If you own an Xbox One, you may have only played Dark Souls II: First Sin Scholar or Dark Souls III on the system. The original Dark Souls was just a backward compatible track that suffered from poor performance and visual effects on the console. Luckily, with the launch of Dark Souls: Remastered, the trilogy is available in a native presentation. The new game may not look as great as the sequels ̵
Dark Souls is much more challenging than its sequels. There are fewer memory points and the opponents are much harder. Unfortunately, the movement mechanisms are also a bit clunky and much less sophisticated than what FromSoftware could achieve with Dark Souls III. Oddly enough, although Dark Souls III runs on Xbox One at 30 fps, it feels even better than this remaster.
Most battles revolve around dodging, hitting, and blocking. Dark Souls is ruthless and every mistake costs you a lot. Fortunately, there is always the opportunity to grind lower-level monsters for souls and get stronger by increasing your health and strength. Sometimes this is necessary if you can not beat a boss.
As you probably know, Dark Souls does not follow a traditional plot because the story is told through dialogues and boss encounters. As the world is full of secrets and stories of past civilizations, your task is simply to defeat some of the Titanic bosses and then decide the fate of humanity by rekindling a fire. On your journey you have to explore everything, from dark forests, treacherous sewers and underground cities.
The most notable aspect of level design must be how each area is essentially connected to the central "Firelink Shire". There is no map, so it is necessary for further development to find shortcuts and fire. You have to return to them to ascend. Tracing certain dealers and blacksmiths is also necessary to upgrade your weapons or armor.
Dark Souls: Remastered runs flawlessly on the Xbox One X and looks good on a 4K display. The game seems a bit blurry so it does not seem to have a native 4K presentation, but the frame rate is locked at a constant 60 FPS, no matter what the game is on the way. From our understanding, both the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro versions render at 1800p. This is a strange decision, as the developer could easily have increased the resolution of the new Microsoft console to native 4K. This seems to be a decision that comes out of convenience, because on many occasions the textures are blurry and the lighting is below average.
If you're hoping for a game on the level of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, you'll be disappointed. The locked 60 FPS provide a smoother gaming experience by reducing the input lag and making the fight even better. That's the main reason why Xbox One owners should consider this release, because apart from the resolution enhancement, the game is in no way fantastic.
Overall, Dark Souls: Remastered meets expectations because the fight feels great with the bump in the frame rate. However, it is obvious that Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III are still far superior games due to their sophisticated mechanics. If you have not played the original or love the first game then Dark Souls: Remastered is the right version. However, if you are new to the Dark Souls franchise, then I would recommend starting with Dark Souls III because it is the highlight of the series.
Dark Souls: Remastered is currently available for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 for $ 39.99. A Nintendo Switch version is planned for this year
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