The Waiting Game - Dark Souls II
Can't wait to throw yourself headlong into the dungeons of Dark Souls II? Fear not, Johnny comes armed with a bunch of things to keep you entertained until the game launches.
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Waiting for that game you really want to play can be a painful experience, but it doesn't have to be one! The Waiting Game cherry-picks the best games to play, films to watch and even books to read while you wait for launch day, helping you prepare for th
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Host: Johnny Chiodini
On the right, it says Dark Souls II will be available on PS3, X360, PC, and... XBone? Number one, I haven't been able to find anything anywhere that says for sure that we will get DS2 on next gen, but that dosen't mean its not there. Also, Gamespot shows XBone but not PS4, did I miss out on some news somewhere? It would be really disappointing if we had to wait a long time (or forever) for a PS4 version.
Dark Souls is my favorite game this gen. It's also my least favorite because it pretty much ruined every other arpg because, compared to Dark Souls, the combat is shallow and the controls suck.
forgot mention dark souls i hated that there is no penalty for death..but they bring it back to ds2 on whole new level..permanent hp lose! FTW i like dat idea
In the Age of Ancients,
The world was unformed, shrouded by fog
A land of grey crags, archtrees, and everlasting dragons
But then there was Fire
And with Fire came Disparity. Heat and cold, life and death, and of course.. Light and Dark.
Then, from the Dark, They came
And found the Souls of Lords within the flame.
Nito, the first of the dead
The Witch of Izalith, and her daughters of chaos
Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights
And the furtive pygmy, so easily forgotten
With the Strength of Lords, they challenged the dragons.
Gwyn's mighty bolts peeled apart their stone scales
The witches weaved great firestorms
Nito unleashed a miasma of death and disease
And Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the dragons were no more
Thus began the Age of Fire
But soon, the flames will fade, and only Dark will remain
Even now, there are only embers, and man sees not light, but only endless nights
And amongst the living are seen, carriers of the accursed Darksign.
Ahh...Dark Souls. Probably my biggest obsession from this gen. I remember finishing it then feeling absolutely giddy that I was about to start it all over again right from the beginning. I sunk a scary number of hours in that game. Every game I've played since has seemed just a little...boring...compared to it. First time I beat Ornstein and Smough was pure elation. I dearly hope the sequel lives up to the hype.
The Souls series is awesome, Dark Souls 2 is the only thing that keeps me from selling my PS3 now that I have a PS4
Hot damn, I had my doubts at first but the Beta was awesome and now I can't wait another 4 months!!
...the way I'm spending the waiting time is by drilling screws into my hands and eyes so I'll be ready for the inevitable pain.
Just lost 9 humanities and 16k souls. oh the feelings.
No other game does that to me.
Dark souls is the best game i ever played and only the lucky ones, who have played and completed it knows how good it is.
I hope Dark Souls 2 won't disappoint!
Damnit Johnny, now I have to replay Dark Souls. Except this time, I'll be shouting, "her, der, I have a sword."
Thank you! How have I never heard of Solomon Kane?! Woo hoo! Something to watch Saturday night even though I have an essay and research to type up!
And yes, Black Death is one of the best movies ever made!
Since we're apparently in the business of suggesting things, I recommend Demon's Souls to anyone with a PS3.
It sports similar gameplay to its two spiritual successors, yet has better art direction and superior atmosphere to them as well.
Too recent and/or obvious? Try the PSOne version of Death Trap Dungeon. It sports some striking similarities to the Souls series. The PC version is inferior in Art and Atmosphere, but sports a pretty nifty real time character damage effect.
A PSOne game, dude? Are you on crack? No, but I think you'll enjoy it. The game, I mean.
Medieval literature? I don't know.. Tirant Lo Blanc. One of the first (or the first) European Novels ever written. Or perhaps Amadis de Gaula, pretty strange read. Or if you want to read something out right insane, try Orlando Furioso, if you want to read something inspired by crack cocaine.
The Western covers for the Dark Souls games always look focus tested to hell and back to me.
Now the Demon's Souls cover was a good one in my view. Both the Japanese and Western ones.
Dragons Dogma, Soul Sacrifice and any Monster Hunter games are great to play while waiting.
Also you can read some dark and gory manga to get in the mood, like Berserk, Shigurui and Vinland Saga.
If you need a movie then Vampire Hunter D or Ninja Scroll are good choices.
i made the TERRIBLE TERRIBLE mistake of playing dark sous BEFORE skyrim... dude after dark souls every other game felt like crap.. im not kiddin... skyrim (and I know it is a great game) felt so borring after dark souls.
Dark Souls 2 is the main reason I'm not getting a PS4 until after I've played the shit out of it. The other, smaller reason is the launch lineup does not interest me at all. Oh, one more reason, the whole backlog thing.
dark souls is just a difficult game. these days games are so easy that gamers need this game. that´s all.
I was scared the entire time I played Demons Souls and Dark Souls but at the end I overcame all my fears and finished both games. Took me something like 50 hours to beat each game. I didn't die as much in Demons Souls but I died a lot more in Dark Souls.
Now I look back at videos of Demons Souls and Dark Souls and wonder how the hell did I even play that scary game in my basement... :)
The allure of these Souls games is very high. They entice you to play and build up discipline - hit, block, parry, block, roll, hit, hit etc.
I think I like this game because it is the RPG parallel of games like Rainbow Six and SWAT 4 over twitchy nonsense like CoD or BF games. It is methodical, purposeful and there is a sense of true accomplishment achieved through focus and discipline.
I believe that is why I like the Souls games that much.
dark souls took me on a rollercoaster of emotions like no other game. the frustration at times was incredible, but the elation when you finally get past that enemy/boss and progress is just something ive never experienced with a game before
i had to play it through again because i felt so bad about killing priscilla the crossbreed in the painted world the first time lol it was just silly the emotion i had invested in that game
@BstMdDoomhammer Change "Dark Souls" for "Dragon's Dogma" in your sentence and thats pretty much my opinion.
@redder1111 I loooove the intro cinematic
@solus909 lol i made about 20 chars not tomnetion i have about 3k hours on this i love it..but i like better demon souls so i am playing it too like it have twice amount of hours than dark souls
@Gothic-360 I enjoyed them both. Unfortunately, after playing Dark Souls, everything else felt easy.
I, sadly, never played Skyrim.
I bought Demon's Souls when it first came out in the West thanks to a hardy recommendation by someone who bought the Asian version of it.
Later Dark Souls was created when Sony wouldn't green light a sequel. (What a mistake!)
Well, I had no idea that such an out-of-the-way title from Sony Japan would change the face of gaming. It's influenced gaming from the PS4's design to Deep Down, Dragon's Dogma, its two spiritual sequels Dark Souls I & II, and just about all "Mingle Player" games (a genre it created).
@Gothic-360 You're not alone, trust me.
I wish that Skyrim would be released on PS4, seeing as the PS3 version is a rotten mess.
They could port it over with max out settings. Ah, well.
@tightwad34 same here. I was tempted to get one this christmas but there is hardly any games out and all the good ones are coming out pretty much the same time dark souls 2 is coming out so I figured well I will hardly touch the ps4 after dark souls 2 comes out so it can wait till my bday in may.
@donmega1 I would buy any console for this game.
@Shinobi-Neo There's plenty of very hard games these days. One just needs to look past the mainstream.
@Shinobi-Neo you know, the fact that its "hard" is not what draws me to dark souls. it is what the man said, in a class of its own.
@shannybaybay I didn't feel bad about killing her because, you know, she was trying to kill me. The only times I felt bad about killing anyone was when I would accidentally kill an NPC.
@Joutja Yeaahhh you're not alone brother. I left DS because I couldn't beat those bastards no matter how many times I tried.
@idosofacility I've never played it because I only have a 360, but I've been thinking about picking up a cheap ps3 and play all the exclusives I missed out on before buying anything from the new gen. I'll definitely pick up Dragon's Dogma and give it a shot!
@Aaronp2k It makes it easier to wait knowing there's really nothing that great. Only game I really am even remotely interested is Assassin's Creed 4 and I can wait to play it as I'm sure I will feel like I've played it before even if it has a much different theme. Same gameplay I'm sure.
@Joben420 And the atmosphere and mystique. Best in any game if you ask me.
@MatiasMGS @donmega1 @Shinobi-Neo exactly. the game is easy if you are skillfull. the point of this game is its only as hard as you make it yourself, if you use your head and are good at strategically placing hits and avoiding blows then you own everything in the game. the bosses are also pretty easy once you figure out their moves. but the main thing what drew me to the game was the dark gritty atmosphere and sense of helplessness you get in the game. also the fact that it didn't have the story get in the way and 90 percent of the game you are actually playing the game and not watching cutscenes u don't really care about but feel you must watch to understand the story.