Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Reviews

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
Apr 1, 2015

Even if it's only been a year, time has not been kind to Dark Souls' sequel and this remaster does little to help the situation – even if it 's a hugely engrossing game in its own right.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2015

The new enemy arrangements don't trump the original Dark Souls II, but it's still a great jumping-on point

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9 / 10
Apr 7, 2015

Dark Souls II comes to current gen with a vengeance.

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USgamer
Top Critic
Apr 9, 2015

From Software once raised the bar for game design; now, they've done the same for HD remakes. Rest assured, this isn't just a lazy repackaging of old content. Even if you know the Kingdom of Drangleic like the back of your hand, you're in for many new surprises. And if you've never played Dark Souls II before, your patience has paid off: This is simply the best version of it you'll ever play.

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Apr 5, 2015

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin targets two audiences: newcomers and veterans. In both cases it succeeds.

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88 / 100
Apr 2, 2015

‎A great game in an edition full of content but with graphical improvements that do not justify its buyback.‎

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8.8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2015

‎The best version of the ultra difficult game par excellence. It may not be as cutting edge as it was, or it may not contribute as much if you already crushed it, but if it is not your case and you have patience ...‎

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8.8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2015

A great soulslike in a very valid edition, able to remix content in an interesting way even for those who know the original game very well.

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Apr 5, 2015

Not quite content with improving the graphics and lumping in the downloadable content and calling it a day, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin feels like From Software's definitive vision for the game.

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8 / 10
Apr 1, 2015

A worthy technical upgrade, but changes to enemy spawn locations serve to add frustration and highlight issues with the original release.

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90 / 100
Apr 9, 2015

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin improves upon Dark Souls 2 in nearly every category, and is the Souls game that current-gen console owners deserve.

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Aug 26, 2015

But if for some reason you missed Dark Souls 2 first time around, or need a great reason to go back, this superlative edition is a nightmare worth having.

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Mar 31, 2015

Between the new enemy placements, greater challenge, the improved visuals and all the additional bonus content, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is absolutely worth a first look if you're a newcomer to the series - and in the case of returning players, almost certainly worth a second.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2015

Whether you're new to Dark Souls II or played it on older consoles, Scholar of the First Sin is worth revisiting. This PlayStation 4 collection features the original game, along with the three expansion packs. The result is as rewarding as it is frustrating. And thanks to substantial tweaks made to the world and enemy AI, there's more than enough incentive to suck series veterans back into one of the best adventure games of all time.

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9 / 10
Apr 14, 2015

Following on the heels of Bloodborne, Dark Souls II is a further affirmation of From Software's immense talent.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2015

Scholar of the First Sin is a noble attempt to right the perceived wrongs of Dark Souls II, but while some tweaks are welcome, others -such as certain enemy placements- are less so. Whatever way you cut it though, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is still a great game.

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Drew Leachman
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2015

With the enemy placement changed, it really does offer a newer challenge to veteran players, and while the double weapon degradation is really, really annoying, it can be managed. It's just going to take a lot of backtracking.

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90 / 100
Apr 15, 2015

Overall, Scholar of the First Sin is a fantastic upgrade and worth the purchase if you never had the chance to play Dark Souls 2 on PC or current gen consoles. Even if you did play through it before, the DLC alone is worth checking out. The visual upgrades are rather stunning if you haven't played on PC, and the new enemy positions offer veteran players a nice surprise.

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Jorge Diaz
Top Critic
95 / 100
Apr 17, 2015

‎More experienced players will have a good experience when visiting again ‎‎ ‎‎Drangleic‎‎, as previous save files will not serve in this version, pushing them to live this adventure with the changes in the design that incredibly refresh the journey. A definitive version that without saying it, condenses and improves a journey of pain, great challenges and at the same time great rewards.‎

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4.5 / 5.0
May 3, 2015

Overall, Scholar of First Sin can be a hard sell for folks who played the original Dark Souls 2 to death already (pun so totally intended). If you've never played its predecessor before, however, or are a rabid fan who wants to re-experience everything again on the newer consoles, this is one game you'll want to prepare to take a stab at.

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