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While others punish mistakes with a wagged finger, the Souls games punch you in the ribs, rob you of your clothes and scamper cackling into the darkness. Making progress only to have it snatched from you, dying over and over, and a world teeming with despair and hopelessness – these are the things that define From Software's action-RPGs. While they combine into...

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Behold the ultimate Dark Souls 2 troll

There's nothing worse than someone invading your Dark Souls 2 session and murdering you. At least, that's what we thought before seeing this guy troll his would-be assassins. All it takes is an enemy's equipment and a lot of patience. Watch for yourself. [Image: Bandai Namco]...

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Demon's, Dark Souls director takes over as From Software president

From Software employees are pledging their souls to Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of the first two Souls games and now the studio's new president. Miyazaki, who only acted as a supervisor on Dark Souls 2, takes over from industry veteran Naotoshi Zin who in turn is taking on a new advisory role....

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Dark Souls 2 ships 1.2 million to West in first three weeks

Death factory Dark Souls 2 shipped out 1.2 million copies to North America and Europe in its three weeks at retail. From Software's action-RPG launched in early March, just ahead of Bandai Namco's fiscal year-end, so the shipping figures published today are as of March 31, 2014. That means they...

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From Software acquired by Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corporation

Dark Souls and Armored Core developer From Software is to become a subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation, after the Japanese publisher announced its acquisition of the studio. According to a report by GameBiz.jp, Kadokawa will conclude the transfer of 80 percent of the company's shares from former...

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Dark Souls 2 now killing adventurers on PC

PC gamers jealous of their console contemporaries who've spent the past month dying over and over again in the gloomy labyrinths of Dark Souls 2 now have a chance to plumb the depths themselves. As Xav mentioned a few weeks back, the PC version of Dark Souls 2 "looks to be the best looking...

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Dark Souls 2 PC trailer collects cutscenes, foreshadows your demise

A better looking and performing version of Dark Souls 2 arrives for PC users on April 25. The latest trailer collects moments from the game's cutscenes, giving you a taste of all the areas you'll likely die in. ...

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UK boxed copies of Dark Souls 2 PC delayed by a week

Bandai Namco UK revealed it's pushed back the PC disc version of Dark Souls 2 to May 2, but the action-RPG will remain available to download in the territory starting April 25. In a statement provided to Joystiq, the publisher made it clear the delay only affects physical copies in the UK - don't...

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Dark Souls 2 players aren't dog people, 110 million 'stray hound' kills

The "Stray Hound" is the foe Dark Souls 2 players are murdering the most, as revealed by the new Enemy page on the game's Beyond the Bonfire stats site. Between them, Xbox 360 and PS3 players have to date felled just over 110 million of the vicious canines, while the various varieties of hollow and...

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Joystiq Weekly: PAX East, The Last Of Us: Remastered, Super Smash Bros. and more

This week's reveal of Charizard in Super Smash Bros.' roster is a bit of a blow to our argument that Squirtle is the best starter from Pokemon Red/Blue. Yes, both pocket monsters were in the Pokemon Trainer's arsenal in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Charizard flying solo is a whole different level...

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Joystiq Streams Special: Things to do in Dark Souls 2 PC when you're dead [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

If you're one of the intrepid souls who waited a few weeks to play Dark Souls 2 on PC, it appears you made the right call. As Joystiq's Xav de Matos discovered, the PC version of From Software's bruiser of a sequel is the best, markedly prettier than its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts...

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