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For those of you who still play Dark Souls on PC and have the Games For Windows Live version, you’re pretty much put in a lonely corner of the internet that will soon die. On Namco Bandai’s Tumblr page, the publisher announced that the game would stay on the GFWL service and would not be moved immediately to another service when Microsoft eventually shuts down those servers altogether in 2015. Starting on 1 July 2014, Microsoft will be selectively shutting down servers for games that no longer see much online action, keeping others like Dark Souls for the PC up a little longer.

“We’re currently seeking avenues to continue support and ensure the functionality of Dark Souls on other services. We expect there to be transitions as we build out new investments, but we remain committed to bringing first party gaming services and games to Windows for years to come,” the publisher said on their post.

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Last year I made the bold claim that Dark Souls II was the best reason to keep our last-gen consoles. Well, the game came out recently and after many hours and even more deaths, is what I said still true? Hit the jump for our review.

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Praying, so that you may fell many monstrous titans.

Oh hey, you. Do you know what came out yesterday? That’s right, the whole Internet was abuzz with it! I’m talking, of course, about Titanfall Dark Souls II, that earnest sequel to the wailing and gnashing of teeth that was Dark Souls. At least, in America; we’ve got to wait another three days. Tch. But at least it’s better than waiting FOREVER, amirite, EA?

So far, it’s doing pretty well for itself, having garnered an average Metacritic score of 92 at the time of writing. I am pleased by this, but not nearly as pleased as I was when I watched the new launch trailer released yesterday. Miklós has done a good job keeping up with the trailer releases and news items, and I’ve been happy to wallow in the general exuberance of it all, but no longer. Because the newest trailer, titled Locomotive Breath, is succinct, poignant, and Jethro Tull (which is both a musician and — at least in this instance — an adjective for awesome). Set to the sound of Tull’s Locomotive Death Breath, it’s a bluesy and entirely appropriate accompaniment to the fate that awaits you.

Watch the trailer after the jump, and prepare to despair one last time.

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Rejoice, Glorious PC Master Race, because you too will be able to die over and over again on the 25th of April when Dark Souls II hits your platform. FromSoftware announced the release date via the official Dark Souls Facebook page. The console versions, in case you forgot, are out on the 14th of March, which is just one week away.

The extra seven week wait will be worth it though, because your version is going to be the superior one (pfft, as if I needed to tell you that). FromSoftware has confirmed increased texture resolutions as well as an increased frame rate. On top of that, the developers have pushed really hard to perfect mouse and keyboard controls.

Anyone who opts to pre-order on Steam will get bonus content at no extra cost: you’ll get a digital copy of the game’s soundtrack, a PDF of the Official Dark Souls II Artbook, a digital copy of the entire Dark Souls II Digital Comic Book, and access to the Black Armour Weapon Set, which gives you ten weapons to use right off the bat. The game is already on Steam for pre-order at $49.99.

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Oh ho ho, Dark Souls II, I can see through your façade of reassurance. You’re trying to make out as if all the abhorrent deaths you have in store for us are somehow part of a  bigger picture; a means to some sort of enlightened end. Well, I don’t buy it – not even for a second. You’re a relentless destroyer of hopes and dreams, and you should be ashamed of yourself for masquerading as anything that might be misconstrued as “accessible” or character building.

Even your choice of trailer music is oddly inspiring: light piano lilts juxtaposed with grungey guitar riffs. It’s meant to make us want to go out and kick butt in the face of adversity. In a lot of ways, this trailer is like one of those creepy as hell angler fish that lurk in the darkest depths of our oceans: it’s dangling this reassuring, alluring light, but behind the light of lies sits rows and rows of razorblade teeth ready to rend your soul from your bones.

While some you may think I’m being a little melodramatic, you know deep down in your hearts that I’m right. This game does not want to be your friend. Hit the jump to take a look.

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Oh Dark Souls faithful, I’m in two-minds about sharing this with you. You are, after all, one of gaming’s more rabid fan bases and to be honest, you scare me a little when you don’t get your own way. That in itself is rather ironic considering Dark Souls hardly ever lets you get your own way anyway. Regardless, I shall throw caution to the wind and show to you this lovely Japanese Dark Souls 2 Collector’s Edition, which, I’m afraid, you cannot have.

This Japanese exclusive comes with a very fetching wooden box, complete with engravings of what I can only assume is some important seal from the Dark Souls universe; that’s “seal” as in a sacred symbol, and not the blubbery animal that swims… or the singer who was once totally getting it on with Heidi Klum.

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Good news, Master Race: while the word isn’t official, has put the PC version of Dark Souls 2 up on their website with a release date of 31 May. Back in September last year, when Namco Bandai announced the console version’s release date (14 March for us in SA), they had no word on the PC version. Recently we were told that the PC version would arrive “shortly after console release”. Turns out “shortly after” is publisher speak for two-and-a-half months later. We’ll update as soon as Namco confirms the release date.

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You might know Peter Serafinowicz as the guy who was in films like Shaun of the Dead or Couples Retreat. You also might know him as the guy who provided the voice-over for Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Yeah, he had one line; maybe two if you count “Yes, my master” or something to that effect. Incidentally, he was also the voice for Darth Chef in the first episode of South Park’s tenth season, “The Return of Chef”.

Now you’ll be able to say, “Oh, Peter Serafinowicz? Yeah I know him; he provided the voice for a character called Mild-mannered Pate in Dark Souls 2. It was nice to hear his soothing voice in between reading ‘You Died’ over and over again.”

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Oh gosh, but you are all going to die. You are all going to die over and over again. I’m saying “you are” and not “we are” because there’s no way in hell I’m going to attempt to play another one of these games again. That conviction is somewhat double-edged in that I can rest assured that my console controllers will last a few months longer, but at the same time I so desperately want to become as obsessed with this series as all of its masochistic and slightly unhinged fans already are.

Namco Bandai has unleashed this latest trailer for Dark Souls II, and it’s subtitled “Cursed”. It does a wonderful job of highlighting just how many monsters are going to rip you apart around 900 times before you eventually figure out how to hit them. Then there’s a further 900 deaths before you land enough hits to kill each monster. Based on absolutely zero knowledge of this, there are probably hundreds of monster encounters throughout the game, and at 1, 800 deaths per encounter, you can look forward to dying… at least seven trillion times. Hooray!

Hit the jump for the trailer. The game is out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 14 March. It’ll hit PC “shortly after console release”.

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Good news, masochists! The highly anticipated sequel to one of the most ridiculously difficult games on Earth will be out on 14 March 2014 in the EU. That means we’ll more than likely have it hit our South African shores on that day as well. America gets it three days earlier on the 11th of March. If you’re holding out for the PC version, then you’ll be holding out for an as yet unspecified amount of time; still no release date for the Master Race’s platform.


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