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Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin Twists Our Melons

Praise the sun, very good, and other quotes you might recognise from a video game you once played: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin [official site] launched yesterday. It’s essentially the ‘game of the year edition’ of From Software’s die ’em up sequel, coming with all the DLC included as well as a few tweaks to the game and its graphics.

Publishers Namco Bandai are offering discounts for folks who own the original Dark Souls II, but in the cold light of day, the changes seem quite slight and perhaps not worth upgrading for. If you can figure out the upgrades. Come marvel at the longest on-topic RPS Treehouse discussion ever as we puzzled over it.

Scholar of the First Sin brings a new 64-bit, DirectX 11 version which improves the graphics a touch, but still doesn’t look as good as those very first trailers. It also introduces a new NPC invader and changes level layouts a bit, shuffling item and monster placement to surprise jaded veterans. Then there are secret things people are starting to find, like an invisible hollow who can’t be seen but casts a shadow. Mysterious!

If you’re coming fresh to Dark Souls II, it’s the perfect place to start, but upgrading seems expensive for what you get.

Confusingly, Scholar of the First Sin is also the name Namco Bandai are using for what’s essentially a ‘game of the year’ edition, bundling the original 32-bit, DX9 version of the game with the DLC season pass. This version does not include any of the changes. And buying one version does not get you the other too, so make sure you get the right one.

As we’ve spent fifteen minutes confusing each other in the RPS Treehouse over the pricing tiers, I’ll try to break it down simply:

  • If you don’t own DS2 at all, you can buy the reworked 64-bit/DX11 version (which includes the DLC) for £29.99.
  • If you don’t own DS2 at all, you can buy the original 32-bit/DX9 version bundled with the DLC season pass for £29.99.
  • If you own DS2 and all three DLC chapters, you can buy the reworked 64-bit/DX11 version (which includes the DLC) for £11.99.
  • If you own DS2 without the DLC, you can buy the reworked 64-bit/DX11 version (which includes the DLC) for £19.99.
  • If you own DS2 without the DLC, you can buy the DLC season pass for your old 32-bit version for £19.99.
  • You can no longer buy DS2 without the DLC on Steam.

Anyway, here’s YouTube user ‘wickfut’ running through the first few areas on PC in 1080p at 60fps:

As for that Treehouse chat, flick on over to the second page and prepare to shake your head at us.

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