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'Brave' enough? Start halfway through Dark Souls II


12:30 PM on 07.08.2013
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From Software says it will give Dark Souls II players more freedom to explore the game world in their own way, even if that means letting them jump right into the deep end. "We're hoping that if the player tries hard enough, or are willing enough, they could even start halfway through the game, depending on how willing or how brave they are," director Yui Tanimura told Digital Spy.

"We realize in Dark Souls there were some certain orders, like ringing the bells or going to Anor Londo, which is not necessarily a bad thing," he said. "In Dark Souls II, we're hoping we can provide more freedom so things don't have to necessarily be done in a certain order."

This is exactly the kind of thing I want to hear. Being allowed the freedom to fight and die at the hands of way-too-powerful enemies because I'm not "ready" for the area is all part of the experience. I mean, trying to start with the Catacombs in Dark Souls is a memory I'll never forget.

Dark Souls 2 to offer more freedom, can start halfway if "brave" enough [Digital Spy]





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8:00 AM on 07.25.2014
Dark Souls II gets patch 1.08, fixes and balances in tow

Fresh off its new Crown of the Sunken King DLC, From Software has updated and tweaked Dark Souls II for everyone. Weapons have been balanced (with extra or decreased damage depending on the item), and spells have be...more



8:00 AM on 07.22.2014
Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King

2014 has been very good to me, but Dark Souls II is one of my favorite games of the year. Many debates have raged on as to whether or not it's as exceptional as its predecessor (Demon's Souls is better than bot...more



7:30 PM on 07.15.2014
One week to go: More Dark Souls II DLC screens while we wait

The last batch of images for Crown of the Sunken King left me anticipating this Dark Souls II DLC which is, oh good, only a week off. There's more where that came from. Using an item acquired in the DLC, players will reach th...more



10:00 AM on 07.05.2014
Here's what Dark Souls II would be like as an eSport

A lot of us would find eSports far more alluring if the genres associated with these competitions were more diverse. We see plenty of first-person shooters, RTS, fighting games, and MOBAs. But what about something atypical l...more



1:00 PM on 06.11.2014
Enjoy these new Dark Souls II DLC screens before you cryogenically freeze yourself until July

In case you haven't heard, DLC is coming to Dark Souls II. Three add-ons in fact! The first up is Crown of the Sunken King, set to drop on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on July 22nd. To celebrate, Bandai Namco sent over some scre...more



11:49 AM on 06.04.2014
Bandai Namco announces Dark Souls II DLC trilogy

A set of downloadable chapters dubbed The Lost Crowns trilogy are heading to Dark Souls II, Bandai Namco announced today. The first episode, Crown of the Sunken King, will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 3...more



11:00 PM on 06.02.2014
It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes

I haven't been keeping up with Dark Souls II speedruns. I should be. We got a tip in this weekend about Marksel's 21:25 world-record any% run, which has since been topped by Distortion2's 20:14 run, included above. Seems the...more



11:00 AM on 05.10.2014
Dark Souls II disappointed, but I'm so ready for the next game

In the weeks leading up to E3, there have been some truly interesting leaks. Headlining that list is undoubtedly "Project Beast," rumored to be the working title for the next From Software game. The next (Demon's?) Souls. The...more



8:00 PM on 05.02.2014
What's your Dark Souls II covenant of choice?

Dark Souls II has been out for a few weeks on consoles, enough time for fans to really dig in, and now PC players have shown up in style. I'm liking the game -- less so than its predecessors, overall -- but still: when I'm no...more



12:30 PM on 04.25.2014
Let the Dark Souls II modding begin

After providing general tips for getting a bit more out of Dark Souls II visually, renowned modder Durante has written another article for PC Gamer detailing his next major release. The DSfix creator has a new tool, GeDoSaTo,...more





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1:00 PM on 08.26.2014
Dark Souls II 'Crown of the Old Iron King' DLC out today

When From Software announced the three-part Lost Crowns DLC for Dark Souls II, it all seemed so far away. But here we are, already on the second release. Time is flying. Crown of the Old Iron King hits today on Steam, PlaySta...more



12:30 PM on 08.25.2014
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Anytime you sit in on an early look at a new videogame, the presentation's sort of structured the same. Throughout the introduction to the title, the developers always -- always -- pepper the speech with catchy phrases a...more



8:00 PM on 08.23.2014
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