The team at Playstation Access are a lucky bunch; they took some time out recently from their busy work schedules to test their thumbs on Dark Souls 2. Unsurprisingly, they died a lot, so much so in fact that Namco had to take over…

Anyway, 12 minutes of pure in-game footage can be found above. It gives you a good idea of weapon balance, the different classes that will be available and some of the enemies you’ll find yourself faced with when the game launches in March.

But that’s not all – apparently From Software are upping the difficulty in Dark Souls 2 by allowing players to invade the worlds of others players whilst these other players are Hollow. Gulp. You may remember in Dark Souls the benefits of being in Human form which included increased stats, a better chance of finding rare items and the ability to summon other players to aid you in battle – but there were negatives, namely that other characters could invade your world and stick a sword down your throat – these invasions could happen at almost any moment.

Well, gone are the days of Human invasions – because (as I said) in Dark Souls 2 players will be able to invade your world willy-nilly, whether you’re Human or Hollow you’ll want to keep an eye out. However, invasions are now apparently much riskier – ‘There will be penalties for players who invade, but still lose […] and there will be ‘policemen’ against invaders and a ransom system where if you constantly invade or kill NPCs there will be motivation for summoned players to go after you,’ said Tanimura in an interview with Jason Killingsworth at Official Playstation Magazine.

Mmmmmm, I can’t wait for this to be released.

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