Dark Souls Remastered – Xbox One Review

Dark Souls Remastered – Xbox One Review

  • “In the Age of Ancients the world was unformed, shrouded by fog. A land of gray crags, Archtrees and Everlasting Dragons. But then there was Fire and with fire came disparity. Heat and cold, life and death, and of course, light and dark. Then from the dark, They came, and found the Souls of Lords within the flame. Nito, the First of the Dead, The Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights. And the Furtive Pygmy, so easily forgotten.

With the strength of Lords, they challenged the Dragons. Gwyn’s mighty bolts peeled apart their stone scales. The Witches weaved great firestorms. Nito unleashed a miasma of death and disease. And Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the Dragons were no more.

Thus began the Age of Fire. But soon the flames will fade and only Dark will remain. Even now there are only embers, and man sees not light, but only endless nights. And amongst the living are seen, carriers of the accursed Darksign.

Yes, indeed. The Darksign brands the Undead. And in this land, the Undead are corralled and led to the north, where they are locked away, to await the end of the world… This is your fate.

Only, in the ancient legends it is stated, that one day an undead shall be chosen to leave the undead asylum, in pilgrimage, to the land of ancient lords, Lordran.”

Seven years on those words start a fire of excitement in every Dark Souls fan and once that opening cut scene started I could not wait to get back to Lordran.

So, lets get this out of the way. Back in 2011 when the original game released I would of given it a 9.5/10 only being let down by the infamous performance issues, namely Blight Town. Lets see if the remaster does the original adventure justice.

With improved textures, 1080p resolution and 60fps Dark Souls Remastered is gorgeous. Even Blight Town and The Depths look amazing thanks to the new volumetric lighting. Arena battles now support up to six players instead of four and private lobbies are now available using the system from Dark Souls 3.

This is not a huge graphical overhaul but a refinement and polish of the original game, improving its performance and the overall experience for new players and experienced ashen ones. the mechanics are still spot on and the deep RPG levelling/inventory system has had me looking for better ways to best my foes.

The shear geometry of the wold of Lordran is mind blowing and still has not been beaten by any other game. The moment you step on a lift in the church and realise it brings you back to Firelink Shrine is the moment you realise this is a masterclass in level design.

Enemies so spectacularly varied through the environment all feel like thats where they would belong. There is no padding or shortcuts in the creature design cultured by Hidetaka Miyazaki and his team at From Software. The boss design is sublime, the Gaping Dragon looks spectacular, Manus looks hauntingly beautiful and the dynamic duo Ornstein and Smough are gorgeous. The improved textures and frame rate have improved boss battles and the entire experience.

From the frantic battle with the Capra Demon to Gwyn himself this game is an experience like no other and is as pivotal in the history of gaming as Super Mario Bros and the Mass Effect trilogy. The story is superb, told through item descriptions and conversations with NPC’s like the much loved Knight Solitaire. No game since Dark Souls has achieved the level of environmental story telling that was implemented in this game, not even Bloodborne or the Dark Souls sequels.

Dark souls Remastered is not a remake but a impressive execution of a much adored game. Yes there could be more features added or a change of enemy placement but why change perfection. This is the perfect way for veteran players to revisit the world of Lordran and new players to jump in to the end of the age of fire.

Pure perfection!

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  • 10/10
    Overall - 10/10
10/10

Summary

A masterclass in level design and storytelling perfected in 1080p and 60fps for the current console generation.

Dark Souls Remastered is the definitive way for players new and old to enjoy one of the most important games in gaming history.

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