Dark Souls 2 is the most intimidating game I have ever played.
This may not come as a surprise to fans of the notoriously challenging Dark Souls or its spiritual predecessor, Demon’s Souls. But it’s not just the difficulty that had me wincing in fear during my playthrough.
Dark Souls 2 is unflinchingly ambitious in a way that few games are. Yes, the world is massive; yes, there are far more bosses than the last game; yes, I’ve spent dozens of hours playing, and I’m sure I still haven’t seen close to everything. But where other open-world RPGs use that overwhelming size as an invitation to lose yourself in their world, with Dark Souls 2 it’s a threat.