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5:45 PM on 01.17.2014

Après moi, le déluge: Have some Dark Souls II screens

We're about two months away from Dark Souls II's March 11 (13, Japan; 14, PAL) release. If the trailer from a couple days ago wasn't enough to get you angrily excited, here are a bunch of new screenshots. There's a guy with a cool hat who looks like Cervantes.

Steven Hansen



The Memory Card .102: The Murder of Master Miller photo
The Memory Card .102: The Murder of Master Miller
by Chris Carter

[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect they deserve. But in 2011 the series ended with no resurrection date in sight...until now. With Chad's blessing, please join us for Season 6 of the Memory Card - Chris.]

It wouldn't be a true season of the Memory Card for me unless I touched on one of my favorite franchises of all time. You know, that one, filled with fantastic tales of tactical espionage action. 

The Metal Gear franchise, Solid or otherwise, is packed full of some of the most emotional moments in all of gaming. Whether it's the first time you encountered Psycho Mantis or the last time you'll ever encounter The Boss, tears and screams of joy have been had over the franchise's many classic entries.

But one particular event stood out for me after playing Metal Gear Solid in late 1998. It was an event that was never shown on-screen, but had a lasting impact on me for years to come. It was the first time a videogame had pulled the wool over my eyes, and as a result, I felt utterly betrayed, and ready for revenge.

It simultaneously fueled my desire to complete my mission, and broke my spirit. That doesn't happen often in a game. Such is the Solid series.

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The new Dark Souls II trailer is very, very noisy photo
The new Dark Souls II trailer is very, very noisy
by Conrad Zimmerman

A new trailer for Dark Souls II has just hit the interwebs and it is thrilling. Huge enemies, vast and inhospitable environments, it's sticking to the playbook and that's just fine. The only problem I have with it is that it's so damn noisy.

There's a whole bunch of talking going on in the latter half. I suspect they are things that would have considerable interest pique-ing potential, but I don't know because I can't make out anything over the noise of the score and sound effects. It's like I have a teenager in the house, they really like orchestral music for some reason, and all I want to do is watch my damn show. Turn that racket down.

But the demon-horses? Terrifying.

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Review: Dark Souls: Design Works photo
Review: Dark Souls: Design Works
by Chris Carter

The art of the Souls series blows me away. It truly is an adventurous experience, because although the style is consistent, you literally never know what you're going to walk into next. Whether it's a series of decadent libraries or a murky, poisonous swamp, every single area in a Souls game looks uniquely haunting.

Dark Souls: Design Works is an art book that collects most of that beautiful madness in one place, and although it's lacking in many areas, it is pretty much a must-have for fans of the series.

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4:00 PM on 01.08.2014

The intro for the Dark Souls II digital comic is out now

Namco Bandai has released the first few pages of the Dark Souls II digital comic, titled "Into the Light." It's written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington, and you can find it here on the official Facebook page. It appears as ...

Chris Carter



Destructoid's most wanted games of 2014 photo
Destructoid's most wanted games of 2014
by Steven Hansen

Ugh. Mondays, am I right? They're a day that people don't like because you have to do stuff and things after (maybe) not having to do those things, you know? Lame. 

Let's reverse the trend and brighten the day with a positive. A list of some of Destructoid's most anticipated games of this, year 2 of Anno Luigi. That's 2014 for you streets behind Luddites still operating in AD. 

 

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8:00 PM on 01.01.2014

Darks Souls and mythology

[Dtoid community blogger Last Scion of the blah blah blah shares an awesome analysis of Dark Souls from a mythological perspective. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] In t...

Last Scion of the Blue Lion

1:30 PM on 12.20.2013

Namco Bandai seems to want Dark Souls for mobile

"We'd like to bring Dark Souls to mobile, but it's very difficult because the guys at From Software are very much console oriented," Namco Bandai director of global strategy for mobile Alex Adjaj told Digital Spy. "To change ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 12.19.2013

Dark Souls II will be a 'good experience on PC'

Given that Dark Souls was only ported onto the PC after a vociferous campaign by fans, it was no surprise to me that the PC version felt lacking. Although many problems were fixed by the modding community, Dark Souls II produ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 12.11.2013

Japan has a Dark Souls-themed cafe

I've always fancied going to a gaming-themed eatery but there's a shocking lack of them where I live (wonder if I can get planning permission to build my own Deus Ex pub?). That's no issue in Japan, where Siliconera is report...

Alasdair Duncan

12:45 PM on 12.05.2013

Dark Souls II screenshots show off new covenants

Lately, Namco Bandai has been pretty keen to show off its upcoming title, Dark Souls II. With early 2014 looking pretty packed, From Software's next entry in the Souls series looks to be the one to keep an eye out for. In the...

Alessandro Fillari

12:00 PM on 12.01.2013

Cyber Monday Deal: Ni No Kuni for $9.99

If you haven't had your fill of Black Friday deals, then Namco Bandai might just have a few more to keep you busy over the long winter drought. Over at their CLUB NAMCO store, a few deals are currently running and are good th...

Wesley Ruscher

4:45 PM on 11.22.2013

Demon's and Dark Souls influenced the PS4's development

The Souls series has many admirers. From the studio making The Witcher series, to the rabid fan base that's sworn by its hardcore and uncompromising gameplay -- the Demon's Souls and Dark Souls can be easily seen as among the...

Alessandro Fillari

2:45 PM on 11.14.2013

Oh hey, here's a ton of Dark Souls II screenshots

The Facebook page for Darks Souls surprised fans by dropping a bunch of screenshots for the upcoming sequel, Dark Souls II. In these pics, we get to see some areas not shown before, many of which show off the coast of the new...

Alessandro Fillari



The Memory Card .101: Ornstein & Smough photo
The Memory Card .101: Ornstein & Smough
by Chris Carter

[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect they deserve. But in 2011 the series ended with no resurrection date in sight...until now. With Chad's blessing, please join us for Season 6 of the Memory Card - Chris.]

You know how people often say that they get an unparalleled amount of enjoyment out of "curling up with a good book?" Well, that's how I feel when I curl up with a good videogame. It's rare that something connects with me on an emotional level in practically any medium built for entertainment, but when it hits, it's powerful.

For me, that feeling often materializes in the form of a boss fight, whether it's the final emotional encounter in Metal Gear Sold 4, or running for your life from Resident Evil's unrelenting and terrifying Tyrant. It's these moments that can define a game, and often, they're the ones I recall the most fondly when thinking about them.

So without further ado, here is one of my most memorable boss fights in the last decade of my gaming career.

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9:00 AM on 10.30.2013

Dark Souls II gets retailer specific DLC in Japan

From Software has revealed the new Japanese boxart for Dark Souls II, and has uncovered retailer specific weapon DLC in the process. Based on the outlet you reserve the game at (such as Geo, Best Denki or Amazon.co.jp), you c...

Chris Carter