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Dark Souls II Gallery – Evolution of a B-Grade Studio

by Ron Duwell | November 15, 2013November 15, 2013 8:30 pm PST

From Software’s Dark Souls II is far and away the most beautiful game the company has ever made, and new batch of screenshots released from the studio proves it is trying to move away from its B-developer roots.

Before it hit is stride with the Souls series, From Software developed the Armored Core games and a lot of other knock off series like Ninja Blade and ugly attempts at mech piloting games. They are kind of beloved for their “good” bad games. Never one for critical success, the company finds itself catapulted to the forefront of the Japanese action game front with this beautiful series.

From Software is stuck between pulling ahead with all the clout it has gained over the years or sticking behind to its cheap game roots. Dark Souls II proves it is going with the former. This game is gorgeous from head to toe, and the new color palette doesn’t make me feel so depressed with too much earthly grays and browns like seen in the older games.

So far, the series has not let fans down. Both Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls were huge hits in the eyes of the gaming community, and it remains to be seen if the series can survive under a new creative director. I enjoyed what I played at Tokyo Game Show this year, but don’t expect it to stray too far from the formula.

Dark Souls II is expected to release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Still no word yet on a next-gen release, but rumors are swirling. Any hope of this happening?

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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