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    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

    Rating: 4.5 – Outstanding

    Pain you keep coming back for…

    The original Dark Souls II was already a fantastic game and the release of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for next gen consoles and takes everything the previous game contained and made it bigger, more beautiful and, of course, harder. The dark, melancholic environment paired with excellent combat and obscure enemies means we keep coming back for more.

    Next-Gen Jump

    SOTFS includes the entire Dark Souls II experience complete with all 3 ‘Crown’ DLC packages. Depending on how many times you die, the game will take you roughly 40+ hours to complete, not including NG+. The biggest difference to this game is the upgrade to 1080p running at a solid 60fps on both Xbox One and PS4. With the improved lighting, movement and sound, the developers have taken an already beautiful game and fine-tuned it to be awe-inspiring. However, some of the back-drops are still grainy and, although it doesn’t dissipate the atmosphere, it can ruin the illusional enormity of the world.

    Story

    The story of Dark Souls II continues to be under speculation and instigates further debate. Yet, SOTFS has seen the addition of many items and NPCs through which hints of the overall plot are delivered to the player and uncover further plot points that were otherwise missing from the previous entry. SOTFS is filled with lore and if the player takes the time to put the pieces of the puzzle together, then the whole experience is richly rewarding.

    Gameplay

    The combat is still refined and challenging, but ultimately rewarding. The ability to customise your characters attributes through the level system adds a personal touch to every play-through. Whether you’re a Greatsword-wielding Tank or a Faith enhanced Paladin, there is something for everyone. The enemies continue to inflict devastating amounts of damage and force you to adapt your style if you are to progress to the next bonfire, although the placement of enemies has been changed; you will now find several Heide Knights occupying Heide’s Tower of Flame and the Blue Covenant is now guarded by a dragon. While these changes are a welcome addition to long-term fans of the series, it does make the game a much harder entry point for newcomers. Finally, the multi-player PvE has been upgraded to 6 players from the previous 4, adding an extra layer of depth and strategic influence when tackling harder segments of the game.

    Summary

    SOTFS is a great game that some will struggle with, but it all comes together when you reach a bonfire or defeat a difficult boss, and it’s that sense of achievement that will keep you going back for more.

    Positives

    - Updated graphics
    - Intricate Combat
    - DLC inclusion
    - Performance at 60fps

    Negatives

    - Harder entry point
    - Some graphical issues

    B-Score – 9.6/10

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