Dark Souls is essentially the birthplace of what is now known as a soul-like genre. The remastered version just brings it to the new era of high framerates and better textures. If you are a fan of this category of games, then this game is well worth the look. Here are the reasons that Dark Souls Remastered is worth playing.
Dark Souls Remastered is very much worth the time you invest in it. There is no game out there that is this rewarding. If you are a fan of the genre and haven’t played the granddaddy that started it all, then you must give the source material the respect it deserves.
Let’s find out what makes Dark Souls Remastered so unique and deserving of your time!
The gameplay is very smooth and easy to understand, the only thing that you must learn is when to roll and attack the enemies. For a new player, it might be a little confusing at first, but if you are a Dark Souls veteran, you will feel right at home.
It is not long before you will see those giant red letters spelling “YOU DIED” and that is the brilliance of the game that forces you to get better with each death. Perseverance is the name of the game, and the satisfaction of overcoming adversity is the reward.
Honestly, the gameplay is fun as you slowly explore a world full of enemies and death traps. There are tons of places to go, and as you explore the world, you open up new areas and secrets. It seems like every path has something valuable around the corner.
The only downside to the game is that there is no fast traveling between bonfires until later on in the game but I will not say how.
Improved textures and framerate
There is not much of a difference from the base game to the remastered version other than the texture updates and the framerate improvement.
The base game was locked at 30 fps, but the remastered version brought the max frames up to 60. The smoother your game is, the more visually pleasing and responsive it is.
Compared to the original game, the textures aren’t that better, but to a new player, they won’t notice anything. Just keep in mind that this is a game from 2011 brought back in 2018, so it is still quite an old-looking game, but in this case, gameplay trumps over graphical fidelity.
There are a total of 22 bosses in Dark Souls Remastered, and each of them will beat you to a pulp if you are not prepared. Every boss you defeat brings you closer to beating the game, and they do not get stale at all.
If you are stuck on a boss, you can always escape and go back to fight it later with better equipment and upgrades. There is always something else to do and more places to explore that the bosses feel fun to fight.
There are those challenging bosses, but there are also those bosses that make you just want to smash everything in your room. The bosses alone make this game worth it.
There are honestly so many places for you to go once you get past the beginning. As you progress, new areas open up and you can just keep going and going.
Also, there is nothing like exploring and then finding another bonfire because you know you are safe and one step closer to succeeding.
When you play the game, don’t be afraid to take risks and go to places you think you can’t go because there might be a secret that you would not have found if you didn’t take a certain path. Always explore if you can.
The vast selection of enemies that you can fight is insane. One second, you are fighting a bunch of undead people, and then you are fighting invisible knights in a giant garden. The foes in this game stand at the pinnacle of perfect enemy design.
It is alright if you die by an enemy the first time so that you can learn from your mistakes and get better at reacting.
If you have played any other Dark Souls game, you will understand how some enemies can be just downright overpowered and impossible to beat, but most of the enemies have a weakness. All you need to do is find that weakness and use it to your advantage.
Character Creation is the main part of beginning your journey. With thousands of different options to play around to make your character look however you want. The game does an excellent job with its customization options.
You can make yourself or any character you like (I made the Joker), or you can create the most horrendous-looking abomination. The sky is the limit with this robust customization system.
Difficult, yet satisfying
Dark Souls is considered to be one of the hardest games to play. I am not going to lie, it is one of the hardest games that I have ever played, but when I played through it a second time, it was a lot easier for me.
Once you play a Dark Souls game once or twice, you will understand how the game works and it will come as second nature. Every enemy/boss has a pattern that eventually makes it a rhythm game where you react to the moves.
Once you beat the game, you will have a sense of joy that you overcame something that a lot of other players shudder at diving into. It is a hard game, but that is what makes it that much better of a game.
Co-op is a great addition to the game that is so challenging. You are not alone in this dreadful world, and there is some solace in that. The co-oping method is a bit convoluted, but we’ll take anything just to share the load with other players.
The way co-op works in the Dark Souls franchise is very different from other games because it takes an item to summon someone. It is not that easy to summon someone and when you do, you have to be very careful because one wrong move and the co-op experience could be over.
In conclusion, Dark Souls Remastered is a great game and it is worth your time if you are into the souls-like genre. It has a lot of replayability and has many hours of gameplay. And looking at that low price tag, there is no reason not to play this game.