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Platform PS3, 360, Win Publisher Namco Bandai Developer From Software Release Date 2014-03-11

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Dark Souls 2 review: not the end

This may not come as a surprise to fans of the notoriously challenging Dark Souls or its spiritual predecessor, Demon's Souls. But it's not just the difficulty that had me wincing in fear during my playthrough. Dark Souls 2 is unflinchingly ambitious in a way that few games are. Yes, the world is massive; yes, there are far more bosses than the last game; yes, I've spent dozens of hours playing, and I'm sure I still haven't seen close to everything. But where other open-world RPGs use that overwhelming size as an invitation to lose yourself in their world, with Dark Souls 2 it's a threat. From Software has embraced the challenge they're known for while simultaneously cutting away a lot of the fat — bits of previous games that were more annoying than they were difficult. The...

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King guide - Finding the Second Optional Boss

If you're really ready to wrap up Dark Souls 2's new DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, you'll need to find and defeat the content's second optional boss. Check out the video above to get your bearings. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King - Finding the Tower Key and First Optional Boss

To fight Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King's two optional bosses, you'll need to first locate the Tower Key. Check out the guide video above to see where it, and the first optional boss, are located. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King - Finding the final boss

Ready to finish the new content in Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King, but not sure where to head? Check out the walkthrough video above to see where the DLC's final boss is located. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King guide - Finding the Scorching Iron Scepter

To make any progress in Dark Souls 2's new DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, you're going to need to locate the Scorching Iron Scepter. Check out the video above to get an idea of where it can be found. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King guide - Finding the third bonfire

Need help making your way to the third bonfire in Dark Souls 2's new DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King? The guide above will show you how to get there without ruining any of the surprises along the way. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King guide - Finding the Second Bonfire

If you need help breaking through the first steps of Dark Souls 2's challenging new DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, check out the video guide above, which will help get you to the content's second checkpoint. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King guide - Finding the Entrance

Having a hard time even finding the starting point to Dark Souls 2's new DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King? All is not lost — check out the video guide above to get your bearings. For more spoiler-free guidance, check out our full walkthrough for Crown of the Old Iron King.

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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King - A spoiler-free guide

In an attempt to help guide you through Crown of the Old Iron King without completely ruining the surprises lying in wait, we present the series of videos below, which showcase where to find the bonfires, doors and bosses included. There's no information on the bosses or treasures waiting for you in the new content — just some much-needed directions toward this new chapter's main points of interest. Finding the entrance to Crown of the Old Iron King Finding the Second Bonfire Finding the Third Bonfire Finding the Scorching Iron Scepter Finding the Final Boss Finding the Tower Key and First Optional Boss Finding the Second Optional Boss

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Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Old Iron King DLC feels like Dark Souls 1

The series' entries are enormously difficult by design, so every advantage, every leg-up you could find in their unforgiving worlds was cause for celebration. Dark Souls 2's newest DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, gives you more opportunities to exploit the environment and enemy logic than the base game ever did — and wow, are you going to need them. Check out the Overview above to watch Dave and I play through a bit of the DLC, and share some insight on how to not die as much as we have.

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The first half-hour of Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King

Dark Souls 2's second piece of the Lost Crowns DLC trilogy, titled Crown of the Old Iron King, adds some of the prettiest vistas this franchise has ever seen, hands down. The content, which launches today, also adds approximately infinity axe-wielding infernal soldiers to the title, which makes appreciating those vistas kind of a challenge. Check out nearly a half hour of gameplay footage from the new DLC above.

Dark Souls 2 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-03-11
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
    • Score 9.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-03-11
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
    • Score 9.0
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-04-25
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
    • Score 9.0
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