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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Very Positive (30,790 reviews) - 88% of the 30,790 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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kapho!?
30.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
a heartbreakingly average follow-up to a masterpiece. no one's to blame, really. there are some things you just can't recreate.
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BotBastian
88.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Get SOTFS Its better
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just Dave is fine
20.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Definitely (arguably) the easiest of the Souls series, Dark Souls 2 is pretty solid in gameplay and has an interesting atmosphere.
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MINDINHO NO SEU CUZINHO
178.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
u died
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ʟυᴄαѕ
461.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Don't you dare go Hollow!
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Docni
36.9 hrs
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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Flash Reverso
288.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
um dos melhores jogos que eu ja joguei em toda a minha vida
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RaAi
70.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Not bad, but 1st Dark Souls are harder.
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Jeve Greenmoon
113.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Dark Souls: An action RPG-franchise known for being hardcore and immensly satisfying to a decent enough gamer...

Yeah, I can safely say that this franchise has earned its good reputation. Dark Souls 1, which I played on the 360, got everyone's attention when it came out, because it basically told you what the different buttons on your controller do, and shrouded everything else in mystery. I've always considered myself a good gamer, but Dark Souls 1 put that ego to the test...

I remember how I kept walking into the wrong place at the start, believing the skeletons in that graveyard to be the first opponents outside the tutorial area. I was so frustrated with how I couldn't seem to fight them without dying over and over. And then I eventually figured out: I was in the wrong place. There was a subtle path leading up the hillside, towards the actual first area, which I had completely missed first time around...
Things didn't get much easier once I learned how to navigate myself though. Whenever I thought I had figured out the enemies or controls, something new always came up, forcing me to go in over my head, or grind like an idiot for days on end. And even then, the first "real" boss was a pain to beat. But man... I was so happy to beat that Taurus Demon.

So I played Dark Souls 1 for months on end, mastering the game and its intricasies, and learning just how useful or useless some things really were. And then I heard that Dark SOuls 2 was coming out, and I was hyped! The sequel to a modern masterpiece, it had to be good!
And so now here I stand with DS2 in my hands...

I really can't tell you all there is to know about this game, since I haven't beaten it yet nor have I looked up the various things beyond my current point. What I can tell you is that this is a good game... Maybe not as focused or charming as the first, but just about everything is improved upon here. The combat is more varied and balanced, a thing which in itself is a tremendous achievement, the progression is more streamlined and of course: Praising the sun has never been quite as convenient.
There are a few things which irks veteran players in this entry, mostly the lifegems which can make the game a little too easy if used well, and a lacking structure to the level design. But frankly, those are minor things that won't bother most of us. And I for one enjoy the levels, even if they are a little disjointed.

Normally I'd tell you the most important things you should know about gameplay when I review games, but since the Souls series is built around trial and error and control mastery, I feel like there isn't much to say. You need to learn how to dodge well, when to block and when to roll, what weapons, spells or styles are the best in any given situation and decide for yourself whether you want to risk the multiplayer features or not. I've found a decent balance myself, but that's my way of looking at things. Yours might be different and should be decided by you as opposed to me. There are a few hints I can give to new players though:

1. Don't wear armour that's too heavy, or you'll find the essencial skill of dodging being bogged down by what is commonly referred to as "the fat roll."
2. Don't limit yourself (or your character) to one style of combat. It's good to have a certain amount of focus on your skill set, but you'll likely come across some enemies which your preferred method of attack won't work on and then it's good to have a different approach on standby. As Bruce Lee once said: "Be water my friend."
3. Develop your skills so you'll have access to some form of ranged weaponry or magic. Trust me, it's practically essential.
4. Prepare to die: It's not just a motto, it's a mindset. When you know you'll likely die, you'll soon find it much easier to try new things and cope with losses. It's inevitable that you perish at some point, unless you're a stupidly skilled and lucky player, so always keep a level of stress and steel in your focus and you'll find things flow so much better.

Follow advice, and you'll understand why some say the game isn't necessarily as hard as everyone claims.

So the only question remaining: Which Souls game should you play first? Well... They all have their own pros and cons concerning gameplay, story and multiplayer. But personally, I recommend DS2. It might be more complex than the original Dark Souls, but this complexity adds to the level of control you have over your character. And frankly, it's also somewhat easier. The only reason I haven't finished it yet is that... Well, procrastination! Anyway, it's a good starting point.
And btw, I know that a third DS-game has come out, but I haven't had the oppurtunity to play that one yet, so we'll see if my opinion changes over time. But from what I've heard it has pretty much the same feel as the original, so take that as you might...

Now with all that said... I'm going to get back into it. Praise the sun!
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žžžđđđđčččššćššč
201.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
I play this game more than 200 hours and die 717 time and i LOVE it every time.

10/10
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With sticks & stones, you'll brake my bones, but you'll never take All my souls !!!!
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Only get this version if you want to use mods, some of which greatly improve the lighting to make it look as good as the E3 Demo as well as make the torch item actually useful. Otherwise, stick to the Scholar of the First Sin version.
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Buy it

You will die.
You will learn.
You will die again.
10/10 beat the game and love-hated every second of it.
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I play this game more than 200 hours and die 717 time and i LOVE it every time.

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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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Product received for free
YOU DIED
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This game makes me very happy. If you like playing really casual easy games then this is for you!
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Buy this ♥♥♥♥
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