Dark Souls 2 ships 1.2 million copies in three weeks -- How many times have you died so far?

Role-playing game developed by From Software crosses seven figures less than a month after release.

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From Software's latest role-playing game, Dark Souls II, shipped 1.2 million copies in three weeks, publisher Namco Bandai announced today as part of its latest earnings report for the year ended March 31. This figure does not include sales of the PC version (which launched in April), nor sales from Japan, a region in which, as Joystiq notes, From Software publishes the game on its own.

To put Dark Souls II's 1.2 million shipped figure into context, the original Dark Souls shipped about 1.5 million units in a month. That game went on to sell about 2.4 million units to date.

Other top-sellers for Namco Bandai this fiscal year included God Eater 2 (700,000 units in Japan only), Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (620,000 units worldwide), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle (550,000 units in Japan only), and Disney Magic Castle My Happy Life (500,000 units in Japan only).

Overall, Namco Bandai posted revenue of ¥507 billion ($4.9 billion) for the year, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Profit was a different story, however, falling 22.6 percent to ¥25 billion ($246.2 million)

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UbiTricked

This game is a botched, poor attempt of a game. Even if they patch it enough so it's finally playable on PC, I'm not sure I'd be tempted to try it again.


I don't understand what some people see in it.

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blueboxdoctor

Awesome game. Though, the disadvantage to being a full magic build is not being able to have armor like in the picture for the article. Still, I prefer it over the first Dark Souls. However, Demon's Souls is still my favorite in the series, but Dark Souls 2 did a nice job mixing what I liked in Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

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ParanoidPaal

Praise the Sun! and then Praise The Sun!

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Darkmoone1

Oh Dark Souls......you never disappoint me.

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tightwad34

I have died way more times so far than I did with Demon's and Dark Souls. I am haven't completed my first playthrough yet but I have definitely had a harder time with this game than I did for the first two. Everyone has different experiences with these games which is one thing that makes them so unique. For example, it seems like people have trouble with different bosses than others. I for one, didn't find Orenstein and Smough to be uber hard like pretty much everyone else, but there were bosses that kicked my ass that other people didn't have so much trouble with. I have seen numerous examples like that.

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Karchy

Dark Souls 2 is a let down (compared to DS 1)

Project Beast might be the saviour

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Darkmoone1

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To each their own, but I found DS2 to be a worthy sequal to DS1.

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clqtte

I already died..a lot from Dark Souls 1 ........

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BlackBaldwin

Dark souls was better I passed on the second in the series hopefully the next entry is a improvement.

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DASHONFIRE

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tightwad34

<< LINK REMOVED >> How do you know if you passed on Dark Souls II?

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Erebus

Only a million? If only people knew.....

This game is just like Zelda.


...if Zelda went to hell.

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tightwad34

<< LINK REMOVED >> Kinda, the gameplay in Dark Souls is much tighter. But I kinda see where you are coming from.

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RenegadesXG

Love the pve part of it but pvp is honestly a disaster...

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tightwad34

<< LINK REMOVED >> How is PVP a disaster?

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shravan_perne

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> soul memory is a big disaster .. it ruins pvp

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shravan_perne

<< LINK REMOVED >> soul memory is the number of souls you have acquired throughout your playthrough... matchmaking is not based on Soul Level... it is based on SM ... you can find this stat in player info or player statistics....


it breaks matchmaking for both co-op and PVP .... PVE solo is all well and good ... multiplayer is entirely broken because of SM ... search around for SM you will find some interesting views on how it is affecting DS 2.. some support it ... most hate it....

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tightwad34

<< LINK REMOVED >> What's soul memory? I should know, but I don't ever recall hearing about it. And what does it do?

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Evil_Sidekick

How many times have i died by now?

Let me think..........none.....zero....zilch...nada


The fact that i never played the game helps a lot on my record...

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VoidSECT

It deserves more! i just beat NG++ i can't stop playing it, addiction level is too damn HIGH!! :P

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Aaronp2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol im stuck on vendrick (the 2nd one where u need the giant souls to make him easier). Also stuck on the ancient dragon boss and been trying to do the pilgrims of dark quests but not had much luck there either. Other than that though I have found the game relatively easy compared to ds1.

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pizzaman107

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> the pilgrims of dark dungeons were impossible with my 150 lvl light mellee.Had to respec to a faith build and spammed great lightning spears.Very easily beaten with that.

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pizzaman107

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tightwad34

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Where is this pilgrims of dark covenant?

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Napalm_354

Got one of my characters to NG++ for a plat trophy. What a drag, making ppl play through the game almost 3 times, just to be able to buy 3 spells. Otherwise have about 6 characters at the end of NG. Still I think DS1 is a better game, at least from the level design perspective. The more I play DS2 the more I see all the corners they've cut. I mean look at those rooms that hold primal bonfires and some of the "hidden" fires (Aida's keep, Drangelic castle, Earthen Peak...), mostly 4 by 4 walls, which look like my attempts at using Quake 3 level editor when I got it back then and figured out that I suck at level layout. In DS1 they were always in a ruin or some such, so you never had to asks "what's that box doing here?"


And those sliding secret walls......argghhhhh, reminds me of times when I was running along the wall in Doom 2 pressing the spacebar...


Good game, but not better than DS1

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BoromiRofGeo

praise the sales, and then hoorah for victory

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thorn3000

257 times am shortly before the end of normal new game

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BoromiRofGeo

@thorn3000 how do i see how many times ive died?

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02pheland

<< LINK REMOVED >> goto offline mode and then interact with the pillar thing buy covenant of the blue in majula, it will say worldwide deaths and since you are offline it will only show your deaths

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BuBsay

I've been having a great time playing it so far and have poured over 60 hours into the PC version already, coming up on NG+2 now. And in a lot of ways I think it's largely better than Dark Souls 1.


I will say though that I have been kind of disappointed in the boss design (both graphically and mechanically) in comparison to Dark Souls 1. Bosses like the Gaping Dragon just had such a visual impact on you when you walked in the room, as compared to something like the Covetous Demon. And not to mention that going in without reading any guides or watching any videos I was able to beat almost every boss on my first or second try. I never had a real challenging boss like O&S or the Four Kings.

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pulamata

@BuBsay agree on all accounts. With your new game+ playthrough join the company of champions..hard mode of dark souls 2


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pizzaman107

<< LINK REMOVED >> i rly think it should warn you of what the champions covenant does.i immediately joined it when i first went to majula and only found out it makes the game harder when i almost rage quit fighting the bastille bosses.

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Aaronp2k

@pulamata ancient dragon, 2nd vendrick boss seem to be the hardest of the lot. of course I have not fought the final boss yet though.

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pizzaman107

<< LINK REMOVED >> dont worry shes much easier.first try with my light melee.

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Thanatos2k

Game of the Year, so far.

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Havent checked my death count so far, since i was always playing online. But I can easily guess that I didnt die as often as in the previous games. Mostly the optional bosses gave me trouble. Some levels were really too easy in DS2 and there were even a handful of bosses I killed easily in the first try. Even the final story boss.


I hope they will make it a whole lot harder again when they do an PS-exclusive next time.

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matea88

<< LINK REMOVED >> It means you haven't even started NG+ ( and it has a lot of + ).

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pizzaman107

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> up to 7 i think right?

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eternal_napalm

I'd say my favorite bosses were Pursuer, Smelter Demon, Demon of Song and of course Old Dragonslayer. The Lost Sinner, The Duke's Dear Freja, Mytha The Baneful Queen in poison and Ruin Sentinels (Yahim, Ricce, Alessia) solo on NG+ are an absolute horrendous nightmare :)

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pizzaman107

<< LINK REMOVED >> demon of song was poo poo.ridiculous boss

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eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> He was easy, but I liked it. Great artwork

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thorn3000

<< LINK REMOVED >> old dragonslayer was a beast with my first play sorcerer, never played Souls before and choosing sorcerer first time around wasn't probably the best idea, but lol died on him many times but was fun and good music during the fight

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eternal_napalm

Yeah Old Dragonslayer was awesome, the music for him and Ruin Sentinels are two of the best soundtracks I ever heard

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eternal_napalm

Poor man's Second Son ;)