Dark Souls 2’s first piece of DLC, Crown of the Sunken King, is a remarkably tough trek down to the bowels of Drangleic. It provides some of the most interesting and difficult challenges that From Software has ever created. Your gorgeous adventure takes you to forgotten cities, labyrinthine tombs, and ancient lakes, all of which are predictably littered with a slew of things wanting you dead.
The combat’s just as tough, but fair as ever, but make no mistake – this DLC is going to squash anybody who isn’t comfortable with being outnumbered five to one. Crowd control and the ability to draw in enemies one at a time is key to your survival.
The Sunken King took me about four hours to complete, though one of those hours was devoted entirely to a particularly nasty boss. Speaking of, the big baddies do not disappoint – they’re crazy tough, and range from groups of human warriors to something far more ancient and dangerous. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say this guy’s up there with some of the toughest bosses in the whole Souls series.