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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“…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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sucs94dinosaur
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
Never got the game, apperently have owned it before, 6/9 not enough 911s
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Valkys
194.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
First 20 hours: Getting smashed by everything and even getting trough a small area seems like an accomplishment.
After 50 hours:Stop getting rekt from almost everything and start getting used to the game, although some areas are still a pain in the fu#*$&@@ a$$ to get through.But you manage by taking 1000 lifegems with you and killin one enemy at a time.
After 150 hours: Start mastering the game and its mechanics, every bossfight is still pretty hard,but after 30 retries,having praise the sun guys helping you and reading every wiki article that is out there, you manage to do it and finish your second playthrough.Then you discover pvp.U'll either get some lucky kills at the arena or you'll get matched with masters in pvp with like 5000 hours only on pvping and rek your sorry a$$.After that you'll quit and never play any other dark souls again.
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Jack
11.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
Ive only played the game for a few days and aparently ive been softbanned for doing nothing... and im not the only one i havent even interacted with other players. I love darksouls but this is just messed up
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mikeyt1337
294.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
Its not as good as the first one was, but its still extremely fun to play, and the biggest thing it has is superb optimization ( no more blighttown ♥♥♥♥ show).
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RaiD.fi
57.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
You died! again
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Cydognia
271.0 hrs
Posted: September 20
Dark Souls II receives a lot of unwarranted hate and dislike. While the second installment in the Souls series (third if we count Demon's Souls), is not as great as the first one, It's certainly worth a playthrough if you're a fan of the series.

Let's start off with the positives. This time around, the PC version is not a complete mess, it runs very well and even the keyboard controls are manageable, even though I'd still prefer a controller. They've improved co-op as well, by introducing a special ring you can use, to make it easier to summon your friends. The game is also bigger than Dark Souls 1, though as you'll read later, this is a negative as well. Out of all the Souls games I have played, Dark Souls II offered the most variety in armour and weaponry, making it better than both Dark Souls 1 and 3 if you wanted to do a cosplay or challenge build.

Now for some of the negatives. There's two big issues you'll find in this game. The first one is that they chose for quantity over quality. There are more bosses and areas than ever before - but none of them stand out as much, which is a real shame. Many of the bosses are forgettable, thanks to being similar in either design or moveset. They've also decided to make the game more difficult in an artificial way. By placing more groups of enemies together and by allowing enemies to do full 360 degrees spins, just to face you.
And while they introduced a special ring to help you summon your friends more easily, they also gimped online connectivity as whole, thanks to Soul Memory.

For those who don't know what Soul Memory is, it's the combined total of souls you have ever acquired, regardless of if you used them. This works in a tiering system, if you're in a higher tier, you will not be able to invade or summon people from lower tiers, and vice versa. At first, this completely killed the online after a certain point. With the introduction of Scholar of the First Sin, though, another ring was added which disabled any soul gain. This way, you'd have to sacrifice a ring slot, but at least you wouldn't end up in a lonely, high tier without anyone to invade or summon.

Pros and Cons:

+ Tried something different rather than piggyback off Dark Souls 1 (which is what 3 did).
+ Most variety in weapons, movesets and equipment.
+ Improved the ability to summon your friends with the special ring.
+ Solid port and controls.
+ 90% of all DLC is great in level design ánd bosses.

+/- Replay value is higher thanks to the variety in weaponry and such. But since the world is much less open than in Dark Souls 1, you'll end up going the exact same routes most of the time.

- Soul memory, albeit fixed with a workaround, was still a bad decision.
- World, bosses and story are far less interesting.
- Soundtrack is not as impressive.
- Added difficulty for the sole purpose of being difficult.
- Massive downgrade in graphics before release.
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EricLAW
18.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Well yeah, just buy it.















It's great.
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KingRed #KMS
20.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
Great game.
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SkokieDokie
363.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
Do you enjoy being frustrated? Do you enjoy having to try 10+ times to get something right? What about losing level progression for dying?

The dark themes, the painfully difficult learning curve, the extremely rewarding feels from finally getting through an area, and the meaning that you draw from it all in the end.

10/10 would play another 360 hours and 100+ on Scholar of the First Sin edition
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
just like real life
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
701.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Don't get this... I don't know why the store page is still up and you can still buy it... at least they put a warning at the top... get the other version instead.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
161.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Game will make you feel like you got into a naked fist fight with a bear by the time you beat it.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
564.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
"Play Dark Souls II."
"Why?"
"Because it's..."
"It's what?"
"It's Gud."
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
330.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Be wary, but hole
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
385.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Probably my favorite dark souls game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
290.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
After playing through the original Dark Souls, it boggles my mind how people thought this would be a good sequel. Atrifical difficulty, hard only for the sake of stalling for time and creating frustration, hardly any reason at all to actually play through the game, especially considering how everything seems to be made with contempt for the player. Could've been much better, but I suppose that's why they made a Dark Souls 3.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I did a complete 180 on how I feel about this game. At the beginning, I was so disappointed. The developpers wanted to make this game harder than its predecessor and they did it by making the game unfair. They added more traps, more ambushes, just a bunch of more unfair stuff. They added a lot of unecessary bosses, lowered the time of invincibilty your dodges have and made the hitboxes much bigger. They even slowed down the time it takes to drink estus which heal you. The first Dark Souls was challenging, but it was always fair. BUT even with all of this, once you get used to it, it still feels like a Dark Souls game. The feeling of accomplishement after beating your obstacle is still there more then ever before. The lore, the characters, the areas, the enemies, the bosses, they make me forget about the bad things of this game. Sure, this game has a lot, and I mean A LOT of flaws, but at its core, it's still a Dark Souls game and it deserves to be called a Dark Souls game.

*I'm still pisssed that the warrior class has a broken straight sword as a starting weapon.*
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
244.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
It was not as difficult as the first, however, it was quite fun to play with friends. PvP improved.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Got eaten by cyclops troll before even making my name.
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