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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Light Dave!(Training)
( 32.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Easily one of my favourite games.
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Ascended Cheeselord
( 234.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Praise the Sun!

Still wondering about buying this game or not? Well you totally should! Some humans out there are saying that the game's lore and level design are its main flaws, and that's true. But this game's strongest points are its PvP, covenant system, some stunningly beautiful areas and also a wide array of rings, weapons and armor sets to choose from. You can customize you character the way you want. Wanna toss fireballs around? No problem, be a pyromancer! Smashing things with a huge-♥♥♥ greatsword is more your type? Well, grab your ultra-greatsword and become an unstoppable warrior. You are absolutely free of doing whatever please you!
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Hat Skeleton!
( 90.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
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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walfgong
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
i didnt even know i had this
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Rezzy
( 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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Sir Noot The Potato King
( 105.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Not hard at all. I beat the game in 16 hours and died twice throughout my entire playthrough. The game's fun though. If you're looking for a difficult game then play either Demon Souls, Prepare to Die or 3.
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Great Fugaize
( 94.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
One of the BEST GAME EVER!!!! FOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR EEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!
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NodeOne
( 123.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It's not worth a ♥♥♥♥ing dime.
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Jim Carries
( 29.0 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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DeathNeko13
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Everything that made Dark Souls a great game, the tight combat, epic map design, and well designed enemies, are all ♥♥♥♥ in this game. The enthusiasm for the ip is there but the dev team just did not have the skills to make a game as good as the first Dark Souls.
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Dark Souls II is a fantasy third person action RPG game, developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco, releasing worldwide on PC, 360 and PS3 in April 2014. The story takes place in the grim fantasy world from the original game, Lordran. This time around you visit different areas and play as a new character.

If you have been on the internet at all in the past few years you will already know what Dark Souls is known for, gruesomely hard unforgiving game play. The original game was probably one of the hardest games I have ever played which tested my skill not only as a gamer, but as a person. Whilst the game play mechanics in Dark Souls II are basically the same comparatively allowing the player in full control of building the character they want to play due to a different levelling system being incorporated. Of course the most important aspect of Dark Souls is the combat and again it is done very well. A lot of the regular mob fights are interesting and varied, you do come across a slight repetition issue when you find yourself being killed by the same monster over and over again but it gives you that little extra incentive to progress. Boss fights throughout the game are all extremely well-tuned and designed encounters – I’d say the boss fights here are more memorable than the original’s purely because the scale and size of them is gigantic in some cases.

Another really key element to Dark Souls game play would be the exploration of the game world which is essentially entirely open for you to explore right from the beginning of the game; whilst it may not be the wisest thing in the world to go exploring the later stages it is possible if you want to though. I was more inclined to go searching for treasure and loot this time around too; whether it was because I was completely enthralled with the armour and weapon designs that I wanted to keep finding more, or because of how well the maps are designed. The game does very little to aid you by telling you where to go which leaves you in a rut sometimes. I have to admit I did resort to using a walkthrough and wiki throughout my play through; I know I know, I’m such a wimp – I honestly don’t think I would have been able to beat the game without it though, so for the purpose of this review I’ll take one for the team here!

Graphically Dark Souls II has been improved over the original, I tried to find the official game engine being used online but even so long after its release I’ve not been able to find a reputable source of an answer but all you need to know is the game does look much better than the first. There are still a few textures which are low quality, but character models, animations and scenery all look gorgeous. The little voice acting that is available is done really well; almost too well – you can really feel the deprived thoughts of the characters in the game through their monotone and dull voices which I found to be quite an immersive factor. It was a little off putting when characters were quite obviously talking that their mouths weren’t moving through which was a shame to see from a game of this standard.

I have to say I found the original Dark Souls to be more of a challenging game compared to II – I think the main factor behind this is the fact that the PC port for this game wasn’t completely broken compared to the first. The controls work right off the back which is always a good sign. That being said boss fights are fundamentally easier though; with some mechanics more clearly than others on how to combat them, or maybe it’s because I finally “gitted gud” at Dark Souls. You can also tell how less of a challenge I found it, given that my first run through of Dark Souls II took almost half the amount of time than the original game, spanning just twenty one hours – remember that I had a wiki throughout the run so if you are going for a true experience you are easily going to be pushing the fifty hour mark. You’ll also get plenty of replay ability from this title due to a new game+ mode being introduced this time around.

There is also a much improved multiplayer side of the game too; one element of this is the ability to leave notes and hints around the game world for other players to see, as well as being able to see people’s recent deaths around you too which is always amusing to see someone run straight off a bridge; it never gets old regardless of how many times you watch it. You’ll also get other players invading your game world which is…well, a different experience to say the least.

Like I said above, this is a much better PC port of the game; there is already native controller support which is brilliant as the game is played waaaay better on a controller compared to a mouse and keyboard. Whilst there are limited graphical options, I was quite pleased to see that I was able to run the game at 4k resolution and on full graphics the whole time and I was able to remain at 60 FPS the whole time. This wasn’t even running SLI so it is an extremely well optimized release. I did find it slightly annoying that I wasn’t able to turn off the online though, you are able to opt out of it on console in the options menu, but it seems to be constantly online for PC – you can get round it by launching Steam in offline mode, but I still want to be online on Steam, just not in game as it does get annoying when someone ten times higher level than you keeps invading your world to poke you up your bum with his massive sword time and time again.

Right from the beginning of this game I actually found it to be a worse Dark Souls game compared to the original due to it not being overly challenging, but that being said I had more fun playing this game than the original; I know it probably doesn’t make sense but this felt more like a finished product that works off the shelf and I was able to finish the game to completion within a matter of a week and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would have like to see the price drop a little bit over the course of the past two years but you are still getting a game that is a joy to play from start to finish here. It is also worth noting that there is a different version of Dark Souls II, in the form of Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin – whilst this is an improved version of the game, both graphically and technically, the game’s worlds are also slightly different. This review is for the original Dark Souls II release.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
102.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
My girlfriend left me because of this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,769.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Hi, if you have Real Friends, Correct, Loyal and Very Good (Champions) as I am lucky and honored to have ... and if you are like them even if you're not Champions :)) this Dark Soul2 is still the best in the series. Ciao :))

Ciao, se voi avete Veri Amici, Corretti, Leali e Molto Bravi ( Champions ) come io sono fortunato e onorato di avere.. e se voi siete come loro anche se non siete Champions :)) questo Dark Soul2 è ancora il migliore della serie. Ciao :))
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11 of 18 people (61%) 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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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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
217.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
One of the best games I've ever played would definetly reccomendo to someone who enjoys a challenge 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.0 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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