gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Even with a slew up great upcoming titles in 2014, my bet is that Dark Souls 2 will stand as the best RPG this year. As a fan of the original I had my doubts on whether Dark Souls 2 could live up to the original game's greatness and without a doubt, it does. There are a few changes to the game worth mentioning. The first is the fast travel system that is implemented from the game's beginning, instead of more than 1/2 way thru like in Dark Souls. I was under the impression that you could jump around to any bonfire in the game from the get-go from the early reviews but this was misleading. You can fast travel to only ones you have visited. Another change in the game is that enemies don't respawn after you have killed them enough times. At first I was a little worried that this would detract from your ability to grind souls, but I have found that in certain areas off the beaten path
enemies still were present again and again. This change just seems to be in areas on the path to a boss to make it a little bit easier to reach them over and over. Also I have to mention that there is hollowing in the game when you die and everytime you are killed you lose 10% of your maxium health, up to 50%. This can be a real pain in the rear end because to reverse your hollowing you have to use an item at a bonfire and they are in limited supply (as are other items purchased from vendors). However about 6 hours into the game it is possible to get a ring that cuts your hp loss to 25% max; it just takes a bit of running to find it. One thing that is much improved are the graphics and I couldn't find 1 section of the game the had anything less than 30 fps frame rate (cough Blighttown). Dark Souls 2 is an amazing RPG with deep customization options and truly rewarding gameplay. Highly recommended for patient gamers that love a challenge.
posted by dtyjfghfhjghjkg (CHICAGO, IL) Mar 28, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
gamers (44%) found this review helpful
i've been a gamer for well over 20 years. i never played darksouls and enjoy a good challange. games should relive stress not add to it. some might like this game. but personally this is just not fun. it's seems that the hype behind this game is about how insanely difficult this game is and how many times it can kill you. the control interface is counter intuitive and it's just full of cheap deaths. it lacks a real plot and throws you into the game with no instructions on how to play it. the graphics seem like they're from 2004 stick to skyrim for a better experience. i really tried to give this game a chance. but i found myself angry long after i resealed this rubbish and put it back in the mailbox