Everything changes with the release of Dark Souls 2‘s new patch, thanks to all the balance tweaks it contains.
The patch – which updates Dark Souls 2 to 1.04 and the game’s calibration to 1.08 – not only fixes a whole lot of bugs and issues, like the poison pool not disappearing in Earthen Peak, but also rebalances a lot of the game’s equipment. And I mean a lot. Seriously. Peter listed the full patch notes over here, if you’re interested in seeing a gargantuan wall of text full of words like “Lucerne Strong Attack will penetrate shields” and “Decreased the durability of the Defender Greatsword and Watcher Greatsword.”
Nonetheless, I’d still recommend at least going over there and having a skim through. There are a few bits and pieces that are probably worth seeing. The patch appears to be a gig in size, so you should have the time to have a look while it downloads.
In case that’s not enough Dark Souls 2 for you, don’t forget that the first part of the game’s Lost Crowns DLC trilogy – Crown of the Sunken King – is out next week, on 22 July. You might want to get to grips with the rebalanced stuff before that comes out.Related to this article
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.