Is Dark Souls Remastered Worth It?

The first Dark Souls game is a lot of people’s favorite game of all time, and when Bandai Namco showed that were coming out with a remastered version of Dark Souls. Many people were excited and when it finally released, there was a split community whether it was a good remaster or not. Those who have played the game before the remastered version came out won’t see that much of a difference from the base game, but there are those people who like the extra framerate and the updated textures. It is also a great starter game for those who have never played any Dark Souls. Here are the reasons that Dark Souls Remastered is worth playing.

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The gameplay

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 with the controls of the game. It is not long before you will be seeing those giant red letters spelling “YOU DIED” and you must get used to seeing that for a very long time. If you know how to play the game then you won’t see it as much but I guarantee, if you are not a master or speedrunner, you will be seeing it quite a lot.

Honestly, the gameplay is actually really fun as you slowly explore a world full of enemies and deathtraps. There are tons of places to go and as you explore the worlds, you open up new areas and secrets. It seems like every path you turn down has something for you and there are many Bonfires to find. 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.

The 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 frames per second but the remastered version brought the max frames up to 60 frames per second. That is a huge jump in frames because the higher the frames you have, the more enjoyable your experience is. The smoother your game is, the more fun you can have. Compared to the original game, the textures aren’t that better, but to a new player, they won’t notice anything. It does not matter how the game looks for me, I only care about how it runs so if you are looking for a game with amazing graphics, then this game is not for you.

The bosses

There are a total of 22 bosses in Dark Souls Remastered and each of them takes some skill to beat, even the Asylum Demon. Every boss you defeat brings you closer to beating the game and they do not get stale at all. There are a few reskins of the same boss, but they all feel like an entirely different fight because they all have different moves. If you are stuck on a boss, you can always escape and go back to fight it later. There is always something else to do and more places to explore that the bosses feel really fun to fight. There are those really 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.

The exploration

There are honestly so many places for you to go once you get past the beginning. As you progress, new areas open up for you and you can just keep going and going. It almost seems like the game is always spitting something new at you but that is good since the developers did an amazing job with boosting your experience. 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 unique enemies to fight

The vast selection of enemies that you can fight is actually insane. One second you are fighting a bunch of undead people, and then you are fighting invisible knights in a giant garden. I don’t know what it is, but the enemies are very well done in this game. The best thing to know how to do is to know what each enemy has and how they attack because that is how you are going to survive. It is alright if you die by an enemy the first time but you should have learned your lesson and defeat them the next time. 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 own advantage.

The character creation

Character Creation is the main part of beginning your journey. With the thousands of different options to play around to make your character look however you want, the game does a very good job with how it did the customization. I have seen players make their character as ugly as they could get him to look, and there are also those people who make the same character in every single game that has customization like it. In this section, you can create your character, choose your starting class, give yourself gifts, and so on. Everything you need to start the game will be given to you then and there so don’t worry about anything.

Difficult, yet satisfying

Dark Souls is considered to be one of the hardest games in the world to play because of how the game is made. 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 through once or twice, you will understand how the game works and it will be second nature for you to do certain things. Every enemy and boss you fight is extremely fun to fight and it is very satisfying to finally beat them. Once you beat the game, you will have a sense of joy that you overcame something that a lot of other players do not want to do. It is a hard game, but that is what makes it that much better of a game.

There is co-op

Co-op is a great addition to the game because you might be stuck on a hard section of the game that you can’t beat, so you can just have a friend join you and you can tackle it together. The only downside is if either of you dies, your friend will return to their own world. The way co-op works in the Dark Souls franchise is very different from other games because it takes an item to actually summon anyone. 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. At least it does have a way to play with other people so just in case you need to pass a difficult part of the game that you don’t want to beat.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Dark Souls Remastered is a great game and it is definitely worth your time if you are into the souls-like genre. It has a lot of replayability and has many hours of gameplay. Honestly, the $40 price tag is totally worth your money unless you are not a fan of the other games. Also, it is actually worth your playtime as well because it is Dark Souls. I would recommend anyone to get this game.

Caleb Simmons

I first started playing video games on my Nintendo Gameboy Advance, and I have not stopped playing ever since. My goal is to help others with questions about their favorite video games.

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