Dark Souls 2 has been given the preview treatment in this week's new edition of Famitsu. The game's combat was a key focus of the piece, in which pyromancy, guard breaking mechanics and miracles were discussed, among other things.
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The guard break move is similar to the riposte in Dark Souls, but is used after breaking through an enemies block like a follow-up move. Players can also click L3 while running to jump, rather than double tapping the run button like in Dark Souls.
While aiming with a bow, you can fire two arrow types without having to go back into your inventory to change your ammo. You can fire the first arrow type with R1, and R2 for the second type.
The Soul Arrow spell will return, along with Soul Spear, which makes magic cascade from the sky to damage enemies. There's also a magic greatsword, a fire whip pyromancy spell and a new fireball magic typ that harms both enemies and the caster.
There's also a new Replenishment miracle that increased both your attack and defence, a lightning spear spell and a Dark Orb item that syphons stamina from enemies.
Finally, you must use Life Gems to restore your heroes health, edible grass that restores your number of magic uses, magic bombs and Estus Flasks are back in some form.
Phew. Famitsu has also posted some gameplay of different character classes that we've featured before, but that we also thought you might like to check out again anyway.