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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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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8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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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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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9 / 10
Jul 25, 2014

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.

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Jul 24, 2014

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.

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Jul 24, 2014

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.

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