Namco on Dark Souls 2 Difficulty: “You Will Get Your Ass Kicked”
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You may have heard concerns from critics and gamers around the web that Dark Souls II could possibly be easier, and (shudder) more accessible than Dark Souls I. For a game built on a masochistically steep challenge and sense of reward, that’s a valid concern.
But shut up. During a Dark Souls 2 gameplay demo at E3 yesterday, Namco’s Director of Strategic & Digital Marketing, Brian Hong, addressed those concerns head on. Here’s the whole quote, which we should note is beautiful:
“We know that there has been commentary about the game being easier, more accessible. We want to dispell any of that straight away. If there’s any question whatsoever about how hard this game is, you will get your ass kicked. This game is just as difficult as Dark Souls, if not more.”
So there’s that. Do you buy it?
Consider this. The QA lead playing the game during the demonstration died twice. Once by the hand of an enemy called a Mirror Knight. Just a giant knight made of glass, with a shield that would shoot out other small knights. I’d say the game looks plenty hard.
Be sure to read our full Dark Souls II hands-on preview to see what Mitch thought.