I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I purchased this game. Of course, I had read the reviews, but I didn’t know anyone who had played it themselves. And when I said I read the reviews, to be honest, I really just read bylines about the game and quotes from their high scores. That’s about it. But I was in the market for a game and this one definitely came recommended.
In a lot of ways, I’m glad I didn’t know what I was getting into, because I may have decided against it if I knew what awaited me. To be perfectly honest, this game is tough. You’re 100% not going to make it through with just one life. Nor will you make it through with even five. Dark Souls 2 is a task master about punishing you for even the smallest of mistakes. That being said, this game will be one of the most rewarding to play you may ever experience.
For one thing, there is no handholding with Dark Souls 2. You don’t get some magic fairy to fly by your side and explain things, there’s no partner or captain who buzzes in to point you in the right direction, no painful exposition tries to make the subtle obvious. Instead, you just have to figure out a lot of it through trial and error. If you were playing this as an old school arcade game and paying with quarters, you wouldn’t be able to do laundry for a year without getting a second job.
However, you’ll soon succeed at smaller things and then bigger ones. Because nothing is handed to you, everything feels amazing when you learn how to do it. So imagine how good it feels to beat a certain level or finally move on across a certain point.
And that’s the thing, the land of Drangleic has plenty to offer. Along your journey, you’ll collect a plethora of awesome items. You’ll come across all kinds of armored bad guys you’ll need to run through with your blade. There will be plenty of monsters and other nightmarish beasts waiting for you. Each one of these trials will feel amazing to move past.
So don’t let the challenge scare you. As soon as you make the smallest accomplishment in Dark Souls 2, you’ll be hooked. That one accomplishment will encourage you onto the next and so forth.