My Game of the Year: Dark Souls 2

Of course, Dark Souls is synonymous with the inherent difficulty. Dark Souls 2 punishes players for being reckless. After all, players lose all their unused experience and currency with every death

Dark Souls 2 is about an undead being who is cursed to roam a dying world, while sanity slowly slips away. The beauty in Dark Souls 2 is the freedom given to the player. Your character is placed in a world, and it’s up to you to do what you want and decide which paths to take.

Levels are meticulously designed to guide the player, but subtle enough not to rob them of the sense of achievement gained from exploring. There is little to no hand-holding after the tutorial. Dark Souls 2 gives you the tools, but it’s up to you to figure out everything else. From Software even applies this approach to the story. Players can chose to mindlessly conquer bosses (and other players) or get heavily invested in the lore.

Of course, Dark Souls is synonymous with difficult gameplay, and is infamous for its seemingly impossible encounters. Dark Souls 2 punishes players for being reckless. After all, players lose all their unused experience and currency with every death, which is all the more reason to feel satisfied after finally beating a challenging boss.

No one ever said being free was going to be easy. The combination of the tight gameplay, fascinating story and outstanding game design is the reason Dark Souls 2 receives my Game of the Year award.

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LJ Thompson is a Digital Marketing Specialist and Freelance Journalist based in Torrevieja,...more »

Games Dark Souls 2 Genres ActionRPG Platforms Tags gsww 1.3 
Published Jan. 25th 2015
  • billd75
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    "Make no mistake, you WILL die. Again and again." The old ladies warn you in the beginning and they are not kidding. Lol. Although your review was short, you did manage to capture what makes Dark Souls 2 so punishing, great and interesting. You need more pics though and it needs more depth as to what makes the gameplay stand out? Why should I be interested? Why should it be game of the year? The graphics are really stellar in this game and you need to show it or at least describe how good the game mechanics are. It does play rather nicely, even if it is hard as hell. I am not an editor or anything for this site and I am not trying to tell you how you should write, I'm just another reviewer on here and your review, although well written, feels too short and vague. I find the best way to gather some of that info. other than playing the game is to read reviews on other sites, or this one for the same game you are reviewing. Sometimes other people mention things you didn't think to.

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