News
77 Comments

Dark Souls 2 getting three-part Lost Crowns DLC beginning July 22

Dark Souls 2 is getting a trilogy of downloadable content beginning July 22, according to a video today from developer From Software and publisher Bandai Namco. The Lost Crowns DLC will arrive in three parts. Episode 1: Crown of the Sunken King is slated for a July 22 release, Episode 2: Crown of the Old Iron King will arrive on August 26 and Episode 3: Crown of the Ivory King is set for September 24. "The Crown of the Sunken King sends players on a quest to reclaim the Crown that King Vendrick once owned," the video's description reads. "With an entirely new areas to explore within the Dark Souls 2 universe, players will find pyramids, underground caverns, and unknown foes. It is said that the Ancient Crown is buried deep below the surface, but surely it cannot sit unguarded?" ...

Video
30 Comments

This Dark Souls 2 player can speed run through the game in 20 minutes

YouTube user Distortion2 uploaded a new speed run video showing his completion of Dark Souls 2 in just over 20 minutes with the help of a few tricks and glitches. The video, which you can watch in full above, is part of a series of attempts from the Dark Souls player to finish the game at under the 20 minute point. Watch as Distortion2 runs through glitched out mountains and behind the scenes of the world to race to the end. Dark Souls 2 recieved a 9 out of 10 score from Polygon in a review that reads: "The Souls games have rarely been about fun, but Dark Souls 2's smart tweaks and concessions brought out positive emotions even amidst the pain and exhaustion. It's still a stressful experience, but it's easier than ever to recognize the brilliance in those moments of triumph that make...

Culture
20 Comments

Become the enemy in Dark Souls 2's best troll

Freaking out other players in Dark Souls 2 doesn't take much effort. All you have to do is stand there. OK, OK, it's not exactly that simple. To pull off this prank, YouTube's GuardianHX dressed up as a Hollow Royal Soldier, went to the Forest of Fallen Giants, lured out the original foes, killed them and took their spot. Then he waited for other players to invade, recording their double-takes and other uncomprehending reactions in the video above. At 3:50, you can see a perfect execution of the joke, though the ensuing fight does end in the perpetrator's death. (In Dark Souls, everything does, usually.) This prank mimics one perfected in the original Dark Souls; this go-around is a little tougher because there the game applies more distinctive stances and animations to player...

News
21 Comments

Dark Souls 2 speedrunner uses glitch to complete the game in just over an hour

Speedrunner and YouTube user Noobest completed a playthrough of From Software's punishing action role-playing game, Dark Souls 2, in about one hour and 15 minutes using the Shrine of Winter skip glitch. The Shrine of Winter skip, which must be done with the game's 1.00 version, allows players to skip gathering four Great Souls before venturing to Drangleic Castle, effectively cutting a large portion of the game. You can watch Noobest fly through the game's levels in the video above; more videos are available on the streamer's Twitch channel. Dark Souls 2 launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last month. The Windows PC version of the game is slated for launch April 25. For more on the game, read our review.

Video
45 Comments

Is Dark Souls 2 an entry point for the non-believers?

If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Senior Editorial Producer Griffin McElroy and Editor-at-Large Chris Plante ask: Is Dark Souls 2 an entry point for the non-believers? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: How can game jams rekindle your love for games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only...

Video
64 Comments

Dark Souls 2 on PC - Overview video

If you're one of the folks willing to hold off from indulging in Dark Souls 2 until its reportedly improved PC version launches, your moderation has not been in vain. Across the board, the PC version of the game performs better than its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts, which suffered from a cornucopia of performance and graphical issues at launch last month. On PC, the game's framerate holds steady. Load times are drastically shorter. Water looks wetter. In this Overview, I go solo to showcase the performance improvements you can expect from the PC version of Dark Souls 2, which launches April 25. I also showcase my unbeatable PvP-focused character build, which is designed entirely around sporting a remarkably fashionable monocle.

Video
7 Comments

Dark Souls 2 trailer promises certain death, plays Jethro Tull

A trailer released this week to celebrate the release of From Software's action role-playing game Dark Souls 2 explores what might be the series' defining component: sure and certain death. "You will die," says the narrator. "That much is certain. Death will define your journey." Press play above to see the trailer, listen to Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" and watch the twisted characters hellbent on causing your death. Dark Souls 2 launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 March 11 in North America and will arrive on European consoles March 14. Dark Souls 2 is headed to PC April 25 with "an enhanced framerate option." For more on the game, be sure to read and watch Polygon's Dark Souls 2 review to find out why the RPG is "unflinchingly ambitious in a way that few games are." You...

9 Comments

Dark Souls 2 - Overview video

There are definitely a lot of tally marks you can give to the "love" column — its open world is enormous, ready to be explored in any direction of the player's choosing. Its system of character development, while occasionally inscrutable, is one of the deepest that games have ever offered. It offers so many elements to master, so many secrets to learn and uncover. In the "hate" column — Dark Souls 2 is a stone-cold bastard. In today's Overview, Phil Kollar and I jump right into Dark Souls 2, eager to vanquish foes and destroy furniture in search of dank loot. In doing so, Phil only dies every ten minutes or so, which is way, way under par for this franchise.

Video
49 Comments

Dark Souls 2: tips for beginners and returning masochists

Character creation After a short introductory sequence at the start of Dark Souls 2, you'll create the hero you'll be spending the next 50-100 hours with. Choose your class carefully but also don't get too worried. Class choices work differently in Souls games compared to most role-playing games. Every time you level up, you'll choose which stat to pump points into, so even if you start as a magic user you can build yourself into a beefy, sword-wielding knight eventually. As far as starting classes, sorcerer is a great choice for beginning players who are a little bit cautious about wading into combat. You begin with a powerful spell, and you can take out a lot of enemies just by keeping at a distance. On the other hand, a lot of fans will tell you (rightfully so) that the real joy...

Video
9 Comments

This 40-minute video will teach you how not to die in Dark Souls 2

Publisher Bandai Namco is offering a hand to those new to the famously difficult Dark Souls franchise, with a new 40-minute video that will help users prepare for Dark Souls 2. Presented by Good Game host The Junglist, alongside Australia-based Dark Souls expert VaatiVidya, the "Dark Souls 2 Comprehensive Guide" video explains what is needed to survive in-game. That includes everything from basic statistics, combat details and when to use health items. Dark Souls 2 launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week, followed by a version for Windows PC next month. The game received a 9 out of 10 from Polygon, in a review that explains: "It's still a stressful experience, but it's easier than ever to recognize the brilliance in those moments of triumph that make it more than worth the...

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
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker