Dark Souls 2 beta footage shows new inventory, nicer animation, jolly co-operation

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The Dark Souls 2 (opens in new tab) Japanese beta is underway, which of course means that loads of delicious footage has snuck its way onto the internet. It's our biggest and best glimpse of the game yet, and if you want to remain purely unspoiled you definitely, definitely shouldn't watch it - even though you already have. The beta seems to comprise one twenty-odd minute area of the game, though each of the beta testers tackles it in their own way, picking from one of a variety of classes before delving in. I'm justifying watching it by telling myself that the game is months away, and it's likely to change from the state it's in now - once you've cooked up a similar lie, you can join me guilt-free after the break.

NeoGAF (opens in new tab) has collected the videos published so far, but expect the number to surge/decline as the beta continues, and depending on how Namco Bandai feel about that beta footage escaping into the wild. Here's a few of them, showing off the game's smoother animation, less cumbersome inventory, and newly time-limited co-op play, among other things.

The Western Dark Souls 2 beta is set to launch in a couple of weeks, on PS3, while the game itself is releasing mid-March - except on PC, where it will take a little longer.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.