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Dark Souls 2: Prepare to Buy, or Prepare to Cry?

I by no means claim to be an expert, but here is my 2 cents on the semi-recent admission that Dark Souls 2 will be marketed as a AAA title, and why that probably spells bad news for the franchise.

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dedicatedtogamers1084d ago

I think DaS2 will be great (we've already seen live gameplay, after all). What I hope is that the game tightens some screws and fixes some issues that have been in both DeS and DaS (things like the abuse of backstabs or spamming certain spells). The single-player is great. It's the online play that needs to be tweaked, and I think they'll do a fine job.

RabbitFodder1084d ago

Thanks for the comment, I agree the game-play footage looks promising, I'm particularly excited about enemies demanding a wider tactical approach i.e falling back on you if you go for the backstab etc.

My articles main concern is more with the publisher than with From Software, I have no doubt if they retain control of development then it will be fantastic.

zerocrossing1084d ago (Edited 1084d ago )

The game will be great, I don't doubt that... my issue here is that if DS2 is marketed as a AAA title then From Software are going to expect a bigger return to cover the cost of said marketing, and when it inevitably doesn't deliver so well on that return, because lets be honest here Dark Souls may well be a great franchise but it is quintessentially "niche" If that happens, From Software may just decide the IP is no longer profitable and discontinue it, I mean it's not at all like this kind of thing hasn't happened before.

dedicatedtogamers1084d ago (Edited 1084d ago )

@ both above

I'm a huge fan of the series...150+ hours in DeS and 200+ hours in DaS. I have a level 640 character in Dark Souls, if that helps to illustrate my devotion. ;)

I think DaS2 could be a do-or-die situation. You're right. It's niche and FROM wants to see if it can be more than niche. If DaS2 fails to sell more than the first two games, FROM may have to call it quits or scale back the development costs, though afaik both Souls games turned a profit (not 100% sure on that).

I guess we'll see. We need a lot more competition in this sub-genre of 3rd person action games. The only other notable ones I can think of on console would be Witcher 2, Dragon's Dogma (kinda), and Skyrim.

RabbitFodder1084d ago

Kudos on the level 640, must've taken some doing haha.

JetP06191084d ago

prepare to cry or buy? i say both, i will buy it and cry when i get punish and be happy when i platinum it the same way i got my plat on demons souls and dark souls. hopefully the game improved a lot from its predecessors. im also hoping that the new game that was announced by fromsoftware is a true successor to the demons souls franchise.

Deep-throat1084d ago

DS2 will be dumbed down for Skyrim fans sake.

RabbitFodder1084d ago

I don't disagree, but we have at-least 9 months to keep on hoping it isn't.

My_Name_BTW_Is_Dante1084d ago

Dark Souls was already dumbed down from Demon's Souls so I'm not surprised or concerned that the same will happen to the sequel.

I'd still rather have Demon's Souls 2. Not some new IP that's similar.

j-blaze1083d ago

dumped down? lol both are great games but Dark Souls was better in almost every way

ufo8mycat1084d ago

I expect Dark Souls 2 to be even more dumbed down in difficulty just like Dark Souls was from Demon Souls.

Dark Souls is probably the most overrated game when it comes to being 'hard'. It really wasen't, especially the last half of the game.

I don't expect Dark Souls 2 to be either, since they want to reach a wider audience

jjb19811084d ago

By the time I finish dark souls and demons souls , dark souls 2 will be free on ps+

belac091083d ago

you can realistically beat demons souls in 20 hrs. i did, and dark souls in less if you get help from other players. demons souls has picked up lately with people putting down summon signs.

jjb19811083d ago

I can never find any, I played 4 hours the other day and didn't see one I did see about a hundred places where people died

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