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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...

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Inspired by Dark Souls' combat, cyber-woman is star of Blood Alloy

New on Kickstarter is Blood Alloy, a 2D Metroidvania shooter with a deeply '80s dystopia vibe. Currently being developed for Windows PC, Mac, and Ouya, its creator, Boston-based Suppressive Fire Games, says the game is inspired by "the combat mechanics of Dark Souls, as applied to gunplay, and the dynamic speed of Vanquish." Blood Alloy features a female protagonist who has been wholly cyber-cized by mysterious enemies. Leaping, firing, blocking and jet-packs ensue. According to its Kickstarter page, the game will feature "non-linear exploration with optional pathways, hub areas, shortcut creation and discovery, and tons of secrets." Suppressive Fire Games is seeking $50,000.

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How a blacksmith forged armor for Dark Souls 2

A video released today on publisher Namco Bandai EU's YouTube channel shows how Dark Souls 2 developer From Software and a master blacksmith forge the game's armor in the real world. Check out the video above to see how the blacksmith worked with From Software's designs to meld metal into the armor that made its public debut last December in Dark Souls 2's announcement trailer. You'll also see him create a shield, sword, helm and chain mail, as a costume designer weaves the fabric that envelops the game's lonely warrior. Dark Souls 2 is set for a March 2013 release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, with a closed beta headed to PS3 this fall. Polygon's spent some time with the game and its creators, so be sure to read our hands-on impressions and our interview with co-director...

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Dark Souls now harder with user-created first-person view

Longtime fans of From Software who long for the perspective of the King's Field series in Dark Souls may want to take note of a set of tweaks that enable first-person view in the Windows PC version of the game. A word of warning though; its creator says the notoriously difficult role-playing game becomes "next to unplayable" from first-person. YouTube user and Dark Souls modder "Soul Slasher" posted the above video this week of the game from first-person, a feat accomplished by equipping certain armor, changing the size of the player's body and head size to zero (or smaller) and moving the game's camera in closer to the action. The result is a mostly functional first-person perspective, though with some awkwardly floating arms. Mods featured in the video are available at NexusMods,...

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Dark Souls 2 gameplay footage reveals Mirror Knight boss

Leaked footage of the upcoming Dark Souls 2 revealed one of the title's upcoming enemy bosses, the Mirror Knight. As shown in footage of the game that recently appeared online via AGB, the Mirror Knight is an aggressive enemy who wears a large suit of armor and uses a mirror as a shield. Developer Namco Bandai has so far kept mum about upcoming boss characters in the Dark Souls sequel. Dark Souls 2 is slated to launch March 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Check out our recent hands-on preview of the game right here.

Dark Souls Releases
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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