We’ve been waiting for a while through various delays, but finally Dark Souls Remastered is finally here for Nintendo Switch. Just to be clear, there is no new content or gameplay, this endeavor was only a polishing work of the 2011 action role-playing title.
Dark Souls was a hit game developed by FromSoftware and was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A version for Windows arrived a year later which had additional content but consoles also got upgraded game via DLC. They sold millions of copies and sequel Dark Souls II was released in 2014. The Dark Souls: Remastered came out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows on the first in May this year, and from a couple of days ago, it’s available for Nintendo Switch as well.
The game takes place in Lordran, a fictional kingdom where players lead cursed undead character who goes on a pilgrimage. Anything regarding the world you will find out through dialogue, surroundings, and text from items. The game was a graphic marvel when it showed up, and now it looks even better. When it comes to Nintendo Switch, this will be a really amazing conversion for a handheld device, one that could even be the most compelling so far.
The graphics look sharper which is especially noticeable with gloomy atmosphere of Lordran when compared to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 edition. New atmospheric lightning brings in a vivid realism and so the whole game turned into a profound visual experience.
Framerate is also polished with smooth 30 fps, and it works perfectly during action sequences with barely any significant hitches. While Dark Souls on PS4 and Xbox One hit 60 fps, Switch still looks amazing with 30 fps and on the 6.2 inch LCD display. The Nintendo Switch version supports 1080p in TV mode which is better than the original, although other consoles and PC support 4K.
Dark Souls is still one of the most demanding RPGs, but it’s also a really rewarding title to play. This is not a remake, but only the remastering of already great game. This Remastered version includes Artorias of the Abyss expansion but when it comes to storyline, nothing is changed. Some small issues are taken care of that were bothering in the original. Like, now you can consume multiple items at the same time, which makes the whole thing of deepening allegiance to covenant easier. To switch covenants, you don’t have to go to the leader which took forever. Now, you can do it at any bonfire.
Granted, these are not major things, but they make a difference and are highly appreciated. Dark Souls on a handheld device got me a little worried, honestly. I mean, I took this game very seriously and playing it anywhere but at my home where I’ve fully emerged in gameplay was a preposterous notion. Of course, I changed opinion pretty quickly when I tried it on Nintendo Switch. It simply feels right to play this game on Switch, since the device and gameplay get along nicely. Just make sure you don’t make faces and noises (like I did) when playing it in public spaces, although I caught some people looking at my Switch with great interest while I played on my way to work.
The bottom line, I approve and recommend Dark Souls on Nintendo Switch for old and new players. It has perspective, charm and really looks fantastic.