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 (30,151 reviews) - 88% of the 30,151 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014

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Includes 4 items: DARK SOULS™ II, DARK SOULS™ II Crown of the Ivory King, DARK SOULS™ II Crown of the Old Iron King, DARK SOULS™ II Crown of the Sunken King

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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
536 of 709 people (76%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
95.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Dark Souls II is an incredibly fun game. Is it as good as the first? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Your call. The fact is however that we were very much misled, and milked for cash. I'm done with developers and publishers who lie, mislead, misdirect, misinfom, and take advantage of their fanbase.

The Dark Souls II producer Takeshi Miyazoe led fans to believe there would be no DLC. “For Dark Souls II, we don’t even expect any additional downloadable content because we want to deliver a full game, the full experience, to fans who purchase the package from day one. We did do additional content for Dark Souls (note that Dark Souls DLC came with the game for free), but generally downloadable content for Dark Souls II is not really being considered. Buy the package and you’ll get the full experience, and you’ll have as much fun as anybody else."

Bandit Scamco released...

Dark Souls II - March 11, 2014

And then released...

Dark Souls II Season Pass - July 22, 2014
Crown of the Sunken King - July 22, 2014
Crown of the Old Iron King - August 26, 2014
Crown of the Ivory King - September 30, 2014

Separating the playerbase into two groups: those with DLC and those without. After this, they released...

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin - April 1, 2015

Now creating a third group of players, for an entirely separate version of the game with some performance/visual improvements, weapon and armor balancing, bug fixes, DirectX 11, and a new NPC and boss. And don't even get me started on how the pricing of the Scholar of the First Sin, and all the stuff it came with, shafted all the loyal fans.

Buy the game and get the whole experience? Yeah, sure.

Yet, we buy this stuff anyways. Gamers let publishers and developers get away with far too much. We love to complain, but when it comes down to it we don't want to change anything. We continue to support companies who are dishonest. Time to stop.
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125 of 179 people (70%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
251.7 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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164 of 251 people (65%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
162.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Get the Scholar of the First Sin version.
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64 of 87 people (74%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
186.6 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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55 of 78 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
community split for an already dead game. i can't recommend this sort of business practice seriously. i am forced to buy this game again to play with people!

Its a NO from me, stay away.
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