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4:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King

Dark Souls II was quite the ride. Although the game had its fair share of issues, I had a blast playing it, and a number of its zones now have a place in my list of all-time favorite Souls locations. One of those areas includes the last piece of DLC, The Crown of the Ivory King, which brings back some of the powerful icy imagery from the Painted World of Ariamis.

Chris Carter


3:00 PM on 09.30.2014

Dark Souls II's final Lost Crowns DLC chapter is here

After a brief delay, the Dark Souls II DLC trilogy has come to an end with Crown of the Ivory King. It's available today on Steam and Xbox 360 and tomorrow on PlayStation 3 for $9.99 -- or you can get all three add-ons bundle...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Dark Souls II's third DLC, 'Crown of the Ivory King' delayed

Bandai Namco has announced that the third (and presumably final) DLC for Dark Souls II, the Crown of the Ivory King, has been delayed by one week. Originally it was set for this Wednesday, but now it's due on September 30th a...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Feel the icy chill of these Dark Souls II Crown of the Ivory King DLC screens

Snow isn't a common theme with the Souls series, so it's interesting that the upcoming Dark Souls II DLC Crown of the Ivory King will take place on an icy tundra. This new batch of screens looks suitably dreary...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 09.08.2014

This guy's better than you at Dark Souls, because he plays with a Rock Band guitar

Fancy yourself quite the Dark Souls player? Bet you can cruise right through that game, patiently parrying and rolling your way to victory after victory. Good for you. Now, do it with a Rock Band controller. It may seem...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Old Iron King photo
Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Old Iron King
by Chris Carter

While Dark Souls II brought me back to that special place that I found with Demon's Souls in many ways, the first DLC pack, Crown of the Sunken King, didn't go far enough with its concepts.

It's really hard to give us a worthwhile add-on with Artorias of the Abyss looming over it, but the second pack, Crown of the Old Iron King, does a much better job of distilling the Souls experience.

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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...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Check out new direct-feed Bloodborne gameplay

Last week, I got to go hands-on with Bloodborne. This visually evocative and bleak follow-up to Dark Souls II is a change of pace, but also something that feels and plays very much like the games of the past. While the change...

Alessandro Fillari

8:26 AM on 08.13.2014

Bloodborne's health regaining system detailed

A new system for upcoming From Software PS4 title Bloodborne was revealed at gamescom today in a behind-closed-doors meeting. It's called the Regain System, and it lets you recover health after taking a hit.  It's not as easy as it sounds to get your health back, though. 

Dale North

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...

Chris Carter



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Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King
by Chris Carter

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 both), but having played it prior to launch without any hints or guides, I heartily enjoyed getting lost in its labyrinthine tunnels and deadly arenas.

The Crown of the Sunken King DLC expands that goodness by about five to ten hours depending on your skill level, and even if it's one of the less remarkable levels in the game, it's still worth playing.

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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...

Jordan Devore

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...

Kyle MacGregor

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...

Chris Carter

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...

Kyle MacGregor



It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes photo
It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes
by Jordan Devore

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 they've got a bit of a friendly rivalry going on right now.

How are these times feasible? Glitches. Bypassing the Shrine of Winter. Running above and below the environment. Binoculars, which inadvertently allow for absurd movement speeds.

I realize that any% runs aren't as interesting to some of you who prefer to see most if not all of a game's content bested, not skipped, and I tend to agree. All the same, watching people obliterate a game I've poured an ungodly amount of hours into is captivating and oddly satisfying.

[Thanks, Steven]

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