7:10 p.m. CT - just a few more hours until midnight release.
Midnight is upon us! I'll be at Gamestop with a bunch of Titanfall lovers, but I'll be there to pick up the real GOTY - Dark Souls 2!
Update - 03.09.14
XBOX 360 Black Armor edition and CE on NewEgg is SOLD OUT.
Update - 03.08.14 -
PS3 Black Armor edition on Best Buy is SOLD OUT.
PS3 Black Armor edition on Walmart is SOLD OUT.
PS3 Black Armor edition on Amazon is SOLD OUT.
Gamestop no longer taking in store preorders for either CE or Black Armor.
eStarland is still taking preorders for PS3 Black Armor edition.
PC system requirments (via Polygon). PC release date is April 25.
------> Get $10 cash back or $12 credit via Green Man Gaming when you buy DkS II for $49.99.
Update - 03.07.14 -
Big news .... Gamestop is no longer taking in store pre orders for the CE or the Black Armor nationwide. "We're sold out."
You can still get the CE online through GS website. However, Black Armor edition is not showing up. Links to retailers still taking pre orders for Black Armor edition is in yellow bellow. (Just scroll down this OP)
Meanwhile, searches on Best Buy for Black Armor or CE were showing up empty. However, the website is still showing you can preorder either online. You have to search "Dark Souls ii" and not use the number 2. Weird. Thanks to midloo for pointing this out.
Just saying .... Last time DkS came out with a LE, NamcoBro had a huge SNAFU, as many didn't get their LEs.
Update - 03.06.14
This just in thanks to CAG user Xellos2099.
Namco is selling the PC CE for $109.95. It includes everything as the regular CE, but you get a digital version of the game and a t-shirt. You can pre order it here. I am not sure if they charge for shipping. There is also a section for promo codes, but I don't know of any. If you do, please share.
Update - 03.05.14:
Amazon is currently sold out of the PS3 Black Armored Edition. Earlier, the CE was sold out as well, but has since returned to stock (as of 03/05). While I think those geting the Black Armor through Amazon will get it no problem, I should warn some about getting the CE.
Just look at horror from the Bravely Default CE.
I hope I'm wrong.
Meanwhile, BB has no in store pickup ATM.
Because Titanfall is also coming out on March 11, GS will have a midnight release for DkS II. I spoke to an employee who said they wouldn't have done the midnight release for souls if it wasn't for Titanfall. It just so happens both come out on same day. Praise the Sun.
Also, you can save $5 by preordering the CE through Target. The Black Armor Edition is sold out however. To get the savings, click here, then checkout. If you do Target's credit card, you can save an additional 5%. Not too shabby. Link to Target DkS II CE:
Some reviews have come in -
Four different reviewers from Famitsu gave it a 9, 10, 9 and 9 out of 10, or a 37/40. Impressive. The previous Dark Souls received the same score.
Meanwhile, one German magazine, M! Game, gave Dark Souls II a 90/100 and also said it is the "hardest game in the word." M! gave the first Dark Souls an 81/100.
The CE also comes with some in game items, actually, a lot of in game items. Not sure how I feel about this, but I guess I'll take them.
In other news, From Software said it has no plans for DLC for the game. I'm cool with this.
If you are looking to join a Dark Souls community to talk strategy, then you can check out this forum. I've been a part of it since original release and members really get into this game here. Everyone is really kind and helpful and some people do spreadsheets with crazy data and stuff.
It is a medium sized community, which I like. Your questions get answered and not buried a la Gamefaqs, but to each their own.
PLACES YOU CAN STiLL PRE ORDER BLACK ARMOR EDITION ( as of 03.07.14) Thanks to @lookatthat for sharing!
http://www.frys.com/...CFS1p7AodMwoAVQ (added 03.09.14)
Earlier, Sept. 23, 2013:
What joy! It's finally here! Dark Souls II Limited Edition!
It's already being dubbed "prepare to be broke" edition. Selling for $119.99. Last time, From Software gave everyone who preordered Dark Souls a free upgrade to the collector's edition, but for those of us that remember, there was one big SNAFU with that. (People didn't get their LEs, unless they preordered at Gamestop, for the most part.)
I'm dropping the big bucks on this. I don't care. This is my favorite game of this console generation. Here's what it comes with, from Joystiq:
"The Collector Edition is priced at $119.99 and includes a cloth map of the game's world, an art book and a 12" Warrior Knight figurine. It also contains the Black Armor edition of Dark Souls 2, meaning you'll have a soundtrack and metal case to go with the steeled will any Dark Souls fan undoubtedly harbors."
Just went to my local GameStop and preordered it there. I'll be there at midnight.
I should note, GS requires a minimum $25 to preorder the CE.
Also, considering how From Software is notorious for messing up pre orders, and how insane the Souls community is, this might be one of those "you snooze you lose" type deals. Then again, this could be $79.99 three months after release. I did a poll on a Dark Souls forum, and pretty much everyone is getting the CE. Then again, those guys are like me. Also, I recommend PS3 version. Just my two bits. 360 version just as good, but more Souls fans play on PS3.