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3:45 PM on 03.12.2014

Live Show: We're playing Dark Souls II

I don't often recommend that you take Phil and my crazy antics and base drinking games off of them, but if you have to do it sometime: today is the day. Now, we aren't exactly bad at games -- between the two of us we can mudd...

Spencer Hayes

5:30 PM on 03.11.2014

Prepare to die less with this Dark Souls II strategy overview

Alongside today's launch of Dark Souls II, the game's Australian YouTube channel published the above tutorial video featuring Jeremy "The Junglist" Ray and YouTube Souls expert VaatiVidya. It's a thorough explanation of...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:00 PM on 03.11.2014

What's your favorite character build to use in a Souls game?

Dark Souls II is launching today, and so begins the all important (at least, initially) decision on what character class to choose at the start. After a short intro, you'll have the ability to pick from the Warrior, Knig...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 03.11.2014

Dark Souls II has its own 'Blighttown,' and it's terrible

See that screenshot above? That's me, in Hollow form (read: after dying), "enjoying" The Gutter zone from Dark Souls II. In the shot, I've just taken respite on a spare platform (while poisoned), only to find that a giant dem...

Chris Carter



How to beat a Dark Souls II boss in under 15 seconds photo
How to beat a Dark Souls II boss in under 15 seconds
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

This video comes from SuperNormalMode, who demonstrates just how easy it is to beat Dark Souls II's Dragonrider boss in under 15 seconds. I love how the dramatic music immediately stops.

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Review: Dark Souls II photo
Review: Dark Souls II
by Chris Carter

My experience with the Souls series is one of my favorite memories of my entire gaming career. Playing Demon's Souls for the first time made me feel like a kid again, back when games didn't hold your hand and explain every single facet of the adventure -- leaving everything to your imagination.

Even though Dark Souls was mainly just a refinement of the formula on a technical level, it offered up all-new experiences that felt wholly unique, and raised the bar in many respects. But then something changed -- Hidetaka Miyazaki, the producer and arguably the heart and soul of the franchise left, passing the torch to Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura to carry on his legacy.

Once again, Dark Souls II remains relatively unchanged from its predecessors, and still offers up most of the same magic that you fell in love with the first two times around.

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6:30 PM on 03.10.2014

How many times have you died in Dark Souls?

While we do our best to kill time on this final day before the console release of Dark Souls II, here's a fun little distraction: a website that tells you how many times you've died in Dark Souls. At the time of writing, this...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 03.10.2014

Odd music choice in the trailer can't dull my Dark Souls II hype

Dark Souls II trailers have been sort of weird. I suppose they're trying to not scare people away with the, "this is the hardest thing ever" shtick, opting to appear more accessible and hip. Don't care. One more day. Unless you're holing out for the PC version, bless your (dark) soul. That thing at 1:16.

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 03.10.2014

Namco Bandai releases Dark Souls II PC requirements

Dark Souls II is launching this week on consoles, but PC gamers will have to wait until April 25th to pick up their copy. While you're sitting there twiddling your thumbs, check out the PC requirements (minimum and recommende...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 03.07.2014

Part one of Dark Souls II's prologue released

Should I have waited until the game comes out for consoles on Tuesday to watch this, part one of the Dark Souls II prologue? Probably. But what's done is done. If you're on the fence, there's talk of the usual subjects -- lo...

Jordan Devore





11:30 AM on 03.06.2014

Dark Souls II set for April 25, 2014 on PC

There was concern that the PC release of Dark Souls II would arrive long after the game hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 11, 2014. While the PC date isn't as bad as some had feared, it's by no means right around the c...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Dark Souls II reimagined as an '80s cartoon

Well, this is a fun concept: Dark Souls II as an '80s cartoon. You know how much we love those. Now, I don't want to oversell the video -- the execution doesn't go quite as far as I'd like -- but it's so, so close. There are tons of terrific little touches, however, and that final line pushed me over the edge into "I need to share this" territory. And here we are. [Via @aaronlinde]

Jordan Devore

12:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Dark Souls II CE unboxing makes death look worth it

Dark Souls II has done a pretty decent job of giving everyone the impression that they need to prepare for death again. Well, if you want to escalate things a bit and go beyond death, the Collector's Edition of Dark Sou...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 02.19.2014

This Dark Souls II trailer is something different

It's not a bad trailer, but I suppose it just feels tonally different than usual. The music sounds like something out of a gritty cop/crime movie, but the voice over does speak to series fans specifically, while broadly being a sort of halftime locker room pep talk. It's less bleak, I guess, instead focusing on the hard won triumph you may eventually earn. Neat. March 11, guys!

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 02.12.2014

Pre-order Dark Souls II for more starter weapons

Early purchases of Dark Souls II will come with a voucher for the "Black Armor Weapons Pack" containing five weapons and shields (find the item descriptions below) which players can make use of at the beginning of the game. A...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 02.10.2014

Dark Souls II earns a 'T' rating from the ESRB

Well this is pretty surprising. Unless it's a mistake, Dark Souls II has been given a "T" rating from the ESRB for "Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Violence", whereas the first two games have been granted ...

Chris Carter