Finally some footage of Dark Souls 2 gameplay is out! Fixed video: Needless to say, I'm excited. Dark Souls has an extremely dedicated community who will be expecting a lot from its sequel. Dark Souls' massive commercial success compared to Demon's Souls was great to see for the sake of the developer's success and for creating a larger playbase, but brings with it some fears for Dark Souls 2. Early information about the game included some changes in roles at From Software and mentions of trying to make the game more accessible to new players and reach the "Skyrim audience". No surprise given the close battles between the two games on gaming news/review sites. Many fans, including myself, worry that this could damage everything that we love about the game in the hopes of increasing sales (gotta be easy enough for the average Pewdiepie fan!). With so many fears and concerns it's hugely exciting to see some gameplay and start looking at what the game is actually becoming. So how about some thoughts I've had as a huge DeS/DkS fan, starting with the good bits: -Visually impressive. Both previous games have been great looking as far as console games go, DkS2 does not drop the bar here. -New focus on lighting effects and interaction with the world with the ability to pick up and carry torches. No longer just the Skull Lantern in Tomb of the Giants, this seems to be advertised a fairly important feature which will be found throughout the world. -Enemies (supposedly) react to players actions. This seems to be an expansion on the AI improvements made in DkS1. It's hard to really see in the video, but is mentioned. Stand behind them, they might use a different attack that strikes behind rather than turning and doing a standard attack. -Dual wielding expanded. The ability to equip two weapons has always been present, but has never been a major feature with limited usefulness. The ability to now attack simultaneously with two weapons seems to have been added and could make this a viable playstyle. -More tricks and traps. Various "traps" are shown in the video and it's great to know they're still present. It's also awesome to see some throwbacks such as the wyvern landing on the bridge (when the dragon flies by enter Undead Burg), or the skeleton dragon attack after the item is looked (Undead dragon in Valley of Drakes). Fans of the series will be given a little heads up on what to be wary of! -Enemy breaking through walls. Tough to tell if this is a one off scripted event, or will be fairly common. Breakable pillars are already present in DkS1, hopefuly this takes it further and small walls around all large enemies will be breakable. -Spell levels. It's never shown or mentioned, but the magic system seems to have changed. The character's equipped spell has text reading "L1:15". Some speculation says this is Level 1, 15 Casts. Something to look forward to, spells will definitely been changed in some way. -Three dimensional world design and alternate routes. This is something DkS1 was promoting and doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. The world appears to provide a wealth of vertical space to explore, and the mention of alternate routes hints at a more open world design. And of course, the bad, confusing, or need to see more: -Did that torch just block 100% physical? -Basic enemies seem to be push overs. Some speculation is that the character is over-geared for demonstration purposes. However, some nearby enemies still seem reasonably tough. Only time will tell. -With emphasis placed on atmopshere and never know what's coming next how will replayability fare? Both previous games have a New Game+ mode and promote replaying, hopefully there is incentive to do so. -Again on just how strong is this character: it's fairly well equipped and is rolling around quite well. Move back to the DeS roll system? Shift in balance to promote heavily armed characters? Only an anomaly for demonstration purposes? Time will tell. And the big confusing thing with almost no mention: -That's not a humanity counter in the upper left. Also, we never see a face. Just who or what is the player? I'm very eager to see more! Hopefully some new people might get in on this or old fans might have some speculation of their own!