Dark Souls Remastered 2 Dark Souls II[a] is a 2014 action role playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Games. The third game in the Souls series, it was released for Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Taking place in the kingdom of Drangleic, the game features both player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) gameplay. Dark Souls II was released in March 2014 after some initial delays, with the Windows version being released the following month.
Dark Souls II was a critical and commercial success. A remastered version of the game, subtitled Scholar of the First Sin, was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows in April 2015. It contains the original game and its downloadable content with upgraded graphics, expanded online multiplayer capacity, and various other changes. A sequel, Dark Souls III, was released in 2016.
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Gameplay-Dark Souls Remastered 2
Dark Souls II retains similar mechanics from its predecessors in the Souls series. Being known for its difficulty, both bosses and standard enemies have the potential to defeat the player in only a few hits. Bad play is punished severely by most enemies, opportunities for recovering health are limited, and as in Demon’s Souls, with each death the player’s maximum health is reduced. This is called hollowing and only drops to a set lower limit until the player expends a rare item to reverse it. An early game item, ring of binding may also be used to limit the character’s hollowing. The game uses a form of joint currency called souls, which are used as both experience points for levelling up and also as currency for purchasing items from shops. Upon death, the player’s entire collection of souls are dropped. the player can recover their dropped souls by returning to the spot where they died, but if they die before picking them up, the souls are permanently lost.
Multiplayer in Dark Souls II uses the same format as its predecessors. players have the choice between co operative play in the form of being summoned into another player’s game world either by soapstone or in game covenant, or player versus player through invading other worlds or arena duels. Both forms of multiplayer occur pseudo randomly, although matchmaking formulas are used to pair characters at similar levels together.
The game allows its difficulty to be adjusted by mechanics built into the game. The game designers placed certain items early in the game allowing newer players higher basic damage and defense than they would normally have at that point. For more experienced players, the designers placed higher skill cap items early that do more damage if executed correctly. Other penalties, such as the health reduction on death, can be significantly reduced with certain items. This allows the player to set the game’s difficulty based on their experiences with the game, rather than through a menu option.
Similar to other games in the series, Dark Souls II features a new game plus mode. With each replay, the player retains their levels, souls, and most items.
Plot -Dark Souls Remastered 2
The story of Dark Souls II begins with a human who has become Undead, cursed to never die and doomed to eventually become a Hollow, a zombie like being with no memories or purpose. The protagonist is also known as the Bearer of the Curse. To break the curse, the undead travels to the fallen kingdom of Drangleic and is tasked by the Emerald Herald with obtaining four Great Souls from powerful Old Ones whose names are long forgotten and forbidden. Once obtained, the Emerald Herald directs the undead to Seek the King in the capital. After fighting through the remains of the royal guards, the player encounters the Queen Nashandra, who reveals that the king failed in his duty and fled his kingdom long ago. She asks the protagonist to slay the king.
Near the end of the Queen’s quest, the player learns that the ruin of the kingdom was in fact caused by Nashandra. She came to the king and deceived him into launching an ill fated invasion across the sea into the lands of the Giants. She coveted their souls and sought to steal their power. Though the raid succeeded in stealing the Giant’s unspecified power, the Giants retaliated. Invading Drangleic, the Giants eventually destroyed the kingdom. With his kingdom in ruins, the king discovered Nashandra’s true purpose and locked himself inside the Undead Crypt.
In order to confront Nashandra, the player character travels to the keep of Aldia, the King’s brother, to obtain the Ashen Mist Heart, an artifact that allows a form of time travel, by accessing the memories of corpses. The player must enter the memories of a deceased Giant to defeat the Giant Lord during the invasion and claim his power for their own. Confronting the Emerald Herald one final time, she states that Nashandra is a fragment of Manus, the final boss in the Artorias of the Abyss expansion in Dark Souls. She then asks the protagonist to put Nashandra to rest and to take the Throne of Want.
In the Scholar of the First Sin version of the game, the base story changes slightly, notably with the addition of Aldia after the defeat of Nashandra. If the player has defeated King Vendrick, Aldia attempts to help the protagonist understand that there might be a way out of the endless cycle of death and rebirth. The player is given a choice.they can either take the throne, thus allowing the cycle of Age of Fire and Dark to continue. or the player can abscond the throne, resisting the effects of Hollowing and following their own unknown path beyond light or dark.
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A few weeks after release, the game had shipped over a million copies within the United States and Europe. A year after release, the game had sold over 2. 5 million copies worldwide. The game also won the Game of the Year award at the 2014 Golden Joystick Awards.