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  1. Jun 3, 2018
    As a gameplay experience, you owe it to yourself to play Dark Souls Remastered – which to my mind is what Dark Souls should have always been.
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    Virtually every facet of this remastering enhances the experience of the original game, especially the performance. Despite this, it has some negative points.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jul 23, 2018
    Exacting and exhilarating, this slightly fugly remaster remains a challenging classic. [Aug 2018, p.76]
  4. May 25, 2018
    Although not quite as refined as one would have hoped, Dark Souls Remastered takes the critically acclaimed 2011 game and brings it back for a sharper, more fluid experience. Bugs and annoyances occur infrequently, but in the face of its stable framerate, its improved lighting and effects and its inclusion of Artorias of the Abyss, this is easy to overlook. Simply put, this is the best version of the game to date.
  5. May 25, 2018
    A solid remaster, with some good improvements in graphics, usability and multiplayer gameplay; it's definitely advised if you never played the original game, but if you've already played it, it couldn't offer enough incentives to go back to Lordran.
  6. Jun 23, 2018
    This Dark Souls Remastered targets people who played the original game on console, or the ones who never played it before. It’s still one of a kind game, but this remastered version is definitely too lazy.
  7. Jun 29, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered is exactly what the name implies and fans will adore it. I still suck royally at these games. I still want an easy mode so I can manage to get through them without frustration, but the game that spawned a genre is still finely crafted. The jump in framerate and added DLC make this the package to own. For new and old players this is the version to own.

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  1. Jun 30, 2018
    F*** this PIECE OF S*** MASTERPIECEF*** this PIECE OF S*** MASTERPIECE fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff**K THIS GAME Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    Let me start off by saying that this is not a remake, and I know that a lot of people were angry about that. If you go into this gameLet me start off by saying that this is not a remake, and I know that a lot of people were angry about that. If you go into this game expecting it to be drastically different from the original version, then you might be disappointed. In a nut shell, it is a better running version of the original with some improvements to the inventory system and pvp.
    While it may look the same as before initially, there are some noticeable graphical improvements. For example, the magic in this game is a night and day difference from before. Before, magic attacks would look like a colored mist, but now it looks like it has quality to it. Of course the biggest difference for people coming from the 360/PS3 versions is going to be the lack in frame rate drop in areas such as Blighttown. Another smaller change is to the usage of items in your inventory. Whereas before you had to use humanity or captured souls one at a time, now you can use as many as you want all at once, saving you time.
    I can't comment too heavily on the pvp since I'm more of a single player kind of person and I only got invaded a few times. I can comment that pvp still seems to not run 100% perfectly like it should in a remaster, although you can now have 3v3 combat which is cool.
    This is still Dark Souls, meaning it is one of the best games ever made. Whether or not people feel that these changes justify $40 is a choice they will have to make. To me, the frame rate upgrades were enough to justify the purchase, and having just finished the game, I have no regrets. If this is going to be your first attempt at a Soulsborne game, I highly recommend this version on consoles, especially since it comes with the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
  3. Jun 7, 2018
    The Dark Souls series has a huge following and it’s easy to see why. This is a series that provides you with challenging andThe Dark Souls series has a huge following and it’s easy to see why. This is a series that provides you with challenging and adrenaline-fuelled action from start to finish and the great sense of achievement you get when defeating an enemy is second to none. As you can imagine back in 2011 when the first Dark Souls game came out it was a game that hooked many and I was one of them many, so when I learnt that the first Dark Souls was being remastered I was excited to say the least. Thankfully they’ve done the first Dark Souls justice with this remaster and it was a pleasure to embark on the fantastic journey all over again. Without a doubt this is the best version of the game and you can see improvements throughout your time with the game, so if you’ve never played a Dark Souls game before then you’re in for a treat. Combat is obviously a major aspect in this series and thankfully it feels better than ever. In my opinion everything feels more fluid when in combat this time around and even though you will experience some frustrating moments from time to time putting the game down is very difficult thanks to its addictive gameplay. If you like lots of varied content then you will absolutely love what this game has to offer and with the added DLC that means you won’t be getting bored anytime soon. You will however notice that the content does have a few bugs and technichal issues contained in it, but thankfully whilst these issues can be annoying none of them are game-breaking so they’re not too problematic. There is however no issues when it comes to the new and improved multiplayer offerings. The multiplayer aspect in the game has seen quite an overhaul and to say I had fun when playing the game in this way would be a massive understatement. Unfortunately though the improved multiplayer is the only new thing really and even though I was more than satisfied playing the same and improved game again it still would’ve been nice to have seen a couple of new features included. I’ve always been a big fan of the Dark Souls presentation style and it was nice to see some improvements included here. Visually the game definitely looks better and in a way the improved visuals make you become even more attached to the gameplay. The same can also be said about the improved sound design because it makes the game even more of an immersive experience. At the end of the day as far as remasters go Dark Souls Remastered is a very good addition to the remastered formula and I really enjoyed experiencing this masterpiece again. They’ve managed to improve the game in a number of areas and even if you’ve played the game before I fully recommend that both newcomers and veterans of the series should purchase Dark Souls Remastered immediately because in my opinion you won’t regret it. Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    Bugs aside, DS:Remastered is a phenomenal game that should be everyone's starting point for the franchise - if you've played 2 or 3 or BB thenBugs aside, DS:Remastered is a phenomenal game that should be everyone's starting point for the franchise - if you've played 2 or 3 or BB then you'll likely find parts of the game frustrating and not nearly as polished as the later games in the series but it's still an immense role-playing experience that I'd recommend to anyone Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    Let's face it, Dark Souls: Remastered is more so a port of the 2011 masterpiece than an enhancement. The game looks nearly identical to theLet's face it, Dark Souls: Remastered is more so a port of the 2011 masterpiece than an enhancement. The game looks nearly identical to the original and the graphical changes - if any, can only be seen with a visual comparison between itself and the original. FromSoftware claims that the biggest changes are to lighting, but that too goes mostly unnoticed. What is noticeable, however, is the bump to 60 FPS on console. The doubling of the FPS (or tripling of if you suffered through Blighttown) makes it easier to evade some bosses' attacks. This is the change to look forward to the most.

    Regarding gameplay, FromSoftware has made two notable changes. One, a bonfire has been added to Vamos's room in The Catacombs. This makes accessing the Pinwheel fight and the entry point to the Tomb of Giants easier to access. And two, you can consume as many souls as you have instead of using them one by one. These changes are appreciated but it is hard not to feel like FromSoftware should have done so much more.

    I think it would have been great to see Lost Izalith finished or maybe have the dogs removed from the Capra Demon fight. Or maybe items could stack so your inventory was not so cluttered. What I would have loved to see most would be the addition to choose when you wanted to continue onto "new game +" as opposed to automatically being forced into it after defeating Gwyn. Dark Souls II and III had this option so it seems rather silly that it would excluded from arguably the most revered game in the series remastered.

    I would be lying if I said this game felt like it was a remaster. It feels like a port and I have my suspicions it is. Yet, the game still holds up. Everything I loved (and loved to hate) is still there. For new players, they will surely get a dose of the true Dark Souls experience and I am excited for them. If you have already got 100% achievements on the original but need to scratch that soul stealing itch, I fully recommending picking this up.

    60 FPS Blighttown is waiting!
  6. May 29, 2018
    The difference between User and Critic reviews is that I won't lie to you. I made a Metacritic account JUST to review this insult to theThe difference between User and Critic reviews is that I won't lie to you. I made a Metacritic account JUST to review this insult to the SoulsBorne series. Most of the critics are probably reviewing this game on the surface level and probably haven't made it to NG+. Let's start off with the good about this game as this review unfolds. Dark Souls: Remastered does not offer the graphical overhaul we as consumers would expect in 2018. Instead, there a few detail and lighting tweaks that make the game look a little bit better but it's not tremendously noticeable. Next up, added "patches". Some of the covenants now work properly and you can change your covenant right at a bonfire which is a helpful feature that was added. On top of that, by far the best good thing about this game is the reignition of the entire community. That is just about the only apsect that makes the game worth it's unappealing pricetag for a remaster. If you are either a returning veteran or someone who never got to experience the 2011 entry in it's full glory, then now is the time to pick this game up. That is, if you're willing to wait for a sale on the remaster. Another positive is: Blighttown is no longer an absolute disaster to traverse now that console has a solid 60fps. This was huge to me personally because Blighttown was absolutely dreadful on the original 2011 entry. Moving onto the negatives, I won't completely bash this game but I will be honest. After getting to NG+ (New Game +), I have never felt so disappointed in a remaster. Especially from a developer that I KNOW can do soooo much better than this lazy attempt at a cash grab. It's honestly saddening as a SoulsBorne veteran. This isn't the big "everything is fixed" patch that we were all hoping for. It's pretty much just a rerelease of the original 2011 Dark Souls. Many of the bugs such as ragdoll bodies that stick to the player model are still present. Chain backstabbing is still present, PvP has not been touched whatsoever, and the game is still riddled with it's initial janky feeling (especially in close quarters). The bugs are still largely in effect, anywhere from enemies dying and getting up to die again to getting backstabbed from the front (not parried). The remaster claims it has "dedicated serves" but you will still run into people online that seem like they have the weakest internet you could buy or live on the otherside of the planet. The biggest fix to online multiplayer that is a huge step for this game is that the player pool doesn't slowly build up anymore to a max of about 20 different people. But instead, the game offers many more people to play with or against. The player count has also been raised to 6. Finally, if you had played the original 2011 Dark Souls then you remember it's janky feeling. Anywhere from framerate drops, to the game feeling sluggish, to hitting your weapon on EVERY WALL IN THE GAME. These issues are still very much present in Dark Souls: Remastered. My advice to anyone looking to purchase this game is to wait for a sale. Otherwise, if you're like me and wanted to experience the original Dark Souls then this game is perfect for you. All in all, its comparable to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered on the same level that it is not a full remaster but more so a quick cash grab at your nostalgia for said game. Expand

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