Rated 0 out of 10
by Animekey THE LEGEND NEVER DIES.
MLG 2 PRO. MASK OF FATHER. Really though, Dark Souls 1 was a great experience I had and I'm still playing it. The issues on Dark Souls 1 is being fixed on Dark Souls 2, All kinds of new game mechanics and improved engines is nice too. I don't want to say more, I'll make myself "die".
Rated 10 out of 10 by sps12 Hard but not impossible
I loved the original dark souls, so when i heard dark souls 2 was coming out I got really excited. Something about this franchise just makes you want to come back for more, you get the stuffing beat out of you a ton of times but when you finally do beat that boss or area you were working on you feel so satisfied that you have to keep going. The game punishes you for dying, even though it is pretty much inevitable. I would wager to say that nobody is actually good at this game there are just people who die less than others. That being said, if you are not into playing a game that will kick your tail before you even feel somewhat comfortable about it, don't get this game. On second thought, even if you don't want that get the game and play it just to see if you like it. People have given up on this game too early seeing all the pre-owned copies they had at gamestop when I went to get it and i think more people should give it a chance.
Rated 0 out of 10 the greatest wait
All I know is I sold skyrim because of how easy and lame it was... granted it had lots to do... in fact alot of very pointless stuff to do, and I bought dark souls expecting a challenge like demon souls... and I was right. The game was amazingly hard and fun and there was no other feeling than dying and losing 45 humanity and 500,000 souls just to die again trying to recover it and lose it all forever. The battle system was superb. I really hope they add more gore though and an execution like the parry would be awsome but we'll see. I know im gonna pre order this for my 360. I cant wait to get invaded and invade others but more so than that I cant wait to play the sequel and summon others to help with boss fights or covenant battles like those miserable tree huggers in dark souls... I'll be looking for covenants to hate all over again. Praise the Sun! But by all means if you dont like hard games and like games that are no challenge at all... games that you can run through and beat in a few days... than by all means run back to that sissy skyrim cowards
Rated 10 out of 10 by SLTSWAMP Their souls are mine!
In one word Dark Souls II could be described as familiar. All the same basic game mechanics from Dark Souls 1 remain intact, with a couple minor tweeks (mainly to the health system and fast travel implemented right from the start of the game). If you've played previous games in the series then you will feel right at home with the fighting and spell casting mechanics of DS2. It needs to be mentioned that the game graphics look great! The lighting in the game might be the best I've ever seen, with fire playing a pivotal role in your journey it's so nice to see your new armor gleam standing next to a bonfire. Movement feels more fluid, especially rolls and dodges, which is critical for fighting tough enemies. My one gripe with this game would be that this games world isn't as interconnected as DS1. With fast travel available right from the beginning i never felt like the world was very connected. Rather the different areas of DS2 come of more like separate levels rather than an interconnected world. With all that said, DS2 is a fun game and worth the 60 bucks. Praise the Sun!
Rated 10 out of 10 by MisterTeeny Even More Sublimely Frustrating Than The First!
This is the first game I had ever pre-ordered and I had never been more excited for any other game, and I am not disappointed. It took me a couple hours to really fall in love, but Dark Souls II stays so true to the first that it brings a tear to my eye socket. There are so many returning items that the changes really stand out. But the changes really are exhilarating. As if soloing bosses weren't enough of a thrill, now try soloing them with half health (and there are butt loads of bosses)! The game encourages co-op more than ever before as well. So much content packed in here that I've spent hours just noodling around. Also, some immensely cinematic moments, in and out of cut-scenes, can really take your breath away. If you loved Dark Souls, than you almost have to love Dark Souls II. If you haven't played a Souls game yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR YA DINGUS? Praise the sun!
Rated 0 out of 10 by iilusions Prepare to die. Again.
Pre-ordered Dark Souls 2 and can't wait to play it. I love the first Dark Souls. It's so addicting. I love how diverse the game is. It never got boring at all. I loved dying just as much as defeating a very hard enemy because it gave you determination. It took me FOREVER to kill the Capra Demon located in undead Burg. Once I got the Uchigatana I reinforced it to +5 and added a charcoal resin and BOOM. Defeat. I cannot wait to see the unimaginable enemies in Dark Souls 2. They did such a fantastic job in Dark Souls. I think all Dark Souls fans are going to be more amazed than they thought they would be. Honestly in my opinion this is one of the most incredible RPGs ever created for Xbox 360. Even better than Skyrim. This game will make you cry tears of joy OR tears of sadness. Either way YOU will fall in love with it. I promise.
PRAISE THE SUUUUUUN!!
Rated 7 out of 10 by NephilimRising A shiny new version
This game basically polishes and betters every aspect of dark souls 1 while putting you in an entirely new area with a new story arch. The gameplay is tweaked in a way where, even though I am a non-competitive player, i can take on almost any invader (im level 127 too). The areas are very cool and are drastically different throughout the game. The framerate stays consistent throughout as well. The game deserves a seven though, in my opinion, because there are some game-breaking issues. Graphics could definitely be way better if they used a different engine than Havok. Hitbox (When and where you or enemies hit) is extremely poorly done, enemies reach farther than their equipment and the players doesnt count when it should. Furthermore, the "Dedicated Servers" completely cut out in the most difficult areas of the game (pretty much all areas except for one that are later in the game). This game meets all the criteria of an upgrade but still seriously lacks in areas that shouldnt be lacking in a game at this time. I hope something is done for the servers because i overall enjoy this game, and would like it much more if coop worked consistently.
Rated 2 out of 10 by Derp1 Garbage
Game is complete garbage enemies hit through wall with any weapon bonfires outside of boss fight that if you die you don't restart there just a horrible game in general wouldn't recommend it to anyone
Rated 9 out of 10 A masterpiece for the masochist in all of us.
If you're new to the souls series, take a moment to read a review, watch a video, and really learn what you're buying. This game strays off of the beaten path from a very early point in the game, showing the player there will be no typical AAA franchise handouts, and forcing the player to explore and learn on their own. Controls are GREATLY improved from the original and it's predecessor, allowing for a much greater connection with the games beautiful and intriguing character appearance system. The soundtrack is absolutely outstanding, but standard game noises leave much to be desired. Multiplayer returns, and better than ever. While it is at some points seamlessly integrated, at other times you may find yourself repeatedly invaded by higher leveled players while just attempting to survive. While this may bother some, the option of offline play is always an option.Graphics may be the only downfall of this game, due to its unplayability at a higher res. Still, neither shoddy sound nor dumbed down graphics end up taking away from the game itself, which is simply outstanding. Above all, Never give up, Praise the sun, and Try Jumping. Sound-7/10 Graphics-7/10 Controls-9/10 Overall-8.5/10
Rated 7 out of 10 by antha04 Not as good as its predecessor
somewhat disappointed not nearly as good as dark souls. The controls arent as smooth and gameplay is fast and sloppy. your character maneuvers like hes on crank which leads to many unintended falls to your death and combat mistakes. The level up system is poor, you now can only level up in one place by talking to a woman, no longer can you level up at bonfires. The equipmnt upgrade i wouldnt say is a bad system but it is different than dark souls and easier. You now only need regular titanite to upgrade all types of weapons. personally i like the dark souls methods better. Enemies are tough, and plenty of bosses. It definitely is a dark souls game. Covenants have a larger role in gameplay than in the first one. It is a long game, and has ng+++ which adds even more lasting appeal...it will keep you occupied for many hours. Menus are more difficult to read and they have added a few new elements. All in all it is a dark souls experience, and a fun, challenging, and nail biting game. However, in my opinion the first dark souls was much better. I suggest you get this game if you are thinking about it and give it a chance dont quit in just 5 minutes of gameplay. But i suggest even more strongly that you play dark souls first!!!! enjoy and praise the sun!