Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:11

REVIEW: Dark Souls Remastered (Xbox One)

Written by Kevin Lal
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From the original in 2011, to the remaster in 2018. What has changed?

Dark Souls is a rewarding but very challenging game. For the casual gamers out there, it might not be your game of choice, but it has so much to offer to those that accept the difficulty. The Dark Souls series in general is difficult, but personally I feel the first of the series is the most challenging. It strips back the bonfire transporting, so if you need to return to an area where you met an NPC or saw a locked door you may now have the key for. Get ready to walk. This adds to the difficulty, as you must return through areas where enemies have now respawned and remember it is now in reverse. With enemies hidden round corners, within the landscape, this can differ when you return from the other way around.

The remaster brings increased frame rates and resolution. The original would run at 720p and struggle around 30FPS making a game that needs quick reactions and smooth gameplay ever so slightly harder. But now it runs at 1080p and 60FPS on the base PS4 and Xbox One, but on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, the game runs at 4K at 60FPS. This is a blessing, as it now runs so much smoother and looks sharper than it originally did, with the biggest difference being the enhanced lighting adding to the atmosphere and mystery of the Dark Souls landscape.

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For fans of the original, there is nothing new to see on the remaster, everything from NPC to loot drops are still in the same places. To some, this is welcomed and to others it may seem that no effort has been brought to update the title. But remasters in all are a strange subject. For myself, I am happy it's the same title, though it brings it in closer to current gen by making the game continue its life, but not changing its core gameplay. Keeping it the same is important with Dark Souls as any addition or change could alter the story or essence of the title. The one big difference noted on the remaster is instead of 4 player arena battles, it is now six. The addition of dedicated  and private servers now make it run like the later games in the series. So no more being pitted against a lot higher level opponents, and anyone helping you co-operatively is nerfed to match your level.

Dark Souls has and always will be a welcomed series in the game industry. Offering a different game style and difficulty level to anyone out there. With its dark and integrate lore, it is so rewarding to continue grinding the game, even at its most difficult. I highly recommend gamers out there to play this title and give it the chance, while holding back the rage. Never have I felt so rewarded for finishing a game. This is worth the price tag, and even includes all the DLC.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: QLOC
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment, FromSoftware Inc.
  • Genre: Role-Playing, Action