Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews
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Jul 26, 2014

I can't wait to see what FROMSOFTWARE does with the second and third parts of the DLC entries.

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Digitally Downloaded

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Jul 31, 2014

Not that it takes a lot of arm twisting to get me to don my dented armour and delve back into the world of Dark Souls II, but Crown of the Sunken King's DLC is the perfect excuse to do so. The puzzles are a fun twist on the pre-existing formula, the temple backdrop is an interesting setting and the new monsters are a welcome challenge.

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72 / 100
Aug 8, 2014

DSII remains a skilled, often clever impersonation of the game everyone wanted. But I can't see the point of teasing out its journey with ever more kings, dragons, and Havels. The more DSII overlaps with its predecessors, the less reason there is to play it at all.

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Cubed3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 8, 2015

For those that have yet to venture into Drangleic, this updated release might just be the best opportunity to jump in. Meanwhile, fans that have already conquered Drangleic may find it a convenient excuse to tackle it all once again.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2014

All in all, this is a homerun for FromSoft, and with another two episodes to come, Crown of the Sunken King has set a benchmark of quality that, if matched by episodes two and three, will mark an excellent continuation to an already great title.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2014

If you like good Dark Souls environments and puzzles, this is definitely the DLC for you. There aren't a whole slew of new items, weapons, or spells but keep in mind that this is one of three announced DLCs, there will be more to come. Check out Crown of the Sunken King before I go ahead and beat it for a fourth time. I'd say it takes about 2-4 hours your first time.

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4 / 5.0
Jul 22, 2014

Don't expect Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King to match up to Artorias of the Abyss, but it still offers a surprisingly deep and gratifying experience. While the boss selection is somewhat disappointing and context to why we're in the ancient land of Shulva seems to be missing, the inhabitants and hidden story behind Sinh and Yorgh will keep fans occupied until the rest of the Lost Crowns Trilogy is released.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2014

This game shows that the bar's set high and they can reach it,

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8.8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2014

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.

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Jul 22, 2014

From Software looks to the original Dark Souls for inspiration in the first of three announced expansions to Dark Souls II.

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