Dark Souls II Is Loaded With Mind Tricks

By Spencer . April 11, 2013 . 9:06am

Dark Souls II has new monsters to fight, a bigger world, more customization options, and a refined combat system. You know, the kinds of things you would expect from a sequel. FromSoftware added new tricks too and these are interesting because they attack player’s senses. Dark Souls II will have threats that force players to face phobias like a fear of heights and vertigo. FromSoftware also added elements that trick senses like auditory hallucinations. Dark Souls had devilish traps and it sounds like they upped the ante with Dark Souls II.


Dark Souls II uses a new engine that will be able to output enhanced graphics, better motion capture animations, and sound effects. The game is in development for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Also check out our exclusive interview with the director of Dark Souls II right here.




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  • Solomon_Kano

    Watching the gameplay reveal convinced me that I finally need to get in on the Souls games. Should I start at Demon’s or Dark though?

    • If you’re a beginner, this game might serve just as well. Isn’t there an easier mode planned in it?

      • Paradox me

        No, they aren’t doing any sort of easy mode.

        • meiam

          They keep turning around the question, but a lot of what they said can be interpreted that they will. I think there’s still undecided or there is one but they’ll announce it as late as possible not to lose hardcore.

          • Paradox me

            Tanimura assured that the game won’t feature the likes of an easy mode. From Software is instead working toward reaching the fine balance between difficulty and achievement


          • meiam

            Oh cool they finally said they wouldn’t, thanks for the info. That was pretty much my biggest worry of the entire game. I’m not sure how I feel about being able to warp around the bonfire from the start, might as well go back to the demon soul system then.

      • Brion Valkerion

        The way I read it was they were saying it would be more accessible in terms of the plot/world because Dark/Demon’s was a bit more cryptic than some could be appreciated.

        Alot of people kinda removed the talk about story and thought they meant gameplay in the first statement or something.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Well, I’m looking to play the previous games before this hits, so I was wondering which people would recommend starting from.

      • Domii

        Nope, quite the opposite. They plan on making more ways for you to die!

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      Both have their strengths and weaknesses but either is a good start.

      • Vash bane

        ounds like dark souls for me then btw what do you loss when you die?

        • quark

          in Dark Souls you loose the “experience points” (soul points here) that you have not yet invested in a level up and humanity a special type of resource that lets you do some other things.. both is farmable, so not a big deal

    • mervilles

      Demon’s Souls so you can fully appreciate Dark Souls.

    • sandra10

      I’d say Dark Souls is much less frustrating because of the checkpoint system they have. But I might just think that because I played it after Demon’s.

    • Godman

      Go for Demon Souls, you can make it easier with the World Tendency (or harder) The first playthrough is pretty easy too. DeS is great to get into the series.

    • Ferrick

      demon souls, its better to start from there because it does help you abit after transitioning to dark souls

    • Hork

      Dark Souls, it’s the ‘better’ game in the sense of being more polished and refined. If you like DaS then you can pick up DeS anytime.

    • Xerain

      I will simply add that Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls are just different enough where it is possible to dislike one and like the other. So if you start with Demon’s Souls and don’t like it / get frustrated with it, don’t not try Dark Souls because you had a bad experience.

    • Cazar

      Dark Souls if you only plan to play one out of the two. Otherwise start with Demon’s Souls and work your way up. But they aren’t really connected in anyway; they’re completely different worlds.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I plan to play both, so I guess I’ll spring for Demon’s.

    • MrTyrant

      Throw a coin and decide because both are great and not connected yet the fun “never” end with them.

    • Domii

      Start with Demon Souls. It’s available for download at PSN at a great price.

  • Syde Tokai

    man i get vertigo bad but we’ll see how things go. getting for sure

  • Rishtopher

    Do people who have vertigo in real life experience it in video games? I’ve never had an issue with it myself, but now I’m curious if there are those that do?

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    The cover is missing a blue/orange contrast. How are they supposed to sell this?

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Its cool, they have that “tough guy walking into chaos” thing.

      • At least this time, we know which way he is facing towards.

  • Godman

    It was just a trailer show some guy walking, and I still got goosebumps :D

  • DesmaX

    That’s no Motoi Sakuraba…

    Oh well, I can still buy this… Game looks beautiful

  • Follower_of_Pram

    More mind screws? I couldn’t ask for more! The more dark and twisted medieval adventuring the better. I’m liking the look of some of the new enemies too, like the chariot. Hopefully, we’ll get another bit of dickery from “trusty” patches as well, since he’s been in each game so far. This adventure will be quite the grand show. I’ll bet my humanity on it! ‘^’

  • More like death tricks lol

  • Like the first one wasn’t hard enough! But hey, dont’ mind. :P Actually, I love challenges. :3 I’m hoping for a lot more of OP monsters and boss. *-*

    These new features really looks great. This forces you to be even more vigilant than before. Be prepared guys!

  • MellowMadman11

    Sounds like I need to get to playing the first two as well!

  • MrRobbyM

    I know full well this game is going to be great! The only thing is that the cover art is a little bland but it’s miles better than the US cover art for Dark Souls 1.

  • Mar Mar

    dat box art

  • SirRichard

    I’m a lot more hopeful about this game after the gameplay reveal, keeping in mind that it was meant to be a flashy demo and all. They seem to be taking the base game and just throwing in neat touches and a whole new world, which is all I need, really.

  • Cazar

    Was kind of hoping this would get pushed over to next gen. Still hyped though.

  • Strid

    I love the western Asia flare to the music, but it seems rather out of touch with Dark Souls. I hope I’m just reading too much into their decision to use such a style of music with this trailer.

  • Domii

    This is how RPGs should be done no matter what side of the world it comes from. Not that all should be as dark and gritty as this, but I believe the unlimited customization, engaging combat system, and a interesting atmosphere is a must for every RPG now a days.

    To me the Souls series has been the true savior of the entire RPG genre this gen. Thank you From Soft.

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