Scholar of the First Sin ramps up the action and thrill levels
Dark Souls II first graced Xbox 360, PS3 and PC a year ago and was met with acclaim by gamers and critics alike.
Now, 13 months later, developers From Software have devised a special edition current-gen version that has taken all that was great about the third-person action RPG and added some very welcome refinements.
In Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, you face the tasks of Dark Souls II and its three DLC expansion packs before meeting a new character and undertaking new challenges.
Players must venture through the world of Majula, which has been enhanced on next gen, and on to the ice-world of Frozen Eleum Loyce, where all-new enemies lie in wait for adventurous gamers.
At the outset, players customise their characters as well as selecting a gift and starting class, which determines starting statistics and equipment.
Players must negotiate a treacherous, open world and defeat enemies in order to amass “souls” which can be used as either currency or XP to enable upgrading of character abilities.
All versions of the Scholar of the First Sin (Xbox 360 and PS3 included, with a patch to install) will include additional NPCs added for an enhanced story experience; parameter adjustments for improved game balance; expanded item descriptions; and improved online matchmaking functionality.
However, additional improvements to graphics, sound and performance and an increase in the maximum number of online players in a session will only be available to Xbox One, PS4 and DirectX 11 users.
The improvements in the visuals are probably the most note worthy – especially the lighting effects. Running in 1080p at 60fps immerses players even further into the mysterious and dark world of Majula.
As we stated about Bloodbourne (which comes from the same developer stable) a couple of weeks ago, Dark Souls II is a tough game to play. Scholar of First sin ramps up the difficulty level with new enemies and their deployment in different locations. However, it is for this very reason that fans should come back for more. And, for those who did not experience Dark Souls II the first time around, sit up and take notice.