Dark Souls 2's beta has been released in Japan and you know what that means: Let's Play videos!
Roughly an hour of in-game footage has been captured, showing off loads of new environments, enemies, bosses and items. (Thanks, NeoGAF.) It's all in Japanese, of course, but that's okay. I sort of prefer not knowing what all the text prompts mean, so there'll be something new to look forward to when we brave these areas ourselves next spring.
All four videos show roughly the same dreary forest, so take your pick. The first video shows off a boss fight with a handful of skeleton leaders at 12 minutes in, while the third one displays the sequel's cleaner inventory layout after a couple of minutes.
The western Dark Souls 2 beta is set to begin on 12th October. The final game is expected to launch on PS3 and Xbox 360 on 14th March in Europe, while North America gets it three days earlier. A PC release will follow shortly thereafter.