Dark Souls II – PlayStation 3

Role Playing Games (AKA RPG’s) are a genre that appeals to the niche of hardcore gamers that want depth and complexity served with side of scale and purpose. Dark Souls II delivers on all of these elements and more, but like all RPG’s has substantial downsides and some glaring problems. Dark Souls II comes with a fair amount of baggage even before you load up the game…

By Wayne Webb

Role Playing Games (AKA RPG’s) are a genre that appeals to the niche of hardcore gamers that want depth and complexity served with side of scale and purpose. Dark Souls II delivers on all of these elements and more, but like all RPG’s has substantial downsides and some glaring problems.

Dark Souls II comes with a fair amount of baggage even before you load up the game. The series (Dark Souls, Demon’s Souls) is infamous for it’s difficulty and scale in game play. The latest offering is more of the same, and this was marketed well in advance of the games release. This is not an easy game and they are proud of it. Of course in my opinion that caters to a small hardcore audience only and everyone else (i.e. Me) is left wondering why it has to be this punishing.  The copy I got came with a tutorial video that is not part of the game, and the game has virtually no tutorials of any use in it, and the video is forty minutes long. That’s how punishingly complex the game can be, and is very unforgiving. I died too many times in the tutorials and all they really accomplish is teaching you the basics of movement. 

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