Scratching just below the surface to take on the challenges Dark Souls 2 has for you is where this game's appeal lies. Then there's Iron Keep, which takes lava levels to a whole new height of fiery doom. Welcome to Drangleic, a world that is not quick to whisper its secrets to you, in a game that trusts you to find the answers for yourself. Dark Souls 2 offers glimpses of hope and illumination, but they always feel just out of reach. The anxiety mounts as you weave in and out of the nearby caverns that fill you in on the basics of movement and combat. You teach them (or mislead them) by forming messages out of predetermined phrases and leaving them on the ground for others to spot. Dark Souls II asks this question of you at every turn, encouraging you to press onward in spite of imminent death. All told, Dark Souls II is every bit the same superb game that appeared on console last month, and deserves respect for its diverse world and nail-biting challenge. But your invader is not necessarily invulnerable to the undead soldiers that populate Drangleic--not if you use a particular item designed to make monsters turn on your human enemies. A nigh on perfect game. Dark Souls II keep marking his very own label that players love. Trudging my way through shin-deep water while avoiding nearby mages' magical homing missiles was not easy. I yelled when I slipped into a drop-off while focused on the mean wizards, and cursed when sea dwellers swiped me from behind while I blocked oncoming attacks. These modern classics developed by From Software have rightfully earned a reputation for being brutally difficult, but their beauty is derived not solely from difficulty, but also from dread. Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace. Timing is key: every action leaves you vulnerable, so you must pay close attention to the rhythm of your enemies' attacks and strike at the opportune moment. The notification that you have been invaded is still a stomach-churning event, as is the first sight of the red phantom that represents the other player. There might be some help out there, just hidden from view. You need a javascript enabled browser to watch videos. I waited a LOT for this game, and overall I was not disappointed. Such a lazy PC port to an otherwise mediocre game. Wondering if Dark Souls II is OK for your kids? This introduction is not as soul crushing as the original Dark Souls' opening, but that's just fine, for Dark Souls II offers you an early taste of hope, a feeling that was quite rare in its predecessors. A lot of the onus is on the player to piece things together. How much of your humanity are you willing to give up for even the slightest chance of victory? It’s crammed with deep systems, tense encounters, and enough clever multiplayer and New Game Plus elements to make me want to restart the second I saw the end credits. Poison rains from the sky, bedeviled urns curse you when you linger near, and anthropomorphic tortoises stop, drop, and roll all over your puny body. looks similar to its console counterparts, PS4 The atmosphere, the attention to detail in the environments, the narrative/lore and the boss fights all lack the believability of what I've already experienced. You have sworn, you have gasped, and you have sweated. You get only one chance to get them back, for dying before you reach them eliminates them from the world forever. I can't speak to any problems with Steam as I've had none but am keenly aware so many of the negative reviews here are specifically related to people who had issues with getting the client to run after downloading through Steam. I certainly did my share of shouting while playing through Dark Souls II, pitting my bastard sword against Drangleic's powerful protectors, but nothing caused me controller-flinging frustration the way Dark Souls' Ornstein and Smough did. Your maximum health slightly diminishes each time as well, eventually sinking to 50 percent of its full value, and yet as each sliver of humanity is sliced away, you heed the call to move onward. It shows that From Software spent a considerable amount of time attempting to come up with controls that would feel natural on the PC. We reveal the best and worst games for each platform in 2014. Like Dark Souls and Demon's Souls before it, Dark Souls II is not just a fantasy role-playing adventure, but a cloud that hangs heavy over your head whenever you so much as think about it.