Hello and welcome to my second post!
Similar to my last post in this post i will be covering the second installment in the “Souls” series. Once again i will be covering the games setting and lore and will go over the plot base for the game. this will provide an explanation of what “you” the player will be required to do.
Dark Souls 2 , as the name suggests this is the second installment within the “Souls” franchise. This installment shares a similar setting to the prequel “Dark Souls” as they are based in the same world. however in Dark Souls 2 you travel to a land known as Drangleic similarly to Dark souls 1 you play as a human who has been branded with “the dark sign” in order to remove this curse you travel to the land of Drangleic and are tasked with collecting 4 great souls for the emerald keeper. however upon completing the quest you learn of a certain being who is in possession of the dark soul and whose power prevents the linking of the fire therefore preventing the age of light from returning keeping the world shrouded in darkness. You then as the player are allowed to choose how you will proceed. whether you want to link the fire and bring about the age of flames and light or you want to obtain the dark soul and live in the age of darkness as the king of Drangleic and the keeper of the dark soul.
When playing through Dark Souls 2 the word “disappointing” came to mind but at the same time didn’t feel as if it truly described the feeling once i completed the game i decided that the feeling of playing the game that i disliked was that specific areas of the game were “lack luster” in comparison to the same qualities expressed in the prequel to this game.
Dark souls 2 had many improvements over its predecessor such as:
- Far improved graphics
- Better combat systems
- Improved port between consoles
- Better servers for hosting multiplayer activities.
However aspects of the game felt overall worse quality compared to its prequel :
- The NPC’s met in the game had far less backstory to them than the NPC’s in Dark Souls 1 meaning the story wasn’t as heavily imposed upon the player. The game felt as if you could play through the entire game without knowing what was happening unless you dug for the lore that was practically hidden.
- Detail within the map: another thought that was imposed upon me by this game was that it felt utterly rushed. in the separate areas of the game maps seemed repetitive and bland whereas in Dark souls 1 all areas were unique and extremely detailed. They seemed as though they developers had tried their hardest to implement even the smallest details.
Dark Souls 2 Dark Souls 1
Thank you for reading my second post!
I hope you found this interesting and i will see you in my next post.