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Dark Souls II
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Andrew Mills
Editor(s): Andrew Mills
First Published: 05-05-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:06 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 23-01-2020 / 18:03 GMT

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Dark Souls II Guide

3 months ago · Guide Information

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In the Beginning

Introduction

Prepare to die (just a lot less than normal with our guide by your side).

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Whether you’re a long-term Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls fan or are new to the series, there’s one thing that pretty much most gamers have heard about the franchise and that’s its brutal difficulty level.

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If this is your first time playing a ‘Souls’ game then the high level of difficulty may come as a shock (or a joy if you enjoy a genuine challenge). Thankfully, the game doesn’t rely on cheap tactics when it’s trying to kill you (repeatedly).

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Instead, if you die then there’s a 99.99% chance it was because you made the mistake (no matter how much you like to think it was the game or your controller’s fault). And rest assured; you will die (an awful lot). But never let it dishearten you as there’s always ways to minimize the time and souls lost in death.

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And that’s where our guide comes in. We’re going to teach you how to play the game properly and not just how to scrape by in battle. We’re putting a very heavy focus on in-game combat at the very start, as it’s the most important mechanic in the game.

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If you understand how the offensive and defensive mechanics work in full; then you’ll find that most encounters are much less troublesome than they need to be. But we still cover the whole story (right through to the end of New Game +), multiplayer co-op and duals (Player versus Player aka: PvP) and a whole lot more.

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It’s a tough game without a doubt, but we’re extremely confident that we’ll make your journey a much less frustrating one and a more enjoyable one instead.

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As always, all feedback (good or bad) is really appreciated and always taken on board. You can contact me at: andrew [at] gamerguides.com, on our forum here on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

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Good luck!

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    5 May 2014
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    Andrew Mills

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