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Dark Souls on Switch is a current-gen port with last-gen visuals

Developer Virtuos crafts a unique port for Switch with its own pros and cons. At its basis, this is the original 360/PS3 version of the game with none of the visual embellishments seen in the PS4 remaster - besides the change to a dynamic 1080p while docked. However there's more to this version than first meets the eye, as Tom explains.

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MrSwankSinatra53d ago (Edited 53d ago )

You know what i'm actually gonna buy this, the fact that the switch version retains the last gen visuals instead of that horrendous garbage visuals that namco did with the remaster on the pc and consoles, sells it for me. plus it being portable too is a nice as well.

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zivtheawesome53d ago (Edited 53d ago )

you probably shouldn't. they screwed up the sound in this port. it sounds horrible, even if graphically it looks fine (also i heard that the frame pacing issues are pretty severe).

Sirk7x52d ago

There are frame pacing issues with every Souls game on every console.

Dragonscale53d ago

Good for you. Have fun in blightown with that last gen frame rate lol.

hulk_bash198752d ago

In case you were just ignorant here is a blurb from the digital foundry test: "A quick tour of Blight Town sees Switch handling one of the game's most notorious areas with only the occasional frame-rate hiccup, compared to the 10-20fps range on last-gen. It's not perfect, but it certainly adheres to 30fps much more tightly here, and in regular play." For a portable experience, I'd say Virtuos did an outstanding job.

badz14952d ago

so...what this video is saying is "Welcome to 2011, Nintendo"?

sounds about right

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Sciurus_vulgaris53d ago

Dark Souls was never a particularly good looking game,it looked very dated upon first release. The remastered versions and the switch port of Dark Souls are all subpar technically.

UCForce53d ago

After I watched it, the audio in switch version sound much worse than PS1 and voice acting is muffled and the fire effect look worse than last gen. And who said Nintendo have great third party ? The Switch is less powerful than PS4 and Xbox One. Even a lot of third party are using very powerful engine that the Switch can’t run like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin Creed and other major third party. Sure, Doom and Skyrim did run on Switch but Nintendo need more third party games.

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UCForce52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

@MadMoose I know what I am. You don’t need to say it twice. Here the thing, It’s about balance between third party and first party. Nintendo and Microsoft have one problem and is called unbalanced. Nintendo is great with first party but have a problem with third party support because Switch is very underwhelming. Xbox One have power but lack of exclusive and third party is somewhat mixed. Sony have both. They got the balance right. I guess you don’t know how to balance between power and talent. I know you angry what I said.

Neonridr53d ago

at the end of the day, you get what you want. If you want the full fledged graphical showcase, then get it on PS4/XB1 or better yet PC. If you want the ability to play the game anywhere and aren't bothered by the fact that the lighting might not be as technically advanced as the other versions, then go with the Switch version. It's the same game at the end of the day, so play where you want.

Are we complaining that the game exists on the Switch with this title? Or are we happy it's even an option?

Lime12353d ago

Also, if you want the worst graphics/performance than buy Switch version…...6 months late

pyroxxx53d ago (Edited 53d ago )

worse graphics??,.. think you are wrong there,.. yes it is 30 fps,.. but at least my armors don't look like milled plastic (they really fucked up remaster) Then again I tend not to wear any,.. but damn they made the game look like shit. This is coming from someone who put 300 hours in ''remaster'' on PS4 PRO,. . it looks like shit,.. only thing I like is GUI scaling option,..but damn did they make armors look wrong,..

King_Noctis52d ago

If you want Dark Soul handheld then you can also buy the Switch version.

Neonridr52d ago

still better than what people had the first time they played it on the PS3 and 360. And it was a great game back then... suddenly it's no longer a good game if it improves on the original?

wonderfulmonkeyman52d ago

Pfft, this is on case where the visuals of the remasters on other consoles were done worse.
Get off that high horse.

milohighclub52d ago

if you wanna be able to play it on the go buy switch..

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Lime12353d ago

Not looking good for third party developers on Switch.

TedCruzsTaint52d ago

Read the damn article ... they like the freaking thing.

Shiken52d ago

3rd party devs are doing fine on Switch. This was just a shoddy port with false advertising. Upon further investigation, this was an HD port of the 360 version that is boosted in some places such as frame rate and resolution, but corners were cut in sound and special effects making it less of a remaster and more of a direct port onto stronger hardware, without any real optimization.

For the sake of a relative comparison, lets look at another last gen port, Skyrim.

Skyrim has visuals and effects from the PS4 special edition, not the original PS360. It was scaled down from better hardware rather than scaled up from the original. Time was also taken to properly optimize the game.

What we end up with is a portable version of the game that has an even more steady frame rate than the PS4 and X1 base models (way above the original PS360 games), and visuals and effects that look far better than the original versions with gyro aiming included as well.

Of course the PS4 and X1 versions look better, but that is where you have to ask yourself if you want portability or not. Either way, that is a Switch port done right.

The devs were lazy with the Dark Souls port, plain and simple. Other 3rd party devs are doing fine, all this does is make it easy to tell who actually puts effort into their ports and who does not.

Sm00thNinja53d ago

Ill get lambasted for this but I couldn't imagine JUST OWNING a Switch. We get on Xbox for not having exclusives. Switch has the opposite problem! Weak third party support and half assed attempts when they do support it. No Red Dead Redemption 2, if you're a sports game fan stay far away. At the same time I can't imagine NOT owning one. I couldn't have missed out on Breath of the Wild (I put over 200 hrs into it)., And Mario Odyssey...

Nevertheless, games like the Dark Souls port SMH... It's sad.

Lime12353d ago

Exactly! No RDR2, no Call of Duty, no Assassin's Creed, no Battlefield, no Fallout, No Resident Evil 2 Remake, no Devil May Cry 5, no Sekiro, no Kingdom Hearts III,.....

Sm00thNinja53d ago

No GTA, you have to have the Switch as a support console in my opinion.

King_Noctis52d ago

And no other console will get Smash, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Luigi Mansion, Bayonetta, Metriod, SMTV, No More Hero, Town, Yoshi, and Daemon X Machima either.

Sm00thNinja52d ago

@Noctis and if you read my post I said I couldn't imagine NOT having a Switch, but you miss out on so many amazing titles. Read Dead Redemption 2 is going to be a must have and Switch owners will have to do without

Shiken52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Well I own a PS4 Pro and a Switch so I get to play RDR2, CoD, AC, BF, Fallout, RE 2 Remake, DMC5 Sekiro, KH3,.....

AND

Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Smash, Mario Party, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Batonetta 3, Xenoblade, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart, Octopath Traveler,...

You really do not know what it means to game without limitations, do you?

michellelynn097652d ago

Square said they "might" port KH 3 over. Oops. AC is on cloud. No COD? No big deal for me. RE2 remake, again Capcom said they have no plans right now, They never said it would not come.

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shadowraiden53d ago

ive noticed though a lot of Switch Owners are also High end gaming PC owners so they see the switch as that sit back on sofa and relax or play while on move. so they kinda have it perfect blend. Red Dead will eventually come to PC they made so much money off GTA on PC that they wont release Red Dead on PC eventually.

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Sm00thNinja52d ago

Maybe this ends up being true, but I strictly am referring to solely just Switch only users. No high end PC.

Gemmol53d ago

Disagree I like my 2k on ny switch

Sm00thNinja53d ago

Which IS EASILY THE WORST VERSION TO HAVE. So disagree away I feel bad if all you game on is a Switch :/

King_Noctis52d ago

“Nevertheless, games like the Dark Souls port SMH... It's sad.”

Are you saying that this port is borderline unplayable?

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Sm00thNinja52d ago

I have 2 Xbox One Xs, 2 PS4 Pros, and a Switch. Your whole gaming without limitations argument I don't get? The ones arguing that they haven't dealt with 3rd party problems are truly blind......

You must not buy a lot of games? Only thing that makes sense to me. It is simply a fact the Switch does not get the same third party support as the other two consoles and should be viewed as more of a support console to an Xbox, PS4 or PC. Unless all you want to play is Nintendo 1st party titles which is ENTIRELY acceptable. If I had to pick one game to be stranded on a deserted island with it would probably be Breath of the Wild...

michellelynn097652d ago

I only own a Switch and I'm fine, but for other people who want the lastest western games, I can understand.

Sm00thNinja52d ago

And I can respect that. You have a preference. It doesn't make you any less of a gamer. I just personally have to play everything. I couldn't imagine JUST owning a Switch and I could imagine NOT owning one at all

michellelynn097652d ago

I mean every one is different. If someone wants a ps4, xbox and Switch, cool. If they only want one, That's fine too. Whatever makes someone happy.

Sm00thNinja52d ago

Agreed. And I get the benefits of buying multiplatform games on Switch. The portability factor is fantastic. I just went on a camping trip with my family and it was a life saver on the drive over. I wouldn't give it up for the world, and maybe the 3rd party situation improved. They've already made huge strides with DOOM, Wolfenstein, and even with Dark Souls. I don't want people to think I'm just a Switch hater I'm not. I just couldn't imagine missing games like RDR2. BUT like you said to each their own

zahdab52d ago

For all its worth xbox has more exusives than the switch

hulk_bash198745d ago

It's an entirely playable experience so I dont understand what the issue is. If you want 4k 60fps get it on console/pc. If HD 30fps + portability is what you want, then get it on Switch. DF clearly says that even if it uses last gen assets, the switch version runs way better than the PS3/Xbox 360 versions.

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