Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, DARK SOULS™ II is the highly anticipated sequel to the gruelling 2011 breakout hit Dark Souls. The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated imaginations of gamers worldwide with incredible challenge and intense emotional reward.
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Very Positive (30,581 reviews) - 88% of the 30,581 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014

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Reviews

“…this is the Dark Souls sequel PC gamers deserve.”
91/100 – PC Gamer

“The PC version of Dark Souls II is the definitive one to own.”
9.75/10 – Game Informer

“Brilliant, beautiful, and absolutely essential”
9/10 – EDGE

About This Game

Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, DARK SOULS™ II is the highly anticipated sequel to the gruelling 2011 breakout hit Dark Souls. The unique old-school action RPG experience captivated imaginations of gamers worldwide with incredible challenge and intense emotional reward.

DARK SOULS™ II brings the franchise’s renowned obscurity & gripping gameplay innovations to both single and multiplayer experiences.

Join the dark journey and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and the unrelenting challenge that only FROM SOFTWARE can deliver.

Key Features

  • Go Beyond Death: dare yourself to engage against intense gameplay in a vast world powered by an all new engine that leaps graphics, sound & FX forward like never before
  • A labyrinth of monsters & bosses: immerse yourself into mind-bending environments filled with new twisted monsters and deadly bosses that could only come from the imagination of FROM SOFTWARE
  • Sensory assault: a wide range of threats will prey on human senses & phobias - auditory hallucinations, vertigo, acrophobia, etc
  • Deeper and darker: more intricate customization options provide weapons and armor tailoring to player style
  • Evolved multiplayer: updated multiplayer system enables improved online interaction to bring forward cooperative & competitive play
  • Refined gameplay: DARK SOULS™ II features fluid motion-capture animations, an upgraded combat system, a vastly expanded suite of characters, deeper customization options, new weapons, armor abilities, and a balanced player progression system

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: AMD® Phenom II™ X2 555 3.2Ghz or Intel® Pentium Core ™ 2 Duo E8500 3.17Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600GT, ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3 2100 3.10GHz or AMD® A8 3870K 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 or ATI Radeon™ HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) recommended
Helpful customer reviews
501 of 578 people (87%) found this review helpful
650 people found this review funny
110.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Before I played Dark Souls:
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253 of 295 people (86%) found this review helpful
113 people found this review funny
266.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
You don't win, you just do a little better each time.
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136 of 202 people (67%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
189.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
Short version :
Dark Souls 2 is truly a worthy successor of the original Dark Souls in all aspects except visual style. - 9.5/10



Long version :
I'm a hardcore fan of the series (unfortunately never got around to play Demon Souls ).

Setting : A lot of people may argue about the fact that Dark Souls 2 lacks good story, characters, areas, and bosses.
I will agree with the latter as the bosses were indeed dissapointing, I finished NG+ and NG+2 all under 10 hours, the area enemies and obstacles provide more of a challenge than bosses do.
But Dark Souls 2 has a strong narrative and lore, setting up an even darker plot for Dark Souls 3 to continue. In order to understand the story completely, you need to play the original Dark Souls as well, because a lot of the characters and plot is vaguely mentioned throughout Dark Souls 2.

Gameplay : When it comes to gameplay, Dark Souls 2 excels at it compared to it's predecessors and even it's successor Bloodborne . Dark Souls 2 is fluid in every way, including movement, attacking, defending, casting spells, and especially dodging.
People say that playing the Souls series requires a controller, I am proof that it doesn't. Played both Dark Souls games using mouse and keyboard, my PVP win rate in Dark Souls 2 is around 80%. That includes normal PVP and arena. So if you're one of those people who doesn't have a controller like me, don't be afraid to play this game, you'll be just as good as the players with a controller.

Visuals and optimization : Visuals are fantastic, and the game is perfectly optimized for the PC, runs smoother than my operating system does. But in terms of art style, it's not that grand compared to it's predecessor. But you'll certainly be fascinated by most environments.

Online : Where Dark Souls 2 lacks, it CERTAINLY makes up for it's online system, you'll connect with people online very easily, as long as people keeps playing the game, you'll be able to PVP, co-op or troll / gank people.
We all remember how poor the original Dark Souls' connectivity system was, and originally Dark Souls 2 had a lot of issues with it's online system, but the devs fixed it with patches that added certain rings that makes matchmaking easier and removed some restrictions.

Expansions : The additional content released for the game are worth playing, the price tag is pretty big, but considering the amount of new content it adds, including new gear, new characters, more insight on the story, new areas and ofcourse, new bosses, it's worth a buy if you're a fan of the series.

Controversies : A lot of the fans including myself got backstabbed by From Software for their cheap tricks at money making, with how they released a new and much better version of the game but something that you have to purchase even if you own the original base game. But it isn't fair if you rate the game poorly or not recommend it, just because the developers went for a dirty marketing system doesn't mean the game is bad, it's still superb!

All in all, Dark Souls 2 is a RPG masterpiece, players old and new to the series shouldn't miss out on this gem.
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
118.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Dark Souls II is one of my favorite games of all time. The only reason I don't recommend picking this up is that, at this point, you should really be buying "Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin", which includes all the DLC and better graphics. They also reworked the existing zones in the game to make the game flow better and just be generally more awesome. Bandai really made a questionable move by releaseing Scholar of the First Sin as a different game, and charging a bunch for it...
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353 of 578 people (61%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
284.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
DS1
- From Software said there will "NOT" be DLC with DS1.
- From Software later releases DLC for DS1.
- From Software charges full price for DS1 again and calls it Artorias of the Abyss edition.



DS2
- So..... From Software said the DS2 release would take a little longer to make sure it was optimized.
- From Software releases DS2 making people believe they are getting the optimized version with the best graphics possible.
- From Software releases DLC to milk more $$$$ from players.
- From Software releases the "Real" optimized version and charges full price for the game again, calling it Scholar of the First Sin.
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