GAME REVIEW: Second outing is still difficult but also still very rewarding

Dark Souls ANL-150414-094402001
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DARK SOULS II: SCHOLAR OF THE FIRST SIN (PS4/X1/PS3/360/PC) OUT NOW

Those who feared that the ‘hardest next-gen game TM’ would get easier for its second outing, fear no more... it’s still rock hard.

The unique old-school action RPG style hasn’t changed dramatically – and its multiplayer might not be quite up to scratch – but this 60 hour-plus game offers difficult, but rewarding, combative gameplay in the sprawling world of Drangleic.

Throw in appetising DLC (Crown of the Sunken King, Old Iron King and the Ivory King)and additional in-game features, then this special edition experience competently expands on Dark Souls lore – and looks even more visually impressive on next-gen consoles.

There are frustrating death penalties that will leave you thumping the wall – but working out your enemy is a soul-fulfilling experience.

Rating: 4/5