Dark Souls II
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".
it may not be like the first one but...
PRRAAASE THE SSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not as challenging, but still amazing!
While still providing many challenges, mostly when it comes to bosses, Dark Souls 2 isn't quite as rage inducing as the first. Being a fan of Dark Souls, I'm not sure whether to be happy or to be disappointed. There aren't any incredibly frustrating areas (like Blighttown in DS1), and most of the bosses are easily bested by rolling/circle strafing while or after they attack. The true challenge lies in NG+. Some enemies are added and boss fights are different. Either way, this game is still Dark Souls to it's very core. From combat and area hazards to lore and mechanics. You'll find dozens of weapons with a large variety of move sets; some all-purpose, while others with limited usefulness. Upgrading has also been made to be more convenient. No longer will you have to scrounge for green titanite shards for a different upgrade path or traverse back to different areas depending on what you want to infuse your weapon with. This time, you only need regular titanite (6 shards, 6 large shards, 6 chunks, then 1 slab) to fully upgrade most weapons (whether fire, lightning, magic, enchanted, etc) to +10. There are still some special weapons (unique and boss weapons) that require twinkling titanite and petrified dragon bone to upgrade. You need only go to one specific smith to infuse your weapon with an effect and will require a certain stone for the desired effect (boltstone, bleedstone, etc.). The PvP could still use a lot of improvement. A lot of times, you'll find yourself swinging away at your opponent, but do no damage; only to see them finally lose health 3 seconds later.
I would highly recommend this game to Souls players and also to those who may have attempted DS1 liked it, but couldn't finish due to difficulty. I also recommend it to those who are tired of simplistic "RPGs" that focus too much on graphics and story telling instead of the most important aspect of a video game.... GAMEPLAY.
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.
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!
Best series of a generation.
I could honestly speak forever on Dark Souls One and Two. I am new to the series and, to be honest, I have found myself wondering why I haven't tried Dark Souls sooner. It is by far the most rewarding series I have ever played. Both games are absolutely perfect. If anyone is familiar with the feeling of discovery one may experience just once, say, in World of Warcraft, that first play though, or the intense hunt for gear and epic loots. Playing Dark Souls 2 is exactly what that's like, but you just don't ever get burned out. I've completed both Dark Souls games at 100%, and still play them! They're amazing. Art in its truest form, in my opinion. Dark Souls 2 is truly a sequel that you want to partake in. The lore is never ending for those who look for it, the difficulty is definitely there, but perfected to the point where the player is forced to learn the mechanics and move sets of each mob out to each encounter. It's some what hard to explain. Almost like riding a bike, I suppose. Once a new experience begins, you find it to be difficult, but the pattern of this experience is solved by those who try to over come it. By the end of that experience, you just know. You know how to play these games like you know how to ride a bike. The graphics are there as well! Some may tell you different, but the graphics are adjusted in a way to perfect one's experience. The engine is smooth and glitches are few and far in between.It's just so smooth. If you die, it's your fault. You can't place the blame on stuttering graphics. I love that I found something like Dark Souls. I'm not a big fan of western rpgs, which is so so prevalent in the market today. This is different. This is a game that you play, not because of the immense popularity, but because it is truly an amazing experience. If you find yourself sifting through the market place in search of something special that will stay with you for a good while, this is it. This is by far better than all of the triple A western rpgs I've played this generation. You won't find anything that comes close to this, at least not right now. I highly recommend this game. I highly recommend the Souls series.
Praise the Sun!
Never in the history of gaming have people been praying for games to be as hard as they possibly can be, but that is what the huge following of Dark Soul fans crave from the next installment. We want to experience even more gorgeous views and fight even more challenging enemies. I hope they bring the difficulty into the next installment and continue with the little things that make Dark Souls what it is like messages, shortcuts, secrets and blood stains. I am super excited for this game; I can't wait to feel the rush and discover what new things are in store.
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!
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
I've been excited for games before, but I've never been this excited. I simply cannot wait for this game to come out! It looks incredible. I have no doubt in my mind that this will be just as challenging, if not (hopefully) more challenging than Dark Souls was. I am simply ecstatic. This game is on my must buy list for next year.