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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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9:30 PM on 05.29.2014

Rumor: Clips emerge showing Project Beast in action

Project Beast is the rumored PlayStation 4 project by From Software, the developers behind Dark Souls. Some images were supposedly leaked not too long ago, and now NeoGAF has found four short gameplay clips. Is this actually...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



One way to win at Dark Souls II: Dress up like an enemy & stand still photo
One way to win at Dark Souls II: Dress up like an enemy & stand still
by Steven Hansen

With the right clothes and American Werewolf in London green skin color, it's possible to stand in as an enemy in Dark Souls II. And then watch invading players flounder about, confused, trying to find you.

Can't pull the wool over Guile's eyes, though.

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12:30 PM on 05.21.2014

Demon's Souls creator becomes president of From Software

Demon's Souls and Dark Souls creator/director Hidetaka Miyazaki has been promoted to president of From Software, reports Gamasutra. Which is excellent, maybe. Or maybe it's not. Between this and Kadokawa Corp. acquiring the c...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 05.19.2014

Namco 'seeking avenues' to continue supporting Dark Souls on PC

Bandai Namco has provided an update on the future of Dark Souls PC, which uses Games for Windows Live -- a service that's believed to be shutting down in July -- for its online play. First, the game "will remain fully functio...

Jordan Devore



Dark Souls II disappointed, but I'm so ready for the next game photo
Dark Souls II disappointed, but I'm so ready for the next game
by Jordan Devore

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 return of series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Please let this be real.

If you've seen the believable-looking images, feel free to join me in hoping this game pans out sooner than later -- that, should it be legitimate, we don't have to wait until Tokyo Game Show in September for an announcement. Having just recently cleared Dark Souls II and been somewhat underwhelmed by it, I've been thinking about why, and what I might want out of the next Souls title, Project Beast or otherwise. I'm sure you've thought about the topic before too. Let's talk it out.

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10:15 AM on 05.08.2014

Dark Souls 2 ships 1.2 million in its first three weeks

From Software's ball buster Dark Souls 2 managed to ship 1.2 million copies in the west in its first three weeks. This period helped the very tail end of Namco Bandai's financial year, but it somehow managed to their best-per...

Dale North

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...

Jordan Devore

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,...

Jordan Devore



PC Port Report: Dark Souls II photo
PC Port Report: Dark Souls II
by Alasdair Duncan

The appearance of the original Dark Souls on PC was welcome but it was... let's say troubled. Its innovative online mode was married to the much maligned Games for Windows Live service and the game was locked at a piddly 1024x768 resolution. Whilst it's understandable developer From Software's lack of experience in creating PC games would have affected the final product, it was still a bitter pill to swallow for PC gamers keen to get their hands on a Souls game.

Whilst enterprising modders would fix up some of the problems, the onus was on From Software to deliver a much more capable PC version of Dark Souls II. They certainly haven't made the same mistakes as before but it still isn't the fully featured PC port many would have hoped for.

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3:00 PM on 04.24.2014

Dark Souls II unlocks on Steam this afternoon

Oh, hey! Dark Souls II is out today on Steam! From Software's coveted action-RPG will unlock slightly earlier than expected at 3:00pm Pacific (thanks, Jacob!). Consider this your last chance to get in there for the pre-purch...

Jordan Devore





1:45 PM on 04.22.2014

Modder Durante has tips to push Dark Souls II's graphics even further

Modder Peter "Durante" Thoman led the charge in making Dark Souls a better-looking game on PC. While the PC port of the sequel is an improvement over developer From Software's last effort, there's room to push its graphics fu...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 04.15.2014

You Defeated! My top 10 boss fights from the Souls series

[Dtoid community blogger bbain shares his favorite battles from the Souls games. Spoiler alert for those of you who haven't beaten any of the three games! Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something...

bbain

1:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Boxed PC copies of Dark Souls II delayed in the UK

There was some confusion this morning about a possible delay for the PC version of Dark Souls II, which is already later than its console counterparts. Regrettably, there is a delay, to May 2 -- but only in the United Kingdom...

Jordan Devore



An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II photo
An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II
by Alasdair Duncan

How many times have I died in Dark Souls II now? 12, 14... 16?

Truth is I've already lost count of how many times I've taken a blade to the chest or an arrow to the face. Whenever I think I'm making progress, something takes me by surprise and I'm back to square one but I have to persevere, I need to keep pushing on. I have to learn about the enemies, their patterns, their routines. 

I swear I'll make it out of the tutorial area at some point.

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3:30 PM on 04.04.2014

Live Show: Humble Showcase Double Feature

Yeehaw, it's time for Humble game roundup day 2. If you missed yesterday's festivities you missed a rollicking good time with PixelJunk Monsters. But it's time to put that craziness behind us. It's time to jump into Critter C...

Spencer Hayes