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The 10 Best Armor Sets In Dark Souls

Dark Souls is considered by many in the gaming community to be a masterpiece not because it is a difficult game, that would be an understatement. Dark Souls is held in such high regard because it seamlessly combines together separate game systems and mechanics that other games would have failed to harmonically blend.

One such system that adds to the appeal of Dark Souls, apart from the punishing difficulty, is the roleplaying game (RPG) mechanics. You are allowed the freedom to make your nameless waste of skin undead character into a flashy revenant. All this is made possible with Dark Souls’ robust selection and variety of armor sets. They can be acquired from bosses and other enemies/characters. In fact, there’s so many of them, it can get rather confusing. Still, whether you’re a Dark Souls newbie or veteran of many playthroughs, finding the balance between function and form when it comes to armor takes experience. Having the best armor stats in the game but ending up looking like an Avante-Garde runway model is a pathetic display.

So, here’s a list of some of the best armor in Dark Souls to help your chosen undead look more decent than a fancy Mardi Gras participant while still being a functional combatant.

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10 ELITE KNIGHT SET

One good thing about Dark Souls‘ marketing is that the art and characters it uses are all found in the game. That means if you saw something you want in the trailer or poster, it can be obtained. The Elite Knight set is one of the poster armor sets of Dark Souls. It is perhaps, one that best fits the chosen undead. It can be seen first worn by Oscar, the undead knight who gives you his Estus flask after dying.

It’s also no joke for an armor set, it provides a decent balance between poise (the ability to endure stagger) and weight. Even a character with less than optimal endurance can equip the Elite Knight set without getting slowed down… too much. The armor can be found in a semi-hidden area in the Darkroot Garden. You can pick up the complete set from a corpse located in an area gated by a white fog.

9 ARTORIAS’ SET

The other poster armor of Dark Souls. However, its backstory is more than meets the eye. This armor set belonged to the great and tragically heroic Knight Artorias. He sacrificed himself to contain the darkness and impending doom in Lordran. As a result, Artorias himself became corrupted and berserk.

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Generally, Artorias is regarded as one of the best bosses of Dark Souls. Meaning that wearing his armor is an honor. That is until you realize that its stats are easily surpassed by other armor and are probably the reason why Artorias lost. Still, the chance to cosplay in-game as a fallen Artorias is what makes this armor worth acquiring.  Artorias’ complete armor set can be bought from Domhnall of Zena (changes locations) once you defeat Artorias.

8 CATARINA SET

Hmmm… Oh. The Catarina armor set, worn by the brave but foolhardy Siegmeyer of Catarina or his daughter, Sieglinde. This is probably what you’ll notice the very first time you meet him. It gave him the unanimous community moniker, “Onion Knight.” Making Siegmeyer more pleasant, however, is the fact that he is a respite in such a desolate and deadly land.

He talks to you as if you’re both in a jolly morning stroll. Then you realize he’s actually a bit senile once you meet his worried daughter. Still, he happens to get out by the skin of his teeth. This is probably thanks to the Catarina armor set which boasts high poise and respectable protection. It may not look the best, but wearing it is one of the best ways to befriend other playersThe Catarina set is sold by the Crestfallen Merchant in Sen’s Fortress.

7 DARK SET

Ever wanted to look like a supervillain in a skeleton costume? Here’s your chance to fulfill those dreams of angst. The Dark Set lets you play out your Skeletor fantasies while instilling fear to players you invade. It is also worn as a regular armor by Darkwraiths, edgy NPC enemies that can stun-lock you. The stats are pretty decent but offer no curse resistance, which is not that big of a problem.

Acquiring the Dark Set, however, is not as easy as killing Darkwraiths over and over again. You have to join the Darkwraith covenant offered by Darkstalker Kaathe. Afterward, you’ll have to achieve rank +2 in said covenant by hoarding and giving Kaathe 30 humanities, only then will you be awarded the armor. Hey, no one said it’s easy being edgy.

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6 HAVEL’S SET

Compared to the Havel armor set, all the previous armor featured above are pretty much just fragile luxury cars. The Havel set is a tank, if the tank was made out of pure rock and testosterone. No kidding, its owner is literally named Havel the Rock, a dude who wanted to slay dragons so much, he wore rocks because it’s immune to their attacks.

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Havel also beats up dragons with a huge mace fashioned out of a dragon fang he yanked out from one of his victims. As a result of wearing the Havel set, enemies will have to cry (or die) first before they stagger your character. The tradeoff is that it’s really heavy and won’t allow you to dodge optimally. Thankfully, you don’t have to actually defeat the real Havel to get his armor. The Havel set can be found in a chest hidden behind an illusory wall located in the main building leading to Gwynevere in Anor Londo.

5 SMOUGH’S SET

If Havel’s armor is too much for your feeble body to bear, then you can try one of the closest alternatives, Smough’s armor. Of course, that is assuming you actually defeat Smough and didn’t quit after his huge hammer shattered your hope of finishing Dark Souls. Smough and his S.O. are considered the first real wall of Dark Souls and made many players quit halfway through.

For those who persevered, however, and defeated Smough on steroids, you get to have his armor. It’s comparable to the Havel set in terms of stats but has less poise or resistance to stagger. Smough’s armor is also slightly lighter. Either way, you can’t go wrong with both heavy armor sets. You can buy Smough’s armor set from Domhnall of Zema after defeating Ornstein the Dragonslayer first then Smough, the Executioner after. This is the easier way to win said boss fight.

4 ORNSTEIN’S SET

Ornstein’s armor set is a badge of honor. That’s because the only people who get to have Ornstein’s armor are those who chose the harder version of the Ornstein & Smough boss fight. It requires players to kill Smough first and deal with an enraged and supercharged Ornstein who deals more damage is more agile and is bigger.

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It’s the less popular option, of course. Who you kill first or last depends on which armor set Domhnall of Zema will sell to you (Ornstein’s armor or Smough’s). Still, Ornstein’s set is worth the additional hard work. It’s one of the best medium armor sets in the game due to its excellent physical and elemental resistances. The cherry on top is its lion design– to let players know you’re no quitter and you took the harder path.

3 BLACK IRON SET

So, you want armor with no gimmicks and does the job with no nonsense? Behold, the Black Iron set. Its original owner is a badass tougher than Havel the Rock– Black Iron Tarkus. Thankfully, Tarkus is a friend and not a meanie like Havel. When summoned in a boss fight in Sen’s Fortress, you can usually sit back and watch Tarkus kill the boss by himself and look back at you like the thankful wimp you are.

You can have Tarkus’ no-nonsense armor by looting his corpse located to the left of the huge painting in Anor Londo, you shameless looter. It is lighter and has less poise than Havel’s armor but has the highest fire resistance of all armor. It also has the second highest physical defense in all of Dark Souls’ armor sets.

2 IRON SET/SOLAIRE’S ARMOR

If only an armor sets could be so grossly incandescent like the sun. If there ever was an armor set which could inspire hope like no other, it would be the Iron set. It is the one worn by sun bro Solaire of Astora himself, whose existence and character is in stark contrast to the dark and ominous atmosphere of Lordran.

Whenever you’re having difficulty with bosses who refuse to fight you fairly, you can call on your buddy Solaire to even out the playing field. As such, his armor has come to represent his favorite phrase, “jolly cooperation.” The armor, however, does not have the best stats. In fact, they’re nothing special compared to others here. What makes the armor special, of course, is the one who wears it– a true friend who won’t hesitate to help in the darkest of times and praise the sun! You can be a Solaire after you acquire his armor from his corpse in Lost Izalith… oops, er– forget you read that.

1 GIANT DAD

Giant Dad is not an official character or boss, nor an official armor set in Dark Souls. He’s actually more of a combination of different armor pieces and weapons (called “build”). He was also designed to maximize damage and take advantage of the stagger or stun-lock mechanic of the game. Despite this, Giant Dad also has a high physical defense, high poise, and is agile enough to dodge.

In essence, Giant Dad is a character (or meme) created by players of the Dark Souls community because the build is somewhat overpowered. Giant Dad was an amalgam of the Mask of the Father (hence “dad”), the Giant armor set (hence “giant”) among other gear. The result is a hatemail magnet and the most popular and most infamous build in Dark Souls. 

Bear in mind that the Giant Dad was specifically designed to ruin the player-vs-player (PvP) experience for others in Dark Souls. That means using it is bound to attract hate. It also does exceptionally well in boss fights. You can acquire the Mask of the Father from the boss Pinwheels in The Catacombs. While the Giant armor can be bought from the Giant Blacksmith at Anor Londo. Those are only two of the base requirements for Giant Dad, you’ll need more. Once you complete them, you’ll become unstoppable. The legend never dies.

NEXT: 10 Impossible Dark Souls Cosplays That Seemed As Hard As The Games


2019-04-22 05:04:16

Sid Natividad

10 Impossible Dark Souls Cosplays That Seemed As Hard As The Games

The Dark Souls series probably have some of the most memorable bosses in gaming because any player who has come across them will surely associate them with some intense emotions. Sometimes it can be fear due to their design, other times they inspire awe, but most of the time, they induce rage – enough to reduce a grown man to a bawling infant.

For that matter, bosses and characters throughout the three Dark Souls games are so memorable as to warrant some cosplay love. The problem is, their designs can be downright alien, freaky, or too cool to even consider imitating. Still, that’s not a problem for the most creative and most resourceful of cosplayers who, like Dark Souls games veterans, have triumphed and overcome the challenge of doing it.

Here are 10 of the seemingly impossible Dark Souls cosplays that were made possible.

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10 NAMELESS KING FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Not quite impossible for a regular cosplayer, right? The Nameless King is the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 3, and in a sea of difficult bosses, that’s saying something. Here’s a commendable attempt to cosplay the Nameless King.

Throw in a wig or some white pompoms and voila, you would think that you can imitate heavy metal incarnate, but no. It’s not the appearance that makes the Nameless King near impossible to cosplay, it’s the company. You see, the nameless king also has a pet giant crow/dragon who is a huge part of the boss fight, both literally and mechanically. Without Storm Crow-san, he’s only half as badass.

9 DANCER OF THE BOREAL VALLEY FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Beautiful, enigmatic, and will probably take a dozen failures on average before she is defeated. The Dancer of the Boreal Valley is one of the most treacherous bosses in Dark Souls 3. She constantly delays and mixes up some of her attacks, making her moves quite hard to evade. The fight with her is a dance players need to learn or they will die… many times. However, what makes her truly hard to faithfully cosplay is her posture.

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The Dancer has long limbs and usually walks like a contortionist on steroids which would make even Samara from The Ring look like a child by comparison. Good luck maintaining that posture without subjecting your neck and back to torture. Still, props to cosplayers for managing to make that armor!

8 ALDRICH DEVOURER OF GODS FROM DARK SOULS 3

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Aldrich was one tragic boss in Dark Souls 3 as he used to be a humanoid character in the original Dark Souls. Now, look what he’s become. Apparently, he got devoured and assimilated by that… thing. For that reason alone, cosplaying Aldrich is hard with all the black ghastly dried goo thing which doubles as the skirt. Nevertheless, we have this.

Thank goodness for wedding gowns and goth dyes. Did we also mention that Aldrich is one of the most difficult bosses of Dark Souls 3? At the very least, the cosplayer slayed him in their portrayal.

7 PRINCES LORIAN & LOTHRIC FROM DARK SOULS 3

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As you might have guessed, this royal duo from Dark Souls 3 is also a royal pain in the butt to defeat. In fact, they are also among the top most difficult bosses in Dark Souls 3. Still, fighting them somehow instigates guilt due to the fact that Lorian is a crippled zombie and his younger brother Lothric is lethargic. Despite that, Lorian acts as both Lothric’s protector and carrier.

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Such a regrettable brotherly bond must also be reflected in cosplays, hence we have stuff like this.

It’s quite obvious which is the hardest part of this cosplay. One cosplayer will have to murder and sacrifice their knees for the sake of brotherly love.

6 SIEGMEYER/SIEGLINDE OF CATARINA FROM DARK SOULS

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There are many words and monikers you can use to describe Siegmeyer: Onion Knight, Thicc Bro, Big Boi, etc. However, “friend” will suffice. Of course, he’s not a boss in Dark Souls, but rather, the bravest (or most foolhardy) adventurer you will encounter. Despite facing nightmare-inducing horrors, he is still pleasant to chat with and his armor and voice gives off those laid-back uncle vibes.

Replicating such qualities in cosplay is easier said than done, but here we are.

It’s not just Siegmeyer’s armor that’s hard to copy, one also has to be a pleasant conversationist and of course, be a bit “munchy in the middle” so to speak. His daughter, Sieglinde, also wears the same armor.

5 EXECUTIONER SMOUGH FROM DARK SOULS

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Despite being clad in thick steel, Smough is no knight in shining armor. Also, despite his radiant rolls, he is by no means as cuddly as Siegmeyer. Smough is actually quite notorious, being part of the dynamic duo boss of Dark Souls. He and his comrade, Ornstein, separate the boys from the men with their golden tag-team of death.

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What does make a Smough cosplay difficult to pull off is the impossibly huge belly… and the impossibly huge hammer he wields which is supposed to be nearly as big as him. Still, cosplayers refuse to accept defeat.

Nailed it.

4 HAVEL THE ROCK

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To top off our consecutive fat dudes in fat armor cosplays, here’s one of the most immovable objects in Dark Souls. The dragonslayer Havel would have given Dwayne Johnson a run for his money. This miniboss probably deserves “The Rock” as a moniker better; his whole armor and shield are made from rocks and his huge mace weapon is actually a dragon’s fang. No matter how much you hit this guy, he just won’t budge.

Sadly (and understandably), no actual rocks were used by cosplayers.

That means you can’t just go around kicking a Havel cosplayer hoping for them to shrug off your blows.

3 GRAVELORD NITO FROM DARK SOULS

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If there ever was a “most horrific” boss design award for Dark Souls, it would have gone to Edgelord– sorry, Gravelord Nito or as the game community regards him: Big Papa Nito. It’s still a big mystery what (or which) Nito really is in person. Is he one of those skellies? Or are they a group of corpses who have decided to call their antisocial social club Nito?

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Regardless cosplayers have found a way to make some neat-O attempts of Nito cosplays.

Even a Gravelord needs its daily dose of suntan from time to time while looking fashionable in a winter coat.

2 KING JEREMIAH FROM DARK SOULS

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King Jeremiah is one of the biggest non-boss anomalies in Dark Souls. You see, he’s a king, but he probably disliked cookie cutter crown designs, so why not pile up some cloth on your head as high as you can while still being functional in combat? The first time you meet him in-game, you’ll probably bust a gut since he sticks out like a sore thumb with “sore” being an understatement.

One look at that headpiece and you’d think it would intimidate cosplayers, but no…

It’s a giant egg whisk for those of you wondering how they pulled that off.

1 SIF THE GREAT GREY WOLF FROM DARK SOULS

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Without a doubt, Sif is one of the most unique and unforgettable bosses in Dark Souls. He is actually the loyal pet companion of Knight Artorias who died heroically while single-handedly holding off apocalyptic forces. Despite his master’s death, Sif has chosen to protect Artorias’ legacy… until you show up and kill the honorable sad wolf even as he limped from the injuries you inflicted.

Being a good boy, cosplayers and dog lovers who have played Dark Souls have chosen to honor Sif’s courage and loyalty with this.

Unwieldy sword? Check. Murderous gaze? Check. As an added bonus, you get to be judged by a condescending husky.

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2019-04-17 05:04:24

Sid Natividad

9 Hilarious Dark Souls Memes That Will Make Players Say “Same”

The Dark Souls series changed the face of gaming forever. It’s become a living trope and a symbol for hardcore gamers everywhere. Few games have the reputation for relentless brutality that any Dark Souls title does. Even seasoned gamers approach the challenge of playing through a Dark Souls game with a sigh to steel their nerves. For reasons that will never be clear to less fanatical players, this hasn’t lessened the fervor of the games’ fans.

They’re a hearty and devoted crew who don’t take themselves too seriously. If you don’t believe that just take a look at some of the thousands of memes that aren’t afraid to poke fun at one of the hardest franchises of all time.

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9 I Dropped My Controller

Rage quitting is real. It’s a valid form of emotional expression which can sometimes lead to unintentional property damage. Every gamer knows the feeling of straining every muscle in your upper body to eke out the tiniest improvement in performance only to be heartlessly defeated yet again.

It’s times like these that controllers can accidentally fall out of animated hands. Dark Souls is a perfect storm of the sudden controller propulsion phenomenon. Many players have made an emergency run to GameStop for a new controller that suddenly became slippery after a brutal defeat.

8 5 More Minutes

Once you find yourself sucked into a game it could be days before you shake yourself free of its siren song. It’s just too easy to tell yourself one more quest, one more checkpoint, one more boss.

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If you’re playing Dark Souls it could take you a few hours of failed attempts just to learn how to hit an enemy. It’s hard to make progress when you’re being beaten back so ferociously. For every step forward you can sometimes take several steps back. Fans of this game know exactly how easy it is to lose the better part of a weekend.

7 Quality Journalism

Dark Souls isn’t the first game to become a trope. Game journalists have relied heavily on referring to any game with a high player fatality rate as the Dark Souls of its niche. One might say they’ve relied on it a little too heavily.

When a new game in the franchise is released this creates a bit of a conundrum for writers. What’s the Dark Souls of Dark Souls? It seems the wellsprings of creativity run dry when it’s time to describe just how soul-crushing these games are. If you’ve ever found yourself rolling your eyes at a review that makes this parallel you’re not alone.

6 Mimic

There’s nothing quite as classic Dark Souls as the elation of the enthusiastic new player reaching innocently for a treasure chest. Then watching them be grappled, take heavy damage and probably die. In fact, it’s a right of passage.

There are ways to tell if a chest is the real deal without having to slap it. The chain hanging off the side of a mimic is a dead give-away. If it’s an actual chest the chain will be looped. A mimic has a straighter chain. If you’re playing as a higher resolution such as with the PC version of the game you can even see the mimic’s teeth and tongue.

5 Gallows Humor

Being a Dark Souls fan is a point of pride for many. They’re proud of their persistence and grit. They’re proud of their bravery and skill. They’re proud of their absolute commitment to dying. You have to be really resilient to make it through any  Dark Souls game.

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A resilient spirit is required. It’s a badge of honor to have made it halfway through one of these titles. Playing one through more than once earns you a reputation. Mostly a reputation for being a masochist. There’s nothing wrong with being a little dark.

4 It’s All Downhill

Just in case you thought that you’d eventually harden against the relentless hammering blows, rest assured, you won’t. It doesn’t get better from here. Each playthrough is a fresh hell beset on all sides by misery.

You may think the struggle is getting a little easier, but it’s just an illusion. The harder you try, the more you play, the number you become to your own pain. You’ll think you’re getting better but really you’re just coming up with more impressive ways to fail.

3 Those Who Can’t, Wiki

You can’t spend any time online in gaming circles without references to a Dark Souls game coming up. If you haven’t had the courage to pick the franchise up for yourself, you may have dipped your toe in the icy black waters by reading up on the games. Studying up on the games might have given you a false sense of confidence.

Rest assured the games really are that difficult and you will definitely die. At the very least some research will ensure you won’t miss out on some of the best memes gaming has ever produced.

2 We’re All Winners Here

There is no hope. No one gets out of a Dark Souls game alive. No one can win. It’s the Kobayashi Maru of the gaming world. Flappy Bird looks like a relaxing idle game in the shadow of this impossible giant.

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This isn’t a franchise or the faint of heart or the weak of spirit. Explaining the kind of dedication and resiliency that playing these games require is no easy task. How to make someone feel the hopelessness if they’ve never played?

1 It’s Gonna Be Okay

Just when you think you can breathe easy for a moment and recover Dark Souls is here to remind you that you aren’t playing Harvest Moon. This is a merciless nightmare from which there is no escape.

Anyone who has every plowed through the desolate terror knows this feeling. The momentary elation of victory followed by the immediate recognition of an even bigger threat.

NEXT: The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Dark Souls 2 Bosses


2019-04-15 05:04:14

Danyell Marshall

The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Dark Souls 2 Bosses

Quantity over quality. That’s what best describes Dark Souls 2‘s take on the notoriously difficult gaming franchise. That’s both a good and bad thing. On one hand, we have a grand total of 41 bosses (including expansions). On the other hand, more than half of them were unnecessary, poorly designed, or just embarrassing tryhards compared to the bosses of the original Dark Souls or even Dark Souls 3.

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Still, there are some diamonds in the rough… along with some really bad and crumbly coal. Five of those bosses work to make Dark Souls 2 stand out from its predecessor, while the other five prevented the game from becoming a masterpiece.

10 MAGUS AND CONGREGATION (WORST)

This boss is a huge joke. It consists of an evil priest and his emaciated flock of followers who will then attack you with a fervor that would make even zombies look athletic. However, that’s not the reason why Magus and Congregation is a poorly designed and implemented boss. They simply feel tacked on and undercooked, like a little kid wanting to join adults at the pool party.

Coupled with the fact that they are a breeze to defeat makes their existence in a game like Dark Souls 2 all the more puzzling. It’s like the developers were forced to follow a boss design quota so they introduced this boss as a placeholder and forgot to polish it out.

9 PURSUER (BEST)

Now, we’re getting to the heavy hitters. The Pursuer acts as your nemesis in Dark Souls 2. He is there to remind you that you’re just undead scum who’s way out of line and needs to be put down. You first meet him quite early in the game and he’s probably the first wall that players had the displeasure of hurdling over.

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Once you defeat him though, it gets more interesting (or annoying). You soon find out that he somehow still exists and has been chasing you around waiting for the chance to get back at you. As a result, you actually have to fight him several times in the game. Lovely.

8 OLD DRAGONSLAYER (WORST)

The Dragonslayer Ornstein was one of the most iconic bosses and characters in the original Dark Souls. He was also no slouch and can kick the players’ butts several times over. So how come him being carried over to Dark Souls 2 is a bad thing? Because that’s lazy.

He is essentially a copy-pasted boss. That in itself is not a bad idea, however, they forgot to give him justice– he was a pushover in Dark Souls 2, and a disappointing counterpart of the original Dragonslayer. He really should not have been in this game.

7 SINH, THE SLUMBERING DRAGON (BEST)

Majority of Dark Souls 2‘s bosses are cookie cutter big dudes in big armors and that got a little too repetitive and unimaginative. Hence, Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon was a breath of fresh air (or fire) for players. He was the first dragon fight where it actually felt like players were fighting a legitimate dragon who is a lot more powerful than them.

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It is worth noting that Sinh is exclusive in the Crown of the Sunken King DLC of Dark Souls 2. Still, his arrival and addition were very much needed and welcome, especially after players were forced to fight a certain cheap dragon in the base game…

6 ANCIENT DRAGON (WORST)

One of the main selling points of the Dark Souls games was that they are hard but fair, meaning you can learn to be better or to “git gud,” so to speak. For that matter, players are often sensitive as to how well-designed a boss can be, especially if they had cheap tricks and moves that can kill the players in one hit and covers the whole arena with their attack.

One such filth of a boss exists in the form of the Ancient Dragon. It was arguably the cheapest boss in Dark Souls 2: its health pool was huge, it has one-hit-kill attacks, and can nuke the whole arena. There is an easy way to defeat it, but it requires taking advantage of its abysmal A.I., leading to an unsatisfactory fight and a hollow victory. It’s quite sad since the concept behind the fight looked epic.

5 FUME KNIGHT (BEST)

An exclusive boss of the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC and is generally regarded as the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 2. The Fume Knight earns a spot in the best Dark Souls 2 bosses because of how his design is representative of Dark Souls’ core formula. This dude wants you to die over and over again until your blood vessels pop, and only then can you retain the composure and patience needed to defeat him.

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His attacks are a combination of swift and heavy hits which can be deceiving as he likes to use them interchangeably. On top of that, you don’t get many windows of opportunity to sneak in some measly strikes. Once you defeat him though, you’ll be rewarded with enough endorphins to last you a whole week.

4 TWIN DRAGONRIDERS (WORST)

The worst example of a copy-paste boss in Dark Souls 2. You actually first meet this guy alone as a boss early in the game. He is a weakling at that point and can even kill himself in a degrading accident. That would have made for a good prelude for his revenge against you with an ally, right? Nope. With his lazily designed brother (they obviously just recolored him), both of them became blundering idiots.

These two bosses are a waste of time and space in the game because of how lazy the developers were with them. There could have been four or six of them and you’ll still be able to defeat them just as easily.

3 SIR ALONNE (BEST)

The Artorias of the Dark Souls 2. If you don’t know who that is, he’s is the defiantly noble fallen hero figure of the original Dark Souls. Like Artorias, Sir Alonne has the best backstory out of all bosses in the game. He was once a renowned and virtuous warrior who made a great sacrifice for the greater good.

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Of course, he is also incredibly skilled and can kill you if you simply dare attempt to blink when fighting him. Additionally, Sir Alonne is an honorable samurai and will commit a ritual suicide out of shame if you ever defeat him without losing any health. Now that’s how you make a good boss!

2 ROYAL RAT VANGUARD (WORST)

For some reason, Dark Souls 2 has this fixation with rats in one of its levels. They really pushed it with their poorly designed rat enemies. There was a giant rat boss, rat enemy fodder, and the final straw, the Royal Rat Vanguard. Their name is actually misleading since they are neither royal nor a vanguard.

They’re just oversized rats who mindlessly swarm you until you find their “alpha” whose health bar is displayed like in a regular boss fight. Really, the Royal Rat Vanguard is just a poorly implemented digital game of whack-a-mole.

1 DARKLURKER (BEST)

What makes a good Dark Souls boss? A combination of imposing character design, interesting fight mechanics, mysterious backstory, and a fair arena. The Darklurker has all those ticked and is probably tied with Sir Alonne for the best Dark Souls 2 boss ever for some people. Still, the Darklurker arguably has more variations in his spells and attacks. All of them require your full attention and skill in order to win.

Despite being a fun challenge, the Darklurker is one of the hardest fights (or the hardest for some) in Dark Souls 2. Just when you think you know him like the back of your hand, he will spice things up by making a clone of himself and launching some random projectiles at you. Should you come out victorious, however, you’ll feel like a true conqueror and badass.

NEXT: Game of Thrones Author Working on New Game With Dark Souls Developer?


2019-04-05 05:04:57

Sid Natividad

Game of Thrones Author Working on New Game With Dark Souls Developer?

A new rumor claims that the creator of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, is working with FromSoftware to develop a new game. The game studio may have just recently released Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to critical praise, but that hasn’t stopped reports from the company stating that it would be interested in tackling a new type of adventure with a Dark Souls twist.

One  brief rumor stated that FromSoftware may tackle a battle royale title. Truthfully, that genre approach is rather hard to imagine, but it’s known that the studio has at least two active projects on the go. Meanwhile, as fans await the arrival of the final season of Game of Thrones, many avid readers may be wondering why they’ve yet to receive the next entry in the book series. It’s no secret that franchise creator George R. R. Martin is a busy man–which has seemingly delayed the eventual launch–and a new report claims that he is also spending some time developing a brand-new game video game with the studio behind the incredibly popular Dark Souls franchise, FromSoftware.

Related: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is Steam’s Biggest Launch of 2019

Reported on by Spawn Wave (with assistance from Liam Robertson, a noted and reliable industry insider), this currently unnamed project is an open-world game where players will be able to roam from kingdom to kingdom. Besides being an ambitious undertaking that pushes the boundaries of the studio, it is still described as a Souls-like adventure. As has often been the case in the past, Bandai Namco is said to be publishing this new title from FromSoftware, and the publisher may reveal it as soon as E3 2019.

It’s important to not put too much stock in this report quite yet, as the game isn’t even officially announced yet. Still, a project being overseen (or at least contributed to by) the writer behind Game of Thrones would be a strong selling point for any piece of software. A setting with various kingdoms to explore also doesn’t sound all that different from the franchise that made George R. R. Martin a household name.

There aren’t too many details for fans to go on at this point, and it’s still important to rein in expectations since this is still a rumor. Given the track records of both parties involved, however, it’s definitely worth noting for anyone that’s a fan of FromSoftware or Game of Thrones. As gamers now look to the quickly-approaching E3 2019 to potentially shed some light on the matter, they can find some sort of twisted solace in having FromSoftware’s mind-numbingly difficult Sekiro to keep them preoccupied.

More: Here’s The Latest on Bloodborne 2 From Miyazaki

Sources: Spawn Wave, Liam Robertson



2019-03-28 05:03:54

Riley Little

THE SCORPION KING 5 Official Trailer (2018) Book of Souls, Action Movie HD



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Beyond: Two Souls – Tribeca Trailer



Fresh from the Tribeca Film Festival, here’s a brand new trailer that presents more questions than answers.

Beyond: Two Souls on GameTrailers:

Beyond: Two Souls:
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Platform: PlayStation 3

ESRB Content Rating: RP
Rating Pending


2013-04-28 15:06:49

Dark Souls – GameTrailers Review



Are you ready to die? Dark Souls puts us to the test for a change in the GT Review!

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