Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King
Top Critic Average
A whole new challenge for diehards, and a lot of content for your money.
The first part of Dark Souls 2's DLC trilogy is as tense, challenging, and rewarding as anything in the series.
A competent but unsurprising slice of downloadable content that features a solid challenge and plenty of content, but too little in the way of new ideas.
If you enjoyed Dark Souls II, it's hard to pass this addition up.
Aside from a few frustrations, Crown of the Sunken King is Dark Souls at its best
From Software went above and beyond with their Crown of the Sunken King DLC: invest in its tiny asking price, and you may find yourself getting just as much time out of it as you would a $60 game. But it's more than just the amount of content that makes this DLC irresistible—it's what From did with it. The amount of surprises and fresh ideas Crown has to offer should make any Souls fan salivate over the prospect of two incoming DLC packages developed (hopefully) with the same amount of thoughtfulness.
Suitably self-contained and demonstrating some of the best level design in Dark Souls 2, Crown of the Sunken King suggests that FromSoft's DLC team may well be up to the daunting task of creating three essential add-ons.
If The Crown of the Sunken King is any indication of what we can expect from the next two pieces of Dark Souls II DLC, then fans are in for a real treat.
From Software looks to the original Dark Souls for inspiration in the first of three announced expansions to Dark Souls II.
The versatility of Dark Souls' appeal is directly related to the adaptability of a strong willed player. The Crown of the Sunken King, Dark Souls II's first issue of downloadable content, engenders and engages this philosophy as well as any challenge in the proper game. In a certain light The Crown of the Sunken King actually does it better, employing different constraints and driving new ways to explore and appreciate Dark Souls II's finer details.