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Dark Souls II

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Dark Souls II is the third installment in the well-known Souls series. It’s a different game from all the others because of its directors. With Dark Souls II the main director and founder of Souls-like genre Hidetaka Miyazaki took place only as a supervisor of the project, leaving a place of the director of the game for two young video game designers Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura. One could ask if the game is as good and beautiful as other past games in the Series and the answer would be that Dark Souls II is different yet deep and unforgiving as all the other titles in the series. The famous difficulty of previous games is still there but the world is much simpler yet connected and dangerous. Enemies still respond after death of a player but only about 15 times. After that they disappear forever. Boss battles are much simpler, this time focuses on many simpler bosses at a time instead of one powerful boss.
Dark Souls II is one of those games which were painfully downgraded in a favor of hardware of consoles, that means that players got less graphically advanced version than promised. Yet the game is interesting and deep and it’s definitely a must play for every Souls fan.

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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
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FromSoftware
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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Bandai Namco Entertainment, FromSoftware, Inc
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17+ Mature
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http://www.darksoulsii.com

System requirements for PC

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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I played dark souls 2 on coop in cold lake Alberta when I wasn’t gaming a lot at all.  This game was the first push that made me think about buying an Xbox one. Dark Souls 2 was difficult and challenging as everyone knows, but also a ton of fun because I felt like I couldn’t stop playing. I had never played this sort of game before. While they can be exhausting they are also right up there for most satisfying.

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Actually, I can refer directly to my Dark Souls I review, because Basically Dark Souls II is in no way inferior to the grandiose Predecessor. As I said, basically ... What it can do when the Head behind the Game, Hidetaka Miyazaki, is no longer above everything, you notice very well about this Game. It's still incredibly addictive and definitely one of the best Games I've played as well. But it's Little Things that definitely leave the first Part above the second part for me. First of all, it is noticeable that one can only level up in Majula (the Hub of Demon's Souls). That alone is disturbing, I think. Because every Time you want to invest your Souls in Levels, you have to take loading times Unnecessarily. To do this, the Person you can level up with has to say the same four Sayings again and again before you can get started. Sure, you can skip these Sentences on, but that's also the unnecessary Time that passes until you can do what you want-Just level them up quickly. Later you will notice that although the World from this Game is still a very strong Game world, you definitely have Buck on, the ingenious Level Design of the first Part is unfortunately gone. This becomes quite clear at a Point where you fight your Way up a Mill to get into an Elevator that drives you way up into a large world Of flames. Outside this Mill, absolutely nothing suggests it could still go beyond the Roof. This, I think, is poorly resolved and would have been unthinkable in the first Part. There were far more skillful Solutions, as the Painted World of Ariamis proved, and overall a significantly smarter Design of World Design. Everything was plausibly connected. You rarely have that Feeling in the second Part. What I didn't like quite so much, moreover, were some recyclable Boss opponents from the first Part, who, for example, are simply let go five on one this Time. In the first Part, Hidetaka Miyazaki showed an extreme Eye for Detail. Any Connection in the World of Dark Souls I is logical, even with the Items found in the World, and their Placements have broken Mr. Miyazaki's Head to make everything feel right. And this extraordinary Care is unfortunately missing from the second Part. Now it all sounds very negative and yet I clearly recommend the second Part, because, as mentioned above, basically this Part is in no way inferior to the first one. There's even some Stuff that the second Part does better than the first. The first thing that stands out is the technical Implementation. If you still Needed Mods for the first Part to trim the Optics more on "PC," this is fortunately no longer necessary for the second Part. Of Course, a Graphic Fireworks Display alá Far Cry 3 or the like is not to be expected even with the second Part. A bad Console Port, like the first Part, is definitely not this time, though. From Software has definitely learned to do this Here. Besides, and for me much more important than the Graphics, the Connections with other Players now work the way you might expect from a Game in 2014. Of Course, in the first Part you can also connect with each other, but there have been many problems, took longer, etc., so that Mods have offered themselves there again. Again, From Software correctly started. For all the other positives, as I wrote in the first Sentence, I refer to my Dark Souls I review. But I can also make it short. ;-) Whoever loved the first Part will definitely have their Fun with the second Part as well. So in the End, there is a clear Buy recommendation from me here as well.
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