Dark Souls Remastered Preview – Praise the Sun!

I’ve played Bloodborne. I’ve played Demon’s Souls. I’ve played Dark Souls II and III. Have I spent any time on Dark Souls bar maybe 30 minutes? Nope! Not sure why – well, okay, it’s because I was bad at it. Now I’m very excited to play it properly for the first time – and in its best form yet!

 

I wasn’t allowed to venture into Blighttown – which, I’ve been informed, is supposedly horrible – but I did make my way through the Northern Undead Asylum and into the Undead Burg. Whilst the area names may reference death, it’s clear that Dark Souls Remastered keeps the series’ flame burning as bright as it ever has. Updated and new textures, a smooth framerate and visuals that match Dark Souls III headline the game’s changes, bringing us the best version of the game yet.

 

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Dark Souls Remastered keeps the series’ flame burning as bright as it ever has.

The first thing I noticed was just how good the game looks. Dark Souls has a lot going for it, but back on PS3 and Xbox 360 it was more of an aesthetically-pleasing title in regards to art, rather than visual quality. Now it’s closer to more recent releases and it’s looking fab.

 

The smoother frame rate means that the gameplay feels better, leaving your palms sweaty when every frame counts. Not only that, but it seems many textures have been recreated alongside those which have been updated, bringing the medieval, grim world of Dark Souls beautifully to life.

 

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Let it be known, reader, that I battered the two bosses I went up against on my second go each time. Asylum Demon and the Taurus Demon both faced humiliating defeat at my hands, with the latter being felled after a few slashes and three drop attacks from the top of a ruined building.

 

This may sound far from impressive to those who’re experienced with Dark Souls, but this was my first time facing these foes and, thankfully, I’m much more experienced with other games in the series.

 

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Many textures have been recreated alongside those which have been updated, bringing the medieval, grim world of Dark Souls beautifully to life.

Dark Souls Remasters marks a great starting point for the series if you’ve not jumped in yet, but be aware that it is difficult. Whether it’s your menial enemy or a towering boss, you’ll be kept on your toes with very little room to breathe, and any lax in reaction speed can cost you all of your souls.

 

That’s the charm of Dark Souls though – it’s nail-biting challenge is part of the reason why people love it so much. Enemy patterns and locations can be learned, but there’s so much to remember that you’ll still find yourself being caught out by a stray bomb or a boulder rolling down the stairs.

 

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Dark Souls Remastered is another example of a remaster done right, and it’s one that’s very impressive considering that the game dates back to 2011. PC gamers might have mods to produce similar results with, but console owners – especially those who are looking to pick this up on Switch – are in luck. I’ll be sticking to PS4 because no way will I be able to concentrate on a game like Dark Souls whilst travelling, but having the option is nice. I’m very excited to get my hands on Dark Souls Remastered when it releases on 25th May.

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