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  • Summary: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin includes the 3 previously released DLC packs - Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the ivory King - along with additional features. All versions of the game include the following features (Existing Dark Souls II ownersDark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin includes the 3 previously released DLC packs - Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the ivory King - along with additional features. All versions of the game include the following features (Existing Dark Souls II owners will receive a patch to implement these elements): Additional NPCs added for an enhanced story experience. Parameter adjustments for improved game balance. Augmented item descriptions. Improved online matchmaking functionality. [Bandai Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 10, 2015
    100
    Even if you know the Kingdom of Drangleic like the back of your hand, you're in for many new surprises. And if you've never played Dark Souls II before, your patience has paid off: This is simply the best version of it you'll ever play.
  2. Apr 9, 2015
    90
    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin improves upon Dark Souls 2 in nearly every category, and is the Souls game that current-gen console owners deserve.
  3. In terms of the resolution and textures, it's certainly a lot crisper. Design intricacies can now been seen smattering aspects of the world which could not be made out in the infamously grimy original. The subtle texture of your falconer armour, for example, can be appreciated in all its stitched up glory, while the rivets of a buckler, should you be working on your parry hand, look like actual rivets, rather than indistinct smears of non-detail.
  4. Apr 23, 2015
    90
    PC players that have already played the game and DLC are the ones that will maybe think twice before going through it again, while Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players will get the most out of it.
  5. Apr 7, 2015
    88
    The best possible version of the 'impossible game'. Maybe its technical side is getting too old for next gen consoles, but that is its only mistake, on a package that offer hundreds of hours of death and joy.
  6. 88
    For newcomers Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is a superb package, with the wonderful DLC thrown in and the visuals at the best they have ever been. However, it's also tough going thanks to the remixed enemy placements and new random encounters. For veterans this is a welcome return to Drangleic but not one that is mandatory, as the changes feel all too insubstantial at times.
  7. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 26, 2015
    80
    It's still one of the best RPGs out there at the moment, but the NPC invasions and enemy placement felt a little unbalanced this time around. [Issue#124, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Apr 10, 2015
    10
    I've never been sucked into and spat out so intensely from a video game. I played the original Souls game years ago when I was about 17 andI've never been sucked into and spat out so intensely from a video game. I played the original Souls game years ago when I was about 17 and didn't have the patience and will to acclimate to the steep learning curve and ended up trading it in two days after it was released, and only played maybe 60min. After hearing the insane amount of praise from critics and gamers I stepped up to the challenge and bought this game.

    The level of difficulty can vary based on your commitment to playing it. At first it is definitely challenging, you will be crushed, stabbed, killed, pushed off cliffs, accidentally fall off cliffs, and completely owned in a hundred different ways hundreds of times. Evasion by rolling or back stepping is essential, whether your a melee fighter or ranged. Timing your attacks and evasion techniques is also a skill needed. You can grind/repeatedly kill then respawn enemies at the camp fire and make rounds to level up more if the challenge is too much and enough of this will make enemies and bosses much easier. Death is inevitable and you learn from each one, any confidence and security gained will be crushed over and over as increasingly difficult enemies are encountered.

    Gameplay is smooth and controls and animations/movement is realistic and exhilarating. The difficulty creates exhilaration and adrenaline rushes, you will get worked up in a good and bad way. Graphics are not comparable with other current games and they are definitely dated but the gameplay and combat system is fulfilling and entertaining enough to make you not even care.

    So far, 30 hours in I am maybe halfway through the game, more like 1/3 way through including DLC. Multiplayer PvE/coop is optional and a huge help if your stuck on a hard area/boss. Considering the depth of this open world, the plethora of weapons items and armor as well as possibilities to upgrade them embodies the typical dungeon crawler loot and item system you've come to enjoy very well. Character creation, interaction with characters in the game, and the deep intricacy of the world of Drangleic gives you an intimate connection to the enormous mystical world of Dark Souls 2. You will come to adore everything including the difficulty and unease from the atmospheric regions. It's why many critics consider it sadomasochistic in many ways.

    In short, if you like RPGs or similar genres (dungeon crawler, hack n slash, action/adventure) them this is a MUST own, especially if you haven't played Souls 2 already when previously released on last Gen consoles. As for returning players, it gives a reason to play again with the significant and small changes made... But personally if I have sunk in 60+ hours into a game I probably wouldn't pay 60$ to play it again. Because its still the same game, the changes are mainly insignificant and not enough to make it a new or moderately different experience. Don't listen to the people crying about capitalism and the "money hungry" ethics behind this re-release. If you don't want to pay for a game you've already played again, or don't have the money then shut up and don't hate on it, just don't play it. The critic that gave a 0/10 score purely based on this idea is in my opinion a troll and angry person and his words disgrace the game reviews community and brings the emotional motivations of all critics into question.
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  2. Apr 20, 2015
    10
    I never got the opportunity to play Dark Souls 1 or 2 for the xbox 360, so when I found out they we're releasing an optimized, DLC-PackedI never got the opportunity to play Dark Souls 1 or 2 for the xbox 360, so when I found out they we're releasing an optimized, DLC-Packed version of the game for Next-Gen platforms, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

    First and Foremost, without a doubt, this is by far the hardest game I have ever played. Words cannot describe the difficulty reflected in the Combat and AI in dark souls 2. Imagine every enemy you encounter in a game hits like a final boss. Imagine an environment where every step you take has a chance of killing you. Imagine a game where every second you stand or wait, you get closer to unimaginable death. Imagine a game where you can't even pause. All of this, and more, is Dark Souls. It is true test of Skill and would only recommend it to Real Gamers and RPG lovers. That being said however, Dark Souls 2 is easily the best RPG i have ever played. All the frustration and rage you get from getting wrecked by a limping little demon who happens to hit like his sword was injected with a pound of fire-dragon steroids and the constant falling of cliffs like you're Helen Keller in the final round of Wipe-Out is absolutely worth all the adrenaline and happiness you from overcoming incredible boss battles and gathering superb loot.

    10/10. A MUST own RPG.
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  3. May 2, 2015
    9
    I said if they had done something to fix Soul Memory and provided players with the means to cap characters I would change my review. Well II said if they had done something to fix Soul Memory and provided players with the means to cap characters I would change my review. Well I had to wait for an expansion but yeah I'm just happy to have it. The Souls series is by far my favorite game series of all time. Yes, even surpassing my favorites Fallout and Witcher. I was a bigger fan of Demon Souls and Dark Souls, looking past the framerate issues Dark Souls was still a gem of perfection in the action adventure genre. No game ever came close to that sense of fear, exploration, reward and challenge the Soul series provided. Not since Devil May Cry 3 have I taken a game seriously.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Oh right uhm, there's new stuff in SotFS. Torches are actually more important now to see. SM was changed. They've added in new monsters in areas. They've made the game look and run better!)
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  4. Apr 11, 2015
    8
    Great game, solid remaster.

    Updated enemy placements make the game seem somewhat fresh. If you're a returning player, you'll like the
    Great game, solid remaster.

    Updated enemy placements make the game seem somewhat fresh. If you're a returning player, you'll like the changes, if you're a new player, you'll enjoy the experience a bit more.

    The bump from 30fps to 60fps is great but, as a result you'll find your gear degrading far quicker than normal. Issue was present in the PC version and hasn't been addressed yet.

    The game is great but suffers from consistent freezing / crashing. If you're into PvP, you may have to be prepared to use that Bone of Order at some point as the game doesn't register the crash / freeze and believes you disconnected unfairly.
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  5. Dec 28, 2016
    7
    after playing dark souls 1 i feel like it took a step back, broken mechanics no point in multiplayer and just bad level design, i felt darkafter playing dark souls 1 i feel like it took a step back, broken mechanics no point in multiplayer and just bad level design, i felt dark souls 1 had it done perfectly level design was good,
    dark souls 2 is not hard it just throws multiple enemies with weird hit boxes and staggering hits that only work half the time?
    square box rooms with no rendering and grey scale areas feels backwards and dull.
    had so many patches because it was broken beyond repair.
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  6. Dec 30, 2018
    6
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    Keyif = 5
    Atmosfer = 8
    Süre = 8
  7. Feb 1, 2016
    0
    I can't recall ever playing a game that was less fun that this game. The legendary difficulty of the game is the result of truly terribleI can't recall ever playing a game that was less fun that this game. The legendary difficulty of the game is the result of truly terrible controls. The camera will randomly change directions in the middle of fights or even while just running. Jumping is terrible. The graphics are meh. This game isn't brutally hard. It's brutally boring. Expand

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