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Preview: Dark Souls II photo
Preview: Dark Souls II
by Alessandro Fillari

As one of the most celebrated and admired games of the last generation, the Souls series from the developers at From Software has many admirers and critics. Many swear by its uncompromising and hardcore gameplay systems and design, while others view it as unfair and unnecessarily difficult. Regardless, it's safe to say that the series, particularly Dark Souls, has garnered a lot of attention for the once niche developer.

With the next entry only a little more than a month away, many of its devotees are itching for their next chance to venture into the world of Dark Souls. During Namco Bandai's media event held earlier this week, Destructoid got the chance to try out an hour of the game and experience what From Software has in store for the curious and hardcore alike.

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7:00 PM on 01.29.2014

A familiar look at Dark Souls II while we count the days

PlayStation Access has about 12 minutes of Dark Souls II footage as played by some lucky soul at Namco Bandai and, thing is, it doesn't really cover new ground. It's the same shadowy underground areas lit up by torches, the ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 01.27.2014

Fan-made Dark Souls II shields look great in-game

From Software is incorporating the six winning community-made shield designs from that contest into Dark Souls II and here's a look at two of them all finished up. How seamless. Not only are the winners going to receive a cop...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 01.20.2014

I'm dreading some of Dark Souls II's Achievements

"This is Dark Souls - Die for the first time." Perfect. The Achievements / Trophies for Dark Souls II have come out and this is not a link to click if you're one to fear spoilers. Locations, bosses, friendly characters, and c...

Jordan Devore







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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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

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

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

11:00 AM on 11.03.2013

Adventures of Cookie & Cream joins PS2 Classics

The Adventures of Cookie & Cream is coming to PlayStation Network this week, according to the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast.  Created by Dark Souls studio From Software, The Adventures of Cookie & Cr...

Kyle MacGregor

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

3:30 PM on 10.23.2013

European PS Plus members have the Dark Souls II beta

After reading Chris' take on the Dark Souls II beta, you're probably eager to get in and try it for yourself. I know I am. A couple of notes on that front: first, European PlayStation Plus users are getting hooked up with acc...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 10.15.2013

Fighting the bosses of the Dark Souls II beta

After giving my full impressions for what I've played of Dark Souls II, I decided to break out the two boss encounters into their own article for two reasons: to go a little more in-depth on the game's combat, and to refrain ...

Chris Carter



Dark Souls II feels slightly easier, but still on point photo
Dark Souls II feels slightly easier, but still on point
by Chris Carter

When Demon's Souls was released and I wrote up my review, many readers didn't believe that I had actually completed the game. But I didn't get what all the buzz was about, because I've never found the Souls series to be particularly tough -- at least, compared to some other games out there.

The real reason I enjoy them is because they constantly make you think, and consistently challenge your sense of security. The Souls series is a paramount achievement in gaming because you never truly feel at ease, even in many of the supposed "safe zones."

After it was announced that Dark Souls II would be streamlining some features to more accommodate players of all skill levels, I was a bit taken aback, mostly because I feared that From Software would go overboard and remove what made the franchise so magical in the first place.

Thankfully, most of my fears were squashed after actually playing it, although I do have some slight concerns.

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11:00 PM on 10.02.2013

This Dark Souls mod makes enemies more aggressive

I'm by no means an expert Dark Souls player, but I've played long enough that this mod by JITD, which alters enemy AI in such a way that they'll come to you more readily, sounds intriguing. Put enough hours into the game, an...

Jordan Devore