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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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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Casual
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
10/10 VatiVidya
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Stealth
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
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Hat Skeleton!
( 90.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Here we are again, only this time the port is actually amazing... Well it was after about a year of bug fixes, and the gameplay is kind of dumbed down for masochists. Experience everything that made the first game amazing, apart from having awkwardly placed enemies and awfully timed ganks, so rediculously unfair that you'll ask for help on the forums in every area. Remember when all 26 bosses in Dark Souls were well designed and fair? Well here's 40 new bosses, 50% of which were clearly put in to pad the many extremely long uneventful areas. Journey to the land of Drangleic, that forgets the original puzzle-landscaping interconnection of the original in favour of an attempt at open world. Defeat four main out-of-place overpowered bosses, all of which are easy compared to the four main bosses of the original, here's looking at you, Iron King. Venture deep into the fourth-wall breaking DLCs, where the difficulty and ganking is amped up to 11. Explore the new much larger array of actually amazing weapons that will have you switching playstyle faster than a six year old. Adventure through the enormous land that's easily ten times larger than the first game, and not in a good way, only to be met by an extremely underwhelming end boss that you will probably kill on your first go, which is preceeded by a blatant attempt at Ornstein and Smough bait. So it's time. Play the awe-inspiring flop that is Dark Souls II, or buy the Scholar of the First Sin edition so you can actually enjoy the game.

Dank Souls 2: Electric Gankaloo.

86/100
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ixOsama_
( 278.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Best game ever.
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SilverMun
( 334.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Amazing game! played 400 hours! :D addicting
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InfinitygamerAT
( 369.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Gr8 game m8, i r8 9/11
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natertaters7
( 105.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Me: plays Dark Souls II, dies a thousand times. Plays Dark Souls, dies 10 times on start up screen

10/10 would die again and again
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Corbunny
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game died out cause of ds 3 sadly, even though the pvp her is surely the best.
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Hot 'n' Spicy Timon
( 201.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Beat game, credits started. Went to go eat breakfast, credits are still running. Went to eat lunch, credits are still running. Went to a sleepover, credits are still running. CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me CREDITS: Me
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Superperforator
( 92.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is Dark souls 1 with far worse level design, far worse combat with enemies that can spin 180 degrees while charging their attack and tracking you until the very last moment. Most of its bosses are really uninspired and, please just play dark souls 1 and dont bother to ever have a look at this cashgrab again.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
102.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
My girlfriend left me because of this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game is completely worth it to buy 9/10
-A challenge for you (of course you can play with friends)
-Nice PVP etiquette (Except the guys who use the stone to PVP)
-A nice co-op system(Actully not very nice just better than Dark Souls I)
-A nice story (This game actully have story but just need you to find it)
-A nice NPC interactive (NPC can related to story / hiding weapon.....)
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
117.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I have little to say. However, although it is a fun game and I enjoyed it. I cannot forgive the ridiculous choice by the devs when they remastered the game a year after release and expect me to pay for the proper version. I spent 100 dollars on this game and I get a half baked version. Would not reccommend. This has forever destroyed my faith in the creators and debate how many years I should wait to buy Darksoul 3 if at all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
125.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Dark Souls 2 was the first Souls game I really played. Now, much later, I feel like that was a good thing. The rest of the series has so far felt way more punishing, harsh, complex... you name it. I jokingly call this one the "babby's first souls game" among my friends. Not that it'd be easy, but at least I'm pretty decent in it, which is something I... really can't say regarding the other Souls games.

I don't want to talk too much about the other games, but Dark Souls 2 is definitely one of the more, if not the most, straightforward and simple games in the series. Not once did I feel overwhelmed by the bosses, the lore, nor the areas. There were moments when I felt frustrated, but that was a rather refreshing kind of frustration, rather than being annoyed and wanting to ragequit. The AI definitely was dumb at times, but that didn't really make the game any less enjoyable — especially as a dumb AI is sometimes actually harder to predict and plan for.

The atmosphere of the game is incredible. Not all the characters were all that interesting, but the areas looked beautiful, or scary, or calming... some really giving a strong impact. The first time I entered the gutter, I was legitimately scared. That thumping sound, the all-consuming darkness... I swear it took me a few minutes just to take my first step into the area.

In the end, I went ahead and got all the achievements (which, too, was rather easy compared to the other games in the series) as I wanted to keep playing even after defeating the final boss and playing the NG+ for a while. NG+ definitely had a lot of replayability, as even the small changes gave the second run a fresh feeling to it. This game really ended up sucking me in, and now I'm stuck playing both Dark Souls and Demon's Souls, and about to start Bloodborne. Yet I don't feel like playing any of them all that much, as I'm afraid they'll make me feel bad in games. Woe is me.

On another note, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the Sin is a thing, too. It's somewhat more difficult, but nothing special. I'm, of course, playing that one too, as Dark Souls II became more or less my favorite Souls game, as it's the one that introduced me to the series. Now, I know that it's not even considered to be a part of the series, especially the lore, but I don't mind. I already know this, I just like the game, and I like the other games, too. It's just, the first one is always the first one, and you can't change that.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
201.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This game will hand you a flimsy bit of wood, a broken bit of metal, then point you at a dude the size of a house, with a mace bigger than your whole body, and tell you to go kill him. You will die. A lot. And you will LOVE it!

This game is brutal, infuriating at times, but incredibly satisfying when you finally kick the ♥♥♥ of that one boss that was throwing your ragdoll all over the boss cavern. There's nothing quite like it anymore either. Games have become far too easy. Far too "casual" to use the vernacular.

This game is the counter to that. It starts hard and you can increase the difficult as much as you like either by starting New Game Plus (NG+) over and over, getting harder each time, or you can use items at the game's bonfire's that will increase the difficulty in that specific area permenantly. There are advantages to doing this, however, and many items / spells etc will only drop / become available on harder NG+.

The community is also one of the more helpful that i've found. It being a mainly single player experience, but with the opportunity to do some "jolly co-op" by summoning allies to help fight difficult areas or tough bosses you feel you want a hand with. You can also go help others in order to gain various benefits. There is also the option to be a dickbag and invade other players with the sole purpose of killing them and stealing their humanity. Either way it's all tied together with the fantastic combat system.

The gameplay is brutal but fair. Even fairly "basic" enemies can still kill you far into the game if you mess up your block or dodge or parry. But equally you can read their patterns and learn how to deal with them without taking any hits once you're practiced.

There is so much to explore, so many side quests to uncover, secrets to puzzle out, hidden walls and illusions to find. You can play as a high strength / dex blademaster build then change your mind and respec to a full on fire throwing lightning slinging magic user when you feel like it using a (somewhat) rare consumable.

On the topic of magic.... spells in Dark Souls are JUST as punishing as weapons. If not MORE so. There are some insanely powerful spells in the game and the limited uses per spell before you need to rest at a bonfire allows for them to be balanced. The sheer insane variety of ways to play and different builds available makes it a game i'm STILL not bored of, and STILL discovering more and more about. I've not even started the DLC's yet and i'm over 150 hours in on my main character.

Sadly bows are somewhat lacklustre in the Souls universe which i attribute to balance reasons. They tend to require a lot of stamina to shoot compared to similar weight melee weapons, and their damage is pretty limited for the most part. There are some greatbows that launch treetrunks at people and can do heavy damage, but are so slow to fire and in pvp will leave you an easy target. I've always loved archery and all things bow related in my games, but even with the limited power of bows in Dark Souls II i'm happy with my Hunter's Blackbow +10's damage output. It's the fastest firing bow and takes less stamina than most. I combo it with poison arrows and can poison 90% of enemies in 1 volley (how many arrows i can fire before out of stamina) which is extremely useful in certain areas. Even with my love of bows, and normal preference for ranged classes, i don't find myself caring in DSII. The melee weapons are so varied and satisfying to use that i'm perfectly satisfied to use a mix of ranged bow shots to pick off tougher enemies / thin the pack, before taking out the rest with my swordplay.

The whole game just feels so incredibly satisfying when you get good, and even when you "think" you're good, there's always the other player invaders to show you how wrong you are :P
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Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
*Spends 10 minutes running back and forth through a doorway to check for traps*

10/10 best game ever
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
157.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
The only reason you should own or play this game is if you bought it pre-Scholar. For that reason I do not recommend this game to anyone. Instead buy Scholar of the First Sin. Original DS2 has extremely limited multiplayer. You only get it early on as a new character and then in Drangleic/final boss.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
98.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
One of the BEST GAME EVER!!!! FOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR EEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Somehow both better and worse than the first dark souls. Still a great game though.
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