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  • Summary: Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. Beautifully remastered, return to Lordran in stunning detail. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    100
    If you’re someone who finds reward in developing deep mechanical understanding in games and is willing to die, a lot, in a bleak and uncaring world in pursuit of this understanding, Dark Souls Remastered could be a new favourite.
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    90
    Dark Souls Remastered has built a reputation for its sadistic design. This can certainly be the case for anyone that dares to dive headfirst into danger without a second thought. What I took from the experience was a simulated life lesson in paying attention and thinking for yourself to work out how to smartly move forward to achieve small ambitious goals. Sure, the difficulty curve can seem daunting, but there is an answer to everything as long as you’re willing to experiment. With all that said, there’s a reason why Dark Souls has become such a massive influence in the games industry.
  3. Nov 7, 2018
    90
    To me, it’s the perfect afternoon.
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    If you’re searching for a real challenge on Switch and haven’t played the original before, look no further than Dark Souls: Remastered. It’s going to be a daunting yet thrilling ride filled with frustrations along the way, but satisfying nonetheless in the end. Just be extremely patient, learn from your mistakes and you’ll eventually feel right at home.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    80
    The game has extras and technical improvements, but graphically it is similar to the first version, the sound is bad and the additional contents are scarce. However, it brings a unique experience thanks to a great playable system and a wonderful world that rewards you with the sweetest death.
  6. Oct 19, 2018
    80
    While Dark Souls Remastered on Switch possesses some odd quirks and isn't as technically impressive as its current-gen counterparts, it still retains the heart of what the original game is all about.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    67
    A hasty and superficial porting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    I never liked Soul's games despite that tried It several times. But this port changed my attitude completely. And now I love this game.I never liked Soul's games despite that tried It several times. But this port changed my attitude completely. And now I love this game. Quality of port is very high and deliver the best portable souls experience. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    10
    I played the original Dark Souls (& expansions) back in 2011 when they first came out on PS3, then again on PC. Luckily for me, I haven'tI played the original Dark Souls (& expansions) back in 2011 when they first came out on PS3, then again on PC. Luckily for me, I haven't played DS1 for at least 6 years so when I heard it was coming to Switch I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to revisit the game. The game is simply a masterpiece. I've read other user reviews complaining that this isn't actually "Remastered" and I've seen pictures that support that theory. My response? WHO CARES?! I was not actually expecting to see the same graphical fidelity as the PC or PS4 version because I'm realistic... Switch is a portable machine whose graphic limits are naturally not going to rival a PS4.

    The fact that this runs as well as it does and looks as good as it does on a Switch are, quite frankly, surprising. The performance is solid and has not once dipped below 30 FPS. I was also worried that the precise control needed for this type of game would be awkward playing in handheld mode, but that's simply not the case. After only 20 minutes it felt perfectly natural!

    If you have recently played the game on PC or PS4 and have no need for portability then this is simply not for you. You're not going to be wow'd by graphical improvements.

    But if you've never played the game (or haven't played in a while) buy this game! You won't be disappointed!
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  3. Oct 19, 2018
    10
    this is hands down one of my favorite games ever, and now i can play it on the go with better performance than the original! if your a soulsthis is hands down one of my favorite games ever, and now i can play it on the go with better performance than the original! if your a souls fan and own an switch, this is a must have. this is one of those games that sucks you into its world and haunts you for days after playing. from the world building to the unforgiving but fair game play, Dark Souls is what gaming is all about. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2018
    9
    A generally solid port of one of the best games ever made.

    It's not the prettiest of the Remastered versions, and the audio is a bit
    A generally solid port of one of the best games ever made.

    It's not the prettiest of the Remastered versions, and the audio is a bit lacking, but anyone playing on a Switch should know that going in. It's not the most powerful of this generation, but its portability and ease of entry is unmatched. If you want the prettiest version, get it on PC and play it at 4K.

    So that said, this is Dark Souls as you expect it to be. It's the whole game, it's well optimized, framerate is consistent and you can take it anywhere. A great platform for a great game.
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  5. Oct 21, 2018
    8
    I was very excited for the Switch port of Dark Souls when it got announced. Dark Souls has been a favorite of mine since the 360 version yearsI was very excited for the Switch port of Dark Souls when it got announced. Dark Souls has been a favorite of mine since the 360 version years back, so when the opportunity came up to play it on the go, I jumped at the chance. And overall, it’s a great experience! It plays smoothly, looks good (not quite up to par with the PS4/Xbox One remasters, but I had anticipated that. What the Switch lacks in raw power it makes up for in adaptability), and overall has been a positive experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into the series, or having another option to play what has now become a classic in the genre (if not a genre builder itself).

    My one complaint, and I actually wanted to write this review to do my part to get it out there as best I could, is that the audio is...bad. I can’t make any assumptions about what the cause is, but the audio sounds horribly compressed for most sounds (voices sound mostly okay, but they do lose some of the resonance they had in the original). The sound effects still sound appropriate (though a few have been cut, I’ve noticed), but the audio actually kinda messed with my ears because it sounded so low-quality. It’s nothing that ruins the game for me, and it’s still one of my favorite iterations of the game because of the portability, but it is something that could really use a fix to make the game essentially a 9-10 in my book. Nothing is broken, but if you want a good example of what it sounds like, think of watching a stream of the game (feel free to actually watch videos of this version, too) with low stream quality—it just sounds off, and makes you second-guess whether something’s wrong with your speakers.

    Overall, I’d still highly recommend this game, and think that it’s a faithful port with some much upgrades. Just note that if you’re a fan of the series already, or an audio fanatic, you may want to double check that the audio isn’t going to ruin your experience before dropping $40.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that the audio sounds significantly better in handheld mode vs. docked. My one speculation for this review is that the audio was designed to maintain decent quality on the handheld speakers, but wasn’t optimized for TVs—and especially not for good home sound systems.
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  6. Oct 30, 2018
    6
    I played most of the way through Demon's Souls (on PS3) and then gave up on it. While it was a beautiful game, I found certain sections a bitI played most of the way through Demon's Souls (on PS3) and then gave up on it. While it was a beautiful game, I found certain sections a bit frustrating... I somewhat regret giving up on it, because I still vividly remember the jail and the dragon on the bridge, etc. These moments stand out (to me) more than the vast majority of video games, which are largely unoriginal and forgettable.

    I figured maybe Dark Souls would be less frustrating while being just as memorable as Demon's Souls. I was wrong. It's more frustrating and less memorable... Maybe this is because it is the second game in the series that I've played so it's lost a bit of punch. I don't know. What I do know is: I don't want to keep playing it.

    The combat is pretty crap. Killing enemies is all about timing counter attacks. This becomes monotonous. And, killing bosses revolves around rolling then attacking then rolling then attacking then rolling then attacking... and so on, and so forth.

    There is nothing in this game that compares to Breath of the Wild. That might seem like a strange comparison. But, it isn't - really - if you think about it. The combat is similar in Dark Souls, but slower and less complex. In both games you target enemies. You can jump backwards away from them. You can block their attacks at the right moment and counter-attack... The only real difference between them is: one of them is brutally difficult.

    I like difficult games - Zelda was too easy - but Dark Souls isn't difficult in a good way. The only thing it has going for it is how easily you can die. It's like Ghosts 'n' Goblins. They are both fairly mediocre games that are famous because of their difficulty level... I need a game that is both good and difficult. Difficult alone is not good enough for me.

    It's not a terrible game, it's just not for me... I'm done with the Souls franchise.

    Going to sell it and move on to something else.
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  7. Oct 30, 2018
    1
    **** port with so many game breaking bugs... dumb B to confirm and A to cancel system... and so many other senseless stupidities

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