Dark Souls Remastered (Switch).
Glory to the Sun for releasing Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch! Announced at the beginning of 2018 for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, the remastering of the classic arrives on Nintendo’s hybrid only in October, five months after its launch for the other platforms.
With performance improvements, lighting changes, higher resolution and new additions to the online mode, Dark Souls Remastered was the perfect excuse for veterans to return to the world of Lordran and newcomers to discover the true meaning of the word ‘suffering’. But has the Switch managed to keep all the upgrades received in the other versions? Put on your armor, fill the Estus Flasks and let’s find out!
Dark Souls Remastered for Switch is based on last generation consoles, more precisely the Xbox 360 version, which performs better. Therefore, the improvements seen on current consoles are not present, such as 4K resolution, high quality textures, gameplay at a constant 60 frames per second and the new lighting effects. But don’t worry, the game has received a special treatment that makes the experience much smoother than the original!
With dynamic resolution in TV mode, the game runs most of the time at 1080p (1920×1080), but can drop to 1600×900 in areas that are hardware demanding. In portable mode, the resolution is locked at 720p (1280×720). The frame rate is fixed at 30 fps, both in TV and portable mode, with very rare drops, even in Blighttown, famous for devouring frames on PS3 and 360. As a comparison, these versions ran at 1024×720, and the frame rate frames on the PS3 dropped drastically to 10 fps, greatly damaging the experience.
Despite technically not being the most complete version, the above average performance and the gain in resolution make a lot of difference in the look, especially in portable mode, where the size of the screen emphasizes the quality.
The brightness of the Switch’s screen leaves a little to be desired, and it gets worse when playing during the day. Even changing the options in the menu and setting the brightness to maximum, some areas of the game remain much darker than on other consoles. Playing at night or in TV mode alleviates this problem, but I still preferred to leave the maximum brightness as default.
The remaster also inherited the sound part of the Xbox 360 version, but the sounds seem muffled, with more compression than in the original game. We recommend using a headset in portable mode or a home theater if you play on TV to get 100% into the atmosphere proposed by the game.
get used to
One of the secrets to surviving in Dark Souls is moving fast and precisely, and in that regard the Switch Joy-Cons will require a little training.
First of all, it should be noted that the “A” and “B” buttons were swapped in this version, with the “A” button confirming and the “B” button canceling, standard Nintendo games. I had to invest a little time to get used to the new controls as I was used to the gameplay on other consoles.
The combats in Dark Souls call for the intense use of the “L” and “R” triggers to attack and defend, and in the Joy-Cons they are small and very sensitive, being able to disturb during the battles. In portable mode the chance of making mistakes is less, but the use of a ‘Pro Controller’ is recommended for those who will play on TV. Again, it’s a matter of habit, so the more you play, the more adept you’ll get at Switch controls!
It is worth mentioning that Dark Souls was the second game that made me turn off the vibration of the controls, after “Fast RMX”. The use of “Rumble HD” – Switch’s unique rumble technology – is so intense that when you land a critical hit on an enemy, the entire console shakes and you can hear a screeching metallic sound coming from the Joy-Cons.
We will invade your world!
Highlight of the remaster, the online mode now allows 1 to 6 players simultaneously in the same world: you, three friends and two invaders, and this remains in the Switch version.
Whether it’s to help defeat a boss, ‘farm’ souls or have fun defeating invaders or invading worlds, the Dark Souls online experience has never been better than on Switch. I had no connection issues during online matches and it was very easy to ‘summon’ someone or break into other rooms. Just be careful putting your console into sleep mode, as the game counts this as disconnecting.
Speaking of rest mode, due to the portability of the console it is possible to pause the game by pressing the “Home” button on the Switch. This makes life a lot easier for anyone who wants to play quick matches anywhere without worrying about dying in the game.
To play Dark Souls online, you must subscribe to the “Nintendo Switch Online” service, either to leave messages on the ground for other players, call friends or participate in PVP matches. The service is available through the link https://www.nintendo.com/pt_BR/switch/online-service, with subscription options for 1, 3 or 12 months.
Praise The Sun!
Simultaneously with the release of the game, Nintendo released the exclusive “Solaire of Astora” amiibo, which releases the “Praise The Sun!” automatically.
A copy of the game was provided by Bandai Namco for this review.