Dark Souls II 12-minute gameplay walkthrough
posted on 04.10.13 at 03:02 PM EST by (@salromano)
Plus, IGN talks to From Software and Namco Bandai.

Following today’s screenshot leaks, Namco Bandai and From Software have debuted the first gameplay footage of Dark Souls II.

The 12-minute walkthrough, exclusive to IGN, demonstrates a number of new mechanics, dungeons, creatures, scenarios, and combat.

Below the clip you’ll find an IGN video interview with From Software director Yui Tanimura and Namco Bandai global producer Tak Miyazoe.

12-Minute Gameplay Walkthrough

Q&A with From Software and Namco Bandai

  • https://www.facebook.com/miyabigaming 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

    Looks to be a blockbuster title for fans of the series, i only played it for a bit

  • Rafi

    Current gen console still have many games that so interesting, this one included.

  • Bloodios

    Combat is looking good, although I’m not liking how the guy seems to have way too much poise despite only holding a torch (and holy crap, you can block attacks with wooden torches?! Don’t make things way too easier now…)

    That aside, I just hope that Dark Souls II retain its predecessor’s unique and subtle story-telling. By the way, is it just me or did I see something a whole lot like the Meat Cleaver there (heck yes?)

    Oh yeah, getting ran over by a chariot was downright hilarious *LOL*

    • adhesive

      I hope it’s a sign that they removed poise. It was fine on a conceptual level and even in PvE, but it all fell apart when it was applied in multiplayer.

    • Charlottes Guardian

      Just regarding the torch blocking thing, I think when he did block with the torch, it took out a considerable amount of stamina, way more than a shield would have. So I think thats how they tried to keep it balanced.

  • Charlottes Guardian

    The amount of excitement is on another level. The game looks amazing, TAKE MY MONEY NAOW

  • LordKaiser

    Praise the sun! Beware of prisoner.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Man that looked great. Although i heard the main character scream when he fell off the bridge. I wonder if that means the main character will talk now.

    • Taiho

      You screamed in the first Dark Souls as well.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        The hell, seriously? In 140hours I never noticed that lol

        • Taiho

          Yeah I dont think it happens all the time but your character screams. It took me a while to notice and the first time I heard it I started laughing lol

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Heck yes,this looks great!

  • Adol Christin

    That looked really promising. Nice to see the visuals have indeed improved.

  • rockman29

    looks ok….

    (im lying, that looks brilliant, holy crap at graphics upgrade also)

    Cross-gen/next-gen versions confirmed maybe? those particles and awesome DOF look awfully convincing

  • FeaturePreacher

    I was interested in the first Dark Souls but never got around to playing it. This one has got me interested enough to buy it this time. Anyone know if it will be out before the ps4?

    • Michael Garling

      It’s a Q4 release, so likely right around the release of the PS4.

  • Kurisu Makise

    Loved the 12 minute look and Q&A. I’m a bit new to Dark Souls (finally managed to get my mitts on Demon’s Souls as it is), so I loved the details concerning story telling, the risk (or difficulty) vs reward (success) and options to interact with environment/enemies. I’m curious if in Dark Souls does it drop little journals to decipher the plot at all or is it told specifically through the environment and what the player perceives?

  • Tac-Mex

    Pretty awesome

    Off topic: There are two interesting news:

    .Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD remasters are going to have DLC according to vgleakes, those DLC are the international versions also vg leakes has new info about the next xbox

    I wonder why you haven’t posted this

    • Sevyne

      Probably because the FF X and X-2 thing isn’t true and everybody up to date knows it isn’t true.

      • Tac-Mex

        How do you know is not true? Square has released DLC for the Final Fantasies so i would be not surprised if they are doing the same with Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD

        • Sevyne

          Because it’s already been confirmed that X and X-2 are the international versions. It will not be DLC. That’s an incredibly stupid claim by vgleaks to get hits. It’s not even a believable claim so I don’t know how you even fell for that.

          • Tac-Mex

            Don’t get mad, i just was saying this because not long ago there was a rumour about Versus XIII coming to PS4 from vgleaks

            • Sevyne

              I’m not mad though. I’m just really confused at how you fell for that because it’s a really outrageous claim.

        • uhawww

          On top of the versions already being confirmed by SE as being the international ones in official press releases, the content in the international versions isn’t something that’s simply added and removed. There are intrinsic changes in the game versions. For them to do the amount of work that would be necessary to monetize it would be ridiculous.

  • xMCXx

    Sadly, I never got into the Souls-Series.
    But even I know this looks awesome.
    I seriously gotta play at least Dark Souls before this comes out.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      play demons!!!!

      • xMCXx

        I already heard that many people favour this over Dark Souls.
        Why is that?^^

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Its controls are tighter the world is better designed it is better in pretty much all regards and its servers are still up

          • xMCXx

            You both convinced me, I’ll play Demon’s Souls first. xD

        • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

          Not “many people”.Its highly subjective.Dark Souls has an intoxicating open , well connected world.The combat is tight and difficult and you will have to think to move forward.The lore is rich , unique and fascinating.Go ahead and play dark souls.Afterall, Dark Souls 2 will probably be closer to Dark than Demon’s.

          Don’t miss out on dark souls.Its fantastic.

          • xMCXx

            I probably will play Dark Souls, too.
            But first Demon’s Souls.
            Just to get the full experience of this awesome franchise.^^

        • Budgiecat

          Dark Souls is more forgiving imo due to those campfire save points

          • xMCXx

            Ah, right.
            I remember reading that you are send back to the beginning of a world when you fuck up in Demon’s Souls, right?

    • MrRobbyM

      You owe it to yourself to at least play one of them. Demon’s and Dark both feel different though.

      • xMCXx

        Yeah, but can you still “enjoy” Demon’s Souls?
        I mean, aren’t the servers down by now?

        • MrRobbyM

          Yeah, I’m sure they’re down. But I rarely ever played online and it’s one of my favorite games this gen. Definitely top 10. It’s just different from Dark Souls. Mostly in atmosphere and you feel much more alone. It’s fairly cheap now too.

          If you can, play it before Dark. Demon’s is a bit…ugly compared to Dark but it totally makes up for it in other ways. If it really comes down to it, I’d say play Demon’s, skip Dark and wait for Dark 2.

          • xMCXx

            Hm, alright, I think I’ll play Demon’s Souls first.^^

            • MrRobbyM

              That’s the spirit!

            • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

              No, Don’t skip dark souls.

          • Sevyne

            Actually Demon’s Souls servers are still very alive and active. They almost were taken offline, but due to the huge demand to keep them going and the activity they were receiving in it’s final months Atlus kept them online.

            • MrRobbyM

              I heard about that I didn’t think they were STILL up. Wow. I need to play some Demon’s Souls soon!

              • Sevyne

                Yup, it was pretty cool of them to keep them active. They were like a mere few days away from them coming down too when they announced that they’d be staying up.

    • Charlottes Guardian

      Having played both Demon and Dark, I’d actually say Dark is a better place to go. While I love both games and think you should play both, Dark Souls feels more accessible and complete than Demons, without suffering to much in the difficulty department, as they are both pretty hard lol. Thats just my opinion though.

  • LordKaiser

    I bet that there’s a treacherous NPC ready to betray you as soon as you save it.

    Also i do hope there’s no glitch to dump high level items. This ruined the 1rst Dark Souls.

  • Aldridge517

    A fucking cyclops with a tail! I’m ready to jump into this game and get my ass handed to me xD

  • Michael Garling

    Genuinely stoked, can’t wait. Really weird that there are still so many high quality current-gen games in development, what with the PS4 in Q4. No way I’ll be buying one of those until later next year, I’d wager.

  • Emiliano Ramos

    Ok I’m a huuuuge souls fan and I wanna give into the hype, I really do, but there are just too many things that bothered me about this. The level and character desing looks great and all but, the damage the guy takes seems way to low and he seems to deal way too much, also blocking a giant mace with a torch? wtf? I heard they wanted to make this game more aproachable but if they do that by making it easy I am going to be very dissapointed and oh so so sad…

    • MrRobbyM

      To be fair, this is just a demo to showcase the game. It might not represent what the final game will actually be.

  • Knygt

    Dark Souls, Demons Souls which one is less ball busting ?

    • Aldridge517

      Depends. They’re both ball busters but once you’ve memorized all the tricks they become a lot easier.
      I’d tell you Demon’s Souls is less punishing but that’s because I’ve beaten it 3 times. I’m currently on my first playthrough of Dark Souls and I’m scared shitless because I don’t know where anything is at.

      • Knygt

        thanks. Im going to try dark souls. How is the server?