@fredchuckdave: yep I got new memories everyday: I did not stop playing this game for the last 2 years ! I finished it at SL1, platinumed the hell out of it fairly recently just to say I did but what really keeps me going is the PvP...still loving it, playing almost everyday.
I think my fondest memory of DaS was the day I managed to pass Ornstein and Smough on my own because back then every time I summoned someone, we would fail. And hen I realized that rather than trying to cheese my way through this game, I had to learn how to get good at it. Fighting O&S about 100 times alone, dying 99 times was the way to go ^_-. I was so happy to manage to go through these two bastards!...good times. I can't wait for more "YOU DIED" screens in DaS2
You say "roll speed is no longer tied to armour weight. I was naked and rolling at the same speed as I was in armour. This is a major change from Dark Souls and, one would hazard a guess, again a PvP-focused change"
unfortunately I could not play although I got into the Beta (T_T) so I could not test this for myself but it seems that this is not entirely true from what I have heard. It seems rather that the rolling speed depends on what is equipped at the time (weapon and armor and now ammos like arrows) and this is then modified according to the new stat "agility" that accelerates rolling, moving and items using in general.
Endurance as it was in DaS has been split into Vitality (max equip burden stat now) and Endurance (amount of stamina) and Agility (movement speed). so even if you are naked but your agility is low you will roll more slowly than someone with a light burden and high agility of sorts.
Okay, they made that multiplayer session come together incredibly easy, jesus. Man, I cannot wait to check this out.
don't forget this is a beta built...the characters are very buffed compared to the actual game...plus the beta sees only former DaS player play...they already know the drill...when you will have to deal with players new to the franchise...you will probably think they help the mobs more than you ^^
THE MAGIC LOOKS GOOD AT LAST...I always hated the dull magic animations in DaS...this time around, they manage to render some power to the casting animations and the spell have some weight to them when they hit...the sounds seem pretty awesome too...the backstab animation with the spear is delightfully gore...but the large swing with a soul sword-thing is the best...love it!
plus the mage does a sort of a souls arrows rainat one point on a mob located on an lower level...you can also get damaged with your own fire spells: the big sort of fireballs hits the caster back after a second if he stays there...but apparently not the other players...I may change my usual orientation and drop my melee build only for some magic this time around ! Woot!
@tennmuerti: sure, you got a point. This has been written in response to the overwhelmingly large number of people freaking out because of the online feature being expended in DS2.
I am trying to reach out to people who want a challenge beyond learning patterns of an AI.
for the rest, there will hopefully be the offline mode. I do agree that they definitely should add an offline mode for people interested only in PvE...actually, I even think they should split the character creation in PvE and PvP to have completely different and pure experience.
If you summon Sif in Oolacille and beat Manus before coming back to the garden in the "normal game", you actually trigger a different cutscene to start with:
Sif immobilizes you on the ground under his paw, smells you and howls as his recognizes you and goes visibly reluctantly to fight you after this instead of the usual growling-grabbing sword-fighting stance.
So it would absolutely make sense that he would be easier on the player if you already "freed" Artorias in the past since he would then remember you and would reluctantly fight his master's "savior".
The Beta Key is available already now on the PSN : go to the PSN store, you will find the beta key registration there to access for free. that's all there is for the moment...I guess the selected lucky bastard will have a confirmation email and an access to download the beta on PSN within days...