Dark Souls PC: Can't Load My Save--Please Help!

Avatar image for patvb
#1 Posted by PatVB (363 posts) -

I just started the PC version last night. After 2+ hours of wrangling with GFWL, I finally got everything working. I rang the first bell and called it a day. Now, when I boot up the game, there is no option to load my game. I checked my file directory, and the save from last night is sitting exactly where it should be (...\documents\NBGI\DarkSouls\[gamertag]\DRAKS0005.sl2), but the game doesn't seem to recognize it. I've checked other forums for this issue, but I haven't found a resolution. Anyone else have this issue / know how it fix it?


  • I haven't changed my GFWL name, and I have auto sign-in enabled.
  • The game itself is stored on a different drive (E:) than the save (C:). Does this matter?
  • I don't have any achievements for the game, despite doing completing several of the requirements (not sure if this is related or not).
Avatar image for dudeglove
#2 Posted by dudeglove (12252 posts) -

Were you screwing around with trainers or DSFix?

Avatar image for sterling
#3 Edited by Sterling (4073 posts) -

Do you have two names (folders) in the darksouls folder? I have my whatever it is and my xbox gt. Each has its own save file. With different dates. The one that is not my xbox (gfwl) is a completely different save game. It only works, shows in loading when I am not connected to gfwl. You have an offline save and an online save.

This is most likely the issue. The save was made as an offline save. Try copying the file into the other folder.

Avatar image for viciousbearmauling
#4 Edited by ViciousBearMauling (2061 posts) -

The save location on a different drive COULD be the issue. This was a rushed port, so you never know.

Avatar image for crusader8463
#5 Posted by crusader8463 (14759 posts) -

Make sure you are not logged in to gfwl in offline mode. Maybe even try disconnecting and reconnecting. If you haven't already I would also suggest restarting your pc and trying to load it again. GFWL can be an ass like that.

Avatar image for patvb
#6 Posted by PatVB (363 posts) -

@viciousbearmauling: I just tested it with a new save file, and it loaded fine, so I don't think the drive is the problem. But like you said--rushed post = who knows?

@crusader8463: I tried signing in and out, and rebooting. No luck. The fact that I didn't get any achievements the first time around concerns me--like somehow the save is tied to a profile that doesn't exist, even though I was signed-in to the correct one.

@dudeglove: I'm using DSFix, but I added it before I started the game. Haven't touched any settings since.

At this point, I've put more time into trying to get this game running than I have to actually playing it. I might just wait for the sequel instead.

Avatar image for sterling
#7 Edited by Sterling (4073 posts) -

I'd just start over.

Avatar image for plaintomato
#8 Posted by plaintomato (616 posts) -

Hack a new character. That's what everyone on PC and Xbox does.

Avatar image for jjbsterling
#9 Posted by JJBSterling (528 posts) -

If a new save file loads fine like you said just start over, you didn't get that far.

Avatar image for noblenerf
#10 Edited by Noblenerf (501 posts) -

Doesn't DSfix make save backups by default? Maybe you could try restoring one of those and seeing if they work.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where the save backups are stored.

Avatar image for patvb
#11 Posted by PatVB (363 posts) -

@noblenerf: No, unfortunately the option is disabled by default (not sure why).

I'll start over eventually, I just need some time. Sigh.

Avatar image for bybeach
#12 Posted by bybeach (5604 posts) -

I'd have everything as tight as possible. The only thing that counterbalanced my bitter experience with GFWL was the long effort the MS rep put in with me so I could play this game...after holding me up for a month because of some problem with my account. Next time I will choose phone over e-mail, lol. Turns out something did not load correctly with MS essentials, that tied into it somehow.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.