Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls have become badges of honor amongst gamers. They transplanted the insane difficulty from the golden age consoles and spackled it in beautiful and gothic 3D graphics. They proved that gamers have gotten lazy and complacent with their new games that hand hold them all the way through right to the very end, all the while telling them which button to press. Their success is just as irrational as our love for them. Murderously hard games that make no apologies became best-sellers? Sounds impossible in the current landscape, but they proved that there was a thirst for a bit of punishment.
Dark Souls 2
As one of the most hardcore action RPGs on the market, Dark Souls II takes no pity on its players. The same can be said of the hero in this fan-made video, which has so much '80s B-movie flavor it hurts.
Be prepared for an inspirational speech about how you must persist beyond the numerous deaths (and we mean numerous) you will experience in Dark Souls 2.
In this recent unveiling of Dark Souls 2's Japanese Collector's Edition, we find the perfect mini-weapons that we'd want to bring to a mini-campfire.
Those with a death wish for going beyond Dark Souls 2's normal campaign are going to be happy when they hear about the game's likelihood of getting downloadable content.
See that picture above? That's us. We're all going to feel that... multiple times over as we try to explore down every nook and cranny of Lordran while we're running for our lives. And why would we bother trying to explore every piece of Dark Souls II's murderous world? Because we have finally gotten to read the leaked achievement list of Dark Souls II. And we would like to thank the teams at From Software and Namco Bandai for being some of the most malicious developers that ever were.
This series might be synonymous with exploration, death and agony, but it looks like we're going to be addicted to it yet again.