Parents' Guide to

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

An impressive upgrade to the notoriously tough action RPG.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

This game exceeds in all aspects.

This game, though very challenging, is a great way to introduce kids into the world of fantasy video games. This game is medieval so it has no guns, just swords and sheilds, and the sort of tools. It all comes down to maturity. You can't give this to a nine year old and expect them not to find it a bit strange, but ages 12 and up should be able to handle it. Kids who've watched lord of the rings should be able to handle it.

Is It Any Good?

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Still challenging and even more engaging, Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin is an even better version of 2014’s stellar game. The updated visuals are just the start, but it's the first thing players of the previous game will notice. More importantly, the intense and challenging gameplay has been refined, including better balancing and A.I., new characters and locations, three DLC packs with even more missions and content, and expanded multiplayer options.

Whether it's applying tactics to defeat a fire-breathing dragon king, exchanging arrows with undead knights on a mountain, or hacking and slashing beasts in a cave as you search for better items and avoid pools of lava, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is a huge, frustrating yet deeply gratifying third-person action game. Multiplayer now supports up to six people, competing in four-on-two matches to the death. Plus, several NPCs (non-playable characters) will surface -- including the relentless Forlorn, a newly-added warrior that can destroy you with a few mighty blows. While the game might be too tough for some, this remixed game is a fantastic title for any game collection.

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