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Dark Souls 2 Review

By BwwDtt | 12 June 2020
Average: 7 (3 votes)

Dark Souls 2 is a role-playing action game, developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games in 2014.

  • Unique individual story
  • PvE and PvP environment
  • Advanced combat difficulty
  • Dark fantasy setting

Dark Souls Gameplay

The third instalment of the Souls series is just as immersive, like its predecessors. Although Dark Souls 2 doesn’t provide a story that is connected with the previous game, the action takes place in the same world as before. The game’s narration tells the players about a human that fell under the Undead curse and was doomed to roam the world unable to die. Death brought them suffering, as they became a Hollow creature, completely lacking memory and purpose. The undead character travels around the gloomy world wishing to break their curse and find out the fate of the doomed kingdom lands that they step upon.

New players start the journey by choosing their class and a starting gift, and these aspects will determine the weaponry that the protagonist will start their path with.

The complexity of the Souls series wound up to be the main gameplay feature, and Dark Souls 2 was no exception. The game does not provide you with any advice that can help you defeat each individual monster, so dying repeatedly is inevitable, as it is an essential part of learning the gameplay qualities. Certain mobs swing their axes and clubs in various ways, sometimes leaving the participant startled and unaware about the dangers that can come after each new hit.

Enemies of Dark Souls 2 can cause vast amounts of damage by impaling the protagonist with spears, burning them with dark magic arts; poisonous monstrosities’ fangs and nails will inject deadly toxins into one’s body, as well as electrocute them. Dangers lie beyond every corner, as many foes position themselves to scare and confuse the player. But mobs are not the only hazards that can harm the protagonist, and the environment can become a reason for a deadly outcome: burning (as well as ordinary) rocks often fall down from the decaying walls and buildings, high and narrow ledges can be a difficult obstacle to move through. Sudden traps quickly kill the character if unnoticed.

Death causes its specific effects on the player, but they are similar to the predecessor’s concept. Souls consumed during the battle with the enemies will be lost in case of death, but there is a chance to obtain them back by finding your own body in the spot of the premature demise. However, if the protagonist is killed while reaching his corpse, the souls will be permanently lost, and the progress of consuming will start from the beginning. Souls can be used as a currency in the shop to buy weapons, armoury and magical objects that will grant positive effects, and to increase bodily statistics.

Unlike in the previous game, dying will cause a decrease in the character’s health amount, but the environment will scale its dangers to fit the difficulty. However, the less you stay alive - the less rewarding loot you can find, which encourages to play carefully, evading death at all causes.

Boss fights in Dark Souls 2 are one of the crucial moments in the gameplay story, as the plot is based upon defeating gigantic monsters and villains and consuming their souls for the ritual. Each boss possesses a specific amount of unique moving patterns that require to calculate the attacking action very carefully. Usually, the grand enemies experience two to three phases during the battle, and each stage determines the way attacks are going to be performed, as well as speed and frequency. Eliminating the boss grants an opportunity to light up the bonfire and save progress after a long fight.

Dark Souls 2 System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 / ATI Radeon TM HD 6870
  • CPU: AMD A8 3870 3,6 Ghz or Intel Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz
  • File Size: 23 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, ATI Radeon HD 7850
  • CPU: AMD FX 8150 3.6 GHz or Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 GHz
  • File Size: 23 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit