Dark Souls 2: Reading the Tea Leaves
Mar20

Dark Souls 2: Reading the Tea Leaves

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFqxGggCXCo From Software’s newest achievement is fundamentally different than its predecessors: there’s now a firmly established ‘Souls ecosystem for its players to thrive in.  This egalitarian system can be predictably counted on to uncover so many carefully squirreled away secrets in vibrant corners of their D-Souls games. Needless to say, the already steep learning curve experienced by even...

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E3 2013 – Dark Souls 2 Will Still Crush Your Spirits
Jun12

E3 2013 – Dark Souls 2 Will Still Crush Your Spirits

  Rumors about From Software’s flagship title coming into E3 revolved around this concept of a watering down.  Dark Souls 2 was less difficult, less hardcore than the previous two games in the franchise.  The new director Tomohiro Shibuya wanted to shift the game away from its roots and instead ape Fable games. That’s pretty much all gibberish.  I didn’t sense a single clue during my time with Dark Souls 2 that there was any...

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THE BEST GAME OF 2011 – DARK SOULS
Jan09

THE BEST GAME OF 2011 – DARK SOULS

We as gamers should really count our blessings to have been graced with two such games in two years.  It would seem absurd to conjecture back in 2007 that a title was conceived and destined to be born in Japan’s own Bethlehem of From Software.  A savior that could rise above the dismissive label of hardcore niche and absolve the sins of the modern “challenging game”, under “Next Gen” King Humdrum’s scornful eye?  A franchise with a...

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Dark Souls: Survival Horror is Alive and Well
Oct17

Dark Souls: Survival Horror is Alive and Well

Dark Souls: One of the best RPG’s of the year? Undoubtedly. One of the best action games of the year? The combat mechanics certainly seem tight enough. Best survival horror…? Wait.. What?! The truth is that Dark Souls’ genre classification is anything but simple. It’s a hybrid. While it is easily identifiable as an Action RPG, it borrows elements from some of the best survival horrors around, specifically the landmark Resident Evil....

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Bad Cop: Dark Souls Review
Oct08

Bad Cop: Dark Souls Review

Dark Souls’ valid failures are admittedly few and far between.  Complaining about how punishing the game is only proves that not every title needs to be Kane and Lynch.  Besides, it won’t return all those souls you just lost or bring any consolation as you’re getting gutted by a sword bigger than you are.  For the 49th time.  In one evening. The best way to measure Dark Souls’ missteps are by comparing it to the original, fleshing out...

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