The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


Domestic violence: What it is and how to spot it
Domestic violence: What it is and how to spot it
Elijah Hoskins, Social Media Editor • May 24, 2024

Every minute almost 20 people around the world are physically assaulted by their partner; in the US this equals more than 10 million people a...

Drake and Kendrick Lamar going back in forth to understand each others motive
Drake vs Kendrick Lamar
Corissa Greene, Copy Editor • May 22, 2024

There have been suppositions and rumors over the years about tensions between popular rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar, but nothing has been...

Students walk around to view peers STEM projects. Students spent much of the event viewing projects as well as presenting their  own.
Athens STEM students display their semester-long work at Athens STEMposium
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • May 22, 2024

The work of the Athens Drive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students came to fruition this year at the Athens STEMposium on April...

The Athens Drive Flag Football team celebrates after their win against East Wake High School. This was the second game day, and it determined whether they would make it to the Sup-Her-Bowl
Women’s Flag Football’s future uncertain after new budget proposal
Ella Johnson, Copy Editor • May 21, 2024

This 2023-2024 school year, the Carolina Panthers announced they would be donating $50,000 to Wake County to kickstart Women’s flag football...

Members of the South Asian Student Association pose for a photo. This club is one of many school organizations that celebrate student diversity.
Athens Drive Culture Fest to return May 28
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • May 21, 2024

 With a total minority enrollment of 59%, and students from many countries around the world, Athens Drive High School is the most diverse high...

Susan McGraw and Leya Arikat flaunt Athen’s gear as they give a detailed tour of the school. The pair steps up to aid in making certain the Magnet evaluators from Magnet Schools of America have a positive experience.
A new beginning: Boshoff's first year
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • May 17, 2024

Amanda Boshoff, Athens Drive’s newest principal, is ending off her first year on a high note. After a long year of getting to know the Athens...

Meet the Staff
Hannah Suehle
Hannah Suehle
Co-Editor in Chief

Hannah Suehle is a senior at Athens Drive and co-editor-in-chief. This is their fifth semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, they like to play games, read, crochet, and do Scottish...

Ethan Adams
Ethan Adams
Assistant Editor

Ethan Adams is a Junior at Athens Drive. He is a Assistant News Editor for the Athens Oracle. He has been with the Oracle for 3 years. He enjoys getting to interact with others as well as writing. Ethan...

Ella Johnson
Ella Johnson
News Copy Editor

Ella Johnson (Right) is a Sophomore at Athens Drive High School. This is her first semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and listening...

Is Dark Souls 2 worth the hype?

Dark Souls has been a controversial game since its inception, known for it’s staggering difficulty and huge learning curve many believe it to be too hard be good, while some view it as one of the best games of all time.

Dark Souls 2 follows suit by being an action RPG (action role-playing game) in the same vein as the first one, with many similarities such as the same stat system, same combat system and a very similar story progression. The game is based around attempting to solve the undead curse, which brings the dead back over and over until they go insane. In an attempt to cure himself, the main character goes to a land called Drangleic, where it is rumored the answer to the curse is.

Bonfires scattered throughout the world act as checkpoints, travel hubs and item inventories. During the course of the game there are scattered bonfires which act as checkpoints, ways to heal and travel hubs to go in between them. Upon the player character losing all his/her lives, you are returned to the last used bonfire. As you die more and more, you slowly lose your max life. This is to simulate the idea of going “hollow,” or slowly losing sanity as the main character undergoes death over and over. The first two games of the series did not implement this mechanic, making them somewhat more forgiving. This slow hollowing process can be reversed by regaining your humanity, done by helping other players defeat bosses or crushing an item called a “human effigy.”

Hollowing can be seen in many of the characters you encounter throughout the game, as characters go along their own quest, it is intriguing and harrowing to see them losing their minds over time. This gradual loss of what makes characters unique is a symbol of what happens to everyone in the game, and instills an atmosphere of tragedy, as more and more characters become little more than hollow shells of their former selves.

Drangleic is a beautiful and terrifying place that contains varied and strange landscapes. The scenery itself is amazing, ranging from seaside towns to desolate ruins filled with monsters. Assorted areas contain most of the real plot of the story, with very little of it coming from events and linear storytelling. What that means is that you have the freedom to explore in many different directions at any point in time, which lets you do whatever you please in terms of progression. If you wanted to, you could very quickly access some very high level areas very early on in your experience.

Criticism of Dark Souls generally stems from the idea of “Artificial Difficulty”, the idea that the game is falsely difficult, because it fails to properly give you the tools to succeed. Those opposed to this criticism argue that the game does actually give players the tools to succeed and that its up to the players to overcome the obstacles placed. Early on in the game, Dark Souls 2 presents a boss that will almost surely slaughter you, and it can be said with the utmost confidence that if players are experiencing the game for the first time, they will lose to it. But that is part of what makes the game unique, the boss is beatable, but it takes patience, analyzing of the bosses attacks and perfect timing. If you take the time, you can beat the game ridiculously fast once the fastest routes and tricks become clear. The fastest completion of this game is 1 hour and 4 minutes by speedrunner noobest, who found a way to skip a major part of the game and reach endgame content incredibly quickly.

In short, Dark Souls 2 is a very unique game, and was not created to appeal to all audiences. As difficult as it is losing over and over again or dying many times to the same boss, the gratification in defeating a game like this is incredibly sweet. I would encourage anyone interested in a challenge, that wants to try something new to pick up Dark Souls 2 and try their best to survive.

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