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Coming into Dark Souls 1 I was hugely excited. I was a big fan of Demons souls (though my brother ended up selling it before I could finish it. He has been delt with.) But I came away from Dark Souls massively dissapointed. It had the challenge yes, but the whole game was, for lack of a better term, bland. It had no story I could perceive (you wake up in a prison dead and get carried away by a giant bird to kill monsters for... Some reason.) The environments ranged from grey to brown to pitch black and there were no real charachters, and 30 hours in I still didn't know who I was supposed to be and why I should care about this world. The combat is alright and was the only bit that pleasantly reminded me of Demons souls. Killing giant monsters was fun once you finally did it but it wasn't enough to keep me going knowing that my reward was to continue through this dark, dingy and dull looking cave. While in Demons souls you could be running from a dragon on some castle ramparts or fighting what I thing was the fire thing from lord of the rings in an active volcano. I guess the biggest problem I had with Dark Souls was that I found it direction less. This was in no was helped by having no idea what my ultimate goal was.

Basically are the problems I have listed here addressed? Are the environments now more than brown castle, grey castle and brown cave? Is there an actual plot that gives you a clear and idea of what you are fighting for? Is Dark Souls 2 the Spiritual Sequel that Dark Souls should have been?
Edited by Deadboy90 - 3/16/14 at 9:09pm
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I do agree dark souls is a very depressing game, mood wise. Concerning DS2, from what i've seen on some walkthroughs, the worlds are larger, but still maintain the dark theme. Maybe not as dark and somber, but the dark theme is intact. DS has a connected world, but there was a loose path given for the player. You are able to fast travel early in the game in DS2, where as in DS the levels were connected and you couldnt fast travel unitl later on. There are also a lot more bosses in DS2. Concerning the story for the DS, its very cryptic. Youre only given bits and pieces of the story (intentional). I cant comment storywise on DS2. From what i've seen gameplay and theme-wise, its continued in DS2. I dont know if you reached Blight-town in DS, but one youtuber mentioned there were like 5 areas in DS2 like it! So, if you really dont like those type of levels, you probably wont like DS2.
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As long as we don't ever have to go through Blight town again


Hope it does not take as long also , I've not got 60 hours to play on one game these days
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Is there an actual plot that gives you a clear and idea of what you are fighting for?

Probably not, that is one of the main things praised about Dark Souls... it lets you discover the story, and doesn't shove it in your face like most games.
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Was thinking about pre-ordering this and also buying Dark Souls PTD edition. What kind of DRM will I have to deal with for both titles?
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As long as we don't ever have to go through Blight town again


Hope it does not take as long also , I've not got 60 hours to play on one game these days

What's the hurry if its a good an entertaining game? Even if it takes you 6 months or an year to get through the game is all good if the game keeps you entertained right?

Really I feel the exact opposite. I hope its 60 hours long. I'm always pretty disappointed when an otherwise good game comes in at a measly 12 hours. Besides if you know what you are doing its possible to go through Dark Souls 1 in just a few hours.
    
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Was thinking about pre-ordering this and also buying Dark Souls PTD edition. What kind of DRM will I have to deal with for both titles?

I know for DS, you need to activate the game through steam, but you can play offline once its activated. DS2 seems to be the same process.
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What's the hurry if its a good an entertaining game? Even if it takes you 6 months or an year to get through the game is all good if the game keeps you entertained right? Really I feel the exact opposite. I hope its 60 hours long. I'm always pretty disappointed when an otherwise good game comes in at a measly 12 hours. Besides if you know what you are doing its possible to go through Dark Souls 1 in just a few hours.

I'm hearing DS2 is @ least 60 hours to complete. So you figure it'll take 100+ hours to find all the secrets (if possible).
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I know for DS, you need to activate the game through steam, but you can play offline once its activated.

Looks like I'm doing the "buy it for pc but keep those console copies just in case" routine again.

Dark Souls is probably one of the best games I've played in recent years. It doesn't hand hold (more like chops it off and shoves it down your throat). The sequel looks just as good, and I'm glad the PC version was delayed to make improvements.
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Looks like I'm doing the "buy it for pc but keep those console copies just in case" routine again.

Dark Souls is probably one of the best games I've played in recent years. It doesn't hand hold (more like chops it off and shoves it down your throat). The sequel looks just as good, and I'm glad the PC version was delayed to make improvements.

There is a PC physical version available. Thats what i pre-ordered. Yeah, FromSoft is old-school. They make you fiqure out the game. They treat gamers like actual gamers.
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What's the hurry if its a good an entertaining game? Even if it takes you 6 months or an year to get through the game is all good if the game keeps you entertained right?

Really I feel the exact opposite. I hope its 60 hours long. I'm always pretty disappointed when an otherwise good game comes in at a measly 12 hours. Besides if you know what you are doing its possible to go through Dark Souls 1 in just a few hours.

I've not got time for 60 hours games these days , I don't think I am alone in this either. Games are so cheap now , it's a case of spend between 6-12 hours on one then move onto the next

Dark Souls games are not that great either tbf. Alright but not the best game ever would have been much better in the amiga age of gaming I think
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