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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



Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King photo
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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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