The Official Dark Souls II Thread

Platforms - Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, (? Next-Gen)

Release - Late 2013/ Early 2014

Developer - From Software

 

IGN 12 Minute Gameplay Reveal

 

 

Dark Souls II Second Trailer

 

 

Screeenshots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last night IGN premiered the first gameplay reveal of Dark Souls II and my god does it look amazing!

 

The environments are looking really really good at this point, the section with the dragons on the bridge a major highlight of what was shown.

 

Bonfires also make a comeback although it was not shown in the video if they function the same as in the original game.

 

There a few new things on the HUD too which look rather interesting, and the sign next to the health and stamina bar may suggest that convenants play a more important part this time around.

 

The combat looks familiar and satisfying and the fact that enemies can now back drop onto you as you go in for a backstab adds a whole new level strategy.

 

The detail in the graphics has obviously been increased, with wind playing a part in the movement of player cloth, adding a deeper sense of realism, as well of course as the added detail to the enemies themselves and character armor. It definitely looks great and it definitely looks and feels like Dark Souls up to this point at least.

 

My concern though is not with the graphics, but how the game is going to run on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. In certain sections of Dark Souls, the game would slow down to a crawl, BlightTown being a major example of this, and it would absolutely kill controller response.

I hope they have been able to tune this engine and get a more stable framerate out of it.

 

I know it’s a long shot but I think this game should definitely be cross gen and come to both the PS4 and Xbox 720. I just feel the added horsepower of the hardware would be a greater benefit to the game. I mean it looks like Dark Souls II will not drop anyway until 2014, around the time we already expect next-gen platforms to be on sale. The PC version is already in production and the PS4 is supposed to be an easy to develop for super PC so maybe it wouldn’t be that difficult to port it across.

 

This is of course just wishful thinking on my part because I want Dark Souls II to look and play as best it can, but I believe it is a possibility and maybe an announcement at E3. We’ll see, but either way, the game is looking great and I’m gonna be all over it whether it be on PS3 or PS4.

 

So of course it will be MadDragon and I who get the most out of this page, and that’s cool because y’all bitches missing out haha!

17 Comments

  1. Ok so im about to buy the prepare to die edition on pc (on sale) to give it another shot. Do i really need a guide to play this? Should i buy it?

    • Oh my god lol. Buy it if you intend on trying to succeed. Go into it knowing you are going to die, and going to die a lot. Once you make peace with that then you will probably enjoy it a whole lot more.
      You don’t need an actual guide, because that spoils most of the fun. Honestly, the fun from Dark Souls comes from learning the game, learning it’s mechanics, learning it’s intricacies. You can’t get that from any guide, not any written one in a book anyway.

      I would suggest watching the video I made on the game (shameless plug), so that you go in the right direction and don’t get your ass spanked in the graveyard lol

      Also MadDragon has an awesome playthrough on his channel, which is hilarious by the way, so that could help.

      A dude on Youtube called EpicNameBro has a lot of Dark Souls videos where he delves into the lore, which is super interesting and proves that Dark Souls has a great story, a lot better than many of the games out at the moment.

        • Oh shit! oh shit! oh shit!

          Buy it, LIVE STREAM it, and I can take you through the first couple of hours properly lol

          • I bought it. I have the pc version so not sure how It will perform as would have to stream it on the machine I’m playing it on.

            • If you get a stream going of this I’m there =P Liked that little plug there Scat, (cough cough and for myself) ;) lol I’d recommend reading up on some basics of the gameplay systems and all that and then going into the game on your own, exploring and experiencing what the game throws at you first hand. You’ll get the true experience that way.

              • Ok, so i played an hour and got to the bonfire in that first town. I have gotten much farther on the ps3 version so it went pretty fast. I like the game itself but the thing that I really dont like is how the game punishes you for things you couldnt have possibly known. In this case you die and have to do it over. The fact that most times there are no hints even subtle ones to guide you is just wack to me. So now if i dont want to spend 50 hours to beat a ~15 hour game(guessing) i have to spend a couple hours watching videos to see the thing i coudnt have deduced on my own withhout trial by error(wasted time). lol so this becomes one of those games i may reach for but then say ehhh and pick something else. I think if it wasnt so obtuse it would be so much better.

                • I’d say your looking too much on the negative about it. Every death is a learning experience. Ok, so there was an enemy hiding behind that wall that you couldn’t see until you passed through. Next time you’ll start to automatically check suspicious looking corners. That nice tempting item in the middle of the room, or a mimic disguised at a chest was actually a trap, next time you’ll notice those signs of a possible ambush and go in a bit more cautiously and ready to defend.

                  No matter how much you know about the game, or how much experience you have with it its inevitable that your gonna die. But a lot of those deaths can be avoided by the player, it just takes practice at the game mechanics and how you use whats available to you. Just keep at it dude =)

  2. Just completed Dark Souls, and consequently recording my Let’s Play of it =P Gwyn was a bit of a bitch at the end, got him on my 4th or 5th attempt though :)

    Bring on Dark Souls II =P

  3. Damn, just had my invite through for the Dark Souls II sessions at E3. I’m soooooo jelly right now. I need to get to E3. Like seriously, why do flights to LA from Manchester have to be soooo goddamn expensive? I mean this year is going to be good, but imagine what next years E3 will be like with the major push for PS4 and Xbox 720.

    Scat is not a happy bunny right now :-(

      • Yeah and it’s still expensive as hell, plus the last time you went you said they would only supply one press pass soooooooooo…….fuck being with the general public lol.

        • LOL true. I’m going next year though. The real next gen games will be there. And no ridiculous long lines to see consoles you can barely play.

  4. Yeah man it looks great. Rumours are floating about that this may actually be a prequel and you play as Lord Gwynn, because it was he who got rid of all the Dragons, and yet the Dragons play a major part in DS II. They have not actually confirmed whether or not the game takes place in Lordran, but it would make sense.

    The part where he is crossing the bridge with all the dragons looks like it actually leads to the Painted World of Ariamis, before it all went to shit lol.

    Also the devs have said this isn’t coming to next-gen. Sounds like the wrong move to me but ah well.

  5. Can’t believe how amazing that 12min gameplay reveal was, it just makes me want the game even more =P Now all I wanna do is play Dark souls and Demon’s souls even more =P

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