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  1. May 6, 2021
    10
    Dark souls best game git gud git gud praise the sun praise the sun Umbasa Umbasa
  2. Apr 25, 2021
    0
    No me gusta porque tiene muchas cosas peores que el uno y es raro porque es una secuela
  3. Apr 10, 2021
    7
    I have a love/hate relationship with this game. I believe I finished it 3 times, including all DLCs, so the game is definetly enjoyable, giving you a great time. What annoyed me the most though, is the amount of ganking int his game and I mean offline. This game is full f ambushes with enemies and tons of bosses that consist of multiple enemies. Also, the game has a kind of weird feel toI have a love/hate relationship with this game. I believe I finished it 3 times, including all DLCs, so the game is definetly enjoyable, giving you a great time. What annoyed me the most though, is the amount of ganking int his game and I mean offline. This game is full f ambushes with enemies and tons of bosses that consist of multiple enemies. Also, the game has a kind of weird feel to it when it comes to moving. Slashing things feels odd too, as if your attack has no impact and the sound feels off too. One of the worst if not the worst part of the game is a part of the crown of the ivory king DLC. I am talking about the Frigid Outskirts. Possible the worst are with the worst boss at the end I ever encountered in an RPG, so frustrating. But the game has its strengths too, especially in combat (i.e. power stance, awesome addition to the game) and also boss weapons are amazing and fun to get. Not the biggest fan of the areas overall, but all in all, a pleasure to play. If you liked Dark Souls 1 much, dont expect the same thing but definetly give this one a try. Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2021
    6
    Yeah it's pretty good but honestly nowhere near as good as Dark Souls. There were definitely some great boss fights, but they decided to put in WAY too many, and that severely affected the overall quality of the average boss. The level design was one of the things that took a pretty big hit. The areas were all so much less interesting, and it didn't feel so smartly built andYeah it's pretty good but honestly nowhere near as good as Dark Souls. There were definitely some great boss fights, but they decided to put in WAY too many, and that severely affected the overall quality of the average boss. The level design was one of the things that took a pretty big hit. The areas were all so much less interesting, and it didn't feel so smartly built and interconnected. The graphics also somehow looked a lot worse, at least for some areas (I saw the ogres in the first area and was so confused as to why they looked so bad). The graphics definitely do have some really good bits too, though. The story was good and cohesive, but I wish it had kept more in line with the storylines in 1 and 3. Still Dark Souls, though. Definitely still recommend checking it out. Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2021
    5
    While certainly not holding a candle to the rest of the series, it's an okay action rpg in it's own right. Can be enjoyable on a surface level but lacks the care and depth it needs to be great.
  6. Nov 21, 2020
    10
    OVERALL - 95%

    Gameplay - 9/10 Graphics (for time) - 8/10 Story - 8/10 Game Length - 9/10 Characters - 7/10 Level/Area Design - 9/10 Atmosphere - 8/10 Sound Effects - 8/10 Soundtrack - 8/10 Replay Value - 9/10 The hate for this game is in no way warranted. This was my first SoulsBourne game so admittedly I have my biases and have played all of the others since then and admit
    OVERALL - 95%

    Gameplay - 9/10
    Graphics (for time) - 8/10
    Story - 8/10
    Game Length - 9/10
    Characters - 7/10
    Level/Area Design - 9/10
    Atmosphere - 8/10
    Sound Effects - 8/10
    Soundtrack - 8/10
    Replay Value - 9/10

    The hate for this game is in no way warranted. This was my first SoulsBourne game so admittedly I have my biases and have played all of the others since then and admit the original is probably the best with all things considered. The world isn't as linked as DS1 as Lore-filled as DS3 or as atmospheric as atmospheric as Bloodborne, but it is still a beautifully crafted world with a challenging but balanced difficulty. A of of people complain about the quantity of bosses, but in my eyes if the quality of the majority of the bosses is good and creative (which they are) then what is the problem? The DLC's are a great addition as well, so trust the critics on this one. It's a damn good game.
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  7. Nov 19, 2020
    4
    This game is not just a bad FromSoftware game, it is generally a bad game. Terrible mechanics, boring levels (I bet that none of the people that gave it a 10 can recall a single memorable level) and even worse bosses. Hitboxes are also trash and the adaptability mechanic is a dreadful addition to the series.
  8. Jul 30, 2020
    0
    Dark Souls 1? Masterpiece.
    Light Souls 2? What a PIECE of TVRD, ¡seriously!? There are too many enemies and bosses doing ♥♥♥♥ that is just just random, absurd or jank. Honestly, it's just barely above "Lords of the Fallen" trash mechanics.
    Dark Souls 3? Amazing.
  9. Jul 23, 2020
    9
    A great sequel in my opinion its every thing I wanted from a sequel such a great game
  10. Jul 11, 2020
    1
    I loved both dark souls 1 and 3 and was excited to play this game however i could barely play for even 5 hours. The hordes of enemies are just frustrating to fight and the bosses are all boring with stupidly large amounts of health making every boss fight feel like a chore.
  11. Jul 5, 2020
    0
    Ewww this is the **** darksoul i've ever play this **** is not suppose to be here cuz its **** so many bosses like its too ambitious and the entire story is so **** up like literally **** up
  12. Jun 26, 2020
    6
    Los desarrolladores no entendieron que es lo que hizo tan grande la primera parte y la alta dificultad parece que solo se basa en muchos enemigos con mucha vida y mucho daño
  13. Mar 25, 2020
    8
    Despite fans concerns that Dark Souls II may be reined back to cater to a wider audience this sequel is every bit as difficult and addictive as its predecessor. What changes there are, such as being able to warp to any discovered bonfire from the outset, are mostly positive and certainly make for a less frustrating experience. The covenant system is also better implemented this timeDespite fans concerns that Dark Souls II may be reined back to cater to a wider audience this sequel is every bit as difficult and addictive as its predecessor. What changes there are, such as being able to warp to any discovered bonfire from the outset, are mostly positive and certainly make for a less frustrating experience. The covenant system is also better implemented this time around, as is the online aspect with summoning and invading others being a much more reliable experience.

    Exploring the game world, never knowing what may be around the next corner, is what Dark Souls is all about and From Software have delivered again in an adventure that offers well in excess of 50 hours of gameplay.
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  14. Mar 6, 2020
    10
    I love this secuel is ver y good experience have tetric enemies an bosses
  15. Mar 5, 2020
    0
    Worst game in the series by far. What a waste of 40$. Slow, clunky and unresponsive. I hate this game for wasting my time. The RNG will make you pull your hair out. Enemies are screwed and combat just isn't as good as in DS1 and 3 where it feels hard but fair. You feel overwhelmed all the time and its super frustrating! Almost all enemies knock you down or run you over with no effort. IWorst game in the series by far. What a waste of 40$. Slow, clunky and unresponsive. I hate this game for wasting my time. The RNG will make you pull your hair out. Enemies are screwed and combat just isn't as good as in DS1 and 3 where it feels hard but fair. You feel overwhelmed all the time and its super frustrating! Almost all enemies knock you down or run you over with no effort. I get sick thinking of my experience. Expand
  16. Feb 3, 2020
    4
    Dark Souls 2 is one of the worst games of 2014 in my opinion. FromSoft took everything Dark Souls 1 did and spit it right in the face! The Level-design is awful, the enemy placemant is awful, in every level theres a ton of enemies that swarm you and don't even get me started on the Shrine Of Amana. there are some new good things like the agility system and the only level i personalyDark Souls 2 is one of the worst games of 2014 in my opinion. FromSoft took everything Dark Souls 1 did and spit it right in the face! The Level-design is awful, the enemy placemant is awful, in every level theres a ton of enemies that swarm you and don't even get me started on the Shrine Of Amana. there are some new good things like the agility system and the only level i personaly enjoyed was The Dragon Aerie. The Bosses are painfully easy and none of the characters are interesting. Overall, i hate this game and i'd rather play Demon's Souls or Dark Souls 1 instead. Expand
  17. Dec 7, 2019
    9
    This is one of the Brilliant rpg games ever made!
    Dark atmospher, great gameplay and mystrous story makes it realy good.
  18. Nov 11, 2019
    0
    Its "ok" if its yours first game, but terrible if you think about dark souls 1 and 3, ds2 is a disapointtment
  19. Jun 8, 2019
    9
    Dark souls 2 is the underated third entry toin the award winning and highly renowned souls series. This title takes place in a new land and time to it's predecessors yet fallows the same plot. This entry features advanced movement mechanics, enhanced combat systems, multiple references and links to the previous titles, and some of the best dlc expansions of any rpg.
  20. May 20, 2019
    7
    For each thing that this improved over Dark Souls 1, it messed up two more things.
  21. Oct 21, 2018
    0
    this game makes me want to literally hang myself with an olive garden bread-stick from the empire state building..i know im late to the party for this game but if i would have known id feel like this i woulda left my **** money at the store....
  22. Oct 8, 2018
    8
    This is what happens when the B team is tasked with making a sequel for A material.
    Don't expect anything new or compelling, but all the surface aspects of Dark Souls 1 are there. And there are the obvious technical refinements, but it's no Dark Souls 1. Not even close.
  23. Sep 17, 2018
    7
    This game had a lot of potential. However, the developers added a new gameplay mechanic known as Soul Memory (SM). PVP connections are no longer based on soul level. Instead they are based on SM which are grouped into different tiers or levels which dictate who you can connect to. The primary reason the devs did this is to prevent people from getting gear, upgrading it, then griefingThis game had a lot of potential. However, the developers added a new gameplay mechanic known as Soul Memory (SM). PVP connections are no longer based on soul level. Instead they are based on SM which are grouped into different tiers or levels which dictate who you can connect to. The primary reason the devs did this is to prevent people from getting gear, upgrading it, then griefing players who aren't that far along in the game. However, this wasn't even necessary because players can still play in offline mode. Players can still invade or do co-op at a specific SM if they purchase the Agape ring which absorbs souls. However, souls are needed to buy items as they are the game currency. Eventually, you will progress beyond the SM tier you want to be in because you need souls to buy items. This will add to your total number of accumulated souls. Players need to micro manage their souls carefully by making frequent backups to online storage in case they die and lose all their souls. When you loose your souls, it's still counted in your SM capacity. Of course you can farm for items like in DS, but who want to do that? If I wanted to buy something in Demon's Souls or DS I would just farm souls which was easy and buy a stack of items. Another mechanic is the Effigy Doll which is like Humanity from Dark Souls. If you die, you lose 5% of your HP each time for a maximum of 50% of your health. So, the game really punishes you for dying. You can find Effigy Dolls to restore your humanity and total health, but they are rare. Also, as Demon's Souls and Dark Souls evolved into a franchise, it seems like the devs spend less time on graphics. The characters in Demon's Souls looked great. They looked a bit funny in Dark Souls. In Dark Souls 2 they look even worse. Dark Souls 3 is the worst of all. The environments have changed too. Demon's Souls environments made you feel like you were in the game. They couldn't even add moving clouds to DS II so you don't feel like the environment is immersive. A lot of the weapons and armor are not even usable unless you're going for low equipment load and a parry/crit hit build. Even then, most players just go half naked. I would have rated this game higher if it were for SM, Effigy Dolls and lackluster characters and environments. Weapons could have been better too. Expand
  24. Jun 12, 2018
    9
    An amazing game, but sometimes needlessly hard. All of the enemy types are unique which I love and the bosses all have a different move set.
  25. Feb 11, 2018
    9
    This is a bit of a controversial opinion, but I think this is(mechanically) the strongest game in the trilogy. The story is by far the weakest, as it tries to focus more on individual characters rather than the setting, which is where Dark Souls shines the most. That said, some of the characters themselves are still written fairly well(Lucatiel is by far my favorite character in the entireThis is a bit of a controversial opinion, but I think this is(mechanically) the strongest game in the trilogy. The story is by far the weakest, as it tries to focus more on individual characters rather than the setting, which is where Dark Souls shines the most. That said, some of the characters themselves are still written fairly well(Lucatiel is by far my favorite character in the entire series). This game was the beginning of the end when it came to poise vs. roll spamming, but despite that it still felt the best to play. Bizarrely enough, I would call this game easier than the first, therefor I recommend playing it before the original. Expand
  26. Jan 29, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the second of about 4 different games that I've been completing, and the longest that I've covered to give my final review. If you've seen my review of Dark Souls 1, this review will ape some of the ups and downs with it. Ultimately, it is as good as Dark Souls 1, some parts better than it's predecessor, some parts worse.

    To begin, The Gameplay aspects of DS1, as good as they were, are even more refined in DS1. Dark magic, a aspect that was introduced as DLC in DS1, is now a fully fledged out mechanic in DS2 and sometimes a more viable choice of class. Duel Wielding, something impossible to do in DS1, can now be done with 'power stancing' with either any identical weapon or weapon type (spears, daggers, etc.). Other than the Miracle builds getting a cut as a result of a certain Lightning Spear being too OP at launch, you have much more freedom in terms of building your ideal character. If you make a mistake with your stats, as you often would in DS1, DS2 offers a means to ReSpec your build so you can put misplaced points elsewhere. Spells can be restored with Amber, Twilight or Wilted Dusk herbs, rather than having to return to a bonfire, and warping to bonfire's is immediately available as compared to needing to achieve it later on (and definitely more organized in comparison). However, there will be certain gameplay changes that will throw off people who have played DS1, as with me. For starters, the leap animation is not as flighty as it was in DS1, causing missed ledge jumping and unneeded deaths. Fall damage is considerably more extreme compared to DS1, as well as the damage that poison can do, so if you jumped down that pit in Mejula thinking you'd survive (without the cat ring), you'd be wrong. The biggest contention by far is the choice of including 'lifegems' that for some makes the game better in comparison to only have one reliable source of healing, and to others it breaks the idea of being careful in gameplay. to be pragmatic, they do try to offset the fact that you can stack 99 lifegems with ease by making it heal very slowly over time, as well as Estus (compared to it being instantaneous in DS1), they reduced the maximum amount of Estus to 12 rather than 20, and they slowed the process of drinking it compared to DS1, which I personally feel is just enough to keep the game going in terms to being careful with your choice of healing. Not to mention the use of spam in the game, which is perhaps why the choice to include lifegems was a necessity than a boon. As for the world itself, I really like how interconnected each of the areas were in DS1, but with DS2, that is definitely one fault of the game. None of the areas really connect to each other, other than Mejula, and some areas just straight up collide with one another, such as with Aldia's keep with Drangleic Castle. the world of Drangleic feels like a tree with branches that never jump over one another, which doesn't give me the sense they wanted to build a realized world first over making a gamey game. The story also is on the cutting room floor, as with DS1, as it not only relies on the conjecture based 'get all the items to get any amount of context to the world, but also relies on the same analogy of overall entropy from DS1. DS2, in fact, perhaps DS2 is even more vague in terms of your goals as a hollow who literally jumped into a wormhole through another world. Unlike Frampt, who gave you the name of the person to kill and the general area, the Emerald Herald in DS2 just tells you to 'get four mighty souls' and expects you to fill the blanks. Unless you talk to a cat of all things will you actually get some better context, but how you would know that and why you would even infer from it is beyond me, which is a crutch of many of the dark souls games. The only reason that I had more enjoyment with DS2 compared to DS1 is merely because I had prior experience with the souls games, even if some of the changes in DS2 are jarring Multiplayer, both PvP and Combat, have definitely improved from DS1, even if there are some faults. No more fiddle **** around with connections that may or may not work, in fact, they have ways in which you can better connect to friend and foe alike, with the name-engraved ring or the delicate string for example. New Game Plus offers considerably more replay value with DS2 compared to DS1 as well, with new invasions, enemies, and pickups to find throughout the various areas, but as for the DLC, that falls in the wayside in terms of playing them in NG+. Overall, DS2 is a satisfactory experience, even if it jives with some fans of the Soulsborne series, with some needed improvements that did carry over to Dark Souls 3, and some faults that are better left on the wayside, which is why I can't give it a better or worse rating than Dark souls 1.
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  27. Dec 3, 2017
    5
    this game is cool BUT WAY TO HARDDDDDDDDDDDDD and thats not fun at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  28. Apr 18, 2017
    0
    Is one Big **** souls 3,Dark souls 1,Demon Souls art games!!But the Two...weak very **** Bosses,Easy dificult,This no dark souls thisis **** souls 2!!!!
  29. Apr 12, 2017
    4
    If you are a hardcore fan of the first game you may find this one very disappointing. Just a little about me, I have over 600 hours on DS1 (DS is dark souls) and at least 100 on DS3 by now so I have experience and I'm not totally spewing nonsense. I have also done many challenge runs in both including things like no shield, no estus, fat roll, and other runs (still haven't done soul levelIf you are a hardcore fan of the first game you may find this one very disappointing. Just a little about me, I have over 600 hours on DS1 (DS is dark souls) and at least 100 on DS3 by now so I have experience and I'm not totally spewing nonsense. I have also done many challenge runs in both including things like no shield, no estus, fat roll, and other runs (still haven't done soul level 1 cause I am a scrub). I love this series and mainly PvE (player vs environment) cause PvP doesn't really appeal to me.

    Pros:
    Runs really well especially on PC compared to DS1
    Has more cool weapons and movesets
    Looks fantastic
    I'm not into PvP much but I have heard it's the best of the series
    DLC has cool bosses

    Cons: (I'm an overly critical fanboy who loves DS1)
    Disappointing bosses
    -many are recycled DS1 bosses that seeming had no effort put into to revamp them
    -many have terribly straightforward movesets that are boring to fight against
    -made more to be unfair and ganky then to be mechanically challenging
    Clunky gameplay
    -lack of invincible frames on roll (probably the most important DS mechanic) unless you level your adaptability stat which makes it feel like your wasting levels
    -feels like the character isn't doing what I am inputting on the controller
    -frequently doesn't switch weapons or use items when I am smahing the button (tried on multiple controllers even brand new ones)
    -has weird mechanics (long pivot animation to run away from enemy, guard break instead of kick)
    -terrible hitboxes (DS1 had them too)
    Confusing and annoying world
    -enemies have boring movesets and ridiculous tracking
    -confusing areas with no clear progression
    -emphasizes quantity over quality (a lot of gank bosses and hordes of trash mobs)
    Awful and confusing story
    -instead of making a cool story and leaving it up to the gameplay to make you feel like a helpless undead it just mocks you and spouts off about how your going to die a lot
    -opening cutscene and conversation with fire keepers laughing at you feels like the developers were getting off to the fact that they made a game that's purposely made to be rage inducing
    DLC made the core game worse
    -random enemy placement
    -now comes with more ganking hordes of annoying BS
    -still doesn't fix clunky gameplay
    -blocks previously open paths making areas less accessible (can be unlocked but only by expensive/hard to find items)

    Conclusion: I fell like the design behind the original was lost and changed to just be hard/unfair to live up to the first being called super hard/unfair. To be honest I felt while there was some stupid BS in the first with the lag and cruddy hitboxes it was still a relatively fair game with universal mechanics that put you and the enemy on more fair terms whiles still managing to be incredibly difficult. Still it's not the worst game ever but definitely not a great one either. If this is your first souls game you may actually enjoy it a lot, but hardcore DS1 players probably won't. You may also want to have the wiki open 24/7 cause it gets confusing as hell.
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  30. Mar 15, 2017
    0
    From Software persiste et signe dans sa lignée de jeux de rôle "hardcore jusqu'à la mort" qui a définitivement trouvé son public, un public qui aime avoir mal. Ainsi la difficulté légendaire de ce Dark Souls 2 n'a pas à rougir de ses ainés : la progression par l'échec y est un dogme assumé.

    La progression par les essais (jusqu'à l'infini et au delà) et les erreurs : une simple faute
    From Software persiste et signe dans sa lignée de jeux de rôle "hardcore jusqu'à la mort" qui a définitivement trouvé son public, un public qui aime avoir mal. Ainsi la difficulté légendaire de ce Dark Souls 2 n'a pas à rougir de ses ainés : la progression par l'échec y est un dogme assumé.

    La progression par les essais (jusqu'à l'infini et au delà) et les erreurs : une simple faute d'inattention, t'es morg cong ! peut-être auraient-ils pu ajouter un petit rire sadique avec un "t'es mort" répété sur tout l'écran et clignotant en permanence mais on aurait eu une vague de suicides de manettes et de dépressions.

    Il suffit de recommencer, encore et encore... et de se documenter grâce à tous les "wikis" et les guides qui pullulent sur le net : ainsi le jeu qui soûle devient aussi un jeu de piste. Les joueurs en parlent pendant des heures sur les forums et dans les "tchats", se refilent les bons plans et les bons tuyaux comme aux alcooliques anonymes. Il semble en effet que l'addiction y soit bien réelle et le "vétéran" qui finit l'abominable étron ne tarit pas de conseils envers la bleusaille au bord (déjà) de la crise de nerfs.

    Ainsi avec ce "jeu" une reconnaissance sociale de vos pairs vous est acquise (pour ceux qui tiennent le coup jusqu'au bout) et un support psychologique pour tous les autres crevards qui en chient à mort.

    Et il en faut du dévouement ! d'abord graphiquement parlant, ça reste laid et d'une fluidité pour le moins discutable. Aucune carte n'est présente mais comme vous apprendrez les niveaux par coeur, ce n'est pas un "problème"'. Revenir à un point de sauvegarde implique que tous les ennemis de la zone idoine ont ressuscité ! si ce n'est pas du vice, alors c'est donc ton frère... On tient là une putain d'usine à farmer jusqu'à la lie.

    Et la barre d'endurance qui se vide à chaque coup porté est une idée géniale contre le bourrinage : un mauvais calcul et le perso ne fait plus rien : il attend sagement la mort, résigné tandis que le joueur postillonne un "putain de merde". Une seconde de trop à consulter l'inventaire et... t'es mort ducon ! il n'y a en effet aucune pause... un inventaire et des menus particulièrement foutraques d'ailleurs.

    Evidemment, pour les quêtes, tout est l'avenant mais ce n'est pas grave : à force de recommencer, vous finirez par savoir où aller. Retournez lire les guides, matez les vidéos de "ceux qui ont survécu", il en va de votre "prestige" : les masos du coin vous ont mâché le boulot... ce qui n'empêche pas de crever comme une merde sur une esquive maladroite. Il fallait faire attention !

    On pourrait encore beaucoup en dire de ces pseudo-jeux vidéo (des thèses sont certainement en préparation) et du public soumis qui s'y adonne. Ah le Marquis serait fier !
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  31. Aug 7, 2016
    9
    I had a ton of fun with this game. Everything about is oozes quality. Decent replay value also helps this game immensely, in my opinion.

    Pros: - Great graphics and performance - Controllers on gamepad feel responsive - Interesting bosses and enemies - Good replay value - Multiplayer is fun (when it works) - Excellent aesthetics and tone (plus writing and lore if you delve into it)
    I had a ton of fun with this game. Everything about is oozes quality. Decent replay value also helps this game immensely, in my opinion.

    Pros:
    - Great graphics and performance
    - Controllers on gamepad feel responsive
    - Interesting bosses and enemies
    - Good replay value
    - Multiplayer is fun (when it works)
    - Excellent aesthetics and tone (plus writing and lore if you delve into it)

    Cons:
    - Bad keyboard + mouse controls
    - Laggy and buggy multiplayer
    - Archery feels like an afterthought
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  32. Jul 6, 2016
    8
    I like Dark Souls 2, because I like the atmosphere of the game and enjoy playing as a knight who gets butt fked by some of the bosses. It's really fun, not as hard as people say it is, unless maybe if you play as deprived so that you're all naked and **** which is funny when you defeat lava satan as a hobo. If you think it's too hard, you can play as a mage and be a **** from like 8457648I like Dark Souls 2, because I like the atmosphere of the game and enjoy playing as a knight who gets butt fked by some of the bosses. It's really fun, not as hard as people say it is, unless maybe if you play as deprived so that you're all naked and **** which is funny when you defeat lava satan as a hobo. If you think it's too hard, you can play as a mage and be a **** from like 8457648 miles away and snipe the bosses to death so yeah. I think this game is actually better than the first Dark Souls, because at least I can run it properly on the pc. No but actually, I really want to play Dark Souls 1 cos it looks better in terms of the atmosphere and story. Expand
  33. Jun 13, 2016
    9
    At first it was very frustrating getting used to dying so much but after watching some walk thru guides and trying different things it got easier but still quite difficult game! Very rewarding, great huge world to explore, amazing visuals for last generation systems and the lack of cutscenes was nice as I hate games that are full of dumb cutscenes. Great story tons of RPG options to craftAt first it was very frustrating getting used to dying so much but after watching some walk thru guides and trying different things it got easier but still quite difficult game! Very rewarding, great huge world to explore, amazing visuals for last generation systems and the lack of cutscenes was nice as I hate games that are full of dumb cutscenes. Great story tons of RPG options to craft a character and large weapon magic system. Have not played DS1 but will have to play it after this and Demon Souls. Worth it for cheap price I bought under $10. Expand
  34. May 3, 2016
    10
    I truly enjoyed this game. This iconic game was a true predecessor to the original dark souls. This is the perfect game for someone up to a challenge. Can't wait or DS III
  35. May 1, 2016
    7
    If you are a fan of dark souls, western medieval fantasy from a Japanese game developers point of view or just want to play a game that kicks your ass at every corner than dark souls 2 is for you. The game has amazing visuals, smoother game play and not to mention, BETTER FRAME RATE than dark souls 1, to a brand new fan of dark souls who would start with this game, it is a good choice.If you are a fan of dark souls, western medieval fantasy from a Japanese game developers point of view or just want to play a game that kicks your ass at every corner than dark souls 2 is for you. The game has amazing visuals, smoother game play and not to mention, BETTER FRAME RATE than dark souls 1, to a brand new fan of dark souls who would start with this game, it is a good choice. However, long time fans of dark souls who have played dark souls 1 will be disappointed in the layout of the world as it is not interconnected so it doesn't feel like one huge place. Also, the soundtrack, although its good to listen to, its just not up to the same level from dark souls 1 as most music in dark souls 2 tries to sound like ornistein and smough. Lore is present but in smaller quantities and some are just not that interesting to read and finally the boss fights. The boss fights are still hard but most are just not that hard to beat. Aside from these flaws the game is still fun to play and if this is your first souls game, it can only go up from there.
    CASUAL GAMERS BEWARE OF SOULS GAME
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  36. Apr 6, 2016
    10
    Dark Souls 2 is probably one of the best games I have played in the last years. It has all the things that made Dark Souls 1 good and improved over it. It has better control mechanics, what made the character more responsive than in the first game. The areas are vast and well developed, very distinct from each other. Some might say the world isn't interconnected as in the first Dark SoulsDark Souls 2 is probably one of the best games I have played in the last years. It has all the things that made Dark Souls 1 good and improved over it. It has better control mechanics, what made the character more responsive than in the first game. The areas are vast and well developed, very distinct from each other. Some might say the world isn't interconnected as in the first Dark Souls but I rather well done and unique areas. There are a lot of bosses and sub bosses all along the game and they never get to the point of being unfair or too easy.

    The PvP in the game is great, easily the best of all soul series, including Demon's souls and Bloodborne. It is more friendly to learn and also allows you to start doing it after you are done with the game story, as you don't get locked out of invasions after a boss is dead, that was the case in the first dark souls. The mechanics are vastly improved in the pvp area as well, with more weapon options and spells and a lot of the weapons have special attacks that make them unique. It also features arenas for the players that rather avoid invading/being invaded but still want to engage in pvp.

    Its a must have game.
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  37. Mar 24, 2016
    10
    Well I figured since Dark Souls 3 will be coming out soon I might as well replay DS 2 for fun. This game is nothing short of brilliant. (That goes for the whole Soulsborne series to be completely honest). Games these days are just too easy to learn and exploit. This is just so much more unlikely to happen in this game because it really caters to whatever play style you find the most fun. IWell I figured since Dark Souls 3 will be coming out soon I might as well replay DS 2 for fun. This game is nothing short of brilliant. (That goes for the whole Soulsborne series to be completely honest). Games these days are just too easy to learn and exploit. This is just so much more unlikely to happen in this game because it really caters to whatever play style you find the most fun. I don't know if one can really praise it for it's story, but I can say that the small things really add up, such as having to kill certain enemies in order enter certain areas and kill certain bosses. The game really flows, albeit a bit slower than the previous Dark Souls. Expand
  38. Feb 7, 2016
    0
    The rewarding feeling is not worth the sheer amount of stress. Stupid, awkward controls, just plain WEIRD dialogue, and you can easily lose your money quickly. The devs are some twisted jerks.
  39. Jan 8, 2016
    0
    This game is actually gopd but it has only one bad side: its way too hard. Took me hours to kill the first enemy and after that there is one other. Game is literally impossible and it takes years to complete it.
  40. Jan 7, 2016
    8
    Perhaps one of the most frustratingly agonising games I've ever played, but surely the most rewarding. This game is unforgiving, but that is the magic behind it. I found myself determined to finish levels and bosses for hours, such determination had me thoroughly hooked.
  41. Oct 29, 2015
    9
    Em vez de olhar as características do game, eu preciso elogiar esse excelente rpg (melhor que Dragon Age Inquisition) que MESMO SENDO DA VELHA GERAÇÃO É FODA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  42. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    This game is adventure role playing game. This game has not life bar or life point if player had hit, player will die. The game graphic id good. Overall the game is exciting to play.
  43. Oct 22, 2015
    9
    Sequels are hard to make, very hard. From did a stand up job here, the game is nearly as good as the first, and an ambitious game in it's own right. It takes balls to stick with making games that the biggest market (kids/many teens), won't want to play. The reason I give a 9 instead of a 10 is the bosses, I can't quite put my finger on it, but the magic just isn't there with some ofSequels are hard to make, very hard. From did a stand up job here, the game is nearly as good as the first, and an ambitious game in it's own right. It takes balls to stick with making games that the biggest market (kids/many teens), won't want to play. The reason I give a 9 instead of a 10 is the bosses, I can't quite put my finger on it, but the magic just isn't there with some of them. I certainly couldn't say that was so with the first game. So a 9 it is.

    Last but not least, the downloadable content for this game isn't some nickle-and-diming gyp job like many other games, it's actually better in parts and more challenging than the main game, and very much worth every dime, if you buy this game, BUY THE DLC!
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  44. Oct 15, 2015
    8
    Dark Souls, a game known to millions as probably the hardest, if not one of the hardest, games they have played. It breaks game norms, with different controls, as well as a different system made for enemies and allies, including fighting style and different steps you take to play with the allies. But it’s not the game’s mechanics that people are attracted to. This left me, as well as manyDark Souls, a game known to millions as probably the hardest, if not one of the hardest, games they have played. It breaks game norms, with different controls, as well as a different system made for enemies and allies, including fighting style and different steps you take to play with the allies. But it’s not the game’s mechanics that people are attracted to. This left me, as well as many others, very conflicted with our emotions. With the controls being a lot different then most, at some points players would be met with what seemed like an easy area, with low level enemies scattered about, then an enemy that the player had never seen before would swoop in and instantly kill players, most people would be left feeling defeated and angry enough to break their friend’s controller. But, when learned, the controls aren’t hard to get used to, and areas can be dealt with at a snail like pace with only some hiccups. Although the gameplay is very questionable, along with the difficulty of the game itself, the story is one that usually leaves players wanting more.
    Through eastern philosophies about the spirit, darkness within the human soul, and some unrealistically sized weapons, FromSoftware explains how a curse has befallen the world, which turns people back into stone. Through this process called hollowing, people in the Dark Souls universe, die, are reborn undead, and start to hollow out, losing their memories, then their sanity, along with their soul. Through a series of battles with people and creatures whom are much more imposing than the player character, the player tries to relight the First Flame with your own soul in efforts to counteract the curse affecting the rest of the world. It is definitely a fantastic game series, with good setting, great story, albeit hidden, and a questionable nice challenge to gamers looking for one.
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  45. Aug 12, 2015
    0
    the most frustrating game i have ever played. everything is against you - no saves, you dont have enough spells to reach the end of the level, your stuff breaks up, bosses are too tough, it is a death simulator, not a game.
    i decided to go on. your first boss gives you enough experience (souls) to get 5 levels up, i was excited. but once you reach middle of the game bosses give the same
    the most frustrating game i have ever played. everything is against you - no saves, you dont have enough spells to reach the end of the level, your stuff breaks up, bosses are too tough, it is a death simulator, not a game.
    i decided to go on. your first boss gives you enough experience (souls) to get 5 levels up, i was excited. but once you reach middle of the game bosses give the same amount of experience and it is not enough for 1 level upgrade. no better weapons. nothing. all the RPG elements vanished, only frustration was the same. as if the enemies were not bad enough, there are "cheap death" invisible holes, traps etc. without saves you have to play the same areas again and again, before you know all the enemies and traps. very boring. games are supposed to be fun, right? this one wasnt.
    i want back my money and, most of all, all the my wasted time.
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  46. Aug 10, 2015
    6
    This game is so much worse than Dark SOuls 1, i cant even describe how much.
    First of all, if you have Dark Souls 1, keep playing it and dont bother with Dark Souls 2, because its difficulty isnt "hard" its compulsively hard, and this makes it worse than Dark Souls 1.
    In 1 you know you had to be better than the Enemy/Boss and you could easily defeat every boss , alone. In Dark Souls
    This game is so much worse than Dark SOuls 1, i cant even describe how much.
    First of all, if you have Dark Souls 1, keep playing it and dont bother with Dark Souls 2, because its difficulty isnt "hard" its compulsively hard, and this makes it worse than Dark Souls 1.

    In 1 you know you had to be better than the Enemy/Boss and you could easily defeat every boss , alone.

    In Dark Souls 2 the bosses are pretty lame, are hard to beat alone and are just annoying.

    Dark Souls 2 is bad.
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  47. Jun 10, 2015
    10
    Dark Souls 2 may be a little difficult to get into at first (especially for players new to the series) but those that stick with it soon find a title which not only amazes but also rewards gamers for their determination and persistence, If I had a top ten list of favorite games this would easily be on it.
  48. May 22, 2015
    9
    The world of Dark Souls 2 was not connected as well as in Dark Souls, and many parts of the world seemed uninteresting. However, the amazing weaponry and gameplay, challenging bosses, and awesome pvp kept me coming back for over 150 hours.
  49. Apr 19, 2015
    10
    Dark souls 2 is an amazing open world rpg, you get tense battle's all the time if it's not pvp its the pve that takes to the limit and if its not hard enough you can go to new game + even the fact that you can get practicly invaded almost every where in the game makes it hard enouhg and if u feel like dieing is not your fould than guess again it is your fould
  50. Apr 18, 2015
    9
    Una gran secuela y sin duda una de las joyas del 2014, sin embargo no se salvo de las decepciones que este dio, pues a pesar de ser un buen juego no llego a lo que se esperaba.

    Pros: -Sigue teniendo un gran trasfondo. -una variedad de armas y armaduras mas grande. -una variedad de enemigos mas grande. -bajaron la dificultad para que fuera apto para todo publico. -añadieron nuevas
    Una gran secuela y sin duda una de las joyas del 2014, sin embargo no se salvo de las decepciones que este dio, pues a pesar de ser un buen juego no llego a lo que se esperaba.

    Pros:
    -Sigue teniendo un gran trasfondo.
    -una variedad de armas y armaduras mas grande.
    -una variedad de enemigos mas grande.
    -bajaron la dificultad para que fuera apto para todo publico.
    -añadieron nuevas formas de jugabilidad.
    -mas NPCs.
    -mejoraron los FPS.
    -mejoraron el Online.
    -mejoraron en cuestión de RPG.

    Contras:
    -bajón en el diseño de nivel.
    -el diseño del mundo recibió un bajón de detalles.
    -mejoraron los gráficos, pero no dieron los que prometieron.
    -jefes que no tienen gracia.
    -se volvió mas fácil que su antecesor, le puse en ambos bandos ya que también perdió esencia la saga al momento de ponerlo mas fácil.

    Se noto un montón que habían cambiado de director, ya que falto muchas cosas del videojuego anterior cosas esenciales como el diseño de nivel y los gráficos anteriormente dicho. bien dije, es una joya del 2014 pero nada mas, me gusto pero al mismo tiempo me decepciono.
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  51. Feb 14, 2015
    7
    Not as good as DS1 as far as world building, but the raw combat mechanics, especially in PvP, are dramatically improved. The characters are in most cases weaker, and the bosses in most cases are less creative and they seem to have this hard-on for humanoid monsters with big tracking overhead swings. Some of the bosses, however, are really great. It doesn't capture the feel of Lordran, butNot as good as DS1 as far as world building, but the raw combat mechanics, especially in PvP, are dramatically improved. The characters are in most cases weaker, and the bosses in most cases are less creative and they seem to have this hard-on for humanoid monsters with big tracking overhead swings. Some of the bosses, however, are really great. It doesn't capture the feel of Lordran, but it's more fun for the most part to actually play. Expand
  52. Feb 14, 2015
    10
    One of the best games ever, it's brilliance outshines its minor flaws. If you play games to be challenged this is for you.

    If you want a game that will play it's self, buy it anyway and get your head examined!
  53. Feb 9, 2015
    5
    This game is only for those who consider themselves hardcore and enjoy the challenge of long winded battles and unresponsive controls. If you don't mind dying many, many times so that you can memorize the actions of mobs then this game will appeal to you. It was not so much the dying but the level of punishment for dying (reducing your maximum health) that I was so opposed to. I don'tThis game is only for those who consider themselves hardcore and enjoy the challenge of long winded battles and unresponsive controls. If you don't mind dying many, many times so that you can memorize the actions of mobs then this game will appeal to you. It was not so much the dying but the level of punishment for dying (reducing your maximum health) that I was so opposed to. I don't mind challenge but when the challenge is at this level, to reduce your health upon respawning as a punishment in addition to dropping your souls is over the top. I would be far more likely to spend the effort to over come the obstacle if I were not punished to the point where additional failed attempts would provide even less leeway and bring about a quicker death.

    The story is done well. The lighting is NOT well done. The textures are muddy and archaic. The game is not very accessible and appeals to a particular type of player. Simply put, I don't find the game to be fun or entertaining. Its more of a chore than something that I find enticing.

    I know that some people enjoy very difficult challenges and will bang their head against a boss until they beat it. For them this game will be a must play. There are very few challenges out there like this and if you are masochistic and like to deal with over powered bosses that way over stay their welcome (at least for me) then this game will be a gem.

    I do hope that Bloodborne will be more accessible. Watching the play through that has been recorded during the Alpha it certainly appears to have more variety in the combat and tactics and be more accessible.

    I can only give it 5 out of 10 - for the writing, voice acting and soundtrack.
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  54. Feb 5, 2015
    5
    This game was a huge step down from the original dark souls and all I can say is it felt rushed. The developers claimed better graphics, more polish. Instead it's big, bland and frustrating. I put 120 hours in the original and loved everything about it. DS2s world had really no exploration at all to it, just clear this area move on to the next. There was no believable slow emergence intoThis game was a huge step down from the original dark souls and all I can say is it felt rushed. The developers claimed better graphics, more polish. Instead it's big, bland and frustrating. I put 120 hours in the original and loved everything about it. DS2s world had really no exploration at all to it, just clear this area move on to the next. There was no believable slow emergence into the next world, just your clearly in the lava stage now... From an elevator... That took you all the way up... From a windmill...? Much of the enjoyment of the original was just exploring this vast world and looking for surprises. For the first 30 some hours of DS2 there was nothing. Funny enough that some of the few issues from the original were either still there or made worse by new rules implemented. They can rerelease DS2 on Xbox one and say it looks better now all they want. They should have waited and put out a clean game than to lie about DS2 and disappoint fans of this series Expand
  55. Jan 28, 2015
    0
    - Original Xbox graphics
    - Repetitive combat style, (4 possible slashes, 3 possible dodges, 1 block, and arrow shot. That's it.)
    - Combat relies on BAD AI. To win battles you have to perform actions like running around in a circle to dodge attacks until your health builds back up - Entire premise of the game is how often you can die (this is a supposed feature) - An online experience
    - Original Xbox graphics
    - Repetitive combat style, (4 possible slashes, 3 possible dodges, 1 block, and arrow shot. That's it.)
    - Combat relies on BAD AI. To win battles you have to perform actions like running around in a circle to dodge attacks until your health builds back up
    - Entire premise of the game is how often you can die (this is a supposed feature)
    - An online experience that doesn't work (Gold member with 60hrs of play time, no PvP interaction)
    - No bonus for head shots, body part hits
    - NPCs have flawed speech and will ruin story and gameplay if you don't perform specific actions
    - Specific actions (killing NPCs or using key stones in the wrong place) will permanently destroy your future game
    - Only way to progress is literally looking up walk through, as you will be unable to pass levels without knowing why
    - Takes about 30% of the game before you can sell objects
    - Repairs actually don't mean anything, as they repair themselves at every bonfire
    - Zero revolutionary gaming aspects

    Literally the WORST game I have every played. I tried to like it. But I am baffled as to why anyone would rate this. I can't express how angry I am that I paid $60 for this...WOW.

    Have the positive reviewers been paid? The graphics literally are original Xbox , or PS1 quality.
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  56. Jan 14, 2015
    10
    I never thought I would enjoy the Dark Souls games, as I hate dying or losing. I still wasn’t quite sure I did when I played about half of the original Dark Souls. Then I started playing Dark Souls II, beat some guys I thought were impossible… and it clicked. The desire to level up just one more level, beat just one more boss and discover just one more area is intoxicating. And man, theI never thought I would enjoy the Dark Souls games, as I hate dying or losing. I still wasn’t quite sure I did when I played about half of the original Dark Souls. Then I started playing Dark Souls II, beat some guys I thought were impossible… and it clicked. The desire to level up just one more level, beat just one more boss and discover just one more area is intoxicating. And man, the difficulty level is high, but satisfying. The only knock I would have on the game is stupid people invading my world. Aside from those rage-inducing moments, I had an awesome time from the beginning to end. My only regret is not being able to beat that dragon… Expand
  57. Jan 10, 2015
    10
    Avoid any other game if a challenge is what you seek, this is what made video gaming worthy in 2014,
    Dark Souls 2 is a way more friendly version of it's predecessor, which will allow newcomers to taste this phenomenal game, without getting al shot from the beginning, it will take you some time to get along still but once used you will for sure make a second and perhaps a third play
    Avoid any other game if a challenge is what you seek, this is what made video gaming worthy in 2014,
    Dark Souls 2 is a way more friendly version of it's predecessor, which will allow newcomers to taste this phenomenal game, without getting al shot from the beginning, it will take you some time to get along still but once used you will for sure make a second and perhaps a third play trough,
    haters here were probably not man enough to truly play this game as it should, if a challenge and great story is what you seek, this is your thing,

    if your a veteran player of the souls you know what you get, except that this one is kinda friendly, most bosses and enemies were possible to beat if the first round, but still this game will swell be worth your while,
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  58. Dec 29, 2014
    8
    Pros: Almost Perfect. The DLCs are one of the strengths for this type of game, the length and story are amazing and that's what you expect in a DS game.

    Cons: Biggest flaw in this game is the ease of healing. DS1 was mint with the limited Flasks you could use each time you rested. In DS2 they added the life gems which you can buy unlimited number from a vendor which make the game way
    Pros: Almost Perfect. The DLCs are one of the strengths for this type of game, the length and story are amazing and that's what you expect in a DS game.

    Cons: Biggest flaw in this game is the ease of healing. DS1 was mint with the limited Flasks you could use each time you rested. In DS2 they added the life gems which you can buy unlimited number from a vendor which make the game way too easy. This game is about precision and difficulty that you should not rush unless your one of the pro players. I wish they removed the life gems in any Game+ mode and challenge the players like DS1 did. Other con is the new riposte/counter attack mechanic, its just crap. DS1 had it done amazingly and quick attack hard hit. Here (DS2) you knock enemies down and they wait a sec and then you do some cheese stack attack? meh.

    Overall awesome game but DS1 is still #1 for difficulty.
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  59. Dec 28, 2014
    2
    I get it, its supposed to be tough and challenging. But there is a difference between tough and challenging and something that becomes dull and repetitive having to try the same thing over and over again. If I wanted dull, repetitive and challenging I would go to work.
  60. Dec 26, 2014
    7
    Let me start with a disclaimer - It is very hard to review any sequel without comparing it to the original. So with that said let me say that Dark Souls 2 is a good game and it makes some mechanical improvements on the previous game. Just know that for the most part the combat system remains excellent and still has the same weight to it as the previous games in the series. However, itLet me start with a disclaimer - It is very hard to review any sequel without comparing it to the original. So with that said let me say that Dark Souls 2 is a good game and it makes some mechanical improvements on the previous game. Just know that for the most part the combat system remains excellent and still has the same weight to it as the previous games in the series. However, it certainly has flaws and takes several steps back in other areas when compared to Dark Souls 1.

    Story - I really don't know what to say about the story, the souls games have never been big on exposition but have always managed to deliver a simple, effective narrative which is enriched by scraps of lore you encounter through item descriptions. I get the impression that the narrative here was outsourced to a 15 year old goth. It seems to relish in being mysterious and dark for the sake of being mysterious and dark. Just know that you will have no idea what is going on until the late game, and once you do sort of know what is going on, the story introduces time travel before it's pantomime "it was me!" final boss and ambiguous ending. Regarding the lore (item descriptions) - all you will get is more ambiguous crap like "could this have been that?" or "perhaps that was this?" or "some people say that.....". Why craft a story when you can just plaster everything in meaningless ambiguity? or is it?

    World/Levels -unlike Dark Souls 1, this is not an open world game though it does a decent job of masquerading as one. This is highlighted by some of the ludicrous transitions from one area to the next (Earthen Peak to iron Keep). It's essentially a series of linear levels, each of which ends in a boss fight. Environments for the most part are good, though some are fairly drab looking, while others are a bit too video game-y (Iron Keep).

    Enemies/Bosses - Severe lack of variety in this department. Most enemies and bosses in this game are basically just some iteration of 'dude in armor' with few exceptions. This actually is reflective of a big problem with the game and perhaps it's biggest failing - there is a severe lack of creativity in this game in general.

    All that said, it is still a good game and worth buying if you're up for a challenge.
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  61. Dec 2, 2014
    0
    Игра без сюжета с тупым ссаным управлением. Полная срань. Игра для школьников-садомазохистов, которым нравится запах жареного пукана и сектантов, которые любят искать сюжет там где его нет. 0 из 10.
  62. Nov 30, 2014
    9
    This was not only a fun game and worthwhile playing, but it was also one of the most changing games I've ever played. This game will not only frustrate you but it will also make you wish you never bought it. But after your mixed emotions you will realize you want to play more. So all in all you will find it a life accomplishment to beat this game but it will make you a better gamer.
  63. Nov 18, 2014
    9
    Don't believe any of the moronic reviews with 0/10 etc this is an outstanding, 9/10 game.

    Good - Its Dark Souls but much, much bigger, more armour, more weapons, more bosses more options, same great core gameplay. PvP is not as much of an unplayable lag-stab fest as it was in Dark Souls and this time can actually be fun. Some truly memorable areas and bosses as we expected. Bad - Not
    Don't believe any of the moronic reviews with 0/10 etc this is an outstanding, 9/10 game.

    Good - Its Dark Souls but much, much bigger, more armour, more weapons, more bosses more options, same great core gameplay. PvP is not as much of an unplayable lag-stab fest as it was in Dark Souls and this time can actually be fun. Some truly memorable areas and bosses as we expected.

    Bad - Not quite as well put together area/level wise as Dark Souls. The larger scale has caused the graphics to suffer a little.

    Verdict - More of what was good in Dark Souls, an awsome game that provide thousands of hours of gameplay. Lol at 'gamers' who say its rubbish.
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  64. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    BEST GAME OF ALL TIME!
    Pvp is a but unbalanced but man the game has some incredible bosses and locations!! ................................................................................
  65. Nov 12, 2014
    9
    Despite all the changes from previous games I still enjoyed the game. It took some getting used to with how some of the mechanics work, but overall good experience. It is much more forgiving then previous soul games. PVP is always a blast.
  66. Nov 5, 2014
    9
    Dark Souls II is one of the best games that I have ever played. It takes most of the things wrong with Dark Souls and fixes them. The graphics are drastically improved from the last title. The combat system feels more deep, with more weapons and more strategy needed to defeat enemies. I feel as though this entry is slightly easier than the previous game, yet not by much. As for the recentDark Souls II is one of the best games that I have ever played. It takes most of the things wrong with Dark Souls and fixes them. The graphics are drastically improved from the last title. The combat system feels more deep, with more weapons and more strategy needed to defeat enemies. I feel as though this entry is slightly easier than the previous game, yet not by much. As for the recent DLC that was released, the difficulty is increased to the level of Dark Souls. So if you like the difficulty of the first game, then do not hesitate to purchase all the DLC, especially Crown of the Ivory King. All in all, this game is a near masterpiece, with some small problems that can be very easily overlooked. Expand
  67. Nov 3, 2014
    0
    by far the worst game I have ever played. it fails in every respect. don't know who thought it was a good idea to make a game like this
    First off the graphics are last gen. have never played a 360 game with such poor textures. so much more could have bee put in in terms of making the game pretty, but in the end it just reflects a lazy design team that didn't try.
    secondly, the gameplay
    by far the worst game I have ever played. it fails in every respect. don't know who thought it was a good idea to make a game like this
    First off the graphics are last gen. have never played a 360 game with such poor textures. so much more could have bee put in in terms of making the game pretty, but in the end it just reflects a lazy design team that didn't try.
    secondly, the gameplay is generic and pointless. It is 100 hour of unrewarding leveling, overpowered enemies and poor lighting every where, with linear enviroments that don't offer much in the way of alternate routes or decision making a open world game is suppose to. The enviromental design is just as poor. It is defined by generic rubble, underwhelming sceneries in which are boring and lacking of details that should give the game life and character. The combat is a generic, slow roll and hack mess that gets old fast. The enemies are usually just copy and paste variants of one another, where they pointlessly advance, hack and repeat, not using any advanced tactics or balancing mechanics. gameplay often dissolves into pressing b for 10 minutes, hacking, repeating. every boss looks different, but ultimately is just a new skin upon a lackluster, overpowered, stupid AI. There is no point why everything is OP and then you are punished for dying by losing all your souls, and permanent health, even though the game is defined by dying. It makes the game fustrating, dull, and unplayable as you fall into a pointless of dying over and over without getting anything back for the $60 you spent.
    The story could have been the saving for this game, but sadly it suffers just as many vital flaws. The quests are boring fetch quests often, or otherwise completely vague and ambiguous to the point where you think you are playing the mad ravings of a chronic mental masturbater. The storyline is pretty much nonexistent, and when you do get scraps of it, you find a morbid, depressing world, and pretty much no motivation on continuing other than just to try and prove to yourself you didn't just waste $60.
    overall, this is an overrated, poor, lazy and otherwise wasteful game that gives no emotional reward, and instead resigns to drive the player to insanity, and broken controllers. Should never be played by anyone.
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  68. Oct 29, 2014
    10
    Quite possibly one of the best games I have every played in my life. I beat the game 8 times on my main file, and 2 times on my alternate file (made this file to play with my friend, who beat the game twice as well). But yeah, this game is just so damn unique. I love how challenging this game is, and I love the setting as well. If you love games with difficulties that are similar to theQuite possibly one of the best games I have every played in my life. I beat the game 8 times on my main file, and 2 times on my alternate file (made this file to play with my friend, who beat the game twice as well). But yeah, this game is just so damn unique. I love how challenging this game is, and I love the setting as well. If you love games with difficulties that are similar to the old SNES games, this is definitely something you will enjoy. Please buy this game, and the first Dark Souls, and Demon Souls, you won't regret it. It's an underrated game that people don't play because it requires patience, thinking, strategy, teamwork(if you summon other players), and pretty much skills that normal people don't really possess. Normal people nowadays enjoy casual games like COD, because there isn't any thinking involved. OH yeah, the multiplayer is so original, I don't know any other game that has a multiplayer system like the Souls games. You can summon other players via a sign place on the ground for bosses and for areas in the game. I think it's cool. It does get annoying when you get invaded though, but nevertheless, it is cool. This game has raised my standards to very high levels, which is good because I can save money on video games now. Expand
  69. Oct 25, 2014
    10
    Uno de los mejores juegos de la generación. Como tantos otros no es para todos los públicos y de ahí que haya jugadores frustrados por su dificultad e incapacidad de pasárselo poniéndole ceros justificando su inoperancia y falta de paciencia con el juego. Me ha durado 70 horas que han sido las másinmersivas de la generación juntó a Last of Us, Bioshock, Arkham Asylum, Mass Effect y algunasUno de los mejores juegos de la generación. Como tantos otros no es para todos los públicos y de ahí que haya jugadores frustrados por su dificultad e incapacidad de pasárselo poniéndole ceros justificando su inoperancia y falta de paciencia con el juego. Me ha durado 70 horas que han sido las másinmersivas de la generación juntó a Last of Us, Bioshock, Arkham Asylum, Mass Effect y algunas otras pequeñas joyas. Una maravilla que nadie que se precie como hardcore debe dejar pasar. 10/10 Expand
  70. Oct 2, 2014
    2
    A game famous (and infamous) for its difficulty and vast open world. Sounds like a fun challenge. I'll readily admit that perhaps due to not playing Dark Souls 1 I'm missing backstory and plot points, but with all due respect...what the **** is going on in this game? It starts out and quickly makes no sense. Controls or wonky, but like most games, a person will eventually get used to them.A game famous (and infamous) for its difficulty and vast open world. Sounds like a fun challenge. I'll readily admit that perhaps due to not playing Dark Souls 1 I'm missing backstory and plot points, but with all due respect...what the **** is going on in this game? It starts out and quickly makes no sense. Controls or wonky, but like most games, a person will eventually get used to them. The inventory system? Not so much. It's confusing and awful. You collect items with little to know idea what they do, are presented with paths to take...that you shouldn't because the enemy on the path is far too strong for your character. Battles consist of rolling around trying to stab a bad guy a couple of times until you run out of stamina, or better yet, hope you can get him to stand next to a rock that causes the horrible AI to make him stuck against. From there you can slice him through the wall...until an archer from across the map shoots you through the same rock wall. Wow.

    Development is sloppy, unique terminology is not explained, the animations are so long, slow, and disjointed that you start something then literally watch the enemy perform 2-3 actions while you wait for your animation to finish. Let's say you bring up the menu-well, you can still be attacked with it up, but whatever. You exist out and can start walking around...but not of your attacks or rolls work until you exist out of the menu's menu bar that is atop the screen. Really?

    Every step of the way lazy development and horrible game design prevented me from caring about what was going on, wanting to spend more time to learn, or give me any confidence that I was stuck in a learning curve that would end, and the meat of the gaming experience would start up.

    Now multiplayer. Perhaps through poor research on my part, I was led to believe there was a traditional co-op experience in the game. What actually happens is after getting a few nonsensical items and apparently drawing on the floor with them, you can have someone else join your game as a shade. That means they get to see you run around and enable conversations, open chests, open doors, play the game, while you're along for the ride. Able to walk on ledges with terrible camera control and enemy targeting, swing your weapon of choice, then eventually run out of time in your buddy's world and getting to re-appear at a bonfire, you are guaranteed to feel completely cheated out of the story and gaming experience. That isn't co-op. That's single player, with some small amount of interaction above watching someone's Twitch account.

    This is in my bottom 5 of worst games I've ever played, and I've easily played through 500+ games.

    Difficult? Yes. In the sense that it's difficult to ride a bike on the freeway with a missing tire, three pedals, and a blindfold, but I would argue the difficulty, and frustration, is due to sloppy development and horrible game mechanics. Exploiting bad AI and clunky animations is not cleverly difficult gameplay to me.
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  71. Sep 29, 2014
    8
    I originally gave this game a nine, but the further I played it, the less I loved it...

    The game is excellent, for me it takes the original that little bit further... It's not less, or more difficult, its just different. Obvs this game is a lot easier if you utilise the multiplayer aspects. As with the first there's loads of enemy variation, weapon variation, great RPG elements etc. The
    I originally gave this game a nine, but the further I played it, the less I loved it...

    The game is excellent, for me it takes the original that little bit further... It's not less, or more difficult, its just different. Obvs this game is a lot easier if you utilise the multiplayer aspects. As with the first there's loads of enemy variation, weapon variation, great RPG elements etc. The story is a little less ambiguous than the first, but who cares right, just kill loads of ****

    I guess the only thing that lets this game down for me is the further you get into the game, the more it feels like a rushed project, or that they added more areas to make it bigger than Dark Souls, with a detriment to graphics and gameplay. There was a sandy area which i just didn't like at all. I guess the game tends to drag a bit, after all, 40/50 hours if not more without reaching the end game is pretty long.

    Overall Dark Souls 2 is definitely an improvement on the original, and one of the better games of the last generation.. If you like a challenge, RPGs and killing monstrosities it's a must buy.
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  72. Sep 29, 2014
    5
    Don't let the high scores fool you!
    This sequal is a huge step back from the previous title. The overall feel of this installment leaves alot to be desired. Poor level design, no sense of direction or urgency, artifical difficulty coming from the way of broken game mechanics, terrible matchmaking mechanics (see soul memory) Unnecessarily tedious task like leveling up, bad hit
    Don't let the high scores fool you!
    This sequal is a huge step back from the previous title. The overall feel of this installment leaves alot to be desired. Poor level design, no sense of direction or urgency, artifical difficulty coming from the way of broken game mechanics, terrible matchmaking mechanics (see soul memory) Unnecessarily tedious task like leveling up, bad hit detection/phantom hits, certain gear so over powered, you would be stupid not to use it effectively removing any customization. Unusable weapon classes because of horrendous move sets (im looking at you reapers) forgettable bosses all feeling the same....... the list goes on.
    On a brighter note, i may be describing it as a horrible game, but it still trumps other rpgs out there.
    Being a massive fan of the soul series i was immensely disappointed by this sub par sequal, they have fixed several balance issues associated with the first games, but have created a myrid of other issues.
    spend any serious amount of time playing this game and the cracks will begin to show.
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  73. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    I have played both Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 multiple times. Both are excellent games that are designed for a player that doesn't mind taking his or her time to grind through a level. If you die, you start over without any of your souls (money/exp.). However, if you died, it was likely because you rushed or made a mistake. This game tries to teach the player and if you don't learn thenI have played both Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 multiple times. Both are excellent games that are designed for a player that doesn't mind taking his or her time to grind through a level. If you die, you start over without any of your souls (money/exp.). However, if you died, it was likely because you rushed or made a mistake. This game tries to teach the player and if you don't learn then prepare to die...a lot. This is not for the "COD" crowd or for anyone that rushes through games. I imagine those people are the ones giving this game low review scores.

    Dark Souls as a series uses a minimalist approach. Everything from the story to the music is given in a quiet way. Nobody just tells you exactly what is going on, you have to put the story together yourself using what dialogue is available and by reading item descriptions. The music is usually quiet or completely gone, in order to give you a sense of loneliness. The environment is built in a way to make you feel small. After all, you're not some big hero. Just an insignificant figure trying to survive the world.

    I cannot recommend this game highly enough to the right person. If you have some time to kill and want a challenging but rewarding experience, give Dark Souls 2 an honest try.
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  74. Sep 27, 2014
    9
    Now in my review for the first one I will say I was a bit quick to jump the gun and never truly give this game a chance.

    My mind has changed in this new installment (and after giving the first one a second run) This game is what the direction that konami should've taken castlevania to besides that god of war wannabe garbage. The game mechanics are smooth and the challenge is real.
    Now in my review for the first one I will say I was a bit quick to jump the gun and never truly give this game a chance.

    My mind has changed in this new installment (and after giving the first one a second run)

    This game is what the direction that konami should've taken castlevania to besides that god of war wannabe garbage.

    The game mechanics are smooth and the challenge is real. Honestly my biggest enemy besides my own stupid choices would be gravity.

    I've learned after playing both DS games that I've been spoiled over the years with the easy difficulty of how modern games are. This game will teach you patience and how to overcome obstacles like in the old school NES days.

    I mean imagine castlevania symphony of the night and if konami kept that darkness and challenge and moved forward into the future with it... well from software did that with the "souls" series.

    It may not be castlevania but its what we've wanted that series to do for us today.

    Its no skyrim and people making comparisons need to know its like comparing an apple to a hotdog.. I mean really... 2 different things here buddies.

    The PVP is great and co op is also a plus here.

    You can invade others worlds and mess up their day ohhhh joyyyyyy my favorite
    but they can do it to you.... damn... but fun!!!!

    DLC is fairly priced and adds even more fun unlike todays games that just give you the unfinished bits of a game just to make extra money.

    The souls series is keeps that Nintendo tradition going on when it comes to good quality games.

    However it lacks in a few areas... in which to be honest isn't that big of a deal kinda like a really big pizza with one bad topping on it... its not a big deal if you eat around it.

    It lacks in the communication area.. yeah you can do all sorts of gestures but online you can only private chat there is no party chat which is a bummer if you have 2 people you are co oping with and would be nice to talk trash to people you beat in PVP vs sending them a message.

    Also the invading part upsets me because due to how difficult it is to get effigies I will pretty much say if an invader defeats you then you lose your humanity.

    Also ghost damage on PVP is a big no no and sometimes has me rage quit or how op a spell caster is.. sometimes it seems like there are hackers but its not too often... Some weapons hitboxes (spears) in pvp is a little retarded op....

    Like I said its not much to ruin a game but its enough to keep me from giving it a 10.

    This game is one of the few games out there today actually worth its price, and the replay value is high.
    if you get bored you can cosplay a character. Heck I did a faith caster with a sword and he looked like trunks from dragon ball z. you can cosplay almost anything just look it up on youtube.

    Good game and thank you from software. I apologize about my last review on the first one... I was ignorant of the awesomeness then and spoiled from typical shooters
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  75. Sep 24, 2014
    3
    In no way does this game deserve a 92. It is an emotionless, dry world where everything feels plastic. The game lacks emphasis on basic details that make a computerized world feel real. Character and enemy movements are limp, lifeless and clunky beyond playability. Combat mechanics are actually poor, and feel unimportant somehow. Plus.. dodging/blocking attacks is NOT possible to do amidstIn no way does this game deserve a 92. It is an emotionless, dry world where everything feels plastic. The game lacks emphasis on basic details that make a computerized world feel real. Character and enemy movements are limp, lifeless and clunky beyond playability. Combat mechanics are actually poor, and feel unimportant somehow. Plus.. dodging/blocking attacks is NOT possible to do amidst a flurry of attacks. you just get beaten to a pulp if you take more than 1 few hits. Tiny piglets take 50 swings to kill. The user interface and inventory system is cluttered, and badly disorganized. Facial details and graphics look like they are from 15 years ago, and that is not an exaggeration. I played the first Dark Souls two times through... in a row. With this game Im finding myself wanting to uninstall after 2 hours in. Dark Souls 1 was one of the best games I have ever played. This one misses the mark completely. Another failed sequel added to the list. Don't waste your money on this, unless you enjoy dying by falling off 15 foot drops, and getting beaten to death with no ability to roll or block. Its a dry world with nothing to offer except immense false hopes. Expand
  76. Sep 16, 2014
    9
    This game is a great sequel to Dark Souls. I love it, the gameplay is great. I also love the combat. This game is possibly the best Souls game. Even though, I still play Dark Souls. I also play this game, and I yet play it more than Dark Souls. I have not expected large amount of haters complaining. Don't hate on this game just for one reason, if you hate on this game JUST for one reason,This game is a great sequel to Dark Souls. I love it, the gameplay is great. I also love the combat. This game is possibly the best Souls game. Even though, I still play Dark Souls. I also play this game, and I yet play it more than Dark Souls. I have not expected large amount of haters complaining. Don't hate on this game just for one reason, if you hate on this game JUST for one reason, you prove that you're a retarded 6 years old (sorry for offence), however, this game is tough, but don't give up, if you keep trying, you will never fail, like, NEVER EVER.. Expand
  77. Sep 11, 2014
    9
    There are a lot of things about this game that are better than Dark Souls and Demon Souls, but there are also some that aren't as good. For instance, the atmosphere and the enemy design in Dark Souls II isn't as good as it was in the past in my opinion. However the wider variation of color is a nice change to the the mostly gray color scheme of the previous two games. Also, the actualThere are a lot of things about this game that are better than Dark Souls and Demon Souls, but there are also some that aren't as good. For instance, the atmosphere and the enemy design in Dark Souls II isn't as good as it was in the past in my opinion. However the wider variation of color is a nice change to the the mostly gray color scheme of the previous two games. Also, the actual gameplay of Dark Souls II is far superior to that of its predecessors. Combat is much more fluid, the AI is better, and the whole user experience as a whole is improved. If you have played any of the other games, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that Dark Souls II is a lot more user-friendly. Dark Souls II is a fantastic game that any fan of RPGs or action/adventure games should pick up. It's a refreshing change of pace from the typical offerings and offers a unique experience and feel that no other series has quite managed to catch. Expand
  78. Sep 4, 2014
    1
    Difficulty and poor controls/ game play make me a very unsatisfied buyer. Games should be fun and no mind-numbing exercise in frustration. Shame on you Namco. I want my money back.
  79. Aug 14, 2014
    8
    A fantastic sequel to Dark Souls. It is a bit easier, due to the opportunity to fast travel from very early in the game, unlike Dark Souls. You probably won't find yourself throwing the controller at the TV in anger as much with this one either! It still provides a big challenge, and like its predecessor, every enemy can hurt you if you let your guard down. Very enjoyable and immersive.
  80. Aug 7, 2014
    6
    I won't go too in-depth here, but they really messed this up. The first Dark Souls got it right, in that they found an excellent balance between difficulty and reward. This game has all the difficulty and more that Dark Souls had (although this time around it's difficult mostly because of the broken combat system), but it's almost like they left everything that was wrong witht hat game andI won't go too in-depth here, but they really messed this up. The first Dark Souls got it right, in that they found an excellent balance between difficulty and reward. This game has all the difficulty and more that Dark Souls had (although this time around it's difficult mostly because of the broken combat system), but it's almost like they left everything that was wrong witht hat game and broke everything that was great. It's not challenging, it's frustrating. It's not rewarding when you beat a boss, you're just relieved that you don't have to fight it anymore. It's not exciting, it's irritating. It just doesn't feel "challenging but fair" anymore, it feels like you're constantly at a huge disadvantage. Enemies hit you when they shouldn't, your weapons don't feel like they have any impact, and you never feel quite strong enough to have a chance. You're constantly being swarmed by enemies and you often have no way to protect yourself from taking at least a bit of damage. The healing system is screwed up, with HP recovery taking a painfully long time, time you just don't have in most situations. The game just feels like it's sucker punching you at every turn, and to me that's not fun or challenging, it's just annoying. You shouldn't have to play through an area 10 times just so you can find all the places the game is going to kick you in the nuts. All in all, it feels more like a "rage game" than a full production title. Dark Souls was an incredible game, a real feat of game design and a shining example of what a video game should be. I'd really like to know what happened here. They took a game that was tough but fun and took all the fun out of it. Expand
  81. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    As a loyal dark souls fan I really enjoyed this game. Everything about this game gameplay, lore and combat wise was spot on. However I do have a few major gripes with the 'hardness' of this game. Don't get me wrong I'm good at dark souls and love a challenge but particularly towards the end of the game it seemed like the developers started using cheap tactics to try and and get me to toAs a loyal dark souls fan I really enjoyed this game. Everything about this game gameplay, lore and combat wise was spot on. However I do have a few major gripes with the 'hardness' of this game. Don't get me wrong I'm good at dark souls and love a challenge but particularly towards the end of the game it seemed like the developers started using cheap tactics to try and and get me to to rage and make the experience harder; I'm talking about things such as an ogre suddenly bursting through a wall without warning and killing me instantly or bonfires (which serve as checkpoints) being hidden under stairs or behind illusionary walls which I would miss unless I had previous knowledge of them Being there. Finally there seemed to be a lot more bosses which either outnumbered you, were uninventive such as a guy in a suit of armour or just damn right easy cough cough covetous demon. Overall despite its cheap tactics towards the end and some boring boss fights I recommend it. Expand
  82. Jul 26, 2014
    9
    So, Dark Souls 2.

    Story : If you have played Dark Souls before, you'll know the kind of theme that has been set already. For those of you who skipped the first game, lore wise you won't be in for much of a treat. The characters aren't all that interesting in the sequel, to be fair you wouldn't care at all if they died because you don't feel any form of attachment to them. Gameplay :
    So, Dark Souls 2.

    Story : If you have played Dark Souls before, you'll know the kind of theme that has been set already. For those of you who skipped the first game, lore wise you won't be in for much of a treat. The characters aren't all that interesting in the sequel, to be fair you wouldn't care at all if they died because you don't feel any form of attachment to them.

    Gameplay : So, many things have been improved upon over the original. The combat mechanics have been tweaked a fair bit which as a PvP player, made fights far more interesting compared to the consistent back-stab fishing from the original. The movement has also been refined, you feel more in control of your characters movements now, whether traveling or fighting. The enemies in the game are diverse when it comes to difficulty, they still require decent thought process and strategies to beat, but you'll find yourself being ganked on by enemies more in this game which in my opinion feels like a cheap difficulty factor. Enemies have better tracking on this game too, melee based enemies consistently pressure you and sometimes force you into making mistakes due to their tenacity but that's just the norm with Dark Souls.

    Graphics : The game looks much better, smoother and detailed. The only thing which put me off was the level design. With the original game, each area felt connected, with this one, areas feel out of place and simply do not make sense in terms of how you transition from one place to another.

    Sound : The sound is fairly good, nothing to complain about on this front. Although, I will add that the song when fighting the end boss compared to the fight with Gwyn on the original felt a bit lackluster, which in my opinion made for a fairly mediocre encounter.

    Overall : Truth be told, when it comes to gameplay, DS2 is the much better game. However the characters, level design and lore felt a bit lackluster. The major boss encounters in the game were a bit boring, not due to their mechanics but simply the idea that each fight felt somewhat pointless. You still gain that sense of achievement though so if you want a decent challenge you won't go unfed. It's definitely worth picking up.

    Too long ; didn't read : Buy Dark Souls 2 for the Gameplay / Buy Dark Souls for the experience. They both shine in different areas.
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  83. Jul 25, 2014
    5
    Great for bosses. That is about it, the game still plays almost exactly the same as the previous two, people will claim that there is new content such as power stance and Hexes, those people are wrong, there is nothing really new.
    The only real difficulty of the game still comes from poor animations and mechanics, if you get hit by someone returning to their default stance after you avoid
    Great for bosses. That is about it, the game still plays almost exactly the same as the previous two, people will claim that there is new content such as power stance and Hexes, those people are wrong, there is nothing really new.
    The only real difficulty of the game still comes from poor animations and mechanics, if you get hit by someone returning to their default stance after you avoid there attack, the animation of their movement will inflict as much damage to you as their attack would have.
    Multiplayer is still 50/50.
    There is still not a decent story line.
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  84. Jul 21, 2014
    1
    this game sucks so bad.
    i'm totally glad I didn't pay for it.
    games like this are the reason I bootleg my games. the buttholes push this garbage on us and say it's gold and people eat it up. I must admit I fell for all the hoopla, and downloaded it, but to my dismay, I hate it. it's like it's unfinished or something. There is NO SAVE feature. something that people who have lives
    this game sucks so bad.
    i'm totally glad I didn't pay for it.
    games like this are the reason I bootleg my games. the buttholes push this garbage on us and say it's gold and people eat it up.
    I must admit I fell for all the hoopla, and downloaded it, but to my dismay, I hate it.
    it's like it's unfinished or something.
    There is NO SAVE feature. something that people who have lives actually need.
    that ALONE should be enough to make people stop and think.

    I don't feel bad for making copies of this game because it is garbage and the only way i'll ever give Namco any of my money is... hey, i'll NEVER give Namco another dime.
    HOW IS NAMCO STILL ALLOWED to make games?
    dark souls II my butt.
    I hate this game.
    people give it high ratings because they don't have anything else to play, or it is as close to the lives they will never actually have that they want. like when people play those crappy tomb raider games, but reality those games suck too and they only play them because they like laura croft. im not gay or a lame, so I can speak my mind.

    this game is GARBAGE STAY AWAY FROM IT
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  85. Jul 19, 2014
    6
    While it's by no means a bad game; Dark Souls II, unfortunately, falls a long way short of the near perfect original Dark Souls. In terms of combat, world design, enemy design and boss design; Dark Souls II just doesn't live up to it's predecessor, or the hype generated prior to release. 10/10 for the cloth physics though :)
  86. Jul 19, 2014
    9
    Alright, I'll try to cover almost everything about dark souls 2. Just like in DS1, every time you die you become a hollow. And trust me, this will happen A LOT. It also means you lose all the souls you have collected up to that point and lose bit of your max HP (You'll lose up to 50% of max HP). There's good news and bad news when you lose those souls. The good news is that you can goAlright, I'll try to cover almost everything about dark souls 2. Just like in DS1, every time you die you become a hollow. And trust me, this will happen A LOT. It also means you lose all the souls you have collected up to that point and lose bit of your max HP (You'll lose up to 50% of max HP). There's good news and bad news when you lose those souls. The good news is that you can go retrieve those souls from where you have died. The bad news is that if you die along the way, and I MEAN WHEN YOU ARE 1/4 INCHES AWAY AND YOU DIE, those souls will be gone forever. This is why entering white mist with large amount of souls is not a good idea, since there could be a boss behind it. This is why it is a good idea to spend those souls regularly on leveling up, buying new gears, upgrading those gears, etc. This way, you won't have much to lose. The boss fights are epic too. The music that cues when the fight begins perfectly matches the look of the boss. Some bosses are pretty easy, but I feel the difficulty of these bosses goes up way too suddenly. Every area accept for the first two have one or two bosses, and while one boss can be easy the other can be really hard, meaning you'll have to come back later after you level up more. The combat mechanic has definitely improved. The dual wielding is fully functional and you can create new combos with it. One of the common strategy I use is lock on, go around, hit it from side or back. Your rolling will be your life savior, and you'll need to learn to time the roll perfectly, or else you'll still get hit.

    As much as this game is punishingly difficult, that does not mean it feels rewarding. Entering new areas are very exciting, and every areas have something to explore. The first open area that you'll enter is called Majula, and when you enter this area It;ll take your breath away with it's gorgeous view. But that doesn't mean I like all the areas. Some areas are dark and it requires you to use the torch, and the lighting can be very annoying since your shadow goes everywhere. Also when you want to dual-wield, you have to drop the torch and go find nearest fire source to light it up again.

    Lastly, I want to mention that This game WILL annoy/make you rage. But it'll do that just enough to make you want to try again. You'll have mental breakdown at least once, but you won't have another one for a long time.

    Dark Souls 2 is a great game, with nice graphic (even on the 360) but it is still one of the hardest games I've every played. 9/10
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  87. Jul 18, 2014
    8
    Using familiar mechanics and style, Dark Souls is one of the best games of this year. Compared to the original however, the game doesn't feel as polished. Some areas have (no pun intended) no soul to them. You walk mostly in a straight line, with one few branching paths. I mean, it's still Dark Souls and by god there's a lot of exploring to do, but to me, it never felt interesting, notUsing familiar mechanics and style, Dark Souls is one of the best games of this year. Compared to the original however, the game doesn't feel as polished. Some areas have (no pun intended) no soul to them. You walk mostly in a straight line, with one few branching paths. I mean, it's still Dark Souls and by god there's a lot of exploring to do, but to me, it never felt interesting, not even slightly. Dark Souls 1 featured a world that was interconnected and exploring this world was really satisfying: Finding all kinds of shortcuts or finally reaching that area that you couldn't get to before was amazingly satisfying. In Dark Souls 2 however, this feeling is mostly absent, probably because of the lackluster level design.
    Now don't get me wrong, I loved playing the 50 hours I put in Dark Souls 2's story, but replaying the game never really occurred to me. I didn't want to go through the game again with a different build or approach, something that Dark Souls 1 really well.
    In short, Dark Souls 2 is a fantastic game, but isn't a masterpiece like it's predecessor. It solved some of the original's problems, while adding new ones too. It could've been so much more, it could've been another amazing adventure that we would cherish, but in the end, it simply didn't. It's...forgettable.
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  88. Jul 6, 2014
    7
    Dark Souls 2 is a good game, but I feel it is a step down from Dark Souls. I'm not sure if others feel the same, but the way Dark Souls was connected by shortcuts It really made the world feel together. Some points in dark souls 2 don't make sense where they are placed and shortcuts are lame now that you can fast travel. The combat and how it plays feels similar enough to Dark Souls soDark Souls 2 is a good game, but I feel it is a step down from Dark Souls. I'm not sure if others feel the same, but the way Dark Souls was connected by shortcuts It really made the world feel together. Some points in dark souls 2 don't make sense where they are placed and shortcuts are lame now that you can fast travel. The combat and how it plays feels similar enough to Dark Souls so once I got used to it I had fun. Though I was letdown by the bosses in Dark Souls 2 which are mostly all re-skins of bosses from previous games with slightly different moves.So most the bosses felt kind of uninspired except for a few.A little more than half way through the game I was getting a little bored. Probably because I was expecting more.I still completed it, but felt it was missing something. The game was good and worth a purchase, but it is not amazing like Dark Souls. Expand
  89. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    I am going to say first the the Dark Souls series is most likely my favorite game series, so this review will be a bit biased.
    When I first started the game, I will admit it was very confusing in comparison to Dark Soul's beginning. however with a bit of trial and error, a lot of luck and some dying, I soon came to enjoy the difficulty of finding your own path.
    Dark Souls continues to
    I am going to say first the the Dark Souls series is most likely my favorite game series, so this review will be a bit biased.
    When I first started the game, I will admit it was very confusing in comparison to Dark Soul's beginning. however with a bit of trial and error, a lot of luck and some dying, I soon came to enjoy the difficulty of finding your own path.
    Dark Souls continues to do something that most games lack anymore and that is give the player a real challenge. Some may call it tedious repetitive work, but it really is a tough game to play and every time I go through the game I am met with another entertaining challenge once again.
    Multiplayer is a lot more entertaining and fun, as well as cooperative multiplayer.
    The story (if you look into the lore of the game from speculation on YouTube, my personal favorite is Vaati) you will find a story that is so intertwined within itself that you have to really look and delve into the game to uncover all the amazing secrets it holds. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wants a fun challenge that you wont get in many other games out there.
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  90. Jul 3, 2014
    0
    Dark Souls 2 is the biggest piece of garbage of a game ever created. SERIOUSLY DUE NOT BUY THIS GAME OR SUPPORT THE COMPANY IN ANY WAY. Everything about this game is broken. The camera is garbage. The lock on mechanics don't work and the hit detection is so bad that the game gets to be unplayable.

    Dark Souls had always advertised that it is a hard game well it is not what it is is
    Dark Souls 2 is the biggest piece of garbage of a game ever created. SERIOUSLY DUE NOT BUY THIS GAME OR SUPPORT THE COMPANY IN ANY WAY. Everything about this game is broken. The camera is garbage. The lock on mechanics don't work and the hit detection is so bad that the game gets to be unplayable.

    Dark Souls had always advertised that it is a hard game well it is not what it is is incredibly cheap. It is like FromSoftware ran out of idea's and thought hey how can we make this game seem hard? Oh I know at any point we can we will make the game so frustratingly cheap that it will seem difficult. Add this with virtually every system in the game being broken and poorly designed and you have something that is basically unplayable and beyond frustrating.

    You no longer get that sense of accomplishment from beating a boss now your just thankful that it is over because all you did was die 20 times to memorize all the animations of the enemies and lucked out that the game got stuck in a loop of animations that let you get the upper hand. Worst of all 90% of my deaths didn't come from bosses they came from cheap encounters in the environment so there really was never a sense of accomplishment. The only difficult boss I found was because was because the designers thought that it would be ok to put a boss fight on a ledge with a hole in the middle and have all the boss's moves knock me back. He never once actually killed me the falls from being knocked back or rolling out of the way did.

    This leads to the absolute worst part of the game. Poor level design. The best example of this is the numerous levels they included that were flooded with water. Not only can I not move well but I either faced enemies who could kill me with a hit or two which you can no longer dodge thanks to the water or they included ranged enemies that will kill you before you can even reach them. That right there is not fun and leads to controller smashing frustration.

    Playing this game is like playing a game with your friends who are obviously cheating to win but you can't do anything about it you just lose and have to live with it. This game is a waste of money and unless you have the most patience of anyone I ever met you will likely get to a point in the game which you cannot get past and for me if a game is made in a way that makes it so you cannot keep playing than it is not a good game.
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  91. Jul 1, 2014
    3
    Dark Souls was and is my favorite game of all time, so when I heard about the sequel I was ecstatic. At first I loved the game and adored the changes they made from the original, but slowly I started to see the cracks. The bosses were mostly boringly easy (compared to the original) and seemed dull and generic. Most of the bosses could be circled around and stabbed while they ineptlyDark Souls was and is my favorite game of all time, so when I heard about the sequel I was ecstatic. At first I loved the game and adored the changes they made from the original, but slowly I started to see the cracks. The bosses were mostly boringly easy (compared to the original) and seemed dull and generic. Most of the bosses could be circled around and stabbed while they ineptly attempted to hit you, and the bosses that weren't easy were stupidly hard. For example, there is an optional boss in the game called the Ancient Dragon. This is the worst boss in the game. He kills you in one hit with a fire attack that covers most of the battle area. To attack him you must bait a specific attack of his and then sprint at him only to poke his feet, taking about one sixty-fourth of his health away, and then sprint back and hope he doesn't hit you with his fire. That is to get one or two hits. Now, I'd be fine with this if it was a completely optional boss that was made to be practically impossible, but this boss drops an item you need to kill another optional boss who otherwise has stupidly high defenses.
    Overall, the game's main problem is that it's Dark Souls 2. If it was a game from another company with another title, I'd be great. But altogether it falls far short of its predecessor. It lacks the same reasonable challenge that Dark Souls 1 had. The areas and enemies in the original were diverse and strange, but the enemies in Dark Souls 2 were all boring and just seemed like re-skinned versions of the same old thing. This game was a major disappointment to me, and should disappoint anyone who played and loved the original.

    TL;DR: Not nearly as good as the first one.
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  92. Jun 26, 2014
    8
    Although not breaking any barriers than its prequel Dark Souls 2 offers a lot of fun and difficulty. It is not a game that is frustratingly difficult or rage inducing. Each death is your fault due to lack of knowledge or just a miss timed roll. The game is a bit more forgiving than the first but the challenge is still there. As a seasoned player I died many times but got the hang of it theAlthough not breaking any barriers than its prequel Dark Souls 2 offers a lot of fun and difficulty. It is not a game that is frustratingly difficult or rage inducing. Each death is your fault due to lack of knowledge or just a miss timed roll. The game is a bit more forgiving than the first but the challenge is still there. As a seasoned player I died many times but got the hang of it the more I played.

    The game slightly lacks the depth its prequel had and the music is not as good, although it seems as if there is more variety in the tracks so that is a plus.

    Dark Souls 2 also makes you question the adventure you are on and gives you the task of filling in the blanks. That is what makes a good adventure because it is YOUR adventure. Every player will have their own unique experience which is something that is essential to the Souls series.

    This game has much better co-op than the previous entries in the series and I would be lying if I said I did not summon someone for at least one of the boss battles.

    Dark Souls 2 is a must and I would argue that it is a game for almost everyone. You do not have to have prior knowledge of the series and do not have to be an avid video game player to enjoy this game.
    Amazing game, epic experience!
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  93. Jun 25, 2014
    9
    The original Dark Souls stands not only as one of the best games of the last generation, but perhaps one of the greatest games ever made. Its atmosphere, gameplay, and difficulty made it an experience unlike any other before it. In this regard, Dark Souls II had large shoes to fill. Thankfully, FromSoftware’s latest entry into the series successfully rekindles the magic of the first gameThe original Dark Souls stands not only as one of the best games of the last generation, but perhaps one of the greatest games ever made. Its atmosphere, gameplay, and difficulty made it an experience unlike any other before it. In this regard, Dark Souls II had large shoes to fill. Thankfully, FromSoftware’s latest entry into the series successfully rekindles the magic of the first game by advancing its gameplay and accessibility.

    One excellent aspect of Dark Souls II is its gameplay. The Souls series is known for its impeccable mechanics, and Dark Souls II is no exception. Everything from swordplay to sorcery maintains its high level of detail and complexity. However, these mechanics have been greatly polished, allowing the gameplay experience to be far smoother. These refined controls are accompanied by the traditional and crippling difficulty of the series. Throughout a playthrough, a player will encounter seemingly insurmountable obstacles that test his or her desire to win. The game is also peppered with confrontations with opponents vastly superior in strength, size, and tenacity.

    To many people, this difficulty may seem tedious and unappealing. However, the difficulty is what makes the game special. Every failure is the player’s fault, and the game centers itself on learning from defeat. Some of the most exhilarating and fulfilling moments in gaming come from finally besting an enemy after hours of seeming defeat. The fulfillment felt from each victory makes Dark Souls II a remarkably satisfying game to play.

    On a technical level, Dark Souls II far surpasses its predecessor. The original Dark Souls struggled to maintain a decent frame rate, and at certain areas the game became nearly unplayable. Dark Souls II, however, is able to run smoothly, never once dropping below 30 frames per second. The improved frame rates, coupled with the reworked graphics, ensure that the game is the series’ most technically sound entry. These enhancements allow the difficulty of the game to stem from actual obstacles rather than unintended technical problems.

    The most interesting aspect of Dark Souls II is how it delivers its story. Rather than being presented directly to the player, the narrative is presented subtly. Players are dropped into a world with minimal background information and instructed to piece the big picture together themselves. The lore of the game comes from the enemies fought, locations visited, and items collected. This approach to a narrative makes the game world feel far more natural, as though it existed for thousands of years before you first enter it. And while the melancholy tale of the rise and fall of the kingdom is Drangleic is admittedly less interesting than that of the original Dark Souls, it is still a story worth uncovering.

    As a whole, Dark Souls II is superb. FromSoftware has succeeded again in making a punishing yet fulfilling game. The main problem with Dark Souls II, however, is that it doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor. While Dark Souls II is more accessible and easier to play, it feels more like a game and less like a true experience. The original Dark Souls was remarkable in both design and atmosphere. The creativity and enjoyably depressing nature of the original produced a remarkable experience unlike any game made before it. Dark Souls II does not live up to this mold. It tries very hard to rekindle the magic of its predecessor, but in doing so it fails to find its own identity.

    Dark Souls II is a better game, but it is not a better experience.
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  94. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    This game has awesome pvp and pve with random people or friends, this and borderlands series are the only games i ever felt could have a second playthrough and still be fun. The only bad thing about the game is if you want to play with friends its kinda hard but its not made to play with friends. It has awesome weapons each one usable and unique for each and every person none linearThis game has awesome pvp and pve with random people or friends, this and borderlands series are the only games i ever felt could have a second playthrough and still be fun. The only bad thing about the game is if you want to play with friends its kinda hard but its not made to play with friends. It has awesome weapons each one usable and unique for each and every person none linear combat. All I have to say is its hard sometimes, (harder than any other game but you will find tricks to make it easy) very long, a lot of stuff to do and collect, you will feel proud, and 10/10 Expand
  95. Jun 5, 2014
    5
    This is a step back from dark Souls.
    The ghost damage one can get from a katana R2 etc or the mystical hitbox damage one takes when "out of range" of enemy radius is astounding.
    From seems to want gamers to spend 300+ hours on lackluster arenas that require grinding for example the blue sentinels (10,000) souls per orb.) On PC the game looks excellent , the story nothing to write home
    This is a step back from dark Souls.
    The ghost damage one can get from a katana R2 etc or the mystical hitbox damage one takes when "out of range" of enemy radius is astounding.
    From seems to want gamers to spend 300+ hours on lackluster arenas that require grinding for example the blue sentinels (10,000) souls per orb.)
    On PC the game looks excellent , the story nothing to write home about . It is obvious Miyazaki was "busy" getting to be president of from.
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  96. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    One of my fav. games of the past 5 years. Very rarely do I spend well over 200 hours on a game and thirst for more. It's not perfect - hit detection can be off, and pvp is unbalanced overall. But I cannot give it less than a 10 when I know I'll be consistently playing this for at least the next 3 months (probably 6).
  97. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    Amazing game from the boss battles to world to the weapons. If you liked dark souls you probably like this game too. Its even harder then the first and adds even more content that will keep you coming back day in and day out for weeks. It is a must buy for anyone who likes a challenge and is overall an almost perfect game. From software hit it out of the park with this game and is quicklyAmazing game from the boss battles to world to the weapons. If you liked dark souls you probably like this game too. Its even harder then the first and adds even more content that will keep you coming back day in and day out for weeks. It is a must buy for anyone who likes a challenge and is overall an almost perfect game. From software hit it out of the park with this game and is quickly becoming one of my favorite games for the xbox 360 and its managing to keep me away from my ps4 and pc. Expand
  98. May 29, 2014
    10
    I love Dark souls 2. Anyways I like what it offered me. A fun co-op, a challenging PvP, some insane bosses. I would definitely suggest buying this game. I love how it challenges me unlike most games.
  99. May 29, 2014
    9
    This game is tons of fun and a lot of content for you. Visuals look good for this console generation, nothing wrong about that. And yes I know, the E3 Trailer showed better graphics, but we all saw the newer in Trailer and in the Beta, that the graphics were already downgraded after like 2 months since the announcement. The gameplay is fantastic as always and the game is challengingThis game is tons of fun and a lot of content for you. Visuals look good for this console generation, nothing wrong about that. And yes I know, the E3 Trailer showed better graphics, but we all saw the newer in Trailer and in the Beta, that the graphics were already downgraded after like 2 months since the announcement. The gameplay is fantastic as always and the game is challenging enough to keep you motivated. The game also has a really smooth framerate. But the first one was a bit better, simply because this one seemed a bit rushed. Nether the less, this is a great game and you should buy it if you are into that genre. Expand
  100. May 25, 2014
    8
    No other game feels like the Dark / Demon Souls franchise. It is such a well polished game. The combat system is brutally satisfying, the visuals are beautiful, the music and sound effects help suck you into the fantasy world. The online system appears to work very well now. It does appear to be a bit easier now as the ability to summon other players to assist has become very easy.
  101. Mar 26, 2014
    8
    An amazing display that the old generation can beat some of the new generations creations.This game has great potential and in fact beats all the next games if not most of them. If your struggling in dark souls take my strategy after you fight the enemies in a area go back to bonfire and fight the same enemies till they stop regenerating this makes the game 10 times easier, although theAn amazing display that the old generation can beat some of the new generations creations.This game has great potential and in fact beats all the next games if not most of them. If your struggling in dark souls take my strategy after you fight the enemies in a area go back to bonfire and fight the same enemies till they stop regenerating this makes the game 10 times easier, although the main point is if you die and lose souls your screwed every time you die and lose souls your only making it harder on your self.

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Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    60
    Though it lasts a long time and provides a decent challenge, I think it really needed an extra push on top of what the game contains. I would describe it as just above average, but that’s as far as I’d go.
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    90
    Its over dependence on group battles, less interesting boss designs and a slightly more forgettable world let it down, but none of this is so severe that it stops it from becoming another superb entry into one of the best series of games of all time.
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    100
    If you have any interest in playing this game after reading this review, do yourself a favor and get it now. If you allow yourself to be enthralled with its atmosphere and game play you’ll become an avid fan just like me.