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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 they deserve. B...

 
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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 can obtain certa...

 
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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 access. Look in th...

 
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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 from spoiling t...

 
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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 particularly toug...

 
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You can never have enough Dark Souls II beta footage

Dale's gotten to try out the Dark Souls II beta ahead of its Western release this month. I'm not normally the jealous type, but From Software is my exception. The network test for the game is currently underway in Japan, and a number of vi...

 
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Try, try again: This Dark Souls II trailer is accurate

I'm so happy we're getting Dark Souls II. I say that knowing full well that pain and suffering await, as evidenced by this new Tokyo Game Show trailer. Much of the promotional footage so far has focused on the new lighting system in that u...

 
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Happily dying often in the Dark Souls II beta

Here. Knock back an Estus while I tell you about my time with an early closed network beta testing build of Dark Souls II. Oh, wait. I drank them all. Well, watch your back while you listen in then. I happily settled in as the very first pe...

 
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Sign up for the Dark Souls II PS3 beta now

Do you want to get in on Dark Souls II a bit early? Well you should think about signing up for the beta. All you have to do is download a "ticket" off the PlayStation Store and you'll have a chance to get in (there's no guarantees). The bet...

 
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A brief look at summoning in Dark Souls II

In this interview video, Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura discusses the core of the series, trying to innovate while staying true to what made the last game so successful from a design perspective, and challenges faced during developmen...

 
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Stay cool: There's going to be a Dark Souls II beta

Namco Bandai has promised a closed beta for Dark Souls II and before you freak out too much, let's cover the basic details. I mean, you can lose it a little bit -- it's Dark Souls -- but let's not go overboard. First, this will be exclusive...

 
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Dark Souls II gets a live-action teaser trailer

Namco Bandai has fashioned a new live-action trailer for Dark Souls II that basically functions as a teaser for the game. The theme is the "forging" of a new hero, quite literally through the fashioning of armor and weapons in the point of...

 
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These winning community-made Dark Souls II shields rock

From Software has narrowed down the fan-made shields for the Dark Souls II design contest and a few of them are spectacular. The six winning artists will get their design put into the game, their name in the credits, and a signed copy of Da...

 
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'Brave' enough? Start halfway through Dark Souls II

From Software says it will give Dark Souls II players more freedom to explore the game world in their own way, even if that means letting them jump right into the deep end. "We're hoping that if the player tries hard enough, or ar...

 
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These Dark Souls II gameplay videos delight

If you're itching for more Dark Souls II footage, you'll probably want to check out these videos from Famitsutube involving the Warrior, Sorceror, Temple Knight and Swordsman classes. For those of you who haven't played a Souls game before...

 
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Dark Souls II fan feedback provides 'a good reference'

The Dark Souls franchise has some very vocal fans. We were curious just how much feedback Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura was taking to heart, to which we were told: "The voices of the fans are pretty strong, we hear them a lot. We do r...

 
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Dark Souls II still influenced by King's Field series

While it's no surprise that the King's Field franchise has heavily influenced Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, as these are considered the spiritual successors to the King's Field, it turns out that the former was one of director Yui Tanimura'...

 
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Dark Souls II directors differ on how to tell story

After reading the Edge Online interview with Dark Souls II co-director Tomohiro Shibuya earlier this year, I was curious as to how the game's story would be told. He commented, "I’m hoping to make [story elements] a little bit more cl...

 
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Dark Souls II caught breakin' the law

While Namco Bandai and From Software may have proven their mastery of the fantasy RPG genre with the critically-acclaimed Dark Souls series, this scene outside of E3 2013 shows that even the mighty game publisher is no match for Los Angeles...

 
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Sony executive loves Demon's Souls and wants to see more

Sony "dropped the ball" with Demon's Souls, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confessed to Polygon. After co-developing the acclaimed PlayStation 3 title with From Software, Sony declined to publish the game in western markets,...

 
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Dark Souls II still hard, features enhanced multiplayer

For those who were worried that "improved accessibility" was one of the main goals that the new directors of Dark Souls II had for the game, don't be. This game is hard, if not harder, than Dark Souls. While I struggled to get through ...

 
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Dark Souls II slated for March 2014, says E3 banner

Dark Souls II will see release in March 2014, according to its E3 banner snapped by NeoGAF user Gribbix. The banner still sports the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 logos in its bottom right corner, and leaves no indication of a next-generation ...

 
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Shield contest returns for Dark Souls II

Similar to the contest held for Dark Souls, Namco Bandai and From Software have put together a competition for the sequel that will incorporate artists' shield designs in Dark Souls II. What a cool bragging right that would be, es...

 
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Dark Souls II box art forgot to add color

Yeah, these posts are terrible. Everyone knows that. Even though readers only click to look at the images, I still have an obligation to put words in this space. These are those words. So, the Dark Souls II box art is completely monoch...

 
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Dark Souls PC was 'half-assed,' admits director Tanimura

Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura spoke with Shack News recently and the subject of the Dark Souls PC port was brought up. You remember what happened there, right? The PC version was so poorly done that fans had to create mods to make up ...

 
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Cram this Dark Souls II trailer into your dark holes

It's been Dark Souls II day at Destructoid, as we finally got to see it in action in footage, screens, and in person. Now, Namco Bandai presents this gloomy teaser ("Despair") that shows off some of the environments. Yeah, the world of Dar...

 
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Happy day: First Dark Souls II gameplay footage arrives

The screenshots were a nice start, but this is a Souls game we're talking about here; one cannot have enough information to go on leading up to release, and even years after. IGN has the gameplay reveal of Dark Souls II feat...

 
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Some lovely Dark Souls II screenshots have emerged

Compliments of NeoGAF, some amazing Dark Souls II screenshots are out in the wild, and damn do they look beautiful. The locales are fairly reminiscent of the first two games in the franchise, with the standout being this action packed scree...

 
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Dark Souls II's director talks freedom and accessibility

So, you saw the gameplay reveal yesterday, you saw the screenshots, and yet, you still want more Dark Souls II. Of course! Why wouldn't you?! Well, good news for you, as it just so happens a round-table discussion with Dark Souls II's direc...

 
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Dark Souls II is roughly 25 percent finished

If you're as excited as I am for Dark Souls II, you'll want to check out Edge's latest interview with franchise leads Tomohiro Shibuya and Hidetaka Miyazaki. Shibuya, now the big man on campus, reiterates that Dark Souls II will not take pl...

 
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Dark Souls II concept art is full of nasties

Some concept art for Dark Souls II has appeared online, and while some fans may be worried about the game becoming more "accessible," they can at least be assured that the beautifully bleak visual style of the series shall remain prese...

 
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Dark Souls II director Shibuya talks accessibility

There's a new issue of Edge (#249) out this week that has a ten-page feature on Dark Souls II which I'm sure many of us are eager to read. After From Software director Tomohiro Shibuya was quoted as saying the game would be "more straightfo...

 
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Petitions for Tomb Raider and Dark Souls II Wii U

Recently, two petitions have sprung up, as gamers are asking publishers to consider their multiplatform games for Wii U. Tomb Raider and Dark Souls II are slated for Xbox 360 and PS3, but for some reason, they're not coming to the other HD ...

 
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Here's the announcement trailer for Dark Souls II

While I suspect many of you will have seen the announcement trailer for Dark Souls II by now, whether you were there to witness it live during the Spike VGAs or after the fact, I figured this would be worth posting for posterity. You know,...

 
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The Question: What do you want from Dark Souls II?

[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Much to our delight, From Software and Namco Bandai announced Dark Souls II for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3. (Sorry, Wii U.)...

 
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Dark Souls II announced for PS3, PC, and Xbox 360

Despite the success of its predecessor, I was not necessarily expecting a Dark Souls II so soon, and I certainly wasn't expecting to see it get announced at the 2012 Spike VGAs of all places. Amazing! I was actually convinced the trailer wa...

 

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