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Once upon a time, the Kingdom of Drangleic was a majestic, thriving land. However, mysterious events led to the exile of King Vendrick, and the land became desolate, with lost souls dwelling in it. Meanwhile, a lone traveler is seen near the village of Majula. He is trying to find a cure for a terrible curse that has fallen upon him, forcing him to lose his humanity and prey upon the souls of the dark beings. An enigmatic woman known as the Emerald Herald tells him that the Four Grand Souls have to be collected in order to bring redemption to the traveler and the entire land of Drangleic.

Dark Souls II is a sequel to Dark Souls, sharing its dark medieval fantasy setting, though it is set in a different land and is not directly connected to it story-wise. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is very similar to its predecessor, being a third-person action role-playing game with interconnected world exploration and a deliberate emphasis on challenge. Most cardinal aspects of the gameplay remain the same. Combat relies on timing, precision, as well as dodging and blocking moves that deplete stamina. Defeating enemies yields souls, which can be used at a special bonfire to level up, manually increasing the protagonist's main attributes. The game also features character creation that allows the player to customize the protagonist's class, genre, and physical appearance.

The player character is cursed, and each death deprives him of his humanity, sending him back to the last bonfire he has visited. Unlike the previous game, leveling up can only occur at one specific bonfire in the game; however, the player can freely teleport between all the bonfires he has accessed. Another difference is the limitations imposed on respawning enemies - after several tries defeated enemies will no longer re-appear after resting at a bonfire. Magic is given more prominence, enemies having more pronounced strengths and weaknesses to various elements. Joining covenants and participating in special events such as dueling against each other and cooperative fighting are featured in the game's multiplayer mode.


Dark Souls II Windows Posing in front of a sunken city, clad in more traditional garb, reading plaques and all that. Just chillin', basically
Dark Souls II Windows You unleash your wrath on those barrels! Much of the environment is destructible
Dark Souls II Windows Learning and attuning magic spells
Dark Souls II Windows Wazzup. Yeah, it's me. Did plastic surgery, okay? You happy now? Can I go, please?..

Alternate Titles

  • "ダークソウル II" -- Japanese spelling

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Dark RPG brutality blesses us once more Windows Cor 13 (174144)

Critic Reviews

XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Mar 11, 2014 95 out of 100 95
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 14, 2014 90 out of 100 90
PCGamesN Windows May 02, 2014 9 out of 10 90
411mania.com Xbox 360 Mar 21, 2014 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Windows Apr 25, 2014 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de Xbox 360 Mar 11, 2014 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Mar 11, 2014 17 out of 20 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 25, 2014 85 out of 100 85
GAMbIT Magazine Windows Apr 30, 2014 4 out of 5 80
Computer Games France Windows Apr 25, 2014 7 out of 10 70


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