Dark Souls 2 box art
Name: Dark Souls 2
Release date: March 11, 2014
Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE, PS4, X360, PS3
Genre: RPG

Description

Dark Souls 2 is an action RPG developed by From Software. It is set in the kingdom of Drangleic and is about the neverending cycles of light and darkness. The players play an Undead Knight, cursed to endlessly fight against the hordes of evil. In time, he might even break the cycle and save the world forever.

The gameplay is basically similar to Dark Souls 1 - you play from third-person, wielding a variety of weapons from swords through shields to greatswords. You must then fight enemies in a difficult, unforgiving combat, that relies on positioning and timing of the player. Deaths are also punished by lowering player's maximum health, which then can be replenished by various items.

Recommendation

Everything that made 2011's Dark Souls such a famous experience is still here - the exploration of the beautiful world and its lore, and the harsh and unforgiving combat. While it is not a game for everyone, if you get over its challenge, it is a very rewarding feeling to have and we recommend the game just for that.

Metacritics Rating: 91 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 50-90 h

Our recommendation

If you love great challenge and a great combat system, we can recommend this game.

Description

Dark Souls 2 is an action RPG developed by From Software. It is set in the kingdom of Drangleic and is about the neverending cycles of light and darkness. The players play an Undead Knight, cursed to endlessly fight against the hordes of evil. In time, he might even break the cycle and save the world forever.

The gameplay is basically similar to Dark Souls 1 - you play from third-person, wielding a variety of weapons from swords through shields to greatswords. You must then fight enemies in a difficult, unforgiving combat, that relies on positioning and timing of the player. Deaths are also punished by lowering player's maximum health, which then can be replenished by various items.

Recommendation

Everything that made 2011's Dark Souls such a famous experience is still here - the exploration of the beautiful world and its lore, and the harsh and unforgiving combat. While it is not a game for everyone, if you get over its challenge, it is a very rewarding feeling to have and we recommend the game just for that.

DARK SOULS 2 DLC LISTarrow

Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

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What does it add?

It adds a new storyline focusing on the lost crown of Drangleic's king. It adds about 4-7 hours of gameplay, taking you through various environments, offering new enemies, abilities, and bosses. It was well received for its combat encounters and puzzles.

Buy this if:

  • You loved the base game and want a new quest and a story
  • You want new bosses to die to

Traditional store price: 4.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 82
Release date: Jul 22, 2014
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

This DLC adds a new storyline focusing on the crown of another King, set in a Brume tower, a massive tower in the wasteland. It adds about 4-7 hours of gameplay, taking you through various environments, offering new enemies, abilities, and bosses. It was well received, with the main boss feeling particularly difficult for some people.

Buy this if:

  • You loved the base game and want a new quest and a story

Traditional store price: 4.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 79
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The last one of the Crown DLC takes you to a snowy castle in the mountains, to reclaim the last crown. As with the other DLC, it adds about 4-7 hours of gameplay, taking you through various environments, offering new enemies, abilities, and bosses. The bosses in this one are considered some of the most memorable in the whole title.

Buy this if:

  • You loved the base game and want a new quest and story
  • You particularly like haunting, snowy environments

Traditional store price: 4.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 82
Release date: Sep 30, 2014
Trailer: YouTube
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, X360, PS3 N/A 22.39 $
Season Pass PC, X360, PS3 12.49 $ 6.60 $
Scholar of the First Sin Upgrade PC, XONE, PS4 14.99 $ N/A
Scholar Of The First Sin Edition PC, XONE, PS4 9.99 $ 10.99 $

Edition Chart

Standard Edition Season Pass Scholar of the First Sin Upgrade Scholar Of The First Sin Edition
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Key store recommendations

Key resellers are sites that sell game keys at (usually) much lower prices than traditional retailers. They do this through a combination of ways, like selling keys that come in a bundle, that were on a sale and many other ways.

The reason why we separated them from traditional retailers is that these stores have been the subject of a divisive discussion for a long time.

The reason we include them is that you can buy keys on these sites usually for very big discounts, sometimes quite ridiculously cheap. In 99 % of cases, they will work the same as a much more expensive key would. For many people, especially people from countries with lower standards of living, this can mean big savings that have a significant impact on their life, while also playing the game and not resorting to piracy.

If you are buying on these stores, we have a few recommendations to follow:

  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
  3. If it is a store with multiple sellers with ratings, always pick the one with the highest number of sold keys and ratings. The probability of a successful purchase is much higher if buying from a reputable key seller.