Learn How To Play Dark Souls II In 40 Minutes

by Mike Futter on Mar 11, 2014 at 03:56 AM

Bandai Namco and From Software have put together an extensive tutorial for new Dark Souls players and returning veterans. The 40-minute video covers series basics, like how death is handled and how different stats affect a player’s abilities in combat.

As is tradition for the franchise, starting class doesn’t matter in the long term, as you can mold your character through leveling up. For those just looking for the changes from the first Dark Souls, there is a section near the end for you.

For more on Dark Souls II, which is out today on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, check out our review. You can also check out executive editor Andrew Reiner’s journal of death kept during the first five hours of the game. The PC version will be out on April 25.


Our Take
In the video, host “VaatiVidya,” a YouTuber known for his Dark Souls videos, suggests that Dark Souls “won’t conform to your idea of what a video game is.” He’s absolutely correct, and the difficulty and trial-and-error approach required is a reminder of an era gone by. 

Videos like this are immensely helpful for new players, and I expect that I’ll be referring back to it when I finally begin my own play through.