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Dark Souls II  



Reviewed: 9/10: Superb
( xbox360 version reviewed )





4:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Dark Souls II Design Works book is full of bleak, gloomy pictures

Today in news that made me squeal like a fanboy, From Software has released a Design Works book for Dark Souls II just like its predecessor in Japan. It features over 200 pages of the darkly beautiful art of the Souls world,...

Nic Rowen




3:00 PM on 09.30.2014

Dark Souls II's final Lost Crowns DLC chapter is here

After a brief delay, the Dark Souls II DLC trilogy has come to an end with Crown of the Ivory King. It's available today on Steam and Xbox 360 and tomorrow on PlayStation 3 for $9.99 -- or you can get all three add-ons bundle...

Jordan Devore




12:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Dark Souls II's third DLC, 'Crown of the Ivory King' delayed

Bandai Namco has announced that the third (and presumably final) DLC for Dark Souls II, the Crown of the Ivory King, has been delayed by one week. Originally it was set for this Wednesday, but now it's due on September 30th a...

Chris Carter




10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Feel the icy chill of these Dark Souls II Crown of the Ivory King DLC screens

Snow isn't a common theme with the Souls series, so it's interesting that the upcoming Dark Souls II DLC Crown of the Ivory King will take place on an icy tundra. This new batch of screens looks suitably dreary...

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Old Iron King

While Dark Souls II brought me back to that special place that I found with Demon's Souls in many ways, the first DLC pack, Crown of the Sunken King, didn't go far enough with its concepts. It's really hard to give ...

Chris Carter




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




8:00 AM on 07.22.2014

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

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 bot...

Chris Carter




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




11:00 PM on 06.02.2014

It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes

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 the...

Jordan Devore




11:00 AM on 05.10.2014

Dark Souls II disappointed, but I'm so ready for the next game

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...

Jordan Devore




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




5:00 PM on 04.24.2014

PC Port Report: Dark Souls II

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 1024...

Alasdair Duncan




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




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




12:00 PM on 04.08.2014

An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II

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 ...

Alasdair Duncan




10:30 AM on 03.13.2014

Dark Souls II has already claimed over 4 million lives

This Dark Souls II death counter makes me feel a little bit better about myself. Between the 360 and PS3 versions of the game (there's a drop down to switch between), over 4 million have already died. Billions of souls have b...

Steven Hansen




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




6:00 AM on 03.11.2014

How to beat a Dark Souls II boss in under 15 seconds

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.

Hamza CTZ Aziz




11:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Review: Dark Souls II

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 explai...

Chris Carter




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




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




7:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Dark Souls II on PC looks set for May 31

Only a bit shy of a month away from Dark Souls II's console release, many are left wondering when exactly the PC version will be unleashed upon the masses. From Software's said in the past that it would see a slight delay so...

Brett Makedonski




6:30 PM on 01.31.2014

Dark Souls II DLC will depend on fan feedback

It was admirable of From Software to treat Dark Souls II as "a full game," in the words of producer Takeshi Miyazoe, and not plan for DLC as a required part of production. I don't think any of us are expecting anything less f...

Jordan Devore




11:05 AM on 01.30.2014

Preview: Dark Souls II

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 d...

Alessandro Fillari




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




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




10:00 PM on 01.14.2014

The new Dark Souls II trailer is very, very noisy

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 th...

Conrad Zimmerman




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




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




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




4:00 PM on 11.13.2013

The Memory Card .101: Ornstein & Smough

[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 ...

Chris Carter




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




3:00 PM on 10.15.2013

Dark Souls II feels slightly easier, but still on point

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 pa...

Chris Carter








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