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Flawed port of an amazing game

heretickitsune | Nov. 11, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (NA)

Dark Souls is a lengthy and difficult game, with a deep and depressing plot hidden within the game that you'll love to discover. Of course, you'll have to stop dying so often to do that... which is no easy task. This game wants you dead.

But, that's perfectly fine, because almost all of the time, it was your fault. You could have prevented your death. You could have been faster, more aware, more prepared. You will get frustrated, but you will learn. And you will love it. The combat system is deep and deliberate: everything you do has a consequence, and you have to learn what to do and when, unless you enjoy flailing angrily instead of attacking while a goat demon introduces you to his giant machetes. And on that note, part of the learning experience involves discovering that death isn't always a terrible thing... after all, you don't lose any of your inventory.

The controls might take some getting used to at first, but once you master them you realize just how great the controls and handling are.

Don't worry though, help does exist in this world. Other players can place signs that allow you to summon them, and they'll be able to assist you. Though, not all Dark Souls players wish to help you... there are those who will invade your world, seeking to kill you for their own gain. Defeat them, however, and you will be rewarded.

A vast amount of equipment exists in this game, with many varying weapon types. Short swords, greatswords, magic, rapiers, crossbows, spears, and even a few whips! They all differ more than just in basic statistics, however, as two different weapons in a single category can behave differently. You can carry as much as you want in your inventory, but there is a weight limit for equipment that varies based on your stats and some accessories, giving even more depth to your choice on what to wear into battle. Unfortunately there are some balance issues, but nothing major: if you're good enough, you can run around naked and punch things to death with your bare hands (I don't recommend this because it takes forever).

Graphically, the game looks quite great. The overall design is wonderful

So, with all this praise, why not a perfect 100? Sadly, the game does have some faults. Texture quality can vary, though as a whole the game looks quite great. There are a couple of moments in the game that you pretty much need prior knowledge to avoid dying the first time, but they are very few and far between. The biggest problem, however, is the shoddy quality of the PC port. This game was originally on the Playstation 3, then ported quite well to the Xbox 360. The 360 version was ported to the PC due to so many fans requesting it, and the developers told the fans prior that they had zero experience with PC game development but with enough demand they'd try and port it. Well, it shows: The resolution settings aren't very good, the mouse and keyboard support is abysmal (the game was made for controllers anyway so just use a 360 or PS3 controller, or similar), and the multiplayer has some troubles with connecting. The community stepped in, however, and there are popular fixes out there for the PC version that are easy to find, easy to use, and perfectly safe to install.

To summarize, Dark Souls is a very challenging, but fair, game. Looks great, plays great, very engaging. Offline or online, you'll have a great experience, but you will die very often. The key is to keep trying and keep getting better... and you'll soon find those super difficult moments from the past are no match for your increasing skill with the game. The PC version has some issues, but downloading and installing DSFix along with Dark Souls Connectivity Fix basically patches those problems and create the ultimate version of the game. There's even a mouse fix in case you want to play with keyboard and mouse.

If you want a deep, rewarding game, purchase Dark Souls. And when you do...

Prepare to Die.