Dark Souls 2 scores high with Famitsu

In revenge of Japan news, the nation that was home to Sony PlayStation and the last to get their hands on the new PS4 console has had a chance to play Dark Souls 2 before anyone of you lot have. Naturally, there’s a score attached to the end of the rope that said reviewer was going to use to help forget about the crushing difficulty of the cult hit RPG.

Traversing through all five levels of grief and death attacks, Famitsu (Via Gematsu) has given the game a rather high and rare score of 37/40, for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. That’s dead even with the Famitsu score of the original Dark Souls game, which also walked away with 37/40 a few years ago.

This isn’t the first early review for the game, as German mag M! Games gave the sequel 90/100, saying that developer From Software has made the game “more user-friendly without making it easier”:

Not much has changed when it comes to the battle-system and levelling up. The weapon upgrading is less obtuse but still offers the same variety, fast-travel between bonfires is available from the beginning of the game It’s a shame that some areas look worse than other, but DS2 will offer the player an incredibly motivating, addictive experience none the less.

Reviews are most likely embargoed until next week, so expect them to drop soon. Also, this might explain the rash of game reviewer deaths lately, as the game is as apparently unforgiving as ever. Dark Souls 2 launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 14 March.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    Score out of 40? Ok, thats interesting

    • Hammersteyn

      four categories maybe?

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Possibly yeah

        • William

          They get four of their writers to score the game out of 10 and then total the scores, if I remember correctly.

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Sounds like a good system

          • William

            Ja, at least you balance of opinions. One person might love it, but another hate it. Or all love and all hate.

          • CaptainNemo42

            This.

          • RinceThis

            But if LG did that how would Darryn score Pokermon higher than 13?

          • Weanerdog

            He would just need to give his review a 36 out of 10.

          • RinceThis

            BWAHAHAHAH!

  • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    is 37 rare? They usually give Final Fantasy games 39s/38s lol Dammit, seriously can’t wait anymore. Now that I have Kalahari credit I’m forced to buy from them, hope they get it on time

    • Kensei Seraph

      37/40 is the same as 93/100.

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        Oh, yes I know. But I mean is that rare for Famitsu? I’ve seen quite a few game reach that., Soul Sacrifice Delta got 37 too

    • Brenz

      Im so amped to get the pain on.
      Busy with Demons Souls to get my mind in the right frame. About half way through now and really liking it.

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        Yeah, I don’t know. Dark spoilt Demons for me. I wasn’t too big of a fan with the hub style gameplay . Still an amazing game. But I’m with you! Just as amped. what platform you getting it on?

        • Brenz

          One thing is, Im finding it easier than expected, but that is definitely due to playing dark first, I knew exactly what to expect. The hub is not what you would normally expect these days, but I can live with it, although the open world style of dark is better I do agree.
          I will be playing on ps3.

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            True, I found Demon’s to be easier. and sweet, Invite me psn: SaveTheQueenIX…Can PvP one day in the future once we get stronger and can summon each other :)

          • Brenz

            awesome, will do :)

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            Fantastic :)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Ask all the Diablo 3 players trollol

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        Lolz 38…Everyone is praising Diablo 3 now after the new patch

  • Hammersteyn

    “unforgiving as ever” Good, I want my ass beaten to a bloody pulp.

    • Kensei Seraph

      O_O
      *Backs away slowly*

      • Hammersteyn

        The masochist in me is coming out again.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net/ The D
      • Hammersteyn

        That’s more like it. None of the hold your hand shit gaming does these days.

    • RinceThis

      Address to follow soon…

      • Hammersteyn

        I said beaten not tickled

  • RinceThis

    YES!

  • RinceThis

    So who’s getting this for my bday?! I want the super limited edition ‘Zoe already got’ set!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m getting it for your birthday. Unlucky coincidence that, for you.

      • RinceThis

        Eh? If you are getting it FOR me what is that? 0-O

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I never said for you, I said for your birthday. I needed something to cheer me up.

          • RinceThis

            Speak Engrish!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I is.

            “I’m getting it for your birthday.”
            “I’m getting it for you.”

            Do you see the difference or must I draw a picture in crayons? ;P

          • RinceThis

            Well seeing as your use of English here is on a nursery school level I think crayons would be best. I am sure the entity known as Nick’s Birthday looks forward to the game :P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Last time I bought a Christmas present it wasn’t for Santa or Jesus. *cough*

          • RinceThis

            That’s cus you don’t know Jesus, so saying something like ‘for your Christmas’ to a cashier in Wollies would make no sense :P See, being an atheist has it’s limitations!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Since when do I have to make sense? That’s the whole point of bullshit :D

          • RinceThis

            LOL!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Bwahahahaha!

    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      Ask the Admiral, I am sure he’ll get it for you on Kalahari :P

      • RinceThis

        Ouch! Too soon?! ;)

  • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    I still need to finish the 1st one O_o… Think I need another no pants gaming week to grind through and finish this once and for all!

  • oVg PAYNE

    So Final Fantasy XIII-2 is better according to the biased Japanese Famitsu top score.

  • Hammersteyn

    Shawshank Redemption. I knew I recognized the header!!!

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