Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin – First Impression and Warning

blueboardNI am a fan of the souls games (and for the record, I consider Bloodborne a souls game). I cannot claim to be an expert at them, but I enjoy them. Their difficulty is harsh but most of the time fair. It is a series that wears it’s challenge on it’s sleeve, but hides it’s lore and storyline nuances behind game play and item descriptions. It is a game series unlike anything else on the market, and this is why I like it.

Dark Souls 2 has to be the weakest in the series, in my opinion, although that isn’t much of a condemnation considering how good the series is as a whole. It has many enhancements over the original game as well as a number of ways your character is now weakened. Death now lessens your maximum health by a small amount each time until it reaches half. This means that death now has a punishment, and regaining your humanity it more important, making the item used to regain it in this game, human effigys, a lot more valuable.

However, we aren’t here to talk about Dark Souls 2, however much I can talk about it (and I may just write an article about how I love the series as a whole). Recently the game was re-released on current gen consoles and PC under the subtitle “scholar of the first sin”. You may be forgiven for thinking that this is merely a game of the year edition for it, but it is so much more, and whether that is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen.

Before I go any further I wish to make clear that I have not completed the scholar of the first sin version of the game, but I am very familiar with the original, and I believe I have seen enough of the differences to make the point I wish to.  Continue reading

Podcast interview with Jonathan Cathey CEO of The Loyal Subjects: Reveals, News and Discussion: Joe, TMNT, TF, MMPR, MOTU, Attack on Titan, How To train your Dragon and more!

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Jonathan Cathey Ceo/owner of the Loyal Subjects comes on to discuss how he got in to the business, the upcoming (and currently hot topic) G.I.Joe wave 2 and how that line has changed, as well as TF, streetfight, MOTU and more.

You can listen via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to find us on Itunes, Stitcher, or directly on our audio host at podcastgarden. Be sure to look at the pics, info and links below! You will want to check them out, as additional images have been added since this was first posted, and links to full galleries with even more images are below. (If I put them all on here, this might never load!)

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