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 (431 reviews) - 84% of the 431 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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
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Very Positive (431 reviews)
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real good
( 35.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
better pvp than 3
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A.L.M.A
( 52.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Way too easy for fans of the first part. But still much better than every other casual RPG
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HoboSharpy
( 238.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
If you don't want to be a filthy casual then buy this Game, but not THIS Game, go buy the Scholar of the First Sin version as it comes with all the DLC, Enemies/Item placements have been changed and 10% more lens flares.
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Ember
( 107.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Not as good as dark souks one at the beginning, I think it evens out somewhat by the end. But losing half your health for no reason at all times is a mechanic I will not miss. The ring that prevents hallowing makes it manageable but its a pain in the ♥♥♥ in a game that is already hella hard.

On the other hand this game is beautiful and such. I don't know about scholar of the first sin, you might wanna look into that before you buy. However I can tell you this is a game well worth the money, time, and frustration.
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dbpope
( 81.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
So a little insight on the world of Dark Souls 2. You begin the game with little to nothing and learn your way through twist turns and many perils. After figuring out what the heck you're doing you realize, "This is pretty easy!!" then you walk through that misty gate and Dark Souls 2 reminds you that you are worthless. All the work you just put into that area is gone like the blink of an eye! All in all, it's probably the best game you could ever invest your time into! DEFINTELY recommend!
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DankapotamusTV
( 48.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This game is definitly worth it. I only saw 2 downsides, one being that PC controls can be kinda confusing, but you can play with a controller, and the second one is that it can be highly rage inducing, but that was bad for me only because I suck. Other than that, it's highly addicting, and great fun
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ℝℯ⊻ℯℵℊ∄❤
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I love Demon's Souls, Dark Souls but this isn't a Souls game.
Once again I tried to give this game another shot after finishing and LOVING Dark Souls 3.

I just can't do it, this game is awful and if this was someones first Souls game I could see them not even thinking about trying the others.
Controls feel horrible, no atmosphere, artwork is generic garbage.
The challenge is all artificial difficulty, you will see this as soon as you get to town and 3 little pigs just chase you around town unless you want to hit them for 30 mins.
Simple dumb 1 pattern attack knights you fight way to long simply because they are health sponges.
It's not fun, it's just annoying and boiring .
I own both versions of Dark Souls 2, one isn't better then the other.
Neither support Steam cloud saves so I hope you like to back up save games.
The best is if you had the first Dark Souls 2 release and want to upgrade forget bringing that save game over since they won't transfer? WTF

AVOID. I'm not dissapointed is just a bad game, it's not even OK
I'd rather go play Lords of the Fallen and pretend that is Dark Souls 2.
WORST GAME EVER!
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EllipticOwl
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Fun, but bit too easy...
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MegaMoth
( 47.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It's pretty good. Dark souls 3 is far better though. So is Dark souls 1.
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CptLvl
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Good, but not Dark Souls 1.
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AkRoBaTiK
( 43.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I have been laughing reading all the negative reviews that have been written about this game. This is definitely more polished and optimized for the pc. I tried going back to ds1 after playing this and couldn't do it. Ds1 is slow, buggy and looks like crap. Avoid that game at all cost and just play this one or 3
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Meme Casino
( 435.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Killed a gaint lava demon with horns without taking a single hit then died in one hit to some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who did a bellyflop. 10/10 would masochism again.
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✪ Bloody ColdIce /O/
( 71.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I will give it a 6 out of 10 sun bros.
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brendanmoorer
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I literally cannot deal with how ♥♥♥♥ing lazy this was. Love the game, hate the steam version. Keyboard and mouse controls are some of the worst I've ever seen and its ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t that I have to buy an add-on accesorry (controller/cord to plug in) to make a game made by a large and rather successful developer playable. I also encountered odd bugs that would do things like make my character unable to attack after getting hit until the next death. Save yourself the trouble and just buy it on a console or something.
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Mr.Dank
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
dont buy this game unless you have alot of patience ♥♥♥♥ this game
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Shinobipanther
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Fume Knight.
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XROPX
( 73.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
....hg
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj_JnGHlfzA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4rA8zKE_WU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fizue5dDTNw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh7sVefeu-4

After three long years of scouring every nook and cranny of Lordran in anticipation of conquering a new crumbling, pestilent fantasy world , Dark Souls 2 has arrived and we are prepared to die again... and again. While this entry in the Souls franchise takes place in Drangleic instead of the familiar Lordran, players will still take control of a chosen undead to rise up and light the bonfires to stave off another age of darkness. Standing between your humble avatar and the salvation of the damned landscape that surrounds you are numerous terrifying monstrosities and unnerving NPC's who are prone to articulating unnerving and ominous warnings.

In foul and crumbling Drangleic where Dark Souls lays it's scene, King Vendrick thrust his kingdom into ruin after declaring war with the Giants across the sea. Using their souls to construct his castle, Vendrick earned the ire of the giants and plunged his kingdom into chaos with the survivors of the fray turning into undead who must fight to maintain their humanity lest they turn hollow. While the narrative still unfolds in the nuanced manner that characterized past Souls tales, players will noticed Dark Souls 2 features a more refined story. There is still much to be left up to player's interpretations with many details to be found in item descriptions and conversations with the various citizens of Drangleic. Series veterans will find many allusions to the previous games and a few subtle tie-ins. As is customary in the Souls series, cut scenes are limited, mainly used to introduce the lethal bosses that players will encounter, thereby never interrupting the pace and flow of the game.

While Dark Souls 2 does try to draw players in by being a bit more accessible, it would be foolish to think that the series has gone soft in an effort to sell more copies. Drangleic is quite a bit more difficult and unforgiving than Lordran or Boletaria from Demon's Souls and those looking for a challenge will be more than satisfied. As someone who has personally beaten both Dark Souls and Demon's Souls numerous times, I'm not afraid nor ashamed to say that I died on more than one occasion in Dark Souls 2. Deaths can feel a bit more cheap and sometimes unavoidable; but the game manages to get away with it by offering an unmatched sense of reward, compelling players to continue even after the most egregious deaths occur.

Veterans will also breath a sigh of relief upon realizing that Dark Souls 2 has not been made more linear to increase it's mass appeal. Upon reaching Majula, the game's hub location, players are given minimal guidance and are left to their own devices; being simply told to seek the king and gather four powerful souls. The NPCs that you encounter in your travels will congregate in Majula offering goods and services for sale as well as other means of upgrading your character. Certain actions can also result in slight upgrades to the town area in Majula an incentivize return trips. These features add a sense of community to the harsh and lonely world and each change to Majula feels like a milestone in the progression toward the game's conclusion. While having a constant safezone to visit as a reprieve from combating the monstrosities inhabiting the games locales is welcome, the tedium of being forced to return to Majula to level up isn't exactly among Dark Souls 2's strongest additions.

Once players decide to leave Majula, they can tackle the available areas in any order they wish though clever design choices ensure that players are on the path that they need to be without feeling as though they are a sheep to be corralled by the game's level design. Unfortunately, while the game world in Dark Souls 2 is larger than it's predecessor, it's suffers from a sprawling design that leaves it feeling less interconnected and forces players to rely on fast travel much more. You won't find as many of the clever short cuts as there were in Lordran and as such, Dark Souls 2 provides players with the ability to fast travel from the onset. There are some positives that come from this design choice however, the larger world makes exploration more exhilarating and there is much greater variety in the game's areas. The secret areas and items are more obscure than ever and require plenty of searching to find. Rather than simply having illusory walls that you have to strike to open, the inclusion of walls that need to be activated by enemy attacks, or explosions make them all the more difficult to find.

Combat is fundamentally unchanged but is far more refined. Changes to various classes provide more viable play styles than before. Shields are far less powerful than they were in previous games making dodging and rolling more important as well as making the temptation to dual wield or two hand a weapon for more powerful attacks while foregoing a shield altogether more appealing. These changes wouldn't mean much without a cast of dangerous and disgusting enemies to test your sword and board or casting skills against. Fighting even the lowliest enemy involves a bit of strategy and care and groups can really be a test of skill as you manage your stamina and methodically butcher them. Torches have also been added which are held in your left hand in place of a shield. They can be lit by any bonfire helping illuminate your way in dangerous areas. Lamps lit by your torch stay lit for the duration of the game, and certain enemies will react differently to light as well, such as a certain long-armed monster that will run and hide when approached with a torch or act far more aggressive towards players without one. When an epic orchestral theme starts to play in favor of the normal ambient noise, it's likely that you will find yourself standing toe to toe with one of Dark Souls numerous and varied bosses. The boss fights are more intense than ever showcasing the game's unique game mechanics. While a lot of the bosses felt similar in past games, each of them feels unique and different from one another in this installment. From requiring quick reflexes to killing enemies in a specific order as well as positioning and memorizing attack patterns, there is no shortage of new and innovative challenges in Dark Souls 2. The optional bosses add another degree of difficulty as they’re quite a bit harder than the final boss of the game.

The art direction has been improved from the other Souls games, as the environments offer greater variety and feel more distinct from one another. Thankfully, this entry relies less on the gloomy interiors of previous titles and features some brightly lit locals that maintain the atmosphere of loneliness and desperation that characterizes the series but aren't as fatiguing to travel thought. Games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill seem to have an influence on this installment as well, as visiting a village filled with crazed villagers and traveling through a foggy forest are quite memorable. Some areas are absolutely stunning though the tech powering Dark Souls 2 is still rather disappointing. Textures can have horrendously low resolutions in some areas and some really poor tiling can is noticeable on certain structures.

If you’ve never experienced the frustration, wonder, and excitement of the Souls games, now is as good a time as any to start. Bertolt Brecht once said, “Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.” and we here at Analog reviews say, “An inadequate gamer is one who has not experienced Dark Souls.”
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
283.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This game is one of my faves. And still is
If it wasint for the toxic as ♥♥♥ pvp community.
The story is great (there is none unless you dig deep)

pros:
great gameplay
good visuals
warrying enemies
lots of weapons to choose from (will cover this more in detail later)
intresting character upgrade system
good death mechanic
good soundrack

cons:
repetitive gameplay
dying alot
DLC for Full experience (of the previus DS game)
and the pvp since pvp deserves a special paragraph

pvp asshats:
most of the pvp community is using the same idiotic piercing sowrd over and over agian...
the estoc (look it up) i basicly nullifies all of your defences.
rest of em are using katanas (dealing insane damage) hell even a 3 Year Old girl beat a guy with katanas
here's the link https://youtu.be/wzDadGkoCqo?t=7m47s

there are ofcourse cheaters in game (inf healh / stamina /poise etc.) and they kill you (mostly) in one hit.

ofc there are a few nice pepole <-(dont qoute me on that) whoo want to co op
but that makes the game too eazy

the new game plus is a kinda duble edge sowrd (dificulty increases masively) and there are more enemies to kill

sorry for my rant and bad english hopefully you'll like it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
You need a controller. Which shouldn't be a big issue, but people are upset about it. The keyboard and mouse controls are twitchy as all hell, so a controller is pretty much required.

Other than that, the game is a smooth, buttery experience that rewards you for doing well and punishes you for screwing up. Not as good as the first, but the online play is a lot better. Easier than the first one, but still memetically hard, as expected from a FROMSoft game.

8/10 it's okay
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Tired of destroying noobs in other video games?

Welcome to Dark Souls II, the game where YOU get destroyed instead!
-Getting killed by the same boss over and over again makes it much more satisfying to ♥♥♥♥ing destroy it in the end.



Absolutely fantastic game. 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
My first death: Running along a path near a ledge. Hear a rustly, scuttly, spooky sound. Knowing what game I'm playing, get spooked and start rolling all over the place hoping to dodge any incoming ambushes. Roll off the ledge to my death.

I find out later the sound I was hearing was me walking through tall grass.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It's an extremely challenging game (AND REWARDING) once you get past the point of understanding how the controls work. It's horribly broken. This is one of the few games that actually challenges you to play smart, regardless of equipment. It might the one of the worst console ports I have seen, but After 75 hours of play, I can say I started enjoying it once I could kind of control the buttons.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Fun, but bit too easy...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
173.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
The Dark Souls series are hardcore and in same time, somehow, really touching with their lore. Recommended to everybody who likes challenge and deep atmosphere. Thank you, developers, for the great time I had with this game, it's predcessor and, presumably, it's successor.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
This game is, in the end, really excellent. It has a great story, awesome soundtrack, fantastic mechanics, and even jaw-dropping scenery. There is one issue, though. This game is not as good as the first. Of course, that really shouldn't stop you, because this is an amazing game. If you're new to the series, though, get the first, obviously. I played this before the first one and some of it just went over my head. Anyway, awesome game, especially if you're looking for a challenge, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Falling simulator. Rage simulator. Great hit boxes. Praise the sun. Praise the sun. 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I got shrekt by a guy on a wheelchair once, then I went back and knocked him off a cliff.

10/10 Would git gud again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I find myself constantly screaming, "WHY AREN'T I GITTIN GUD YET?!"

10/10 would want to git gud
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Lots of tears nad lots of joy with a dash of rage and everything dark, and Darks Souls was born.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
76.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Buy Scholar of the Lost sin, though. It's worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
238.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
If you don't want to be a filthy casual then buy this Game, but not THIS Game, go buy the Scholar of the First Sin version as it comes with all the DLC, Enemies/Item placements have been changed and 10% more lens flares.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Excellent game, the franchise definatley lived up to its name. Glad i finally conquered it! Bring on no. 3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
i dont even own this game
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