Dark Souls II Review

Dark Souls II

Developed by From Software

Published by Bandai Namco Games

*Prepare to Die…Again*

The Story:

You are an undead tasked with finding a cure for your curse, like the previous souls games there is little in terms of information given to you during the game most of the games story is told through conversations or item descriptions unfortunately after beating the game i really cant say what happened in the story for example i had no clue who the final boss in the game even was where as Dark souls 1 I knew who it would be and why you were fighting him.

The Gameplay:

Dark souls II is an action RPG that is done in an open world style where you proceed to different areas and eventually beat bosses or unlock other areas, but the main thing about Dark souls II is the sheer challenge of the game i would have to say i died just over 100 times in my playthrough but the interesting thing is that none of them were the games fault they were all about me being to greedy with my attacks or evading at the wrong time, Dark souls II has one of the most deep combat systems i have ever seen you can play as any style, want to duel wield weapons you can, if you want to use magic and wield a huge greatsword you can, it’s these different play styles that make me want to come back, you can also get lots of different equipment such as whips, swords, bows, etc there are lots of variables and great ways do make your character your own, Dark Souls II also has a unique type of multiplayer where you can assist people by leaving summon signs and you will help other people playing in the world this usually means helping them beat bosses or getting them through an area it can be very helpful to receive some help but getting people into your game is very random and most of the time it doesn’t work the other thing you can do is invade people this means you go into someones world and are tasked with killing them i have been invaded a few times and it is very nerve wracking when one move can mean the difference between winning and losing. on a final note compared to the original dark souls the bosses in this game are way too easy the most i died on any boss was three times it’s a bit disappointing when you make it through a very challenging area to find that the boss is a pushover.

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The Sound:

Dark souls II has a decent soundtrack some of the boss themes are very good but most of them fall flat and aren’t that interesting but admittedly the final boss theme is fantastic and definitely worth a listen to, the voice acting in dark souls II isn’t very good most of the voices sound very generic and boring and none manage to stand out for me.

The Graphics:

The environments in Dark souls II are stunning and have a lot of variety there are underground docks and forests cloaked in mist, the character models are not that good and look pretty plastic and to add to that the characters lips still don’t move when you talk to them its a small detail but it would be appreciated.

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Lasting Appeal:

Dark souls II could take an insurmountable amount of your time if you let it the game took me just over 30 hours but depending how much your willing to explore and how challenging you find it but the more interesting thing is when you beat the game you can start a New game plus which increases the difficulty of the enemies but you get better rewards.

Final Thoughts:

Overall Dark souls II is a very good game and a great addition to the souls series the great challenge is hard but fair and the combat is very deep but a few things hold it back such as it’s lackluster soundtrack and voice acting and unreliable co-op but despite these things dark souls II remains my favorite game of the year so far.

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My Score – 8.8/10

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The Good:

  • Great Challenge
  • Deep Combat
  • Lovely Environments
  • Lots of Different Playstyles

The Bad:

  • Unmemorable Story
  • Lackluster Soundtrack
  • Boring Voice Acting
  • Bosses are too Easy

Dark Souls II is available now in all stores on PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 and will be available on PC from April. Thanks go to Bandai Namco for supplying the game & the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review by Jonnie Dixon

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