PC - Windows

Dark Souls II

31 critics
8.82
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Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
19
8.00 to 8.99
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6.00 to 7.99
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4.00 to 5.99
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Adam BeckApr 24, 2014
If you decided to wait for the PC version of Dark Souls II before jumping in, you’ve made the right decision. It’s not leaps and bounds better than its console counterpart, but the graphical enhancements aid the immersion. When walking through the darkness, you’ll barely be able to see what’s in front of you and just the subtle nuances the higher resolution and textures allows us to better see, all accumulate to the definitive experience. It’s a significantly better attempt than From Software’s first PC port, but there definitely are some things that need to be worked out.
Cory BanksApr 25, 2014
Dark Souls was a brilliant game that didn't explain itself well. Many new players were frustrated even by the tutorial because the game didn't teach its secrets to them. Dark Souls 2 fixes that by giving you way more information about its items, skills, and world, liberating its designers to create even more complex challenges. It is more accessible for new players, but not at the expense of being brutal—I've died more than 150 times in 60 hours.
8.00
Pete SchwabApr 24, 2014
This game is art in the good and bad sense of the word. It represents some of the best things that video games have to offer: at its most immersive, it offers a beautifully and thoughtfully rendered world to be explored that reveals itself not just through what is seen on the screen, but through the brutal and challenging experiences the player guides the in-game avatar through. The negative part of that is that the story of the game and the motivations and reasonings behind what is happening are obscure and unclear.
8.50
Jae LeeMay 06, 2014
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still had a great time playing through Dark Souls 2 and would recommend everyone play it whether they are a fan of the series or not, but I felt for every step forward, it took one back. It’s a testament to the series brand as a whole to make an otherwise solid title feel disappointing, but I’ve come to expect more and I hope they find the right path through the dark in the next sequel.
Philip KollarApr 24, 2014
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.
Jared RosenMar 18, 2014
Daniel TackApr 24, 2014
Dark Souls II respects you enough to assume you can figure things out, despite having perhaps lost some of these sensibilities by playing other titles that walk you through on tether from start to finish. 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.
ProJaredMar 26, 2014
CvgMar 11, 2014
Rev3GamesMar 10, 2014
Bill HessApr 24, 2014
Dark Souls 2 is still a rewarding experience for those who see it through to the end, regardless of previous experience with the Souls series. There are differences, however. There’s less room for frustration in Dark Souls 2. There’s never that feeling of an insurmountable wall that made many turn away from the original game. There’s a lower barrier to entry for newcomers, and there’s more than enough of the familiar qualities of the previous games to appease long-time fans.
Paul SullivanMay 25, 2014
Dark Souls has a fiercely loyal fan base. They love it, and will staunchly defend that love to the last man. Dark Souls 2, for me, is an exercise in frustration. While I appreciate the skill component of combat and creativity on display, the punishing and repetitive nature of the gameplay makes Dark Souls 2 feel like a errand rather than entertainment.
Ryan TaljonickApr 24, 2014
Dark Souls 2 on PC feels like a significantly more competent port than its predecessor. It looks great, runs smoothly, and comes packed with all the visual tweaks you could want. Sure, the mouse and keyboard controls are still underwhelming--but so long as you don't mind plugging in a gamepad, this is far and away the best version of Dark Souls 2.
Mick FraserMar 11, 2014
The very premise of the Cursed Undead lends the template not only context but also a degree of gravitas: your character is fated to die, again and again, until they either succeed in their quest or go insane trying – a doom shared by every gamer who resolves to tackle From Software’s gargantuan RPG. Dark Souls II is a true hardcore challenge, and the weak of will and spine have no place in its cruel and unusual world.
Philip Lauritz PoulsenMar 11, 2014
It's impressive how many improvements From Software has made. If you're a fan of the Dark Souls universe, do not hesitate to play Dark Souls II. Despite a more accessible gaming experience, the game has lost none of its relentless difficulty, and the many improvements make it a great experience for veterans and newcomers. But it may not be for everybody.
James BowdenApr 25, 2014
If you had issues with Dark Souls II on console then Dark Souls II PC will not fix them. If you were hoping that this would be the gorgeous next-gen Souls experience we were shown in that first video then, well, it isn’t. But if you were holding out to find out just how the PC version of Dark Souls II performs then know, with full confidence, that it is far and away the superior version, and that’s without the need to download any sort of fan-made patch. The cycle of death and success has never felt this good.
Fraser BrownMay 02, 2014
The journey through Drangleic needs to be experienced. It’s a marriage of phenomenal world design and impressively tight mechanics. And then it probably needs to be experienced all over again through New Game +. It’s undoubtedly bloody hard work, but that just makes every sliver of success precious. Hurrah for Dark Souls II.
Alexander LeachApr 29, 2014
PC users have received their Dark Souls II experience entirely intact, and then a bit. It’s not leaps and bounds above the console version, and it shouldn’t be. It’s best to give the same experience to multiple platforms, so there’s a broad audience and you’re less likely to lose sales because of someone hardware choices. The console version was already in the highest echelons, and this stands with it.
Chris BrownMay 02, 2014
This time around, From Software has nailed the PC version of its beloved franchise, leaving absolutely no doubt as to which platform gives players the best experience. It's Dark Souls II. A good array of bells and whistles see this port play to the relative strengths of the PC platform.
Salva FernándezApr 25, 2014
Dark Souls 2 es en PC el mismo juego que pudimos ver en Xbox 360 y Playstation 3. Pero más pulido a nivel técnico. Esto significa que estamos ante un juego que mantiene la esencia Souls, que ofrece una dificultad a prueba de bombas y decenas de horas de frustración y diversión. Dos elementos que parecen contradictorios pero que van de la mano en el juego de From Software. Una gran cantidad de objetos, variedad de enemigos, personalización de personaje, secretos, espectaculares jefes finales y un online imprevisible que cambia totalmente el sentido del juego una vez lo probamos en nuestras carnes.
Jorge S. FernándezApr 25, 2014
Hemos lastrado un poco la nota respecto de la versión consola precisamente por eso, porque no se aprovechan en absoluto todas las posibilidades de un PC. Seguramente los chicos de From han optado por la inmediatez de un lanzamiento a la sombra de las buenas críticas cosechadas para las consolas en lugar de currarse una versión de PC en condiciones. En fin, otra vez será.
Alejandro PascualApr 25, 2014
Dark Souls II imprime su propio sello siguiendo la estela que tanto ha gustado a los jugadores. El nuevo mapa es tanto o más largo que el anterior, dejando momentos para el recuerdo y un nuevo motor que se agradece mucho en las nuevas animaciones y efectos de iluminación. Si eres seguidor de la saga, tienes una nueva obra redonda que jugar y rejugar hasta que el mundo vuelva a caer en la Oscuridad.
Jörg LuiblApr 25, 2014
Höhere Auflösungen hin, bessere Bildraten her – das ist alles schön, aber bei einem Spiel dieser Qualität sind das letztlich Peanuts. Freut euch einfach auf dieses Abenteuer am PC! Es gibt aktuell nichts Besseres für Action-Rollenspieler. Ihr werdet über hundert Stunden versinken, ihr werdet immer wieder fluchen, ihr werdet laut jubeln, voller Fragen ins Dunkel stolpern und mit pochendem Herzen an Abgründen kämpfen. Was will man mehr? Auch wenn Dark Souls 2 nicht ganz an die Faszination des Vorgängers heran kommt: Würden wir jetzt das Spiel des Jahres 2014 wählen, hätte es sehr gute Chancen.
Sebastian ThorApr 25, 2014
Es bleibt ein durch Mark und Bein gehendes, unvergessliches, miefigen Rollenspieltrends zuwiderlaufendes Abenteuer, ob man es nun auf der Konsole oder am PC erleben möchte. Letzterer ist zumindest technisch weit vorn und hat bis auf die Button-Einblendungen für Maus-und-Tastatur-Spieler keine Nachteile. Wenn ihr bis jetzt einen Grund gesucht habt, zwischen alten Gebeinen in Gewölben und Grüften Jahrhunderte überdauernde Geschichte zu lüften, hier ist er.
Florian HeiderApr 25, 2014
Das Spiel technisch hoffnungslos veraltet, und trotz der spürbaren Verbesserungen funktioniert die Maus- und Tastatursteuerung immer noch nicht perfekt. Über all diese Dinge kann ich aber locker hinwegsehen, denn Dark Souls 2 ist richtig großes Rollenspiel-Kino für leidensfähige Hardcore-Spieler. Ich weiß nicht, wie oft ich schreiend vor dem Monitor saß, mal aus Frust, mal aus Freude.
Matthieu HurelMar 12, 2014
Il n'y a pas de bonne raison de jouer à Dark Souls II, il n'y a que de mauvaises excuses pour ne pas le faire. En dépit de défauts récurrents sur le plan technique et de choix de conception un peu bâtards pour ramener des éléments de Demon's Souls, ce nouveau challenge proposé par From Software mérite amplement d'être relevé, pour peu qu'on apprécie de ne pas être constamment tenu par la main et abreuvé de trophées creux. Suffisamment éloignée de Boletaria et de Lordran pour ne pas lasser les convertis, la contrée de Drangleic offre en étendue et en variété ce qu'elle perd en audace et en cohésion.
Florian VelterMar 11, 2014
Sans grande surprise, Dark Souls 2 ravira les fans des deux précédents opus et rebutera ceux qui étaient restés sur une mauvaise expérience, dans la mesure où il ne change pas grand-chose à la recette. Les nouveautés, que ce soit au niveau du multi ou du solo, ne sont pas légion et c'est avant tout pour se confronter à de nouvelles créatures et découvrir une nouvelle histoire que ce titre se justifie.
Luca SignoriniApr 25, 2014
Nel complesso, grazie alla maggior risoluzione, al frame rate ultra-fluido e privo di tearing e ai tempi di caricamento più rapidi, direi anzi che giocare Dark Souls II su PC è il modo migliore in assoluto per godersi il capolavoro From Software. Almeno fino a quando non farà capolino un annuncio per PS4 e Xbox One, che però finora è sempre stato categoricamente smentito dagli sviluppatori.
9.30
Andrea GiongianiApr 25, 2014
Un tutorial ridotto ai minimi termini, una difficoltà sempre punitiva (ma giusta!), un'atmosfera e un mondo ricreato nei minimi dettagli e donato al giocatore che può esplorarlo liberamente come in una inquietante fiera dell'orrore, dove la paura non è data tanto da salti sulla sedia, pur presenti, ma dalla consapevolezza sempre presente che non si può abbassare la guardia e non si può concedersi di fare neanche un errore... pur sapendo che è inevitabile commetterne, e come promette il gioco stesso alla sua apertura: si perderà ogni anima, più e più volte, in continuazione.
Kevin SutantoMar 24, 2014
Dark Souls II merupakan sequel yang sangat baik meskipun game ini tidaklah dibuat untuk semua gamer, terutama gamer kasual. Game ini masih menerapkan nilai-nilai gameplay fundamental yang ada pada game sebelumnya serta menambah beberapa fitur yang membuat game semakin menantang. Selain itu, Dark Souls II juga sedikit memperbaiki kualitas visual dan kelancaran bermain yang juga menjadi nilai plus untuk game ini.
9.20
Erik DekkerMay 07, 2014
De kern van de ijzersterke gameplay is ook op de PC in volle glorie aanwezig en de vele subtiele verbeteringen die zowel het visuele jasje als de gameplay sterk tegemoet komen, zorgen ervoor dat deze versie ontzettend lekker wegspeelt. Dat één van de meest imponerende games van 2014 en mogelijk zelfs in jaren nóg een stuk beter is gemaakt, is misschien nog wel de grootste prestatie.