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
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.
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