiful designs and bosses. Overall this is basically a love letter to Dark Souls fans that's above average and could be arguably the most fun of all souls games. Expand
  44. Jul 16, 2015
    9
    This game was quite the experience. Bloodborne was my entry into the From Software games and I immediately loved it. SotFS is a similar game in terms of genre and overall mechanics, but it's slower in terms of combat and progression and it's much more customizable in terms of inventory and loadouts. Like Bloodborne, I platinumed this game too. There's just something so addictive about theThis game was quite the experience. Bloodborne was my entry into the From Software games and I immediately loved it. SotFS is a similar game in terms of genre and overall mechanics, but it's slower in terms of combat and progression and it's much more customizable in terms of inventory and loadouts. Like Bloodborne, I platinumed this game too. There's just something so addictive about the combat and gameplay of these games. So frustrating and so satisfying. I learned a lot about how to be a better gamer in general and overall enjoyed the adventure. I hope for a Demon Souls or DS1 port to PS4 someday and I'm really looking forward to DS3. These FromSoft games are really a genre unto themselves. They play so smoothly. The adventures are terrifying, beautiful, and challenging. It's going to be weird not playing them for a good while, as everything else just pales in comparison. Playing the dungeons in Zelda A Link to the Past or Secret of Mana as a kid - these Souls games are what we imagined the future of gaming to be like. They really are a fine evolution. Expand
  45. Jul 24, 2015
    10
    I spent around 400 hours with Dark Souls 2 PvP on the PS3.
    I bought this for the better frame rate and sharper graphics and 1080p HD, just to recreate my favourite character and continue doing PvP.
    I was surprised by a lot of changes. New areas for example and some rearranged or expanded ones. Some new loot. Enemies are exchanged for new ones and some tougher ones can be found
    I spent around 400 hours with Dark Souls 2 PvP on the PS3.
    I bought this for the better frame rate and sharper graphics and 1080p HD, just to recreate my favourite character and continue doing PvP.

    I was surprised by a lot of changes.
    New areas for example and some rearranged or expanded ones.
    Some new loot.
    Enemies are exchanged for new ones and some tougher ones can be found earlier.

    But the best thing with this version is that the time it takes to load between places is drastically faster.
    It used to take 30 seconds to enter a PvP fight on the PS3 for example, now I can count to 8.
    It's the same with travelling between bonfires.

    PvP is as fun as ever and fight clubs is even more awesome now when you can be like 7-8 people at the same time. Less waiting time.

    The only things I can complain about so far is that they put like 20 dragon bros that attack you at the same time in the Dragon Shrine. It's possible to just run through but if you don't want to run it's quite hard.
    Secondly, they have removed a third of the enemies that have a rare drop of my favourite weapon. So I haven't been able to get it yet. Oh well. :)
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  46. Nov 13, 2015
    9
    It ain't Dark souls 1 but dang is it good.........................................................................................................................
  47. Mar 14, 2017
    8
    Good game but worst souls. Few things was nice like hex magic or visualization of breaking equipments. Others no, design was mostly boring, only few selected areas like Shrine of Amana has atmosphere, Too westernish in my opinion.
  48. Jan 15, 2016
    10
    I was late to the party, so I only have this on PS4. That needs to be said, because the poor reviews mostly came from people that had it on the previous gen, and then ignorantly got it on the new gen too expecting a vastly different product. Myself, having experienced the PS4 version for what it is and not having that saltiness can honestly say this game is fantastic. Played Demon and DarkI was late to the party, so I only have this on PS4. That needs to be said, because the poor reviews mostly came from people that had it on the previous gen, and then ignorantly got it on the new gen too expecting a vastly different product. Myself, having experienced the PS4 version for what it is and not having that saltiness can honestly say this game is fantastic. Played Demon and Dark Souls, and can say without a doubt that the series is doing good at improving in each instalment. The graphics comments do confuse me, and lead me to believe that those people probably do not have a 1080p display. The jump in fps from the other instalments is good stuff too, especially in pvp. Expand
  49. Jan 29, 2016
    10
    Um dos melhores jogos ja feitos até hoje, sem dúvida nenhuma. Estou no NG+ e apesar de toda dificuldade como todos dark souls voce não tem vontade de parar de jogar. Um jogo completo, onde vai encontrar ação, aventura, estratégia, terror e aquela dificuldade que faz voce voltar e querer jogar tudo de novo aprendendo com cada morte! Sensacional, que venha logo o Dark souls 3!
  50. Feb 5, 2016
    10
    Incredible breathtaking game you’ll become addicted to. I can’t express how much I loved it. You have to see it to believe. It’s a shame they are not restoring the first Dark Souls for PS4, hopefully someday. I’d love to play it. Souls games are now among my top favorites. This game is huge, and I mean really huge, with plenty of places to explore, plenty of bosses to fight andIncredible breathtaking game you’ll become addicted to. I can’t express how much I loved it. You have to see it to believe. It’s a shame they are not restoring the first Dark Souls for PS4, hopefully someday. I’d love to play it. Souls games are now among my top favorites. This game is huge, and I mean really huge, with plenty of places to explore, plenty of bosses to fight and breathtaking design you will just want to stop and admire.
    Very challenging and will certainly affect your expectations from games you are to further play.
    The phenomenal Bloodborne was my first experience in souls’ games, and after finishing its’ Old Hunters DLC I realized I must get Dark Souls 2. Even with minor graphics flaws which could be improved, this game is still a masterpiece and one of the best games ever created.
    Good luck with your journey!
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  51. Sep 15, 2015
    8
    I have not played Dark souls 1, and played dark souls 2 on PS4 after reading reviews on other games that everybody compare RPG games with souls series, and decided to buy the game.

    At the beginning I was so disappointed with the graphs on PS4 as it looks so bad the environment quality etc. Although the game play is solid, difficult, makes you addicted and too many different places,
    I have not played Dark souls 1, and played dark souls 2 on PS4 after reading reviews on other games that everybody compare RPG games with souls series, and decided to buy the game.

    At the beginning I was so disappointed with the graphs on PS4 as it looks so bad the environment quality etc. Although the game play is solid, difficult, makes you addicted and too many different places, monsters,bosses. I definitely recommend if you like games like bloodborne, or lords of fallen and if you have not experienced this game yet. I think dark souls 3 with new generation graphichs will be the best game ever. I score 10/8
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  52. Apr 27, 2015
    10
    I love Dark Souls/Demon Souls/Bloodborne so I loved this.
    Rearrange Dark Souls 2:s enemies. Block/change some paths. Add some npc:s and enemies. Add All 3 DLC expansions woven in to the main game and you get "Scholar of the first sin".
    All together a new expirience for a Dark souls veteran.

    Praise the sun bros and damsels!
  53. May 25, 2015
    9
    It's good. Don't buy this game thinking that it will be like Bloodborne, because it won't be and it isn't. In reflection, it's imperfect, but is still worth it.
  54. Jul 18, 2015
    10
    So coming straight from Bloodborne (as many of the reviewers are) I personally think that Scholar of the First Sin is a step up from the former. While bloodborne had beautiful architecture and a wonderful gothic feel to it, there were so many aspects I was let down by. For example, even though I played it only two months after release, summoning took forever and so did trying to invade.So coming straight from Bloodborne (as many of the reviewers are) I personally think that Scholar of the First Sin is a step up from the former. While bloodborne had beautiful architecture and a wonderful gothic feel to it, there were so many aspects I was let down by. For example, even though I played it only two months after release, summoning took forever and so did trying to invade. DkS2 on the other hand, is the exact opposite. You can literally be summoned for jolly cooperation (which is fantastic) literally moments after placing your summon sign down, and filling up your party size is very quick, allowing for unbroken gameplay and smooth transitions.

    As a returning fan of the original dark souls, I was at first a little let down by the graphics (as I expected an astonishing improvementl, as it seems like a lot of people are complaining about. However, about an hour after playing the game I realized that they did it on purpose, that it is a fantasy game after all and looks like one. Other improvements made are the differences. Being a fairly experienced FromSoftware player (as I have played through dks1 4 different times), it was pretty rarely that I died. However, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin takes your trained mind and flips it on you. Things that you rely on totally vanish or are made unviable. You go in not quite as fresh as a new player, but almost worst, with bad habits. Like joining a street gang after years of working for the police.

    For example, you only have 1 estus flask to begin with and it heals your hp over time, not instantly. The lifegems, while non regenerating, seem to be placed in perfect moderation to keep me wary to overusing them, yet just enough that I can keep playing the game smoothly (unlike Bloodborne, where you pretty much had to go back to Yharnam just to stock up on bloodvials every fourty five minutes, which really breaks your flow). I have yet to obtain a 100% block shield, as I am only about four hours in (and have made considerable progress), which prevents be from just blocking every little attack, and forces me to use a mixture of blocking and rolling.Backstabs and ripostes aren't instant (especially noticable when pvp'ing) And finally (I'm sure I've missed some) the lack of invincibility frames forced me to revaluate my entire strategy. I used to parry, instant riposte, then roll out of there, or wait for the heavy swing to backwards roll through the attack for an instant backstab. Well, my days of quick rolling through mobs are over, as now I have to think of a completely different strategy or my health will quickly dwindle and falter.

    Lastly, a lot of people are banging on it because they are used to Bloodborne and its system or the enemy placement is too unfair and hard and oooh i can't even run through an area because the enemies are too fast and the graphics look unrefined. Well I say grow a pair. FromSoftware is a company dedicated to making games that are different and unique. They are not satisfied with simply reusing old formulas *cough EA & Ubisoft and try different things. I for one loved the graphics, they were like nothing I'd seen in an AAA game in a long time, and they looked fantastic and fit the mood of a fantasy game like a glove. The lack of direction and having figuring out stuff by yourself is just another step away from the handholding that games nowadays are so fond of, and it makes it an incredibly unique and enjoyable game. Stopping being wussies about it and grow up.

    10/10, only by the game if your into a challenge that will test your skills and improve your outlook as a gamer.

    Praise the Sun! ^_^
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  55. Mar 21, 2017
    9
    Крутая игра, провел в ней не одну сотню часов. Много боссов, правда самые крутые только в DLC.
    Хорошая и крепкая атмосфера, неплохой ЛОР. Рекомендую!
  56. Jul 24, 2016
    9
    I originally rated this game a 3 because it was broken and after playing BB it felt like a step back. They have since fixed the 'weapon brake' issue/bug and I decided to buy it again in a PSN sale. And finally I have got to enjoy the game it was supposed to be played and it is fantastic. Not my favorite in the Souls/BB series but still highly enjoyable, addictive and challenging.

    I'm
    I originally rated this game a 3 because it was broken and after playing BB it felt like a step back. They have since fixed the 'weapon brake' issue/bug and I decided to buy it again in a PSN sale. And finally I have got to enjoy the game it was supposed to be played and it is fantastic. Not my favorite in the Souls/BB series but still highly enjoyable, addictive and challenging.

    I'm really glad they patched the game and I can now enjoy it properly. I'm having a lot of fun with the game. Some great locations, beasts and bosses. Another success in the DS series.
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  57. May 7, 2015
    10
    Amazing game. One of my absolute favorites. A game that doesn't hold your hand, doesn't baby you throughout the experience, and expects you to die, while taunting you with the deaths of thousands around you. It's a game you'll either love or hate, but worth a try. Rent or borrow before you commit.

    UPGRADE? I did. The graphics are a great improvement, the fact you can summon more
    Amazing game. One of my absolute favorites. A game that doesn't hold your hand, doesn't baby you throughout the experience, and expects you to die, while taunting you with the deaths of thousands around you. It's a game you'll either love or hate, but worth a try. Rent or borrow before you commit.

    UPGRADE? I did. The graphics are a great improvement, the fact you can summon more phantoms than before is awesome, and finally, the developers have changed a lot of the enemy placement so that the game feels a lot fresher. I've definitely died a few times in places where I was thinking "it's safe here, there aren't any enemies".

    GAMEPLAY: It's brutal. There's no good way to describe it if you're new to the series, because there are very few games like this in today's market. Fights even with basic enemies are unforgiving and you WILL die in this game. Lots of times. This is not a blind hack-and-slash; it relies a lot on gauging enemies and adapting your tactics.

    It feels a bit less chunky than the original, and it's a lot calmer and safer than Bloodborne. The only problem is that it suffers the weapon durability issue that the PC version did; weapon durability is tied into framerate, and since this new version now runs at 60fps compared to the old console's 30fps, your weapons break twice as fast. Still hasn't been fixed.

    STORY: What story? In all seriousness, the story is rather vague, its connection to its predecessor is vague, and the circumstances of your being here is vague. Just like the vagueness of the previous game.

    ONLINE: Unlike the previous game, you are not safe while Hollow. You can be invaded by other players at any time, especially in a few specific areas where you'll be tempted to unplug for a few minutes. Beyond that, I honestly recommend staying online at all times, and feel free to call in friendly phantoms to help you out when you see them. Playing alone is boring.
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  58. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    I could go on and on about this game. I got it AFTER my first From Software experience playing Bloodborne and this game is even more impressive in scope and substance. The graphics are not as fantastic as Bloodborne as it is a port, however they are still gorgeous and the framerate makes things all the more impressive. Also, the multiplayer system in this game is MUCH better than inI could go on and on about this game. I got it AFTER my first From Software experience playing Bloodborne and this game is even more impressive in scope and substance. The graphics are not as fantastic as Bloodborne as it is a port, however they are still gorgeous and the framerate makes things all the more impressive. Also, the multiplayer system in this game is MUCH better than in Bloodborne (although still not perfect). I won't go into detail, but bottom line is that if you are looking for a challenging and fun experience that is filled to the brim with content, then this is the game for you!!! Expand
  59. Sep 7, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  60. Dec 14, 2018
    8
    Continuing on the Dark Souls bender, I had to try the second instalment. I never played the original version so I can only comment on this version.

    In many ways DS2 is both better and worse than the Original. Visually most of the areas are so much more detailed. But on the other hand they are also allot more contained and almost claustrophobic at times. The action is allot of fun
    Continuing on the Dark Souls bender, I had to try the second instalment. I never played the original version so I can only comment on this version.

    In many ways DS2 is both better and worse than the Original.

    Visually most of the areas are so much more detailed. But on the other hand they are also allot more contained and almost claustrophobic at times.

    The action is allot of fun and the combat mechanics were greatly improved upon making combat feel allot more fluid this time around. However, allot of areas are just saturated with hoards, which just artificially spikes the difficulty levels. Whereas DS1 had much better enemy placements making the areas tough. but fair. DS2 can be a bit unforgiving in places with steep difficulty spikes coming out of nowhere. However, even with the erratic difficulty curves, it still is quite fun and challenging.

    Overall:
    Dark Souls 2 was allot of fun, but I can see why it is often regarded as the weakest of the series. But even as the weakest link, it's still a very good worth game worth having a go.
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  61. Jun 26, 2016
    8
    Remasters are the thing this generation, and Dark Souls is yet another franchise looking to bank off that cash cow before the market dries up. However, unlike other remasters, Scholar of the First Sin more than justifies its existent by being more than just a graphical upgrade, going so far as to include the three DLC expansions released, as well as redesigning the enemy placements toRemasters are the thing this generation, and Dark Souls is yet another franchise looking to bank off that cash cow before the market dries up. However, unlike other remasters, Scholar of the First Sin more than justifies its existent by being more than just a graphical upgrade, going so far as to include the three DLC expansions released, as well as redesigning the enemy placements to deliver a much more challenging experience than the original Dark Souls II, probably in order to shut up the critics saying Dark Souls II was easier. In essence, it's accomplishes this feat, but not in all of the right places.

    In terms of gameplay, the combat and exploration is absolutely no different from any other Dark Souls game. Challenging, slow combat with great distances between checkpoints and enemies that respawn upon death. Very par for the course. If you enjoyed the other Dark Souls games, there’s no reason you won’t like this one.

    However, Dark Souls II had its own variations from the first Dark Souls, and they’re still present in Scholar of the First Sin. Enemies eventually do go away after killing them enough times. Fast travel is now an essential mechanic because the world is no longer this intertwining web, but is instead a lot of linear levels going in different directions.

    The main thing Scholar of the First Sin claimed was to be a more challenging experience than Dark Souls II, and in this chase, it does accomplish just that. However, I can’t help but disagree with the way From Software went about this change. In some cases, the enemy layout has been changed and harder enemies have been put in places they weren’t before. However, there are also cases where the difficulty is artificially lengthened simply because the game simply throws more enemies at you, rather than increasing the difficulty smartly. The game is harder because of the increased enemy count, but I can’t help but feel it could’ve been done a little more creatively.

    As for the DLCs, I have nothing but praise for the Ivory King DLC. Awesome level design, fantastic bosses from beginning to end, an awesome conclusion and ending level, the Ivory King DLC does nothing but deliver. The same cannot be said for the other two.

    The Iron King is still a very enjoyable experience, but it also has some very frustrating level designs, mainly pertaining of lining up enemies on unreachable levels who fire pot shots at you the whole time you fight enemies below. While the two ending bosses Sir Alone and the Fume Knight are highlights, the Smelter Demon is little more than just a rehash of a boss previously used in Dark Souls II with higher defense and attack.

    It’s the Sunken King DLC that really falls flat. Uncreative bosses, tedious level designs, drab environments, frustrating enemies, and only one real boss as a highlight make the Sunken King DLC more of a chore to get through. I probably could’ve done without this one being thrown in to the package.

    Overall, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is upgrade the graphical fidelity, include the DLC, and deliver a more challenging experience. While the game is harder, it’s not always because of smart ideas or even fairness, since cheap ranged enemies are a constant threat throughout the entire game. All too often, ranged shots from enemies I didn’t even know were in the area caused my death. Plus, while Ivory King and Iron King are fun additions, the Sunken King only brings the package down.

    It’s great for fans who love Dark Souls. If you haven’t played Dark Souls II, but liked Dark Souls, you should definitely play this game. For those who’ve played Dark Souls II but haven’t purchased the DLC, this remaster is enough of an excuse to replay it. If you’ve never been a Dark Souls fan, this game won’t change your mind, but it’s still a great package as far as remasters go.
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  62. Feb 23, 2018
    10
    Was hoping this elusive little game would show up at our local store. And despite the odds, a copy showed up. Couldn't get past one third of Dark Souls 1 or 2 or Bloodborne
    Just stopped playing because theres never a moment when youre on top of the game. It's a constant struggle and theres nothing driving you to continue. Unil i played Dark Souls 3 and my ten year old nephew put
    Was hoping this elusive little game would show up at our local store. And despite the odds, a copy showed up. Couldn't get past one third of Dark Souls 1 or 2 or Bloodborne
    Just stopped playing because theres never a moment when youre on top of the game. It's a constant struggle and theres nothing driving you to continue. Unil i played Dark Souls 3 and my ten year old nephew put thousands of my first batch of souls into health whilst i implored him not to. I never had to level up my health again. And i managed to beat the game. I was taught how to play by a ten year old. With my newfound confidence i picked this up and am absolutely in love. I hadn't realised you could use boss souls to pick up boss weapons when i initially tried playing the ps3 version. But you can, just like in Dark Souls 3! And given this game has more bosses than all the other games, thats a lot of exotic weaponry. The graphics and lighting have improved with the jump from DX9 to DX11. But it's inconsistent. The lighting and shading on metallic armor in Majula for instance looks fantastic but elsewhere may not look so great. The 60fps feels fluid and the sense of wonderment is as strong as ever. I strongly recommend obeying the brightness setting rule because torches/sconces play a role. And yes, all the DLC is on the disc. No unlock codes.. Enjoy Top tip: Level up your health first!
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  63. Dec 27, 2017
    10
    The first Dark Souls game was possibly my favourite game from the previous gen, and this one improves on it, mainly in terms of graphics and fluidity. A must play
  64. Mar 22, 2016
    8
    great game. dark souls 2 makes a bunch of changes to the souls series, but still stays true to what makes the original great. gameplay is still challenging and rewarding and you will die ALOT. there are some things that were improved, but overall I feel that this was not quite as memorable as the original. the ability to warp to other bonfires is great, but not being able to level up atgreat game. dark souls 2 makes a bunch of changes to the souls series, but still stays true to what makes the original great. gameplay is still challenging and rewarding and you will die ALOT. there are some things that were improved, but overall I feel that this was not quite as memorable as the original. the ability to warp to other bonfires is great, but not being able to level up at any bonfire is kind of annoying, but I wouldn't say it effects the game that much, what does effect the game though, is how the world doesn't really intertwine with itself and doesn't feel cohesive like the first game. the world it a bunch of branching paths that just end instead of weaving into each other like the first and that was a bit disappointing. another thing that was disappointing was the bosses. dark souls 2 went with a quantity over quality approach this time with the bosses and is probably the biggest flaw about this game. You get the feeling that the developers really ran out of ideas when it came to the boss designs and fights in this one, many of the fights are simple mob fights, knights in armor, and actual 100% rehashes from the first game, with that being said there are some stand out bosses that were awesome, but with about 30 bosses in the game, half felt too easy and uninspired. other wise the rest of the game is great, the added death penalty of maximum health depletion feels a bit to harsh at first, but you simply get used to it. this game definitely is a worthy sequel but is not quite as good. Expand
  65. Aug 11, 2017
    9
    Dark Souls 2 SOTFS is still an awesome game despite the fact that it was released long time ago. With SOTFS version, the game looks so good in PS4. It has high resolution and yet run 60 FPS. I would say graphic alone is better than Dark Souls 3 or Bloodborne, which only run 30 FPS, though the DS2 art style may a bit dull but that is ok. Combining all 3 dlcs together, Dark Souls 2 has anDark Souls 2 SOTFS is still an awesome game despite the fact that it was released long time ago. With SOTFS version, the game looks so good in PS4. It has high resolution and yet run 60 FPS. I would say graphic alone is better than Dark Souls 3 or Bloodborne, which only run 30 FPS, though the DS2 art style may a bit dull but that is ok. Combining all 3 dlcs together, Dark Souls 2 has an very long length to play. Map designs are the most DIVERSE in all soul series. The boss's difficulty may be lower than those new games but in DLC, they are still merciless. Enemies along the way are not as easy as their bosses. With the decreasing in max hp every time after death, Dark Souls 2 is surely not easy game at all. This game also has various weapons and enemies. (the best in Soul game). I had played Dark Souls 2 vanilla a lot on PC, yet I bought PS4 version and still felt satisfied with PVE.

    The main problem, however, is the multiplayer. At this moment, it will be hard to find someone to PVP or COOP with because most of people moved to DarkSouls 3 already. On top of that, it use Soul memory to match players, and that is the most negative thing in Dark Souls 2 (for pvpers). Although, the fighting mechanic is great, PVP in Dark Souls 2 is not good at this state. For Coop, there are many NPC that you can summon if you could not pass some boss so no worry about that

    In sum, right now Dark Souls 2 SOTFS has a great satisfiying PVE, I would say greater than Dark Souls 3. , and with the very low price right now I suggest everyone who like this kind of games to buy without hesitation. The game is brutal of course, so if you are casual, just don't. For those, PVP bloodlust, don't expect PVP in Dark Souls 2 since It has very few players nowadays.
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  66. Feb 27, 2017
    9
    I took my time to drink it in. The SoFS updates are a huge improvement over the original version. The narrative is as ambiguous as ever but like the first one, if you take the time you'll find it. Enemy design is suitably FROM with some seriously grotesque creatures. Bosses are not as good as DS, there just hasn't been as much thought put into them this time round.
    DS2 is a lot more
    I took my time to drink it in. The SoFS updates are a huge improvement over the original version. The narrative is as ambiguous as ever but like the first one, if you take the time you'll find it. Enemy design is suitably FROM with some seriously grotesque creatures. Bosses are not as good as DS, there just hasn't been as much thought put into them this time round.
    DS2 is a lot more "accessible". The ability to teleport from the outset makes progression significantly easier, but at the same time DS2 seems a lot bigger and the world is more complex. The environments are breathtaking, well the ones they've put the effort into. Its the gothic architecture that really blows me away.
    NPC and player summons are a huge help and I really enjoy this aspect of the game, especially when you're stuck on a tricky boss.
    I grinded my way through all 3 Crown DLCs, they didn't really add anything to the over all experience. There were some very, very cool ideas, especially in Crown of Sunken King. The bosses are utter monstrosities, each Crown has one who ups the stakes and difficulty each time.
    DS2 is not quite as good as DS1, only because its a sequel. It'll be a long time before I tackle DS3, the sense of relief I feel when conquering a Souls game is strange, its almost a bad thing, but overall I enjoyed it, each hurdle I overcame, I enjoyed it.
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  67. Oct 22, 2019
    8
    This is a premium gaming experience to be sure. Expect hundreds of hours of varied content. It's not perfect, and suffers in some aspects compared to the original entry such as lack of shortcuts between areas but offers such a diverse, sprawling and well rounded experience and is good in its own right, so it would be a shame to count it out on that. Dark Souls II is like a mega saga of aThis is a premium gaming experience to be sure. Expect hundreds of hours of varied content. It's not perfect, and suffers in some aspects compared to the original entry such as lack of shortcuts between areas but offers such a diverse, sprawling and well rounded experience and is good in its own right, so it would be a shame to count it out on that. Dark Souls II is like a mega saga of a back to back fantasy epic and is one of the best if not the best in the series. Expand
  68. Feb 29, 2016
    8
    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is a remastered improved version of DS2 for PS4 and Xbox One. The graphics have been given a fresh coat of paint, looking amazing. The gameplay is just as unforgiving as before, and this re-release adds all the DLC from DS2 and gives it to us here. Buy this game if you loved Bloodborne, or are looking for a challenging game.
  69. Sep 9, 2015
    8
    I never played a previous release of this game (i.e. PS3 version), but if I had played this a year ago, I would probably give it a 9 or 10. Unfortunately, given the timing of my playthrough, I don't have much of a choice but to compare this game to Bloodborne. Maybe that's not entirely fair given that DS2 was designed for last-gen consoles, but even if I handicap DS2 to account for that,I never played a previous release of this game (i.e. PS3 version), but if I had played this a year ago, I would probably give it a 9 or 10. Unfortunately, given the timing of my playthrough, I don't have much of a choice but to compare this game to Bloodborne. Maybe that's not entirely fair given that DS2 was designed for last-gen consoles, but even if I handicap DS2 to account for that, it still doesn't come close to the experience Bloodborne provides.

    Let me be clear from the start though: I do love this game. I was extremely addicted to it and can't wait to see what DS3 has in store. However, I think the slower gameplay and wealth ranged attacks made DS2 significantly easier than Bloodborne, and I felt a much smaller sense of accomplishment beating it. I will also say the different areas and bosses didn't seem very connected to one another. I know From Software's games tend to have intentionally ambiguous story lines, but DS2 areas and objectives just felt very random.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this game. For the price, you get a ton of hours' worth of content, and like I said, had I played this a year ago my rating would probably be much higher. But to me, Bloodborne is a perfect 10, and I just can't put DS2 in the same league.
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  70. Sep 10, 2015
    9
    Excellent remaster. For people like me, who never got into DS before, it's the chance to get the game and the additional content in the same package. The 60 fps certainly helps the dynamic. For people who already played this on the previous generation, it may not be worth the price.
    The location of some enemies and items were changed purposefully, to appeal to old players, but I think
    Excellent remaster. For people like me, who never got into DS before, it's the chance to get the game and the additional content in the same package. The 60 fps certainly helps the dynamic. For people who already played this on the previous generation, it may not be worth the price.
    The location of some enemies and items were changed purposefully, to appeal to old players, but I think this is not enough for a new purchase.
    If you never got this for 360 or PS3, it is a must-have, however.
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  71. Nov 7, 2015
    9
    A good game . It's hard but fair. Great gameplay. Good progression and a lot of content. Improved graphics, all the dlc with amazing bosses and good area. Try it and you will be not sad of your purchase .
  72. Oct 6, 2015
    10
    I love dis game famz ther is a clear reson for it to beh called Dank Souls too ssuch quality game i would 100/10 recommend dis amazin gmea you ahould don8 and r8 8/8 m8 dont h8 appreci8
  73. Dec 14, 2015
    10
    This game is great! It's a real challenge.
    If you played the first Dark Souls (I never played Demon Souls) then you'll absolutely love this. The DLCs are quite a bit tougher though. Alone the Fume Knight butchered me about 50 times.
    The games is just plain fun.

    BUT BE WARNED: IT IS TOUGH AS NAILS!

    I can really recommend this. Just prepare to die. :D
  74. Mar 1, 2016
    8
    If you were to look at this as a conan the barbarian game with ds1 elements then itd be a 10 but because its a sequel to a masterpiece it suffers due to the standard it has set. Having said this the DLC content is 10/10 masterpiece status
  75. Jan 27, 2016
    9
    TLDR Pros and Cons to follow.
    This game is fantastic in every way. It's not better Dark Souls (1) but I will do my best to keep that aside. Dark Souls 2: SotFS is a challenging game where you level up a character from nothing to achieve greatness. It's incredible to think about the journey that your level 82 Swordsman has been on since he/she first set foot in Majula. The story is
    TLDR Pros and Cons to follow.
    This game is fantastic in every way. It's not better Dark Souls (1) but I will do my best to keep that aside. Dark Souls 2: SotFS is a challenging game where you level up a character from nothing to achieve greatness. It's incredible to think about the journey that your level 82 Swordsman has been on since he/she first set foot in Majula. The story is excellent and I once again applaud FromSoft for intelligently hiding it in environmental clues, item descriptions, and short lines of dialogue. The combat is tough but always fair, and the boss battles are exhilarating. In my opinion, the sense of accomplishment you feel after taking down a tough boss and tagging the next bonfire is unmatched. With a few exceptions, the bosses are imaginative and varied, and each fog gate makes your stomach drop. Speaking of fog gates and fear, PvP is back and better than ever. While there are still some obvious balance issues, there is infinitely more PvP build variety than in previous FromSoft games, however lag is still present and is a major hindrance to the appeal of PvP. On the other side of things you have co-op. In SotFS it seems slightly easier to find people to play with, but I cannot recommend doing so. Dark Souls: SotFS is meant to be played solo. For you first play-through do yourself a huge favor and unplug your internet connection, don't look up anything, and just explore. Do the same for Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Thank me later.

    Pros
    +Graphics, music, and overall atmosphere
    +Excellent story
    +Fantastic combat, progression, and build variety
    +Large selection of weapons, unique armor traits, and spells/sorceries/hexes
    +Imaginative bosses
    +PvP improvements
    +Skill point respec items

    Cons
    -blank (I can't really think of anything big that I disliked about the game)
    -Sorcery is overpowered in PvE
    -PvP lag
    -Frozen reindeer (you'll see what I mean)
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  76. Mar 24, 2016
    10
    Epic battles, longer content than predecesors, new and original game attributes. Story full of going and comings, places and hidden paths. To be a Fan a of Dark Souls is to be insanely in love with this game. One of the best games ever for all elements and difficulty and online experience.
  77. May 8, 2019
    10
    Dark Souls II for PS4 is a fun and addicting action RPG. The graphics are solid and the game performs flawlessly technically wise at 60 FPS. The story atmosphere and level design is excellent. The music soundtrack and voice acting is also excellent. The fighting mechanics are fluid and addictive.

    The character customization options are deep. The MP co-op is fun and will allow you to
    Dark Souls II for PS4 is a fun and addicting action RPG. The graphics are solid and the game performs flawlessly technically wise at 60 FPS. The story atmosphere and level design is excellent. The music soundtrack and voice acting is also excellent. The fighting mechanics are fluid and addictive.

    The character customization options are deep. The MP co-op is fun and will allow you to progress through the game if you need help. Overall, Dark Souls II is my favorite of the series and I find the gameplay highly addictive. I definitely recommend it.
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  78. Aug 19, 2018
    10
    I always avoided starting the Dark Souls games because I heard that they were so hard and I get frustrated easily. When the remastered version of the first game came I out, I decided to give in and give it a try. The last six weeks I played through all three games, all of the DLC, every optional boss - everything. Then I started Bloodborne and was surprised how bad it was, but that isI always avoided starting the Dark Souls games because I heard that they were so hard and I get frustrated easily. When the remastered version of the first game came I out, I decided to give in and give it a try. The last six weeks I played through all three games, all of the DLC, every optional boss - everything. Then I started Bloodborne and was surprised how bad it was, but that is another story.

    So give the game a try. It's not that hard, it's just not easy. Expect spending a few hours on the Internet, looking up the backstories of some of the character, or get some things explained that are not that clear. You will get one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time.
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  79. Jan 17, 2020
    9
    Por ser o mais odiado dentre os fãs de Souls, pensei que seria um game fraco, mas estava totalmente enganado.

    É o maior Dark Souls disparado, que possui a maior quantidade de conteúdo. Trouxe diversas mecânicas novas e melhorias. Essa versão Scholar corrigiu muito *o game comparado a versão padrão. É o Dark Souls mais bem otimizado pra consoles, o único defeito grave dele é ter mantido o
    Por ser o mais odiado dentre os fãs de Souls, pensei que seria um game fraco, mas estava totalmente enganado.

    É o maior Dark Souls disparado, que possui a maior quantidade de conteúdo. Trouxe diversas mecânicas novas e melhorias. Essa versão Scholar corrigiu muito *o game comparado a versão padrão. É o Dark Souls mais bem otimizado pra consoles, o único defeito grave dele é ter mantido o sistema de Soul Memory, que acaba por limitar bastante o multiplayer.
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  80. Aug 12, 2016
    10
    Dark Souls 2 was the best of all 3 in regard to combat, dark souls 1 was the best in regard to detail and story.
    Dark Souls 3 well that belongs in the dung pile, as its a crock of ****
  81. Aug 31, 2016
    8
    A lot of Dark Souls fans absolutely hate this entry into the franchise. And, to their merit, there are some things that are disappointing when compared to the first game. The game is over bloated with bosses (32 in the vanilla game, even more with the DLC), causing a lot of bosses to feel uninspired and drab. Areas aren't as visually impressive (for the most part) and some enemy placementA lot of Dark Souls fans absolutely hate this entry into the franchise. And, to their merit, there are some things that are disappointing when compared to the first game. The game is over bloated with bosses (32 in the vanilla game, even more with the DLC), causing a lot of bosses to feel uninspired and drab. Areas aren't as visually impressive (for the most part) and some enemy placement is questionable (even in this updated version). However, when looking at the game as a whole and not comparing it to its predecessors, it is still an extremely solid experience. While for the most part areas and bosses aren't as memorable, there is still a lot of great areas and epic bosses in both the vanilla game and the DLC thats included. Combat, at least in my opinion, is the best in the main line of Dark Souls games. Theres an amazing dual wielding system that opens up a world of possibilities for how you tackle enemies and bosses. The story may not be Dark Souls 1 levels of deep, epic, and tragic, but what is there is entertaining. Characters and NPCs are expertly voiced and each have their own stories and secrets. All in all, this is an extremely solid game and a proud entry in the Soulsborne franchise, no matter how much the Dark Souls oners complain. Expand
  82. Mar 8, 2017
    8
    No es mejor que el Dark souls 1, ni el bloodbourne, pero que puto juegazo, jaja:
    -Me gustaron varios Bosses
    -Buena inteligencia artificial y enemigos variados e interesantes -Música muy buena -Mejoro el online del Dark Souls 1 mil veces -Muy interesantes los mapas, lo malo es que al interconectarlos no se entiende mucho pero la verdad ni le puse cuidado a eso -Un montón de ataques
    No es mejor que el Dark souls 1, ni el bloodbourne, pero que puto juegazo, jaja:
    -Me gustaron varios Bosses
    -Buena inteligencia artificial y enemigos variados e interesantes
    -Música muy buena
    -Mejoro el online del Dark Souls 1 mil veces
    -Muy interesantes los mapas, lo malo es que al interconectarlos no se entiende mucho pero la verdad ni le puse cuidado a eso
    -Un montón de ataques variados como los que son a dos armas o las magias ya que agregaron algunas
    -Te invita a rejugarlo
    Contras: algunos mapas no tienen coherencia entre sí y falta de cuidado en algunas texturas del juego pero la verdad a quien le importa eso. La verdadera contra es que la historia no aporta nada, quedamos en las mismas, en eso parece que fuera un dark souls más y que lo único que le aporto a la saga fue un buen online y un nuevo sistema de armas.
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  83. Sep 14, 2019
    10
    for me the soulsborne games are the best in the gaming history for now. never had auch an perfekt gameplay again... all of them are masterpieces.
  84. 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 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 !
  85. 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
  86. Jan 29, 2019
    8
    Gameplay : 9 (Good combat mechanics)
    Bosses : 7 (Worst bosses of all soulsborne series)
    Gravity : 10 (Strongest enemy in the game)
  87. Jun 5, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This review contains spoilers. The game very difficult according to other souls game.One dlc very very difficult it make game worse.But dlc graphics is good.Game atmosphere is awasome.Music good.But game combat little slow.yu should level up or you cant progress.Always need help because small boss is more difficult.. Expand
  88. Aug 14, 2018
    10
    This gem gets a ten just for the sheer amount of content packed inside. A thrilling, varied world, and enough sets, spells, and weapons to keep you trying different classes and combos for months!

    And like all the others, Dark Souls 2: SOTFS finds that perfect balance of combat, exploration, and challenging gameplay to keep its fans hooked from start to finish and beyond!

    A must play!
  89. Dec 7, 2019
    8
    Scholar of the First Sin changes a lot of enemy positions and item positions to make the experience feel fresh. The combat can be very rewarding when it's good, but the excessive amount of ambushes, traps, and unavoidable status effects really makes the game feel unfair and cheap. The variety of locations and enemies will keep it addictive enough to keep coming back, but by the end, mostScholar of the First Sin changes a lot of enemy positions and item positions to make the experience feel fresh. The combat can be very rewarding when it's good, but the excessive amount of ambushes, traps, and unavoidable status effects really makes the game feel unfair and cheap. The variety of locations and enemies will keep it addictive enough to keep coming back, but by the end, most players will need a break from the frustrating death screens before they even consider heading into "New Game Plus." It's not as legendary as the other "Soulsborne" games. Expand
  90. Mar 13, 2019
    8
    It's not that great as Dark Souls 2 in my opinion. Uneccessarirly more difficult with just more enemys.
  91. Sep 4, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. *Note: I am reviewing SotFS as someone who did not play Vanilla DS2.

    In hindsight, when compared to its peers, Dark Souls 2 seems like the odd Souls game out. Where it lacks its predecessor's knack for interconnected locales and expansive environments, it has a level of depth when it comes to the mechanics of character customization that cannot be rivalled by any of its contemporaries. Even Dark Souls 3 lacks this game's power stance mechanic, allowing you to wield two weapons of your choosing and use them simultaneously. While power-stancing isn't always possible, it is probably the best implementation of dual-wielding I have ever seen in an action-RPG, hands down.

    The power-stance mechanic is the single greatest example of Dark Souls 2's greatest strength - the freedom to fight however you wish. With the right stats, you can wield two gigantic, oversized hammers simultaneously, then quickly switch over to firing off magical bolts with a staff. This offers an abundance of replay value that few other action role-playing games have offered, from my experience.

    Where this game seems to be a bit more middling in comparison to its contemporaries is in its boss fights. The common criticism I have heard is that there are too many "big armoured dudes." And while there are many knight-like bosses - the Looking Glass Knight, Ruin Sentinels and multiple fights with the Pursuer come to mind - the most offensive bosses, I find, are the ones that remind me of Dark Souls' poorly designed Bed of Chaos. For example, fighting the Executioner's Chariot requires you to pull a lever in order to end a horse-drawn carriage's destructive ride around a skeleton-infested arena. This fight, though not mandatory, was tedious and generally unrewarding in comparison to the rush of fighting the aforementioned Pursuer, a fair yet challenging adversary.

    While I believe the bosses overall seem satisfactory for the Souls series, some of the other mechanics in this game make dying all the more brutal, punishing and more frustrating simply for the sake of it. The fact that each death shrinks your health bar means that multiple deaths being even greater frustration than they usually would. Additionally, the placement of multiple enemies within a small area ensures frustration, and a difficulty that feels less 'fair' than in either Dark Souls or Dark Souls 3. It would not be unfair to suggest that the layout of this game's areas are utterly infuriating. Plodding through the Iron Keep, in particular, served as one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had while playing a video game.

    Overall, Dark Souls 2 lacks the same world-building as its predecessor or the refinement of its successor. It also feels unnecessarily challenging, especially if you choose not to raise your adaptability stat (which affects how long you are invincible for when rolling). But if you can manage to deal with its flaws, Dark Souls 2 will reward you with one of the richest action role-playing experiences (mechanically speaking) in any video game of its kind. Surely, the 2000+ hours I have put into it (possibly the most of any video game I have ever played) are clear evidence of this.
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  92. Sep 25, 2019
    10
    Best dark souls game in my opinion! Awsome and endless contents and unforgetable hard dlcs
  93. Sep 1, 2019
    10
    Невероятно атмосферная, интересная, бросающая какой не какой челлендж. Говорят, что сюжет плохой и лежит на поверхности, так вот, что в этом плохого. Игра для меня является лучшей в серии. И самая длинная часть в серии (с учётом всех ДЛС)Невероятно атмосферная, интересная, бросающая какой не какой челлендж. Говорят, что сюжет плохой и лежит на поверхности, так вот, что в этом плохого. Игра для меня является лучшей в серии. И самая длинная часть в серии (с учётом всех ДЛС)
  94. Nov 14, 2019
    9
    The first game I played in Souls' series. Before I started the game, I just want to have a try and kill time since I had never heard of FROM SOFTWARE and Mr. Miyazaki at that moment. This game was not directed by Mr. Miyazaki, as I knew later, but most of the systems were inherited from DS1 to DS2, which made the gameplay still full of excitement. The shortcomings of DS2 were obvious, ofThe first game I played in Souls' series. Before I started the game, I just want to have a try and kill time since I had never heard of FROM SOFTWARE and Mr. Miyazaki at that moment. This game was not directed by Mr. Miyazaki, as I knew later, but most of the systems were inherited from DS1 to DS2, which made the gameplay still full of excitement. The shortcomings of DS2 were obvious, of course. The lack in complexity of map design, the structure and logic of the story, and many many boss fights without polish. However, they could not prevent me from being a real fan of FS. It was the first time I could be myself in a game. The simultaneous growth between me and my character strengthened this feelinig over and over again. The sense of substitution is one of the best in the games I have ever played. To me, DS2 is the game opened the gate of an entire new world. Expand
  95. Oct 8, 2020
    10
    It's just so long! This is probably my only "issue" with this game. The game is solid. If you haven't played it then give it a 20 hour test to see if you like it.
  96. Jun 12, 2021
    8
    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is a fantastic excuse to revisit Drangleic with improved graphics and seamlessly experience the game's three DLC expansion packs - if you're up for the challenge. Personally, I find the inclusion of certain enemy types in particular areas that weren't previously in the base version of the game add a bit too much challenge and make the early hours ofDark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is a fantastic excuse to revisit Drangleic with improved graphics and seamlessly experience the game's three DLC expansion packs - if you're up for the challenge. Personally, I find the inclusion of certain enemy types in particular areas that weren't previously in the base version of the game add a bit too much challenge and make the early hours of the game significantly more difficult than necessary - this is just my opinion because I'm not a hardcore Souls gamer. Nevertheless, the overall game design and vibe of Dark Souls 2 remain hauntingly enticing. Expand
  97. Feb 7, 2022
    8
    A fun souls game that suffers from level design issues but brings the most content from any souls game.

    positive + lots of content + the amount of areas and multiple ways to explore bring an addicting flavour to the game + lots of enemies, some being nice designed, some not + art design is nice + lots of bosses + lots of weapons negative - level design is made to be hard, but
    A fun souls game that suffers from level design issues but brings the most content from any souls game.

    positive
    + lots of content
    + the amount of areas and multiple ways to explore bring an addicting flavour to the game
    + lots of enemies, some being nice designed, some not
    + art design is nice
    + lots of bosses
    + lots of weapons
    negative
    - level design is made to be hard, but forgets to be fair, putting 10 swordsman next to each other is not hard, rather annoying
    - some lazy bosses
    - combat can feel clunky at times
    A great game , but it instead of putting hard unique enemies clever over a level , the developers decides to just spam enemies next to each other. Still i give it an 8 because it remains an addicting game.
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  98. May 6, 2022
    8
    It's more a sequel to Kingsfield than dark souls a Demon's Souls but it's still a really good game and refreshing if you're just played the two . not as good as demon souls a dark soul 1, but it's still a good game and I would have full Hartley recommend it.I would say that this game has more ignoring difficulty than demon's Souls and dark Souls 1 it just feels more mean I just doesn'tIt's more a sequel to Kingsfield than dark souls a Demon's Souls but it's still a really good game and refreshing if you're just played the two . not as good as demon souls a dark soul 1, but it's still a good game and I would have full Hartley recommend it.I would say that this game has more ignoring difficulty than demon's Souls and dark Souls 1 it just feels more mean I just doesn't feel right sometimes when you die Expand
  99. Sep 4, 2021
    10
    The best game ever!
    Really loves the whole souls game series. I really enjoy walking around and taking fights every day.
  100. Jun 2, 2020
    8
    Dark Souls II
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Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    90
    Whether you're new to Dark Souls II or played it on older consoles, Scholar of the First Sin is worth revisiting. This PlayStation 4 collection features the original game, along with the three expansion packs.
  2. Jun 5, 2015
    90
    Going backwards from Bloodborne feels almost archaic, and it takes some time to settle into that once familiar gameplay. However Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin offers the chance to revisit that still fantastic and familiar world with a slight twist to proceedings and a respectable face lift.
  3. 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.