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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: 22 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  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. May 14, 2016
    10
    This was my first Dark Souls experience ( i still have to play I and III ), when i first played it, it sucked, i was so lost and confused, myThis was my first Dark Souls experience ( i still have to play I and III ), when i first played it, it sucked, i was so lost and confused, my first character's items got fu*** lol, so i was forced to make a new one...

    When i first arrived in majula i felt so empty and sad (in a good way) , beautiful and dead at the same time...

    The game is so immersive... (i never felt like that before), when i met the Fallen Giant i panicked haha, like "WTF, i'm dead"

    The soundtrack is 8.5/10

    The game has TOO MANY dark places, and lazy to put effort into the details... graphics 8.7/10

    This game deserves an 9/10, but i'm giving 10 becouse there is too many haters...
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  3. Apr 10, 2015
    9
    An amazing remaster to an already amazing game. Game still keeps its hardness by changing things around enough to keep it fresh. I also neverAn amazing remaster to an already amazing game. Game still keeps its hardness by changing things around enough to keep it fresh. I also never got the DLC, so that's a bonus! Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2017
    8
    I played original DS2 on X360, stuck with Sinner and gave up. Now on X1 I just finish the game. A lot more annoying than others souls game,I played original DS2 on X360, stuck with Sinner and gave up. Now on X1 I just finish the game. A lot more annoying than others souls game, some bad and ugly levels, but still good game. Expand
  5. May 15, 2015
    7
    Big fan of the original Dark Souls, but this game was not as good overall in my opinion. I give it a respectable 7, but by the end I justBig fan of the original Dark Souls, but this game was not as good overall in my opinion. I give it a respectable 7, but by the end I just wanted to finish to get the achievements as I had completely lost interest. It was a tedious march by the time I finished. I have absolutely no desire to play again or to focus on PVP tuning.

    First, it was far too easy. I'm no elitist (although am a pretty skilled old-school gamer) but the entire point of a Dark Souls game is the difficulty, and it just wasn't there this time. When I finally just wanted to beat the game I rushed through the final levels without a sweat. In original Dark Souls that would have been impossible.

    As for the story I like the way they approach it in the Dark Souls series. It is mostly about the vibe, the backstory that you uncover, and the tidbits left around to discover. But it was just more of the same. If I had never played Dark Souls I'd probably have enjoyed it more but there was nothing new here in my opinion.

    The multiplayer I've always thought was the absolute genius of Dark Souls. I still give them bonus points for that, it is very innovative. However, the messages have lost their sparkle after the 100'th "beware of rear use tongue" type comment next to a bent over corpse. Granted, they still provide good clues as to what to expect most of the time. The ghosts of other players makes it feel like you are playing with others even when you are not, and the ability to summon and be summoned is very cool. Unfortunately, summoning makes pretty much any boss fight absolutely trivial. Meanwhile, the PVP wasn't really that frequent at the levels I was playing which is kind of a waste. They should have figured out how to make PVP more relevant early on.

    Overall I thought this game was just kind of blah. I don't regret buying it, but I have no really fond memories of playing it and no desire to every fire it up again.
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  6. Jul 5, 2015
    6
    After putting in forty hours and having played and beat this game multiple times before its re-release, I can confidently say I absolutelyAfter putting in forty hours and having played and beat this game multiple times before its re-release, I can confidently say I absolutely hate this game! The movements are slow. The rolling has been gimped so you need to play with a shield. The enemies are grouped together in a huddle s fighting them one on one is nearly impossible. You can no longer run past the enemies, you have to fight them so say goodbye to all those hours to just grinding. The game absolutely makes you play as a sorcerer since you will need to be able to do some crowd controlling so you'll no longer be able to play the solo-melee character. The game says it's fair but it's not. Not when multiple enemies stack on top of you UNLESS of course you're an overpowered Mage. The game did not age well. If you want a game that's truly fair and faster, then pleas bloodborne. There is nothing to see here. Wasted money. Wasted time Expand
  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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