Submitted by Aclay 970d ago | opinion piece

Why PC Gamers Shouldn't Pirate 'Dark Souls'

Forbes- Pirating ‘Dark Souls’ will send the wrong message, and is the wrong way to treat one of the greatest action-RPGs ever made.

Dark Souls was never about having the prettiest graphics in town. If you want pretty graphics, go buy The Witcher 2. If you want fierce, gripping combat and a seriously deep gameplay experience that The Witcher 2 could simply never hold a candle to, go buy Dark Souls. Just please don’t pirate it. (Dark Souls, PC)

sonicsidewinder  +   970d ago
I primarily play PC.

But I owns Demons Souls.

I'd prefer to buy this on the PS3 over the PC. It just feels more..'right'.
Pandamobile  +   970d ago
Probably because absolutely no effort was made on the part of From Software to make a proper PC version.
yewles1  +   970d ago
PC Fans petitioned for Dark Souls.

From said "nah".

Bandai Namco said "DO IT!!! MONEEZ!!!"

From went "aww, this'll take time"

BN responded "NNAAAAOOOOOO!!!!"

BN begins hype train before development even started. *guaranDAMNtee*

And now you have this. Case closed.
MEsoJD  +   970d ago
It was their first pc port and they added around 10 hours of extra content. Most japanese developers have little experience in the pc field, we are lucky to get this much. Hell it was petitioned.
LAWSON72  +   970d ago
How can you disagree with something that is true.
TheDivine  +   970d ago
People are ungrateful. They beg for something then complain when they get it. Its like Op Rainfall peeps complaining Xenoblade Chronicles has no extra content or some rediculous crap. From S added a bunch of new stuff and the game is at least as good as the console versions. It was a favor to PC fans so they can enjoy one of the most badass amazing games ever released.

Btw it wasnt their first pc port. Well maybe port but they released Ninja Blade on 360 and Pc so i would assume they know a bit. This isnt a game that needs 1600p or 120 fps though. Id be happy just to play it as i am with my downgraded port of TW2. It f****ng rocks and thank CD Project for they work they put in so I could enjoy it.
zgoldenlionz  +   970d ago
Really no games "should" be pirated. I'm not trying to tell people what to do but I'm a firm believer in supporting developers you love. It's easy to save a few bucks and pick up a used copy of a game or even pirate it but i like to think if I buy games full price I'm giving the developers a reason to make more games the way I like. I appreciate atlus for taking risks a lot of great games would never have made their way oversees without them. I know atlus didn't distribute dark souls but without the risk atlus took bring demon souls to NA there's a good chance we wouldn't have seen this game either.
guitarded77  +   970d ago
I agree... From Soft has given us some great games this gen with Demon's, Dark and 3D Dot. I bought all three at launch, and enjoyed them all. As for piracy, a thief is a thief. It takes a special person with a lack of integrity to take something instead of acquiring it with work and pay.
Tr10wn  +   970d ago
"developers you love" Magic words right there friend, i love rockstar, valve, bethesda and plenty other developers out there, my steam got 130+ games from those who i love, lets say i dont love Namco Bandai, in a matter of fact i hate them more right now, this port shows the level of interest they give to this port, even my friends who loved Dark Souls on the 360 wont even dare look at screenshots from the PC version, the game is so badly ported that even pirates wont dare downloading it.
Ducky  +   970d ago
To be fair, Namco isn't the developer.

I'm fine with the visuals of DS, I just wish they didn't use GFWL.
Even then, Rockstar's GTA4 port was arguably worse than DS. Yea, DS doesn't look as pretty, but at least it actually runs and doesn't have two layers of DRM (three if you count steam).

... and I've managed to excuse Bethesda for some pretty horrendous bugs, because at the end of the day, if the game is good, it's easy to excuse the developer for their mistakes.

In the case of DarkSouls, it still is damn fine game. Which is what the author is saying.
I'm still sad about GFWL though. =(
RAYMEISTER  +   970d ago
No win situation for PC gamers. If u pirate it they'll say too many people pirated it. If u don't buy it, they'll say it didn't sell well. My opinion is don't buy it or pirate it.
Freakazoid2012  +   970d ago
What? That makes no sense. I think you forgot to add. Buy it and show the developers there is a market for their games on PC...

WTH no win situation???
wishingW3L  +   970d ago
people doesn't buy stuff they don't want but they do pirate it because it's free. Another thing is that the port was a very poor one. If they support this crap then the developers will think that direct ports from console to PC are fine.

There are too many buts here but that's how it is. This is even worse than the crappy Xbox ports the PS3 got early this gen.
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Tr10wn  +   970d ago
There is a market for PC games, they are just too stupid to even compete in that market, there is a reason why skyrim was the faster selling title in steam history there is a reason why arma 2 is top seller even though game is 4 years old, those developers know that there is a market for PC gaming and dont give me the arma 2 is selling because DayZ which is true but the developer bohemia interactive they know there is a market in PC gaming even though they dont sell 4 millions units, THQ and Namco dont give a s**t about PC gaming they only care is for money, why do we have to give money to these "devs" if they didnt even try to make a good port? at least Darksiders let you change your resolution and is not capped at 30fps lol, dont try to be a smart ass, look at the big picture.
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MEsoJD  +   970d ago
Yeah and if people actually pirate it, they would missing out on the online portion on the game which a large part of the experience.
Revolver_X_  +   970d ago
Agreed. I recently got back to playing DS on PS3. Even after the so-called patch fix. The glitchers and cheaters still run wild. Dark Souls is only a shadow of Demon Souls by comparison. The cheats are game breaking, and any weapon that was unique has been nerfed i.e. Crystal Ring Shield. All the weapons in DS and only a handful are worth using like Zwei, Great Scythe, or Great Axe. Even after they claimed to enhance stat stacking, lightening weapons are still the best. I regretfully say dont support Dark Souls. Because I dont see any support for their community. Maybe PC development has something to do with it, but that's no excuse. I've given up on the game. Maybe From Software can change my opinion one day. Doubtful
kingduqc  +   970d ago
720p 30 fps lock

Good port, good port...

No money from me
helghast102  +   970d ago
There's a reason there's an fps lock, I'll leave you to educate yourself on why.
dirthurts  +   970d ago
The 30fps lock is simply a cheap way for developers to not have to worry about coding around other issues that allowing higher frame rates can add.
A good developer (Dice anyone?) can make the game playable at 30, or 60 fps, or anything in between.
Don't listen to the guy with one bubble...
He would have left a good reason if he had one.
Tr10wn  +   970d ago
Yup i sometimes run my games @30fps locked, but there is a reason for it to be mandatory? and there is a reason for a mandatory 720p too?

lol i'll leave you to educate your self on why that is the worst excuse ever.
MEsoJD  +   970d ago
It's already been unlocked on both fronts, if you want to edit the game yourself. *look it up*
wallis  +   970d ago
Don't like GFWL because it's too much of a pain so I won't play this but it's worth noting that it would be easier to pirate it. That's just a fair point to make. However I have no intention of ever purchasing this game so it leaves me no choice other than to just not play it.

But generally - yeah you shouldn't pirate this. We cried like hell to get it, just be plain stupid to throw it back in their faces.
aawells07  +   970d ago
How is GFWL a pain? I use it and its just as easy to use as Live or PSN. You log in just like any other service. Can you go into detail?
Ducky  +   970d ago
It is notorious for eating your save files.
... and the patch/updater is a pain to use (or it was when I last had to use it)

So the choice for most people is that they can play it offline, or go online and hope GFWL isn't feeling hungry.
Treian  +   970d ago
I am sick of these 30 fps locks. Well I can always edit the config file sigh...
MEsoJD  +   970d ago
It appears that it's already unlocked, but everything speeds up to a level where it's unplayable, but hey it's only been a day. You can leave the 30fps lock and have a smooth game though and a better experience than the console version.
NastyLeftHook0  +   970d ago
Demons souls( Ps3 exclusive) / Dark souls are amazing games. Pirating them would be a true shame.
taquito  +   970d ago
resolution problem already fixed, I will repost my last post to give everyone the skinny;

a modder already fixed the game so it displays at native 1920x1080p, and finally, finally blighttown is perfectly playable!


this game is awesome, and much more so on PC!

take a peek :)



greenman gaming has a 20% off voucher for any game, coupled with the already low price of $40 you can snag this beast for $32 usd

voucher code- DERHE-RRDER-RINGE



$32, go ahead, convince FROM to bring the next souls game to pc day 1!
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brish  +   970d ago
None of your links work!
taquito  +   970d ago
sorry, thanks for the heads up. its because i copied and pasted from another, here they are

mod fix for resolution


dark souls pc gameplay




voucher code works, got mine for $32

voucher code- DERHE-RRDER-RINGE
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nofallouthero  +   970d ago
im just going to buy it when its 5 - 10 dollars on steam because its a really good game
iMpuTeD  +   970d ago
i wonder if the bonus content is thrown into the game or is accessed at the main menu like separate from the main story.
zen555  +   970d ago
I cancelled my pre order. Until I find out if the 30 fps lock is true or not. If there is really a 30fps lock then it just shows that there was no work done on this port and frankly I can't play games at 30 fps. It's not elitist its just extremely choppy and lessens the experience for me.
Plagasx  +   970d ago
Already did.

I don't support shitty ports.
Syaz1  +   970d ago
How about buying it for $5 and then use a crack on it?
gamedebater  +   970d ago
I bought dark souls for ps3. i have to wait for the game in october for DLC.

Now im tempted to pirate it becuase i would normally have to pay $40 for $15 DLC. and start from scratch. if they said previous ps3 owners can get the pc version for $15 I would buy it and not encourage anyone to pirate for any reason.

this is why people pirate games. we always are getting fucked in some way.

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