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Dark Souls II (2014) is a fighting game with an emphasis on precise timing and extreme difficulty. You navigate through labyrinthine ruins and ancient kingdoms, defeating monsters with your weapons and magic. It pairs immense difficulty with a grand story and fantasy worldbuilding to make for a novel and weighty adventure.

You play a warrior cursed to eternal life who travels to the ruined kingdom of Drangleic in an attempt to save themselves. Once there, you meet a powerful queen and set out on a mythological quest to save the world and your soul.

Play involves moving through each area by defeating enemies. You choose your character from one of eight classes, each with different strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. As you progress you slowly level up and choose new skills and improvements to your stats. Combat is intentionally very difficult, requiring you to parry and dodge at just the right time and carefully look for openings to attack. Central to the game is dying to learn how to react in hostile environments and having the resilience and belligerence to repeatedly face the same foes, slowly learning from mistakes.

The result is a game that combines immense challenge with an immense, sprawling narrative and world to create an experience that derives its fun both from the satisfaction of defeating each new enemy and from witnessing the story unfold.

Our examiner, Oli Hawkins, first checked Dark Souls II 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure and Fighting game with Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Although a single-player game, players can leave messages on the ground for each other to help or hinder. You can also summon up to 3 other players to play co-operatively and fight each other competitively for a while using special summoning signs.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 85 hours to complete. It's a very difficult game, and many players die countless times to every boss, greatly elongating play time. Many people never even finish the game due to its difficulty.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Moderate Violence. In this game, the undead human protagonist takes on a host of human-like and fantasy characters. Violence mainly consists of characters slashing each other, with swords and other close-combat weaponry, as well as magic. The majority of damage is demonstrated by life bars, but blows are also met with flinches and blood effects from humans, whose dead bodies can remain in the scene and may pile up.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, and Violence. Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood. Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words "*!@?*" and “pr*ck” can be heard in the dialogue.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is very hard, requiring excellent reactions and reflexes in addition to determination and persistence in the face of such an overwhelming challenge. You very regularly die and have to start fights again when you do.

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You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Dark Souls II usually costs £15.99 to £32.99.
 

DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin

Steam Store PC £29.99

Dark Souls II

Steam Store PC £29.99

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

XBox Store Xbox One £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The Scholar of the First Sin is an expanded version with extra content. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/03/2014

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting (Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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