Dark Souls Remastered Review: A Journey You’ll Never Forget

Dark Souls Remastered

Genre: Action-RPG | Developer: QLOC | Publisher: Bandai-Namco | Publication Date: May 25, 2018 | Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Game title: Dark Souls Remastered

Game description: Immerse yourself in the world of Dark Souls Remastered like never before with improvements. Now you have the chance to relive the game in dynamic 4K resolution and explore the Kingdom of Lordran like never before. In the dark world of Dark Souls Remastered, there are nine online pacts to uncover and up to six players can play online with each other to support or fight each other in the campaign.

  • 89%
    GAMEPLAY - 89%
  • 86%
    STORY - 86%
  • 95%
    GRAPHIC & SOUND - 95%
Overall
90%

The Verdict

Dark Souls is a top-notch game, one of if not the best action RPG of all time. I once spent countless hours in the dark world of Lordran, cursing about my mostly unnecessary deaths and cheering for the glorious victories over the dangers lurking around every corner. Console players also finally enjoy complete freedom from jerking, almost crisp textures and the new coop mode.

Pros

  • Significantly sharper than the original version
  • Epic soundtrack
  • Coop mode

Cons

  • Deterring for most beginners due to high level of difficulty

Dark Souls is one of the biggest games of the last 7 years. Every aspect of the game, from music, history to game design, is a work of art in itself – and is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Sharper and faster

If you’ve played Dark Souls on the older consoles, it’s sure to take your hearts by storm. Now it’s time to venture back into absolute and frightening darkness and face your worst nightmares. But instead of tough jerking, you can expect a remaster with 60 frames per second at almost eight times as high a resolution as the original from 2011. Those who expect an extensive general overhaul à la Shadow of the Colossus will be disappointed. Technically and playfully, Dark Souls Remastered cooks on a low flame in comparison. The result of the improvements is immediately visible at the start of the game: A stable, high frame rate and subtly fine improvements in light and special effects except for the ambient textures have admittedly remained relatively muddy.

What Dark Souls is about instead

A curse lies over the land of Lordran. He prevents people from dying, gradually robs them of their souls and turns them into undead, who gradually become willless sheaths of themselves. But a chosen pilgrim sets off on a journey to rescue the souls of the old princes, to connect the fires and thus lead mankind out of the darkness…

Rudimentary remaster of a modern classic: despite still a must buy for ambitious action RPG.

In the world of Dark Souls, a soul is not a religious consciousness, but a crystalline currency and humanity is not a moral attribute, but a state of being. This unbelievable story with a varied designed game world consists of a masterfully interwoven labyrinth with over 20 locations. Without a map or even a route display, you always work out satisfying déjà vus for yourself when you just feel lost and suddenly find a shortcut to an already known place – and there are so many of them and have their own laws that cannot be grasped with the mind of our reality.

The fights in Dark Souls aren’t hard, but they challenge you to first study your opponent and his approach, wait for the right moment to counterattack, adapt your own equipment and armament to the respective situation, put the defensive above the offensive – hardly any other RPG allows you so many freedoms, which also have a significant effect on the way you play.

Dark Souls Remastered

If you’ve always wanted to play Dark Souls and waited until now, you’ll find the best version to get started in the remastered version and don’t have to do without the online functions if you need the help of a friend or if you want to annoy others a little during an invasion into the world of a foreign player. But keep in mind that Dark Souls remains bulky and there can be frustrating moments again and again.


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