By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 15, 2014 04.15.14
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.
By Michael Moore on Apr 14, 2014 04.14.14
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...
By Griffin McElroy on Apr 08, 2014 04.08.14
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.
By Dave Tach on Mar 12, 2014 03.12.14
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...
By Griffin McElroy on Mar 12, 2014 03.12.14
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.
By Philip Kollar on Mar 11, 2014 03.11.14
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...
By Emily Gera on Mar 11, 2014 03.11.14
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...
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 07, 2014 03.07.14
The latest trailer for From Software's Dark Souls 2 introduces players to the first part of the game's prologue before they embank on their own journey to get rid of the Curse. The prologue flirts with the protagonist's background, once a human now a soul-devouring Hollow, and features pre-rendered cinematic footage of Drangleic, the kingdom where the events of Dark Souls 2 take place. Dark Souls 2 will release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 11, with a Windows PC version coming April 25. For more on the game, read our preview from the Tokyo Game Show.
By Colin Campbell on Mar 01, 2014 03.01.14
What this world needs is some fresh 1980s cartoon action, preferably with a Dark Souls theme. Dark Souls 2: Rogue Warrior from YouTube user Veselekov merges retro animation with a deliciously old-hat soundtrack, to tell the story of our protagonist who is absolutely ready to rumble "They took his girl. Now he'll take their souls,"announces the throbbing VO. Dark Souls 2 from Namco Bandai is out later this month for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 27, 2014 02.27.14
Dark Souls 2 publisher Namco Bandai Games is releasing a Collector's Edition of the action game, and the company showed off the package's contents in a new video this week. The Collector's Edition includes the Black Armor Edition, which comes in a metal case, along with an art book, a cloth map of the game world, the game's soundtrack and a 12-inch Warrior Knight figure. You can check out an image of the set below. Dark Souls 2 launches March 11 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and on Windows PC afterward.