Trust and the online lynch mob: a plea for greater understanding between players and publishers

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On the third day of every month, the same tweet appears in the @edgeonline mentions feed. It’s part of a fan campaign calling on Sega to give Yu Suzuki the Shenmue licence so he can complete the trilogy. Relying on a four-year-old Famitsu story in which a Sega rep said a new Shenmue could only happen if a… Continue reading

Still Playing: Dark Souls II – why the Souls games’ supposed difficulty is a damaging myth

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A death tally in excess of 300 might suggest otherwise, but Dark Souls II is not a difficult game. Nor was its predecessor, nor the PS3-exclusive Demon’s Souls. Yes, this is a game in which you die an awful lot, where tutorials are scant, and mistakes are both inevitable and severely punished. But the Souls… Continue reading

Dark Souls II review

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We are among the first to set foot in Drangleic, and we are quite helpless. There are no wikis, forums or videos to guide us when we hit a wall; no fellow adventurers with whom to exchange whispered guidance; no messages on the ground from other travellers. It is a terrible, terrifying, wonderful feeling to… Continue reading

Dark Souls II: FromSoftware’s quest to create the last great adventure of the PS3 and 360 generation

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Ever since co-director Yui Tanimura was quoted using the word ‘accessible’ in relation to this new entry in the dark fantasy Souls series, the teams at developer FromSoftware and publisher Namco Bandai seem to have taken great pride in proving that Dark Souls II will be every bit as pad-shatteringly difficult as Demon’s Souls and… Continue reading

Could Dark Souls II go next-gen? From Software hasn’t thought about it – yet

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Yui Tanimura is co-director of Dark Souls II, the man who used the word ‘accessible’ in describing From Software’s forthcoming sequel, and quickly regretted it. He has since apologised for the misunderstanding, and clarified what he meant. There was similar remorse from Takeshi Miyazoe recently on the subject of the PC port of Dark Souls, the sequel’s… Continue reading

Prepare to dine: inside Tokyo’s Dark Souls Café

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The curse is a part of life itself. Would you like chips with that? Peckishness and pain go hand in hand at Tokyo’s Dark Souls Café, open until 3 April in the swanky neighbourhood of Nishi-Azabu. And dark is the menu. Many of the dishes we nibbled at an exclusive press opening today were as… Continue reading

E262: Dark Souls II – all hail the last great adventure of a generation

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With Xbox One and PS4 on shelves, we turn our attention back to what must now be called the previous generation. Despite all the hype the new console’s launch games have made barely a dent in the eight-page end-of-year awards feature in the new issue of Edge, which is available now in print, or in… Continue reading

Dark Souls’ producer says PC version was rushed, problems “were expected”

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Dark Souls II producer Takeshi Miyazoe promises the company has learned from the mistakes made with the PC port of the first game – and that the sequel will run more smoothly. The original game was mired in problems on PC when it was released in August 2012 with an abysmal frame rate, locked resolution… Continue reading

Praise the sun: Dark Souls II’s co-director apologises for saying the game would be “accessible”

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When we revealed last December that Dark Souls II was to become “more accessible” than its fiendishly punishing predecessor, the hard, self-flagellating core of the series’ fanbase were disappointed – to put it politely. A year later and just three months from release, we’ve secured an exclusive assurance from Dark Souls II co-director Yui Tanimura… Continue reading

Dark Souls II: Prepare to die, die and die again in FromSoftware’s expanded sequel

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An intentionality of design has long been a hallmark of the Dark Souls series. Every environment and structure feels purpose-built. Enemies are painstakingly arranged, like chess pieces on a board, always perched on their original mark when you respawn after death. Discoverable items are frequently placed in specific locations based on opaque lore considerations. This… Continue reading