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Not as good as the first but still a great game
on 16 March 2015
I was a huge fan of Dark Souls 1 and naturally had to get the second in the series. My very brief overview is that it's not as good as the first. It's easier and the level design feels far more simple but I'd still highly recommend playing it if you like souls / RPG / challenging games.
To go into more detail on the cons:
It requires steam, but doesn't use steam cloud! Really annoying if you've put hours of your time into this game only to find out that your save is not stored on steam cloud!
Story - Not as good as the first! It feels at times like a bolt on to the first e.g. (small spoiler) you find a sunlight shrine burried at the bottom of a level, basically saying this is Lordran years after the time of the first game. With a bit of artistic licence you can say most of the bosses are supposed to be from the old game (the rotten = nito, old iron king = gwyn, lost sinner = witch of isilith)
Level design - Doesn't have the same 'looping around, unlocking a bit more and going back to a bonfire' feel of DS1
Boss design is lazy - It felt to me like they just though 'lets throw three of the same boss in' rather than make new or interesting designs.
Same for standard enemies, just not as diverse as the first game.
Cuts corners on graphics - This is just me being very picky, but you stand at the top of the bell tower, and look down, everything is there. In DS2 it's just a picture.
It's still really rewarding to play.
DLC levels are very well designed, feels like DS1.