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.
User reviews: Very Positive (20,613 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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"More accessible, challenging, and rewarding than its predecessor, this is the Dark Souls sequel PC gamers deserve."
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September 30

CROWN OF THE IVORY KING, THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE LOST CROWNS DLC TRILOGY FOR DARK SOULS II IS OUT TODAY

DARK SOULS II’s Crown of the Ivory King DLC is now available on STEAM.

FromSoftware has saved its most challenging obstacles, enemies, and bosses for the final chapter of the truly arduous journey symbolized by DARK SOULS™ II The Lost Crowns trilogy. The previous DLC chapters (Crown of the Sunken King and Crown of the Old Iron King) were specifically designed to enhance, challenge, and bring players to their knees while Crown of the Ivory King will deliver a grand finale with the same unique torturous zest!

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July 22

FROMSOFTWARE TAKES YOU TO THE DANKEST, DARKEST DEPTHS IN THE DARK SOULS II WORLD WITH CROWN OF THE SUNKEN KING DLC

As if the regular obstacles, enemies, and bosses presented in Dark Souls™ II were not enough to cause gamers to cry for their mommies; FromSoftware today unleashes Crown of the Sunken King the first chapter in it’s The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy for DARK SOULS II. Each chapter is specifically designed to enhance, challenge, and bring players to their knees as they experience the peril that is awaiting them in the DARK SOULS II The Lost Crowns trilogy.

Players that are brave enough to take on this arduous journey will find new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses to conquer as they embark on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic’s King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the DARK SOULS II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern and death lays in wait around every corner.

DARK SOULS II’s Crown of the Sunken King DLC is available today for STEAM®. The STEAM season pass encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy is also available from now on!

DARK SOULS II’s Crown of the Sunken King DLC is also available on from now on Xbox Live Marketplace and will be out on 23/07 for PlayStation®Network. Each individual chapter of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for purchase via the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, and STEAM®. The STEAM and PlayStation®Network season passes encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy are also available from now on!

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
283 of 324 people (87%) found this review helpful
72.1 hrs on record
Nice relaxing game. Ideal for casual gamer. 10/10
Posted: September 29
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76 of 93 people (82%) found this review helpful
212.8 hrs on record
At first I didn't die, and then I died.
10/10
Posted: October 6
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
103.0 hrs on record
tongue , but hole ahead
woman ahead , therefore Weakness: tongue
illusory wall ahead
woman therefore Liar
woman , by the way try Rear
try jumping off
woman , Weakness: chest
be wary of toxic but hole
Weakness: monster but hole
rear ahead , Weakness: thrust
visions of Man and Woman...
tongue but hole
destroy but hole
be wary of skeleton but hole

in short , try Buying
Posted: October 6
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
70.6 hrs on record
I died at the main menu screen
Posted: October 6
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
85.0 hrs on record
Any game that you can spend 2+ hours on a single boss, and still come back for more, is a good game in my book.

theres no deb8 i r8 this 8/8 m8
Posted: October 15
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
117.2 hrs on record
Gravity is still OP.

11/10
Posted: October 1
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
214.7 hrs on record
Casual game that everyone can play. It's relaxing and player-friendly. 11/10 -Would waste my life again
Posted: October 7
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
109.6 hrs on record
ONLY LOVE CAN HURT ( DIE ) LIKE THIS.
Posted: October 21
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
100.6 hrs on record
I invaded someguy who happened to be out of health pots. I poked him down till he was on nearly no health then spammed "Very good" "Very good" "Very Good" while he begged for mercy. He finally broke and jumped off a cliff to end the torment.

Great Game 12/10.
Posted: September 29
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
65.3 hrs on record
Smashed my mouse and yelled at my screen. Had to buy a new mouse. It was expensive 10/10 would smash my mouse again.
Posted: October 11
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
79.3 hrs on record
Much easier compared to DS1, but with a larger community and easier to play and connect with others, it's the better game perfomance wise than DS1. As I said it's easier so more people can get into it, and it's worth the price and your get your moneys worth plus a lot more, same with the DLC.
Posted: October 10
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
397.6 hrs on record
It's like the first Dark Souls, only not as good!


The cloth physics are really amazing though. Buy it for the cloth physics.
Posted: October 17
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
139.9 hrs on record
Use a controller
Posted: October 17
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Started game. Walked into tall grass. Dogs bolted past me. Punched dog. Dogs ate me alive.........

11/10
Posted: October 7
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
635.6 hrs on record
Two and a half years later, the sequel of Dark Souls got released. You are continuing your journey with a desire to break the curse. You came to Drangleic to break the undead curse, but you will end up following a path laid out for you by the Herald

The game has great lore, although it is not given to you. Vendrick seems to have been a chosen undead (Possibly YOU from Dark Souls ?) Chancellor Wellager says : "He vanquished the four Great Ones, and built this kingdom upon their souls." Very interesting indeed.

It shares the same mechanics with some new ones. When it comes to challenge it is basically the same. NG+ will give you some new enemies and red phantoms, upgraded rings and better drop rate on certain items. The difficulty will increase until you reach NG+7 like the previous game. Soul Memory [Total souls collected] is a new thing and prevents low level griefers. The game will now match you up with people in your SM range. NG players will not be able to play with NG+ players no matter what their SM is. A rather good invention although I miss invading new people with high end weapons and gear...

Multiplayer aspect of the game is getting better along with the patches. Unbalanced weapons, armor, rings and spells have been mostly fixed. Only major problem must be the amount of hackers and lag. There will be some lag depending on peoples internet connection. But there is of course something wrong when both players has decent internet speed and gets alot of lag. But overall a solid game and a must buy for RPG fans.

8/10

+ Lore
+ Graphics
+ Gameplay
+ Area and Enemy design

- Lag
- AI
- PC controls [Highly recommended to get a Xbox 360 controller]
Posted: October 10
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Just as good as the last game maybe even a bit more difficult. looks and plays great (keyboard + mouse)
you will die
ALOT
and PRAISE THE SUN!!!
Posted: September 26
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
8/10 - explanation below.
A quick review of Dark Souls II.

As a Souls games fanboy (and From Software), I need to express my views on this game even after so time has passed since its release - mostly because of the last (?) upcoming DLC - Crown of the Ivory King.

Dark Souls II has everything a Souls game had to this date, a confusing story, hard difficulty, angering moments etc. These are the basics of a Souls game, after all. But like any other game, DS2 has some flaws, some, that in this game, ended up being fatal.

Bandai NAMCO advertisement on the game is one of these flaws. The trailers were so dark, so obscure, the lightning engine was SO dark and the use of torches seemed too damn cool. You can imagine the disappointment of millions when the game came out and there was no need for torches since they made the game totally bright from day to night. This fact alone killed my expectations to the game. And the slaughter continued when the game continuously threw at me more and more different skins of the same kind of NPC and a lot of bosses with almost no context, more like a gaping hole. At the end of the game, I had a lot of questions and no answers to be found. The DLCs are giving some answers, but at all, this game has no real difficult and yes an impression of difficult: throw ten npcs at you or a boss with a lot of NPCs around and that's their way of thinking this game is difficult. For who played Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss and even (but necessarily) King's Field, this was no real challenge at all and just a lot of frustrating places. But as a real fanboy, I achieved to like the game. Even with his flaws, it has some great pros.

This game is a really good game to play, if you ignore it as a non direct sequel to Dark Souls. It's more like that weird cousin of your family, that you don't really have anything huge against but are not very happy to play with, even if you play. You can still learn a lot and have a lot of fun, so it is a must pick.
Posted: September 26
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
116.6 hrs on record
I got in a fistfight with another player and a blue phantom came in. Then we proceeded to beat the living crap out of him with our manly ♥♥♥ fists of steel and thunder.

10/10 would buy again
Posted: September 29
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
77.4 hrs on record
Personal GOTY for 2014? Probably! Harsher, vaster & at times soul destroying. If you enjoy a challenge and have a will of iron, get it. The DLC rocks
Posted: September 29
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
409.8 hrs on record
You always hear people jokingly say that Dark Souls II was made by the "B-Team", while "A-Team" worked on Bloodborne, and wether or not that's true doesn't really matter, because it sure feels like it is. Compared to the first game, the lore is bland, the enemy and boss designs repetitive and uninspired, the difficulty is legitimately artificial, combat feels floaty and the world makes no sense.
Story elements related to the first game feel more like references than a continuation some sort of overarching plot, which is what you'd expect from a sequel. Ignore the blatant connections like specific items or covenants, and the world of Drangleic would be as related to Lordran as Boletaria is.
While in the first game difficulty was a matter of endurance, of getting through relatively long areas from bonfire to bonfire without dying (Absolutely all of which, by the way, you could run through without fighting a single mob along the way if you knew what you were doing); the second game just resorts to throwing more enemies at you for often unavoidable fights that just end up being a matter of stalling until you can backstab or poke something, and being rewarded with a bonfire soon afterwards. The thing about being able to run past encounters in the first game played along with the "difficulty through endurance" concept, and raised the skill ceilling so that more experienced players could get through the game in just a couple hours, knowing where to go and what to do; while Dark Souls II often blocks you and forces you to either fight everything along the way, or eventually get lynched at a choke point. The starting area of the Crown of the Ivory King DLC is the best example of this I can think of.
Lastly, and to me most importantly, the game feels completely voided of style. While Lordran looked and felt cold and humid, only the remnant of a once great land long past its peak like some sort of medieval post-apocalipse, with the land covered by moss and inhabited by either hollows or monsters, exception of which were the few characters, each with their own storyline, each who depending on your actions all either turned on you or suffered great loss; Drangleic is just a pastel colored kingdom with really nothing remarcable about it. Nothing bad happens to any of the characters, the "Brotherhood of Blood" rarely comes to get you, the motivations for your actions all feel gratuitous and sometimes incoherent, and through the many playthroughs I've done, I never really found anything new, any little details that made the world more interesting or even felt the motivation to go through it one more time like the first game so amazingly did.

However, even through all of that, the game is still fun.
PvP is about as unbalanced as it was in the first game, and some of the mechanics lower the skill ceilling a bit, but it's still very rewarding to completely wreck a ♥♥♥♥♥.
Even though the bosses are all iterations of things we saw in Dark Souls, the adrenaline rush you get from actually beating them is still there.
And although the world feels dead for entirely different reasons and the lore has little depth, it's still way more interesting than most other games'.

The game is pretty good, but it is far, far from great, and even further from what the first one was.
Just prepare to die a lot, not from your estus running out, but because there was actually an ogre behind that door.
Posted: October 3
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