Producer: From Software
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One
Review Platform: Switch
+You can play it anywhere you want
-Static visual effects
"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…"
Dark Souls: Remastered / Nintendo Switch Review
The series, which came out in 2011 first, managed to be one of the best games of this genre after the release of Demon’s Souls. The first game of this Dark Souls is released for Nintendo Switch. We will briefly talk about the game we are already familiar with in this review and we will talk more about the performance of the game on the Switch platform.
I want to talk about a bit about Dark Souls for people who are not familiar with it. The opening video of Dark Souls is the best part to learn the story because you won’t be learning much through the game. From the moment the game begins, you find yourself in a cell and you are experiencing your first death experience before you know what it is. The game which you die a lot doesn’t give you the details about the story. You must research the game well, talk to all the characters and complete the missing pieces in the story yourself. This dynamic is so naïve and different that I think there are thousands of players who played the game from beginning to end with huge question marks in their heads about the story.
Dark Souls is a tricky game, but I don’t think it is impossible to finish like it’s told. So if you've tried to play it before and you're afraid of a lot of its difficulty, this version of the game might be a good reason to start over. The more time you spend in the game and the better you learn the dynamics, the more skilled you get. In other words, I can say that the game actually makes you progress by killing you repeatedly. You memorize the phases of a boss in a boss fights. It's perfectly normal for you to fall into all the traps first time. As you master the game, you start to realize the things around you and become more careful.
It doesn't mean that you won’t die if you practice hard. Sometimes the most despicable creature can be your downfall. Therefore we can say that the game requires extreme focus. In other words, don’t think the game's Switch version provides you a great advantage because it is mobile. If you do not pay attention, as I said before, you are preparing your own end.
The map system is based on the same memorization dynamic. The mapping system of the game, which comes as a huge maze in the first place, allows you to gradually memorize the map as you progress. I can say that the map design is close to perfection, with connected areas, locked doors, and many mysteries.
You start the Dark Souls by creating your own character. You don't have to worry about your appearance similar to the other RPG games. You already feel that it is necessary to have a helmet on your head when the world is this cruel. The most important thing about the character customization screen is choosing the class for your character. There are many different classes in the game, and the direct effect of these classes on character stats plays a fatal role, especially in the first minutes. Different classes are available in the game. The other thing you should pay attention to as well as choosing the character class is the gift selection to start the game. You can also choose one of the different gifts that give you some advantages. I recommend you to select Master Key, which you can open some locked doors especially at the beginning of the game. But watch out, the game you're playing is a Souls game and some of the gates you open can take you to a much shorter path to death.
The resurrection system is the backbone of Souls games. You resurrect back to the bonfire and become even more ticked off as you die in the game. The most important element in this game is the level of souls that provides you with important improvements. The souls you collect by killing the enemies stay at where you died. If you die once more on the road to get back the souls, you say goodbye to all the souls that you have collected. Therefore getting back the souls has an important place in the game.
I must say that I found the game's graphics quite successful. This remastered version of Dark Souls, which already is great in terms of design, has a very smooth gameplay both on the dock and on mobile. Either way, texture quality and details such as lighting provide a satisfactory visually. However, when you look at the fine details, you realize that factors such as grass are not dynamically added to the game. Another thing I would say about the graphics is the depressed feeling caused by the atmosphere. Switch version of the game is darker than the PC version.
Finally, let's talk about the game’s online system. Online systems are of course available on the Switch version of the game. Nintendo Switch performs stable in Dark Souls. I can say that you get very excited when you see other players in your world. You can see that you can play either online or offline at the start of the game. If you want to play online and you do not have a subscription system, the system also directs you to the relevant page.
Long story short, Dark Souls is a must-have for every gamer. If you haven't played it so far, you're afraid of what's being said and you own a Switch, you've fulfilled all the requirements to get started. It is really nice to have Dark Souls wherever you go thanks to the Switch platform. In short, I recommend Dark Souls, which you get more successful by being patient, to all Switch users with peace of mind.