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Time to brave the Dark Souls 2 beta

By Michael Jamias
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Ah, the Dark Souls 2 beta is coming -- and I swear I felt the quivering of a million gamers.

Namco Bandai Partners is calling for all intrepid heroes to test the beta version of the Dark Souls sequel, which has been hyped to be the rpg equivalent of a brutal flogging.

First beta round begins October 12, and then two weeks after, the second round commences on October 27. Only North America and Europe/Australasia players are invited for both betas, so the rest of the world will have to make do with the morsels of footage developers and defiant NDA breakers will post on YouTube.

To get into the Dark Souls 2 beta, you will need to register on the PlayStation Network website or simply log into the PlayStation Network to receive an access pass.

But all you beta testers have been warned. This is no ordinary mmorpg beta test.

Those pain masters at Namco Bandai have planned punishing trials that should make your average casual gamer squirm. The press release alone promises "overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and unrelenting challenge" so it goes without saying that you will spend quite a lot of time staring at the death screen.

Herein lies the masochistic appeal of the Dark Souls franchise -- it beats you up so good you'll be asking for seconds, thirds and even hundreds.

For those who somehow survive the beta torture with a satisfying grimace, look forward to the title to hit the store shelves in March 2014 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft PC.

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