Dark Souls 2

  • Dark Souls 2
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  • As brutal, beautiful and addictive as before.
  • Dark and highly atmospheric game world.
  • Challenging and rewarding.


  • Game systems can be hard to understand.
  • Not always perfectly polished.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Digital Trends on 90

The first expansion to From Software's Dark Souls II wastes no time in reminding you of its pedigree. A yawning dragon greets you moments after you begin to descend the winding pathway to the dripping depths of Crown of the Sunken King 's aquamarine...

By PCMag on 80

Despite the finicky hit boxes and a few other flaws worth patching, Dark Souls II is an excellent port of a modern action-RPG classic. Dark Souls fans shouldn't hesitate to enjoy all the suffering in high resolution at 60FPS.

By New Game Network on 78

Another big, deep, engrossing action RPG in the Souls series that is more polished but ultimately weaker due to a fractured world, lack of direction, uneven difficulty and uninspired boss...

By Maximum PC on 70

I'm fighting against a skeleton wielding a large greatsword. I roll out of its way to dodge its first attack and immediately parry a second one with my shield. With my enemy off balance, I quickly get in a couple of slashes with my broadsword and get his...

By PC Gamer on 91

More accessible, challenging, and rewarding than its predecessor, this is the Dark Souls sequel PC gamers...

By Gaming Age on 100

CommentAs popular as the Souls series of titles has proven to be, it took an outside source to make Dark Souls on PC become an acceptable port in the eyes of most fans. That’s not going to be the case with the PC port of Dark Souls 2. This port, which...

By PC Mag on

Dark Souls II$49.99 at Amazon marks Dark Souls' return to the world of PC gaming. Some might be dubious, given From Software's flawed previous console-to-PC port, the infamous Prepare to Die Edition. But Dark Souls II is a far better conversion than its...

By Sydney Morning Herald on

Technology News Games Digital Life News DateMarch 30, 2014 (0) Read later Dark Souls II deserves to be played if you are a fan of original fantasy worlds, but it will frustrate you. Dark Souls II is a hard game to review. There's basically two...

By brisbanetimes.com.au on 90

Beautiful yet frustrating: Dark Souls II.Dark Souls II, much like Dark Souls, doesn't have much in the way of a story. For those lore-hounds that delve into the world behind their favourite games there's a lot of content and references spread throughout,...

By technobuffalo.com on 65

If Dark Souls II can't even bother to let me experiment, practice, and enjoy at my own leisure, why should I bother with...

By Digital Trends on 90

A decrepit monarch stalks the dark halls of his own dank crypt. Dragons soar and perch high above your head, occasionally spitting a fireball down toward the ground and whatever prey happens to be there. Everything from the piglets scurrying through the...

By EuroGamer on 90

Only a little, though, and when the worst you can say is that a game is only nearly as good as Dark Souls, that's still a pretty strong recommendation.

By TrustedReviews on 90

It’s as brutal as it is beautiful, but it’s hard to think of another series that can drag you so deep into a distinctive fantasy world, or of another series that makes every new area discovered and every battle won feel like such an achievement. You might love Dark Souls 2 or you might hate it, but you won’t be able to forget it.

By HardcoreGamer on 90

With impressive visuals, smartly-designed dungeons and the most complete experience to date, Dark Souls II is a stunning accomplishment and one of the purest experiences in the medium.

By GameSpot on 90

I may not have yet unveiled all there is to know about this beastly game, even after 80 hours of play, but I do know this: I will be adventuring through Drangleic for many months to come, sure to be haunted nightly by the disturbing gazes of the faceless titans that tenderize my flesh with their two-ton hammers.

By GameInformer on 100

As a result, the rewards and achievements are that much more satisfying. It’s only March, but Dark Souls II stands tall as a potential game of the year.

By Polygon on 90

But you know what? I did survive, and damn it, I'm proud of that. 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 it more than worth the struggle.

By IGN on 90

It’s crammed with deep systems, tense encounters, and enough clever multiplayer and New Game Plus elements to make me want to restart the second I saw the end credits. Not all of the tweaks and additions worked out for the best, but with such great enemies and levels to fight...

By PC World on 90

Dark Souls II is here, and it's just as hard as its predecessor. We've gone through the seven stages of grief and come out the other side to say that, well, it's pretty damn good. Great,...

By Bit-tech.net on 85

Dark Souls II Review Price: £35.00 Developer: From Software Publisher: Namco Bandai Platforms: X360, PS3, PC (April Release) If you thought Dark Souls was a tough game to play, consider for a moment what making a sequel to it must be like. Putting aside...