Are you prepared to die? We’ve devised this handy Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin flow chart to determine what happens regardless of your answer. NB: It also applies to life.
The Souls games will be seen in 100 years as philosophical parables about life. They’ll be seen as ancient fables, labouring the point that no matter how good you are, no matter how prepared you are, no matter if you’re inexperienced or a veteran, you will absolutely fucking die.
In Dark Souls II, you died and you kept dying. If you were a big fan of death and dying, you’ll be pleased to know that you can continue to die at a much higher frame-rate as 2014’s Dark Souls II brings its death to current-gen consoles. This time death is packaged alongside all of the death-centric DLCs in one deathly combo so you can die (prepared or otherwise) over and over again. Death.
It’s not just a simple death-port though, the death-tinged land of Drangleic isn’t quite the same as the one you died in before. In fact, if you avoided death long enough to master its deathly dungeon-crawling quirks, layouts and bosses (who want you to die), you’ll be irked and excited by the fact locations and paths are repopulated by new and surprising enemies. Agonising over arsenal, painfully trying and testing cowardice and bravery, and crying at bonfires remain important methods of trying not to die, but then eventually dying. The self-flagellation of this package allows you to revisit your repetitive nightmares, but adds new antagonists into the pot that didn’t exist before and YOU HAVE DIED.
Beautifully crisp graphics make Drangelic a handsome place to die, but its new-found smoothness can actually kind of strip away a bit of the murky threat from your lumbering nemeses and the claustrophobic darkness. However, those invested in the story and lore will enjoy some new NPC additions and meatier item descriptions.
Newcomers to the series will find this a welcome entry point to start a life of dying and dying and dying, but there’ll inevitably be a sector of society who, you know, won’t understand the repetition, dedication and masochism required to milk the most out of it. But, as From Software have proven with their latest death-simulator Bloodborne, there’s plenty of life in death and no matter wh YOU HAVE DIED.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is available now for PS4, XBO and PC.