Posted: March 24
WARNING: WAIT A FEW WEEKS FOR REMASTERED/GOTY EDITION
A new version of the game is coming out that will use DX11 graphics and will come with all of the DLC. Do NOT buy this version unless you want to spend more money for whatever reason.
Now that that's out of the way, here's for the real review.
Dark Souls II, while not nearly as challenging as the first one, still is very enjoyable. The game still retains difficult enough combat to be considered a souls game, and if you've played the first game, you will for sure enjoy this one.
For those of you new to the series, I would recommend you pick up a copy of the first game while you wait for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin to be released. It will be a good gauge of whether or not you will like this game, and it is only $20 instead of $40.
Gameplay wise, the game is much smoother. 60fps and 1080p is a HUGE improvement. Movement feels much more fluid and controls more responsive.
Creativity wise, the game is OKAY. It is not as bad as many claim it to be; that said I still think the first game holds much more value in creative boss/enemy design and lore, as far as the story goes. The majority of bosses in this game are some variant of "humanoid in armor," and with a friend, can be easily conquered.
There are many more weapons and armor in this game than in the first, which I also consider a nice touch. It's fun being able to swap looks whenever you decide to change things up.
In PVP/Coop, the game is somewhat unbalanced. Rather than basing matchmaking on soul level (the level of your character based on the attributes you choose to upgrade), the game bases matchmaking on soul MEMORY, the total number of souls collected. This makes for fights where your opponent may have much, much higher/lower stats than you, depending on how they spent their souls collected overtime.
That said, I haven't seen nearly as many hackers/cheaters/glitchers as in the first game. Many players have a finite amount of health and can be beaten if fought correctly.
Overall, I recommend this game to others as a good entry in the souls series. However, for the love of all that is good in this world, DO NOT BUY THE GAME JUST YET. Wait for the remastered edition coming out April 7th.