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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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Is Bloodborne good enough to stand in Dark Souls' shoes?

But now we know that the game is actually called Bloodborne there are still a lot of questions. Can it repeat the success of its predecessors? Will the game still work different setting with Demon's Souls style gameplay? 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 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 Reporter Colin Campbell and Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar ask: Is Bloodborne good enough to stand in Dark Souls' shoes? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only...

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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...

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From Software's Project Beast footage appears online

Footage allegedly depicting Project Beast, a project rumored to be in production for PlayStation 4 by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Dark Souls developer From Software, has appeared online. The four webm clips originally appeared in the /v/ subforum on 4chan and later posted on NeoGAF by user drotahorror. The footage, compiled in the video above by Vyktar, features the From Software logo and a warrior venturing through a fantasy environment, battling against decrepit beings. The final clip ends with the character approaching a hulking, tentacled horror across a vast chamber. The environments, theme, animations and character designs are in the iconic style featured in From Software's Souls franchise. While the clips are brief, the character in it appears to be wielding a gun,...

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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...

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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...

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Dark Souls 2's prologue sets the tone for the Cursed journey ahead

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.

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Dark Souls 2 as an '80s action cartoon

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.

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 9

Dark Souls 2 North and South American network test invites coming this week Network stress tests for Dark Souls 2 begin this week, with codes rolling out today for the first test and on Oct. 22 for the second one. Jane Jensen remaking Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers in 2014 Jane Jensen is creating a 20th anniversary edition of 1993 point-and-click adventure Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers for Windows PC, Mac, iPad and Android at her indie studio Pinkerton Road. The game is expected sometime next year. Mad Catz's Android console, Mojo, launching Dec. 10 for $249.99 The Android-based Mojo, announced during E3, will be available this winter. Users will be able to play existing Android games on their televisions, so long as the titles support third-party controllers, as well as...

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This Dark Souls mod ramps up enemy aggression to terrifying levels

Dark Souls still not spirit-crushingly difficult for you? Try out this mod by modder "JITD" that makes enemies in Dark Souls more difficult to counter by ramping up their offense. The super-aggressive enemies mod, captured in video form by YouTube user "VaatiVidya," shows enemies don't necessarily have higher health or more powerful attacks — but the chances of them running straight at you from farther way is very, very high. Enemies will wander around seeking you out first before you ever get close, and are never in the same spot for very long. They won't retreat and the won't give you the option not to fight them, running you down like a frightened animal until you turn and take up your weapons. The mod, which JITD notes will run in cooperative mode, also includes the removal of...

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North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2011-10-04
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2011-10-04
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
  • Windows
    • Released 2012-08-24
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer From Software
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