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Dark Souls II

5 months ago

Feature: Sins of the father

Have You Played… Dark Souls 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Dark Souls > Bloodborne > Dark Souls 3 > Demon's Souls > Dark Souls 2. But if you like the rest, you should still play number 2. It's good. Being good just isn't quite enough when you're born into a family of geniuses.

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1 year ago

Now is a good time to return to Dark Souls 2

If you fancy going back through all Dark Souls before the series wraps up with the final DLC in March, now's a great time to return to Dark Souls 2 [official site]. Today sees the start of Return to Drangleic, an unofficial community-run event to draw players back and revitalise multiplayer. Souls just isn't the same without online invasions, summonings, ghosts, and messages bringing life…

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2 years ago

Feature: A handy list

Dark Souls Is A Metaphor For These Things ONLY

If I have learned anything from reading other people's opinions about Dark Souls it's that Dark Souls is probably a metaphor for something. But what? WHAT? There are so many conflicting opinions out there. Well, that's where your pal, Pip (that is me), can help. I have come up with a definitive list of ways to interpret Dark Souls correctly:

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Feature: Third time the charmed?

The RPG Scrollbars: Hollow Pursuits

Ever had one of those games that you just long to get into, but can't? There haven't been many I've wanted to get into more than the Dark Souls series. To sink into the world I see people talking about on my Twitter feed. To have that sense of discovery in ash and ember. For that crumbling world to feel like something more than just…

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Feature: Roll with it

Why I Think Dark Souls II Is Better Than The Original

It'll take a great deal of analysis to figure out how exactly Dark Souls III [official site] fits into the wider mythology of the series in terms of its tremendous, cryptic lore, and it might take even longer for critical opinion to decide where it ranks in the pantheon of Souls games. But we can all agree on one thing, right? Dark Souls is superior…

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Feature: Preparing for anything

Early Impressions: Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III [official site] is already out in Japan but the rest of the world has to wait until April 12th. I received review code late last week and have spent a few hours kindling bonfires and carving my way through the early stages of the game. I've also, as you might imagine, died quite a lot. Our full review will be closer to…

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Prepare To Download: Free Dark Souls Steam Code

Dark Souls is the famously easy and brightly-coloured walking simulator beloved of casual gamers, and scorned by the hardcore. If you've long desired to frolic in its pastel fields but been unwilling to scrape together the requisite pennies, the good news is that, if you live in the EU (including UK), you can currently grab a Steam code for it for free. I know it…

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3 years ago

Victory Achieved-ish: Twitch Kinda Beat Dark Souls

"Sometimes we attempt things to prove we can't do them," I wankily declared when folks started trying to play Dark Souls [official site] in the viewer-controlled style of Twitch Plays Pokémon. Embrace futility and inevitability and that, yeah? After days, they'd made two minutes' progress. I was fascinated that hundreds of people were trying to do something that clearly would never work. So they cheated.…

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Feature: In Defense Of Slow Travel

Journeys In Games: Let’s Talk About Fast Travel

I first noticed the feeling when I stopped at an inn. They had a roaring fire, plenty of food and wine, and there was a dog lying at my feet. Skyrim had never felt more welcoming. I was replaying the game with some mods installed. One mod took away all the dragonborn stuff and left me starting as a simple bandit schmuck. Another mod made…

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Feature: Seek Seek Lest

Fail Forward: Dark Souls 2

Fail Forward is a series of videos all about the bits of games which don’t quite work and why. In this episode, Marsh Davies discusses Dark Souls 2 [official site], but ends up mostly talking about the preceding Dark Souls, the legend of King Arthur and wanking onto goblins.

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Dark Souls 3 Announced, Miyazaki Directing

The leaked information about Dark Souls III [official site] is looking more legit now. The game was officially announced during Microsoft's E3 press conference today and, while some of the more granular specifics are yet to be announced, one thing has been confirmed. Legendary director Hidetaka Miyazaki is back in the driving seat for this one when it launches in early 2016. I guess that's actually…

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Rumour: Dark Souls 3 Coming In 2016, PC Release Hazy

Dark Souls 3 is apparently well underway in the workpits of From Software, according to leaked materials bearded NerdBro YouTube news channel The Know have seen. Screenshots, concept art and gameplay info are detailed in a new video from the crew, but it's all vague enough that the fate of the PC version is thrown into confusion by one little word.

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Praise The Sun! Dark Souls II Fixing Weapon Durability Bug

Once an obvious bug has been in a game long enough, one comes to accept it'll always be there. You learn to play around the bug, knowing when it'll strike and what you can do to avoid it. It's one of those quirks that makes a game more personal, a little more human. "Oh sweet little Jimmy Buggletons," I imagine you sigh when you find…

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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…

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Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin Prices And Upgrades

Dark Souls II [official site] being upgraded with fancier DirectX 11-y graphics, reworked enemy and item placement, a few new items, and whatnot sounded great. Then it became clear that the 'Scholar of the First Sin' edition won't come as an update but as a separate version of the game, and one folks will need to pay for, which sounds less great. At least it'll…

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4 years ago

Meet The Scholar: Dark Souls II Update Heralding First Sin

Bandai Namco have announced a free update to the divisive yet celebrated Dark Souls II in advance of The Scholar of the First Sin (the latter being a DLC-inclusive revamp and re-release). Those still plugging away with Dark Souls II as it stands may or may not be enticed by the changes that From Software will bring to the game on February 5th. The focus appears to…

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Feature: Best Writers Pick Best Games

Bestest Best Games Of 2014: The Contributor’s Picks

We're blessed at Rock, Paper, Shotgun with the best contributing writers in videogames, so it seemed only reasonable to ask them for some of their finely-worded thoughts on the bestest best games of 2014. We asked Tim Stone, Cara Ellison, Ben Barrett, Brendan Caldwell, Cassandra Khaw, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Marsh Davies, Rob Sherman and Rich Stanton to pick their favourite and write a brief summary of…

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Feature: Worldly

The Bestest Best Worldbuilding Of 2014: Dark Souls 2

Dark Souls II may not be the greatest Souls game ever made but despite its flaws, it's still one of the year's finest. Behind the hideous enemies and the stern challenge lies a world unlike any other - the combat systems and RPG elements may be at the heart of From's series, but it's the world of Drangleic that lingers in the memory. Adam: An…

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A Little Extra Darkness: Dark Souls II Revamp Coming

Gawd bless the new generation of consoles and the revamped re-releases of recent games publishers are putting together to take advantage of them. This gives us the nice knock-on effect of our games getting better, prettier, and generally fancier. Dark Souls II is the latest getting the revamp-o-release treatment in Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, a bundle including the DLC. More than…

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Into The Hollow: Dark Souls 2 First Person Mod

Some things were never meant to be seen up close and personal. Take the Mona Lisa - Da Vinci's elaborate smiley isn't kept behind bulletproof glass for its own safety, it's locked up to maintain a secure distance from onlookers. Get within a few inches and the familiar smile ceases to draw the eye - instead, you'll be unable to ignore the painter's self-insertion, an…

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