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  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II: The Crown Of The Sunken King Delivers New Challenges

    We had a chance to explore the content of The Crown of the Sunken King in its entirety, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a piece of Dark Souls DLC content. While the size and scope of the new areas are smaller than what was offered in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC for the original... More
  • Blog Post: New Trailer Showcases Dark Souls II's Unsettling Opening

    As we previously detailed in our recent hands-on preview of the game , Dark Souls II's opening cinema feels like it belongs in a horror film. Now you can see some of it for yourself. The prologue sets up the story for the game, and also offers worthwhile fuel to keep your nightmares going strong... More
  • Blog Post: A Journal Of Death: Five Hours With Dark Souls II

    [This feature originally appeared in Game Informer issue #251] Stumbling through a heavy downpour, you fall to your knees, gravity unceremoniously pulling you down face first into the mud as thunder booms above the forest’s canopy. You hear an elderly woman’s voice holding a calm, cautionary... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II's Collector's Edition Reveal Video Is Oddly Terrifying

    Videos showcasing collector's editions aren't supposed to be scary, but this one is. One of the many things the Dark Souls series has always been especially good at at, is setting a dreary tone of oncoming dread. Fear permeates throughout the game, which doesn't really bill itself as a horror... More
  • Blog Post: New Dark Souls II Trailer Goes Beyond Death

    When Dark Souls was being promoted, it was with the tagline, “Prepare to Die.” Everything we’ve seen about Dark Souls II suggests that death will be an omnipresent force . That’s why we were surprised by this new trailer. “This is not about death,” it begins. It isn’t... More
  • Blog Post: An Ominous World Revealed Through A Batch Of New Screens

    The folks at Dark Souls unveiled a wealth of new screenshots today, featuring enemies both familiar and brand new. One of the screenshots shows a player dual-wielding weapons, a new feature for Dark Souls II. Hex spells are also new for magic users, in addition to the already available Sorcery, Miracle... More
  • Blog Post: Final Two Fan-Made Shields Revealed By From Software

    From Software’s ongoing fan-made shield contest is finishing strong with two more shields making their way from concept to reality, both in the real world and in the world of Dark Souls II. Designed by Dark Souls fan Illim under the name “Rose Shield”, the shield will appear in-game... More
  • Blog Post: From Software Reveals Two More Fan-Made Dark Souls II Shields

    When From Software and Bandai Namco announced their shield creation contest , I never imagined that the submissions would be real, physical pieces of gear. The two newly announced in-game shields started life as just that, though. The Phoenix Pharma is adapted from a design by Alexandre Etiennes Jonathan... More
  • Blog Post: From Software Shows Off Fan-Made Shields

    In a batch of new Dark Souls II screenshots, From Software is showing off two of the six fan-made shields that were a part of this year's " Shield Design Contest " held on Facebook. Although From Software opted to not use the shield names submitted by the creators, it is cool to see that... More
  • Blog Post: Namco Bandai Drops Some New Darks Souls II Screens

    The cult of Dark Souls can't wait for the latest in the series, so to tide you over Namco Bandai has released a batch of new screens. These screens follow a new trailer , which was released yesterday. Dark Souls II releases on March 11 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II ­Curses Us With A New Trailer

    Namco-Bandai and From Software just released a new trailer for Dark Souls II, which shows off some of the games brutally challenging action and macabre atmosphere. Dark Souls 2 will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11, while the PC version will release later in the month. Read... More
  • Blog Post: Online Features Are The Focus Of These New Screenshots

    Namco Bandai and From Software have released new images from Dark Souls II, showing off the online features of the game. In these screenshots, white phantoms can be seen assisting the player against enemies and bosses. There is a maximum of two friendly online players than can be summoned at one time... More
  • Blog Post: Namco Bandai Reveals Dark Souls II Collector's And Black Armor Editions

    Along with announcing Dark Souls II's release date , and showcasing some new gameplay , Namco Bandai also revealed the Collector and Black Armor Editions of the game. The Black Armor Edition, seen below, is available to anyone who pre-orders Dark Souls II. It will include a metal case and the game's... More
  • Blog Post: Surviving In From Software's More Wicked World

    How do you make the sequel to one of the most difficult modern games even harder? That’s the question From Software is answering with Dark Souls II, releasing next March . I played an hour of the punishing game during a pre-Tokyo Game Show event at Namco Bandai’s office in Shinagawa, Tokyo... More
  • Blog Post: See Dark Souls II Armor Become Real

    Who said what happens in Dark Souls II stays in the game? While fans anxiously await its release, Namco Bandai is making the game part of reality. In this behind the scenes video, see the warrior armor from Dark Souls II become a real suit of armor. See how much detail and precision goes into making... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II's Director Talks About What's Changing And What's Staying The Same

    As part of the Gamescom festivities, Namco Bandai has released a video interview with Dark Souls II's new director, Yui Tanimura, about what changes are coming to the sequel, and what won't be changing. You can check out the video below where Tanimura talks about his plans for the game and all... More
  • Blog Post: Trailer Teases A "Surprising New Form" For The Dark Souls Universe

    The latest trailer for Dark Souls II doesn't show any gameplay. Instead, it shows live action teaser footage of armor forging. The description alongside the video on Namco Bandai's official YouTube page reads, "Dark Souls' universe is taking a surprising new form... Are you ready to... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II's New Director Talks Accessibility And Broken Controllers

    Dark Souls II has a new director in Yui Tanimura. We were only able to spend a few minutes Tanimura after seeing Dark Souls II in action at E3, and decided to ask him broad questions about difficulty in games. We also wanted to know what kind of games he's playing outside of Dark Souls II, and why... More
  • Blog Post: Getting Crushed By Turtles In Dark Souls II

    Namco Bandai’s describes cqc analyst Matt Warner as a Dark Souls expert. Warner was on hand to show what changes are coming to Dark Souls II. Warner was quick to defend the use of the word “accessibility” used to describe Dark Souls II recently. The game is still hard. Warner says,... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls II Concept Art Appears Online

    The official Japanese Dark Souls II website has let loose a handful of Dark Souls II concept art for your viewing pleasure. Unsurprisingly, they're dreary, scary, and full of death. Check out the gallery below! I've also included the announcement trailer, because you can never watch it too many... More
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