Dark Souls 2 announced

Tonight at the Spike VGAs, a new cinematic trailer debuted announcing Dark Souls 2.

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Tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards, a new trailer debuted for Dark Souls 2. The short cinematic look at the game didn't seem to feature any gameplay, but set the tone for another brutally difficult game set in From's fantasy universe.

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    December 7, 2012 6:58 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Dark Souls 2 announced.

    Tonight at the Spike VGAs, a new cinematic trailer debuted announcing Dark Souls 2.

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      December 7, 2012 7:02 PM

      Oh my god oh my god oh my god

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      December 7, 2012 7:08 PM

      Hell ya.

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      December 7, 2012 7:09 PM

      I have the biggest boner right now

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      December 7, 2012 7:12 PM

      I just can't get into it. It feels clunky to me. Maybe I'm just terrible at it, which is a really good possibility. I think i'm getting too old for games that just love to kick you in the nuts.

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        December 7, 2012 7:58 PM

        I'm with you. Dark Souls was a better concept than it was in reality. If the sequel takes the same concept and improves on it I might give it a full play through.

        Also, it needs to be harder.

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      December 7, 2012 7:13 PM

      !!!!!! HOLY SHIT YES!!!

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      December 7, 2012 7:16 PM

      Hnnngghhhhh

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      December 7, 2012 7:20 PM

      Great Job.

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      December 7, 2012 7:23 PM

      FUCK YES!!!!

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      December 7, 2012 7:23 PM

      Yesssss.

      Though I'm surprised they went with "dark souls 2" and not "something" souls.

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        December 7, 2012 7:25 PM

        They wanted to continue in the same universe, which is awesome, a lot to still explore

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          December 7, 2012 8:35 PM

          That works. It was a pretty awesome universe. I forget most of the first one's story.

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      December 7, 2012 7:25 PM

      Wii U exclusive!?

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      December 7, 2012 7:25 PM

      video is gone already.

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      December 7, 2012 7:28 PM

      I had to change my pants.


      Then I watched the trailer again... Think I'll be wearing a diaper for a while.

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      December 7, 2012 7:31 PM

      fuck yes

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      December 7, 2012 7:35 PM

      i hope the change the name, otherwise i'm pumped.

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      December 7, 2012 7:35 PM

      video was pulled :(

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      December 7, 2012 7:36 PM

      Judging by the title it will be an incomplete game.

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      December 7, 2012 7:45 PM

      FUCK YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      December 7, 2012 7:47 PM

      [Passes out]...

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      December 7, 2012 7:50 PM

      It won't go down, what do I do? Should I call a doctor?

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      December 7, 2012 8:01 PM

      I NEED IT.

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      December 7, 2012 8:09 PM

      :D

      Demon's Soul 2 next please !!

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      December 7, 2012 8:11 PM

      FUCK YES

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        December 7, 2012 11:18 PM

        Looks really nice. Wonder if they'll release it on PC off the bat or at all.

        Did the first game sell well on the PC?

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      December 7, 2012 8:15 PM

      I still have to beat the DLC but yeah, I can't wait for this game.

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      December 7, 2012 8:21 PM

      fukkin' sweet

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      December 7, 2012 9:51 PM

      My body is ready. To die repeatedly.

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      December 7, 2012 10:01 PM

      Good stuff

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      December 7, 2012 10:50 PM

      That trailer was fantastic, no gameplay really shown which i hate in trailers, but damn that was cool

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      December 7, 2012 11:21 PM

      YOU DIED

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      December 7, 2012 11:28 PM

      Well, according to http://www.darksoulsii.com/ there will be a PC version(!)

      And also... it's a current-gen game :(

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        December 8, 2012 4:33 AM

        This is good news... tho I'm still waiting for Dark Souls to have an official resolution patch before I buy it.

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          December 8, 2012 4:35 AM

          Are they even working on one?

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            December 8, 2012 5:12 AM

            I don't think so. There's no reason to wait, the DSfix works great and includes extra options that From would never add anyway, including downsampling from resolutions higher than your display supports (less jaggies as the game doesn't have proper AA support), HUD scaling and transparency options, ability to hide the otherwise always visible mouse cursor, and multiple depth of field variables.

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              December 8, 2012 5:26 AM

              I agree. Doesn't make much business sense for them to keep working on it either. I don't know why anyone would wait.

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              December 8, 2012 3:49 PM

              you forgot 60fps!

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        December 8, 2012 4:36 AM

        This is awesome news, current gen + pc = less than 2 years

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        December 8, 2012 5:52 AM

        Amazing catch! Fuck this is awesome news.

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      December 8, 2012 4:45 AM

      OH NO, MY LIFE!

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        December 8, 2012 7:16 AM

        Actually, this is the correct answer.

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      December 8, 2012 5:13 AM

      Hold up on the unabashed excietement some details.

      http://www.edge-online.com/news/introducing-edge-249-dark-souls-ii-unveiled/

      As we find out in issue 249, the answers to these questions are in the hands of game directors new to the Souls series, Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura, who have taken the reins from Hidetaka Miyazaki. Their descriptions of how they intend to mould Dark Souls II into a more approachable form seem reasonable. But Shibuya admits that their approach will be influenced by their individual characters. “I personally am the sort of person who likes to be more direct than subtle,” he tells us. “[Dark Souls II] will be more straightforward and more understandable.” We sympathise if that sort of statement concerns you, but at the same time, we can surely agree that we would all like to see Dark Souls attain as great a presence as The Elder Scrolls. How it gets there is a worthy matter for debate, but it’s certainly a noble task.

      There is some scary sounding stuff in there, also curiosity as to what Miyazaki is doing next.

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        December 8, 2012 5:18 AM

        Oh no.

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        December 8, 2012 5:40 AM

        I would say that Dark Souls could really spend a bit of time explaining even the most basic game play mechanics to you, I had to look up WTF is with bonfires and how they work, stuff like that would make the game much more accessible, but I hope this doesn't result in some sort of blanket dumbing down of the whole system.

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        December 8, 2012 5:46 AM

        ughhh

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        December 8, 2012 5:50 AM

        There should be a named law describing the simplification of games/franchises over time.

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          December 8, 2012 8:43 AM

          Pleasing the lowest common denominator of your customers over everyone else is a pretty swell business plan these days. The math is in and most people are idiots.

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            December 8, 2012 9:43 AM

            I'm surprised we ever got games like Thief, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex etc. What were they thinking back then? Did they just make the games they wanted to make?

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        December 8, 2012 5:55 AM

        Eh, as long as they keep the difficulty, play-style and atmosphere, I'm cool with a bit more hand-holding if that means more "Souls" games...

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          December 8, 2012 6:28 AM

          Yeah there are a few things that could be a little better explained.

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        December 8, 2012 6:24 AM

        I think all that they'd need to do to make the game more accessible is to allow ways to easily play with people you know. Leave everything else the same. Boom.

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        December 8, 2012 6:31 AM

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        December 8, 2012 6:40 AM

        The trailer does look... off... for a Souls game.

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        December 8, 2012 7:18 AM

        This sounds really, really bad. I think I have to hire a Ninja to take this guy out and get Miyazaki back on this one.

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        December 8, 2012 7:40 AM

        rip dark souls

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        December 8, 2012 7:51 AM

        I shudder at the comparison to The Elder Scrolls. That's exactly what I don't want. You can't stay true to what Dark Souls is and have the popularity of Elder Scrolls. It's impossible.

        Fuck I hope they don't screw this up.

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        December 8, 2012 7:58 AM

        I think even the most hardcore SOULS fans can admit that some elements of the series need to be made more accessible. You didn't notice how Dark smoothed over the many wrinkles found in Demon's?

        Crystal lizards and usage of demon (dark?) souls were all more streamlined. The obtuse notion of world tendencies, an awesome idea that was severely flawed in practice, was revamped into the covenant system. The glut of ore types were consolidated into ores that were fewer in number but applicable to more upgrade paths--which not only made tracking down ore easier in terms of knowing WHERE to find each type, but also forced you to make tougher decisions: use these green shards on my lightning weapon, or spend them on a fire weapon? And combat was way more nuanced in Dark than in Demon's, whose combat systems were already impressive.

        Making certain systems more "accessible" won't dilute any of the fun we derive from peeling back layers from these dark and mysterious worlds. If anything, we'll probably get to concentrate more on the fun stuff--upgrades, tough decisions, and tougher battles that force us to evolve in our approach to the many types of encounters these games offer--and less on the busy work. I say again, world tendency in Demon's was a good idea that SUCKED in execution.

        As long as Dark 2 retains a level of difficulty that reinforces the fact that it was your fault, not the game's, that YOU DIED, a slow and methodical pace, and severe punishments for death that make players invest in their characters, it will be a Souls game in every way that counts.

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          December 8, 2012 8:32 AM

          yeah crystal lizards in demon's souls were gay and there were a lot of elements that really were way too conducive to using a strategy guide.

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            December 8, 2012 8:36 AM

            Exactly. I consumed several demon souls until about halfway through my first play-through because I had no idea you could use them to craft new weapons and spells. I also didn't know that you had to give Flamelurker's soul to the world 2 blacksmith in order to forge said weapons and spells in the first place.

            All sorts of esoteric stuff that I would have preferred to have explained to me. Those explanations would have enhanced my enjoyment of that first play-through, not hurt it.

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              December 8, 2012 9:41 AM

              that I would have preferred to have explained to me. but how? codex drops or through NPC conversation? now that we see it's going to be opened up to the masses, the formula is going to change. if so, it has to change SLOWLY. I mean ye olde adventure games there's tons of shit you don't know about but it's there for diligent players to come across, if they choose to really delve into the game.

              making everything superficial I think will really backfire. explanations are there for careful players. making souls 2 very shallow is really going to lose a lot of its charm.

              but since the torch is being passed to some folks that want it to be an elder scrolls game, is that good or bad? theoretically good, I suppose... ?

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                December 8, 2012 10:09 AM

                I want there to be an 'easy' mode, but all that mode changes is that there are wiki style tool tips for all of your pick ups.

                Rubbish: Set in the bird's nest outside of the Asylum for a good item.

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          December 8, 2012 8:57 AM

          I agree with that statement, but I would like to see Miyazaki do the simplification and not two new people who have no track record with Souls games.

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            December 8, 2012 9:19 AM

            I'm not too worried about that. I thought Namco handled promotion of Dark 1 very well, and one of the selling points they hit over and over was the game's difficulty and appeal to "core" gamers.

            I don't think Namco would let these new guys muck with the Souls formula to the extent that it would damage the series' reputation. At the same time, Namco is a publisher. Publishers want to make money. So the series does need to broaden its appeal by making certain elements more accessible, as stated in my post above. From may handle Dark 2's development, but no way Namco would let new blood steer the ship too far off course. Also, I have to assume there are plenty of Demon's and Dark 1 developers still on the team, so I would think their input would be valuable.

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              December 8, 2012 10:24 AM

              You have more faith in publishers than I do. I've seen too many series lose steam the further into them they got. Bringing on new "directors" with new goals is a huge red flag. Look at something like Deus Ex. Who could have imagined that one of the best games of all time would be followed up by a travesty like Invisible War.

              I'm not saying this game will be terrible but I'm certainly more worried now. With so little information out though the thing that gives me hope is that the trailer looked very, very much in the Dark Souls style.

              Like you said in your first post I can definitely admit that better explaining some aspects of the game would not be a bad thing at all. If that's all they mean by "accessible" I'm fine with that.

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                December 8, 2012 1:10 PM

                Another example is the Dead Space series. It went from a Resident Evil 4 style of survival-horror with some great scares and a terrifying atmosphere to a more action oriented game with brighter colors, more set-pieces and a horribly voiced protaganist to it's up-and-coming third installment which looks more like Army of Two: In Space!

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          December 8, 2012 9:30 AM

          If all they change is making it slightly less obscure when it comes to describing the systems of the game. If the game remains tough and punishes you for impatience as it did before... maybe it still has a chance. It's just that this game had a magic formula which just worked and worked very, very, well. I don't want them to fuck with it. And why should they? The game sold well and reviewed well. There is always room for improvement but I'm terrified that they are going to try to 'fix' something which wasn't broken and assume it's a good thing, when it actuall kills the spirit of what made the game so amazing.

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          December 8, 2012 10:41 AM

          That ore thing is kind of a bad example, 'cause it demonstrates a way in which Dark Souls was actually more complex, not less complex. WT was also kind of bad, but it's also a bad example because its absence was pretty sorely felt in Dark Souls. Gutting WT (along with spirit form, which halved your health) and not putting much in its place made the whole "alive/dead" mechanic carry a lot less weight. Really a one step forward, two steps back situation.

          You don't hear people talk about it much, of course, 'cause the game still had a whole bunch of new features to generally compensate, but those are definite flaws that should be addressed in a sequel.

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          December 8, 2012 10:44 AM

          Agreed, DC

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          December 8, 2012 12:43 PM

          Imagine someone buying Demon's Souls and it didn't have the manual? The stat icons alone would force them to give up the game.

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        December 8, 2012 9:24 AM

        mould Dark Souls II into a more approachable form the niche game becomes a scope creep :(

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        December 8, 2012 9:44 AM

        Oh god. :(

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        December 8, 2012 10:31 AM

        cool, guess I'm not buying the new souls game then.

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        December 8, 2012 1:02 PM

        I'll hold judgement until I see some actually gameplay. As long as we don't have waypoints or some fairy telling me that I should be doing that instead of this, then I'm not too worried about how they explain the game design to me.

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          December 8, 2012 5:36 PM

          HEY! LISTEN! HEY! LISTEN! HEY LISTEN! HE- *parry* *riposte*

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          December 8, 2012 6:05 PM

          The bonfires are sorta-kinda waypoints, but I get what you mean.

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            December 9, 2012 7:27 AM

            I just don't want CoD waypoints or anything on screen showing you your objective(s).

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        December 8, 2012 8:08 PM

        FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU

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        December 8, 2012 10:19 PM

        To give some reassurance to anyone still reading this thread:

        “This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the player interacts with the game. We have taken these necessary steps with Dark Souls II in order to evolve the overall experience of the Dark Souls series. The entire development team is striving to make Dark Souls II an experience that is fresh while not forsaking its roots in presenting players with challenging gameplay. Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans with new experiences and plot twists while enticing new players to join our dark journey.”

        http://www.dsogaming.com/news/dark-souls-ii-announced/

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      December 8, 2012 6:21 AM

      \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/

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        December 8, 2012 7:57 AM

        IAWT \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/ /O\ \O/

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      December 8, 2012 6:33 AM

      Look at these uninterested assholes.
      http://i.imgur.com/E0YGW.jpg

      -Not getting Gabe's name right.
      -Not giving him proper attention (100% towards him).

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        December 8, 2012 9:48 AM

        To be fair that guy is only like a multi billionaire.

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          December 8, 2012 10:10 AM

          Yeah, he had that mod, right? It seemed tasteless to put his name on it, but what can you do?

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      December 8, 2012 8:30 AM

      is dark souls with dsfix mod well-playable with keyboard and mouse yet? I want to use kb+m

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        December 8, 2012 10:45 AM

        yep clocked 300 hrs with KB+M - perfectly playable IMO

        disclaimer: never played it on XBOX/PS3 so I don't have that as a frame of reference

        lol did my disclaimer just invalidate my opinion?

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          December 8, 2012 12:53 PM

          do you only use 'dsfix' or are other mods needed as well? you're the first person I've heard that says kb+m is good on this game so I am eager to hear more

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      December 8, 2012 12:55 PM

      the only thing that piss me off in darksouls is the system to get all cool items like you have to be in alive to defet that guy first or that one later do that and that this level then go there (but you dont know that unleas you read guide or look on walkthru gameplay sigh) if somone dont look into guide and wants to play freeally why he cant get those items -stupid conditions to get them :( etc plus some broken partlike some characters disapear becose you didnt save before you done someaction that shouldnt have any influence and now they gone and few other bugs that havent been fixed I'm talking about ps3 version dunno how pc is working anyway sorry fro my bade english its not my native language so some speling might be wrong, thx.

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      December 8, 2012 3:30 PM

      I was laying in bed trying to get to sleep and had just turned it on the channel when i heard someone say. The biggest moment for me *yadayada* was the Dark Souls 2 announcement.

      I got 4 1/2 hours of sleep that night..

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      December 8, 2012 5:57 PM

      Dark Souls 4 lyfe!